TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
1.05 Fontwell Dirty Deal 1pt 5/1 generally 11/2 SportingBet
Dirty Deal was very well supported in the morning for Tony Carroll, but went on the drift as they got closer to post time, although she was nibbled back in again from 10/1 to 9/1 just before the off. Any thought that today wasn't meant to be her day was soon put to bed as Carroll himself led her off at the start and helped give her a flying start. After that she always travelled comfortably, although jockey Lee Edwards almost came off with a circuit to go as she stumbled on landing after one of the hurdles. He did a great job in staying on board, and then rode out a terrific finish with the 8yo really bravely staying on to win by nearly two lengths.
It was a brilliant ride by Edwards and to see afterwards that he got a five day ban for breaking the whip rules is a complete joke.
Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- SP):
Dirty Deal, 1st/7, 5/1 --- 9/1
As we know a drift is normally a negative sign, but not today, the morning money was down and Dirty Deal ran out a cracking winner. Bet365 was one of the firms still at 5/1 ten minutes after the email went today so we add a bonus four points to our profit for the day thanks to their BOG. Just for the avoidance of doubt SportingBet may have been 11/2 but we never settle using them, likewise we don't settle using the likes of Betfred/Boylesports/Stan James/BlueSq/Skybet or other firms well known for not taking a decent bet. Over the course of a year of settling results this costs us quite a few points but we think its the fairest way to monitor our results.