by Stable Lad

YOU will have heard during the week about that Tour de France bet on the overall winner of the Green Jersey, which was done in one of Boylesports outlets, when, inadvertently it seems, the price of 500/1 was written on the betting slip.

Well, as luck would have it, the bet, rightly or wrongly, clicked, but, unfortunately, when the expectant punter went along to collect, it was only then that the mistake about the price was discovered, and, although apologies were made to the punter, and special offers were made to make  up for the then obvious error in the written down price, you can be sure that the disappointed punter was more than a little taken aback.

Now, while our sympathies will always be in favour of the punter, it must be remembered that the bookmaker has rights also, and surely deserves a fair crack of the whip, according to the rules operating in that shop.

It is a fact that in every betting shop there is, or should be, a notice showing the comprehensive rules that govern whatever happens as regards betting in that particular shop.

This kind of situation is a fairly regular occurrence in betting shops, and I do think that the staff are protected if they do happen to quote a wrong price on any given bet, be it on horses, dogs, football, or indeed, any sporting occasion that they choose to have a betting market on.

This safeguards against any human error mistakes that we are all open to.

The Tour de France bet is just another example of what can happen in any betting situation, but I do hope that those involved can come to an amicable agreement that is fair to all.

This Saturday again takes us to Ascot, where we will be hoping to up our winning average from a programme that looks filled with possibilities.

We begin with the Nursery, which throws up its normal thorny problem.

The best solution to this could lie with Richard Hannon’s Rebel Magic, who should have most to fear from Must Be Me, in a close run contest.

We now move on to the Home Handicap, where many old warriors will renew their regular rivalry.

I will take a chance here that our old pal Berling will put his best hoof forward, and at last get the win he so richly deserves, with Bridge of Gold likely to trouble him all the way.

In the prestigious Juddmonte Stakes, there are many who would come into the reckoning, but, for this top prize I will just side with the recent winner from the Hannon yard, Maureen, who should continue a good day for Richard Hughes, with Hoyam, who has been performing well, also coming into the reckoning.

Our last round up is in the Groups Handicap, a race that, believe me, would really puzzle a judge.

There are many that one could light on here, but a sporting chance is taken with Godolphin’s Anjaz to bring home the bacon, although it could be stolen out of the frying pan by the improving Nelson’s Bay, who is going for back to back wins.

Well, that’s our quartet for this Saturday, with which I wish you all good luck, along with a very strong prayer for a run of good weather, to help all of our good friends on the land, many of whom must be going through the worst summer of their lives!


The Fab Four:

Ascot: 1:45 Rebel Magic, 2:20 Berling, 3:25 Maureen, 3:55 Anjaz.