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You're not the only one who likes a bet.
Horse trainers do too.
Remember back in the day when horse trainer Barry Hills was named King of the Coups?
One of the tabloids had the headline: ''Barry Hills has won so much money from bookies during his training career that it's a wonder he didn't call one of his sons William.''
He has five sons, including Charles, who is presently a trainer at Wetherdown House Stables, Lambourn and John who was a successful handler, sadly passed away in 2014.
Barry Hills funded his training career on the strength of monster gambles. The 1968 Lincoln winner, Frankincense, backed from 66/1 - 100/8 gave him the finances to change his life and follow his dream.
The payout £64,000, which in today's money is well over £1.5M.
It was the beginning of a very long list of winners which saw him get his trainer's licence in 1969 and retire in 2011.
He trained over 3,000 winners including four Classics in Great Britain: 1000 Guineas - Enstone Park (1978), Ghanaati (2009) & 2000 Guineas: Tap On Wood (1979), Haafd (2004).
I wonder if Mr. Hills debated which bookies were best for his horse racing bets. If you want to know more about that intel about the best horse racing betting sites, just click right here because it's important to know what you are looking for when you have a flutter online.
Not bad going for the son of a head lad, who paved the way for future generations of horse trainers.
In these times, horse trainers are probably a little more secretive about telling a soul of their plans to land a big punt. However, you can guarantee that a lot of horse trainers pride themselves on making the bookmakers pay. In fact, a number sell tips to horse tipster platforms for extra cash. I'm sure they don't detail the best chances (but that's just my opinion).
When you think about the perfect person to give you a tip, it should be the trainer of the beast.
Horse trainers are in that privileged position. They should know whether Pegasus, entered to run at 2:00 Great Yarmouth, has been catching pigeons at home on the gallops.
As a follower of two-year-old horse racing, it's my job to know everything about this niche.
Now, I don't know for sure which horse trainers like a gamble, but I certainly have my own opinions about which ones like to have a bet and those that may well frighten most bookies to death.
My assessment of which trainers like to gamble comes from observing major gambles that have won and those who are canny devils with a glint in their eyes.
Here are my top 3 horse trainers who like to bet on their horses.
David Evans -
The Welsh Wizard. Based at Ty-Derlwyn Farm, Pandy, Abergavenny. There are many canny horse trainers but, for me, Evans is in a class of his own. Whether he has a debutante at Chepstow, a handicapper at Haydock or a hot shot running at Royal Ascot he is a man to follow when the money is down. Trust me, he makes most trainers look like Micky Mouse. I've seen some major gambles on the stables two-year-olds and although not all of then find the winner's enclosure a good number do.
For example, who will forget the debut of two-year-old Choux at Thirsk (15th May)? This daughter of Exceed And Excel was backed from 40/1 - returning at odds of 100/30. She won in a breeze. I don't know for sure whether it was the owners Chris Kiely Racing Ltd & Partner who lumped on but I can't imagine Mr Evans not enjoying a slice of the pie, if not the cherry on the top.
Gambling score: 5/5
I must admit, I don't know much about horse trainers from across the globe like Australia, New Zealand, France, South Africa and of course the famous Kentucky Derby in the United States but I do know a few more British horse trainers who it pays to follow with cold, hard cash.
Here's to my next intriguing horse trainer who may or may not like a bet.
David Simcock -
Based at Trillium Place Stables, Birdcage Walk, Newmarket, Suffolk. An excellent horse trainer who always likes to run his best two-year-olds at headquarters [Newmarket]. Now, I can only surmise whether this stable likes a punt but I have one very good piece of data which suggests to me this is a stable where winners are backed to short odds. Sounds intriguing, hey. I will tell you this little gem of wisdom which I have researched. The stable two-year-olds on their second start can be very hard to beat. But here's the real peace of info you need to know. For the last umpteen years, he has never had a juvenile win on it's second start at odds greater than 13/2. That's not the exact price because I'm not giving that info away for free. But I will tell you this. ''If you bet on one of his horses at big odds, you'll be unlikely to win any wonga.''
If you want to know about all UK horse trainers big and small then you won't find them any faster than clicking this mobile-optimised site, as you don't want to forget knowledge is power. And winning is all about knowing who is hot property when they have a bet.
Gambling score 4/5
My third and last horse trainer to follow when the money comes is another high-profile handler and a lovely man.
Clive Cox -
Based at Beechdown Stables, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire. A horse trainer who knows his horse. Once again, I have no idea whether Mr. Cox likes a punt and simply extrapolate my wisdom from what I have learned from his two-year-old horses. I must say that when his two-year-old debutantes start favourite they are very hard to stop from winning. Mostly, they are the best juveniles in the stable. You really can't go wrong following the money with this outfit.
Gambling score 4/5
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21 Jul 2021
As an avid follower of horse racing I scan the race card on a daily basis. Then I stop at an unfamiliar name.
Kevin Phillippart de Foy.
It was April, an early two-year-old race. Pokhara, ridden by Daniel Muscutt. A bay filly, a daughter of The Gurkha, in the ownership of the Run Away Racing Himalayan Syndicate.
They sound my kind of people!
This £15,000 yearling purchase, out of an unraced dam made her debut at Yarmouth, a 20/1 shot finishing fifth of five.
Another trainer with high hopes and limited ammunition?
Based at Machell Place, Newmarket, Suffolk, it would have been easy to say: ''Here today, gone tomorrow.''
However, this exceptional young trainer could well be one of those few handlers which hits the jackpot.
My specialist niche is two-year-old horse racing and I follow each and every season like a black taxi cab driver revises the knowledge.
I've been very impressed with Kevin Philippart de Foy's formative season. In fact, as a rookie trainer he reminds me very much of Archie Watson when he made an impact in 2016.
At the time of writing (21/07/2021) he has sent out just 10 two-year-old horses. For any trainer winners are hard to find. Having the talent to ready a debutante really takes a lot of skill. It's the reason most established trainers have so few horses hitting the frame when making their racecourse bow let alone winning in style.
Taking a quick glance at the juveniles he has raced so far for the 2021 season:
Two-year-olds: Winners underlined
Smooth Talking 3rd
Rock Melody 1st
New Pursuit 1st
Unexpected Arrival 5th
Scot's Grace 1st
Pearl Glory 1st
I will update his results until the end of the turf season.
Comments: That's a 40% win strike rate with his debutantes. From experience, any two-year-old that wins on debut is often good enough to dip its toe into pattern class. That was seen with Rock Melody who thrashed his rivals on debut at Redcar. The 16/1 shot stormed clear by over three-lengths winning comfortably.
I bet against this filly and cursing: ''Who is this bloke!''
This is what the Racing Post had to say: ''Raced freely, held up in behind leaders, headway going easily two out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon edged right, went clear inside final furlong, easily.''
She contested the Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) at Newmarket over 6f on good to firm going (20th June, 2021) finishing a respectable 10th, beaten just over five lengths.
Make no mistake, you will be hearing a lot about Kevin Philippart de Foy this season let alone years to come.
Take note of his other debut winners:
Impressive when winning well on debut at Epsom by over two-lengths. This son of New Bay, a steal at 30,000g as a yearling. In the ownership of Run Away Racing Quest Syndicate.
This daughter of Mehmas literally flew home when making her debut at Kempton. In the ownership of Bernard Havern, bred by Tally-Ho Stud, this bay filly was picked up for pocket money at the Tattersalls Ire Goresbridge Breeze Up @ Nmkt for £15,000. A four-and-a-quarter length victory, Scot's Grace stamped herself as a live chance for Group race success.
— Universal Stud (@StudUniversal) July 10, 2021
I was impressed and disappointed when this daughter of Cotia Glory won on debut. You've guessed it, I bet on the horse that finished second [Outside World, trained by Mark Johnston]. This bay filly won by a nose, after having traffic problems. Another inspired breeze-up purchase by this young trainer for just £12,000, from vendor Hyde Park Stud. She was purchased on the 3rd June and bringing home the bacon on the 14th July. Make no mistake this was a victory worth noting because the form of this debut effort will be proven to be high class.
Kevin Philippart de Foy has achieved in 10 two-year-old debutantes what many established trainers have failed to do in a decade.
Good luck for the future.
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