Interesting to read Fred Done,s questionnaire in yesterdays Racing Post.
He was asked “What,s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?.
Fred response was.”Get the cash up front”
In 1970s I met Fred at the West Bromwich motor way link. I had arranged a meeting for Fred with Warwick Bartlett, the Black country thinker, the Manchester genius Fred, was going to move into the credit game, Warwick was a great record keeper and had done what Fred intended, creating a list of bad debts, as long as your arm.
That meeting I assume created the best advice he ever had.
I am pleased ro have helped in some way.
Barney Curly is not a personal friend but Mick Fletcher, who is as close to BC (Before Christ)as it is possible to get. The rimes I have spoken to Barney his had been very polite.
However Barney is a Ryan Price reincarnation. he has eyes in the back of his head, and another up his karzy.(Bum) there is nothing that he does not know about the Sport of Kings.
I will not give any opinion as to Barney’s modus operandi, but even Barney will I am sure admit, that he could be described as a expert copy cat.
When Barney was being interviewed for a Book launch, on his desk was the “Paul Mathieu” “The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy”
Obviously The Syndicate, had a great plan, it was the defeat of the Sport of Kings Handicap system. it is also a coincident that at the same time as massive gambles were being carried out by the team, the Game was beset by two massive gamblers who had arrived with there very own trainer, Enoch Wishard.from the USA,
There skill was the blatant use of Drugs,
!900 to 1903 must have been a wow for the on-course Bookmakers I can understand why many of there ilk, just bet without Tod Sloan or for those who were prepared to take bets off the yanks imposed a turnover tax. of there own.
I will not enlarge on this point other than to say that there coups were outstanding but short lived.
Were does this leave Barney he states that it isn’t the financial reward of his patience. that rules his thinking, just the fact that he can beat what many believe is almost impossible, to crack. the Betting Ring.
I am sure that Barney will not take full glory for Yellow Sam, for both Gay Future and Francasal, used the Starting Price system, to make there coups worthwhile. so did Barney.
In the case of the Bath Ringer, a blatant criminal act, took place cutting the wires of the telephone service.
What must not be forgotten was the fact that it was a ringer, and the on course Tick Tac service, were very lively, including many Birmingham Rails Bookmakers, the 10/1 was a massive price, but the £5,000 reported to have been placed off course was watered down considerably.
My Father Phil. was the top Tick Tac in the Bath ring, and it is interesting to see what trading he done that day.
Gay Future, a very clever stroke, it is all very well people saying that it was just a clever little prank,
by Irish gamblers with more money than they knew what to do with.
What should be considered is the fact that the Off Course Industry ever since 1880 has had the game by its balls,
If a punter wished to bet first show, he was defeated, with the show restricted by the on course reps, if it was at Starting Price it would be smashed into bits just before the off.
The only way a big hitter, could gain any sort of a level playing field was to play at one of the main festivals. were the ring is massive.
The Gay Future coup was well thought out, but alas there is always some weak link. in the planning. of all betting coups,
It could be claimed that it had a resemblance of a Ringer, by the Gay Future sent to Collins, yard was certainly not Gay Future.
By not sending the other two runners, in the combination to the tracks were they were entered, was foolish, and smacked of a conspiracy. if you are planning a coup you must carry out every aspect of the plan fully. as planned.
However what caused the downfall. of the whole original idea was a simple fact that it was Irish planned. and the early 1970s not a good time to do so.
It took place during some of the worse atrocities on the British mainland.by the Irish Republican Army.
It was certainly not a clever move by inviting Irish Mafia, as there fun logo.
1971, 12 January: Two bombs exploded at the house of government minister Robert Carr. This attack was one of 25 carried out by the Angry Brigade between August 1970 and August 1971. The Bomb Squad was established at Scotland Yard in January 1971 to target the group, and they were apprehended in August of that year.
1971, 31 October: A bomb exploded in the Post Office Tower in London causing extensive damage but no injuries. The “Kilburn Battalion” of the IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion.
1972, 22 February: The Official Irish Republican Army killed seven civilians in the Aldershot bombing.
1972, 19 September: The group Black September posted a letter bomb to the Israeli embassy in London killing an Israeli diplomat.
1973: The Provisional IRA exploded a car bomb in the street outside the Old Bailey. A shard of glass is preserved as a reminder, embedded in the wall at the top of the main stairs.
1973, 10 September: The Provisional IRA set off bombs at London’s King’s Cross Station and Euston Station injuring 21 people.
1974, 4 February: Eight Soldiers and 4 civilians killed by the Provisional IRA in the M62 coach bombing.
1974, 17 June: The Provisional IRA planted a bomb which exploded at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people.
For a very shrewd Irish Business man, to carry out such a gamble without seeing the possibility that the English Police would get a tip off that the winnings from such a plan could be used to purchase ammunition, for there cause. so August 1974, could not have been more inopportune
There is no doubt that after the result was known, Lord Wigg the chairman of the Horse-race Betting Levy Board. was notified, of a problem, I doubt the Bookmakers, who had been stung the most Ladbrokes and Hills,would have thought of an IRA link, but Lord Wigg was a very nasty individual.
LORD WIGG. chairman of the Horse-race Betting Levy Board was also president of the Betting Office Licensees Association.
Having saved the nation from the dire consequences of Russian espionage during the Profumo Scandal, George Wigg turned his attention to cleaning up his beloved sport of HORSE-RACING . …
The IRA bombing campaign was at its height, and there was a lot of anti-Irish feeling.is a fact.
The headlines regarding a massive betting coup. planned by an Irish team, was of great interest to the massive amount of English Punters, after all what is never considered is the simple fact that when a confidence trick is enacted on a British racecourse the public who have placed there wagers without knowing that there interest has been affected unfairly. deserve consideration,
Those who placed bets in the 1974 Cartmell event, were duped by a conspiracy. it may be a clever sting, with the Bookmakers being badly hit, and if you are not affected you probably may say,
GOOD, nice to see the Bookies crying for once.
But like the day when you know that your selection was a non trier and cheated, you are entitled to a
fair deal. we of course know that it is impossible that every horse every day is trying his utmost.,
As a youth Like the early bird I was up with the lark.never forgetting the saying passed on to me, by Private,Albert Russel, my mothers father. gassed in WW1 spent the rest of his life struggling to breath.
However when with the help of a bottle of scotch, he could get a word out it was that of a genius.
“Every Body is at it bar the Postman” was my favourite, Cynical perhaps, but true.
Barney will go down in racing history, as the games biggest Tricky Dick, ever,
I could call him a Copy Cat, for every stroke he has pulled they had been done before. at some time or another Yellow Sam being a great example.
The Handicap system is imposable to police.the more patient a trainer will be prepared to play the more chance there is of a weight advantage.
A little patience however is not a ringer, or administer of dope, if Gay Future had been successful I am afraid that by now there would have been many more simile events,
As for Barney, I wish him well. the next coups will be computer driven, no knead for any telephone boxes on racecourse ever again,
The control of the betting markets well and truly under the industry’s thumb. not however by some trade association, but by a computer driven source. it is here that I wish to quote Lord Goldstein,
One of the popular service,s for punters both on course and off is the simple Each way terms,
Sad to inform you that that no longer exists,
Win ONLY is the only game to play.