The 9 types of spoofer you'd normally come across on Cheltenham week
Keep it on the down low.
They're coming out of the woodwork now. These people, these geniuses have been studying the form, the patterns, the good things since the middle of last March and they're just about primed now.
They've seen it all. The good things, the bad things, the sure things. They've an ear in every stable and the word that has to be kept on the down low usually comes to them first. You'd better not tell anybody else. This is serious business.
The Cheltenham Festival is a magic mid March week. With bookie offices empty, the roar non-existent and the doors closed, this year will be different. Let's not lie. But a festival is better no festival at all, there's no doubt about that.
College libraries would usually be full but not for study. The wifi connection is strong there and the lads are streaming Rishi Persad and Nick Luck every 35 minutes because they've a few quid riding on this one. Hopping around the place and bating the table as if they're actually riding the horse themselves.
Working from home? The work can wait till next Monday because there's business to be taken care of here, form to be studied and money to be lost. Put the feet up and the emails out of office.
The buzz is building now. The accumulators are lined up. The experts will be roaring soon.
1. "I've good word on this one but don't tell anyone else"
James Fla has the connections you see. He's in with the right crew. He knows what's going on. The man could make himself a national hero by letting the whole world know about his inside track but he doesn't want the attention of it all.
A saint of an individual.
2. Always has to beat you by a few quid
James Fla just loves this game, man. He's cleaning the bookies out.
You did well but he did better. He didn't tell you about this one because he never got round to it.
Ask him to see a screenshot of the bet and he'll tell you he did in the office and has it collected.
3. My father's big into it too
"He owned a racehorse there a few years ago. Would have made it to Chetlenham and all only for his injuries. The poor bugger."
"Ah I used to go to all the meetings with him when I was younger. Leopardstown and all them spots."
4. Send a few tactical snapchats of the Racing Post website
This is just another day in the life. You can never be too well prepared and this man is studying.
5. Got her at 200s at the start of the year
The biggest spoof of all.
6. Always counting down to the Cheltenham roar
A spoof won't know what's wrong with this.
7. Still studying
It's really hard to believe My Tent Or Yours is 16/1 for this year's renewal, isn't it?
8. Always has himself covered
You've been beside him all day. You've seen all the bets he put on. In the first race of the day, you both backed the beaten favourite.
James Fla had himself covered on the outsider that bolted up out of nowhere. But he won't let you see the evidence...
9. Buzzing for next year already
Guess who's back.