The betting ring lost its biggest individual bookmaker, by the name of Freddie Williams in July 2008.

I knew and bet with Freddie on a regular basis. The son of a miner made a fortune in bottled water. Even when working full-time on this business he made a ‘Book’ at Shawfield dogs in Edinburgh. His lifetime ambition was to be a bookmaker at the Cheltenham festival. He paid £90,000 for the pitch and shortly afterwards lost £900,000 in one day to the legendary punter JP McManus! Freddie always smiled, win, lose or draw and I am sure won it back. Bookmakers normally do. Not always however. Freddie was the fearless bookie. He died aged 65 and will be sorely missed. 

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I was at the Newmarket July meeting last week and the racecourse has opened up a new Pink Bar, selling Champagne (Pink and White). This, along with the recent upgrade behind the stands, make the July course a treat. (Newmarket is the only town to have two racecourses). 

The racing and style were both top class. A lucky couple won a week in the Caribbean having won the best turned out couple and all other entrants departed with a Thai spa voucher or similar. 

A fun week was had by all.

Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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