BEN BEFORE RACING13:30 JLT Novices’ ChaseHalf a million and some down going into day three so a massive hill to climb. Betting was steady in the opener with Terrefort and Shattered Love the two they wanted to be on hence losers with us.The pain continued, the two worst in the book led over the last. We had no possible chance. More noughts added to the ever increasing losses.14:10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap HurdleGlenloe opened at 7/2 for the 23-runner Pertemps so one to take on. It seemed the ring and the exchanges felt the same too as the gelding was soon chased out to 9/2 as everyone tried to get it in their books. The office laid a couple of chunky bets Sort It Out and Forza Milan £48k – £6k and £44k – £4k respectively. Money on the course was steady but modest in comparison.The jolly touched 5/1 in the ring with some books sticking their heads over the exchange price parapet. They might have regretted that when one off course firm started snapping up the 9/2 each-way.Brand ambassador Davy Russell did the ring a small favour landing the gamble on Delta Work by a nose from the jolly as most business was done on the winner before racing. Davy’s mount was a small winner in the on-course book but those on the plot didn’t leave the office out, yet another overall loser.14:50 Ryanair ChaseWith Un De Sceaux odds-on for the Ryanair, Ben was hoping for a so far elusive monster bet to get beaten to try and dig the firm out of the financial hole.Once again the lumpy punters, if there were any left us out. We still managed to take plenty out of the jolly though losing just over five figures at the off on course. The office laid a bet of £8,000- £11,000 but nothing like had been hoped for.Our brand ambassador Davy Russell proved to be the saviour of the betting ring with his famous 8/1 victory on Balko Des Flos. No sooner had we started to celebrate, thinking we might have turned a corner, the office called, they’d laid a bet of £40,000 – £5,000 on the winner virtually as they were off. Talk about a crushing blow. It seemed that faint light at the end of the tunnel is just a pin prick now.15:30 Sun Bets Stayers’ HurdleThe bets came in thick and fast in the office for the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle with some colossal bets for Sam Spinner at 3/1 then a £100,000 – £7,000 Penhill, on course was smaller and steady though we laid £20,000 – £600 each way The World’s End and some office money on Bacardys at 16/1.You could not make it up. Penhill winning really did appear to be the final nail in the coffin of the Festival for the firm.16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap ChaseIt’s very difficult to get to work on a race like the Brown Advisory when you’ve just lost £120,000 on one horse that was a cracking result in everyone’s book around you. There was nothing else for it but just carry on, let the punters fill the hod and hope for the best. It couldn’t really get any worse.To add to our woes field money was little short of pathetic with plenty of losers with relatively little to win.Brand ambassador Davy Russell broke the hearts of the ring collaring gallant 25/1 bookie’s result Splash Of Ginge up the hill on 5/1 favourite The Storyteller. More payouts to more happy punters.ANDREW’S AFTERNOON UPDATE<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>16:50 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ HurdleIt gets to the point where you just expect to pay out, so you can imagine how it felt for Ben to get stuck into the Trull House faced with another Mullins hot-pot.We expected to lay Laurina and did, £30k in the office then £8,000 – £14,000 off the floor on the pitch. Decent bets weren’t exclusive to the jolly though, the offices had £10,000-£800 High School Days and we also took a bet of £10,000 – £500 each way Salsaretta.High School Days no doubt down to the brand ambassador Davy Russell factor. He’d been trending on twitter and now all the rage with punters. So much so that the office had a £40k liability his mount due to rolling up multiple money.The way Laurina won with consummate ease would have been wonderful to watch had she not cost us another eye-watering figure. 4/7 never looked such value, astonishing.17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap ChaseThere was certainly going to be no get out on the last. But Ben had a real go and fielded some decent money given the type of race. At the off we just had the one loser, Mall Dini for £13,000 was that tempting fate?No it wasn’t, we got away with it, just and got a fraction back, but at least we ended the day on a winning note. It’s not over yet.