Friday is always the start of my week and after last weeks poor efforts I was keen to try to get back on the winning trail. All gamblers & tipsters suffer poor runs. My poor runs normally last around two weeks. I take solace from knowing that I will come out the other side and my results show I make long term profit year on year.
No excuses but the Romford card was dire and as a result I only backed & sent the one tip to subscribers and free tip followers alike. Maxine Locke’s Swift Murt 11/4 impressed me last week and seemed a sound proposition to follow up. Well it appears the weight of me tipping it was enough for it to fall out of the boxes and take no worthwhile part in the race. I have my own ideas about its poor performance but I can’t mention them on here!
Saturday nipped out early doors to go and pick up my newly framed presentation jackets from Marco winning the Ladbrokes Spring Festival Dogs and Henlow Cesarewitch. On my way home I got a text message saying Forest Sara over at Wimbledon was a certainty at around even money. It was too short for me to put out as my selection. Instead I went to Newcastle for the £1000 Final of the A1 Sweepstake. I had been all over Magical Reid throughout this competition but his defeat last week when checking up at the third bend was enough for me to jump ship over to Ghetto Empire 5/1 who had won both his heat and semi in fine style. I felt he could win his early pace battle with Valentia Frosty and slip clear to win.
Empire trapped well but so did Frosty whereas Reid was modestly away, but the two leaders had a coming together at the second bend which allowed Reid to be on the premises and taking the third bend in stark contrast to last week, he swept round to win unchallenged, with Empire some way behind in second.
That’s how it’s going just now!
Sunday paid my usual visit to see my ex Romford champ Head iton Tom at the retired kennels. Returned home after walks & treats were despatched, to see if we could hit the mark today and what with. I swerved the Henlow card for tipping purposes and headed to the decent Sittingbourne card where I had two runners again the prolific four bend Wotnofizz was going for win number six from seven runs and my sprinter Goes Hot was going for win five from six runs. Both had good chances IMO and the bookmakers agreed. I thought my trainer Heather Dimmock would have a good night and decided the 15/8 available on Farley Champ was more than fair as he had a drop in class. Sent out to my subscribers.
I had intended suffering the minus two conditions at the Kent track but I had been out to dinner with my friends and thought better of it! So I headed for the bookmakers to watch all the action from both venues, I had to travel out of my town about three miles as my local shops all closed at 8pm. As soon as I arrived the dreaded non runners plague had hit me again – SP only in Champs race and Fizz who I was on at 7/4. Fizz went off 10/11 and in the words of the Ladbrokes commentator ‘it was a one dog race’ winning by over seven lengths in a fast time. Champ was now a ridiculous 4/5 shot after the non runner – no way would I have played at that price but your on and nowt you can do about it! He trapped moderately was crowded at the first and third bends, but in truth he never looked like winning. Goes Hot unusually for a sprinter was in the last race, but it didn’t unduly worry him as he bolted from the traps making all and was returned the 4/6f. He clocked the fastest time of the three heats and surely must go very close in next weeks final. A very good night for my own runners but I’m still able to stop a bus with my tipping at the moment.
Monday I decided to take a couple of days off. I’m never keen on Nottingham or Sheffield as betting propositions anyway. I had my grand daughter Poppy to look after all day and in truth that was a blessing. Nice to have a day away from the greyhounds.
Tuesday back on the job looking at the videos and then looking at the week ahead, but Sheffield didn’t appeal to me. Another no bet day.
Wednesday up sharp to put out two ante post bets for my subscribers from the Prestige Heats that were on live in the betting shops. Looked long and hard at heat one found it hard to separate Farloe Lara 14/1 and Wiki Waki Woo 14/1. I just came down on the side of Lara. I also put up Billy’s Bullet 10/1 from heat two. I didn’t think heat three had any potential winners in it! Backed them and then sent them Lara & Billy to subscribers. I then nipped down to my local bookies to watch the action. Lara pinged out and went well clear but Woo soon made in roads into that lead and took up the lead down the back straight winning in impressive fashion. Lara was nutted on the lollipop for second place and denied a place in the final.
Bullet was as impressive winning his heat from an adverse draw. He showed great track craft avoiding trouble at the first bend and getting on the rails to go after the early leader Jaytee Osprey, in a similar fashion to the first winner he took it up in the back straight to win well. I think the winner is likely to come from one of these two heat winners. Billy’s Bullet got trap one and Wiki Waki Woo got trap two in next Tuesday’s Final. No excuses probably just favour Bullet as do the bookies!
Thursday I felt the tide turning yesterday and felt good about today despite the Hove card not making me salivate with anticipation. It’s just the time of year when lots if good dogs are rested for a month or two during the winter, which leads to sub standard open race cards mixed with graded races. I went to Henlow instead for my selection Westmead Rena 11/4 has caught the eye on her latest three starts and looked the answer to land the lucky last. Sent out to subscribers. I popped down my office to put up my framed presentation jackets and sort out some bits before the action started. I had reason to feel good earlier as my tip on my other site won @ 3/1 and then Rena 6/4f didn’t let the side down getting the better of Savana Miesque on the run in to complete a profitable evening.
Friday hoping to continue clawing my subscribers back into the black. However the flying four races look tough to solve in order to put out my Friday Free Tip to all my readers.
Without doubt one of the best drawn dogs of the night is David Mullins Elaine Boy whose drawn outside five railers, however his strike rate leaves a lot to be desired. His last two starts have seen him come second running sound races in defeat. He won’t have many better opportunities to get on the scoresheet as all his opponents have some sort of question marks.
Romford 9.40 Trap 6
Win Bet @ 7/2 Ladbrokes
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster