As part of my job, I’m obviously required to attend the races a lot. A lot of people assume I’m there to get some money down but a lot of the time it’s as simple as just networking. I was lucky enough to attend the Ebor this week and had a few bets that I needed to get on that would have been impossible via the internet. I know a few faces in the ring and these bets would be accommodated by certain bookies who still have the balls to lay big bets.
The reason I write this piece this week is that I was aware of a lot of hype as I talked to various people involved in the industry whilst at the festival. I’ve written about this before but whilst at the Yorkshire track I’d noticed it a lot more. The biggest problem I had was that the weather had changed so much since day one compared to-day four it made it very difficult to actually work out what was what.
You’ve done all of your analysis and had people ringing you a day before the festival starts asking for money to go down on a horse running on day 3 and then on day 2 the heavens open and it pisses down all night. Can the horse cope? Surely it will become a non-runner? It just complicates things so much. You then have to make phone calls back to people to make sure that the change in weather hasn’t altered the size of their bet or if they want it at all.
At the end of day 4 it was apparent that those that had stuck to their original opinions at day 1 had lost and those that where able to adapt to the fact that the weather had changed the going so dramatically by the end of the festival had made a profit. My phone had never been so hot come day 4 when certain contacts had realised that bets needed to be re-thought.
Aside of all of this I managed to make a few more contacts and when everyone is in the same room (champagne tent!) verbal recommendations are the norm and as I walked away from the Knavesmire on Saturday I knew I would be making more money as the flat season continued. Actually more money as the jump season started as well. That investment in plenty of bottles of champagne looked to be paying off!
Of course all the members of BK MATR get these tips directly from myself that I’ve obtained directly from contacts within the industry and we’ve yet to have a losing month in 13 months of being live.
Catch you next week,