I spoke last week about how well MATR was doing and that I had one lined up at a big price. The big price? 10/1 and it absolutely hosed in, bringing in a big day for those involved in the service. Good news! It has been a tough week though this week with 5 bets being advised and grabbing only two seconds and three thirds. Hitting the cross bar they call it but that was what I was going to talk about today.
“Hitting the cross bar” or “seconditus” as some people call it is actually a good thing. I know you’re not winning anything but it means you are getting close. I would much rather have 10 second places than have 10 last places. The latter would mean I was getting it all completely wrong. When everything is in place, contacts have supplied information and the form is looking to be in order then we have our bet but there is just a small amount of luck involved in racing or bad luck as has been the case this week. Let’s look at yesterday for example.
I’d received a call early morning from a reliable contact looking to get some money down early on a horse that had been working well at home and had everything in place to get up for the win. Now I don’t regularly tip in bumpers but this source is good and looking through the breeding this horse looked to be spot on. I employed the troops and we snapped up all the 5/4, 6/5 and evens we could find about Rebecca Curtis’ Foryourinformation. The horses went down and ours looked to be the one to side with looking very comfortable and relaxed. The bookies where being hit everywhere and he went of the 5/6 favourite. The race went as it should and McCoy had it in the bag with just half a furlong to go. He traded as low as 1.12 on the exchanges but then………. seemingly out of nowhere Longsdon’s A Vos Gardes just got his head in front to snatch it by a short head on the inside having snuck up the rail. Was I p*ssed off? No. Everything was as it should have been just a bit of bad luck. We beat the SP, the horse never having run before was as fit and ready to win as my contact had suggested, we were just a bit unlucky at the end of the race. He’ll more than likely go off a short priced favourite on his next race and I’d be willing to bet him again.
So the morale of this story is that if you keep getting “seconditus” don’t worry as it means you are getting it right and they will certainly start turning into winners.
I’ll be back next week with more insights from the world of racing.