I had a headache trying to pick a free tip for newsletter readers Friday morning I just didn’t like anything in those races. Instead I sent subscribers an addition to our Monmore ante post portfolio in Jimmy Daly’s Scarface. Fridays are always long drawn out affairs with some of the bookmakers reluctant to price up the Romford cards. I was excited about the chances of my dog Head iton Tom who was dropped back in distance to the standard four bend trip 400 metres. The plan was foiled by the three dog taking Tommy’s back legs at the final bend when it looked like Tommy was home & hosed! He finished second that set the theme for the night as my first selection Skate On fluffed the start and showed tremendous pace but couldn’t reel in Borna Karma. Then later the same happened with my second selection Mountjoy Rebel missing the up and had to play second fiddle to Isheforeal.
Saturdays as usual were devoid of open races so it was a no bet day. I didn’t even get involved in the horses as Mrs D had me clearing out the shed and a trip to the tip! Small price to pay for her allowing my visit to Cheltenham to watch the best racing of the year. Even better this year is the battle between Andy Bell and The Gambling Don with a £5k winner take all side bet!
On a beautiful sunny morning there is nothing better than going to the kennels to take your hounds out for a walk and give them some treats. A spot of Sunday lunch at my favourite establishment The White Hart in Roydon ensued. This was followed upon my return home by a race by race analysis of the Henlow card by ‘Angus the dog’ – we both agreed it was a tricky card but one dog stuck out on a draw/value grounds Freddy the Legend was sent out to subscribers. Looking at the early results though it appeared the inside was running better than the outside of the track! He was led up early but challenged at the third bend but was cut off by the leader and that was that! Gutted!
Monday was hectic with the Monmore Spring Festival heats and Puppy Derby semi finals to sort out, packing for Cheltenham as I was travelling down with my good friend Alan later tonight. The ante post selections went well with Jaytee Jules 5/1 Akerview Gem 5/1 both making the bitches Final. We got Droopys Adler 7/1 through to the 630 Final and Ballymac BobbyJo 25/1 into the Puppy Derby Final. To cap off a memorable bit of ante post tipping we got both Blackstone Marco 20/1 and Sneezy’s Paddy 20/1 in the dogs final. Lots to look forward to on Friday. Went off Cheltenham with a spring in my step!
However it seems an average run of form lately and Cheltenham has led to a number of subscribers ‘drawing stumps’ – their loss!
Tuesday and Wednesday were spent at the best racing festival in the world! I even briefly met Simon Holden (Mr Betfan TV ) but I had to decline the invitation to meet the feuding Andy Bell and Gambling Don who were locking horns in the battle of the tipsters. I met a lot of old friends and had a great time, Alan and I even managed to find a few winners.
Thursday we travelled back home in time to back four winners out of the six races and I put up Tap and Go as the best selection of the night from Hove to subscribers. He hosed up advised at 11/10 he was returned 4/6. The card was full of short ones, not a lot to choose from but a winner is a winner!
All roads are leading to Monmore today for me to cheer on our ante post selections in the four finals none more so than my own Blackstone Marco. But my subscribers will have already received their Golden Sprint ante post selections. What will I do with you the free newsletter guys?
The Final of the Tony Williams Marathon is also on the Romford card tonight and I was very impressed with the fastest heat winner Droopys Move who came from last to first to beat hot favourite Droopys Field in the fastest time of the heats. Remarkably she’s still available at 4/1 I think with a bit of luck in running, she can cut these down again!
Romford 9.24 Trap 4
Win bet @ 4/1 Betfred
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster