Friday early start as normal newsletter and free tip sent out. Had to pop out and do some chores with Mrs D whose cramping my racing style since she’s been made redundant!
Got home to find I was still waiting for those damned bookmakers to price up the whole Romford card. I was keen to do all my punting before I left for the track. Ladbrokes priced up at 6.30 and Corals the track owners swerved the maiden races!
I met up with Mark Wallis the champion trainer at the track and I came to the conclusion he’s a much better trainer than a tipster. However I got some good information for the future.
The free tip Karma Cause was a major disappointment – was never at the races!
However my selection sent to my subscribing members Hometown Day trounced his field in the top division of the 575 to send me home happy and hopefully cheer up my members. Advised at a whopping 5/1 and was returned at 7/2.
Saturday saw the usual RPGTV poor graded fare from Crayford and Newcastle so I took a close look at the Derby trial stakes at Wimbledon. Unfortunately I was only able to look at the card in the morning and by the time I saw the biggest certainty for a long time the 5/4 and 11/10 had long gone – I rushed out an email and hoped that we all got on at evens as I made it a 4/6 shot. Then set about reading the Saturday comic from Andy Bell and watched the afternoon racing. Tuned into 24 dogs streaming service to watch the Derby trial stakes – poor pictures but better than nothing. My tip Roxholme Ted was impressive and won by a long way and clocked a good time 4/6f. There were several impressive pre-race trials and trial stake performances. The Derby is really hotting up and it’s going to be one of best in a long time. My own bitch Dear Holly had slowly been coming back to form after a long lay off with injury – she hosed up at Romford at the juicy odds of 5/1.
Sunday up early trying to beat the forecast rain so I could get the dogs walked and pay my kennel bill. Achieved that just about! No women in the house upon my return so I was able to put out a selection to my members from Henlow though it was poor fare at the Bedfordshire track tonight. Then I did my own football bet – treble landed! Had a lovely Sunday roast cooked by Mrs D then settled down to watch RPGTV. I have really lost confidence with Henlow on RPGTV and unless it’s a big competition there I’m not tipping there anymore. I’m going to go to Sittingbourne on the bags for my Sunday selections. Our selection appeared to be a non trier, not for the first time at the Bedfordshire track.
Monday saw nothing that took the eye at with the opens at Nottingham and Sheffield’s opens on Tuesday’s can be difficult with lots of fancied dogs turned over.
I put my free time to very good use by helping Mrs D to fill in some application forms for a job! I had hoped to go over to Wimbledon on Wednesday to watch the Derby trials but my friend Scotty went over for and I have all his thoughts on the trials, this will greatly assist in selecting my derby ante post portfolio. However the shock was the massive 220 entries which have forced the 1st round to take place over three nights starting next Thursday – 37 heats with 15 heats only getting two qualifiers through to the 96 required for the 2nd round.
This makes it in my opinion more about luck that your dog needs than anything else in the Derby! The first round draw on Sunday will be watched with great interest to see what dogs will be under first round pressure to qualify.
Remember you can join my service Greyhound Derby Tips and let me find you the winners throughout the duration of the Derby right here. My ante post bets will be out early next week before the first round action starts on this coming Thursday.
Thursday was all about the Sky covered Regency Final where some of the gloss was removed when Fear Emoski was withdrawn with a hairline fracture of the hock. The tracks are running too fast for my liking as present, with lots of injuries around, we need to slow the tracks down – safety first always. On what was a very competitive card I put out my selection to subscribers in the morning. Aero Twizzle appeared a value bet with a good draw in what was a difficult sprint to solve as I felt Wee Tiger Tots was poorly drawn in trap 2 and could cause mayhem. Sure enough that happened but the national sprint winner Helenas Sailor just cleared the mayhem at the bend on the outside, but Twizzle was disappointing with the inside all to himself. As I predicted in my email to subscribers there were shocks a plenty on the card none more so than the peoples champ Farloe Tango being turned over in the big Final with 25/1 local Boltatwelldigger winning the £10,000 first prize!
It’s been a while since we landed a free tip – that needs to change. It would be easy to tip up a short price selection like Dower Matt who looks to hold all the aces in the 9.40 race but I prefer to look for a bit of value and in the very next race Dave Mullins Aayamzalad fits the bill. He blows hot and cold but if tonight is one of his hot going days then he can win this at a whopping 5/1.
Romford 9.56 Trap 6
Win bet @ 5/1 Ladbrokes
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster