Friday it was all systems go for Day 2 of the Derby and I thought it would be nice if we could land a free tip at Wimbledon. Like most tracks Wimbledon suits an early paced front runner so step forward Brother John. Seamus Cahill’s dog didn’t disappoint banging out and leading all the way to reward both subscribers and free punters. Derby Tips subscribers landed a double with the very impressive all the way winner and now ante post favourite Paradise Silva. However my GMT selections went down when Mikes Machine stumbled coming out of the traps and Lode Henry went lame at the 1st bend.
However my night was finished off very well when my stalwart dog Head iton Tom won his first race back after a six week absence – he bolted out and made all over the 400 metre trip. I had availed myself of the 6/1 on offer from Ladbrokes.
Saturday saw me attend Wimbledon to watch my dog Blackstone Marco take his part in the Derby but he had drawn arguably the hardest heat of the first round. I set about sending out all the tips to both my sites. Though I felt it was a difficult nights racing compared to the previous evening. My son and I then set off to Wimbledon to meet my co-owners Carpo and Cheesey in the restaurant. There was a decent crowd at the Plough Lane track and a buzz about the place. We settled down, the alcohol and banter started flowing and before we knew it was showtime. Things hadn’t gone well on the tipping front with no winners on either site – the early paced runners were not getting home tonight. Marco looked a picture on parade but you get nothing for looking good – he trapped well but was crowded at the 1st and 2nd bends and despite a late rally flying up the home straight he failed to qualify by 1/2 a length. So there ended the derby dream.
Sunday usual routine albeit a bit later after my late night from Wimbledon – kennel visit to see Tommy and Holly for walks and treats. Home to get the second round Derby draw. Nothing exciting at Henlow though I had had a good word for one at Sittingbourne – so I posted it out after having a bet myself. No sooner had the email gone out and there was news of a non runner. No time for the market to be reformed – all bets settled at SP. My worst nightmare as a tipster as it was the favourite who was withdrawn and it completely changed the complex of the race. My bet was on but if it hadn’t I wouldn’t have bet the dog and I would have told the subscribers the same! The dog was turned over as I thought it would be with the vacant trap helping the winner! Not the best start to this month for the GMT service.
Monday was going to watch all the derby videos and make a start on going through the sixteen heats. But I forgot it was BHL and I had visitors arrive and that put paid to that. However once they had left I had time to post out a strong selection for Romford where there was a three heat open race competition and my friends at B365 had priced up. The 2/1 available on Oakfield Lucy who has been in the form of her life recently, was too big to miss out on. She banged out and led all the way returned 6/4f and I made b365 pay out handsomely.
Tuesday again I had the same plans to watch all the videos but I got word of two really nice dogs that were up for sale and spent all morning researching them and we eventually bought them. You will be hearing more about them once they come over and start racing in the coming weeks. I don’t normally bet at Sheffield but there was one dog Lowgate Topaz that looked a solid bet – helped myself to a bit of the 9/4 before sending it out to the GMT crew. The result was never in doubt as he turned second as he was a strong runner it was a matter of time till he went past to land us the lolly. A nice turnaround for the GMT service in a matter of two days.
Wednesday was a no bet day – graded action from Peterborough/Romford threw up nothing interesting. Ideal for me to get down to Derby business that I did most of the day – sorting out selections for the Friday & Saturday heats.
Thursday decided not to go to Hove to watch Marco who we decided needed a true test of four bends. The weather was pants and my grand daughter Poppy-Rose was coming for tea. Instead I finished of my work on the upcoming derby 2nd round heats and sorted out the Hove card unfortunately sometimes the quickest dogs can be the clumsiest so Droopys Steph could only muster 2nd for subscribers but Millwards Teddy was a banker and made us a small profit on the night. Marco could only manage third but ran well coming home like a train, after missing the break, getting no run to the corner, he was only beaten just over a length in the end.
Friday I’m going to Romford to watch my veteran win machine Tommy whose stepping back up to his normal six bend distance tonight. The Romford racing manager has harshly put him straight back into the top division of the 575 metre races, where he faces dual big competition winner Reel Trickyone.
I think Sinbad has a chance of upsetting Adageo Bob in the 575 Final at Romford but we’re going to Wimbledon for the free tip. Owen Mckenna’s Farloe Calvin can use his brilliant early pace to go clear and win the first heat of the second round.
Wimbledon 8.42 Trap 2
Win bet @ 7/4 Hills (bog)
Back next Friday
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