Friday morning was spent deciding where the free tip was going. Sometimes it can be difficult to nail your colours to one dog from the selection of the four early priced up races!
I thought two of the four races were very difficult to call and the other two were two dog shoot outs. In one of the two dog shoot outs I went for Borna Monty who was on a three timer after two impressive victories in previous weeks. He just shaded it over returning 400 track champion Dower Matt who looked to have a difficult draw with a quick starting runner inside him in trap 1 who would move middle. I get to the track and to my dismay I find the trap 1 Perry Bar runner was a non runner. This completely changed the make up of the race and despite a reserve coming into the trap one slot – he was slow away and a bang railer as such he would cause Dower Matt no issues at all. Dower Matt trapped out Borna Monty didn’t and that was that!
Had I known there was to be a non runner – I would have tipped Dower Matt!! Aargh
My night got off to a flier with my later selection to subscribers Domino Storm absolutely hacking up advised at 9/4 SP 2/1 (I thought it would have been shorter) – she is a bitch to follow that’s six wins from nine starts. I did think my veteran Head iton Tom was badly drawn in trap 4 couldn’t clear Karma Cause inside him unless he got a real flyer and so it turned out Tom was best away but just failed to clear Cause – this allowed the wide running Coolavany Trigg to escape and take advantage.
A dog who has impressed me in recent weeks over six bends is Kevin Boon’s Farley Rio and he’s one to keep an eye for upcoming six bend competitions at the Essex track.
Up very early Saturday, no not to read Andy Bells latest comic or watch Simon Holden’s latest offering on Betfan TV (thanks for the plug though Simon) but to sort out the selections for both my derby tips and GMT services.
For Derby Tips I was keen to concentrate on the three derby plate heats. I sent out three tips told subscribers to have a win bet and small ante post investment. Peter Cronin’s Borneo got the night off to a flier winning in the fastest time of the three heats. He was advised at 9/2 and went off a well backed 11/4f, added to a juicy 14/1 ante post voucher for the Final where he trades at 9/4f. My other two selections both disappointed but my service made a 10 point profit nonetheless.
For my GMT service I concentrated on the Champion Hurdle heats and I was very keen on Ricky Holloway’s Westmead Meteor at 2/1 with b365 that I thought was too big.
Placed a decent bet before sending a message to subscribers to do likewise and also have a small ante post bet at 7/1. He had to grind out the victory but showed real character and class in doing so, he’s 11/4f to win next Saturdays Final. Another 10 point profit.
However it wasn’t all plain sailing with my remaining derby tips ante post hope Aero Nemesis feeling the effects of the three quick runs in a week when bowing out at the semi final stage and our 80/1 vouchers disappearing with him. Thankfully I added Mind the Net as a back up just after the quarter finals at 4/1 to cover our ante post outlay and he looks the most likely winner after his semi final display which has him best price 5/4f to win the 2014 Derby.
After the frenetic couple of days I decided on a free bet day Sunday as nothing really grabbed me enough to bet, I just felt I needed a day to recharge my batteries! However I still mentioned in my email to subscribers three dogs that were on my radar today and all three won. I’m disappointed that I never tipped them officially, just hope some of my flock had a small bet on them.
Monday was another no bet day – Nottingham open races just didn’t excite.
In truth Tuesday at Sheffield was looking similar until I did some homework and found a solid bet for my clients. I saw Kildare Premier at Wimbledon during the derby at he ran with credit, thought his race tonight was a drop in grade – he looked like he could lead if he did he would win – he did! Advised and backed accordingly at 2/1 returned 11/8f this gave us another 10 points profit.
Wednesday is normally a no bet day as it’s graded action on RPGTV unless there is an open class runner – Ernie Gaskin’s bitch Cavan Dancer fitted the bill and was going to be the sole selection until I spotted Droopys Graham in a 575 and he caught my eye in an open a fortnight ago. Decided to put both up – split stakes. Droopys Graham found more trouble than naughty schoolboy but Cavan Dancer bolted out and showed all her class. Advised at 4/1 returned well backed 9/4f. Thus ensuring another 10 point profit taking us over the 60 point profit mark for May however such is the form of the other Betfan tipsters this month, I’m still hovering just outside the top ten.
Thursday I was on grandad duties looking after my five month old grand daughter Poppy. Hope she enjoyed watching the hove videos with me all morning! Thought it was a tricky card at Hove but thought I had found one for subscribers in Insane Spartacus trained by George Andreas who had a good Irish card. He looked the winner off the second bend down the back straight but folded tamely at the third. Not sure why? Disappointing but that’s dog racing! Still it’s been a cracking week.
Lots to look forward to over the weekend – I’m going to the Derby final on Saturday night with my dog Blackstone Marco appearing on the supporting card but we have the peoples champ in opposition Holdem Spy who will be a very tough nut to crack! Should be a fantastic night and I’m looking forward to it.
I think that Farley Rio can win again tonight but I do like a bit of value – Jim Reynolds Flawless Floyd fits the bill – he’s been downgraded in class tonight and I can see him track likely leader and favourite Buoy Johnny round before proving to strong close home. He’s worth a punt at the prices to do just that.
Romford 9.56 Trap 5
Win bet @ 5/1 Betfred
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster