Friday was all about The Cardinal’s 60th birthday party in Romford’s Chase restaurant, which coincided with Marco’s six bend debut. The flying four priced up races were as usual the most competitive on the card. However I liked the chances of Aero Babooshka who appeared to be coming to the boil from season intervention and had run well lately from poor draws. Everything pointed to a good run tonight – so after a sizeable investment by me at 11/4 I sent it out to subscribers and then as my free newsletter tip. I also backed Marco once they decided to price up the full card, I thought 7/4 was fair. He had a draw to die for and it was a drop in class but would he stay? I thought so. I never tip my own dogs – bad karma!
Set off for Romford hopeful of a good night, the boys were out in force at the party Big Jim, Cheesey, Ryan and Andy D. No sooner had we arrived and it was Marco time, I stood a little nervous on the terraces but he flashed the cans and led going five clear down the back straight but the strong running four dog (the danger) was bearing down on him but Marco pulled out a bit more to win by a neck. Brilliant! The highs and lows of dog racing were never more apparent when next up was Aero Babooshka who was backed all, afternoon as if defeat was out of the question, the 11/4 early price into 11/10f at the track. A slow break put paid to any chance she had of winning and she could only manage third. She’s not one to give up on yet, though maybe Romford is not her gaff! The party was in full flow by now Cheesey buoyed with taking £800 from the FOBT earlier in the day, was doing his best to increase his profit by unusually picking a few winners. The Cardinal was all lathered up in a right sweat with a combination of too much wine and Marco’s win. It was nice to see Big Jim back in the fold after winning his battle with Leukaemia – he’s an inspiration to us all.
Life is for living – tomorrow is another day!
Saturday I think there were a few sore heads judging by the lack of conversation amongst us. I had to look lively though with a visit from my seven month old grand daughter. Later I read the racing post and unusually agreed with Jonathan Kay that Evanta Evita was the bitch to side with in the Ladies Final at Wimbledon. She appeared to be better drawn than the other heat winner Roxholme Dream. Backed her accordingly at 11/8 with B365 who kindly priced up and sent out an email for subscribers to do likewise. The race panned out like I thought with the local runner in trap four bolting out the traps with Evita going round in second and Dream a few lengths away in third as they went down the back straight. The only bit not on the script were Evita checking behind the leader at the third bend and then looking to switch outside the leader on the run in before ducking back inside. All this allowed Dream to make up the ground she was behind and all three bitches went charging to the line with Dream just proving the stronger denying us by a neck. That’s dog racing I still believe we were on the best dog in the race. So we will always win more than we lose!
Sunday managed to beat the tail end of hurricane that was forecast to hit us, to take Holly out for a walk. She’s looking well and I expect her to go well when she runs next.
Home to get a Henlow update from Angus the dog who was keener than I was on the the card. I spent the rest of the afternoon looking for an angle and when I couldn’t see any I sent out a no bet advice. Had a lovely home cooked roast dinner before watching Henlow and then the final round of the USPGA golf. I had a lump on Henrik Stenson at 28/1 and after his blistering front nine I was getting a tad excited but Rory is a man not a boy anymore and he played the back nine better than the rest to pick up the prize. Not too disappointed as we land a nice ew 7/1 bet on Henrik, whose turn isn’t far away.
Monday I popped up to see Tommy at Barley Re-homing kennels, he’s happier now as he’s in with a bitch but she’s just in for the holidays. He’s getting a new kennel mate at the weekend Blackrose Mia who was also a fine open class bitch herself. Let’s hope a forever home for Tommy & Mia is just around the corner. Home to look at the Nottingham card once B365 had priced up but only one interested me Calzaghe Davy runner up to Pay Freeze in the select stakes was a solid bet at Evens. He did the business despite a 16 day absence winning at 4/5f. I went down the bookmakers to watch the Nottingham opens and was pleasantly surprised that no-one was playing the FOBT. In fact Roger the Dodger was the only other punter in the shop. He’s a canny bettor on the horses and after two close seconds his nap hosed up at Windsor. He collected his winnings and was off to the pub across the road to celebrate.
Tuesday I thought I would play at Sheffield hoping the form of last weeks sky meeting would be upheld. It’s not normally a track I like as the form book gets turned over on a regular basis. I shouldn’t have bothered both as my selection for the GMT subscribers Geneva Diva and my other selection on my other site were turned over by 8/1 shots!
Wednesday saw open race action at Yarmouth and over at Swindon where I thought Eriks Gav looked to have the better draw than Screen Critic. So the 9/4 was taken from B365 and then sent out to subscribers. I listened at home on the greyhound commentary radio I quote “screen critic just leads early but is being pressed on both sides by Eriks Gav and Rock Cinta – screen critic is still just ahead on the run for home but is now being strongly pressed by Eriks Gav 3 and 2 – 2 and 3 they flash past together – very close – photo – result three screen critic wins by a short head!” Gutted! Holly ran a gallant race at Romford beaten a length coming third.
Thursday saw no open racing in the UK but the Irish derby continues at Shelbourne Park. I took a long hard look at the card but decided against putting up any selections. It’s still early in the competition and the form can be turned upside down. Spent the afternoon watching Monmore videos and looking at both the Monmore & Romford cards. A feast of open racing on our hands tomorrow. Looking at the Irish Derby results I was right to swerve it.
FFT time again we have been close but not cigar, now it would be easy to prop up a short one but not this week we’re going for a whopping 10/1 shot over at Monmore this afternoon. Jim Hayton’s Lowgate Topaz has very good c&d form and is overpriced IMO. We are taking on the short priced favourite Millwards Teddy who may struggle with the short run to the first bend but then again he may still be good enough win! But at the prices I would rather be with Topaz.
Monmore 5.33 Trap 4
Win bet @ 10/1 Coral
Back next Friday.