Friday up and at it early doors as we had a Monmore bags card full of opens and I decided to go for broke with the newsletter free tip. It would have been easy to give a 7/4 shot but I did really fancy a 10/1 shot. Again I could have played safe by tipping it each way but that’s not my style I went straight for the jugular. I backed Lowgate Topaz accordingly before sending it out to my subscribers, then out to the newsletter readers. My subscribers also got another selection – a strong bet on Viking Jack at 7/4. I set off to my local betting shop to watch all the Monmore action. Caleb was causing havoc as usual but Matt another regular was in there calming him down. Matt a young man with very good knowledge of horses, but wants to bet in every race. Route to the poor house! Viking Jack makes hard work of winning but is a winner just the same! Next up was Topaz I did tell the punters in the shop that I fancied it – they all had a bit on and watched it with me. He trapped well and led out of the second bend but my eyes were firmly fixed on the fav Millwards Teddy that somehow managed to get round behind him. I thought the writing was on the wall Teddy joined Topaz at the fifth bend but Topaz fought back and they were bumping each other of the last bend and the run in – this allowed Jimmy Wright’s dog in trap one to come from four lengths behind to nail them both on the line. A head and a short head away from landing a right touch. Still ended in a profitable day. Dusted myself down and set off to Romford to watch Marco & Patch. I decided not to bother with anymore selections and had a small interest in both my dogs. Both ran well Patch missed the break but flew home and Marco was a gallant second to the win machine that is Adageo Bob. I left with a few notebook dogs for the next few Fridays though.
Saturday there was nothing at Crayford or Newcastle to excite me. So having watched the heats of Wimbledon on 24 dogs last week I thought that Jetstream Reason would win the hurdle final. Thought 9/4 was fair providing he could clear the fast starter in trap one by the third bend. Backed and sent out to subscribers. Watched the Irish derby heats along with the Wimbledon action from my office. One flew out but we took off down the back straight but he went to pass the one dog at the third bend and he promptly shut the door on us. He was all over looking like the winner but that’s dog racing.
Our luck will turn soon as were on the right dogs.
Sunday I’m writing this newsletter whilst flying to Barcelona to join up with my cruise ship. We all need breaks and I’m no different from anyone else. Now it would be nice to have time away from tipping but I fully understand if you had just joined my service how miffed you would be paying for a service that you weren’t receiving. So for the next two weeks we will try to strike a happy balance, providing I can get decent wifi on the ship. I thought Kevin Huttton’s Boom Boom Dani so impressive recently would continue in the same vein at Hove this morning. I took the 6/4 and advised members to do likewise. But he was crowded early and could only manage third. I should know better as Hove on Sunday mornings throws up some strange results. Some trainers won’t run there dogs in the morning I wonder why? All was not lost though later while out for dinner I checked the Sittingbourne results to see that my dog Goes Hot aka Patch had won at Sittingbourne. He likes it there!
Monday saw us join the magnificent Regal Princess and we spent the afternoon familiarising ourselves with all the boats facilities. I sent out a no tips day as I hadn’t organised wifi yet. Later after dinner I set about joining the ships wifi which was expensive and came with a health warning of slowness and intermittency while at sea.
Tuesday we arrived at Toulon nice day, lovely market and the harbour is the base for the French Navy. Wifi intermittent but quickly realise that Sheffield is a no bet day.
Wednesday there is no open racing in the UK so another no bets is sent out. We’re docked in Livorno but went to Pisa and Florence on a very hot day. The leaning tower is amazing and well worth a visit. Travelled there with some Australians and Americans broadening my horizons and making friends for future trips. Back on board the ship and downloaded Hove Monmore and Henlow cards to study for tomorrow nights racing before going to dinner.
Thursday saw me quickly, well as quickly as the ships wifi would allow, send off my selections to my subscribers. Then it was off to Rome and the very impressive Colosseum.
Back on board to watch a movie under the stars before checking the results my second itis continues this month but Viking Jack stopped the rot winning the feature race very impressively. Also my own dog Blackstone Marco who appears to be relishing the step up in trip we have given him made two wins out three races now by winning his heat of the Westmead Hawk Memorial at Henlow.
I will never tip my dogs but there worth following.
Friday morning Free Tip day. Maxine Locke’s Hometown Day has been running well in defeat behind the all conquering Adageo Bob. Tonight’s race represents a drop in class which he can make the most of by leading all the way.
Romford 8.50 Trap 5
Win bet @ 9/2 Coral & Ladbrokes
Back next Friday.