Friday we arrived in the amazing Venice. But before I left the ship I had to send out the free tip. We had the eight heats of the Champion Stakes to choose from. Like yesterday at Hove I felt the favourite Airport Captain could be turned over, I went with the very good c&d form of Farley Rio. Thought 9/2 was overpriced and sent it out to subscribers before emailing the newsletter off to Betfan Towers. I didn’t have enough time or wifi left to add anymore selections or check the other prices. I thought Dower Matt was a bet in the last race.
I sampled the tourist delights of Venice before popping back to the ship for dinner and to watch Marco run in the Champion Stakes with my last bit of wifi credit. I checked the early results and was appalled to see a track bias – the middle to wide runners were winning all the races. This shouldn’t happen when the track is hosting a Category 1 competition. I saw that we got Airport Captain beaten but I picked the wrong dog to beat him. Marco safely qualified for next weeks semi finals coming third after being forced to check wide at the first bend, I was pleased as the railers were at a definite disadvantage last night. I got a text message from Cheesy who told me we faced a difficult semi with my trainers other two runners ante post favourite & Romford win machine Adageo Bob and dual category winner Reel Trickyone. It is what it is and you have to be in it to win it – funny things can happen in greyhound racing. I would love to make a Category 1 final with one of my dogs.
Saturday we left the ship to go to Venice Marco Polo airport for our flight home. All good things have to come to an end. I had a fantastic holiday and I’m looking forward to next month – Champion Stakes Final and East Anglian Derby Final on Sky. There are a couple of open races tonight at Crayford and a few more at Wimbledon where very short price favourites dominate the market. So a no bets email was sent out.
Sunday up early went to see Holly at Ernie Gaskins, she unfortunately suffered a stress fracture of the hock. She’s four tomorrow and she has been put on the re-homing list. The Cardinal rung me from Mark Wallis’s kennels in Lakenheath he reported that Marco is in tip top shape ahead of his Champion Stakes Semi Final. Gus my Henlow correspondent called to say he wasn’t over enthusiastic about the card and staked should be kept at a minimum. I agreed with him but together we pulled out a couple of possibles. I was heading for Sittingbourne to watch Goes Hot run with the Cardinal.
Patch is in fine form, he’s going for a hat-trick of 450 metre wins and is a credit to Team Dimmock. Before setting off I sent out two selections one from Henlow and Sittingbourne, Stressed Ed at Henlow and Cabra Scooby at Henlow. Ed lead and should have won but was waiting for another dog to get in front of him finishing second which cost me a lot of money in my trixie bet as both Cabra Scooby and Goes Hot won. Still another profitable night nearly 35 points up for August and another top ten finish.
Monday back to normality dog walking, cutting the grass and a trip to Tesco’s before taking a look at Romford’s opens, which were heats of competitions where the Finals are held on sky’s Champion Stakes Final night. I was impressed with Lenson Tiggy on Friday night winning his maiden and this looked no more difficult. So backed him and sent the email to subscribers to do the same. Watched the heats in my local bookies which was remarkably quiet. Tiggy won comfortably showing good early pace to lead round after a tardy start, starting the month where we left off.
Tuesday I was still playing catch up on some household chores and a visit to the Dr before taking a look at the Sheffield card. Sheffield is not a track I like from a punting perspective and you get some funny results where the form gets turned over. So it was a no bets day. Later when I checked the results most of the favourites obliged for a change. Amazing!
Wednesday saw me up early and getting organised to send out my East Anglian Derby ante post picks to subscribers. That done I waited for the heats to be priced up by all the bookmakers before sending out two selections in the heats. Later at night I sauntered down to my local bookmakers to watch all the action from Yarmouth. Surprisingly for the second evening there was no-one on the FOBT – common sense prevails! I met my mate Andy in there and watched all my ante post selections progress safely into the next round on Monday. However my two heat win selections both hit the buffers. That’s dog racing!
Thursday saw an average open race card from Hove by their high standards and Henlow back on the RPGTV screens with a graded card. I put up one selection to subscribers. My Real Muttley had run with great credit during the Monmore Gold Cup making the Final. He looks an improved dog, so I bet him myself at 5/2 and then sent out the advice to my clients. I couldn’t believe they made the six dog 6/4f at the off but we had no fear as Muttley had the last laugh, hee hee, bolting out and never seeing another opponent returned 2/1.
Plenty of early priced races to choose from while looking for a selection for the FFT. The Champion Stakes has reached the Semi Final stage. The Final and supporting races are taking place next Wednesday on Sky. I’m going over to support my own dog Blackstone Marco.
There are lots of short priced favourites around tonight, they can’t all win and some are shorter than they should be IMO. As you know I’m all about value and I think the bookies have under estimated Pharisee Flyer in the third semi final and he’s over priced. A repeat of last weeks win will see him home, he’s in the form off his life and is worth a bet at 7/1.
Friday’s Free Tip
Romford 9.24 Trap 4
Win bet @ 7/1 Coral & Ladbrokes
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster