Friday saw me put up a sporting 7/1 shot as the free tip. Pharisee Flyer was in the form of his life and was overpriced IMO. After the last couple of weeks at Romford where the track has been suiting the wide runners I thought I would not get to heavily involved from a punting & tipping point of view. That added to Marco running in the semi final were enough to make me miss out on a couple of early winners at the track. After driving Carpo to the track we had a light refreshment before meeting up with Mark Wallis for a chat. He introduced us to a BBC film crew who were recording a documentary on gambling. They wanted to speak to some owners.
We were interviewed by one of them who then followed us around and wanted to watch us during Marco’s race. Marco ran a gallant race just missing out on a place in the final by coming third. Disappointed but pleased with his effort. Then it was free tip time, but I smelt a rat in the betting ring as the trainers other dog Sinbad was well backed from 12/1 into 7/1. Sinbad duly won and Flyer didn’t even take off. Right it was time to recoup the expenses said Carpo give me the last two winners – I duly obliged, we had a celebratory beer and counted our winnings.
Saturday I felt a bit off colour first thing but soon perked up when I saw a red circled dog was running at Wimbledon. I red circle dogs to follow on my race-cards and then enter them into my database to follow them. Had to wait till mid afternoon before my friends at B365 priced the race up. So this gave me time to read the latest Comic from Belly boy aka Rick Parfitt. These horse racing fellas love digging each other out. Apparently he’s been approached to write a book which I could make use of as a door stop in my office. Back to my dogging stories which I’m sure would be a more interesting read than Belly’s drinking exploits!
Ballymac Aalto was the hound we were waiting for B365 price up – 7/4 was the price punted accordingly and was then sent out to my fellow doggers. I wasn’t able to go to Wimbledon to watch it as I had a prior engagement in Romford where my mate Tucker was making his boxing debut! I was ringside to watch two knockout blows the first was Aalto hosing up 11/10f and the second was Tucker flooring his opponent half way through the first round!
Sunday up early I went to see Tommy aka my old win machine Head iton Tom who is still residing at Barley Kennels waiting to be re-homed. If any of my newsletter readers are interested in homing him please contact me for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greyhounds make great pets, they only require two twenty minute walks a day like any normal dog and love a comfy sofa to relax on! I would have taken him home myself but my cocker spaniel bitch isn’t good with other dogs.
Went from the kennels to football to watch my son playing before returning home to liaise with Angus the dog my Henlow contact. I was very keen on Westmead Alexis at the Bedfordshire track we missed the 2/1 but I advised punters to take the 7/4 that was freely available. Alexis did exactly what I expected billeting from the traps and never giving my subscribers a moments worry recording one of the fastest times of the year. He went off the well backed 11/10f and continued our steady month on month profit.
Monday saw Round 2 the quarter final stage of the East Anglian Derby, I was suffering a bit from the fall out of last nights Ruby Murray but had to pull myself together as I was off the dentist for a check up. Whilst in the waiting room I read the racing post to see if there was anything that took my eye for a punt tonight. Yet the more I looked the more I felt I should not to get involved today. I will not bet if I’m not 100% confident on my selection and likewise I won’t send out a selection to my members if I don’t back it myself. So a no bet email was sent out, however we still have four runners in our East Anglian Derby ante post book and I went to watch them at my local independent betting shop. I did mention my thoughts on the quarter finals in my email. My local betting shop was deserted even the FOBT were very quiet but I suppose the mighty England were on the box. I asked the bookie Mark if he would stay open till the last race at 9.12 he said as long as I didn’t take too much money from him. I promised but promised. Domino Storm and Sidaz Jack both got a favourable mention in my email won the first two races. I received via a text message late notice of one that was fancied at Nottingham and it won at 5/1 I had a only small bet on it not too upset Mark. At the end of play we had two ante post runners through to the Semi Finals on Saturday and two bowed out.
Tuesday I had a look at the Sheffield open race card there were one or two that were of interest. But my friends at B365 decided not to price up the card and I won’t play at SP unless I really have to. So another no bet email sent out and then it was onto the Romford Sky card busily searching for tomorrow’s value bets.
Up early Wednesday popped down to my local newsagent grabbed a Racing Post set about checking out all the best prices of the dogs that I fancied at Romford. I highlighted three dogs that on all known form were over priced. I backed them then sent them out by email to my subscribers. Had a spot of lunch before Cheesy & the Cardinal came over to my office to watch some of the action at Doncaster before setting off to Romford. First stop was the Toby Carvery five minutes from the track for an early tea, then with full bellies we proceeded to the track. We were all looking forward to a great nights racing especially our own dog Blackstone Marco who appeared to have a good chance of winning the first race on Sky TV.
I was a little worried when nothing won that I backed on the undercard i.e. races before Sky coverage. Soon it was time for Marco to strut his stuff, despite Sky presenters Jonathan Hobbs and Tony Ennis tipping him, he managed to come again on the run in to win after being checked at the fifth bend by the early leader Steve’s Dream.
After the presentation we headed for the bar for a celebratory drink (Lanson of course) and it dulled my senses which wasn’t a bad thing as all three of my selections were turned over. All my dogs trapped out last week but tonight they fell out of the boxes. There were some strange results including Millwards Master the winner of feature event The Champion Stakes catching the favourite Reel Trickyone at the fifth bend before going onto win. Master was available at 25/1 in the morning returned at 14/1. I left for home with mixed feelings, a good night on a personal basis with Marco winning but a poor one in truth from a work perspective.
I thought the Hove card on Thursday would throw up a sure fire winner to recover last nights losses. I forgot that a bumper Sky Final card the night before plays havoc with the standard of racing for the next few days much like the racing standard after Cheltenham Festival. There were only four opens to choose a selection from once the morning mist brought on by a touch too much bubbles had disappeared. I found two I liked but was stupidly reluctant to put both out – so selected what I thought was the more solid. I thought Ballymac Loch 3/1 was well drawn and could win. He fell out and ran no race while a 7/1 outsider romped home. Yes you guessed it my second selection Fernhill Dusk hosed up in the very next race at 5/2. You never stop learning in this game of gambling!
We’re still in profit for the month so no need to hit the panic button just yet.
Friday early start topping and tailing the newsletter and scouring the flying four races for a winning free tip. Safe to say the quality of the Romford card has suffered as a result of Wednesday’s bumper extravaganza but there are still winners out there! Just have to find them! We’re nailing our colours to the mast of Kevin Boon’s Farley Rio. He can take advantage of his draw inside five railers to get back on the podium.
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