Friday I wanted to find a winner from the flying four races to put out as my free tip to all my newsletter readers. I plumped for Reel Trickyone over Laughing Gravy purely on price. There were the two that appealed to me. Tricky lost nothing in defeat in the Champion Stakes and I expected him to take care of his field including kennel mate Blonde Razor. I bet him then advised my subscribers to bet him before emailing the newsletter to Betfan Towers.
I decided that I would swerve my regular visit to Romford as I had no runners and even less interest in the card. I decided on to pop out with Mrs D for drink at our local after watching the Puppy Cup Semis, after hearing the draw it confirmed to me that Laughing Gravy will win the final. Thanks to the free wifi in the Queens Arms I later watched Reel Trickyone bolt out but he appeared to be out speeded at the bend by Blonde Razor. Razor strode on and won the race in a very fast 34.99. Had a nightcap before heading home a tad disappointed before getting a text to say one of my new dogs had gone well in a trial at Doncaster for an upcoming maiden competition.
Saturday up early as Dan the painter was round to spruce up the mansion, got to keep my castle in good shape! I had a quick look at today’s cards and decided to wait till all the races were priced up to see if there was a punting angle!
Set about the evenings RPGTV cards and decided there was no value in the priced offered on the selections I liked and if I wouldn’t punt them, then why would I send them out to my punters! No bet day advised. I then decided to take advantage of the massive draw bias at Ayr and back the high drawn horses right next to the rail. In doing so I landed the winners of the Silver & Gold Cup at Ayr. Landed a nice few quid. Watched all the racing on RPGTV and I had made the right decision having no bet.
Sunday another early start as Dan the painter was back. I went to see how Holly was recovering from her injury at Ernie Gaskin’s kennel. She’s doing well back at the vets tomorrow and her cast can hopefully come off and we can get her in the re-homing kennels. She will make a lovely pet, she’s a very sweet natured bitch. Angus phoned with his thoughts on Henlow, he said the 10/11 available on Marco was a gift as he was 1/2 on his tissue. He also had one strongly fancied by the kennel, he was just waiting to be priced up later. Later when B365 priced Farran Lisicki at 9/2 I backed her and put her out to subscribers. I then took another look at the card and put out a second selection Blackrose Tornado 4/1 who appeared to be in with a good chance in the maiden. I then set off with Mrs D to Henlow for their lovely roast and to watch Marco run. Angus came in and gave me indigestion while eating my lamb roast, telling me there was non runners in both my selected races. This seems to happen at Henlow much more than any other tracks I don’t know why. So our bets were now to be settled at SP. The Henlow bookies are not known for their generosity. Clarky the head waiter in the restaurant confirmed that Tornado was fancied to win by connections. Lisicki now a 5/2 shot broke moderately but held every chance finishing last. A few burnt fingers including mine and this bitch won’t be selected again. Tornado 3/1 broke well but just couldn’t hold the well backed Tims Beauty to the corner and try as he might he couldn’t catch him finishing second. I was now in desperate need of winner I checked my phone to see that my selection Cabra Scooby on Betfan’s sister site Bet Kudos had won at Sittingbourne. Then I was told that Blue Moment would win so I bet him to win the evenings expenses with local bookie PG Racing, he hosed up at a juicy 11/4. I do wish I had access to putting out some late bets when I go racing. Then it was the main event Marco who looked a good thing as soon as the trap draw came out. I had already filled in Ladbrokes 10/11 as much as I could get on before they went 8/11.
But it appears I wasn’t in need as much as the track promoter who my sources told me was a few grand down and saw Marco as his saviour backing him six large to win four. The traps opened Marco flew out and it was a case of how far, just under seven lengths was the answer. I was happy and I bet Mr Boothby was as well. The bookies didn’t appear overly pleased as I left the track.
Monday saw me catch up with the reviewing all the videos as per normal and then I perused the Nottingham card for a winner to kick start the week. Slick Sacremento ran an blinder at Sheffield last week behind Candlelight King and Viking Jack. He was a red circled notebook job. So backed as soon as B365 priced up at 3/1 and sent out to my subscribers.
He trapped well enough but was a tad unlucky as a dog inside him moved off at the corner and he was badly crowded but he recovered to claim third. That’s the small margin between winning a losing a dog race, we were on the right lines though as he went off the well backed 6/4f. Phoned the re homing kennels to see when Holly could get in and it was good news, she is due to be taken in next week.
Tuesday was all about the Steel City Cup Semi Finals at Sheffield with the final live in Sky next well. Two very good races I went over the videos again. I could see several outcomes in the first semi – and only one in the second. The first I selected Pay Freeze who was 5/5 when clad in red round his home track. I thought he would trap well enough to go round in front. The second semi I couldn’t see past the devastating early pace of Conna Trigger. Sauntered down the bookies to watch the action with Andy however my normal independent bookies was closing early so Billy Hills it was. The FOBT were in full flow. One or two other interested parties watching the action from Sheffield. Our goose was cooked in semi one they all trapped level but it was Kildare Premier that showed the best early with Viking Jack who cut across Pay Freeze and checked him up. It was a blanket finish Underground Paul getting up on the line from Premier and Jack every chance in third. Semi two saw trigger bolt out but Candlelight King kept reasonable tabs on him and just nailed him on the line. Trudged home disappointed but happy that I had seen the winner of next weeks final.
Wednesday usual graded action from Romford/Peterborough on RPGTV decided very quickly on a no bet day. Caught up on a few chores, downloaded some race cards. Set about looking for winners at Hove for tomorrow night.
Thursday I had another look at the Hove card and came to the same conclusion as last nights look not a lot to choose from a poor card. There was one dog that did take my eye but it went against all my betting principals. An unraced pup in a puppy maiden, no trial at the track, but off setting that was it’s fast trials for one so young.
It was also attractively named Likeitalot. The graders at Henlow were off no interest or help to me either. Set about watching the show, the pup ran as green as grass falling out of the traps, then showing good pace to the corner only to get smashed by the trap three runner and that was that. He showed his inexperience during the rest of the race, but he remains a pup to follow.
Friday soon comes round and it would be nice to end a frustrating tipping week with a winner. I’m all over Laughing Gravy in the Puppy Cup Final but I won’t tip that at 11/8 let’s look to Derek Knight’s Champion Stakes Finalist Fivestar Clipper for the free tip. He runs this track ever so well and is worth a dig at 7/2.
“If you’re going through hell – keep going” – Winston Churchill
Romford 10.40 Trap 5
Win bet @ 7/2 Ladbrokes
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster