Friday morning saw me in determined mood to get the newsletter readers a winning free tip, something that had eluded me for a while recently. Looking at the Romford flying four races, apart from my own dog Blackstone Marco who looked a good thing, going for a four timer, but the bookies had him short enough at 6/4.
I thought Ernie Gaskin’s Bishops Wood looked like he could take advantage of a drop in grade.
He was best priced 5/2 and after taking a bit of that price, I sent it out to my subscribers before emailing the newsletter to Betfan Towers. I was meeting the Cardinal and Nick for a spot of pre-meeting dinner at the Moby Dick. The Cardinal was delayed in coming to mine the dreaded M4 causing havoc as it does on a Friday afternoon. Nick was already ensconsed in a local betting shop near the restaurant. Our plans changed as we couldn’t get to the restaurant in time after the late arrival, so we just met at the track. I phoned the champion trainer Mark Wallis for his thoughts on his runners and he confirmed Marco’s well being, in fact that was his nap. We ate in the track restaurant and chewed the fat during the graded races before perking up to watch the opens. There wasn’t much to get stuck into until Marco was running, i had taken the 6/4 that b365 had offered, so the evens at the track wasn’t of interest. He trapped moderately but showed good pace up to follow Mays Musicbox round in second place and then it was just a matter of when he could get past the bitch. she led him to the sixth bend before he strode away to victory.
We went to collect the trophy for the race which was sponsored by the family of Jim Mylod who was celebrating his 80th birthday, we decided to give the trophy back to Jim as a memento of his big birthday night at the dogs.
Next up was Bishops Wood and he didn’t disappoint taking the lead out of the second bend and holding on by a fast diminishing neck to record a victory for subscribers and newsletter readers alike. Home happy after a couple of celebratory beers.
Saturday saw a plethora of open racing with the Festival of Racing at Newcastle and the continuation of the Kent St Leger along with the Yorkshire Leger at Doncaster where I had a runner in a supporting open. I pinned my colours to a couple pups at working mens prices in the Puppy Derby, rather than all the short ones in the All England Cup. Heather Dimmock’s Likeitalot is a pup to follow in 2014 and he was backed as if defeat was out of the question. We joined in and I also thought Steve Race’s La Chuchilla was another worth a punt. I did just that then sent them on to my subscribers. I also punted my dog Wotnofizz at Doncaster before reading the latest adventures of Belly Boy, banging on about his book deal. I much prefer my appearances on RPGTV to widen my audience. I’m sure the book will find its way into many homes probably to be used as a doorstop.
Likeitalot and I still do despite him making a horlicks of the start, as pups can do, he ran a race full of credit coming second. La Chuchila ran well but in truth was a shade disappointing only managing third place. My own dog coming third just missing out on a place in Thursday’s Sky Final completed a night to forget. There is always tomorrow!
Sunday I popped up to see my retired champ Head iton Tom who was in fine fettle on his walk and loved the hot dogs I took him. He’s still awaiting his forever home. I then stopped off at my sons football match before liaising with Angus on his Henlow thoughts. We were meeting the Cardinal and his wife for Sunday lunch at the Bedfordshire track before watching our dog Goes Hot run. I do like Sundays at Henlow with proper doggie folk.No six packers here! Sent out two selections John Gardiners puppy Coolavany Gooch just edged the selection in the first in front of Blackrose Dame, I thought the pup would come futher forward. The pup missed the break and Dame came home too strong to land the win. My second selection was Mark Wallis’s Aero Babashooka who made no mistake from her plum rails draw and clocked the fastest time of the night. Goes Hot ran well in coming a close up third. I’m still not firing on all cylinders but were back in profit.
I have been thinking for some time about not getting involved at either Nottingham or Sheffield, unless there is a big comp or a sky card! There are just too many strange results – the form never holds up from one week to the next. No bets advised Monday but I was tempted, albeit for the last time, to see if the Sky form from last week was upheld. It wasn’t Swift Curie letting the side down badly, never getting in a blow.
Wednesday saw an all graded RPGTV fare from Romford and Peterborough, so another no bets was advised. I took advantage off a day off to go to Towcester races and receive some hospitality thanks to my trainer Mark Wallis. We had a great day, picked a few winners, saw the progress being made to the greyhound track, which promises to be really special, looking forward to returning on 13th December to the Sky TV covered opening night.
Thursday Sky meeting at Doncaster I sent out my selection which was Farley Rio in the St Leger Final. He looked the bet after his semi final win and I thought the others all had doubts about them. I sent out a detailed break down of my thoughts in the email. I then had to shoot out to pick up my outlaws from Kings Cross. I then had a quick bit of dinner then popped down the betting shop to watch my new dog Wotnofizz in the first race on the card at Doncaster. They had all the dogs ready to race in the traps when they realised that the hare wouldn’t move – they hadn’t switched the power on! Had to take them out and put them back in which caused my dog to be flat footed at the start and he lost all chance of victory. My other dog Goes Hot later ran a valiant race in defeat coming third where the track record was broken and will be winning again soon. The Final was won by the favourite Millwards Teddy a great training performance by Dean Childs. The dog looked very flat after the Semi Final. Farley Rio ran a bit flat.
Free Tip Friday I’m a fan of Derek Knights Fivestar Clipper after his performances in the Champion Stakes. He unusually flopped his break on his last Romford appearance but still ran a very good race. With a level break he will take all the beating tonight.
Romford 10.26 Trap 6
Win bet @7/4 B365
Back next Friday.
The Greyhound Master Tipster