Friday’s Romford card was poor as it is every year after a Sky Final night earlier in the week.
Looked at the flying four races for the free tip and narrowed it down to two – went with Farley Rio emailed out and sent as Friday’s Free Tip and put the other one Laughing Gravy up on my other site.
Didn’t feel to hot during the day waiting for the enemy to price up the rest of the card. Had already decided to swerve going Romford to have a change of scenery and take Mrs D to pictures as there was nothing that rocked my boat really in the other races.
Got home later and watched the recordings – Rio was poor lost his early pace – wants further now (out at Yarmouth on Sky) – Gravy was very impressive winning, he should go really well in the Romford Puppy Cup and is my idea of the winner!
Saturday saw me suffering with a stomach bug that had been brewing yesterday. My man up North rang to say that Kilkenny Treve was strongly fancied in the Maiden Final at Hall Green and the 5/4 offered by B365 was worth taking. I thought Sidaz Jack was overpriced at 7/2 in his East Anglian Derby Semi Final. Sent both selections out to subscribers. The afternoon I was laid up in the settee not too far away from the toilet. I was disappointed not to receive my Saturday comic from Belly. Watched C4 racing and backed Kingston Hill in the St Leger he was the best horse in the race and so it proved. Then I watched the action from Shelbourne Park before checking the results to see both selections had been turned over. Treve was challenging into the third bend before being crowded out. Jack just couldn’t quite reel in kennel mate Southern Mesut. We have both our ante post runners Domino Storm 50/1 and Southern Mesut 20/1 lining up for us in Wednesday’s Sky covered Final. Finishing in the 1st four will land the ew money or could it be a bumper pay day?
Sunday I felt a tad better so I popped over to Ernie Gaskin’s to see how Holly was recovering from her stress fractured hock. She was pleased to see me, probably the chicken I brought her. I took her for a short walk and see seemed to be managing well on the strapped up leg. Home for my usual Sunday scrum down on the Henlow card with Angus my Henlow expert. I wasn’t overly keen on anything to punt nor tip. Angus was keen on a couple but I wasn’t. So I sent out a no bet day. I took Mrs D with me to Sittingbourne to watch Patch aka Goes Hot run. We tucked into a very nice three course meal in the restaurant with some nice vino. Patch went off 9/4 favourite but unusually missed his break was bumped at the first bend but ran a stormer to finish a close up second. Fortunately I found a couple of winners to pay for the expenses and Mrs D seemed to be enjoying the wine so we decided to stop over at the very stylish Conniston Hotel.
Monday after a nice breakfast we set off for home. I was keen to look for a value selection from the Romford Puppy Cup Heats to get us back amongst the winners. Racing Post in hand I quickly saw the dog that I thought could do the business. Chris Allsopp’s Image Express had a draw to die for on the rails and was a whopping 5/1. I thought the favourite King Alley could get held up by the wide running Jamoan. We missed the 5/1 connections obviously agreed with my race reading. But we still were able to punt it at 9/2 – I helped myself to Hills and Skybet as much as I could get on. Despite my stomach bug returning with a vengeance I was able to saunter down to my local bookies to watch all the action. Express opened up 5/2 on track and was smashed into 7/4 joint favouritism. The race went to plan initially with four holding six up as Image Express set the pace but trap five Lann Jacob turned handy and it was race on. They flashed past the line together – photo but I was confident we held on – WE DID boom 9/2 tip landed as the 7/4jf – now that’s proper tipping.
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Tuesday still suffering from the stomach bug but with the heats of the Steel City Cup I had to man up and sort out some selections. The competition looked very strong and I didn’t like the set up of only the first two going through in the heats. So there was no ante post interest but I backed and sent out two individual bets. I preferred Swift Hoffman just over local hero Pay Freeze and in another two dog match I went with Candlelight King over Viking Jack. I watched all the heat action in my local betting shop which was empty – probably all watching the Champions League action. Anyway I enjoyed having it too myself though didn’t enjoy Swift Hoffman bowing out of the competition with a lacklustre run. Pay Freeze was impressive in winning that contest. However Candlelight King cheered me up leading all the way ensuring we made another nights profit.
Wednesday up early thankfully not another trip to the china bowl but to sort out selections for tonight’s Sky meeting from Yarmouth. We have two ante post runners in the feature race the East Anglian Derby mentioned earlier in my column. I liked a few runners but you can’t tip them all can you? I went for Bills Heartbeat great draw & a good Trial and Ballygibbon King a proper middle runner who got trap 3 tonight, as my individual selections.
Backed them and emails sent out I then spent the rest of the day looking after my grand daughter 8 month old Poppy. Poppy and I had a great time before it was time to give her back and I settled down to watch all the action on Sky Sports 3. Bills Heartbeat missed several beats and was a poor fifth. Ballygibbon King fell out and ran no race coming fourth. Not the best evening so far then it was final time….Sidaz Jack flew out from trap 3 and I and many others thought that was that! His kennel mate and my 20/1 ante post pick Southern Mesut was snapping at his heels and he bumped Jack out of the way at the third bend but he in turn was bumped by Rio Quattro this allowed all the dogs to be in with some sort of a chance off the last bend even Domino Storm 50/1 ante post who had been bumped out of contention at the first bend by Forest Gavin. In a blanket finish Swift Keith who escaped the worst of the trouble to land the Derby by three parts of a length from the very unlucky Domino Storm and Southern Mesut the same distance behind in third. Oh so close to landing the big priced ante post winner. We did make a profit on our ante post bets which meant we only had a slight loss on the whole evening.
Thursday morning saw me have a quick look at the days action before paying a visit to see my retired dog Head iton Tom who was in great form but is still looking for his forever home.
I wasn’t keen on the Hove card to find a winner especially when they had fitted new starting traps and not told anyone! Henlow graded card was the other offering on RPGTV and as such offered nothing off interest. Yarmouth put on a good open race card to pacify the race goers who still had money to spend after the three day horse racing festival ended. I was very keen on one runner Urban Road and B365 offered a generous 9/4. I bet him accordingly and then advised my clients to do the same. As was my woe last evening at the seaside track we led off the fifth bend only to be reeled in and beaten by a neck! I will move on as my dad always told me ‘no-one remembers a runner up!’
Friday saw me waking up to Scotland rejecting independence which was the right result in my opinion – it’s also Free Tip day and about time I nailed a winner for the readers. The flying four includes the Puppy Cup Semi Finals where I think Laughing Gravy, Ibiza Rocks and Blue Freedom will triumph. But we’re saving the best till last with Reel Trickyone as the FFT selection, he lost nothing in defeat behind Millwards Master in the Champion Stakes Final. He can get the better of this field who include kennel mate Blonde Razor and really make it a Friday to remember.
‘When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less’
Romford 10.40 Trap 3
Win bet @ 13/8 B365
Back next Friday.
Greyhond Master Tipster