The Hennessy tipping challenge at Betfan was great fun working along side the legend Mr Bell and the senor member of the team the shrewd Don-Won, I manged to pinch 15 points profit on the Thursday with the highlight being the ex French trained L’Ami Serge for Nicky Henderson.
In all the whole special was a huge success making every Betfan customer that had the foresight to sign up well over 30 points profit. I was a little apprehensive coming into my first Betfan special, but I enjoyed it and I am now looking forward to joining the big boys in any future ones.
In what is now going to be a very important time for all of us coming up to Christmas, we need to pick our punches very carefully and with me being at the tracks and in the know, if you’re not already part of my service now is the time to be. I have hit the month running with a winner each day and nicely in profit.
Champion jockey Richard Hughes, fresh from securing a third-in-a-row UK Jockeys Championship in 2014, is eagerly anticipating his trip to the Far East and a return to Hong Kong for another crack at the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley next week.
“It’s a great evening, and one I look forward to,” said the 41-year-old, who, some 2,550 winners into his career, is riding as well now as he has ever done.
“You are riding against some of the best jockeys in the world and that is what makes it special. It is very competitive, and there is no room for error. Against lesser jockeys, you can find space, make your own room, but not against these,” he said of a challenge he clearly relishes.
Last year Hughes came into the LONGINES IJC off the back of a win in the World Super Jockeys Series in Japan, but, apart from a second place finish in the third leg at Happy Valley, was out of luck with his other mounts, finishing some way behind the winner Kerrin McEvoy and runner up Zac Purton, both of whom look set to re-oppose at this year’s Championship.
“Last year I had no luck, so I’ll be hoping for better this time around,” said Hughes, who will first defend his WSJS title in Tokyo before jetting into Hong Kong.
“Luck does play a part at Happy Valley, where the draw is so important, plus, of course, you need to be on a horse with a chance.”
“Having said that, there isn’t usually that much between the horses as the Hong Kong handicapper can handicap them so accurately, with fewer track variations and more consistent going.”
“At home there are so many more variables, left-handed tracks, right-handed tracks, uphills and downhills, variations in going – our handicaps are not so tight.”
Hughes has fond, if distant, memories of Happy Valley success. “I rode in Hong Kong many moons ago and rode a winner at a huge price on my first ride there,” he recalls.
I was so pleased for Oliver Sherwood at Newbury on Saturday winning the Hennessy Gold Cup with Many Clouds, he is a great guy and we go back a long way to the days of the SIS Racing Channel back in the early 90s.
I hope you all got on the 10/1 in the morning, and Stella Notion (6/4) was a good bet for us at Leicester on Sunday, nice chasing type who is well regarded and is one to keep on the right side of.
Nicky Richards Sir Vinski was a big disappointment at Newcastle last week he is much better than that and is expected to come on a good deal for this experience and is defiantly one for the book.
The well regarded Chaser Chance Du Roy will run a big race at Aintree on Saturday in the Betfred Becher Chase 12/1 with Betfair looks a value E/W bet.
All the anti-post money this week has been for Gods Own (5/4) for the racing post Henry V111 Novice Chase at Sandown this weekend.
Back next Thursday.
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