When asked if I would consider a challenge over three days at the Haydock Sprint Festival against Matt Mitter AKA Value Rater I jumped at the chance.
Not only is Haydock one of my fave tracks and a happy hunting ground of winners over the years but the chance to pit my wits against this self proclaimed betting genius was a no brainer.
Mitter is vain, ignorant, disingenuous and thinks the world revolves around him and his viewpoint. To be honest I’ve never liked people who are similar to myself and Matt is no exception. In Matt’s world he has never backed a loser it’s the jockeys fault or freak weather conditions or the Planets didn’t align properly, it really is embarrassing.
The rules are very simple from Thursday to Saturday we must find a selection in every race over three cracking days culminating in Saturday’s group 1 card. No excuses, No hard luck stories, just the ultimate test of a tipsters credentials. The cards will be a mixture of good quality handicaps and maidens featuring unraced horses. I utilise my database of Stallions and Mares in the races so they hold no fears for me. Haydock really are putting some resources behind this Festival and this is a challenge you need to get involved with because it’s good racing and we will be going full on to win that could well mean big profits all round.
Before the fun of slaying the man who put the Twit in Twitter I’m off to Newmarket today for what looks a superb card. My close friend and Stats man the Prof has a share in one.
I won’t say which horse it is to spare his embarrassment but if it wins look for a smartly dressed man being treated for shock by the St Johns Ambulance team, it will be me!
The ground is lightening quick at Newmarket and if betting we need evidence that our selections are proven on very fast ground. The highlight of the card is the 4.10 Stobart listed Sprint and I intend to have a large cash bet on the rails in this race. Exchanges and online bookies are great but there is nothing like being in attendance and seeing the pain on an individuals face as they hand over cash (that’s just the Prof getting a round in). Listed sprints often bring in horses who have failed at group level plus good handicappers making their way up in grade and todays sprint is no exception. I strongly fancy one in this who is proven at the track and on fast ground and who last time showed the best form of his career. The horse is Raucous trained by William Haggas and last time out he ran a screamer to finish third to Dancing Star in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood. On my ratings that performance gives him a favourites chance and the 9/2 he currently is with Paddy Power looks more than fair.
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Have a great weekend and don’t forget the upcoming battle of Haydock!
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