Sunday 26th. The best thing about yesterday was the company and the champagne in the Betdaq box. Trevor, Betdaq’s main man, and I had a mad moment and had our pictures taken holding the Racing Post Trophy, I don’t think it’s an experience we will have for real. I’m still not convinced that ELM PARK is a worthy Derby Favourite, maybe it’s because I didn’t back him, I shall watch the race a few times and have a look at the winning time before I am convinced.
Doncaster was pretty quiet last night, so after a few beers, the habitual Chinese was in order, now I know why the town was quiet, everybody had rocked up in the restaurant. I’m not the greatest at waiting or queuing, so it was a takeaway and back to the hotel for me.
Sunday morning I am catching the 10-35 train home this and after York’s cock up I hope that everything is running on time. I’m not sure that this is everybody’s perfect Sunday morning reading, but afterwards it made me giggle and hopefully it will you.
I was at the station and last nights takeaway had caught up with me again, knowing what the trains Thomas (crapper) is like I decided to rid myself of any excess baggage at the station. As time was short it was all bit of a rush and as I was hovering with my hand on the back wall for support, I thought my noises from trap 2 had prompted the giggles from trap 1 and ignored them, oh no, I had committed the cardinal sin and not checked the paper, it was empty, only one thing to do, as you do, hand over the top and ask for assistance from the giggling trap 1, thankfully all I got in my hand was the required solution and a voice saying “now you know why I was giggling, that’s why I’m in trap 1, as I checked yours first and was wondering what you would do.”
With a huge thank you a wash and a smile I’m off to platform 3a.
My train is 10 minutes late, but no major dramas as I have a 20 minute window at Peterborough and they always make up time if they want. This driver obviously didn’t want to get home to his old lady as we lost another 12 minutes on route and as I enter Peterborough station I can see my train rapidly disappearing into the distance, again. Unfortunately I’m a pro at this now and instead of joining the back of a moaning queue, I politely move to the front and to everybody’s amazement and joy, as the next train on a Sunday is two hours away, I brazenly ask for taxis and to everyone else’s astonishment we get them. We are all ushered to the waiting room with coffees supplied and I gracefully receive all the grateful thank you’s, not letting on this happened last week as well, so I knew the score.
My taxi is only ten minutes later than the train would of been so no dramas apart from my selections running like drains for the second day.
Monday 27th. A very sad week approaches as one of my best buddies, Stu, who had suffered long enough is buried on Thursday. I’m not sure how this will affect me, but at the moment I am concentrating on my horses and trying not to think about it too much.
I am in Newmarket this morning in an attempt to get part of my week sorted and find out we have a possible buzzer for Friday, which is good as I will probably not be in the best frames of mind or health.
What has turned out to be a very quiet morning all I can glean is MAYBE NOW BABY, who has been running in much better company than today’s, so I put her up as a small win bet.
If I can get over Thursday relatively ok, I plan to head to Newmarket for their last meet of the year on Friday and stay over for Saturdays meet as well.
MAYBE NOW BABY gets totally bogged down in the ground and runs no sort of race, she will have her day, I’m not sure I can wait long enough though.
Tuesday 28th. RIGHT, Bellie Boy we need to shape up, as we are dropping like the Dons pants in a whore house after three losing days on the trot.
Steve is all over Sophie Leech’s, as he probably would like to be with her, 7yo gelding KAPRICORN, who is trading at 4/1. He won nicely at Ffos Las last time in a good time with Killian Moore again on board. I decide to back him ew at 4/1 and also email out the same advice.
My new kiddie on the block really likes the chances of the Sir Mark trained JOLIE BLONDE 13/8, who is attempting to make it a four timer over distances this year after three no shows on the AW over a mile last year, funny that. Personally I have no problem with it as it’s playing the system.
I know that we have a near maximum to look forward tomorrow over the sticks, so hopefully we can hit a bit of form before hand and steam in with a bit of confidence. I don’t know why I’m getting stressed because we have only had three losing days and we are still 80ish points up on the month.
KAPRICORN gets our day off to the perfect start, but not without a heart fluttering last 1/2 furlong, jumping two out we are cruising and three clear only to tie up coming home and just get there by a head, put him back up in distance please Sophie. Phew a very nice 4/1 winner to kick our day off.
We have had a small win bet on LITTLE PALAVER, who was very well backed into favourtism and I think he may just finish tomorrow morning.
JOLIE BLONDE is cruising along two out only for the well backed Irish raider to challenge us and for some reason JOLIE drifts right across the track, although she doesn’t touch him, intimidation is prevalent. Oi Oi a great surprise as I think we have lost the photo and we have got it by the narrowest of margins and we don’t care about the stewards now as we will get first past the post, once again a great advert for all the concessions the Greedy 1s offer and unfortunately another kick in the bollocks for all the on course punters.
Just what the doctor ordered a very nice winning day, making 27 points profit.
Wednesday 29th. Once again we have passed the magical 100 points profit for the month and are bang up there again and hopefully we have “the” big un to come today. I pop to see Mr Jolly this morning as I want to try and get him out of the house, because after his stroke he has become a bit housebound and a bit nervous of going out. I have a plan to tempt him out a day at Fakenham next Thursday maybe that will work the oracle. On arrival he is surprisingly jovial and happy to see me, although the old sod does remind me its been over a week since I visited, so he still has all his marbles.
Before I can get my Fakenham tempter in he asks if I will take him to Stu’s funeral tomorrow, of course I will, these oldies do love a good funeral, I hate them with a passion and only go if absolutely necessary. I’m one for doing it with and for them while they’re alive not wishing I had after they are gone. I arrange for my driver to pick him up at 12 and then the Great Alfonze, not that kind of driver, a pal, as trust me, come 7ish I will be in no state to navigate my way home through our country lanes.
MAGHERAL EXPRESS was expected to have won his bumper and since I am told he has schooled really well for Jon Jo and with AP up today a big run is expected. In what looks a difficult little race I back and advise an ew wager.
I take as much 2/1 on HONEY POUND as I dare and the betting bank allows and email him out. In our opinion we have the beating of the Kim Bailey trained odds on Favourite, who has flopped the last twice and HONEY POUND could of won his last race by much further than his 7 lengths.
I am gutted as the news comes through that HONEY POUND is a going to be a non runner and my mood isn’t helped by MAGHERAL EXPRESS failing to get us a place.
So in all what should have been a really good day turns out to be a small losing one, but hey that’s racing.
Thursday 30th. Mmmmm don’t really know what or how to write today’s diary without being a morbid sod or a drama queen. Unfortunately my makeup doesn’t tend to cope with the concept of celebrating a passed ones life, especially when somebody in their prime has been cruelly taken from us, I know there’s never a good time to depart this world, but if somebody’s in their 90’s and had a good life it’s a shade easier to stomach.
It’s now 7-25am and in my poor state of mind, I have to be honest, I may write more or I may put up some bets, but right at this moment who knows.
Friday 31st. Andrew is in Newmarket and has unfortunately left his iPad at home and has no access to this diary. It will be updated next week.
Saturday 1st. Today’s free tip is 3pm Ascot – Sign of A Victory – Win Bet 2/1 Bet365
Back next Saturday.