I must start off by wishing all readers, the guys that run Betfan and all members a very happy healthy and peaceful 2014. Notice I didn’t say prosperous as that will happen if and when you join your favourite Betfan service.
The start of the New Year sees Arsenal topping the premier League but for how long you ask yourself? In my opinion the most impressive team I have watched this season have been Everton and their manager Roberto Martinez has worked miracles to get them into Champions League contention. The only thing I don’t want to see is the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea trying to buy their ways to success now the January transfer window is open.
Over the Xmas period it was my good fortune to bump into Aladdin. Well actually his name is Peter and he plays the part in a local Panto down on the South Coast. What I did do was borrow his magic lamp rub it and make 3 wishes for the coming year.
As I rubbed the lamp out came the Genie and to my great surprise it was none other than John Mccririck. Apparently Big Mac hadn’t been in the lamp a thousand years but only since Channel 4 gave him the chop.
My first wish is for bookmakers to offer better value. This would include holding their morning odds for longer plus in big handicaps offering a third of the odds on the place side of each way bets.
My second wish is for all punters to be more patient and understanding towards their chosen tipsters and not jump ship after a bad month or two especially if they have proven to be profitable in the past.
My third wish is just for England to win the World Cup in Rio.
Can you hear Big Mac saying well I can help on the first two but your third wish is like parting the Red Sea.
We have some cracking racing at Cheltenham today but the going will be like a bog so for Howies Hottie I’m off to Southwells fibresand in the lucky last which is the 3.45.
The tip is Queen Of Skies from the Mick Appleby stable. In her earlier days the filly had some decent form for Clive Cox behind Guest Of Honour and also Tropics and those two have gone on to be rated in the hundreds.
Now they have been running the filly over 10 and 12 furlongs and she just does not get the trip. Today’s race is back to the mile which will be much more suitable. You do need a horse that can act on this surface and I have watched a video of her here where she was well in contention until fading on this course over a longer distance.
I expect the jockey to have her in a prominent possie from the start and hopefully we might kick off the year with a nice winner.
Ugly Bug trainer S.Mullins – Gelding that loves hock deep ground and while it stays wet he is worth following.
Rockdown trainer G.Elliot – Promising bumper horse in Ireland that ran very well on his hurdling debut. He will improve for the run and should be followed.
Our Conor trainer D.Hughes – 3rd to Hurricane Fly. Now I’m not saying he would have won this race but it was his first of the season and he will improve a great deal and will get a great bit nearer the fly in future races and must still be a Champion Hurdle contender.
Mollys A Deva trainer K.Bailey – Dead heated at Warwick yesterday but would have been an outright winner if not given so much to do. She stayed on strongly at the end and there are more races to be won with the mare. It also gave fold4gold a double in their Lucky 15.
Shamardyh trainer D.Evans – Found one too good at Wolverhampton last week but this in form trainer is sure to find the right slot before long.
Hillbilly Boy trainer B.Turner – Ran out of it close home at Lingfield yesterday over the mile. The gelding is well treated for low grade races at present.
Kakatosi trainer M.Murphy – Very unlucky in running yesterday at Lingfield when 2nd and one to keep an eye out for next time. It was also unlucky for fold4gold as it would have landed them a massive treble.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.