Friday quickly selected our FFT from the flying four races. Maxine Locke’s Hometown Day looked to gave lead ability claims. Backed sent out to subscribers then emailed with newsletter. Later once the bookies had priced up the whole card I sent out two further selections. Both were Jim Daly runners who looked to have good chances. Salmon Fishing in the sprint and Musical Lopez in the maiden marathon. I then set off for the Essex track stopping first for a pre race -meal at the Toby Carvery not far from the track. I met up with The Cardinal and Andy. Unfortunately Keith was running late travelling down from Manchester for the weekend. He caught up with us later at the track. After a nice meal we arrived trackside to watch bubbles in her maiden – she didn’t win but shaped with promise. Hometown Day 7/2 was lead up by the well backed Janoan but he drove himself to the front off the second bend but just couldn’t shake off the jolly and succumbed close home, having had to work hard to lead after his tardy break. Salmon Fishing 3/1 continued the theme by fluffing the lids coming third. Musical Lopez 11/4 looks a bang railer and as such should only be backed in trap one also coming third. Not my best nights work but we still finished the month with a handsome profit of 50 points.
Saturday saw a great nights racing at Wimbledon with the four quarter finals of the St Leger and the six heats of the Puppy Derby. After having a busy day at the shops with Mrs D I decided to swerve going trackside and plumped for the comfort of my office. My sole selection for subscribers was one of my favourite dogs Romantic Rambo who was 9/4. He looked as if the return to Wimbledon was where he wanted to be with a facile heat victory. While he was arguably in the hardest heat I believed he would lead and be hard to beat. He was duly backed accordingly and sent out. He bolted out as I thought and led, however as he was going round the third bend, disaster struck with Rambo going lame with a broken hock. Such a shame as it appeared he had the race at his mercy. As a greyhound owner myself I do ask why the tracks have there going running so fast for these competitions, the track record was broken in the heat previous. There is no need as a slow track is a safe track!
Sunday and the Henlow card wasn’t overly inspiring but I did like one in the sprint. Terry Norman’s Owens Magic was clocking very fast sprints at Harlow in recent trials and at 9/2 he was worth a bet that he could do the same at Henlow. Backed and sent out to subscribers. I then went out for the afternoon to the Tower of London to see the Poppies and have a spot of dinner. However I made it back indoors in time to watch Magic fall out of the boxes but run a massive race only beaten a length or so. He would have won easy if he had hit the lids. So frustrating having both weekend selections beaten but I know were on the right dogs and we will come good. However I did land a decent trixie on the graded card, which cheered me up a tad!
Monday morning I popped up to see Tommy and take him for a walk. Then home to watch last weeks videos and got stuck into the Nottingham form card which tonight features six heats of the Betfred Eclipse. I decided early doors to put up three solid short ones in a trixie. I do like a trixie as a betting medium. So I backed the trixie with Betfred who went the best prices about Maum Legend 7/4 Droopys Norris 1/1 Newinn Yolo 4/5 and then sent out to subs. Popped down to meet Andy in my local bookies to watch the Eclipse heats. The first two jollys duly obliged so the full house rested on Newinn Yolo who fell out of the traps and try as he might the line came just too soon for him to reel in the leader Burnfoot Alpha. The double we secured showed us a small profit on the day but not the larger one we were hoping for after Yolo’s narrow defeat.
Tuesday saw no open racing in the UK. I wasn’t going to get involved in the graded bags racing as it’s a sure fire route to the poor house. So I quickly sent out a no bets email. I then caught up with a few chores and after lunch I headed to Romford to watch the open race trials. Lots of Essex Vase clues to be had and my own dog Marco was having a spin round after his short break. I witnessed something special at the trials – I was well and truly blown away by the run of Adageo Bob who clocked an amazing 34.70 in his solo trial.
He will take some stopping in the Essex Vase in that form.
Marco wasn’t exactly pedestrian either clocking a speedy 23.98 in his four bend blow out after a fortnight break, the fastest of the day.
Wednesday up early and off to Kings Cross to catch an East Coast line train to visit family in Scotland. I normally fly but Mrs D fancied a train trip, its been years since the kids were little that we took the train for a visit home. Not sure I would make a habit of it, the seats were uncomfortable and the wifi somewhat intermittent. The scenery was fantastic though, maybe travelling first class next time is the answer!
The Racing Post was full of the fall out of the Panorama programme, I’m not going to comment on that, there’s no open racing again today. I’m not getting involved in 3/1 the field graded races at Romford. So busy looking at Hove for tomorrow.
Thursday popped up this morning to see my mum and to sort out a selection from Hove for my subscribers. Spotted that Steve Fluin the Bubbly Club chairman is a guest on RPGTV, he loves a winner while he is on the programme. So step forward Bubbly Gold who looks his best chance of a winner, so he was backed and then sent out to the punters. Went up to my brother in laws to watch the action from Hove. Bubbly Gold failed to clear Brookside Ace inside him and tangled with him until the third bend this gave Jetstream Smurf every chance to win the race which he duly did!
Friday and tonight’s RPGTV coverage is Wimbledon & Romford featuring the St Leger & Puppy Derby Semi Finals and as such there is a flying five of the feature Wimbledon races.
For the free tip I have gone for Dean Childs Millwards Teddy who can take advantage of Roxholme Dream struggling to lead the inside to the first bend as there is a lot of pace on her inner, with Chicago, Teejay’s Powerhawk and Hather George all got good early. Teddy should get a dream run round the outside. He’s the percentage play!
Wimbledon 8.26 Trap 6
Win bet @ 9/4 Betfred & Paddy Power
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster