The Don left Goodwood yesterday evening for the first time sick of the sight of the place. It may be the most naturally beautiful racecourse in the World but it was the setting for a bizarre series of bad rides and near misses which have tested mine and my members patience.
Firstly we actually finished July in profit and are still 505 points up in 2014 which is superb and we will build on it and we are still top dogs but this week has made me think Ive upset the Racing Gods. I’m lucky I have a membership who are in it to make long term profits so I don’t have many tyre kickers who think if you do not win every bet every day then A – You’re not trying B – You’re useless and don’t know what you’re doing C – You’re useless and don’t know what you’re doing and not trying……. But this week however sick I’ve felt watching in this beautiful amphitheatre but more sick for my members.
We began by having a max bet on Beacon on day 1 which the jockey Richard Hughes admits he cost the race. Blocked off twice and not alert to the leaders it was grim viewing. I then gave Salvatore Fury part owned by that Scottish Chap the shrewd tipster. The horse got badly bumped and though placed should have been a 25/1 winner. This was just the start.
We then had Windshear at 9/1 who was the subject of another Hughes horror show. Now what is doubly unlucky is that Hughes is a maestro round Goodwood normally! He flew home after being blocked in twice and was beaten by a nose….. you are getting the drift. We had a big bet on Arabian Comet at 14/1 he was backed into 7/1 and Fanning had him stone last he got beat a short head. We max betted Markaz at 8/1 he got beat a short head at 5/2 fave after a huge gamble. There’s not a lot the tipster can say in these situations except stay on the coach! Consistently beating sp by huge margins will and does lead to huge profits but there will be pockets of bad luck, bad riding and just the way it goes that string together and cause self doubt. I’ve been doing this long enough and well enough to just keep calling the bets as I see them in the knowledge that the Gambling Gods eventually go and pick on someone else and even sometimes throw you a fish or two.
Another Sunday and more good flat racing. After Pallasator romped in last Sunday we are off up to Chester today who stage a fascinating and very competitive card. We are in the 3.05 and we are playing each way on the Richard Hannon trained Coulsty 10/1 Bet365. Coulsty hated the soft ground he raced on last time but before that put in some strong performances. As a two year old he went off favourite at Royal Ascot and I know team Hannon think there is a big handicap in this lad. His early pace will be a huge asset round here and we should grab that 10/1 this morning.
Have a great Sunday, join the Dons service because history would suggest another big winning run is just around the corner and as always Trust in the Don.
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The Gambling Don