Friday saw me up North in the Bredbury Hall Hotel & Country Club for a funeral. I was in somber mood but managed to send out the newsletter and FFT. The hammer fell on David Pruhs dog Frisby Forjohn who ran well the previous week. There were no further tips as I was out all day at the funeral. I checked the prices and saw the dog had been backed off the boards. I got back to the hotel to check the results to find that after early crowding he finished last. There is always tomorrow but not sadly for my mate Coops RIP buddy. However there was a disco at the hotel with lots of eye candy attending that really helped lift my mood along with several more beers!
Saturday is normally a no bet day with poor RPGTV fare. But I saw that Bodell Bernina a previous FFT was running. I had a look at the race and made her a good bet @ even money. Sent out to subscribers before setting off in what could only be described as a ‘monsoon’. This persisted all the way down the M6 but as soon as we reached the M1 it was thankfully a different day. Watched the racing before ordering a ‘Ruby Murray’ and watching Bodell Bernina hose up on RPGTV at 4/6f. Then it was off to bed to read my Saturday comic from Belly boy which is always an entertaining read.
Sunday kennel visit to see Holly still at Ernie Gaskin’s and Tommy now at a re-homing centre. Both were pleased to see me and get there sausages. Felt sorry for Tommy as he’s off to the vets for castration tomorrow, thankfully he’s blissfully unaware. Home for my cooked breakfast before a dreaded trip to Tesco’s. Back home to liaise with Angus over the Henlow card, he wasn’t confident today which was unusual. I put out one selection but only to small stakes on Savana Miesque at 3/1. Watched the Open golf with interest as I had backed Rory McIlroy at 18/1 for a nice few quid e.w. – was a hot and sweaty watch but he made it winning by two shots. Miesque ran poorly and has now been scratched off my Xmas Card list but no major damage done.
Monday once I had completed some chores I had a look at the Nottingham card which was very disappointing in truth and had little to get our teeth into. I then turned my attention to the Produce Stakes Semi Finals and rowed in with a small win trixie on the favourites. This was folly as on the shortest one won at 1/6. Greyhound racing can be so unpredictable. I watched the semis and the Final appears at the mercy of Take the Crown.
Tuesday saw me attend Romford trial session, something I need to do more often, later deliberate long and hard over the Sheffield card which was choc full of opens. B365 priced up but though I fancied one or two, I decided it was not strong enough to tip them. So I advised a no bet day again. I did however attend my local betting shop to watch all the action. It was packed full of characters, who I will introduce into my column over the coming weeks. We will start with Caleb, a gypsy, ex-street fighter and he is the worlds worst punter, he backs the favourite in every race be it horses or dogs! A win is greeted by whoops of delight and a trip to the nearby boozer, but defeat is taken slightly differently by punching anything or anyone within range.
Wednesday sees graded action from Romford & Peterborough. Peter O’Dowd Romford’s racing manager is renowned for his tightly graded cards so as not to upset his bookmaker employers. 7/2 the field tells you how hard the card is to sort out. I sent out another no bet advice but it did contain info on one expected to win at Shelbourne Park. I watched the Irish dog look all over the winner at the third bend but he was badly crowded and could only manage second.
Thursday there was a bumper open card from Hove featuring the Sussex Cup Semi Finals and heats of three other competitions. I sent out two selections to subscribers both were soundly beaten Snappers Lad and Droopys Jarrow both ran as if I had applied lead boots to them. Thankfully I don’t get many of these nights. But I tell it as it is on my diary the good and the bad. This has been a poor week by my standards. But as I always say ‘form is temporary – class is permanent’
FFT time and we could do with a winner, so it’s back to basics – looking at the flying four races that are priced up are as usual very competitive. If it’s not broke why fix it Adageo Bob loves Romford he’s won his last five over c&d in really fast times.
He gets the vote to land the FFT, it’s no gimme mind with Grand Prix winner Farley Rio in opposition.
FFT – Free Friday Tip
Romford 10.26 Trap 6
Win bet @ 5/4 b365
Back next Friday.
Greyhound Master Tipster