Wednesday, 4 March 2015
An excellent panel for last night's very well attended Cheltenham preview night. There was no owner, trainer or jockey on the panel, which was a positive for me. You may know from my ten rules of betting that I take no notice of their opinions. That's because they are invariably biased towards the horses they own, train or ride.
I'd estimate over 200 attended and it was good to catch up with friends I'd not seen (in some cases) for many years.
In terms of Cheltenham bets my portfolio to date is quite small. I've listed below the bets I've had since my return from London. I've been fortunate to profit from the last couple of festivals so here's hoping for at least a couple of winners:
First of all, not a lot of value in the 'specials' that I can see. Last year I took 3/1 12 or more Irish trained winners (there were 12). This year it's evens the same bet. I've just played one in the jockey championship against the very likely winner Ruby Walsh:
2pts Barry Geraghty to be Cheltenham top jockey @ 8/1 Coral
Here are my other bets which are a combination of my views and those of the panel:
Supreme Novices Hurdle 1pt ew Qewy @ 14/1 William Hill (concessions if unplaced) 1/4 odd 1,2,3
Arkle 0.5pts ew Three Kingdoms @ 20/1 Betfred 1/4 odds 1,2,3
Mares 1.5pts ew Polly Peachum @ 9/1 Paddy Power 1/4 odds 1,2,3
RSA Chase 2pts win The Young Master @ 7/1 Betfred
Fred Winter 2pts win Zarib @ 12/1 Betfred
World Hurdle 2pts win Zarkandar @ 5/1 William Hill
World Hurdle 2pts win Whisper @ 14/1 Betfred
JLT 2pts win Valseur LIdo @ 6/1 Betfred
Triumph 2pts win Petite Parisienne @ 9/1 Betfred
A Bartlett 2pts win Blacklion @ 12/1 Betfred
Finally in the GC:
Gold Cup 5pts win Djakadam @ 11/1 William Hill
Gold Cup 1pt ew Boston Bob @ 25/1 Paddy Power
Please note ALL of the above bets are NRNB - be careful which bookmaker you choose because not all firms offer this concession at the time of writing.
Good luck if you get involved. But remember these races are hugely competitive and there is a very good chance we may draw a blank.
Total stake 29 points.
Friday, 27 February 2015
I went to a rather good blues night last month. The headliners were the Barrel House Blues Band. Rather good they were too playing amongst other things some Rory Gallagher numbers. I only saw the Irishman once. That was just over 43 years ago on 8 December 1971 at Reading University when my sister was a student there.
A quick search on Amazon and I came across this bargain:
Five albums: Deuce / Calling Card / Top Priority / Jinx / Fresh Evidence.
Total cost just £9.99 and comes with free auto-rip download. Had to be purchased!
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Going to have one more bash at Chelmsford tonight. If these get beat I may kick the Essex track into touch!:
20:10Ch 4pts win Mishaal @ 4/1 Betfred BOG
20:10Ch 1pt win Salvatore Fury @ 12/1 Betfred BOG
20:40Ch 2pts win Steel City Boy @ 13/2 Coral BOG
Seven points staked.
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Not many opportunities remain to see the terrific production of Henry V at the Ludlow Brewery. I went last night and was thoroughly entertained by the Rooftop Theatre Company for the near two and a half hour event. My evening was complemented with an excellent new beer from the brewery: Ludlow Blonde. I believe the play is close to sold out tonight and is completely sold out on the last night (Friday). My advice: try and get tickets for Thursday!
Here is a shot of the cast in rehearsal:
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