After a rare no play day yesterday, dear reader, the Fancy Fillies system is back in action again today, and looking to build on the promise of its performance so far.
In case you've not been tracking things too closely, FF is a laying system and has so far nominated four correct lays from five selections, with the longest priced horse being 9/4. Indeed the only winner (and, therefore, loser for us) was returned 11/8 (less than 6/4 on the exchanges).
So a strong start. But four swallows a summer do not make (although the portents are promising).
Today, there is a difference of opinion between the official subscription service and my own thoughts. As you may recall, there is nothing sinister about this. Rather, it's simply that the guy who sends the FF emails has to send them early in the morning when the exchange markets are still forming.
With the benefit of the jelly being in the fridge an extra hour or two by the time I check the markets, things have sometimes firmed up a trifle (if you'll pardon the mixed cold dessert metaphor).
So it is that the official selection today is Three Moons in the 4.40 Leicester. The Geegeez selection, with the benefit of the later view of the markets, is Allformary in the 2.20 Newcastle.
The Legacy system has been pretty quiet, but stealthy for all that. Just two qualifiers in the six days I've been tracking is a pretty selective return. Nonetheless, it is hard to argue with them both winning, albeit at measly enough odds of 2/1 and 11/8.
Legacy returns to the fray today, with a system qualifier in the 4.30 at Huntingdon.
Ocean du Moulin is the nag in question, and Legacy is on a hat trick, which has surprised a few people, not least me. I expected this system to perform somewhat erratically. Of course, that may well still happen but, on the basis of the (flimsy, granted) evidence to date, it continues to run ahead of the pack.
Let's see what today brings. Legacy System page here.
Talking of what today may bring, good old Night Orbit runs again this afternoon. No worse for what looked a hard enough ride last Thursday at Newbury, Russell Kennemore again takes the plate in what is another impossible mission.
As is my obligation, I have struck a healthy wager with limited possibility of becoming a wealthy wager. But hope springs eternal!
I will be on my way to Leicester shortly, a track I've never been to before. Win or lose, it will be a good day out, and another course ticked off on my lifetime mission to attend every course in the country.
After a frustrating day on Saturday, TTS has a trio of contenders this afternoon at Huntingdon.
We had three second placed finishes on the weekend, at odds of 3/1, 4/1 and 11/1, as well as 3rd places at 11/2 and 11/1, and three fourth placed finishers (and two still running!).
Such is the nature of the TTS game, in these times we need to sit tight and wait for the winners to weturn (as Elmer Fudd might say).
Hopefully, it will be today.
I don't really fancy much today, to be honest, and I'm keeping my powder dry a tad too, in readiness for the puntfest that is the Breeders Cup in Santa Anita.
I'll be bringing you a lot more news from this annual festival of equine endeavour, and my own travel news in due course.
For now, let me gloat and wallow in the glory of my itinerary:
Sunday 19th October - Gatwick to Las Vegas
Sunday - Wednesday - Las Vegas
Wednesday 22nd - leave early to go to Grand Canyon. Spend day there.
Thursday 23rd - drive to Phoenix, then short flight to Burbank, California. Stay in Pasadena.
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th - racing at Santa Anita (come on!!!!!!!!! I'm a little excited about this ;o)
Saturday night - fly overnight to Orlando for conference
Sunday - Tuesday - conference
Wednesday - fly back.
I haven't had much of a break this year at all, and with one thing and another, it's been a difficult year (are those violins I hear?!), so I'm looking forward to my annual Breeders Cup pilgrimage with even more anticipation than normal.
Even more so, because the one year in my otherwise unbroken run stretching back to 2001 (Belmont, NY, directly after 9/11) that I didn't attend, the BC was held at... Santa Anita.
The posts will keep coming, but the timings may be a bit skew - whiff. Just so you know.
If anyone else is going to Santa Anita, leave a comment and let me know. Perhaps we'll have a beer. (Jerry, you don't need to - I know you're coming!!)
MUG PUNTER WARNING: One race that might be worth a small speculative - if only for its trappiness - is the 3.20 Newcastle. This is clearly not a race to bet seriously on, but we might be able to use our draw experience to good effect.
I reckon that in the prevailing ground, far side (i.e. low numbers) will have the call. The Twelve Steps won nicely two starts ago, when well drawn at Thirsk. He is again berthed favourably, and the Swinbank stable is in fine fettle. He may well go close.
And the other one I like in the race, although the market is currently speaking against him, is Avontuur. A winner last time out on heavy ground at Ayr, the conditions here are ideal, and he is boxed to go close.
As I say, it's not really a 'betting boots' race, but if you want to play today, you could do worse than have a tickle here.
I'll be sticking to a placepot, a diddy bet in that Newcastle race, and a good cheer on Night Orbit at Leicester this afternoon (at least for the first half mile, before he comes under pressure..!).
A demain, as Napoleon might have said...