Is it just me, dear reader, or are the Tuesdays after Bank Holiday Mondays (i.e. logical Mondays from a 'day in the office' perspective) the worst days in the working year?
It will come as no surprise to you that I love my job. After all, I get paid to write about horse racing and other associated 'stuff' as I feel fit. That's about as good as it gets! But even I feel a little lethargic today.
No matter, for I must shake the slumber (didn't rise this morning until 9.30am either, very poor show!) and persist. There are systems to be trialed, news items to be relayed, and puns to be made!
First up, word reaches me of a nefarious scamster masquerading under a second surreptitious pseudonym (you see, I told you, utter linguistic self-indulgence!)...
Now I have to say, as reportage goes, I've done nothing to validate this story, so I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments space below, if you've subscribed to either of these two services.
The original service was called Lay365, and I had panned this on Nag3 previously (see this blog post).
It appears that, under mysterious circumstances, this service ceased to be in November 2008. Curiously, and possibly entirely coincidentally, Syndicate100 appeared from December 2008, and the website styles are remarkable similar, even down to the irritating use of 'Comic Sans MS' font, surely the least business-like font ever created!
Like I say, there's a whole pile of circumstantial evidence here, so if you've had experience with either service, perhaps you'd share it with the wider community for the greater good.
[Side note: it's not my intention to wantonly and randomly slate services: anyone can have a bad day / month (I did yesterday). But when bad services reinvent themselves to do more of the same, this is a little more sinister and deserves 'outing' if indeed it proves to be the case.]
Onwards, for we have a new Question of the Week in the top right corner. Again, in my never ending quest to provide an interactive website, as opposed to one where I just selfishly pontificate (wow, what a day for the words!), I'm interested in what sort of 'stuff' you use.
Do you just bet horses to win? Do you lay mules and donkeys? Are you a trader? Interested in arbitrage or forex? Tell me what you like and don't like - it'll help me give you more of what you're interested in, and less of the rest!
I know for a fact that over 1,500 of you read this little site every day, so I'd hope to get at least 200 votes cast. Come on... you know you want to... (or at least, you know I want you to...!)
It's in the top right corner - just tick the ones that apply to you, then click the voting button below it. Simples!
Now then, my Lowlay review chap, Kevin, has gone and absented himself for a few days (the sheer temerity of it!), due to a wedding or some other inconsequential eventuality (the verbosity is reaching new heights today... or possibly plumbing new depths!).
So it falls to me to provide the update:
yesterday's selection, Apache Ridge, could only manage 2nd place, making it 8 straight losers (and therefore winners for us), and almost bringing the bank back to parity after a nightmare debut on the blog.
Current status quo is thus:
Starting BankÂ Â Â Â Â£2500
Current BankÂ Â Â Â Â£2425
P/L Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â -Â£75
Given that week 1 of the trial showed a loss of Â£835 (ouch!), this is a remarkable recovery for a service that only deals in horses at 7/2 or shorter.
Indeed, since the service's inception in February - all proofed to Racing Index's proofing service - Lowlay is up just shy of three grand (Â£2,905 to Â£100 level stakes).
My money is on a setback soon, as it's very hard to keep picking them out at such short prices, but clearly these guys are doing plenty right.
If you're interested in Lowlay, you can check their site here. My advice would be to hang fire on joining the service for another week (assuming you're interested), as we'll be publishing the runners here between now and then (the end of the month will also constitute the end of the trial, and we'll - i.e. Kevin will - bring you a full review of the service).
Today's Lowlay is Ailsa Carmel in the 2.00 Leicester.
Lastly today, you can still grab a copy of Gavin's freebie trends guide for the Oats and Barley... erm, I mean, Oaks and Derby, here... nothing to pay, no catch (except he's leading up to his super massive, all guns blazing, guide of the season, Royal Ascot Festival Trends, which I'm seriously looking forward to - it's a great trends meeting).
p.s. Do you know anything about Lay365 or Syndicate100? Leave a comment
p.p.s. Did you take part in my question of the week yet?
p.p.s. Do you hate Logical Mondays too?!