Day two in the trial, dear reader, and the systems got off to a quiet enough start yesterday.
Using Fancy Fillies (FF), I nominated Bees River in the first at Nottingham, which was duly beaten (that's what we want, as we're laying them!) at odds of 9/4.
However, someone connected with FF suggested to me that the qualifier was in fact Surrealism later in the day. I have to say that I think his point is somewhat moot, and I am struggling to find a semblance of logic to support the reason (see yesterday's comments for more info).
What I propose to do therefore, is to record my interpretation of what is a pretty straightforward entry level rule set, and also to record the 'official' rule set qualifiers. Lest you think this to be extremely arrogant / pompous of me, this particular rule is a) a little vague, and b) more than a little arbitrary in my opinion. Indeed, I've written to the author for clarification.
However, for all that, I have received independent results tracking from a reader who used the system (thanks Kev!), that it did indeed make a decent profit over an eighteen month spell.
Today, I think both I and the 'official' view are in agreement that the horse to oppose is Dunes Queen in the 1.40 Newbury.
On to the Legacy system and, after no qualifiers yesterday, there is.... one qualifier! This is a backing system, and the horse to be on (according to the Legacy system, at least) is Take Me There in the 4.15 Southwell.
It's Thursday, and I am very shortly off to Newbury to watch Night Orbit perform like an absolute gentleman and allow all the other horses to precede him to the finishing line! He's out of sorts a little at the moment, though the course and distance will suit (he's won and been placed in his two runs at the track), and he likes the soft well enough.
In an eighteen runner apprentice handicap however, fortune favours only a few of the foolhardy, as opposed to the brave. So, obliged as I am to strike a wager on the beast, I trust my foolhardiness will be fortunate.
In the 3.15, I'm expecting improvement from Regal Lyric, who was unfancied when winning on debut at 20/1, and comes from the shrewd Tom Tate yard. At around 14's, he's a decent each way chance in an open nursery.
John Gosden's stable is very warm right now, and Rhadegunda will take some stopping in the fillies' handicap at 4.25, and makes the nap spot.
Over the obstacles today, they race at Wincanton and Southwell. The fences are a good test at both tracks, and expect some parting of jock and nag in the first at Southwell. I reckon the top one, My Condor, who is a front-running safe conveyance generally, will take some pegging back.
In the 3.05, McCoy gave Fair Dual a fantastic ride - even by his own stratospheric standards - last time, and I suspect that may have left its mark. I'd be happy to oppose this one today.
An interesting opening race at Winky sees a couple of decent UK flat horses from the Nicholls and King stables take on a twice winning French bred flat horse. Time will probably see them all win a race over hurdles, but I don't think they'll fill the first three places today, and the one who offers value against them is Wise Hawk.
He was a decent enough stick on the flat for Willie Haggas (rated 74), and made the frame on his hurdling debut behind two previous winners. Whilst he was fairly remote that day, with the advantage of experience, he looks worth a small bet to make the frame.
On what is an extremely competitive card, the only other one I'd want to side with is Nigel Twist and Shout's Golden Duck. He got bumped when lobbing his pilot at just the second fence on a return from a protracted vacation, but the money was down.
He'll be on a recovery mission today, and Timmy Murphy will do the steering.
Finally, it's Thursday, so it must Fursday Fun time...
My regular reader knows that I'm a huge fan of the Two Ronnies, and this is a belter that you'll probably remember from the telly. It's actually 25 years old now (where has the time gone?!), but one of the great things about Two Ronnies comedy was its reliance on wordplay and, therefore, its timelessness.
I hope you find this nearly as amusing as I did!