[Aaaaargh, apologies for the ridiculous email subject which might have brought you here.Â A fatal copy and paste cock up from yours truly... Sorry, sorry, sorry. One of those weeks!]
A short-ish post today, dear reader, to mention a few dispatches. One of my horse-y interests is running today at Huntingdon, I'm updating you on the results of the Betfair Conspiracy (what a hornet's nest that's proven to be!), and I've got a spot of Thursday Fun to boot.
First up, dear old Olly runs at Huntingdon in the 3.35 race. There's only five runners in a novice hurdle, but two of them are rated 140+, and trained by Messrs Henderson and Nicholls.
My suspicion is that they might not go that searching a gallop, and that will probably find Orbit out. However, that said, I'd hope that he'd be able to nick third, with a bit of luck. Again, and mainly because I'm a hopeless romantic, I'll be backing him each way, but I couldn't really recommend the same to anyone else!
Incidentally, and I wonder if they know, but a bizarre quirk of fate will see Orbit race against one of only three siblings from his mum's side. His ma, Dansara, has been a great mare, producing four race horses: Self Defense (high class hurdler), Dance World (won four races, including a hurdle for Julia, Olly's trainer), Olly himself (flat turf, all weather, and hurdle winner), and Sarando.
Sarando opposes today, and he himself is already a hurdles winner from four starts.
Good luck Olly, and - along with all the others - come back safe!
Onwards, ever onwards, and although I wasn't planning to, I think I'll track the Betfair Conspiracy selections for a week or two. I've put the ones I've sided with up on the blog over the last couple of days, and will continue so to do for several days to come. (Note, we all know that such a microcosm is far from ideal in terms of system tracking, but it does serve a purpose for those who've purchased to compare their picks with mine - and they don't need to be exactly the same).
Today, I'm going in with the 2.00 Huntingdon and, somewhat more contentiously perhaps, the 7.40 Kempton.
For those following as users, I discounted the Hun 3.35 because of trip concerns; the Hun 5.10 due to fitness and trainer; the Sou 2.10 for fitness and track; Sou 2.40 collateral form (wouldn't have bet anyway, too short); Sou 3.45 because of the pilot / track; and the Kem 6.10 on form, or lack thereof.
Conscious that that will mean little or nothing to most, I hope it adds some colour to the systems owning and paper trading minority.
I'll also start to publish the cumulative results from tomorrow. One horse made late headway to finish 4th, beaten a neck out of the places yesterday, which was the only blot on an otherwise unblemished copybook.
At Betfair SP, I'm currently showing 3.2% up on my starting bank. If I'd included the horses that I excluded because they were too short (i.e. 1.25 or less), I'd be showing 4.3% profit. [This will all mean more from tomorrow, when you're looking at the same numbers I am...]
Lastly today, just time for some Thursday Fun, which kind of sums up my mood these last few days. How easy it is to be misconstrued when you're just telling it like it is...