It seems, dear reader, that winning horse racing systems abound, and that people rarely invest their hard earned cash on anything that shows a loss. Or so it would seem, according to one commentator...
I received a comment stating that if 'only' 55 points up for the jumps season with TrainerTrackStats (which finishes it's season today), then I should stick to the day job. Of course, for me, this is the day job. So, in that at least, the comment was correct! 😉
But it gives me the opportunity once more to hop onto my much used soapbox and preach the sermon of realistic thinking. You see, if racing systems were all making bundles of cash, then fair enough.
But I know of about four that are consistently in front of the bookies. TTS, bless it, is celebrating its third straight winning season (out of three), and has finished - assuming all six selections today qualify and lose - 50 points up.
Over eight months, that's £5,000 to £100 level stakes, or £500 to £10 level stakes.
Since September, are you up 50 points?
The commentator - who probably wished he hadn't left the remark... - went on to say, "and you lost 21 points the other day...". Absolutely right, mate, and now we're only 71 points up for the Laying System service.
Combined then, these being the only two products I sold over the Winter (TTS in conjunction with Gavin), that's a profit of 126 points, and two winning services out of two. I'm proud of that, and lots of subscribers are delighted too. Not necessarily just because of the cash, but also because of the fun we've had.
Alas, £12,600 since September is not enough for some people from a racing service or two. Mercifully, for most, and for whom more meagre investment stakes are employed, it's plenty. :o)
To yesterday, and whilst I alerted you to Notre Pere's strength in the market yesterday, he wasn't for me. But he fair bolted up and looks a very lively contender for Grand National, and perhaps even Gold Cup, next season.
Onwards and upwards we must go: the feature races at Punchestown today are the Enda Bolger Benefit race, the La Touche Cup, at 4.20; and the World Series Hurdle at 4.55. There is also Grade 1 action at 6.40 with the Swordlestown Novice Chase.
First up, the cross country race, La Touche Cup. Bolger has won this race an incredible seven times in the last eight years, the exception being last year. And he will be triple handed today. Garde Champetre looks the pick of the three and, whilst he will have to put his best hoof forward under Nina Carberry to get the better of Grand National winner, Silver Birch, I take him to prevail at skinny odds.
The World Series Hurdle, a staying race, is a good race for the Brits, who've won 8 from the last 12 runnings. Cheltenham form is reliable, with the last six winners having raced there. However, the World Hurdle itself is a negative, with preference given to runners who were engaged in the Aintree equivalent. Having finished third at Aintree, Fair Along looks a decent each way chance in the race.
In the 6.40, Forpadydeplasterer looks pretty well in, considering his Cheltenham exploits, and may well win. Likely to give him most to do is Tatenen, who bungled his chance away at Chelters and was then tapped for toe at Aintree. Compensation may await here.
It's Thursday Fun time again, and this time let's consider the use of the word, 'Awesome'. It used to mean something that was truly breath-taking, staggering and altogether other worldly. Alas, our transatlantic cousins have rather diluted the sentiment. No matter, for semantic expert, Mr Edward Izzard, rides to the rescue...