It's Thursday, dear reader, so we'll be having a little fun later on in the post. Actually, fun may not be the best word to describe this rather grotesque 'sport'. More on that later.
First up though, a quick update on Betfair Renegade. Yesterday saw us break the water-treading monotony of the previous few days, and record a profit. The weekly profit figure was a tidy enough Â£117.80 for Â£10 stakes at Betfair SP, and factoring in 5% commissions on winning trades.
Today's horses are still to run, and I've got to dash, so will write an update post later.
The reason I'm dashing, a la Speedy Gonzalez, is because I'm flying down to Mexico City for a couple of days. Staying here in San Diego, I'm just 17 miles from the Mexican border (though, in fairness, fully 1,440 miles from Mexico City itself!).
Me and Mrs Matt will be heading to Tijuana by the time you read this, from where our flight will land us in the big Hispanic Smoke. And we're very much looking forward to it. In fact, for Mrs Matt it's been a lifelong ambition to go to the Teotihuacan ruins. Me? I'd never even heard of them, but my wanderlust knows no bounds, and - if Montezuma doesn't take his revenge on me and my gastric sensitivity - it will be a fantastic experience.
Laptop will be coming with me, so I'll be able to blog and email whilst there too. 🙂
This will be just about the last adventure on what has been the most monumental and adventure-laden seven weeks of my life, as I'll be returning to damp and windy Blighty (from damp and windy San Diego) on 23rd December, in time for Christmas pud and the Queen. And, of course, Kempton, Chepstow and the Boxing Day footyfest!
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that there is a new poll in the top right corner of the blog. The question is simple: which horse do you think will win the Champion Hurdle next March?
Three of the big guns will be running across the last two races at Cheltenham on Saturday, but there'll be no bonus points for making your choice before then. Do add your opinion to the mix, and we'll see who the most likely candidate is, on the vox populi at least.
At Huntingdon today, there's one that takes my eye in the 1.30. Show Winner was well beaten on debut last season, before winning an 18 runner novice event at Kempton this time last year.
The kid glove treatment was evident first time out this season, when a never nearer / threatening 6th of 12 at Ascot, beaten 17 lengths.
And it's that man McCoy who takes over from young Felix De Giles, implying today is 'job day'. I appreciate the odds will factor this in, but going, trip and class look ideal.
The Andrew Balding stable is in very good form, with a winner from his last runner over hurdles, and two winners and three places from eleven flat starts in the past fortnight.
On the same card, the featured Peterborough Chase sees the return to action of high class Racing Demon in what is a truly excellent renewal. Taking on the Demon in an elite field of seven, are Deep Purple (won Grade 2 Charlie Hall last time out), Albertas Run (won a Grade 2 Ascot chase last time), Herecomesthetruth (won a Grade 2 chase at Down Royal last out), Something Wells (did many of us a massive favour when obliging at the Festival at 33/1 when last seen on the track), Tartak (a former Grade 2 chase winner), and Tidal Bay (multiple Grade 1 winning novice chaser, including the Arkle and Maghull Chases at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively).
So why do I single out Racing Demon? Because of his trainer. The irrepressible Henrietta Knight has entered eight horses in the last ten runnings of this race. And no fewer than seven of them won! The other, a nag by the name of Best Mate (remember him?!) finished 2nd.
Demon has his work cut out, and it won't be a punting proposition of a race for me. But it's definitely one to savour, and to set the video for if you're looking for Cheltenham pointers. Most, if not all, of these will have the Festival as their prime targets later in the year.
Finally, it's time for some Thursday Fun, after a fashion at least. In the States, there is something truly gross called 'competitive eating'. It does what it says on the tin (and these guys consume a lot of those tins!), and even has it's own Federation (http://www.ifoce.com/).
Anyway, I was in beautiful La Jolla on Sunday for their Christmas Parade, and stumbled unwittingly into the world record attempt for flauta eating. Lest you don't know (I didn't!), flautas are corn tortillas rolled around a filling of meat or cheese and deep fried. Their average calorific content is 80 per unit.
The winner of this contest consumed SIXTY-FIVE in just eight minutes. That's 5,20o calories in eight minutes.
Oh yeah, and six flautas are reckoned to contain 31 grams of fat. So that's about 340 grams of fat in eight minutes. Your recommended daily fat intake is 95 grams, and calorie intake 2,000 to 2,500.
Do NOT try this at home...
Hasta la vista,