Got very limited service so a very quick treble for tomorrow! Had a bit of profit back thanks to QARAABA (4-1) today.
CLARION CALL 330 ASCOT – (nap) (unplaced)was going to win easily last time when falling – will hopefully reproduce that form minus the fall! (3 point win)
DOESLESSTHANME 255 ASCOT – (nb) (NR)solid record will hopefully beat McCoys horse (2 point win)
ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE 535 DONCASTER – (treble) (unplaced)some solid form, hopeful of a place (2 points each way)
STAKE = 9 points
RETURNS = 2 points for NR
BANK = +148 points
STATS as of 1/4/12 WINS 11/37 29.7% NAPS 4/13 30.7% TREBLES 2/13 15.3%
I’m off on a nice weekend break this weekend so thought I’d put up my tips for Saturday now. The first big handicap of the year is a great one and always seems to produce a class winner.
Here’s my three!
SMARTY SOCKS 1515 DONCASTER – (nap) (unplaced)was a very smart horse last year winning at Doncaster and Ascot. On a high mark but I hope will go further this year. (5 points each way)
SHAMDARLEY 1405 DONCASTER – (nb) (unplaced)won a competitive handicap at York on his final start and his race normally produces a fast finishing winner – hopefully he’ll be the one. (3 points each way)
QARAABA 1655 DONCASTER – (treble) (won – 4-1 = 14 points) a good win at Sandown last year was followed up last time at Kempton and he just got up on the line, he must be open to further progress and must run into a place (2 points each way)
Enjoy the first day on the flat, thanks to Emma-Louise for the permission to use her photos.
STAKE = 20 points
RETURNS = 14 points
BANK = +155 points
STATS as of 31/3/12 WINS 11/35 31% NAPS 4/12 33% TREBLES 2/12 17%
Yes it’s here folks, the flat action returns. As much as I love National Hunt racing, flat is my fav! I thought I’d start with a photo of the best horse in NH at the moment in my opinion, SPRINTER SACRE.
Thursday’s blog produced another winning nap courtesy of LAVA LAMP at 7-1, I couldn’t believe my eyes at the price! Hope some of you were on it!
So, Friday is purely about flat selections on the all weather. Here goes…..
CANTOR 1525 LINGFIELD – (nap) (unplaced)the blinkers worked last time with him at Kempton and I reckon there’s a little bit more to come from this one! (5 point win)
CHOOKIE HAMILTON 1925 WOLVERHAMPTON – (nb) (2nd – 9/2)won well at Lingfield last time and has a 50% win rate at the track. He as won a few times here off 4lbs higher! (3 point win)
FLEETWOODSANDS 2055 WOLVERHAMPTON – (treble)(unplaced) another one who boasts 6 wins at the track, stepped back up to 7f must also help. (2 point win)
STAKE = 10 points
RETURNS = 0 points
BANK = +161.5points
STATS as of 30/3/12 WINS 10/32 31% NAPS 4/11 36% TREBLES 2/11 18%
Remember to bet within your means and that I do this as a hobby so am no expert! Off away on holiday for the weekend too, so may not get a blog in at the weekend. I do fancy a bit of each way on SMARTY SOCKS in the Lincoln on Saturday though!
Love this photo, courtesy of goodtosoft. The letter in the hoof says it all, V for Victory. Another couple of wins courtesy of CARAVEL (5-4) and SPINNING RIDGE (11-4) and a place for AY TAY TATE (110-30).
On to Thursday’s treble.
LAVA LAMP 1630 FFOS LAS – (nap) (won 7-1 = 53.75 points)up 7lbs for a very impressive win last time, an eye catching performance that was and hopefully there’s more to come. I’m a little concerned about DECOY who didn’t stay last time when going well. (5 points each way)
FABALU 1650 NEWCASTLE – (nb) (NR)won well last time at Bangor through the application of blinkers, confident he’ll win again. (3 point win)
DERWEN PRYDE 250 FFOS LAS – (treble)(unplaced) had a good second last time, will enjoy the ground and a step up to 3 miles should suit too. (2 points each way)
STAKE = 17 points
RETURNS = + 53.75 points
BANK = +171.5 points
STATS as of 29/312 WINS 10/29 34.4% NAPS 4/10 40% TREBLES 2/10 20%
Remember to gamble wisely and I only do this as a little hobby and am by no means an expert or am suggesting you should follow my advice.
Another very nice day on Tuesday weather wise and also a very profitable day on the blog with all three bets coming in – O’CROTAIGH 9-2 won, STORM HAWK 5-1 won, and THEREDBALLOON 3rd at 5-1.
Lets hope the weather and the form continue!
CARAVEL – 1610 TAUNTON (nap) –(won 5-4 = 15.75 points) loves better ground and ran some good races for Howard Johnson in the past. This firm ground should play to his flat speed and hopefully he will triumph. (7 point win)
AY TAY TATE – 1600 LINGFIELD (nb) –(3rd 100-30) has a good record at Lingfield and won well last time, will hopefully keep up the trend. (3 point win)
SPINNING RIDGE – 1910 KEMPTON (treble) – (won 11-4 = 7.5 points)ran creditably on Monday and just got pipped in the final half furlong, hopefully will hold on in this. (2 point win)
STAKE = 12 points
RETURNS = + 23.25 points
BANK = +134.75 points
STATS as of 28/3/12 WINS 9/27 33.3% NAPS 3/9 33.3% TREBLES 2/9 22.2%
Time for the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups. The prompt this week ‘what was the rabbit late for’, wondered Alice
The long grass parted, a rustling of the long stems caused birds to take flight and perch atop a near tree. Once quiet, slowly coming over the cover of the grass came two pointy ears and a grey face. A twitch of the nose gave the all clear and out bounded the rabbit, moving gracefully with that familiar gait, this way and that, quick as a flash he was gone through the nearest hedge. Alice, pondered‘what was THAT rabbit late for’. With little time to think she turned and ran eager to tell the farmer that there was a rustling in the bushes at the end of the field.
Two places from Monday’s selections, SPINNING RIDGE 3rd and PASTURE BAY 3rd (+6 points) but still a bit of a return! Can’t believe how great this weather is, must surely be helping the better ground horses.
Here is Tuesday’s treble :
O CROTAIGH 1520 MARKET RASEN (nap) – (won 9-2 = 22 points)has a very good record a Market Rasen, figures of 2111. With Richard Johnson on board we have another plus, my only concern is the ground! (4 point win)
THEREDBALLOON 1420 MARKET RASEN (nb) –(3rd 5-1 = 4.5 points) needs really good ground and hopefully will get it, has some very good form in places and should be thereabouts (2 points each way)
STORM HAWK 1630 – SOUTHWELL (treble) – (won 5-1 = 12 points)another horse for course! Three from four at Southwell and in a competitive race has claims again (2 points win)
STAKE = 10 points
RETURNS = + 38.5 points
BANK = +123.5points
STATS as of 27/3/12 WINS 7/24 29% NAPS 2/8 25% TREBLES 2/8 25%
Finally, here’s another brilliant photo courtesy of goodtosoft
that shows a binocular badge!
A nice win for DUKE OF LUCCA on Saturday brought a bit of money back in. Let’s start the week off well with a winner or three – hopefully!
SPINNING RIDGE 2.15 LINGFIELD (nap) –(3rd – 9-2) on a tasty mark and should be more than competitive off it. Red Sometset sets the standard, but sometimes blows the start. 5 point win
PASTURE BAY 3.30 TOWCESTER (nb) – (3rd – 8-1 = 6 points)will give a btter account on a better surface hopefully. A drop back in trip should help too. 2 points each way
MR GOOFY 5.00 TOWCESTER (treble) – (PU)back to his last winning mark and gave a good account last time. Should love the ground, hopeful! 2 points each way
STAKE = 13 points
RETURNS = 6 points
BANK = +95points
STATS as of 26/3/12 WINS 5/21 24% NAPS 1/7 14.2% TREBLES 1/7 14.2%
Photo courtesy of goodtosoft
The purpose of the stay was to celebrate my mate Simon’s 40th birthday. We were staying at the very nice De Vere Belton Woods. We all met up prior to a one o’clock tee-off for a sausage sandwich and a coffee, set out the handicaps, and decide the fourballs.
The aim was to play a North v South Stableford competition, 2 Northerners and 2 Southerners in each four ball. One of the lads had bought us all some caps to wear to commemorate the occasion, and Simon had brought enough beer for a small party that we managed to fit in our bags!
The hotel has two courses in the grounds, the Lakes course and the Woodland course. We opted for the Woodland course and it was pretty impressive. The one grudge I have is the position of the flags, they were all close to the edge of the greens and were very challenging, resulting in alot of 3 putts from all of us.
I was disappointed with my round a times, I hit some awful approach shots from very good drives and this killed the round. I did manage another birdie however and won the Longest drive on the 18th!
My card is here
The result of the game was the Northern boys won by 10 points from our combined scores! Get in there and Simon had bought us all a prize for winning. The individual score that won was 32, which to be homes said a fair bit about some of our performances!
The night carried on and we had a fantastic 3 course meal that was included in the break and then had a few more beers in the bar regaling our tales from earlier. I would recommend a stay at Belton and would give the course a 4/5. The design of the holes are great, some fantastic tee areas, and some amazing bunkers make the course exciting and challenging. The greens were pretty quick and tough due to flag positions. The reason it’s not 5/5 is because of this and for £45 a round I would have expected a few more ‘eye-catching’ holes. Would definitely go back again though! We are looking to make it an annual event now and give those Southerners a chance to get one back on us.
Here’s an aerial shot of the 18th Lakes course, with the 18th Woodlands course just to the left.
Some more photos of the course are below :
Im off on my mates 40th bash this weekend. With golf and beer it should be class.
Not got time for a detailed blog, but these are my best three for tomorrow.
Cue to Cue 2.40 NEWBURY – (nap) – 5 points each way(unplaced)
Duke of Lucca 3.20 BANGOR – (nb) 5 point win(won – 11-8= 11.88 points)
Ostland 4.25 BANGOR – (treble) 3 point win(unplaced)
STAKE = 18 points
RETURNS = 11.88 points
BANK = +102.88 points
STATS as of 25/312 WINS 5/18 27.7% NAPS 1/6 16.6% TREBLES 1/6 16.6%