Monday, 31 December 2007

Happy New Year

Best wishes for 2008 everyone !!!!

An eventful week

Just a quick update on the results for the past few days.

Wednesday 26 December

A loss on the day of £367, made up of £364 from the tipsters and just £3 from my own trading on a football bet. Isiris gave out an insider bet winner at 10/3, together with an each way double which yielded a small profit. However their ante-post maximum bet on the King George came unstuck so they had a losing day overall. Henry Rix gave out two small stake losers against Straw Bear and Harchibald at Kempton, Mathematician gave Notaproblem as a best bet at Sedgefield which ran poorly and Optimum gave Victor Daly which was unplaced at Wetherby.

Loss on day £367

Thursday 27 December

Best of the day from the SLH all weather service which gave out Glenridding, a 4/1 winner at Wolves, their other bet lost. Isiris had an each way insider bet which finished second to get my money back, Optimum's ante-post each way bet on the Welsh National at 16/1 suffered the fate of all good each way bets when finishing fifth. I was also advised Gungadu and Halcon Generlardais in the same race so a very frustrating afternoon but a small profit on the day.

Profit on day £28

Friday 28 December

Just the one bet today with SLH giving Turn On The Style, finished second beaten 1/2 length.

Loss on day £100

Saturday 29 December

Great way to finish off the year from Isiris with a main account bet winner. Horse advised at 10/1, but I only got on at 8/1 as I was a few seconds late calling the message as I was busy helping my Dad move house. They gave out an each way maximum bet an hour or so earlier but I was unable to get on. No internet access meant I had to use the phones, but Ladbrokes, Hills, and VC bet put me into a queue and I didn't have any other account details on me. So had to give up, horse finished second which would have been a small loss for me so very luckily no harm done. Optimum, Mark Holder and Mathematician all advised losing bets. Personal bets - had a £100 double on Airdrie and East Fife for a profit of £216 on the bet

Profit on day £876

Sunday 30 December

Just the one bet today, SLH all weather - Alfresco each way, a winner at 11/2 advised price.

Profit on day £344

Monday 31 December

A frustrating end to the yeart, Mark Holder played in one race - the 1.10 Warwick and the outcome summed up how things are going on his service right now. Advised two horse each way including Cemcraft at 20/1. A late withdrawal meant the each way terms were reduced to the first three only and Cemcraft of course finished 4th.

SLH gave out Just Bond at Wolves. Was on at 7/1 and this looked to have got the race won before hanging in the final furlong and finishing second having traded at 1/6 in running !!

Loss on day £200

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Merry Christmas

Nothing doing on Sunday so I am looking at a loss of £661 on the week.

Since 1 October, I am £3169 in profit - £1529 from the tipping lines and £1640 from my own betting and trading.

As I've said previously, I am going to start the profit and loss from scratch from 1 January and set a new profit target for 2008, don't have a figure in mind yet but I will give it some thought during the coming week.

I don't plan to update the blog again until Sunday 30th, when I hope to be reporting a massive winning week !!!

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas.


Seventh Heaven - Not !!!

Saturday 22 December

So much for getting the Christmas money this week. Lost every single day since last Saturday. Nothing too drastic though, lost what I won last Saturday.

Busy day from the services today with Henry Rix putting up Jack The Giant at 17/4 (hmmm) with Hills. This horse was also given by Mathematician as one of his best of the day so I backed him twice using the staking plan I use for each service. HR also advised a bet on Kanad in the same race but he was withdrawn.

Mark Holder and Mathematician both played in the 1.40 at Ascot but neither could get anything out of the race. Optimum gave out Nikola who finished second at Haydock. SLH's all weather bet today was an each way on Parisian Dancer at 7/1 in the Lingfield 3.10 who duly finished third for a small profit on the bet, lost on the race though as Mathematician played here with Watchman. Isiris gave out an each was insider bet which was unplaced.

Overall a profit from the tipsters of £32, but I lost £100 on the footy to ensure another loss on the day.

That's it for the English racing until Boxing Day. Milder weather is forecast for next week, so with a bit of luck we've finished with the abandonments for the time being and we can enjoy some great sport over the holiday.

Loss on day £68

Same Story Again

Friday 21 December

Just the one bet for the blog today with SLH giving Baileys Outshine at Wolves, unplaced.

Loss on day £100

Forgettable Week So Far

Thursday 20 December

A trying week so far, bit more activity on the account but I'm booking another loss.

Only winner of the day was an Isiris insider bet. Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to get on at the advised 13/8, got 11/8 and then the horse drifted to 15/8. I wasn't on with a bookie who pays the better SP so lost out with the winner here.

Elsewhere Mark Holder played each way on Manhattan Boy, unplaced. SLH had The King And I at Wolves. Got the odds on fav beat but couldn't beat the 12/1 outsider of 4. Optimum tried Walsingham at Ludlow - third, and a speculative each way bet on Present Oriented, each way - unplaced at 20/1.

Loss on day £144

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Roll on Christmas

Wednesday 19 December

Very little going on again today with a loser on the SLH all weather service at Kempton tonight the only action on the account.

Loss on day £100.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Waste of Time

Tuesday 18 December

Just the one horse today, Gaitskell on the SLH all weather surface - leads until they turn in finds nothing and trails in last.

Trading wise, I tried to log into Bet Trader pro but couldn't - seems they are having major problems at the minute which is absolutely no use to me. Going to have to look at an alternative. However with Catterick delayed, Folkestone abandoned and the races clashing I can't be arsed with any of it this afternoon. What a farce this sport is at times.

Might look for a bet on the footy or the darts later on, see what I can find. Will update the P&L if anything happens.

Loss on day £100

Just the one on Monday

Monday 17 December

Just one bet today, an each way insider from Isiris - finished 4th, beaten a short head for the place money !!

Loss on day £150

Looks like being another quiet day on Tuesday, with just one horse given out so far and only the Isiris call to make as I write this. Might have a look at doing a bit of price trading this afternoon.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Quiet End To The Week

Sunday 16 December

A quiet day was always on the cards, especially with Musselburght being called off. As it turned out just one horse given out today, with SLH selecting Carnivore each way at 10/1 - ran well enough, led until the final furlong before eventually finishing fifth.

Loss on day £100

So the end of a very profitable week, £1345 profit with £1178 from the tipsters and £167 from my own efforts. Overall profit since 1 October now stands at £3830.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Sensational Saturday !!!!

Saturday 15 December

Well this has turned out to be some week. Still got tomorrow but I don't anticipate much from the tipsters on Sunday.

Today, Henry Rix advised an each way bet on Osano at Cheltenham, a winner at the advised price of 9/1, together with an each way bet on Desert Quest in the same race, unplaced. SLH was on Haroldini, a 7/2 winner at Southwell, with Liberate unplaced at Cheltenham. Optimum played in the 1.20 at Lingfield and were in the money again with an each way bet on the winner Magot De Grugy at 5/1. Elsewhere I had two horses advised in the Boylesports Gold Cup but neither reached the frame. Profit on day from tipsters £625.

Personally I had a winning football bet, £100 on Raith at Even money, plus did a bit of trading on the favourites this afternoon for a profit of £67 after commission.

Profit on day £792

Friday, 14 December 2007

One Too Good

Friday 14 December

Losing day today, SLH gave out Alfadora, Meadow Vale (e/w) and Tanforan (AW service), with nothing doing on any of them. Henry Rix and Mark Holder both played each way in the Cheltenham 2.30. Mark advised Roman Villa at 8/1 and Bremen was the Henry Rix advice at 14/1. Unfortunately, the well handicapped Jack The Giant proved too good but the tips filled both the minor places, adding yet more frustration for Mark Holder followers.

Good racing scheduled for tomorrow, weather permitting. Lets hope for a good day.

Loss on day £175

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Feeling Good Again

Thursday 13 December

Well just two horses advised today, but a memorable day none the less.

Isiris put up their third main account bet of the week, a 40/1 each way bet. Managed to get my £100 e/w on the phone with Ladbrokes at the advised price, which surprised me to be honest as I was expecting a knock back or at least to be restriced, Kevin advised getting on in the shops as he didn't think they would lay it over the phones. Anyway I must have got on very early as when I walked into the tote shop a minute later the horse was 12/1. As for the race itself, I collected on the place part as we finished third for a profit of £700 on the bet.

The only other bet given today was a speculative punt on Backscratcher at Ludlow, advised by SLH to minimum stakes at 33/1 - pulled up.

Profit on day £675

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Two in a row

Wednesday 12 December

Optimum racing, not for the first time recently, were the stars of the show giving out Mibleu each way at Leicester - on at 13/2, winning very impressively at 9/2. Mark Holder had yet another placed each way bet in Arthurs Dream (11/1). So the long run without a winner continues, but thats now 11 placed horses in that time - and all except two at 8/1 and over. Only need to get one or two over the line in front and we'll be in clover I'm sure. The other two horses today were from SLH, Castlecrossings who was second, and Glenridding unplaced on the all weather.

Was at home today but decided against getting involved for three reasons, firstly my recent performance is still gnawing away at me somewhat so I'm a little reluctant to play at the moment. Second, I wanted to see how the new Betfair SP would impact on the markets, can't say I noticed anything too alarming from my point of view, and third the trading software I use - Bet Trader pro seems a bit sticky just now, slow to log in, sticking when switching from grid to ladder etc. I'll keep an eye on it in the next few days and see how things are. The last thing I need at the moment is to lose a huge chunk of money due to a software glitch. I can fuck it up very nicely on my own thank you very much !!

Profit on day £218

Halting The Slide

Tuesday 11 December

Isiris came to the rescue this afternoon with a main account winner, each way at 3/1 against the odds on favourite. Elsewhere Steve Lewis Hamilton advised Cash Man each way, second at 15/2 having led until the run in. Optimum racing advised two losers and Mark Holder gave out a small stakes each way bet, again unplaced.

Profit on day £135

Monday, 10 December 2007

Monday Misery

Monday 10 December

Well misery is probably overstating things, but another two losers with two each way bets advised today by Steve Lewis Hamilton - Yachvili in the first three everywhere apart from where it mattered in the first at Musselburgh and Karmest at Lingfield who travelled in the front rank for a long way before fading out tamely in the straight.

Loss on day £200

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Where Did It All Go ??

Weekly Profit and Loss

Big loss to report this week of £1945, £1057 from the tipping lines and £888 from my own trading. Not much to say apart from the bare figures speak for themselves and that the profit since I started now stands at £2485, just under half of where it was just two weeks ago.

Large swings in fortune are inevitable when you follow tipsters but it is a sobering experience recording everything here. Regarding my personal trading, I've not been too keen on getting involved after Tuesday's shambles. Had I kept my discipline then, I would have been more inclined to trade on Friday and Saturday when I had the time to do so. But I didn't and so the loss is what it is.

Got to stay positive and focussed on what I am trying to do, still nicely in front despite the last two weeks.

Looking ahead, I've got to work Monday and Tuesday which will mean no trading again. The rest of the week should be OK although I need to start making some sort of an effort to get ready for Christmas, haven't done any shopping or anything yet. So I better get something sorted, even if it's just working out what I want !!

As regards the blog, it has been difficult to keep up to date the last couple of weeks, especially so when I am only recording bad news, but I will try and update on a daily basis.

I am also going to start again from January with setting a profit target for the year of 2008. The figure of £25,000 from 1 October this year to the end of next was plucked of the air really with no great thought behind it. However now I've been going a few weeks, I will re-assess the situation and work out what I can realistically aim for over a 12 month period.

Thanks for looking in and hope you have a good week.

Woe Is Me

Friday 7 December

Just two horses advised today with Andronicos and Know The Law both given out each way and neither of them making the frame.

Loss on day £150

Saturday 8 December

A very busy day from the tipsters but it's another poor day in terms of the account.

Steve Lewis Hamilton provides the only winner of the day on his all weather service with Mafeking given at 11/8 eventually returning at 8/11. His other all weather pick Sir Douglas e/w fails to trouble the judge. Steve's private service fares less well giving out El Dee each way at Wetherby, unplaced and Catch The Perk, who is a non-runner on account of the bad ground, as well as advising a small stakes each way double on the two. His lay of Caiporoska in the Wetherby 12.40 is similarly unsuccessful as it wins in great style.

Henry Rix gives out Edgeover each way, as does Mark Holder, however Isiris is negative towards this in their message which proves to be correct as the horse is unplaced. Isiris give Pancake as an Insider bet but it's jumping proves to be crepe (!!!) and it trails in a remote third. Mark Holder gives out two other selections on the day with Arafan each way second at 16/1 and Wingman each way who dead-heated for third place.

All in all a very poor day and a loss of £594.

Personally, didn't bother with any trading - just had a bet on the football which cost me £100.

Loss on day £694

Sunday 9 December

Well I've been losing all week so I might as well lose a bit more. Isiris main account bet, each way on Kentmere at 11/1 which fell before the race was on in earnest and Steve Lewis Hamilton gave Cold Turkey on his all weather line which came nowhere.

Loss on day £300

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Better Day

Thursday 6 December

Isiris put up Ashkazar as an insider bet at Wincanton who won very impressively. The only other horse advised today was from Optimum Racing, who gave out L'Oiseu - unplaced at Leicester after jumping poorly. Profit on day £150.

Personal trading yielded a profit of £85 after commission, steady enough.

Profit on day £235

Nothing Doing Again

Wednesday 5 December

After yesterday's disaster, I left it to the tipping lines today. Isiris decided against giving out the horse he was discussing on Tuesday night, which proved to be a good decision as it finished out of the frame. He went main account on Edmo Yewkay, which just managed to grab the each way money on the line for a small loss on the bet. Elsewhere Mark Holder's unfortunate run continued with an unplaced 20/1 advice on Goodnight Dick at Catterick. Finally Steve Lewis Hamilton put up Mairead's Boy at Kempton which was unplaced.

Will be trading myself on Thursday, and holding it all together with a calm and disciplined approach. But I've got my canoe out of the garage in case it all goes wrong !!!!

Loss on day £163

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Oh My God, What Am I Doing

Tuesday 4 December

Well, big losing day today and it's all down to me. Lost my discipline and it's cost me.

Tipsters first, a surprisingly busy day for a drab days racing. Mark Holder played 2 horses each way in the first at Hereford, and for the third time in a week a late non-runner wrecked the place terms as the field was reduced to 15. In the end neither horse was in the first four anyway but the bet wouldn't have been given if the non-runner had been known 10 minutes earlier and £100 would have been saved.

Steve Lewis Hamilton gave out two horses on his all-weather service with Atlantic Story and Hello Man both winning, however his private service bet on Monro Gold in the Hereford 2.40 went west (more on this race later)

Optimum Racing nominated an each way bet on Tosula at Hereford, but the money was left behind this time as the horse ran poorly and was pulled up.

Finally Isiris played on the 2.40 Hereford, giving out Monro Gold with a saver on Penric.

Profit from the tipsters today £168.

Personal trading now, as detailed earlier I was advised bets in the Hereford 2.40. The vibes were all against Sonnengold, so I layed £150 at 3.20 5 minutes before the off. Part way through the race things looked promising and I could have greened out for a profit of around £100 which is what I should have done. Of course I didn't and the result is in the book now. Not only do I drop £250 by backing the tipsters advice, I add another £330 to it.

Doesn't get any better because I had already layed Never So Blue and Over The Creek earlier in the afternoon dropping another £344.

Finally dropped another £200 on the football tonight with Leyton Orient and Doncaster Rovers letting me down.

A very disappointing day, feel I've let myself down today. I already stood to win a decent amount on the Hereford race if Sonnengold had lost. I was influenced by what I had lost on Never So Blue and Over The Creek earlier in the afternoon. I was also chasing when I was staking the football bet, trying to turn a profit on the day - god knows why because I'm miles in front since I started and losing £500 while not a good day is hardly disasterous. I think I am guily of looking at things too short term, while I'm well in front I have lost a fair bit in the last ten days since I briefly passed the £5000 mark.

Ah well, I've done it all before. It's how I respond to this that is what matters. Feeling a bit low now, but I'll sleep on it and move on. Things have gone very well so far, and any lapses on my part have been kept to a minimum. Potentially a busy day from the tipsters tomorrow. Isiris may be having a main account bet, and I think it might be a good one - Kevin not happy with the Hereford race either, and in the mood to make amends.

Loss on day £706

Should have been a winning day

Monday 3 December

Frustrating day today with Isiris advising their first maximum bet since I began my subscription with them. An each way second at 9/4 advised (but only 2/1 available within seconds of the message going out), never looked like collecting the win part although the winner nearly came down at the last, so a loss on the bet of £90 at the stakes I play at.

Elsewhere Steve Lewis Hamilton gave out Ogre in the 4.10 at Wolves, I was on at 5/1 and this should have won. The in running comment in the paper reads "slowly into stride, held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on inside final furlong". Beaten a neck by a 25/1 shot....nice work Queally.

Loss on day £190

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Day Off

Sunday 2 December

Day off today, as I was at the christening of my mate's little lad. Top day and good to relax at the end of what has been a bit of a trying week.

Was going to ring the messages to see what came through, and get on where I could. But that plan was scuppered by leaving my mobile at home !!! Luckily only one advice from all the services, which would have been a loss of £50 so pleased to miss out.

Should have a bit more time this coming week, as my work schedule is somewhat easier than last, although Monday will be busy. Need to think about my work situation though, I presently have two part time jobs, one which I do from home - the other which is office based for 15-20 hours week on average. It's the office job which might have to go. If I can prove to myself that I can make a proper go of this, then I will pack it in.

Don't get a great deal of satisfaction from it, and the social side of things is pretty much non-existant. With one or two exceptions they're certainly not people who I would choose to spend time with.

The money is ok - it pays the mortgage, but I'm there in the morning and thinking now that I really don't want to go. Only 4 weeks to Christmas though and I think I can tough that out. The break will give me time to think things through and work out which way to go.

A Steady Start to the Month

Saturday 1 December

Typically busy Saturday from the tipping lines, but a small loss overall. Henry Rix has the best of it with Baharah winning at 5/1 advised, however his other advice Clopf was a loser. Isiris gave out a main account bet, an each way second at 10/3 producing a small loss on the bet, their other advice being an Insider bet loser. Mark Holder gave out 3 each way bets, Special Envoy second (money back) and European Dream 10/1 third finishing in the frame, finally Mathematician racing advised a bet on Climate which lost at Wolves. Overall losses of £76 from the tipsters.

Personal trading concentrated on trading the favourites for a profit of £139 after commission, didn't have enough time to pick out a decent football bet or to look at anything on the horses.

Profit on day £63

A Challenging Week

Said last week that work was getting in the way and that has certainly proved the case this week.

Just a couple of lines about each day of what has been a losing week.

Monday 26 November

Working away from home Monday and Tuesday means I am only able to back the tipping line advices, with just two today - Star Shot falling 4 out when in third and being asked for an effort, plus Alfresco advised each way at Lingfield, hampered 1 out and missing out on third by a short head. Unable to make the call to Isiris and missed an each way third which would have produced a small profit on the bet. So a £200 loss on the day.

Tuesday 27 November

The kind of day to drive me mad. Unable to make the calls to two of my services due to being in a meeting at work and guess what - missed a 9/2 winner and £450 worth of profit, the messages I did get produced 3 losers and a loss of £350 on the day. Don't Give Up The Day Job, the title of Leon's blog. Well I bloody feel like doing that after today.

Wednesday 28 November

Back home now, but unable to do any trading again. Two losing tips mean another £150 gone.

Thursday 29 November

Well this is turning into a nightmare week, another 4 losing tips with none of them ever looking like coming in adds another £450 to the tale of woe.

Friday 30 November

Well thank god it's Friday as they say. Steve Lewis Hamilton puts up two winners - Nicozetto at 7/2 and The Package e/w at 11/2. Unfortunately his lay advice of Roman Villa was unsucessful and his all weather advice Red Romeo e/w also lost. Optimum Racing capped a fantastic month with Top Dressing advised at 5/2 (which I took) eventually winning at 3/1. Unfortunately I backed it with Blue Square who were the best morning price but don't pay out the better SP. Henry Rix advised Osiris Way at Lingfield and Isiris gave out an each way on Nice Wee Girl at 6/1 (SP 9/4) which missed the places by a short head. Nevertheless a very welcome profit of £437 reduce the damage on the week.

November Profit and Loss

Final figures for the month show a profit from the tipsters of £2414 and my own trading of £1074, giving a total profit of £3488 on the month.

Overall profit since starting now stands at £4367 - down from the update last Sunday but very pleasing all the same in only two months.

Weekend update to follow.....