Thursday, 6 March 2008

Time for another catch up

Busy week once again has ensured no trading or personal betting from me, so just the tipping lines. Added to which I've got builders and plasterers in at the moment so the PC is living at the side of the bed for a day or two while my office / computer room is re-decorated. Will need a new desk as well, as the last one has fallen to bits after one move to many !!

Monday 3 March

A losing day on Monday with Isiris giving out a split stake bet at Wolves, with neither selection winning and SLH putting up Millfield as a win bet at 5/1. Got on at 6/1 and eventually drifted to 13/2 before finishing a close up third, beaten about a length. Steve also advised a lay on Josear at Stratford, which duly lost to reduce the deficit on the day.

Loss on day £162

Tuesday 4 March

Another winning day courtesy of Steve's all weather service. Two horses given, an each way on Mister Incredible who was unplaced and a win bet on My Friend Fritz, a winner at 3/1, on at the earlier 7/2 advised.

Isiris also gave out an ante-post bet for the Cheltenham festival. Unfortunately Coral would only lay me £50 of the £200 I asked for at 16/1. Then offered me £100 more at 12/1 which I took. Because I was at work, this is all I got, and the price had gone elswhere by the time my bets had been accepted and made the next call. Would have been able to get it all had I been at home I think, as I have accounts with all the bookies and it's quicker via the net than over the phone. Have never had any serious knock backs so far, but no doubt my account will have been marked by Coral now. Interested to see how I get on with them going forward.

The horse is trading shorter on Betfair now and KB has advised to lay it for a free bet. Haven't done so yet. Have got an avalanche on bets at Cheltenham already, and plenty of room for maneouvre so should be able to trade well next week if I decide to go down that route.

Profit on day £250

Wednesday 5 March

I'm really enjoying doing this at the moment, making a steady few quid - no wild swings and busy working as well so money rolling in. Next week will be pivotal to my fortunes of course, but I'm happy to tick over until then.

Steve Lewis Hamilton is in a rich vein of form at the moment and he gave out a win bet on Cleymor House at 10/3 which duly came in to ensure I would finish in front once again. Mathematician's best of the day was Bremen who was given out when the price was 5/4 - 11/8. Advice was to wait for a possible bigger price later on. Had to place the bet at lunchtime, asked for SP and of course it started at 8/11, but at least it won and added another £36 to the account.

Final bet for today was SLH's all weather pick Dickie Le Davoir, advised at 5/1 - got the favourite beaten alright but got done a head by the outsider of the field Methaaly.

Isiris gave another ante-post for Cheltenham, this time I had no trouble getting on with Ladbrokes with my £100 e/w @ 16/1, placed with no referral at all. I've taken plenty of money off Ladbrokes since I started this but they have always accomodated me, they obviously know where some of the bets are coming from but they seem happy to lay me.

Profit on day £186

Thursday 6 March

A minimal profit to report today, Steve put up yet another winner with Cnoc Moy at 5/2, the horse drifted at 5/2 but I was on with Coral and so didn't get the better SP which made a £50 difference. His other bets were a speculative each way on Theatre Belle at 16/1 which fell, and his all weather bet was Royal Amnesty in the last at Wolves, who couldn't peg back the winner, and finished second beaten half a length.

Mathematician bets today were in the 2.20 at Wincanton, main bet on Archie Glen with a saver on Equity Release. Reading the racing post results, Archie Glen was still well there when coming down at the last so might have been unlucky there, and the saver finished second !

Update - having now seen the race on RUK, I don't know where the Post is coming from, Archie Glen might have placed at best. Can't see how it would have finished in front of the eventual winner.

Profit on day £25

Finally for now, Mark Holder has given out a couple of winners this week, an 11/2 shot on Monday and a 14/1 winner today. Well done to those who have kept the faith. Unfortunately my patience ran out a month ago and I didn't back these two. Maybe I was too hasty, maybe not - but at the end of the day, the results for November through to January simply were not good enough considering what I had paid for his service.

I'm still a subscriber for another two weeks so I will keep monitoring his performance. Once Cheltenham is out of the way Henry Rix is due for renewal, along with Mark Holder and Steve Lewis Hamilton is due at the end of April so I've got some more money to spend - have to decide on the best way of doing it.

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