Time for another catch up...
Wednesday 30 April
Small profit to report on the final day of the month, just one headline bet from my services with Blue Sky putting up a very late bet on Lochan Lacha in the 8.05 at Ballinrobe given out just 5 minutes before the off. The horse won, just, despite blundering 3 out - just getting up right on the post.
Elsewhere, I played with Mathematicians two positive mentions, Are You There and Graylyn Ruby but came up empty handed there.
The mark your card line came up with 3 winners from the 8 races covered, including 2 6/1 shots, but many races had two selections which nullified most of the profits, as did the failure of the strongest marks of the day to win, which I stake at double the level of the others.
Profit on day £159
So the final loss for April was £1021, a disappointing result with over £2000 lost in the last 6 days of the month. Not an ideal situation, but nothing to worry about. The betting bank is strong, as is my resolve and in the long-term, there's plenty of money to me made. And so to May....
Thursday 1 May
So after a disappointing end to April, I was hoping to get a flyer in May and that's how it turned out, as always plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Blue Sky put up three each way bets today, only one of them found the frame with Comptons Rose finishing third at Folkestone, whilst both Indian Pipe Dream and Haydens Mark ran unplaced.
Optimum racing advised a bet on their own horse, City Affair at Hereford - could only manage third place, with the race not run to suit according to Optimum's review of the race that evening.
The SLH all weather bet was an each way on My Shadow at Great Leighs, no harm done with my strategy of backing them all in to win as the horse finished 4th at 8/1.
Mathematician's best of the day was Noticeable at 2/1 at Huntingdon, looked a match between Fairyland and Noticeable on paper, but it didn't turn out that way as the front two lacked any resolution and were well beaten by Golan Way at 33/1.
So a lot to do from here, but the Mark Your Card line saved the day giving out seven winners from the 10 races spotlighted on the line. Best of the day won at 7/2, with other winners at 10/11, 11/2, 5/4, 5/6, 11/2 and 5/4.
Finally, had a punt on the horse in Ireland that Mark put up on a reply to the blog - Brave Falcon which won at 7/1, managed to get on at 10/1 to seal a very good day as it turned out.
Profit on day £481
Friday 2 May
No account bets from Blue Sky or Mathematician today, however it was a busy day elsewhere.
SLH's all weather bet was Blue Eyed Miss, advised each way at 10/1. Travelled in fron t until over a furlong out before fading out to finish one from last.
Isiris gave out an insider bet on Special Day at Fontwell, but didn't seem to go on the ground and could only manage third place. A double blow in this race for me as SLH put up a lay of Lupanar in the same race, who just managed to get up and win.
SLH gave out two account bets, on South O' The Border and Fourty Acers. The first was very disappointing, in contention until four out before folding up tamely. Whilst Fourty Acers ran a good race, but couldn't live with the impressive winner Starburst Diamond and eventually finished second beaten 11 lengths.
The mark your card line gave 5 winners, including 5/1 and 4/1 and showed a profit again.
Finally, as South Of The Border and Fourty Acers were also given on the mark your card line, I made up a yankee with Nice Try and Special Day - but only one winner meant no return on the bet and ensured a losing day once again.
Loss on day £684
Saturday 3 May
A big losing day once again.
Mathematician advised two account bets, a win bet on Criterion at Thirsk which won at 2/1, and an each way bet on My Kaiser Chief at 9/1 - which finished second despite racing on the wrong side and hanging like a broken saloon door in the closing stages, beaten by a 40/1 shot !! He also gave a positive to Perks at Newmarket with a saver on Arctic Cape but nothing doing this time, with Perks beaten two necks.
Maths also advised a place lay on Extraterrestrial at Thirsk, on the grounds that he was a doubtful stayer. Called this one wrong though as he was a ready winner.
Blue Sky advised three horses today, one winner in Cool Judgement backed at the early 5/4 returning at 8/11. Of the other two, Spin Cycle ran very green but shaped with plenty of promise and I will be looking for this one next time it runs. Sweet Lily, the other advice was a disappointing third.
The action from Optimum was an each way bet on Raven's Pass, beaten a half length in 4th for my money back, having been held up to get the trip.
Isiris advised Perfect Stride each way for the Guineas during this past week, and then gave an insider on Strike The Deal at 50/1. Neither horse ever looked like getting involved at any stage.
However Isiris did claw a bit back with an each way bet at Thirsk which placed third at 8/1.
SLH gave out one account bet, Najca De Thaix at Uttoxeter - plugged on to finish 4th but another loser on the day.
The mark your card line pointed out 4 winners from the 12 races covered, at 10/11, 11/10, 6/1 and 15/8 as well as places at 8/1, 16/1 and 9/1, but a small loss overall on here as well.
Paul Jones final e-mail of the season advised Kandahar Run and Heaven Sent which both won at Newmarket, also gave Robby Bobby (e/w), Genki and Hogmanay (e/w) which were losers.
Loss on day £806