UPDATE: A disappointing day. And I feel a bit sick. Vincente did that well and is one of those I didn’t want to win – He went into the notebook after Cheltenham (was in the diary post that followed I think)- he traveled really well in the 4 miler for a long way and thoughts after the race were a) he either didn’t stay or b) having come to Cheltenham after a 90 day break he wasn’t A1 and something else was planned. I got ‘the story’ right in my own mind- I asked myself this morning whether this had been the plan all along, knowing that he needed to win a big pot for championship etc – and it was a big race in its own right. That doesn’t help now though. I was put off as I thought he needed genuinely good ground to be at his best and his jumping had been scrappy at times (although was fine LTO,but on good) -and the fact he had only won in small fields put me off a bit – (influenced by that field size LTO stat also) I don’t know what the ground was but I don’t think there was much soft in it – anyway, he can join the pile of those Cheltenham handicappers that were very close to being backed, but alas got away. I didn’t enjoy watching the finish to that. Frustrating. That happens, but it doesn’t feel very good when it does. .
That is the most annoyed I have been following a race in some time because in general I don’t add too many horses to the notebook that catch my eye in that way – and I have let him go un-backed. Trust the eyes. It all made sense. That is the annoying thing. I could have handled most other horses winning that I think. Anyway, we live and learn. And I didn’t even mention him on the blog so you shrewdies could have had a nibble! Just poor form.
That’s the worst Saturday I have had in a while. I need a drink. (as I write most of those ‘stats’ horses I highlighted at Thirsk did indeed drop out of the back of the tv – the market suggested a few of them would – on the flip side, Jenkins won the first at Nottingham with a really well backed horse 5/1>9/4 and hopefully some of you may have found him – using the ‘distance’ micro angles I think)
(I like to write the above thoughts and put them on the blog – I think it helps me move on! – so apologies if it is like rubbing salt into a wide open Saturday punting wound. We are still 9 points up for the month :))
NONE for Sunday.
April Trainer (16/1<)
1. 55 Winc: Blue April – UP
3.30 Winc: Brave Deed – UP
1.55 Winc: Dragoon Guard (12/1<) (syndicate members of this suggest that he may need further – we shall see what the market does!) UP
Pam Sly (any): 4.50 Wetherby: Bonnets Vino UP
That will be all for Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. My own personal pity party has just about come to an end! 🙂