A turbulent couple of weeks, but some very competitive racing and the tips are clinging onto an 8 point profit for the month. The overall win SR has taken a bit of a hit, but hopefully I can keep hovering around 17-20% – at the odds I play at that will always mean decent profits – if it can be maintained! There are plenty of races before the month is out to try and build on that – albeit I have a much longer term view than month by month. The systems have started to claw back some of their 2016 losses to date and hopefully they can kick on a bit. Collectively, they are due a ‘purple patch’, which as yet has not come.
In praise of Geoff Banks…
I am not sure what is going wrong with society (and when I say ‘society’ I suppose I am referring to twitter – which is far from a representation of normal folk – plenty of idiots and lots of bile – or is that normal??) but some sections just cannot handle the fact that some people have a differing opinion from them – or are happy to offer an opinion at all.
I don’t care what you think about Geoff as a person – I don’t know him at all and have no idea if I could share a pint with him – but he says what he thinks, and for that I am grateful. I am sure that sometimes he doesn’t think before he opens his mouth (neither do I) but I find it entertaining and he often takes the racing ‘establishment’ out of their comfort zone. Good on him.
So it was, after another Morning Line (sometimes very good, sometimes average, sometimes not worth bothering with) that Geoff seemed to get both barrels in the twittersphere – and from a few jockeys and others – for I think having the opinion that he would like to see more horses run races and take each other on – rather than these exercise gallops at racetracks. Fair enough. That is his opinion. Now If you disagree with it then fine. Take apart his view, with your own view. But boy does he get some stick for just having an ‘opinion’, which is more than legitimate.
I simply cannot get my head around people with views like that. They are not critiquing the opinion or viewpoint, rather the person for having the audacity to air such a view. Morons. I mean how beige and magnolia would life be if we didn’t have anyone to politely disagree with.
Racing would be a far less colourfull place without Geoff and his opinions – some of which I don’t agree with – but I am glad he shares them and doesn’t sit on the fence. It is the same with the likes of John McCririck and Matt Chapman. Now, I like the fact that we have people like Jeremy Clarkson, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Polly Toynbee and any number of others – they, along with Geoff, have the capacity to engage and cause you pause for thought – either with the reaction of ‘hmm yes what a good point’, or ‘what the hell have you just said there, you are off your rocker’.
We should celebrate people who are willing to put their neck on the line. By all means disagree with the point they have made. But, if you feel the need to disagree with the person, in a vile, idiotic and mean spirited way then I feel sorry for you. What a sorry existence that must be. The life of a troll doesn’t seem one worth living to me.
I just don’t get it. What a strange world we live in.
April 2016 – 01-17th
April Trainer: 1/4 = +2 points
Jumps Handicappers: 4/22 = +10.5 points
Other: 1/10 = 0
Total: 6/36 = +12.5 points
Big Race Previews: 1/22, 2 places = – 3
Other : 2/12 = + 11
Total: 3/34, 5 places = +8 points
2016 Total To Date
Micro Systems: 39/253 = -13.4 points
Tips: 146 bets / 25 wins / 43 w|p / 17% win SR / +132.25 points (advised prices)
TRAINER MICRO SYSTEM
For some time now I have been meaning to dive into the yard of Roger Varian and especially his record with the ladies, having noticed a few dot up in C1 races….
- Roger Varian
- Flat Turf
- Female Only Races
- Listed or Group 3
- 25/1 or shorter
This looks a decent enough micro angle and he clearly has a knack with this type. He also still has the habit of winning with a few at very good odds. The place SR is decent enough also and I am happy to follow this one. There isn’t much more to say really. So far the market has underestimated these runners from this yard – for how long that continues who knows, but I am happy to keep them onside for the foreseeable future. Those going off over 25/1 are 0/7, 0 places to date.