WEEKLY DIARY: Week Beginning 24th July
Various things to discuss this week including changes to this blog, some thoughts on a couple of jockeys/rides (some good, some not) and a few other bits and pieces…
All Change at Racing to Profit
Well, that may be an exaggeration but when you wake up and head to the blog on Saturday morning you will find a new design/lay-out to enjoy. (all being well). With any luck you like what you find. It is nothing ground-breaking but should make navigating the various posts a bit easier and the new design has allowed me to add some new features, including an exclusive Members Area. But, more on that in the days/weeks ahead. This design will no doubt develop further in time but for now it is much better than what I have at present. As always any feedback you have will be gratefully received. It is your blog as well.
Henry Brooke – Cartmel Specialist
I don’t think I am stating anything ground breaking here but Henry Brooke doesn’t half ride Cartmel well. Anything he is on is worth a second look.
I was reminded of this again when watching his brilliant ride on Morning With Ivan on the 18th of this month. I thought he may lead but Henry soon judged that he wouldn’t live with those making the running (or he just wasn’t quick enough!) and that they may be going too quick. He manoeuvred his mount in good time, keeping out of trouble, hitting the front up the straight and staying there. Tactically, it looked as close to perfection as you will get for a horse held up off the pace around there.
This ride was in stark contrast to that on the 6/5 fav who came a closing second. Poor old Mr Campbell (Blair?) can’t be blamed given his inexperience but he arguably held Marcus Antonius too far off the pace and when he decided to close he tried to do it up the inside-hitting trouble, and losing a few lengths in the process. He will learn a lot from that ride, and he could do worse than watching how Henry rides the track.
I thought it was a perfect example of where track experience can be crucial.
Back to Henry…he is now 18/108, 33 places…+40 SP with all rides at the track…
- Handicap Hurdles (inc Novice Hncp): 9/44, 15 places…+10 SP
- Handicap Chases: 5/34, 11 places…+11 SP
- Novice Hurdle: 2/13, 3 places…+26 SP
- Beginners Chase: 1/5, 1 place… -2 SP
- Maiden Hurdle: 0/8, 2 places
- Other non handicap hurdles: 0/3, 0 places
Those going off 10/1 or shorter: 16/62, 30 places…+30 SP.. AE 1.37
He has ridden winners for 11 different trainers also.
So, a jockey to keep an eye on at the track. You rarely get a poor ride from him around there. Talking of poor rides…
In the dock…Martin Harley
I won’t bang on about his ride on Pivotman much more but the charge sheet reads… ‘failing to attain the best possible position for your mount’- my verdict is Guilty. (no trial or jury needed, a President Erdogan style judgement)
While I’m not quite in the mood of purging Mr Harley from the sport I really do think he could have tried a bit harder here.
I was rather proud of the investigative skills used to unearth this lively 16/1 shot. The way he ran/tanked through the race suggested my assertions were correct but it ended up being a losing bet.
Having let the dust settle and watched it again, maybe the best way to look at it is the ride on the winner. My selection and the winner were upsides each other at the 3f pole. Their approach from then on was rather different. The winner’s jockey started riding him so much earlier than Harley did on Pivotman – conscious that you don’t have long to get a horse up to speed up this straight. I feel he could have been more active, sooner. He did struggle to get out but had waited too long to try for me. Maybe I am being too harsh and he could have done with a stronger gallop and 1.5f further- lacking a change of gears. But given the way he travelled it did feel like a case of what might have been.
I suppose if I was a more ‘active’ punter, betting on 5+ horses a day regularly say, I would see that kind of thing more often. It happens and is part of the game. It was a poor ride for many reasons, but there we go. Case closed. (of course Harley came out in the next race and won)
Is the game bent?
When a jockey is that motionless for so long it begs you to ask certain questions.
Non-racing folk, when they find out you bet on horses, often ask whether the game is bent/dodgy/impossible etc. Or speak with a level of authority ‘I don’t bet, it’s bent’.
To be honest I never really think about it. Clearly there will be skulduggery going on every now and then. After all, it involves human beings and whether it is sport, politics, or finance, there will always be people willing to cheat to gain an advantage – or in the case of Russia, whole governments.
But, I get no benefit from thinking about it. My simplistic view is that I can find enough winners to both enjoy the sport and make it pay over time. That is all I need. The puzzle is solvable every now and again.
I will leave such official judgements to the authorities. I never get angry with perceived ‘strange’ or poor rides, and I didn’t after Harley’s. It is usually just a feeling of disappointment.
YOU are running out of time
I logged into my Geegeez Gold Account the other day and Matt had written a new message which caught my eye. I will just repeat this below…
IMPORTAN HEADS UP
From Tuesday 2nd August, the Gold Trial and monthly subscriptions will change…
Currently, geegeez.co.uk offers a 7 day trial for £1, then £24 per month for Gold
From 2nd August this will become a 30 day trial for £1, then £30 per month for Gold
Users who have already trialed Gold previously will no longer be eligible for a further trial after this date, but can still take a 7 day trial any time before 1st August.
There is no impact for existing Gold Subscribers, whose current rate is locked for the lifetime of the sub
So, really, now is the time to take a trial. I would get in quick and lock in your £24 per month fees…
I could bang on about it some more, but really if you take a trial the GEEGEEZ GOLD Package really does sell itself. If you are serious about making money from racing, and finding your own winners, you really should give it a go.
More than 20 readers of this blog have joined Gold since I first spoke about it. On the whole I believe it is the best racing decision most have ever made, and they love it. (their words, as posted in comments etc)
I am conscious that many of you don’t wish to pay that much, which is fair enough. You can also become a free registered user which gets you free access to various parts of ‘geegeez gold’ every day of the week. There is no excuse for not becoming one of those, and it really will help your punting.
Anyway, you can find out more…
…and either sign up for a trial or become a free registered user. A no brainer, surely?
Lydia Hislop…Star of the RUK Show
Lydia is just superb on RUK and it has become increasingly obvious to me how much she is respected by racing professionals. Her post race interviews are superb, highlighted on Day 1 of Glorious Goodwood. She just seems to have a knack of getting the best out of her interviewees and they are always engaging and informative. Ryan Moore seems happy to have long chats post-race, which says it all for me.
There are a few on RUK who make my ears bleed but not her. A superb racing broadcaster.
That is all for this week’s ‘Diary’
Did anything catch your eye this week, anything that really irked you or something that is worthy of praise? Do leave a comment…