Cheltenham Day 4 - Friday 16th March.
Urbain De Sivola pulled up =-1pt
Mount Benbulben weakened = -1pt
Bourne disappointed up the hill = -1pt
Lucky William unseated rider = -1pt
Synchronised won the Gold Cup, after what was a splendid performance by AP McCoy on board. It was a shame Kauto was pulled up, but in terms of our pockets, a needed win = +9pts
Ben's Folly was well backed into 4/7f but blundered the last and it proved costly, coming 2nd = -1pt
Crafty Roberto also came 2nd, but just short after chasing down the winner well = -1pt
Fugitive Motel was also well backed into 5/4f but faded very late on = -1pt
So, despite the winner in the big race of the day, we just record a 2pt profit on the day. Again frustrating, we were on the right side of some decent gambles, but they didn't go our way, with two seconds too.
Saturday 17th March
Pesnett Bay 2nd, and probably the poor start was costly = -1pt
Problema Tic won, again well backed into 2/1 SP, so the 5/2 proved to be good = +2.5pts
So another winner (and another second) but again, only a small profit, but a profit nonetheless = +1.5pts
Sunday 18th March
She's On The Case pulled up = -1pt
Sustainability won, holding on well. Small drift to SP 4/5 = +0.8pts
So, again, positive we found another winner, but with the prices concerned a small losing day = -0.2pts
Monday 19th March
Cockney Sparrow won, finding the extra when required = +4pts
Santadelacruze weakened, in the same race = -1pt
So a small positive again with +3pts
Tuesday 20th March
Newport Arch came 2nd, trading 1.21 on Betfair for a decent chunk IR but still got beat = -1pt
A frustrating outcome for sure, = -1pt
So again, small profit on the period discussed, which is certainly better than losing, but one still feels we can do better. Cheltenham was good to us, and fortunately we have done ok over the weekend. Let us hope we can continue with this, and get back up into the profits.
Burnley gave Cardiff a decent enough game, but it finished 0-0 = -1pt
Burton started sloppy and found themselves 2 down early on. The result finished 1-4 to our biggest enemies this season, Torquay, who were just much more clinical, converting 75% of their shots on target. = -2pts
Ergotelis won 1-0 = +1.078pts
Tranmere gave a good account for themselves away at promotion-chasing Sheff Utd, but despite favourable stats, couldn't get a positive result for us. -2pts
So again, a negative weekend, and while there were no late gubbings, we probably balanced one more winner on the face of it. = -3.922pts
Let us hope tonight's footy doesn't go the same way as the horse selection did today...