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Since March 2010, this blog has recommended wagers on 520 individual races on Jump Racing in the UK, resulting in a PROFIT of £1,525.39 on cumulative stakes of £5,726 - equivalent to a Return On Investment of 26.60%.
For the 2016-17 Jumps Season, this blog recorded a LOSS of £40.87
from wagers on 55 individual races (6 winners, 12 placed)
Total Staked = £609.00
Monday, 23 August 2010
Is the summer over now?
I've already made a good start to my HTF (Horses to Follow) List which I log onto the horse alert facility proveded by easyodds. I've whittled-down the list of 180 horses brought forward from 2009-10 to a more manageable 130 or so; and I've posted a selection of some of the better placed horses on the alert list attached to the blog (see adjacent pages).
Consequently, my selections over the next few weeks shall be few and far between. Despite having some relative success on the flat racing this summer, for me it is a tricky medium to make a decent margin on unless you are prepared to spend an inordinate amount of time in form-study.
I don't particularly enjoy having a wager in the sprint races over 5-6f as too many of these races are won by luck in running, the draw, or jockey tactics - and nothing to do with the form of the horse! I don't have wagers on 2yo's either; unless you have intimate knowledge of how a 2yo has been performing on the gallops then you are at a disadvantage. However, I will be watching the 2yo maiden races from now until the end of October to try and spot another Derby winner like "Workforce".
For me, flat racing revolves around the handicaps raced over trips between mile and a mile-and-a-half.
I've read some interesting comments from racing pundits lately; Nick Mordin and Jon Gibby (his book How to Spot Under-rated horses is a great read) spring to mind; and the way racing is run over the jumps - with horses progressing from 'bumpers' to hurdles and then to chasing as they age from 4yo's thru' to 11 & 12yo's - means that you are able to build-up your own opinions of how they are best-placed on the track. You can back your own judgement with great authority.
I'm more confident of achieving success at jumps racing than flat racing and I cannot wait for to tread the Cheltenham turf again!