We start the greatest week in horseracing (Royal Ascot, eat my shorts!) on the crest of a wave following a 14/1 winner from Saturdays only selection, providing followers of the blog with 8.40pts in the bag to go to war with for the month of March. Remember, from the 48 selections advised since 1st November 2010, there has been a profit made on 16 of them, which is a strike-rate of 33.3% (8 winners and 8 placed as eachway selections), with a cumulative profit of 15.005pts on a investment of 55pts; that’s an ROI of 27.28%.
First, the disappointing news that BINOCULAR is not running in the Champion Hurdle despite being the 5/2 fav for the race. There has been a very embarrassing “cock-up” at the Henderson stables with some sort of medication administered to Binocular a couple of weeks back (steroids?) to treat an allergy that has not cleared the horses system in time for the race. Had it run tomorrow, then it would almost certainly have produced a positive result if tested for “drugs”. Despite this putting my blog selection PEDDLERS CROSS in a better position in the betting market, I am disappointed as I want the next Champion Hurdler to be champion on merit, and not because the reigning champion did not take part in the race.
This week, I’ll be watching the Festival from home on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will be at the races on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully, I will be able to “tweet” while at the races (my twitter id is @wayward_lad).
However, back to today, there are 3 jump meetings at Plumpton (my local track), Stratford and Taunton. Last week I told you about the remarkable strike rate of AP McCoy when riding hurdlers for Nicky Henderson - McCoy has 26 wins from 56 rides in hurdles this season alone. At Stratford, Henderson has had 7 wins from 28 hurdlers runners, and that makes REMEMBER NOW his only runner there today high on the list for a wager. Currently best-priced at 3/1, I’d be more inclined to take the 11/4 with Vic Chandler (best odds guaranteed) as we may see this one starting at 100/30 or longer on his handicap debut.
To Plumpton, Venetia Williams sends just the one runner – RILEYEV for the 3:30. This looks a very good opportunity for the horse as this field looks fairly weak. Odds of 9/4 (Will Hill, best odds guaranteed) look generous as he could well start at 7/4 for this.
Plumpton 3:30, RILEYEV, ½pt win @ 9/4 (William Hill, best odds guaranteed)
Stratford 4:10, REMEMBER NOW, ½pt win @ 11/4 (Vic Chandler, best odds guaranteed)
Total = 1pt staked
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