At this time of year, as the days are ticked-off till the "jumps" season kicks off proper, it can be a bit difficult to write a blog. The alert list has been reviewed and pruned, the antepost lists have been assessed, and hopes lie ahead awaiting success or failure.
We still have the greatest flat race of the season to come when the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe returns to Longchamp on Sunday 7th October when we we surely see the 4yo filly ENABLE confirmed as the best we have seen in a long time, so we jumps fans have to be a bit patient yet.
However, we do have a sprinkling of jump racing meetings to keep us interested, with Newton Abbot staging a meeting today, and on Sunday we have meetings at Uttoxeter and at my local track at Plumpton, where I shall be in attendance.
I like Plumpton; a compact track where the view from the stands is a good one of (almost) the entire circuit, and the paddock and betting ring are close by. I'm trying to gather together some local horseracing fans who would be interested in joining me in a small syndicate with a locally-based trainer (one of the trainers at Lewes) with the objective of finding a young hurdler to contest races over the Sussex circuit of Plumpton, Fontwell and Lingfield, with the occasional foray up to Ascot, Kempton and Sandown. However, finding people to come along isn't easy.
Still, I will be at Plumpton on Sunday so if you see me, say hello.
The article in today's Racing Post focusing on the life and tactics of professional punter Neil Channing was very interesting. I may have been blogging about horseracing for 8 years (writing over 1000 blogs), and I may have been profitable with my selections over that long period - but there's no way I would consider myself to be a professional punter. As Channing points out in the article, the sums involved would be considerable: I calculated a few years ago that to obtain a £40,000 annual profit on my selections I would need to be placing about £2,500 on each selection and have a "bank" of 20 times that about, ie £50,000.
As such, I will continue as an educated and informed recreational punter.
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Friday, 21 September 2018
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