The first month of the flat racing season, where the blog is concerned, was quite frustrating. Six bets were had and a loss of -4.4 was registered. Westwood Hoe was just touched off at 14/1 while Stravagante was unlucky, where the bet without Jack Hobbs was concerned, while also receiving a rare below par Ryan Moore ride. There were plenty of positives to take, though and I’m sure we’ll have a good summer especially if the sun shines.
Yearly blog score = 19.85 – 4.4 = +15.45
Overall blog score since September 2012= +223.94 -4.4 = +219.54
August was another month of profit this time we registered +15 points. Not as strong as the previous month, but profit in the end. In total there were nine blogs and the highlight came on Saturday the 16th (http://drracing.net/betting-advice/saturday-16-august-2014/) with four selections all running well with three winning.
Yearly blog score = +1.6 + 15 = +16.6
Overall blog score = +208.94 + + 16.6 = +223.94
Things finally started to get going on the blog with July registering a profit of +47.5. There were 8 blogs in total and the highlight was at Ascot/Chester on the 12th where three bets were advised (http://drracing.net/betting-advice/saturday-12-july-2014/) and the three won.
Hopefully things will go on from here as I have made a number of changes in my approach. The main one being to step away from low-grade racing.
I’m happy to announce we’re now in profit for the year after a poor national hunt season and a poor start to the flat.
Yearly blog score = – 45.9 +47.5 = +1.6
Overall blog score = +161.44 + 47.5 = +208.94
Yearly blog score = -14.61 – 31.29 = – 45.9
Overall blog score = 176.05 – 14.61= +161.44
With the blog now concentrating solely on flat racing things dramatically improved and thankfully we showed a profit. It wasn’t much, but it was a month of most selections running well, going off significantly shorter and hitting the crossbar. The signs were encouraging and the final month score was +6.83
Blog score for May = +6.83
Yearly score = -38.13 + 6.83 = -31.29
Overall blog score =+169.22+6.83 = +176.05
The 2013/14 jumps season wasn’t a good one for me, for the blog and it ended on a real negative. The Grand National meeting saw a loss, quite a sizeable one, but the early signs of the 2014 season were positive.
April saw a loss of –27.04
Yearly loss = -27.04 – 11.09 = -38.13
Overall blog score = 196.26 – 27.04 = +169.22
After a slow start in September we got back on track with a better October after a great ante-post book. Two ante-post bets were advised and both scored thankfully. Below is the breakdown of bets advised.
Friday October 4th – -2.5 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/saturday-4-october-2013/)
Saturday October 12th – +5 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/saturday-12-october-2013/)
Friday October 25th – +5.25 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/friday-25-ocotber-2013/)
Saturday October 26th – -1.63 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/saturday-26-ocotber-2013/)
From the start of October, the blog score was +142 + 6.12 (October’s selections) = 148.12
British Champions Sprint Stakes – +33.6 (http://drracing.net/ante-post/ante-post-focus-british-champions-sprint-2013/)
Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf – +16.87 (http://drracing.net/ante-post/ante-post-focus-breeders-cup-filly-and-mare-turf/)
33.6 + 16.87 = +47.47
Overall blog score (148.12) + Ante-post month score (47.47) = +195.59
Overall blog score = +195.59
(Overall blog score for year two = +43.34)
After June showing a loss for the blog it was nice to get back in the positive. Bets in some ante-post markets and the usual racing fixtures were suggested and both showed profits over the month. Ante-post was the more rewarding however, showing a profit of +14.88. It could’ve been better, as ever, but a couple of strong fancies didn’t run up to expectations. I’d have to take this as a negative especially the suggested Krypton Factor bet.
Friday 5 July. -2 (http://drracing.net/?p=614)
Newmarket July meeting day one. -3 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/11-july-2013-day-one-newmarket-july-meeting/)
Newmarket July meeting day two. +15 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/12-july-2013-day-two-newmarket-july-meeting/)
Newmarket July meeting day three. -3.75 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/640/)
Saturday 20 July . +1 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/saturday-19-july-2013/)
Thursday 25 July. -3 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/thursday-25-july-2013/)
Falmouth Stakes +9.38 (http://drracing.net/ante-post/ante-post-focus-etihad-airways-falmouth-stakes/)
Irish Oaks +7.5 (http://drracing.net/ante-post/ante-post-focus-irish-oaks-2013/)
Sky Bet York Stakes -2 – selection not declared (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/thursday-25-july-2013/)
Total score for July 2013 +19.13
Overall blog score from September 2012 = +105.87 + 19.13 = +125.00
June wasn’t a great month for the blog with an ante-post bet not getting a run followed by a Royal Ascot which showed a loss.
Despite managing to bag a number of winners at the Royal Meeting we still finished in the negative. We got off to a terrible start with Elusive Kate and were always chasing the break even mark from there. The majority of selections ran well though, which is a positive, but a number of advised bets in big field handicaps probably shouldn’t have been advised and some staking plans didn’t come up to scratch. As ever though, I hope to learn from it.
Below is the up to date progress of the blog:
Ante-post Royal Ascot bet. -5 (http://drracing.net/ante-post/ante-post-focus-queen-anne-stakes-2013/)
Saturday selection. -2 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/saturday-08-june-2013/)
Royal Ascot day one. -12 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/royal-ascot-day-one/)
Royal Ascot day two. +8.5 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/royal-ascot-day-two/)
Royal Ascot day three. +3.5 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/royal-ascot-day-three/)
Royal Ascot day four. -7 (http://drracing.net/horse-racing/royal-ascot-day-four/)
Total score for June 2013 -14
Overall blog score from September 2012 = +119.87 -14 = +105.87
As I’m usually slower than the average man to do anything right it’s only now dawned on me that the blog’s results should be done on a monthly basis. We’ve just entered June so below is the updated results including May and from September 2012.
The 12th of May was the last update and we sat on +90.74.
Thursday 16th of May at York = -3 (http://drracing.net/?p=474)
Friday 17th of May = -1 (http://drracing.net/?p=482)
Saturday 18th of May = +29.13 (http://drracing.net/?p=491)
JLT Lockinege day was a great day and somewhat historic day for the blog (I hope you don’t mind me saying). The first ever maximum bet was posted and thankfully it scored. Tension was high pre-race, but worries soon faded after Farhh put up a high class performance to win what was a weak Lockinge. It was a great day and hopefully followers got on.
That was it for May, well, from the 12th.
Overall blog score from September 2012 = +119.87