Thursday, 2 September 2010

A Drifter,A Moaner,A Groaner.

Amazing drift on a nag I backed this morning. Near race time I thought it had lost a leg on the way down as the price drifted like mad on Betfair. I had £40 on it at 11/1 with Stan James at BOG odds and the thing returned at 25/1 winning me over a grand. Fantastic !

This win and another I had helped me a little because I was gutted as another I tried to back at 20/1 romped home without me on it ! The nag in question was in the 7.10 @ Clonmel and I tried to get on with Lads and Bet 365 but was given the option of 12/1 which I didnt think was value so gave it a miss. Theres nothing more frustraing than watching a horse dot up but with hindsight I wouldn't change my mind as I would end up taking a lot more losers on board. At 20/1 it was worth a punt but at 12/1 I didnt think so, its a fine line sometimes.

My tipster gave me the winner below and a couple of losers as well but still a nice profit and I also picked another four with two placing giving a slight loss of £ 100.

The lays were good as all three picks got turned over at very short odds to add to a very good day. Still having a go at the tennis but its a bit all over the place at the moment to be honest.

Well Andy Roddick turned on his usual charm last night, being an obnoxious prick while getting his arse whipped and arguing with a line judge.Tipsarevic took control of the night match after dropping the first set and Roddick later admitted that his outburst after being called for a foot-fault had been over the top.

"I wasn't upset with the call, I just expect my umpires to know their left foot from the right foot," said the 28-year-old.

"The stubbornness... I let mine get in the way. I got called for two others after that and have no issue with it. In the moment I was just stupefied.

"It's the fact I couldn't get her to admit it wasn't the right foot which infuriated me, the lack of common sense was unbelievable to me. We have got to be able to have a test like 'Point to your right foot, point to your left foot, now call lines.'

"In hindsight, did I let it go too far? Probably. It was probably a correctable mistake and I let it get to me more than I should have."

Nice to see the back of him, now to horse racing after yesterdays amazing punt left a few down in the mouth.

Racegoers at Hereford have just seen the most astonishing improvement from Am I Blue, who had never won a race in 16 previous attempts but hacked up by 19 lengths in a handicap hurdle just now, having been backed down to 5-1 from 33-1 this morning.

Trained near Bridgend by Delyth Thomas, Am I Blue has been well beaten in all five previous starts this year. In her last two runs, also in handicap hurdles, she was beaten 75 lengths and then 88 lengths. "Always struggling in rear, tailed off" was the form book comment when she ran at Newton Abbot last month.

Fascinatingly, Am I Blue was trained by Tim Vaughan when she ran in March. She had moved to Thomas before her next run, three months later.

Today, she was due to be ridden by Dean Coleman, a capable 5lb claimer, but Richard Johnson was announced as the rider shortly before the race. Johnson sent the horse straight to the front and, by the second-last, it was clear that her rivals were struggling to stay with her.

In a brief interview on At The Races after her success, Thomas said that the horse had been treated for a shoulder problem. She professed not to know why the horse had been backed and suggested it was because Johnson was in the saddle - hardly a credible explanation, since no one expected Johnson to be riding.

Let's hope the stewards ask some serious questions and get some answers. This sort of unexplained improvement, accompanied by major support in the betting market, is the kind of thing that gives racing a bad name

3.42pm No formal enquiry at Hereford
: The stewards have announced that they will not hold a formal inquiry into Am I Blue's win, having heard from the trainer that the filly benefited from spinal therapy since its last run and appreciated the change of tactics.

Given the astonishing improvement in such a short time, surely they had no option but to call a full inquiry, or else refer the whole matter to the British Horseracing Authority, who would be in a better position to consider the betting-related evidence?

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