What is it about Mojitos? One leads to another which leads to another ten or so. And then of course, as defences are weakened and all sensibility disappears into a general haze of stupidity and false bravado, you start experimenting with those concoctions that each contain about 20 units of alcohol but taste like Ribena. Oh dear.
And so today I experience pain. An unremitting, dull pain of pains that lodges itself right between the eyes and refuses to shift for the best part of the day. The only respite is when the queasiness in the stomach starts vying for some proper attention.
Who throws a party on their 40th birthday, anyway? And whoever had the bright idea of providing a free cocktail bar for the night wants a damn good talking to. And a smack.
I refuse to accept any sort of responsibility for my delicate state today. Refuse. Oh yes.
To be honest chaps, I have neither the inclination or clear-headedness to blog much tonight. I am still in recovery. I shall keep things brief, if you don't mind...
Right - message for 4PA...hunt down a gypsy and buy some lucky heather, fix that mirror you broke recently, nick next door's rabbit and make an offer it can't refuse for it's foot, and as you're based in Newmarket, there must be a horseshoe or two to be found that can be stuck over your door. They tipped Workforce who would surely have had a decent chance of winning yesterday had it not decided a couple of furlongs out that he'd rather find the nearest bar than run in a straight line. There was also a saver recommended on Rewilding. What happened to that one is no laughing matter, and I have to say, I found the whole thing pretty hard to stomach. Not nice.
On The Nose had a decent day, with a lovely winner (Bonnie Brae - Newmarket - 11/1) and a decent place with an each way shout (The Confessor - Ascot - 11/1).
Unfortunately, that was the full extent of the good news. Northern Monkey was 0/4, and The Market Examiner 0/2.
4PA: Staked 2pts, -2pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 1.75pts, -1.75pts.
The Market Examiner: Staked 3pts, -3pts.
On The Nose: Staked 3.5pts, +5.975pts.
Saturday 23rd July: Staked £221, -£31.50.
On The Nose continued it's good weekend picking another winner (Medicean Man - Ascot - 3.7/1 on Betfair) and pairing Medicean Man with another that finished third (Foxtrot Hotel - Ascot) in an each way double that provided an extra three quarters of a point profit.
Northern Monkey's sole tip ran well to finish third to Medicean Man but was win only, and The Market Examiner's two selections couldn't collect.
Northern Monkey: Staked 0.5pts, -0.5pts.
The Market Examiner: Staked 2pts, -2pts.
On The Nose: Staked 2pts, +2.052pts.
Phil Taylor won the World Mathchplay tonight which landed On The Oche's antepost bet. I believe that members with the service a little longer than I secured an even better price but for those not on at those odds, the 7/4 pre-tournament price was advised. There was a third of a point staked as a saver on tonight's final, but the final balance on my first tournament back with OTO was a very healthy 19.81% return on investment.
On The Oche: Staked 1.31pts, +1.44pts.
Sunday 24th July: Staked £205, +£151.05.