You know it never quite felt right. A Punter's Year? What was that all about?
Nope, it wasn't right, but now we're home again. This is the blogging equivalent of coming back from holiday, weary after a crack of dawn start to catch the early flight, a seat on the 'plane next to a screaming baby, waiting an age for the suitcases to come through on the carousel, and then getting stuck in a traffic jam for an hour or two in the taxi from the airport. But we're back home now. Time to pour a glass of red, sink into the favourite armchair, put the feet up and stick the footie on the telly. Ahh.
Mind you, it's going to cost me readers isn't it? All those blogs that were kind enough to stick up a link to A Punter's Year? Well they're not going to be too chuffed with me, are they? All I can say chaps, is that if you're reading this, have a heart. Us bloggers must stick together. Aye. You know what you must do, chaps. Don't just change the link...write a special commemorative post. Shout it from the blogging rooftops, The Portfolio Investor is back!!! Vive la Revolution!
Ahem. Perhaps time to just get on with it, eh? I think that's quite enough rhetoric.
So what's been happening since Friday?
I shall go through service by service. Probably easier that way, and when you're as one-dimensional as I am, simple is good. I am very much the Stupid in Keep It Simple Stupid. You ask my wife. Or kids - they're telling me so all the time and the two of them can't both be wrong, can they?
Only the two bets, both of them yesterday. Unfortunately neither were able to find the frame. Got a fair few Cheltenham bets coming up though. Fingers crossed for those.
Staked 1.75pts, -1.75pts.
Month To Date: Staked 6.25pts, -5.77pts, roi -92.76%.
Talking of Cheltenham bets, 4PA has been going mad! Mad I tell you! Good job I've recorded all the antepost bets as they were struck - I honestly can't remember what I've backed because quite frankly, the sheer number of bets makes my head hurt. Gonna be a big week for 4PA. Was last year if I remember and things didn't go so well until a glorious Friday when Zarkander and Long Run did the biz and pulled it all around.
4PA have played a bit of a blinder this weekend, quite superbly ensuring that they are due a good week by losing a few points yesterday when it doesn't really matter. A bit like fielding your reserves in the Carling Cup and losing in the third round because, let's be honest shall we...the Carling Cup? Pfft.
Staked 5pts, -3.687pts.
MTD: Staked 7.5pts, -6.187pts, roi -82.49%
A fine three days for Peter and the Boys (which sounds like a eighties boy band), especially Friday (Rumbrey Grey - Leicester - 14/1 and Noble Witness - Leicester - 7/2). A small loss yesterday from their three bets although far from a disaster as there was a nice placed return (Rossini's Dancer - Ayr - 9/1), and then a very nice saunter back to the winner's enclosure today (Sycho Fred - Market Rasen - 6/1).
So the rather impressive three day figures are...
Staked 2.375pts, +2.131pts.
MTD: Staked 3.375pts, +1.681pts, roi 49.81%
Oh, and Peter. Time to man up with that cold - it's Cheltenham week! You don't want to be sitting suffering whilst all that's going on you know. I suggest lashings of fine brandy.
The Market Examiner
A rather fine winner yesterday for TME (Dovers Hill - Sandown - 6.96/1) for an overall small loss.
Staked 5pts, -1.02pts
MTD: Staked 14.5pts, -1.52pts, roi -10.48%
So that's the racing. Now onto the footie, and with Graeme at The Football Analyst playing funny buggers with not having any System 7/22 qualifiers (I mean, what is a man to do of a weekend without his 7/22s!?!), it was over to others to produce some profit, and what a mighty fine job they did of it too...
Now there's a chap called Skeeve who I know, when things aren't quite going to plan, as sure as eggs are eggs, is going to put one heck of a stint of hard work into making sure that things right themselves. After the dust had settled on a disappointing weekend or two, I thought to myself that that Skeeve, he's not going to be sleeping much this week. Oh no, there's going to be one industrial sized vat of midnight oil burnt over the next few days I thought, in Skeeve's quest to produce a profitable weekend. Well, it was all worth it. A good winner on Friday night, two good winners yesterday afternoon. Three from three and thankyou very much Sir.
Staked 12pts, +10.46pts.
MTD: Staked 33pts, +1.98pts, roi 6%
Star of March so far? Matt of Football Elite. The busiest weekend for a long time for FE. Six bets running from Friday night, and four lovely winners. I'm not going to mention the teams because I know Matt follows the teams closely and so they may well come up again, but I thought a couple of the selections were top class and far from obvious. Nice to see.
Staked 6pts, +4.55pts.
MTD: Staked 9pts, +6.257pts, roi 69.52%
And so there we have it (I quite like this format for the results - what do you think?). Just a Strike Zone selection to come tonight and that'll be it for the weekend. And what a very nicely profitable three days it's been. Which is a relief really, because the one thing we don't want is a blowout weekend going into Cheltenham week.
On the Cheltenham note, I hope to be tweeting as events unfold. So if you want some fantastically witty tweety entertainment, follow @rowanday (you can see how witty it's likely to be from the imaginatively named Twitter handle can't you?).
And that's that.
A Punter's Year? What was I thinking?