Well, well, well. England top the group, eh.
To be completely honest with you, I've never been patriotic when it comes to football. Couldn't care two shakes of a rat's tail about Eng-er-land but tonight I felt as patriotic as Winston Churchill. Shallow I know, but it was simply due to the fact I'd backed them.
Watching the match though, it struck me that despite his undoubted "leadership" qualities (which include shagging your teammate's bird, of course!), "JT" is becoming an increasing liability. Sure, he puts his head in where it hurts and can make a good tackle, but as one Tweeter put it, "HEROIC DEFENDING FROM JOHN TERRY who was caught under the high ball, outpaced and then failed to stop it going over the line".
Quite, although I'm sure many will disagree. Perhaps he'll have a stormer against Italy.
Ashley Cole on the other hand...world class.
Wayne of Northern Monkey sent his first Royal Ascot email out last night. As is his style, Wayne's opening paragraph made reference to the performance of the tips issued that had run that day.
Yesterday evening's opening paragraph made an apology to subscribers for recent poor performance. It made me realise just how quickly fortunes can change for a tipster and how easily good winning runs or painful losing runs can be forgotten. Wayne felt the need to apologise (although I have to say I haven't personally felt that one was necessary) despite the fact that it was only last month that he enjoyed what I believe was his best ever singular month's results. Sure, 2012 has not been a vintage year so far for Northern Monkey, but 2011 was strong and an overall performance in and around the 20% roi mark can only be labelled as outstanding.
As I alluded to yesterday, On The Nose are struggling too. Again, looking at the overall stats for the service (17% roi), we can see that all logic states that this is merely a fallow period that is an inevitable part of gambling. I think I'm long enough in the tooth now to realise this, and to keep ploughing away until it's the time to harvest and make hay whilst the sun shines, as it surely will again. (That's enough farming analogy for one day, I think!). If we get to the point where a drawdown for any service reaches the size of the bank allocated to it, then it could well be time to review and change course, but we're a long way from that yet with any of the services I follow. Until then, onwards and hopefully not before too long, upwards.
Well, perhaps the first step on that upwards curve was taken today by On The Nose who found a very nice winner (Most Improved - Royal Ascot - 9/1). Nice one, Dean. :) (And you can't help but smile at the irony in the name of the winner.)
No joy for Northern Monkey (0/2) or The Market Examiner (0/2). Winning Racing Tips found one to place and followed that up with a loser, unfortunately.
Sportyy back in action today and although staked conservatively, found a cracking winner (Matosevic to beat Gasquet - 4/1). Can't say I'd ever seen Matosevic before, and to knock the No.1 seed out after losing the first set 1-6 was quite the performance!
Two bets this evening for Form Lab Lite. The aforesaid Eng-er-land to win bet, but over 2.5 goals in the France match.
Northern Monkey: Staked 1.5pts, -1.5pts.
On The Nose: Staked 2pts, +4.625pts.
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 1.8pts, -0.924pts.
The Market Examiner: Staked 2pts, -2pts.
Sportyy: Staked 0.5pts, +2pts.
Form Lab Lite: Staked 2pts, +0.235pts.
So no Euros tomorrow. Not sure what I'm going to do with myself.