Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Locked in bathrooms, escaping mad axe men.

Can't help thinking that title ought to have an exclamation mark.

Nice to see we had typical glorious British Bank Holiday weekend weather to enjoy over the last three days. Apart from exeptionally efficient bin men, what exactly does this country offer?

Weekend's Betting

On The Nose
Funny old game, this. OTN struggled for six months and now not a day goes by without a winner. On Saturday we had Heerat - York - 5/1, Sunday Scottish Glen - Goodwood - 10/1 (r.4 deduction), and then yesterday, Lunar Deity - Epsom - 3/1.
Staked 7.25pts, +4.563pts

Northern Monkey
Well! What a weekend! Here are the winners: Saturday - My Sharona - Goodwood - 7/2, and Sunday My Girl Anna - The Curragh - 12/1 and Green Howard - Yarmouth - 7/4. The latter was a maximum 3pt win. Fine, fine profits.
Staked 7.5pts, +12.245pts

It should be noted that Wayne called four out of four correctly from his League 2 selections, too. I imagine Wayne has had worse weekends!

On a serious point, it's great to see both Northern Monkey and On The Nose hit form. It was a very tricky first half of the year for them both, a period that tested their patience I'm sure. Obviously the ytd figures are still not so great for either service but to be honest I'm not concerned by that. I'm not going to take an arbitrary period of time, such as a year, and say that if a profit isn't made in that time then I'll look elsewhere. I've made good money with them both in the past, and I'm confident I will in the future. At this moment in time, that's good enough for me.

The Market Examiner
It seems to be a relatively quiet period for TME at present, but a welcome winner was identified on Sunday (Highlife Dancer - Yarmouth - 6/1). A couple of losers yesterday, but a profit over the three day period nonetheless.
Staked 3pts, +4pts

Winning Racing Tips
A similarly quiet time of it for WRT too. The only action to report was an each way treble yesterday that produced a minimal return.
Staked 0.4pts, +0.037pts

Skeeve (Asians)
Across the Skeeve portfolio, Dartford beating Kidderminster (darned Kidderminster!) proved to be the proverbial kick in the cajones. A reverse of that one match would have made a huge difference. As it was, a small profit was banked, so it could have been a lot worse.

As far as the Asian Handicap service was concerned, one winner from the two bets (Newport beating Braintree) for just a small loss.
Staked 10pts, -1.325pts

Skeeve (Doubles)
Again, one from two. This time though, a nice profit as the winning bet (Mansfield to beat Hyde and Cambridge (+0.5) versus Nuneaton) was weighted with five times the stake as that of the losing bet (bloody Kidderminster!).
Staked 6pts, +3.327pts

Skeeve (Shortlist)
A void bet here (although a very tiny profit was made as a result of the improvised way of producing an Asian Handicap bet) and a loser (f*cking Kidderminster!!!).
Staked 2pts, -0.988pts

It's been a steady start to the season for Skeeve. A small loss overall, but I've seen this before. Months producing a small loss are often followed by months providing big profits. And even if not, then the big winning month will come after that. Or the one after that. Look, what I'm trying to say here is the profits will come, you can be sure of that.

The Sportsman
Two bets over the weekend - a winner and a loser.
Staked 0.3pts, -0.049pts

Service X
Not as spectacular as last weekend, but then I guess that would be asking a bit much. For those into stats, there were six winners, four losers and a void bet.
Staked 36pts, +1.909pts

Summer Of Football
Another 25pts profit this weekend.

I kid, I kid. Funnily enough, in some perverse way, it was kinda reassuring for SOF to have what can only be described as an unremarkable weekend. The dizzying levels of profit made over the past few weeks was beginning to make me wonder what was going on in the world. Perhaps such outperformance was a direct effect of El Nino? Something was up, that's for sure, things just don't go that well, do they? Surely doom and catastrophe lay in wait just around the betting corner? The betting equivalent of Jack Torrance of The Shining, hiding in the hotel lobby before jumping out at me, chasing me up to the bathroom. I'd lock myself in only for Jack and his great big axe to smash through the door as a precursor to chopping me up into several meaty chunks. That sort of catastrophe. And I'd say as far as catastrophes go, that's a pretty catastrophic catastrophe.

Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!

And that would be it. Loser after loser after loser, until my entire bank had been smashed into smithereens by that metaphorical axe. Oh yes.

As it was, none of that happened but instead SOF had one winner and two losers (one of which had half stakes returned) for a very small loss.
Staked 3pts, -0.245pts

Form Lab Lite
Not a great weekend. Five bets and one win but bottom line could be worse.
Staked 5pts, -2.56pts

Expecting a bit of action over the next couple of weeks at the US Open. This started with three bets yesterday which produced one winner for a miniscule loss overall.
Staked 4.5pts, -0.182pts

So there we have it.

Here are the Month to Date figures...

Northern Monkey: Staked 45.25pts, +11.036pts, roi 24.39%
On The Nose: Staked 49pts, +15.612pts, roi 31.86%
The Sportsman Racing: Staked 3.5pts, +0.026pts, roi 0.75%
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 8.1pts, -0.186pts, roi -2.3%
The Market Examiner: Staked 31pts, -17.8pts, roi -57.41%
Total roi 18.64%

Football Elite: Staked 1pt, +/- (+/-£), roi 0%, ROC 0%
Summer Of Football: Staked 25pts, +10.785pts, roi 43.14%, ROC 53.92%
Skeeve (Asians): Staked 17pts, +0.274pts, roi 1.61%
Skeeve (Doubles): Staked 11pts, -1.672pts, roi -15.2%
Skeeve (Shortlist): Staked 4pts, -1.188pts, roi -29.7%
Skeeve Total: Staked 32pts, -2.586pts, roi -8.08%, ROC -3.23%
The Sportsman: Staked 0.8pts, +0.084pts, roi 10.5%, ROC 1.4%
Form Lab Lite: Staked 28pts, -3.995pts, roi -14.26%, ROC -7.99%
Sportyy: Staked 35pts, +15.246pts, roi 43.56%, ROC 19.05%
Service X: Staked 239.2pts, +38.598pts, roi 16.13%, ROC 38.59%
Total roi 15.4%

Grand Total roi 16.34%

So, The Shining or The Exorcist...the scarier?


  1. love the post Rowan but you did forget to report our Wednesday winner ;o)
    Keep up the great work

  2. Hey, James!

    Is that the Columbus/Toronto game you're referring to? If so, I reported that in Friday's post. I always report the results one day after the event, using Midnight as the cut off point. So with Columbus kicking off at half past midnight our time, I count that as a Thursday match, with result reported on Friday. It all gets very confusing! :)

    If it's not the Columbus match you're referring to, I really am totally confused. And as my wife would tell you, it doesn't take much to get me to that sort of state! "What do you want for dinner?", is usually enough.