Before I round up Saturday's betting action, a mention of a new blog that from the first couple of posts looks like it will be well worth following. It's called Sporting Value and you can find a link on the blog roll to the right. The author is a one time tipping portfolio investor, who having learnt a lot from the tipsters he followed, is now making a go of coming up with his own selections. It's written in a style that is easy and interesting to read, and I believe it could well fill a niche in the blogging world. What's more (and this is the most important issue of all) it's written by a fellow Gooner. Go and give it a read.
Right, yesterday's betting action, and it was really pleasing to say that the two real stars of a day that made a decent if unspectacular profit were The Football Analyst and Skeeve. These are two tipsters who put their heart and soul into their work and who I know invest an awful lot of emotional energy into their respective services. Neither has had a great time of it recently, so when things take a turn for the better, I am genuinely pleased for them. Skeeve has been through the mill this season, so when his two four point doubles came in - Mansfield to beat Dartford paired with Welling to beat Dorchester at 2.16 and Grimsby to beat Alfreton paired with Salisbury to beat Bromley at 2.37 - it came as a great relief to both myself and I imagine, to Skeeve himself.
Listening to the scores come in on the radio on the way back from watching Stockport County, it was also great to hear that the three The Football Analyst 7/22 home bets had been successful - Mansfield at 1.73, Derby to beat Huddersfield at 1.815, and Cheltenham to beat Torquay at 1.93. 7/22 had just the one loser, a more conservatively staked away bet. The European E3-E7 system had just one away bet too, which was similarly unsuccessful, but tot it all up and it was a really good weekend for Graeme's service.
On The Oche made a good fist of the PDC World Cup, finding two winners from three bets, the winners coming at fairly tasty odds - Japan to beat Ireland at 3.39 and South Africa to beat Ireland at 2.39. Not a day to be an Irish arrow chucker, eh?
A frustrating afternoon for Summer Of Football who scored with two from four - Barnsley +0.75 of the handicap against Blackpool at 1.955 and Bordeaux at -0.75 on the handicap against Valenciennes at 1.85 but Adel Taraabt missing a penalty for QPR was a bit of kick in the gonads.
Unfortunately Football Elite could find only one winner from three - Fortuna Dusseldorf (DNB) versus Stuttgart and Sportyy's poor recent form continued into February with three losing Spanish football bets from three selections.
Not a lot to mention on the nags with no winners from 4PA (0/2 - although one of the selections returned stakes by finishing in the frame when backed each way) or Northern Monkey (0/1). On The Nose did turn a small profit by identifying one winner from the five horses given (Cloudy Too - Wetherby - 9/2).
4PA: Staked 3pts, -0.9pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 1.5pts, -1.5pts.
On The Nose: Staked 2.5pts, +0.25pts.
Sportyy: Staked 6pts, -6pts.
Summer Of Football: Staked 4pts, -0.192pts.
The Football Analyst: Staked 3.75pts, +1.724pts.
Skeeve: Staked 8pts, +10.13pts.
On The Oche: Staked 1.5pts, +1.39pts.
Football Elite: Staked 3pts, -0.56pts.
You may have noticed I've gone back to the old style of results reporting, and I hope to do this every day now. To be honest, I found the weekly summaries time consuming and boring to write. So I shan't. I'm very conscious though that I need to do a January review which I promise is in the pipeline.
Back to work tomorrow. Excellent.
Or perhaps not.