Get the bollocks in!
I wrote earlier this week of the need for On The Nose to hit a little form, especially after it had been dropped from the SBC's Hall of Fame. Well, that improvement needs to be on a consistent basis, but it was absolutely brilliant for The Judge to demonstrate just what he is capable of yesterday, tipping up the winner of the Imperial Cup at Sandown at no less than 22/1! (First Avenue). His other winner (Soll - Sandown) was put in the shade rather by this piece of inspired tipping, which is a ridiculous thing to say of a winning return at 4/1. A great day for OTN; a great week ahead would be much appreciated.
Elsewhere on the horses, it was a case of 4PA hopefully getting it's losers out of the way before Cheltenham starts (0/3). Northern Monkey chipped in with some nice profits though, finding two successful bets from four (Shea Shea - Meydan - 7/2 and Tarooq - Wolverhampton - 4/1).
So a good day all in on the horses, and those profits were mirrored by the Sports betting side of the portfolio.
It's been a tough year so far for Sportyy as mentioned earlier this week, but it was the star of the Sports show yesterday, finding three winning bets from four (Gimeno-Traver to bt Lacko at 2.95, Dodig to bt Benneteau at 2.45, and Paire to bt Kohlschreiber at 1.833). These heroics were almost equalled by Football Elite who found three good winners from six (Mainz to bt Bayer Leverkusen at 3.02, Ajaccio to bt Lorient at 2.62, and Mallorca to bt Sevilla at 3.48 (!)).
Summer Of Football were an ace away from hitting three from three (Grant Holt - bell end!) but the two winners provided a decent enough profit on the day (Aston Villa +0.25 vs Reading at 1.74 and Bristol City DNB vs Middlesbrough at 1.84). The Football Analyst 7-22 broke even with one winner (Leyton Orient (DNB) vs Shrewsbury at 2.0) cancelling out one loser, but E3-E7 provided a decent profit from the one bet (Troyes to bt Reims at 2.21). The one The Sportsman bet was an easy winner (Stranraer vs Albion Rovers Over 2.5 at 1.6).
Unfortunately it was a bad day at the office for Skeeve, whose Asian bets went 0/2 and Doubles (1/3). Irritatingly, the winning double was actually only a short priced single (Mansfield to bt Stockport County at 1.4) as the match representing the second leg of the double was postponed.
So an excellent day all round. Now it's time to pray that Cheltenham is equally as kind over the week ahead.
4PA: Staked 5pts, -5pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 5pts, +3.05pts.
On The Nose: Staked 2.5pts, +14.75pts (fourteen point seven five!)
The Football Analyst 7-22: Staked 1pt, N/A.
The Football Analyst E3-E7: Staked 0.5pts, +0.605pts.
Football Elite: Staked 3pts, +1.56pts.
Skeeve (Asians): Staked 6pts, -6pts.
Skeeve (Doubles): Staked 9pts, -3.4pts.
Summer Of Football: Staked 3pts, +1.08pts.
The Sportsman: Staked 0.15pts, +0.09pts.
Sportyy: Staked 7pts, +5.683pts.
My experiment with the odds didn't really work out and in fact due to circumstances completely beyond my control, I missed the best odds on most of my bets yesterday, which is frustrating to say the least. However, I refuse to be disappointed on what was an excellent day, so onwards and upwards...