After last night's digression into the world of politics and the demonstration of how we can climb out of the deep economic malaise that the country finds itself in, back to matters betting today, and a review of the weekend's performance.
Friday 29th March
No racing held on Good Friday, so the only action involved football.
I could feel the relief emanating from Summer Of Football HQ when two bets both came in as winners. It's been a fairly sharp drawdown that the service has suffered this month and I guess it's always good when the first steps on the road to recovery are taken in such circumstances. It was the second tier of the French football hierarchy where value was identified (Laval (-0.25) vs Le Mans at 1.85 and Tours to bt Istres at 2.06).
The only other service with bets was The Football Analyst 7-22 which hit the target with one (Brentford to bt Notts County at 1.83) from two.
Summer Of Football: Staked 2pts, +1.92pts.
The Football Analyst 7-22: Staked 2pts, -0.17pts.
Saturday 30th March
The last Saturday of the month is always a nervous time. You don't want to be blowing good profits made through the rest of the month, nor do you, if in a losing position as the month nears it's end, add significantly to your woes. As it happens, Saturday was profitable, if not spectacularly so. I was quite happy to settle on that.
The racing lost money. 4PA provided three tips in the Lincoln, with one placing for a small loss overall. On The Nose drew a blank (0/7). Northern Monkey was busy, staking six points, and things got off to a good start when an each way 20/1 shot finished 2nd, but then two losers left the NMP account in deficit for the day, and that deficit remained despite one other 6/1 shot filling the frame. Finally a winner to report on the nags, for The Sportsman Racing (Upsilon Bleu - Carlisle - 6/5).
Obviously the profit came from the football. The largest contributor was Skeeve Doubles which had just the one, successful bet (Kidderminster to bt Braintree and Mansfield to bt Tamworth at 2.34). Skeeve was slightly unfortunate that Kidderminster didn't quite cover the handicap to make the Asians bet a winner too, but good profit for the non-league service nonetheless.
The Football Analyst's 7-22 bet came in (Wigan to bt Norwich at 1.93), to add to the profits which were dented only marginally by Football Elite who found two winners from seven selections (Cagliari to by Fiorentina at 3.36 and Lavante to bt Sevilla at 3.5). The Sportsman gave one bet which returned stakes.
The Football Analyst 7/22: Staked 1pt, +0.93pts.
Skeeve (Asians): Staked 2pts, -2pts.
Skeeve (Doubles): Staked 4pts, +5.352pts.
Football Elite: Staked 3.5pts, -0.07pts.
The Sportsman: Staked 0.15pts, n/a.
Sunday 31st March
Sunday showed a smallish loss. Just about enough of one to counter the previous day's profit.
No great success on the nags. On The Nose did find a winner amongst four tips (Byerley Babe - Cork - 11/4) but showed a small loss overall, as did Winning Racing Tips whose sole bet finished in the frame at 9/2. No joy for Northern Monkey (0/1).
Summer Of Football's slowly slowly approach adopted over the weekend paid off again with one winner from one bet (Chivas vs Vancouver Over 2.5 at 2.06). On The Oche suddenly weighed in with seven bets and can be regarded as being unfortunate that only a small profit accrued. There were three winners (Suljovic at 2.28, Smith at 2.7/2.65, and Part at 2.46), but of the four losers, two lost the deciding leg in the race to six, one from being 5-1 up. The muppet!
No success for Football Elite (0/2).
Northern Monkey: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
On The Nose: Staked 2.75pts, -0.875pts.
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 0.8pts, -0.067pts.
Summer Of Football: Staked 1pt, +1.06pts.
On The Oche: Staked 3.5pts, +0.201pts.
Football Elite: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
Monday 1st April
Horrible day on the horses. Excellent day on the football. Small profit made overall.
4PA had two for the Irish National, one of which found the frame but a loss registered. Northern Monkey's horse finished plumb last, On The Nose missed securing any sort of return from five bets, and Winning Racing Tips played an each way trixie that didn't quite work out.
As for the footie, the star was The Football Analyst 7/22 which secured two nice wins from two bets (Wolves DNB vs Birmingham at 2.89 and Rochdale DNB vs Exeter at 2.56). Excellent stuff!
Sportyy had two bets over in Spain, one losing and the other returning stakes.
4PA: Staked 3pts, -1.084pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 1.5pts, -1.5pts.
On The Nose: Staked 3.5pts, -3.5pts.
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 1.2pts, -0.916pts.
The Football Analyst 7/22: Staked 1pt, +1.725pts.
Sportyy: Staked 3.5pts, -2pts.
Now that really only tells half the story as far as yesterday's football betting is concerned. I don't want to tell the other half just yet though, as it merits writing a proper blog post. Hopefully I'll be able to get the review for March done tomorrow, and then I can write that post and reveal all. :)