Really tough going at the moment, more than 1 in 4 selections since last Sunday's big winner have come second, including two more this weekend, and yesterday we had our only 2pt pick of the weekend at 8/1 travelling powerfully and looking the most likely winner before fluffing the fence three out and falling at the last.
This is just natural variance and it's important to think long term about such runs. As long as we're beating SP with the majority of selections, which we are, things will turn around. Naturally it's incredibly annoying that the month isn't powering on with great profits given this is the first month of subscriptions, that's what you call sod's law I suppose.
Anyway let's catch up with results this weekend.
We had five selections yesterday, on a busy day in the markets and with some great racing on show.
Things started in the 12.55 at Ascot with Solitary Palm (1pt), advised at 10/1. Going off at 11/1, he got as far as the second fence before Liam Treadwell unseated, the first time the 7yo hadn't put in a clear round in his jumping career.
In the 1.05 at Huntingdon at we had Pearlysteps (1pt), at 5/1. It was the second time over fences for Henry Daly's runner, and he put in a decent performance after starting at 4/1, holding every chance near the end before being beaten by the useful Golan Way, finishing second beaten a couple of lengths.
Next up was the only 2pt pick of the weekend, and we got a cracking performance with what we thought looked a very likely winner. My Moment (2pts) was an 8/1 selection in the 1.15 at Haydock, another Henry Daly runner. Dropping back in trip, he continued to be well backed into 5/1 at the off, and then ran really well for a long time, jumping into the lead after cruising up with the pace for much of the race. Just as he was stretching his advantage he seemed to put in a good leap three out but slipped on landing, losing momentum. He picked up again but the mistake seemed to throw him off stride a little, and he was in second when he came down at the last fence when beginning to rally again.
In the 1.30 at Ascot, a mare's handicap hurdle we had Manele Bay (1pt) at 6/1 Richard Rowe. Another selection supported further before the off, she went off at 5/1 before putting in a poor effort, never in contention.
Next up it was the 2.45 at Huntingdon, where Yetholm (1pt) was a selection at 9/1. Going off at 10/1 he was very badly hampered by a faller at an early fence and then was never really travelling afterward, ending up well beaten.
On to today and we were looking to get things back on track with a couple of selections.
First up we had Raysrock (1pt) in the 2.30 at Kelso, a handicap hurdle over the minimum trip, at 8/1. Backed into 5/1 at the off, he was always in contention and stayed on well, beaten a length into second.
In the 2.55 at Aintree, we had Whereveryougoigo, at 5/1. Nicely backed all day he started at 3/1 but put in a poor display of jumping, constantly losing ground by jumping right at his fences and ending up very well beaten.
Let's hope the coming week is brighter, it's only a matter of time before things bouce back but we'd obviously prefer it to happen sooner rather than later.
Confirmation of results with sps:
Solitary Palm, UR/10, 11/1
Pearlysteps, 2nd/6, 4/1
My Moment, F/8, 5/1
Manele Bay, 11/15, 5/1
Yetholm, 8th/13, 10/1
Raysrock, 2nd/12, 5/1
Whereveryougoigo, 8th/10, 3/1
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