January bounced into profit today thanks to a couple of cracking winners, and inflated prices too because of best odds guaranteed. 2011 has seen quite a few decent performances, and a collection of "odds on in-running" seconds, so we were always confident things would eventually click, and today it did. We're not getting carried away though, there's plenty more work to do to make up for November and December, and we need to keep it going.
Let's start with a look back at yesterday, where we had our fifth second of the year, from 16 selections. In fairness the latest was very well beaten, but still finished a country mile clear of the the third. We had Autumn Spirit (1pt) , in the 2.00 at Fontwell, at 10/1. She gave the odds on favourite the only challenge in the race, but finished very tired after going off at the same price.
Our other runner, Rigadin de Beauchene (1pt) was a non runner.
And then on to today, where we put up three after a very lively morning of market activity.
First up, was General Kutuzov, at 11/1, in the opener at Chepstow, the 12.35. After opening on course at 8/1, he started at 10s and then proceeded to run pretty well until unseating Liam Treadwell in infuriating fashion, as he was still going quite nicely at that point, despite race a bit keenly early on.
It was to Sandown next, where we had Music Of The Moor (1pt) at 6/1, Tom Tate sending the 4yo old down for his first ever start over hurdles in what looked a pretty competitive contest. Subject of some decent support this morning, he actually drifted to 8/1 at the off, before running really well - and possibly winning in a style which heralds a change of fortune for our selections.
He was absolutely cantering while all the others were flat to the boards, and was just about to pick off the leader before crashing through the final fence, stopping him in his tracks. Not again, we thought to ourselves, but he picked up well to retake the lead. Suddenly a 66/1 shot came from nowhere, Lamps, to fly home at the death - but the post came in time and we were celebrating a nice win, inflated because of best odds guaranteed.
In the last couple of weeks, either the mistake, or the fast finisher, would have scuppered our chances, but not today, so maybe a corner has been turned.
Back at Chepstow, our second selection of the day having his first run over fences was David Pipe's Our Father (1pt) in the 2.50. Advised at 5/1, he was allowed to start at an extraordinary 9/1 before winning in really impressive style. After pulling hard early on, he started to find his feet and came into the home straight cruising while all the others were being scrubbed along. He quickened nicely to win cosily by four lengths. A really interesting prospect.
So because of the best odds guaranteed in place with the bookies we suggested, we had 16 points of profit today, so its a thank you to those layers deciding to get stuck into two hurdle debutantes with the belief the early support was unjustified.
A pity there's no jumps racing tomorrow, let's hope we can keep it going on Monday.
Confirmation of results with prices (advised and SP).
Friday 7th January
Autumn Spirit, 2nd/5, 10/1--- 10/1
Rigadin de Beauchene NR
Saturday 8th January
General Kutuzov, UR/7, 11/1--- 10/1
Music Of The Moor, 1st/12, 6/1--- 8/1
Our Father, 1st/15, 5/1---9/1
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