Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Away from Royal Ascot...

Not the best couple of days for us, with seven points dropped from our six selections.

Let's start yesterday, where we had our biggest priced selection for more than two years:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
4.05 Thirsk Velvet Band 2pt 50/1 Lads 40/1 Bluesq 33/1 generally inc. Bet365
5.15 Thirsk Garstang 1pt 8/1 generally BOG
6.15 Newton Abbot Peveril Pandora 1pt 7/1 Lads/Coral 8/1 VC/Totesport some 9/1 Stan James
8.15 Newton Abbot You Can Of Course 1pt 5/1 generally BOG 6/1 Hills/Totesport
8.30 Brighton Rio Royale 1pt 8/1 PaddyPower/Stan James/Totesport/Skybet

Velvet Band (33/1sp) would have given us a sensational return, and while the action at Royal Ascot was brilliant we were certainly looking forward to her race. She travelled nicely for the first part of the action, just off the leaders, and seemed to respond when Franny Norton pushed her on for a stride or two. He gave up on her very quickly however and she was allowed to coast home in her own time.

Garstang met some trouble in running about two furlongs from home and lost all chance at that point, although he was never looking a likely winner, after going off at 7/1.

Peveril Pandora made a mistake early on and was just never really in it afterwards, after starting at 7/1.

You Can Of Course performed well, travelling powerfully for a good part of the race, although he constantly jumped right at his fences, and couldn't run the legs out of those in behind, ending up finishing third, after going off at 7/2.

On a disappointing day, Rio Royale was our most disappointing. Going off a very well backed 7/2 he was just never in it at all.

And then today an altogether quieter day with just the one selection:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
2.55 Hamilton Stamp Duty 1pt 5/1 generally BOG 11/2 VC/Stan James

Stamp Duty drifted on course to 7/1 and ran poorly.

Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- SP):

Tuesday 14th June 2011

Velvet Band, 10th/11, 50/1 --- 33/1
Garstang, 11th/17, 8/1 --- 7/1
Peveril Pandora, 7th/11, 7/1 --- 7/1
You Can Of Course, 3rd/8, 5/1 --- 7/2
Rio Royale, 7th/8, 8/1 --- 7/2

Wednesday 15th June 2011

Stamp Duty, 8th/11, 5/1 --- 7/1

So not a good couple of days, although of course it happens and we'll just move on and look for better tomorrow!

June's been a funny month so far, a large proportion of placed efforts, but our win strike rate is just 10.81%, which is somewhat short of the 15% mark which is normal. We've only had 37 bets so far for the month however, and we expect our win strike rate to pick up before the month is out.

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