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End of Month Review - February
There’s no getting away from it, or sugar-coating the fact that the month of February was a very frustrating one as we recorded our first monthly loss in five full months at BetAdvisor. Following a comprehensive review of the 80 selections made in February, I’m a little surprised and think we’re slightly unfortunate not to have posted a profit!!. Of the 80 selections made, three were non-runners, taking our tally of bets to 77 for the month. 40 of those selections finished in the top three, consisting of 17 winners, 20 runners-up and three third-placed runners. 51% of our selections in February finished in the top three, and we managed to beat the SP odds in 50 of the 77 selections, equating to 64%. Given these statistics, I think we can count ourselves slightly unfortunate to make a loss in February. Going Forward!! March is set to be a promising one, and I’d be confident that our run of placed selections will turn into winners, despite March starting in somewhat the same vein, with form figures from the 1st March reading 3-2-3-1-2. We remain positive as our picks are running very well, we just need them to go one better and we'll be posting huge profits again :). We hope the above stats give a clearer picture on the month of February, and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!!. Best Wishes John!!
Weekly Update - 24th February
One thing you’ll certainly get with my service is my honest opinions, good or bad. Unfortunately, the month of February has been hugely frustrating, where things simply haven’t gone as planned, perfectly demonstrated by today’s selections (Monday). Our first runner was in a field of 14 (Minority Interest), in which I narrowed down the three leading contenders (as highlighted in my comments for the tip). We had to watch as the selection struggled a long-way from home, and the two highlighted dangers, Albert Bridge and Civil War battle out the closing stages to finish 1st and 2nd respectively. Our second runner (Dingo Bay) was put up at 11/4, but was sent off the 15/8 market leader for the handicap chase at Musselburgh. The eight-year-old got done for a bit of speed and was denied a win by 3/4 lengths. The third selection of the day was Coillte Cailin at Wolverhampton. The filly has become a costly horse to follow, and will unlikely appear as a selection next time out. In other words, she’ll win next time out :). Win or lose, she’s becoming one of those horses that has plenty of ability, but everything needs to drop right for her to get her head in front. I did find it strange however that the hold-up tactics used in all her previous starts were not adopted today (ran in mid-division). Our final bet of the day was put up at 2/1, and despite the non-runner, was heavily backed before the off into EVENS. A 5K bet was recorded at the track!! Reggie Bond was travelling powerfully throughout, so much so that Robert Tart decided to kick for home a long way out. In hindsight, he probably would have wanted to hold onto him a little longer, as he always looked vulnerable up the long straight at Wolverhampton. Another agonising defeat by a short margin (neck). While the month of February has overall been a frustrating time for followers of my selections, and certainly myself, I’m more than confident that things will turn around for us, as we’ve been through spells such as this in the past, and as my record on BetAdvisor demonstrates, we’ve come out of each month in profit. Is every profitable month deemed success? Absolutely, but I strive for large profits and aim on keeping my standards at the highest possible level, so while I’m confident we’ll record a fifth straight profitable month, I class February as a ‘can do better’ month, and will almost certainly do so next month!! Many have suggested in the past that I can at times be hard on myself, and I can see why people have that observation, because despite a ‘sluggish’ month, we’re still in small profit, which says a lot!!. However, I’m very ambitious and want to give all my clients the maximum possible rewards for their continued support, and I’m very confident and positive about the coming month, and will be looking to post a sixth consecutive month in profit, and a healthy one at that!! The Sprinter Sacre Affair!! So, Sprinter Sacre is out of Cheltenham as of late Sunday evening, or early Sunday afternoon if you are a follower of the exchanges. The whole affair leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, as while the health of the duel Cheltenham Festival winner is paramount, the alarming drift on the betting exchanges prior to the news of his withdrawal from the Queen Mother Champion Chase is simply not on!! Sprinter was matched at 3.2 on the exchanges long before Nicky Henderson made his decision publicly known, and it isn’t the first time such ‘antics’ have been seen with runners from Seven Barrows. Such incidents with Binocular and Grandouet spring to mind from recent years. While we all have to accept that those connected to a yard or horse will know such things long before we do, I point to handlers such as Paul Nicholls who strive to keep racing fans and punters up-to-date on their runners as a perfect example of how things should be done. Any-who, we wish Sprinter Sacre a speedy and healthy return to the track, as I along with many others would love to see his brilliance back on a racecourse again. Until next time!! Best Wishes John!!
The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching!!
The Cheltenham Festival is on the horizon, and is unquestionably the highlight of the season for any National Hunt enthusiast. For punters, particularly professional punters and tipsters, the opinion on the Cheltenham Festival is often split, but for me, the Festival has been a playground for success in years gone by, as the way I work and research my selections lends itself nicely to the big occasions. I’m sending out this message to my current clients and potential future subscribers to let you know that I intend to be very busy during the Festival itself, as well as unearthing the winners at tracks up and down the land during the week. So for those not yet signed-up, please take this opportunity to trial the service for 7 days completely FREE, before we embark on what’s set to be a busy and profitable month of March!! My weekly update will be posted as ever on Monday (24th), as well as an end of month review later in the week. Until next time, please feel free to get in touch with any questions or feedback!! Kind Regards John!!