Spring is very definitely in the air. The sun has been out today, the birds were joyous in their enthusiasm for the dawn chorus this morning (bastards woke me up!), and there are snowdrops and crocuses (croci ?) bravely contributing a splash of colour to the garden. You know what all this means don't you, my horse racing chums? Yes, it means that Cheltenham is just around the corner. That's what it means.
Mind you, for anyone operating a portfolio of tipping services that includes at least a couple of racing specialists, it would be only too obvious that the Festival is not so far away. My inbox has been inundated with antepost tips. 4PA, Northern Monkey, On The Nose, and The Sportsman have all been busy analysing the big races and drawing their conclusions. God knows how much money I have tied up in 'Pending' bets. I would think it enough to finance a revolution.
Anyway, talking of Cheltenham tips, I have a plug to make. I've mentioned the chap before, but if you're not reading The Value Bettor blog, you really should be. The guy knows his onions, of that there is no doubt...and he is doing a Cheltenham Special. At just a tenner for the four days (which my calculator tells me is only £2.50/day) you will receive one heck of a good insight into each of the races. Will I be following? Unfortunately not. I already have about four selections in each race and my capacity for Festival betting is full. But don't allow that to put you off. Take a nosey over there (link is to the right). You know it makes sense!
Close to being a nice start to the month for Winning Racing Tips. The first leg of an each way double came in the winner, the second leg came in second. Shame.
Chasemaster's one tip today managed to cling on to third place by the width of a gnat's eyelash, so a very small return there (Theatre Diva - Ludlow - 7/1).
Northern Monkey's one selection wasn't quite quick enough to place. The Market Examiner's two selections were similarly unsuccessful today.
From Sam's note today, it seems as if he is getting used to the little foibles of Bet Butler, but he seems well in control and is ensuring he is getting the best prices available at the time of placing the bets. Obviously this is a work in progress, but reading Sam's observations, progress is obviously being made and I'm confident that before too long, the whole system will be running as smoothly as a hand made Swiss clock. And believe me my friends, that is smooth.
On The Oche also played tonight, but unfortunately their one selection was a losing one.
Northern Monkey: Staked 0.5pts, -0.5pts.
Chasemaster: Staked 0.25pts, +0.05pts.
On The Oche: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
Month to date
Northern Monkey: Staked 0.5pts, -0.5pts, roi -100%
Chasemaster: Staked 0.25pts, +0.05pts, roi 20%
WRT: Staked 0.8pts, -0.08pts, roi -10%
The Sportsman Racing:
On The Nose:
The Market Examiner: Staked 2pts, -2pts, roi -100%
On The Oche: Staked 1pt, -1pt, roi -100%
Strike Zone (h):
Thought some might like to see the month to date figures for each service. Provide some context. I'll try to keep it updated each day.