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Please email me at any time with your questions, comments, etc. Below are my system results, comments and suggestions on recent races (keep checking back on this page, as I often write this during the races) By the way, if you think that my claims of winners, forecasts, etc, are just hot air, please email me and I will send you a screen shot of my winning bet(s).

15th October: After my great day yesterday, a few odds and ends in the early races, but nothing to shout about. Another great result however in the 3.25 Chepstow with Bob Ford (I got 8/1) and Fox Appeal (I got 20/1) both each-way for the forecast! Even more in profit than I was yesterday now! And then another good result with Misterton 4/1 and Man Of Plenty 16/1 each-way in a forecast in the 4.00 Chepstow! I am picking them purely on form figures in the main, system bets or horses with similar figures, and it is amazing how often they perform! That's another £4+ in the bank! I think I'll leave it at that for the day! A good day, as I also won ten pages of stamps on eBay for 99p!

14th October: I missed the first few races, but three winners with Ghaiyaath, If You Say Run and Rebel Assault at 25/1 in the 2.40 York! Annie Angel ran a cracker and looked sure to place (apparently going best of all) before finishing fifth, and one to keep in mind. I had Perseid each-way in the 2.50 Hexham, but a laboured effort! The rest might as well have stayed at home! A 1-2-3-4 for O'Brien in the 3.00 Newmarket with the favourite nowhere! Typical! With Alcala slipping up in the 3.05 Chepstow, that was my forecast out the window! Not one from five selections got in the places in the 3.15 York! Growl (looked sure to figure), Hoof It and Raucous were three of the wretched aforementioned. If they are not wanted, they will stay out of it, no matter what their ability! A winner with Silver Streak (I got 14/1) in the 3.35 Chepstow! Now for the Cesarewitch! And no mention for any of mine in that! Grrr... ! I had Veejay each-way in the 3.50 York (first and third for my forecasts). I had More Madness each-way in the 4.00 Hexham, but I thought it might overtake the winner, which almost stopped to a walk! At last! I used my free bet on Court Minstrel at 14/1 in the 4.10 Chepstow and had Sam Spinner 8/1 each-way for the forecast! Over £50 return in total! That's better! This Mitchell Bastyan is a great rider with his 7lb claim, and two winners from him for me today! I think I have done enough on the betting front today, so I'll take that!

13th October; I had a couple of winners and places during the afternoon, but missed my chance of a good return when two system bets came first and second at Newton Abbot: Kentford Heiress 13/2 and Champagne To Go 12/1. I backed both, but did not put them in a forecast, although I was tempted to do so! And another system winner with Canny Tom (I got 9/1) at Downpatrick! I also had system bet Cosa Nostra 8/1 each-way at York.

12th October: System bet Renes Girl 20/1 winner of the 1.50 Worcester, but I ignored it, as its hurdles rating was inferior and it fell first time over fences! I had the forecast in the 2.00 Ayr, but backed the second to win! I had Station Master each-way in the 2.10 Exeter, but it looked sure to finish in the first two! I had The Yank each-way in the 2.20 Worcester, but almost included Mercian King! A winner with system bet Quiet Moment 8/1 in the 2.30 Ayr. I was sure that Royal Holiday would figure off this mark, but it packed up after leading and must do better, along with Stardrifter and Be Bold. I had Rocket Ronnie each-way at 100/1 in the 2.45 Exeter (one of my old flat horses), and it even looked like winning until very late! Wish I had used my free bet on it, but I was not too optimistic! I did not do a forecast, but it would have been a good one! A much better result with system bet The King's Steed at 25/1 and Green Howard both each-way for the forecast in the 3.05 Ayr! Over £8 return for a few pence! But another one I could have used my free bet on today! And another winner with Trans Express in the 3.15 Exeter. I am sure that After Eight Sivola was on a trial run, or why else did it take the lead so easily and then pack up? Thundering Home was also a massive price, but will do much better soon. No return from the 3.35 Ayr, but you can't win them all! I am sure there is more to come from Royal Duchess and Newmarket Warrior (fourth). I had Triple Chief each-way in the 3.45 Exeter. No return from the 4.05 Ayr, although two of mine looked sure to figure before finishing out of the places! I knew I should have used my free bet on Buonarroti in the 4.40 Ayr, but I had a good bet on it at a shortish price. Not sure if I got the forecast, but it was close! Yes, I did, with Hurricane Hollow each-way (I got 14/1). I was also tempted to include Gabrial's Star. Would have been a great tricast! Still, another very profitable day (doubled my bank), unlike yesterday! That'll do for me, happy with that! But I had to have another bet, and had Eddy at 6/1 in the 4.50 Exeter, with my others either pulled up or specks on the horizon. Surely people must smell a rat when so many horses fail to make any attempt? I would have backed Dellaguista each-way if I had bet in the 5.10 Ayr, but left it alone.

11th October: Not a great day, with only a couple of winners and places, but I feel sure that both Quebec and Beallandendall can do much better. Some days you are not fated to do well, apparently! Well, having said that, I had system bet Harlequin Striker at 6/1 in the 4.20 Nottingham! Keep an eye on Cornelious, which must do better soon off this mark (travelling well without being put into the race)!

10th October: I had system bet Paco Escostar each-way at 28/1 in the 1.30 Catterick, and while I included the winner in my forecasts, I did not include that one! Pity, could have had a good forecast! I had the forecast with Just In Time and system bet Reshoun each-way in the 1.50 Leicester (first three home, but Aardwolf did not count). No return from the 2.00 Catterick, where all of mine led or threatened, but did not figure in the end. Taajub just failed to get placed in the 2.10 Brighton, and must do better. I am sure there is a race in Something Lucky soon. I had Traveltalk as best in for the 2.20 Catterick, but it dropped into third late on to foil my forecast (getting rid of a first place)! I left out the 2.35 Catterick, as they were too closely matched at the weights. I thought Star Of Zaam should win at the revised weights, but it finished third, so glad I did not bet! A result with General Allenby and In Focus each-way in a forecast in the 3.05 Catterick, but I thought my other selection, Alfredandnobell was sure to figure for a long way! No return in the 3.15 Brighton, although I thought Lady Godiva was going to figure until it got hampered! System bet Jo's Girl 33/1 second. But a winner with system bet Ptarmigan Ridge on the nose at 2/1 in the 3.25 Leicester! A good return with Apricot Sky each-way in the 3.35 Catterick, but I picked the wrong two out of Ruth Carr's three for a place! Cosmic Chatter and Vallarta are both due better runs, but she is too crafty for me! Blast, I looked at Enzo because of the ATR connection in the 3.45 Brighton, but went with Dukeofwallingford each-way, which finished second! That was it for me for the day, try again tomorrow!

9th October: A i-2 for Johnston in the 1.55 Pontefract and you can never tell what his horses are going to do. I was disappointed with Bombshell Bay, which I thought was going to figure, so keep an eye on it, perhaps for a handicap. The two newcomers first and second in the 2.05 Salisbury and I put the winner in my forecasts, but did not back it! What on earth did he do with Beyond Equal, which looked a sure winner before packing up? I picked the wrong Hannon runner in the 2.15 Windsor (so what's new?)! First and third for my forecasts again! I hate these crafty moves, but should be wise to it! Simpson looked to be going best of the lot, but got no run. The writeup and the interview put me off Big Lez in the 2.25 Pontefract, despite it being my name! At last a winner with Caiya at 12/1 in the 2.35 Salisbury! Three big prices, but I did not do any forecasts. I had the forecast with system bet Unsuspected Girl and Prerogative in the 2.45 Windsor (first three home). I had Prerogative as clear best in, but not really put into the race until too late! Second and third for my forecasts in the 2.55 Pontefract, and of course I left out the winner! I thought Swot was coming to win the 3.05 Salisbury, but in the end only third, and I had first, third and fourth for my forecasts with Air Of York just behind! Marchingontogether dropped out very tamely in the 3.10 Musselburgh, and I am sure can do much better. No show from Mythological in the 3.15 Windsor and I did not back anything else! A great result with Madame Lillibet 12/1 and Tuscan Gold 10/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 3.25 Pontefract! Doubled my opening bank in one race! I had Edge to win the 3.35 Salisbury, but I am sure that Head Space is going to run much better soon (50/1 today). I missed the 3.40 Musselburgh (just as well as I would not have backed the winner). I had Zilza each-way in the 3.45 Windsor (second and third again). Amazing how often a newcomer as the only one in the field. I had Trinity Star each-way in the 3.55 Pontefract, but was expecting better runs from Ravenhoe (can never tell with Johnston) and Dandyleekie, plus Kiwi Bay, which was also a massive price. They obviously tell them not to show, otherwise why the big prices? I feel sure that Summer Icon is being kept for a bigger race somewhere soon, as it made little attempt today! I had Zamperini each-way in the 4.15 Windsor, but should have included the favourite (as usual). Cornerstone Lad was the first one to catch my eye in the 4.25 Pontefract, but I changed my mind, as usual. I hate doing that! I had Daily Trader each-way in the 4,35 Salisbury, but Funky Footsteps dropped out tamely and will do better. I could not believe the price on Rousayan in the 4.40 Musselburgh, so I did not back it! I feel sure that Gurkha Friend was not intended to figure today! Keep an eye on Al Khan, which I feel sure will pop up soon. Well, that'll do for me, still in profit on the day! Incidentally, glad I did not back Walk On Walter at kempton, as I would have been steaming! The horse ran wide on the bend, then was making ground hand over fist on the near side before Spencer apparently decided he was getting too close, and eased the horse up! Wonder if there will be any enquiry into that one? And if I had been backing, I would have backed Let Right Be Done (18/1 winner) in the 5.40 Musselburgh (no, I'm not just saying that), but keep an eye on Tellevoi, which I had as even better in, so must do better soon.

8th October: I had third, fourth and fifth in the 1.35 Kelso, with Desert Island Dusk each-way at a big price (25/1) and Superior Command finishing really strongly in fourth (bad timing or deliberate?). I had McKenzies Friend as best in, but never put into the race throughout! One to keep an eye on soon. Danceintothelight was just pipped on the line in the 2.05 Kelso, and a bad mistake probably cost it the race. Dark And Dangerous was a big price, but still ran on for fourth and can win again off this mark. I had the forecast in the 2.15 Downpatrick, with Mullins' second string beating the favourite (of course). Not one of mine would get in the frame in the 2.25 Uttoxeter! I had Some Reign each-way in the 2.40 Kelso, but did not include it in my forecasts. Tectonic finished about fifth and no doubt will do better over hurdles at some point. A better result with Palmers Hill and Enola Gay each-way for the forecast in the 2.55 Uttoxeter. I had Qualando each-way in the 3.30 Uttoxeter. but Deauville Crystal should have done much better at these weights, and was never given a chance! A better result with Beneficial Joe to win (I almost used my free bet on it) and Sporting Boy in a forecast in the 4.00 Uttoxeter! I had Theflyingportrait each-way at 12/1. Then, guess what? I wasted my free bet on Slowmotion in the Munster National, and it was the first one to pull up! I can pick them! Then I had Alpha Des Obeaux and Tulsa Jack both each-way in that race. Two of mine came to grief at the same hurdle in the 4.50 Kelso (Justatenner and Uriah Heep), but I had Reivers Lodge 18/1 each-way and Castletown in third, but a win bet only on the latter! Exit To Freedom dropped tamely into fifth, but must do better off this mark. In tennis, Caroline Garcia has played superbly to overtake Jo Konta for Singapore, and I really hope she plays there, as she is playing best of them all at present (and what a lovely young lady!).

7th October: I missed the early races, but had a few good each-ways and forecasts in the races in which I backed, including Nathra each-way at 20/1 in the Group 1. I also had a good forecast with Dashing Oscar and Diable De Sivola in the 3.05 Fontwell (first three home) and Maybride each-way at 20/1 in the 3.20 Redcar. I also had Raising Sand each-way in the 3.35 Ascot, but it looked a sure winner (probably went too soon). Then I had Olivers Hill at 6/1 in the 3.40 Fontwell! I had Jallota on the nose in the 3.55 Redcar, but should have included system bet Von Blucher for the forecast! Then I had Chosen Path at 7/1 in the 4.15 Fontwell (could not believe the price!). Then I had Peach Melba to win the 4.25 Newmarket with Dowayla each-way in third! Improving! Just about level on the day. System bet Zeshov 33/1 second in the 4.30 Redcar (I did not back in the race). Then I had Lincoln each-way in the 4.45 Newmarket, but it finished too late to get in the shakeup (I had two of the three in the tricast)! And another good result with Orchestrated at 8/1 and Fly Home Harry for the forecast in the 4.50 Fontwell and I also had Venetian Lad in fourth! Back in profit! I am sure the latter will win soon, as it seemed to have more to give today. That'll do for me today, but I must still use my free bet before tomorrow evening. Could have used it several times today, but it's easy with hindsight! On the tennis front, Caroline Garcia continues to close in on Jo Konta, and I have never seen her play with such poise as she has in the last three weeks! She is now the complete package (and what a package)! Might be better if she gets into Singapore!

6th October: I backed Shady McCoy win only when it opened at 7/2 in the 2.00 Ascot and it won at 13/2. Not a bad return! None of my others figured, however, including Cricklewood Green and Scottish Glen, which should have done better. I had the forecast in the 2.10 Fontwell, and my two each-way bets finished third and fourth, the third at 40/1! I backed the second favourite in the 2.25 Hexham, but it would have finished third if the leader had not fallen. I had One Word More each-way in the 2.35 Ascot, but Heavens Guest looked sure to figure before faltering late on. I missed the 3.00 Hexham, but fancied Mrs Grass, so a good bet missed! I had Bacchus each-way in the 3.10 Ascot. System bet Caid Du Lin 3/1 winner of the 3.20 Fontwell, but I missed that race too! I am dealing with my new phone at present, so not much time for the racing! And that was all I did today! Well, Caroline Garcia made a fantastic effort to beat Svitolina in Beijing (what a match!) and can still deny Jo Konta a place in Singapore. In my opinion she deserves to go, and Konta is so out of form at present that she would probably not do well in any case. She may prove me completely wrong, of course. We'll see!

5th October: I started late today, and not much success in my first races, athough I had Generous Chief each-way and the forecast in the novice chase (second each-way at 7/1). None of my main bets figured in the 3.30 Lingfield, including Picansort, which almost came down out of the stalls, but my saver, Entertaining Ben, won at 20/1 for a nice return! I am sure Top Of The Bank can also do better. I should have backed McCabe Creek on its own in the 3.40 Huntingdon. Spoilt Rotten looked a sure winner, but dropped back to third again after making good progress, and one to keep an eye on. I had Quarenta at 4/1 to win the 3.50 Warwick and Sutters Mill for the forecast. Then I had system bet Dawaleeb at 6/4 to win and Mr Tyrrell for the forecast in the 4.00 Lingfield. I had Sego Success each-way in the 4.25 Warwick, kept looking at Beggars Cross, but did not back or include it! Just shows you have to follow your hunches! Well, that was my last bet for the day. Just a little down today, but nothing to bother about!

4th October: I did not back or watch the racing today.

3rd October: Not a bad start with Oisin 8/1 and Ever So Much 33/1 both each-way in the 2.00 Sedgefield, but if I had put in the favourite I could have had the tricast! I never trust these short priced favourites, which is often where I go wrong! After looking likely to at least get the forecast in the 2.20 Ayr, I finished with only one in the places! Impossible to pick two of these on form! Neither Claude Carter nor Anginola (fourth) finished in the places in the 2.30 Sedgefield, but I feel sure both will do better soon. Magnolia Ridge was my only placer. The thrown in Roman Numeral made no show in the 2.40 Southwell, and Walden prince made too many mistakes. Money For Nothing was my only return in that one! The thrown in Magistral made a belated effort in the 2.55 Ayr, but was not really out to win and will do better. I hate backing horses that are not trying to win! Two system bets first and second in the 3.05 Sedgefield, and I had a bit on each and the forecast, although not great prices! Then a winner with Clubs Are Trumps at 10/1 and Shaiyzar 12/1 each-way in third in the 3.15 Southwell! New Youmzain led for a long way in the 3.25 Ayr, then dropped out for no apparent reason, and I am sure it will pop up soon in a bigger race! They just use these small races to get a particular finishing position! And an even better result with Cobra De Mai at 9/1 to win the 3.35 Sedgefield and Jack's Last Hope 7/2 for the forecast! Back in profit again! Newland's Royale Knight was the outsider in the 3.45 Southwell, and you can usually forget them if they are not backed! Getting ready for a big chase? Gworn made no attempt in the 4.00 Ayr (just allowed to hack along at the back) and will do better now, having got rid of a first place. I was just pipped for the tricast by Corton Lad, which I almost backed each-way! It is so often farcical the way that some of the runners are never put in with a chance when they should be involved! And that was it for me today, finishing just about level. Turning to tennis, one more danger out of the way for Jo Konta's hopes of Singapore, with Wandeweghe losing in Beijing, so realistically only Caroline Garcia can now usurp her place (memories of last year), but if she wins the title, Konta would have to play in Moscow and do well there to retain her place. The way she has been playing, even that would be a tall order! I'm watching Garcia against Mertens tomorrow!

2nd October: No return from the 1.50 Newton Abbot, as I ignored the Tizzard runner, which looked exposed, and of course my each-way bet finished fourth! Just knew that I should have included Il Sacario in the 2.00 Stratford, because Turner often has big-priced returns, but I ignored my hunch! Not great so far! And then a withdrawn horse to cut my forecast options in the 2.10 Bath! And another unwanted winner in the race itself! I shall be spitting feathers if this continues! And in the 2.20 Newton Abbot I picked the only one that dropped out and pulled up (Robinshill)! That one was best on hurdling form, but nothing today! And then second and third in the 2.30 Stratford, with both of my each-ways out of the places! At last, a winner with Spirit Of Rosanna 6/1 in the 2.40 Bath! No looking back now! I almost included Toni's A Star, but picked two others instead! And another good result with The Hollow Ginge to win and Hogan's Height for the forecast in the 2.50 Newton Abbot! And another winner with Global Thrill 8/1 in the 3.00 Stratford, almost getting the forecast with The Kivilliken each-way in third! Almost back level after going way down early! I am sure the jockey on the third eased up close home to lose second place for my forecast in the 3.10 Bath, although the second was a system bet at a big price! It was actually hampered by the winner just before the line. De Faoithesdream normally front-runs, but no sign of that today, which led me to believe it was not out to win. Even when the second tied up on the run-in, it still did not get second, so that was a bit smelly! One to watch for a bigger race! But better news with Souriyan to win (I got 4/1) and Beau Du Brizais 9/1 for the forecast in the 3.30 Stratford! Keep an eye on Ayla's Emperor, which was travelling by far the best most of the way! And another forecast with Pastfact and Oeil De Tigre each-way in the 3.40 Bath! Evanescent was too bad to be true, but it was a huge price, which probably explains it! Now I'm in profit for the day! And another forecast with Scales to win and the thrown in Lightentertainment 10/1 (which I have tipped numerous times recently) for the forecast in the 3.50 Newton Abbot! All going well now! Well, that was my last bet of the day, and I finished in profit, so I'm pleased with that. I can't finish this blog without going back to tennis, and I spotted a blossoming talent today in Belgian Elise Mertens, who has a great game and a great temperament, so one to watch for the future. Johanna Konta is still in eighth place for Singapore, with probably only two dangers to her place in Caroline Garcia and Coco Wandeweghe, but can Garcia win two tournaments back to back? And she plays Mertens in round 2 in Beijing. Interesting! Konta can still play two more tournaments, but can she win any matches in her present state? And would it be better for her to be edged out of Singapore? Time will tell.

1st October: Not my favourite meetings today, but I have to have a few bets to qualify for next week's free bet. I had the forecast in the 2.00 Musselburgh, even though they gave the wrong result at first. No joy in the next couple of races, although I feel sure that Lady Linterna deliberately ran below form because it was tipped by the pundit. It seemed to be going well enough to me until dropping out. How I detest these tepid efforts! I picked the wrong Hannon runner for the forecast in the 2.40 Epsom (so what's new?). These people are so crafty that you might as well pick the bigger priced ones! I am still waitring for Gordon Lord Byron to show its old form (2.50 Tipperary). but I am not sure if it is good enough anymore. Having said that, it will probably pop up at some point soon. And of course I backed the favourite to win and it just failed! Nothing again from the 3.00 Musselburgh, and might just as well follow Fahey, as his always seem to be thereabouts! Don't know what they are doing with Heir Of Excitement, but I bet it will run better very soon. Well, at least I had a winner in the Arc De Triomphe, and also had third and fifth each-way (paying five places). But I could not get an each-way or the forecast in the 3.15 Epsom. I feel sure that Oasis Fantasy will do better on less testing ground soon. A better result with Jezki 6/1 to win and Coquin Mans 7/2 for the forecast in the 3.25 Tipperary! And another good result with Economic Crisis (I got 11/1) to win and See The Sun in a forecast in the 3.35 Musselburgh! Apricot Sky has been most disappointing lately and must surely do better soon. Most of today's losses back in two races! No such luck in the 3.45 Epsom, where one of mine was withdrawn and the other two finished last! I did not back in the 3.50 Chantilly, but I was listening to the intro, and would have picked the first and second on names alone (a 1-2 for O'Brien again)! Typical! Second and third in the 4.10 Musselburgh with Forever A Lady at a big price and Peach Melba. The winner was about the only one I did not consider! But another winner with system bet Whingeing Willie at 16/1 in the 4.20 Epsom, and Bazooka 14/1 each-way in third! Cordite was massively well in, and came up hacking, only to drop out late on, and Hatsaway is another that must do better. On the tennis front, two of my favourite players are going through terrible times at the moment - Kiki Mladenovich and Jo Konta, and they can hardly win games, let alone sets or matches, between them. What a wretched feeling it must be to have no confidence! On the plus side, another of my favourites, Caroline Garcia, has just won Wuhan, to make up for it slightly. However, she is the most likely one to oust Konta from Singapore, but that might be a good thing, the way she is playing. She has to have a complete rethink, and possibly a change of coach, although I am not sure it is his fault. I was disappointed when she got rid of Esteban Carril, who started her on her upsurge, but whether she contemplates going back to him, I am not sure. I just know that both of these players are on a massive downwards spiral. There, that's my tennis rant for the day!

30th September: No return from the first race, with one of the outsiders getting in the way, but I had Roaring Lion at 3/1 to win the 1.50 Newmarket, but I thought it had thrown it away by edging right. No return in the 2.00 Ripon, with my selections finishing out of the first two. I had Just Hiss at 14/1 each-way in the 2.05 Haydock, but it would have done better if not missing the break. I was impressed with the finish of City Dreamer last time, but only included it in my forecasts today, so no return again! I had Different League each-way in 2.20 Newmarket. Should have known that Balding's newcomer would run well in the 2.30 Chester, but when you include them, they run like crabs! I did not do a forecast in the 2.35 Ripon, but as usual two topweights fought out the finish! I had Confessional each-way in the 2.40 Haydock. A winner with system bet Apache Song 5/1 in the 2.45 Market Rasen, but just missed the forecast! Backing one of O'Brien's outsiders proved beneficial with US Navy Flag 11/1 in the 2.55 Newmarket, but should have done his other one for the forecast! And another winner with Gabrial The Tiger at 16/1 in the 3.05 Chester! Then I had Ballesteros each-way in the 3.10 Ripon, but thought it looked a certain winner! I feel sure that Move In Time must show very soon off this mark. I had Mr Lupton each-way in fourth in the 3.15 Haydock. Damn! I looked at Dolphin Vista in the Cambridgeshire, as I have backed it numerous times in the past, as I have Sands Chorus, but I did not back either today! I did have Chelsea Lad each-way. I thought Captain Cat (22lb well in on old form) might be out to do better today, but it should be a certainty in lesser races soon. Eight places and I only managed one! I thought Toofi would do better in the 3.50 Haydock, but it finished abouth fifth, and nothing else figured! Must do better soon. I was going to use my free bet on Clonacool in the 3.55 Market Rasen, but I was too late to use it! Let's see if it wins! Well, it was going well enough, but plans must have been not to figure today! Keep an eye on it, as it is very well handicapped. No return from the 4.15 Chester, despite doing some each-ways! Rufus King led, then dropped out far too tamely for my liking! I thought Guitar Pete would win the 4.35 Market Rasen, but just too far back to win! No return from my selections in the 4.45 Newmarket, but that's what you get quite often with big outsiders! I am sure Get Even can do better, having got rid of a first palce, but the big prices indicate that they have no intention of figuring! B Fifty Two was just pipped in the 4.50 Ripon (I thought it had won on the replay! Blast, I almost included Point Of Woods, as I liked its form figures! I missed the 5.00 Haydock, but I had a feeling that Suegioo would figure (third). Sailors Warn was withdrawn from the 5.05 Market Rasen, which rather scuppered my bets! Marju's Quest looked a sure winner, then dropped out, and I thought Handsome Dan was coming to win, but that was pipped too! I finally got a return on a free bet with Highland Colori each-way fourth at 16/1 in the 5.20 Newmarket, and I also had Bertiewhittle in third at 25/1! Now that's better! Made a profit on the day! That'll do for me, I'm off to watch my tennis final recording. Shh... Don't tell me the result!

29th September: I was sure that Buonarroti as going to win today, but only second again! Moojaned must surely do better soon, with a string of fifth places to its name! Apphia was the first one I looked at in the 2.25 Newmarket, as Palmer and Gordon do so well, but I was put off by its rating and price! I had the second in my forecasts, but no return! Kelvingrove appeared to be going well in the 2.35 Worcester, but was not put into the race! Wish I had included Knight Of Noir, as its form figures were just right! Should have known that Wrenthorpe would figure in the 2.45 Haydock as the only newcomer in the field! One of those days so far! What a wretched race! Then a poor run from Mullins' runner in Ireland when I was tempted to include the first two home in my forecasts! Lots of maidens and group races are not my cup of tea! And then I backed Nyaleti to win and just pipped on the line! Whenever I back Dettori he is useless! What a day so far! Must get better soon! Marquis Of Carabas was one to catch my eye in the 3.10 Worcester and I did not back that either. I must follow my hunches! The pundits on TV mentioned the 20/1 winner of the 3.20 Haydock, but I took no notice! I thought La Belle Mayson looked certain to place, but finished fourth, of course! I did have the third each-way. My God! A winner with Fairymount Boy at 7/1 in Ireland, and the fourth each-way too! What happened? I had Jallota each-way in the 3.35 Newmarket, but I feel sure that Custom Cut is due a better run soon. Another winner with Hallings Comet in the 3.45 Worcester, and I was sure that Apple Of Our Eye would finish second, but just pipped on the line! An even better result with Diamond Dougal and Up Sticks And Go 11/2 each-way for the forecast in the 3.55 Haydock (first three home)! I stopped betting after that, but watched a couple of races, and thought that you could almost guarantee a Godolphin 1-2-3 in their own race! Just depended what order they decided to finish in! Now isn't that cynical of me? I would have backed Silvery Moon in the 5.05 Haydock, but I am confident that Chosen Character is due to strike soon off this mark. Even these young apprentices are so good at finishing in exactly the right position (seventh)! They are so clever at being in the running early, then easing off (imperceptibly) to finish out of the places! It is a fine art which I assume they are taught in training! After all, we see every jockey pretending that their horse is under pressure, flailing arms etc, when what they are actually doing is pulling the horse up! That also sounds cynical, but they must have some instructions before the race, as otherwise how would they know whether to back them or not? Anyway, I've done my bit for the day, finished off much better than in the early part of the afternoon. I have often thought about writing a book about what actually happens in many horse races, having never ridden in a horse race myself, but I might end up as Public Enemy No 1!

28th September: I did not back or check the results today.

27th September: I was watching the preview to the racing and they said that Crazy World had been backed in from 33/1 to 8/1 for the 2.00 Redcar, but I did not take the hint and it drifted out to 20/1 at the off! Wish I had taken notice! However, I had second and third with Excellent Times and Istanbul Pasha, which I pointed out on its last run! I had the forecast with Setting Sail and Mt Augustus 14/1 each-way in the 2.10 Goodwood (first three home). I had Amarillo Rose each-way in the 2.20 Perth, but did not include it in my forecasts (idiot). Damn! I backed Echo a couple of times in maidens, but it showed very little, but won today! I had Here In The Dark each-way in fourth. What a bunch of outsiders in the frame! I ignored the 2.40 Goodwood, as it was impossible! A pity, as I was tempted to back the winner each-way at 8/1! I backed system bet Well Above Par in the 2.50 Perth, but it finished second, of course! I did not like the 3.00 Redcar, so left it alone! Burke's apparent second string finished like a train in second at a huge price! Mr Red Clubs dropped out tamely in the 3.10 Goodwood, but I did have Zamperini each-way. Keep an eye on Pendo, which must be due a better run soon. Again I did not back in the 3.25 Perth. That is quite a change for someone who has often backed in every race for many years! No bet again in the 3.35 Redcar, where the top ones in the betting mysteriously finished out of the places! When I saw the shortish price on What About Carlo in the 3.45 Goodwood, I backed it each-way and thought it was going to win, but just pipped on the line, even though the freeze frame looked as if it had won! See The Sun (thrown in, but probably only out for a place) was my only return from the 4.10 Recar, but I am sure there is more to come from Merdon Castle and Jack Luey. I kept backing Renfrew Street with no return, but missed it today in the 4.20 Goodwood! I think all horses outside of the top two had no intention of figuring in the 4.30 Perth! What chance have you got if that is the case? It makes me cringe with annoyance! I had the forecast in the 4.40 Redcar, but Fort Bastion should have eaten these on old form! Just depends where they want them to finish! Keep an eye on Quadriga for a future handicap, along with Fidelma Moon. I missed the 4.50 Goodwood, but might well have backed the two outsiders! Finally a better result with Landmeafortune and Presented each-way for the forecast in the 5.05 Perth. That was like drawing teeth! I missed the 5.15 Redcar, but a system winner in Fire Leopard at 14/1! I would have backed Polar Forest, as I am sure it is due a win soon now. I had Flowing Clarets each-way in the 5.25 Goodwood, but I looked sure to have the forecast with the first three until the favourite ran on late! How these races change late on! I think Roundabout Magic's jockey had been told to finish fourth, as they love doing that! Well, that's my lot for today, Can't be bothered with evening racing!

26th September: I got no return in the 1.50 Lingfield, although my selections were right there until the closing stages, and I feel sure that Craving has much more to offer, travelling best just behind the leaders. I had the winner and forecast in the 2.10 Beverley. I think I improved my return with the amended result! I had Drumlang as thrown in for the 2.25 Warwick, so a very poor run! Also keep an eye on Heurtevent, which has been well below form and no money coming for it yet! Impossible to pick anything with certainty in the 2.35 Lingfield! The stupid jockey fell off Shantou Tiger when looking like the winner! What can you do about that? Meetings Man, See And Be Seen and Night Generation all dropped out very tamely in the 3.05 Lingfield, so that was a total waste, but I am sure all three can do much better soon. A winner with Intense Style in the 3.15 Beverley! About time! I had problems with my mobile phone and had to contact the provider after that, so did not back in any further races, although I have backed Strongly Suggested (12/1 winner) numerous times recently!

25th September: I did not back or check the results today, for the usual reason.

24th September: After waiting all week to use my free bet, I wasted it on the thrown in Blackwell Synergy in the 1.40 Uttoxter, and annoyingly I also had a bet on all of the first three home, including Exit To Freedom at 40/1! Should have known that Blackwell Synergy's form figures were not right today! Of course Arthington was the one I left out of my forecasts for the 1.50 Plumpton! You might as well make a value each-way bet in these races, but I chose the wrong one! No show from Cypress Creek in the 2.00 Navan, although I suspect that it finished well, but out of the places. I had the forecast twice in the 2.10 Uttoxeter, but was disappointed with the effort of Shining Romeo, which I suspect was not wanted today (drifting price). Just missed the forecast with my selections in the 2.20 Plumpton, but included the winner! I had Ballet Shoes each-way in the 2.30 Navan, but should have included Burke's runner as a previous winner (form did not look good enough.) King's Wharf should have figured in the 2.40 Uttoxeter, but as usual was pinpointed by the pundit, so that finished that one! Crookstown le for a long way going well, then dropped out, and El Masivo looked promising, but did not run on! No luck there, then, but make a note of those three. Then a non-runner with Velvet Cognac in the 2.50 Plumpton, so I backed Fair To Middling as reserve (and it fell). Maddening! And ironically it jumped several fences immaculately on its own! I included Samson in my forecasts for the 3.10 Uttoxeter, but I am certain that Maximus Meridius can do much better, as it travelled like the winner late on, but did not run on (not allowed to). Mamoo was also not wanted today. Well, at last a winner with City Dreamer (I got 5/1) in the 3.20 Plumpton, and won in a canter! My each-way bet, Stewardess was going really well until being hampered twice in the 3.30 Navan, which ruined its chances. One to note in Ireland. Vikhekal dropped out tamely in the 3.40 Uttoxeter, and It's a Gimme finished about fifth, so no return there! Exitas also fell, so another waste of time! Then I just missed the forecast by a whisker in the 3.50 Plumpton! One of those days! Damn! I kept looking at Soiesauvage in the 4.10 Uttoxeter, but did not back it! I feel sure that Bobble Boru deliberately finished out of the places and will do better. And to cap off a great day (not!) I backed Flashman to win the 4.20 Plumpton and it finished a lucky second! I did not like the way it was ridden, as if they only wanted second or third! That'll do for me today. Try again tomorrow!

23rd September: I had the third each-way in the 1.15 Newbury, and thought I had backed the winner, but got the names mixed up! A double for Gosden in the 1.25 Newmarket and I did not back or include either of them. Just shows that form means nothing with these top stables! And of course my each-way was just pipped into fourth! It seems that the stable jockey is usually the intended one for Hannon, as Dettori failed again on Ateem in the 1.45 Newbury, so I backed the wrong one for a place! A treble for Gosden! I thought Monticello might show something today in the 2.00 Newmarket, but it led for a while, then dropped out. Should have stuck with Ian Williams, whose short-priced ones usually win! A winner with Desert Encounter at 13/2 in the 2.15 Newbury, narrowly missing a place with Architecture! I had Emphatic each-way in the 2.25 Catterick, but did not expect the winner to win with a 7lb penalty. Does not say much about the others! I am sure that Lucy The Painter is due to strike soon off this mark, as it seemed to be going very well until fading late on in the 2.35 Newmarket. One to keep in mind! I had the forecast in the 2.50 Newbury, with Nebo each-way in third (thought it was going to win). Tunes Of Glory dropped out after leading in the 3.00 Catterick, and I am sure could have done better. Knew I should have backed El Chapo, as I backed it last time! No return in the 3.10 Newmarket, although I included Who Dares Wins in my forecasts! Havana Beat was a massive price, although thrown in on old form! A winner at last with Brorocco in the 3.25 Newbury, narrowly missing the forecast with Anythingtoday each-way! I missed out a couple of races, but had Take Cover again in the 4.00 Newbury! I feel sure that Goldream will do better at some point (no show today. I was disappointed with the effort of Star Of Lombardy (fourth in the 4.10 Catterick), but you to have to expect that when backing at big prices! A much better result with Medieval at 7/1 to win and Noble Star for the forecast in the 4.20 Newmarket! Almost back to square one after a relatively poor afternoon! Keep an eye on Barye, which looked sure to come through in the 4.35 Newbury, then subsided very quickly! I am sure that was a trial run, but may not be such a big price when figuring! Sunblazer has also been very disappointing and will do better.

22nd September: I had the day off today and watched just a couple of races in the evening. I did not even check the results, as I hate missing horses that win after I have backed them numerous times (hope it did not happen yesterday!).

21st September: I had most of the afternoon off from racing, and the first race I backed in was unbelievable, as I had second, third and fourth in my forecasts, the horse I backed to win finished a short head second, and my each-way bet on Tuscan Gold finished fourth! I was sure that Jive Talking was going to win the 4.40 Yarmouth, but did just enough to finish fourth! One to keep an eye on, as I feel sure it was going best a furlong out! A better result at Ballinrobe with Call It Magic (I got 9/2) to win and Net D'Ecosse for the forecast. I had Heron 5/1 each-way in the 5.05 Pontefract, but poor runs from several of the short-priced ones! I had Mazyoun and Hugin in a forecast in the 5.15 Yarmouth (first three home). The thrown in Major Crispies and Ticks The Boxes were well there until the closing stages in the 5.35 Pontefract, but dropped out as expected at the prices. Top three in the betting again. I hate that! I feel sure that they all know the score, hence the prices! I did have Encrypted to win the 5.45 Chelmsford. I thought Pastoral Player might pop up again in the 5.50 Yarmouth, as still thrown in, but it was its off day today (fourth). I did a Lucky 15 in the evening, the first one (Unsuspected Girl) going down, then I had third and fourth (paying four places) in the 6.45 Chelmsford with Billyoakes at 14/1 and Space War 4/1, but guess what? My Lucky 15 bet, Fairway To Heaven finished ... you've guessed it - fifth! They must know they are going to do that! I had Gold Hunter at 16/1 in the 7.15 Chelmsford, but did not put it on my Lucky 15 (Plucky Dip). The latter must show up soon (was running well here). Wish I had followed Jason Weaver and put in Rouge Nuage!

20th September: I did not back in the first few races, but had Apple Anni at 5/1. I backed one of Hannon's (Kool Company) in the 3.05 Sandown, and of course his other one won at 14/1. How do you fathom that? I am sure the aforementioned will pop up at some point. Richard Pankhurst was one of the top rated, but did absolutely nothing! What are they planning for that one? I had Fortitude in the 3.15 Yarmouth, but keep an eye on Pretty Bubbles, which was going very well, but not allowed to run on! I am sure that Serenity Now was only out for third place in the 3.25 Beverley, hence the huge price in a seven horse race! No return from that one, although I also feel that Tapis Libre is due a better run soon. A better result with UAE Queen at 14/1 in the 3.40 Sandown! Then I had Beautiful Morning (I got 3/1) to win and Vintage Folly 12/1 each-way in second in the 3.50 Yarmouth (but no forecast). And second and third with Flash City 16/1 and Jacob's Pillow 22/1 in the 4.00 Beverley. I thought I was getting the forecast until very late! I had The Statesman in the 4.15 Sandown, but Rosarno (just pipped into fifth) looked sure to figure until dropping out late on. Blast! The thrown in Faithful Creek just pipped into third in a head bob finish for my forecast! Surely they did not really want to win? A sure winner of a handicap when actually wanted! I did not back in the 4.30 Kelso, and none of mine made any attempt in the 4.35 Beverley, although I kept looking at Elnadim Star as the only previous winner. I had Luminous each-way in the 4.45 Sandown, but Precious Angel and Rum Swizzle ran disappointingly. Another wretched big outsider finishing third in a small race (Hawatif in the 4.55 Yarmouth). I hate them doing that, but at least it shows it is coming back to form! I expected the favourite to bomb out in the 5.00 Kelso, but it just pipped my each-way Leanna Ban after looking to be struggling! System bet John Caesar 7/2 winner of the 5.05 Beverley (I missed the race). And a winner at 16/1 with Delirium in the 5.15 Sandown, with Millie's Kiss each-way in third! Keep an eye on Gracious John, which had no intention of winning the 5.25 Yarmouth, but will pop up soon. I did not back in the 5.30 Kelso, but would have backed Snowed In, and the winner was really well in on old form, and was a surprisingly big price from that stable (Dianne Sayer was quoted as saying hers is not a gambling stable recently (hum,hum)! Claude Carter is another to note very soon (going well here and mysteriously dropped out late on).

19th September: Nothing from the 1.40 Chepstow, but a good forecast with two of the three topweights in a nursery and an each-way at 4/1 on the second in the 1.50 Redcar. I had Mutaaqeb at 9/2 in the 2.00 Yarmouth, just missing third with Society Prince. Should have included system bet Spinnaka in the 2.10 Chepstow, as they usually run well, but I was too greedy! Another system winner which I did back with Pennypot Lane 7/1 in the 2.20 Redcar. See The Sun is massively well handicapped, and ran well for a long way here. Cosmic Chatter will also win again before long, but made to look under pressure here. I had Midnight Wild each-way in the 2.35 Yarmouth, but did not include the winner! Not one of my selections was ever in with a chance in the 2.45 Chepstow, including early leader Bhindi or Brockey Rise. How can a horse run so well one day, then run like a crab a bit later? Answer: Trainer and jockey! I had Honeysuckle Lil each-way in the 2.55 Redcar. Madrinho is thrown in on old form and will be a system bet next time (never sure with -46 figures). Another outsider winning the 3.05 Yarmouth. How can you pick them? Just knew I should have included Berkshire Boy in my forecasts in the 3.15 Chepstow, as it was too short for its form figures. I did have Mohsen each-way at 12/1. I am sure that Sarangoo will do better soon, possibly at Bath for its trainer. I would have backed Woody Bay on form figures in the 3.25 Redcar if it had not been such a big price! No show from either of the Easterby runners (Father Bertie and Silvery Moon), although I am sure they can do better. Just Dragonite each-way (paying four places) in the 3.40 Yarmouth. Impossible to pick the winner, although -40 figures can be good (a couple of winners at big prices today). Sexy Secret and Bizet can surely do better soon. Keep an eye on Rathealy if it runs over jumps (thrown in). I had the straight forecast in the 3.50 Chepstow. I had system bet Mighty Bond each-way in the 4.00 Redcar. Gunmaker looked a sure winner, but checked out very badly, a sure sign that it will do better. I had the (obvious) forecast in the 4.10 Yarmouth, but did not back in the 4.20 Chepstow. A better result with Jan De Heem 8/1 and Stanarley Pic 4/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 4.30 Redcar, but Cavalieri did not fill my tricast spot! I had Quatrieme Ami each-way in the 4.45 Yarmouth, but was stupid not to include Ocean Temptress, which has won hard held a couple of times! I then had Ivanhoe 20/1 each-way in the 4.55 Chepstow, but forgot about Master Dancer, which I have backed many times over jumps! Keep an eye on Taste The Wine, which is due a better run very soon on the flat or over jumps). Then I had Rose Eclair at 12/1 to win the 5.05 Redcar, and Tadaany each-way in third. Kommander Kirkup must surely show soon off this mark, and has won at big prices before. Silvanus was too bad to be true in the 5.15 Yarmouth, so they must be looking for a bigger race for that one (make a note). Another fourth place (three in a row) for Goldslinger in the 5.25 Chepstow, and the way it ran on at the end, I would suggest there is plenty more to come! I hate those that front-run, drop out, then run again! Just a little down today, but a good afternoon's entertainment at a cheap price! By the way, two horses that can do much better after the 5.40 Newcastle, both at massive prices today, are Be Perfect and Chancery, and the only reason I can think of for such big prices is that everyone, imcluding the bookies, knew they would not be there at the finish, although Be Perfect almost always front-runs, as it did today. Take note, as in its next couple of races it will probably stay there!

18th September: I looked to be getting the forecast and tricast in the 1.35 Brighton, but ended with neither, as Saint Helena dropped out late on! The latter must do better soon. So my win bet on Edge came second, and my each-way on Indiana Dawn finished fourth! Not my happiest time! Whipphound ran another nothing race in the 1.45 Carlisle, ad I was put off Passionatta by its antics at the start! I did have Angel Palanas each-way. How can three horses be so far clear in a handicap? I had Generous Chief each-way at 11/1 in the 2.00 Worcester, but it looked a sure winner at one point and finished off well enough in third. Keep an eye on Xenophon, which was getting rid of a first place and tailed off! Nothing at all from Poetic Affair in the 2.10 Brighton, and I should have backed system bet Groundnut to win! Both Quoteline Direct and Mcvicar did not figure in the 2.20 Carlisle, although Quoteline Direct took the lead, then faded! Both must do better soon (non-symmetrical form today). I did have Rubis each-way, but did not include it in my forecasts! Keep an eye on Conteur D'histoire, which I feel sure was on a trial run in the 2.30 Worcester. I did have Viking Mistress each-way in second. A winner (my God!) with Baltic Prince 13/2 in the 2,40 Brighton, and I also had Limerick Lord each-way in second, but no forecast. I am sure that Justice Rock can do much better. Toola Boola was very disappointing in the 2.50 Carlisle. I liked the form figures of Royal Icon, and should have backed it! And of course Shambra was the first one to catch my eye and I di not back that either! I could not believe that Wait For Me got up in the 3.00 Worcester, but it gave me the forecast with Mile House each-way. I wonder if it ran like that for in-play betting? I thought I had a sure forecast (again) with Bella's Venture and Lutine Charlie in the 3.10 Brighton, but there is always one that finishes like a train! At least I backed both each-way. A better result with Ocean Voyage 11/1 each-way and Book Of Dreams in a forecast in the 3.20 Carlisle! I only backed it because Hanagan is usually first choice for Fahey! I did not back in the 3.35 Worcester, but system bet Vosne Romanee was the winner, with an amazing win by Lord Ben, which looked a sure winner over the last. Did the jockey pull it back slightly on the run-in? Another good result with Powerful Society and Claramara each-way for the forecast in the 3.55 Carlisle. Two topweights in a nursery! Back on track late again! I had Esspeegee to win the 4.15 Brighton, and Haldaw each-way in fourth (paying four places). I had Flyboy each-way in the 4.25 Carlisle. I missed the 4.35 Worcester, but feel sure that I backed Hollybush Henry last time out! Keep an eye on Altesse De Guye, which was travelling supremely well, then dropped out and pulled up! A sure one to note for the future!

17th September: A good start with the Evans 1-2 in the 2.00 Ffos Las, with Kheleyf's Girl each-way in second. I have been waiting a long time for both Head Space and Triple Dream to win, and both are running in the 2.15 Bath. With five places on offer, I have used my free bet on Head Space (another one down the pan?), but it has now gone out to 25/1, not a good sign. Surely those two must get in the first five, or I can say that they have not tried! The money for Bingo George is also interesting. Well, of course Head Space missed the break and only ran on late, so another free bet down (idiot thing!). I hate wasting free bets on thrown in horses because somebody has decided they are not going to run properly! I did have the second with Fleeting Glimpse 16/1 and another place with Fantasy Justifier. Both Head Space and Triple Dream must win soon now. And of course it was Bradley's other runner that got in the frame, to make it even more annoying! I had the forecast in the 2.30 Ffos Las, but should have stuck with Evans again! Greeneyedafghan ran like a crab when it should have been ideal fo it! A great result with system bet Langley Vale and Time Medicean both each-way for the forecast in the 2.45 Bath, and Captain Scooby each-way on my Lucky 15 after missing the break (but apparently not in the first five)! The latter will also pop up soon over six furlongs. Missing the break so often seems deliberate! I did back the Evans treble horse Topmeup in the 3.00 Ffos Las! And another one to miss the break with Pastfact in the 3.15 Bath, which almost got into the places despite that! And another winner for Evans in the 3.30 Ffos Las with system bet Fastnet Spin, and I thought I was going to get the forecast with the other system bet, but it just faltered near the line (probably because it missed the break). Wish I had done an Evans Lucky 15, as three of mine have gone down, most just out of the places. I backed Imperial Link, but another of those wretched runners that front-runs, then packs right up! I feel sure it will do better now as a system bet. The three I backed in forecasts in the 3.45 Bath finished third, fourth and fifth! Typical! Norab looked to be going by far second best in the 4.00 Ffos Las, but did not run on, and I am sure could have finished closer! One to keep an eye on soon. Backing each-ways in five horse races is not often profitable, and Cotinga finished third in the 4.30 Ffos Las, when I felt it could have finished closer. Pixeleen was my only return from the 4.45 Brighton, and that was pretty short! Seamster seems to have lost its way recently, but must return to form soon. I detest it when the top three in the betting come in, as it does not happen often enough to do a tricast, and any bets on outsiders are a waste of time! Well, finally a good end to the day with Bazooka to win (I have backed it a few times lately) and Inconceivable for the forecast to put me back in profit for the day. Can't be bad, just that wretched free bet which is still annoying me! See you tomorrow.

16th September: No return in the 1.30 Chester (Ballesteros in fourth), but a winner in the 1.50 Doncaster with Spring Loaded at 12/1 and Lexington Abbey in fourth! Nothing from the next couple of races, but I had Aclaim and Nathra each-way for the forecast in the 2.25 Doncaster. I had Ravenswood each-way in the 2.30 Lingfield (second and third). Percy Thrower dropped out too easily, and I am sure will do better. Another forecast with Duretto and Across The Stars each-way in the 2.40 Chester (first three home). Another O'Brien second string to win the 3.00 Doncaster. Just back them in future! Just missed the forecast in the 3.05 Lingfield (left out the second this time). Instant Attraction (third) was my only return from the 3.15 Chester. I am sure it was setting up a system bet for next time. I picked the Johnston pair for my forecasts in the 3.30 Musselburgh, and, true to form, they finished as the last two! For once O'Brien's first string won a race (St Leger) and I had Crystal Ocean each-way. Should have gone with the three system bets in the 3.40 Lingfield! Why do I always fall for these Hannon favourites? Wow! Another result with Shaya and Gabrial The Saint for the forecast in the 3.50 Chester, with possibly the third each-way too! I had Invermere each-way in the 4.05 Musselburgh, but missed the race itself! I backed Ventura Knight in the 4.10 Doncaster, and it was bound to come third at that price! And another result with system bet Rosabelle at 8/1 in the 4.15 Lingfield, and Beck And Call for the forecast! Third and fourth in the 4.25 Chester with Jabbaar at 14/1 and Gabrial's Kaka. I had Rock N Rolla 20/1 each-way in the 4.40 Musselburgh, but did not expect two big priced ones first and second! I also had You're Fired 25/1 each-way in the 4.45 Doncaster. I am sure Big Baz (fourth) will pop up soon too. Sennockian Star did not excel itself on its 100th racecourse appearance, but I am convinced it will win a race befoire long. Indeed, it gets steadily worse, which is always an indicator for me. I had Berrahri each-way, but no real value in that. I had Dominating each-way in the 5.15 Musselburgh, but thought it had at least got a dead-heat! Duke Of North finished fourth again in the 5.25 Lingfield, and I feel sure they do it deliberately! I had Red Forever each-way in the5.45 Musselburgh, but it is only a matter of time before Windforpower and Cheeni run much better. Windforpower never front-runs, so that was a bad sign to start with! Well, slightly down today, but still well in profit from two weeks ago.

15th September: Only one of last night's patent got any return (Mighty Whitey third), but strangely I got the winner and forecast later for the second leg, and the winner of the third leg, so even better than it might have been! These were Dica 11/2 (I got 15/2) and Roman Numeral 9/1 and Turtle Cask (see 7th September) 12/1 in the last race. I feeel sure that Alchimix (fourth) was just out for a minor place and will do better soon. I thought I had missed the forecast in the 1.30 Sandown, but fortunately Wafeer got up for second place. Another system winner with Music Box 8/1 in the 1.50 Doncaster! Second and third in the 2.00 Sandown with Taajub 20/1 (thrown in) and Merdon Castle, 16/1, both at big prices! Of course my third choice, Monumental Man was tipped by the pundit, so goodnight to that one! More often than not, connections do not want to see their horses tipped! The only bet I did in the 2.25 Doncaster was May Girl each-way at 18/1, so a profit on that! Topweights in a nursery did not work out in the 2.50 Chester, although I included the winner in my forecasts. I think five of the horses were competing to see which one would finish last! I hate that nonsense! I had Shrewd each-way (paying three places) in the 3.00 Doncaster, but how they can be so sure in the betting is beyond me! I had The Grape Escape to win and Sharjah Bridge for the forecast in the 3.10 Sandown! I feel sure that Mister Bossy Boots can do better (huge price today). I did not back in the 3.25 Chester, as four horse races are so unpredictable! Second, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 3.35 Doncaster, with Clever Cookie looking likely to figure before being edged out into fourth! Snow Sqaw was my only retrun in the 3.45 Sandown, with Brogan finishing fourth. First Experience ran no sort of race, but should do better (big price today). Should have known that the unknown apprentice on Chosen Character meant no show! Must do better very soon, along with Right Touch, but a waste of a race as regards returns! In some of these races you are doomed before you start! I had Blue Laureate at 20/1 in the 4.05 Doncaster! Could not believe the price! Keep an eye on Sherzy Boy, which i think could have done much better. I have backed Directorship several times recently, and I am hoping that today is the day in its own race! Unfortunately it finished fifth, and apparently is now being retired! I did have Grand Inquisitor each-way, but again it was tipped by the pundit (fatal)! I left out the winner from my forecasts in the 4.25 Salisbury, as I usually do! I had the obvious forecast in the 4.30 Chester. My each-way bet in a seven horse race, Dougan, finished third, of course! They seem to know where they will finish (well, if they instruct the jockeys, they will, won't they?). No return in the 4.45 Sandown, although I had two of the three in the tricast, and my selections finished fourth, fifth and sixth, as reflected in their prices! I had Zalshah each-way in the 5.00 Salisbury, and almost included Ojala (should have done with my Spanish knowledge)!

14th September: I was slow to get started today and missed the 1.20 Chepstow, where Buccaneers Vault was one of my top fancies! I have backed it a few times in the past. No use now! I had the obvious forecast in the 1.40 Chepstow, but my each-way bets were both disappointing, although Dilinger led for a while and is probably capable of better later. The Mums ran like a drain in the 1.50 Doncaster, and it was second top weight that won easily! I usually go with topweights in nurseries over short trips. First, third and fourth in the 2.00 Epsom, with Scofflaw, Gold Hunter and Munfallet all each-way (the latter not counting). Keep an eye on Outer Space, which has been too bad to be true lately. I had system bet Owen The Law at 20/1 in the 2.15 Chepstow! Two of the three top weights second and third! Nyaleti looked to have the race in the bag in the 2.25 Doncaster, then tied up near the line. Billesdon Brook was full of running and may well win again at some point. How annoying is it when a horse is withdrawn from an eight horse race, then you only get two places, and of course mine finished third! Keep an eye on Beaconsfield, which finished last, but I am sure is primed to run better soon. And another system winner with Milan Reef (I got 8/1) in the 2.50 Chepstow! I could not pick the winner in the 3.00 Doncaster, with a 1-2 for Beckett! I had Bamako Du Chatelet each-way in the 3.10 Epsom, but keep an eye on Hollywood Road, which came cruisng up the rail, only to flatten out late on! Cordite is still thrown in and must win more races. I had House Of Commons each-way in the 3.25 Chepstow, with Mesosphere in fourth. Keep a eye on Nutini, which seemed to be going best for a long way. The thrown in Wahaab will also win more races, but they love to win one, then have an off day next time! I also looked at system bet Mouille Point, but did not back it. And another system winner with Laugh A Minute 12/1 in the 3.35 Doncaster, and I also had Alba Power each-way in third! Keep an eye on Quothquan, which was full of running in the 3.45 Epsom, but only ran on when it was all over. They are very clever at not quite doing enough, these jockeys. I had the first three home in the 3.55 Chepstow, so I was certain to get the forecast (I backed Clear Spring each-way). Yes, my each-way did come second, but ran on too late! Well, I have been backing most of the afternoon, and I am more or less all square, so I think I'll take a break! Shifting Star decided to throw in a dud run in the 4.15 Epsom (probably the race after next now), and Groor unseated rider at the start (hopefully a refund), so with Harlequin Striker looking sure to figure, then backing out, that was a waste of time! Crafty Mr Balding this time (with three duck's eggs)! And another system winner with Incredible Dream (I got 10/1) in the 4.30 Chepstow. If I'd known the odds on favourite was going to run that badly, I would have left it out! keep an eye on Pershing, which I feel sure will do better when wanted. That really is it for now, but I've done a patent at Hexham this evening.

13th September: I had The Welsh Paddies each-way in the 2.00 Uttoxeter, followed by Lucky Lucky Man in the 2.10 Carlisle and Shabaaby on the nose in the 2.20 Doncaster. Not a bad start! I included Debdebdeb in my forecasts for the 2.30 Uttoxeter, but the other two finished far too tamely or pulled up! I had system bet Jay Kay each-way in the 2.40 Carlisle, and fourth with Thornaby Nash, which did not count! Second and third for my forecasts in the 2.50 Doncaster but should have included the favourite, which had Group entries! I had Souriyan at 7/1 in the 3.00 Uttoxeter, but no show from Waltz Darling, which travelled supremely well, or After Eight Sivola, and I reckon both of those will do much better soon! Just knew I should have included Wax And Wane in the 3.10 Carlisle, as Burke's horses are always worth following, especially in maidens! Ormesher showed no improvement on its first run, so one to note. I had system bet Encore D'or at 7/1 to win the 3.20 Doncaster. Cox's big outsiders second and third! I had Cool Sky to win and Just Milly for the forecast in the 3.30 Uttoxeter! I was expecting a win from Highland Colori in the 3.40 Carlisle, but after leading it faded into fourth (again!). It now has three fourth's, a fifth and a sixth in recent races! Must win a race off this mark. I had Instant Attraction each-way and almost included Kings Pavilion, but changed my mind (as usual). I had Off Art to win the 3.50 Doncaster and Character Onesie each-way in third, just missing the forecast! I am sure The Gay Cavalier will do better very soon. Then I had Barton Rose to win the 4.00 Uttoxeter, just missing the forecast with Gold Ingot, which looked to be going better than the second, but did not run on! I had A Toi Phil each-way in the Irish National, but a disppointing race in general. For once (or perhaps a few more times) when I backed Prescott's horse in the 4.10 Carlisle, it ran like a crab! I had Night Circus each-way in the 4.20 Doncaster. Mr Cool Cash added another fourth place in the 4.40 Carlisle (how they love to do that!). None of mine looked remotely interested in racing! Keep an eye on Yair Hill when next in the handicap, as it is thrown in on old form! I thought In Focus looked a sure winner in the 5.10 Carlisle, just pipped into second, and the big price on New Youmzain (third) was because it was going to finish third in a seven horse race! Not one of my selections figured in the 5.20 Doncaster, including the thrown in Bogart, Fast Act and Crosse Fire (led briefly, but out of the handicap), and Singeur (seventh, of course). Might as well have not bothered! The winner had three times been in the lead at five furlongs, but I did not check the form until afterwards! Major Crispies continues to run below form (missed the break in the 5.45 Kempton) but it is surely only a matter of time before they want it to win!

12thSeptember: As usual I left out the winner from a choice of four in the 1.45 Catterick. It seems inevitable that I do that! Perhaps I should include the fourth favourite more often? I did have Charnock Richard at an each-way price. I backed Mccabe Creek to win the 2.05 Worcester, little suspecting that King Alfonso would beat it, but I did have the winning distance in compensation. Would have been a nice forecast! I had Bay Station as best in for the 2.15 Catterick, but no show, so one to keep in mind soon. Bithynia was thereabouts, but did not run on at the finish as it did last time. I included Charlie's Dreamer in my forecasts, but did not back it! I included the fourth favourite in my forecasts for the 2.25 Leicester, and guess what? It finished fourth and I missed the forecast again! How do you do it? Kalifourchon dropped out very quickly in the 2.35 Worcester and will do better, while I had Aunty Ann as best in with the claim, but if finished only third for no return! Not too good yet today! Shamar was thrown in for the 2.45 Catterick, but finished only fourth! Must do better either here or in Ireland. Aqua Libre (how many more times?) is another that must do better soon. Steccando (third) was my only return (I also had fourth and fifth). Second and third again for my forecasts in the 2.55 Leicester. Give up, man, it's not your day! But I usually come good later if early results are not good (famous last words). A winner at last with Hallings Comet in the 3.05 Worcester, but nothing to go with it! Towering was a big price and will do better soon. I don't believe it! Second, third and fourth (all each-way) in the 3.15 Catterick, with Mamdood, which I had as best in, finishing fourth (again). As top-rated, Bodybuilder made no attempt at all in the 3.25 Leicester, so that means it will run much better when wanted. Usually the prices are irrelevant for Hannon's runners, but not today! A much better result with Indian Pusuit and best in Meandmyshadow both each-way for the forecast in the 3.45 Catterick, and I had Meandmyshadow as the first leg of a patent at 11/1. Should have included system bet Cupid's Arrow in my tricast! Told you I would do better! My three were out with the washing in the 3.55 Leicester, being Caponova (last most of the way), Phoenix Dawn (threatened briefly) and All My Love (ditto). Keep an eye on all three, as I had them as best in! I backed two of my three choices in the 4.05 Worcester, but not the winner! I had Bold Spirit to win the 4.15 Catterick, but Barkston Ash (thrown in but not showing) and Trick Of The Lyte were both disappointing, along with Extrasolar, all of which must pop up soon. Watch for any money for Barkston Ash, as the stable usually backs them when making an attempt. I had Qeyaadah as best in for the 4.25 Leicester, so it must have run below form in third. Smokey Lane was a massive price, but it looked sure to figure until easing near the finish (which is why it was a big price). I had The Kivilleken each-way in the 4.35 Worcester, but best in The Lion Man typically finished fourth and will do much better. Supa Powers is another to keep an eye on. Riviere Argentee took the lead going really well in the 4.45 Catterick, then dropped out, so clearly a trial run, and one to note very soon. Surely everyone in the race knew what would happen? I almost put Cruise Tothelimit on my patent, but Mitchum was much better in, so I went for that one! Wish I had done the other, but at least I backed it each-way. Mitchum deliberately finished out of the frame, so I feel sure will run much better soon. I had Waady and Kachy in a forecast in the 5.25 Leicester, but Gracious John almost got into the frame for my each-way bet (they knew it would not, judging by the price). Still the letter should do better in a handicap soon. The thrown in Moojaned led everywhere but the final furlong in the 5.55 Leicester, and I am sure will win soon. I kept looking at Zaria but changed my mind, but I did have Stoneboat Bill each-way in fourth. Keep an eye on Navajo Storm, which I am sure will do better (but tipped by the pundit today - miraculous how they suddenly run like crabs!). Not a great day today, but I am always optimistic for tomorrow!

11th September: I could not pick the winner in the 2.05 Perth (who could?) but Barnes does that sort of thing on occasions. I had the forecast in the 2.15 Newton Abbot, although not a great return. I thought Flowing Clarets was going to lead all the way in the 2.25 Brighton, but in the end even caught for second place! Keep an eye on Pretty Bubbles, which probably needs a bit further. There was a void race in the 2.35 Perth, when I had second and third, but the third unseated after the race was yellow flagged! I had Moorlands Jack at 13/2 to win and Whos De Baby 12/1 in second in the 2.45 Newton Abbot, but no forecast! I did have the forecast in the 2.55 Brighton, however. I had Native Optimist at 33/1 each-way in the 3.05 Perth, but I suspect second place was all that was wanted! I thought Solantentif (I backed it because it ran like a crab last time) was coming to win the 3.15 Newton Abbot until a mistake at the last! Blast, I was tempted by Mighty Leader, but left it out! I had East Coast Lady as best in for the 3.25 Brighton, but the price was not encouraging. I feel there is also more to come from Live Dangerously and Sarangoo (fourth). Typically Notarfbad ran in front in the 3.35 Perth and dropped out (why do they insist on doing that?) but I still had the forecast with Hammersley Lake and Guitar Pete (the latter thrown in but not out to win today). Two pulled ups and a third place in the 3.45 Newton Abbot. What a farce! Keep an eye on both Railway Storm and Flugzeug, which were both too bad to be true! Send Up was a biggish price for Prescott in the 3.55 Brighton, but I included it, but still did not get the forecast! I thought Pats Oscar was going to get up in the 4.05 Perth, but just pipped on the line! Both of Russell's runners were disappointing, and they must be looking for a bigger race (Momkinzain and Urban Kode). The thrown in Lightentertainment is taking its time coming back to form, but must do better soon. I hate it when they constantly fail to perform, especially when they are then well backed to win! I did have Bohemian Rhapsody each-way in second, but could not even get the forecast! Don't know what happened to the favourite, but I can guess! Prerogative clearly had more to offer in the 4.25 Brighton, only picking up again after being passed! These just seem to be token efforts! Pink Ribbon is another that is probably looking for a bigger race! Not a great day today, I'm afraid, with a just a few odds and ends returns! I do not think that Baileys Concerto ran to its best in the 4.35 Perth (system bet next time), and typically Elliott's second string finished second to ruin my forecasts! And finally a result with Pengo's Boy and Pension Madness each-way for the forecast in the 4.45 Newton Abbot! God, that was hard work! And a winner with system bet Buskin River in the 4.55 Brighton, narrowly missing third with Oakley Pride (but it counted)! I am sure that Zoffanist can do better than that, being heavily backed by somebody! Should have known Dalgleish would figure in the 5.05 Perth, but I went with Russell instead! They are refusing to let Megalala (5.25 Brighton) run properly at present (dropped out again today) but I guarantee that it is going to run much better soon, probably over further than a mile. I had second and third with World Record and Port Lairge. I looked at Intimately because of its figures! And to cap the day, I missed system bet Crocodile Dundee at Listowel! Anyway, a bit down today, so hope for better tomorrow!

10th September: Fourth and fifth in the 1.55 York (paying five places), but I had Chiswick Bey and Ticks The Boxes as best in (no show), so I am sure those two will pop up soon. I hate it when they skulk out the back when they should be there! I had Kentford Heiress at 9/2 eachway in the 2.20 Fontwell, but Midnight Gem missed the break and ruined it s chances! Why is it always mine that do these stupid things? Fahey won with Carnageo in the 2.30 York when I assumed that Innocent Touch would be his best (but Hanagan was on it)! The thrown in Indian Chief decided to finish third today when I backed it to win! How I detest that! I usually back Save The Bees, which pops up so often, but not today! I feel sure that Boots And Spurs needs less than 10f, so keep an eye on it over shorter. The newcomers that I backed fell and finished fourth, but it was Lord E that won (should always note Moore at Fontwell)! No joy in the 3.00 York, although system bet Tommy Taylor won and Intisaab was withdrawn. That's twice I have lost one of my forecast selections! Do you know that I looked at the 3.05 Curragh, and I thought, I bet O'Brien's outsider will run well, and it finished second at a massive price! What a crafty blighter! None of my others figured! A very rare result today with Champoleon and Antimatter each-way for the forecast in the 3.20 Listowel! No effort whatever from my selections in the 3.25 Fontwell, where Changing The Guard was made to look a right donkey (don't believe it!). Humbel Ben is another to note again soon. It makes you wonder what the hell is happening when they run like that! I did have the forecast in the 3.35 York, but short prices! I'm getting used to O'Brien bringing his second or third string in, and I had the forecast with Happily and Magical in the 3.40 Curragh! Just pipped into second and third at 12/1 and 11/2 in the 3.50 Listowel! I had Workbench, which i have tipped numerous times recently, in the 4.00 Fontwell, but it only just lasted! I was sure that Mysterial was going to win the 4.10 York, but another dropout run from the front! Keep an eye on it very soon now. I am also sure that Cousin Khee and Aramist will do better soon. I looked at the first and third, but ignored them (stupid). Second and third no good) for my forecasts in the 4.35 Fontwell, with my each-way bet finishing fourth (of course). I had the forecast in the 4.45 York and did not even know it, as I missed the race (May Girl won at 16/1)! I had Kings Cross each-way at 15/2 in the 5.10 Fontwell, but felt sure it would win! All in all, a few pounds out on the day, but still well in from the day when I won my tennis bet! Incidentally, I tipped Sloane Stephens to win a major some time ago (see 20th August). Wonder what price she was at the start of the US Open?

9th September: After a couple of non-returns, I had Chilean and Learn By Heart in a forecast, followed by Exitas (see 5th September!) to win the 1.55 Stratford at 5/1. Owen Na View was very disappointing, but I am sure it will do better soon. I had Chemical Charge to win the 2.05 Kempton, but did not think it was going to get there! I had the forecast in the 2.10 Ascot, but my each-way bet finished third in a seven horse race (what else?). I have backed O'Keefe's runners in the same colours frequently, but did not pick Air Raid in the 2.15 Thirsk! I had Harry Angel at 11/4 to win the 2.25 Haydock, but left out the system bet second in my forecasts! One of my horses missed the break in the 2.30 Stratford, then pulled up, and the other two finished as the last two! So much for that race! I am sure that Halling's Wish can do much better. First and third in the 2.35 Kempton, with no show from Prescott's horse! Imhad system bet Remarkable at 12/1 in the 2.45 Ascot, but nothing else figured in the five places (oh sorry, I also had Firmament each-way). I had Dontgiveuponbob each-way in the 2.50 Thirsk, but that man Dalgleish with the wrong horse (for me) again! I had Soie D'leau each-way in the 3.00 Haydock, but should have backed the three system bets. It is only a matter of time before Boom The Groom comes back to form! I had system bet Play The Ace to win the 3.05 Stratford, but best in Surf And Turf dropped out again and must win again off this mark! You can often pick out these horses in any type of race, as they make rapid progress around the outside of the field, then fade out of contention. Try it and note them yourself! I had The Warrior 11/1 and Golden Wedding 14/1 both each-way in the 3.15 Kempton. I had Amabilis 11/2 and Havre De Paix 11/4 in a forecast in the 3.20 Ascot, but backed the second to win! Court Minstrel made no real attempt in the 3.40 Stratford, but look out for it in a bigger race, as it is much better than that! I hate them using small races for a minor place! I had Tadleel and Jazeel both each-way in a forecast in the 3.50 Kempton, and would have had the tricast if I had done it (idiot). I had Melting Dew each-way at 16/1 in the 3.55 Ascot, with Londinium only in fourth. Well, I am almost back to square one on my bank again today (9p out on two days ago and have had two great days of entertainment), so I think I will watch some football! I have also qualified for my next free bet on their money, so I am happy!

8th September: Well, I hate to crow (you know me), but I have been tipping Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys for big things for several weeks now (see 5th September to start with), even though this is a horse racing blog. It finally paid off last night, as I used the dregs of my bank and my free bet (£5) on a tennis double in the US Open semi finals. It was Sloane Stephens to beat Venus Williams 2-1 and Madison Keys to beat Coco Vandeweghe 2-0, at odds of 11.5/1. And wonder of wonders, I got the double up, to give me a return of £59.50! Hope you followed my advice for once! I watched the matches this morning in a replay, and I was on the edge of my seat for the first match, but had a much easier ride during the second. That is the first time my free bet has won for several weeks and it was not on horse racing! No such luck in the first few races, with no returns on each-ways or forecasts in the first three races! Isn't it odd that I left the winner out of both my forecasts although they were shortish prices! A better result with Odyssa and system bet Last Enchantment each-way for the forecast in the 2.05 Ascot. Hallstatt gave me the first leg up on my Newcastle Lucky 15 at 14/1! I missed a couple of races, but had Toofi each-way in the 3.00 Haydock. Keep an eye on Englishman, which travelled well but did not get in the frame. I had Cape Byron and Fire Brigade in a forecast in the 3.15 Ascot. Then I had Codicil and Weellan each-way in a forecast in the 3.25 Newcastle, and put down the first three in the right order (but no tricast). I had Major Pusey to win the 3.35 Haydock, but both Top Boy and Invincible Ridge made no effort, and will do better soon. Good Time Ahead gave me an each-way double on my Lucky 15, but it was two system bets first and second which just pipped it! I am sure that both Le Deluge and Warfare will run much better soon. I had Muntadab each-way at 7/1 in the 4.10 Haydock (I like figures starting with 2 and including 0's and 6's) , and almost included Explain, but changed my mind! Twin Appeal was very disappointing and will do better. Just knew I should have backed Great Hall separately in the 4.25 Ascot, instead of just including it in my forecasts! I had Masquerade Bling to win the 4.35 Newcastle, and Broughtons Fancy each-way in second, but no forecast, and Tango Sky let me down for the third leg of my Lucky 15! System bet Nordic Combined 20/1 winner of the 4.45 Haydock (but I did not back it)! Keep an eye on Intense Tango, which was under pressure, then looked like figuring, then backed out again! Keep an eye on Captain Cat, which was a massive price in the 5.00 Ascot (I am asuming as I write that it will not figure today). Rated 115 when with Roger Charlton, and must retain some ability. I had Storm Ahead at 16/1 and Big Baz 9/1 both each-way in second and third. Truth Or Dare looked sure to figure, then backed out again (fifth), and is another to keep in mind. I should have included system bet Jack Blane in my forecasts for the 5.10 Newcastle, as I had Broctune Papa Gio at 10/1 to win! Once again the thrown in Cool Strutter (hampered when making progress, probably deliberately) let me down for the final leg of my Lucky 15, but at least I had double the odds on Hallstatt! And I finished with Awake My Soul 8/1 to win and Star Of Rory 5/1 for the forecast in the 5.20 Haydock for a good day's work, finishing, amazingly, 20p in profit on my tennis win!

7th September: The first race that I backed in, I had Midnight Walk at 7/2 to win, but the loose horse did its very best to cause havoc and almost brought it down a couple of times! Adulate took the lead early in the 2.20 Salisbury, but dropped out tamely. I hate front-runners, as that is so often what happens! My other selections finished third (Chai Chai) and out of the frame! Should have backed the Cox runner, as the stable is banging in the winners (two already today). I backed Ginbar on the nose in the 2.30 Haydock. First, third and fourth in the 2.40 Sedgefield, where I tthought Roman Numeral ran below form in fourth! And second and third in the 2.50 Salisbury! And first, third and fourth in the 3.00 Haydock! I had Welsh Bard at 6/1 as the outsider to win the 3.10 Sedgefield, and also backed the two outsiders against the field! I did not back in the 3.20 Salisbury. Pumaflor looked sure to figure in the 3.30 Haydock, but hung across the track and finished out of the frame! Then I thought Rashford's Double had got third, but apparently pipped on the line! The still thrown in Rough Justice had no intention of figuring in the 3.40 Sedgefield and was given a shocking ride. Of course I then finished with first and third. Keep an eye on Rough Justice, which must win more races off this mark. A 50/1 winner for Hannon in the 3.50 Salisbury (typical)! I had One Minute each-way (paying four places). I had Donjuan Triumphant to win the 4.00 Haydock. Master Of Finance was too far back to catch the winner in the 4.10 Sedgefield, and my two others finished out of the frame! I expected better from both Stellarta and Pixeleen in the 4.20 Salisbury, but I think they were both on dud runs at the prices! Keep an eye on both, as I am sure they will do better. Sennockian Star continues to cost me money, but I am convinced it is going to pop up before long! Let's hope it is an equally good price, as you never know with Johnston's horses! System bet Zephyr 8/1 winner of the 4.40 Sedgefield. I am sure that Turtle Cask (looked sure to figure before fading) and Exit To Freedom (unseated rider) will do much better soon. Keep an eye on Stock Hill Fair from the 4.50 Salisbury, as I am sure that the big price reflected their intentions!

6th September: I had Bizet 12/1 each-way in the 1.50 Lingfield, and thought that David John looked sure to place in the 2.00 Southwell, but a slack jump at the last booked it for third! I liked the form figues of Awesome in the 2.10 Chepstow, but did not back it, and also had nothing in my forecasts! I did not back in the 2.20 Lingfield, as four horse races are a minefield! I thought Nachi Falls would win at the weights in the 2.30 Southwell, but perhaps it was not wanted today. I looked at Wahaab in the 2.40 Chepstow, but did not think it would win at that price! Just shows that prices do not mean everything! No bet in the 2.50 Lingfield, and the favourite was woeful! The winner did have a second place to its name, often a good sign. A better result with Zamoyski at 20/1 in the 3.00 Southwell and Stonemadforspeed each-way in third, and I also backed Number One London to win, but no forecast or tricast! I backed Katheefa to win the 3.10 Chepstow, as horses in those colours are usually better class! Hanging on quite well to a small bank today! I did not back in the 3.20 Lingfield, but I had noticed that Candy has had a number of winners, often at good prices, recently (Claudine 16/1). I had the forecast with Braavos and Gabrial The Great each-way in the 3.30 Southwell, but the latter came to win the race before being edged out at the finish! I followed up with Redgrave 9/1 each-way in the 3.40 Chepstow. Second and third in the 3.50 Lingfield with Kodiac Express at 8/1 and Peace Prevails at 16/1, both each-way. I noticed the form figures and price of the winner, and should have included it! I feel sure that Quantum Dot was held back to finish out of the frame in the 4.10 Chepstow, as it led going very well. Well, that's all for now. You know what I am going to watch next!

5th September: A good start today, with Red Royalist at 8/1 in the 1.30 Goodwood. I have noticed that horses in the high 70's on official ratings are often worth a bet in maidens (first two home here). Somehow it looks as if I have already qualified for next week's free bet, but I will have to look again tomorrow, as sometimes the totals are delayed and that might be last week's free bet. I can't imagine Sky Bet making such a big mistake! Then I got 6/4 on Crystal River in the 1.50 Hamilton, as the combination of Haggas and previously trained by Godolphin was hard to resist! Two winners from two, what is going on? I did not back in the next two races, although Sophie Olivia was marginally best in on official ratings at the weights in the 2.15 Hexham. The thrown in Green Howard (too big a price today) looked to have plenty left in the 2.25 Hamilton, but did not run on and should be a sure winner when wanted. How they love their dud runs! Carlovian was my only return. I had Showroom to win the 2.40 Goodwood, as short-priced Johnston horses cannot be ignored! First and third for my forecasts. Keep an eye on Silver Crescent, which has a Derby entry, but showed little today. I did not back in the 2.50 Hexham, but had the feeling that Johnson deliberately let the second horse get very close! No show from Beauden Barrett in the 3.00 Hamilton, but I am sure it can do better soon. Bonny Gals also ran well at a big price, and I suspect it could have finished second with a bit more effort from the jockey (hance the big price)! I had Neola to win the 3.15 Goodwood, but should have included Balding's horse in my forecasts! Reckless Serenade dropped out far too tamely for a well-handicapped Dalgleish horse, so watch for any money for it in future. I included Dodgy Bob, but did not back it! I had Tornado Watch and Moorlands Mist at a huge price both each-way in the 4.00 Hexham. I feel sure that Border Breaker dropped out deliberately, and will do better soon. I expected a better run from Be Bold in the 4.10 hamilton, but I was watching the wrong horse as I was getting excited! Joe Packet added another fourth place to its cv in the 4.25 Goodwood, and Love Oasis dropped out far too tamely! They are so variable in their runs! Both of these are clearly better than those runs! When a horse hangs, it is usually because the jockey is pulling it back! Finally a last gasp result with My Idea and Exitas in a forecast in the 4.35 Hexham! The latter was thrown in on old form and probably only wanted a place! Well, guess what? It's tennis time again! Two of my fancies for the US Open at the start of the tournament were Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and they have both reached the quarter finals! Wish I had had a bet earlier!

4th September: I bet on the first half of the day, but did not write a blog and finished slightly down on the day. I did finish with a winner, however, with Captain Marmalade at 6/1, which I had noted being backed on its previous run, often worth a check.

3rd September: I did not back in the 2.00 Brighton, so missed system bet Ghepardo at 13/2. Stupid, as it was given a good mention both in the preview and by the jockey! Just pipped on Toe To Toe in the 2.15 Worcester, and the winner was the apparent stable second string (except that Johnson was on it)! Heurtevent is thrown in on old form, but was not wanted today! You could almost guarantee an upset in the 2.30 Brighton, as two of the three left were looking for better value in bigger races (Iseemist and Upavon). I did not really take that into consideration, but you have to think like the trainers! My forecast in the 2.45 Worcester was ruined by Solantentif running like a crab until it was all over! Can't boil an egg by them! Should have known that Wilson would figure after the stable's previous runner being withdrawn, but that is pure guesswork in these races! Franky Du Berlais ran a strange race in the 3.15 Worcester, dropping out, then running on again at the end, so that was another waste of time and money! A much better result with Impressive Day at 8/1 and Great Court 12/1 each-way for the forecast in the 3.30 Brighton! One bet can often get back all your losses, not that I had bet much so far! Marie Josephe should have been in the shakeup on previous form so one to bear in mind for the future (they love to throw in dud runs). I am now £3 in profit to small stakes, so I think I'll have some more tennis!

2nd September: Although I backed most of the afternoon, it was not a great day, and I did not write my blog because of slow internet problems. Unfortunately three of my tennis bets came in, but the fourth, Makarova, lost narrowly, costing me the accumulator, which would have paid about 4/1. No luck with free bets lately. Don't know why I bother to bet the necesary amount over the week!

1st September: I had system bet Ivy Leaguer at a big price each-way in the 1.40 Sandown (and I fancied the fourth too). And a good result with Trumps Up to win and French Flyer for the forecast in the 1.50 Thirsk. I had Anton Dolin each-way in the 2.00 Bangor, but Another Journey was travelling by far the best until two out and must do better when wanted. I had Taroum as clear best in, so another one to note very soon. No return in the 2.10 Sandown, where Merdon Castle and Babyfact made no show, and the thrown in Secret Asset is being kept for another day! John Joiner (second) had the right form figures, which are often more important than the actual form! No bet in the 2.20 Thirsk, although I would have backed the winner on the nose if anything. I fancied Gamesters Icon, but the price was too big to be a realistic forecast (it halved in price just before the off). I had Land League to win and Saint Contest for the forecast in the 2.35 Bangor, and my each-way on Royal Marskell looked like coming in, but it probably went off too fast and the big price reflected expectations in a seven horse race! One to note for a similar race! For once I went with Hannon and Rum Runner at 12/1 in the 2.45 Sandown, but I did not put enough on it (just a speculative bet). Be Bold had plenty in hand in the 2.55 Thirsk, but did not come in the first two, probably deliberately! I had Cernunnos at 9/2 to win the 3.10 Bangor, just missing the forecast with Clubs Are Trumps. Should have done the forecast in the 3.20 Sandown, as I had Breath Caught each-way in second! I did not back in the 3.30 Thirsk (four horse race). Damn! I thought Ballycool had the race sewn up in the 3.45 Bangor, but just pipped on the line (I think deliberately)! Still, I had it each-way at 11/1. It is about time Hepijeu won a race, but it always seems to drop out too tamely! That man Dalgleish again in the 4.05 Thirsk! I had Red Pike each-way, but thought it would win, the way it travelled! Keep an eye on Muntadab, which is due a much better run. Well, not too bad today, I'm off to watch some tennis (I have used my free bet on an accumulator).

31st August: I had a dead-heat first with Almoreb in the 1.50 Chelmsford, but thought it had won. The angle is always difficult! I had Burnieboozle each-way in the 2.00 Musselburgh, but as usual picked the wrong Dalgleish horse each-way. He is like another Johnston with his choices of horses to follow! Think I should stick with the shorter one in the betting! Hepplewhite ran poorly in the 2.10 Bath, despite being well backed, and nothing from that race! I had a feeling about Mister Bob in the 2.20 Chelmsford, but did not back it at the price! A better result with Bikini Bamalaam and Ventura Gold each-way for the forecast in the 2.30 Musselburgh. The write-up was useful for the winner, as the horses it beat had run well in the previous race. A 1-3 for Dalgleish this time! And another good result with High Wells each-way at 8/1 and Snowy Winter for the forecast in the 2.40 Bath. And my third forecast selection refused to race! Then I had Aljuljalah to win the 2.50 Chelmsford! I backed Raselasad at 2/1 before it was made favourite in the 3.00 Musselburgh! That's a very nice half an hour! I had the thrown in Swendab at 11/1 each-way in the 3.10 Bath, but it should have won if wanted. One to note soon. You have to take notice of Saunders' runners at Bath (which I did not)! Powerful Dream will also do better soon. I had Murdanova at 33/1 each-way in the 3.20 Chelmsford, but thought it was going to win! The thrown in Major Crispies did not figure, which tells me it will do better next time! Stablemate Red Gunner from the same stable ran a strange race, and I think that will also be worth a bet soon. Well, I've made a profit on the day, so I think I'll go and watch some tennis (again)!

30th August: The 1.40 Lingfield was a farce as far as I was concerned, as the two best in horses, Head Space and Divine Call were only out to get third and fourth places. I bet that all the connections were well aware of this before the race! What the hell can you do when it is decided beforehand? Of course I had the forecast as a saver, but what use was that? The only promising thing is that both will do much better soon, so keep an eye on them. I had Paco Escostar 40/1 each-way in the 1.50 Catterick, but did not put it in my forecasts! Whenever I back Dalgleish's outsider of two, it does nothing, but he had a 1-2 in the 2.00 Musselburgh! Unfathomable! For once Johnston's horse did not stay in the lead! And another biggish priced place with Unchaining Melody in the 2.10 Lingfield, but I did not do a forecast. For a Varian horse, Fairy Lights dropped out like a stone in the 2.20 Catterick, and no doubt has another race planned for a better run. Typical Fahey winner, ran on late, but I did not think it had got there! I had Ellaal each-way in the 2.30 Musselburgh, but Lil Sophella obligingly finished fourth again and will be worth a bet soon. Billy Roberts looked sure to figure, and no doubt its dropping out was also planned. Isn't it strange that horses given a strong write-up are suddenly non-runners (Indicia in the 2.40 Lingfield)? These horses are often worth noting, because they obviously don't like the big mention! Storm Jazz looked sure to figure in the 2.40 Lingfield before dropping to fourth. For once the Hannon horse did nothing, and I rarely get his horses right. Should have included Haggas! No joy with third, fourth and fifth in the 2.50 Catterick! Small races are a menace! And another second place on Jonny Delta, which I backed to win in the 3.00 Musselburgh. From looking a sure forecast, I ended with nothing! I said about Haggas earlier, and I had Dream Of Delphi 16/1 each-way to win the 3.10 Lingfield, and I also had system bet Rock On Bertie each-way in third. In fact my two forecast bets finished third and fourth. I thought I had a sure winner with Lagenda in the 3.20 Catterick, but it seemed to hang fire as if a place was all that was wanted! Jonny Cavagin also finished just out of the places. Should have noted the form figures of Sakhees Return, as those types of figures are so often worth backing! The thrown in Bogart ran another poor race in the 3.30 Musselburgh and must win off this mark! Pearl Acclaim was a big price and figured briefly, but so often they know what is expected before the race! Economic Crisis will also pop up at some point soon. Fairway To Heaven was thrown in for the 3.40 Lingfield, but as usual in small races was only out for a minor place. One to keep an eye on for the future, as it had much more to offer than its finishing position. I expected a better run from Deben in the 3.50 Catterick, and should have noted the form figures of Indian Pursuit! Expect Windforpower and Salvatore Fury to do better soon too. I hate backing three horses and none of them figure! And no show from Devil's Guard or Hellomoto in the 4.00 Musselburgh. A pretty bad day at the office! At last, a result with Conistone and Luduamf both each-way for the forecast in the 4.10 Lingfield! Thought I was never going to get a return! Bizet made no attempt, but is well handicapped when wanted. I had Willbeme each-way in the 4.20 Catterick, but changed my mind on my third selection, meaning that I missed another good forecast! Well, that's it for today, off to watch some tennis!

29th August: I did not back in the first two races, but I backed Rockliffe in the 2.50 Ripon, and of course stablemate and system bet Calypso Delegator beat it into second place at 25/1! Does the system occasionally throw up some good bets? How crafty can you get? Damn, I had problems with my bank status and was just about to back Highland Acclaim in the 3.10 Epsom when the race went off! Typical! Just as I looked to have a sure winner with Red Tycoon in the 3.45 Epsom, I got pipped on the post, and I also had Munfallet in third! Old Swiss Cross also finished fifth and can do much better (seemed to hang fire late on, but is thrown in when wanted). I think the fact that Swiss Cross was the first one mentioned in the preview probably dissuaded them from figuring. I did not like the two cards on offer in the afternoon, so I decided to retire gracefully after that!

28th August: The thrown in Moojaned looked sure to figure in the 12.30 Southwell, but finished fifth for the third time in a row, and is sure to win very soon (from figures now just right). Fortunately I also backed Go On Gal at 16/1 to small stakes, fancied Lean On Pete but did not back it, and noted stablemate Mungo Madness (third) as a system bet! No joy in the 12.45 Chepstow, where I expected better runs from Air Of York and Binky Blue, and I had system bet Higgy's Heartbeat in fourth. I did not back in the 1.00 Southwell, but liked the form figures of the first and second, and was tempted to back Skyva each-way (although as a dead-heat it was not much value). I had the thrown in and system bet Corporal Maddox (50lb below its highest rating) at 10/1 in the 1.15 Chepstow, and should have used my free bet on it, but chickened out, as usual! I backed Carcharias last time, but did not include it today! I had Bithynia each-way in the 1.30 Southwell, because I liked its form figures. Joe Tuite's stable looks like one to note in the future (second here. Should have known that Hannon's horse would be in the mix in the 1.45 Chepstow, because no matter what the form looks like, he has the habit of picking the right races! My comment about Tuite prompted me to back his horse, which ran like a crab! I had Interlink each-way in the 2.00 Southwell, but did not want the winner! I had the forecast in the 2.10 Ripon, but Silverlight dropped out far too tamely. The thrown in Freddy With A Y made no attempt in the 2.35 Southwell (look out for it next time), and I had first and third with system bet Monsieur Jimmy and Fossa each-way. I expected a better run from Mont Royale in the 2.45 Ripon, but it did not run on, despite travelling comfortably most of the way. One to note for the future. Tread Lightly also packed up far too tamely and will do better. Nobody could pick that winner, despite its name! The always thrown in Elusivity must show soon after the 3.10 Southwell, and both Royal Holiday and Grey Destiny (too far back) will also do better. And just to complete a great (not!) afternoon, my bet on Boom The Groom unseated rider in the 3.15 Epsom. And of course system bet Midnight Malibu won the race! Hopefully they will refund the bet, as they usually do! Well, that's it for me. Off to watch some tennis!

27th August: O'Brien was at it again in the 1.30 Curragh, bringing in his apparent lesser fancied horses in first and third. They have so much ammunition that they are often worth backing each-way in opposition to his favourites! I've had a few in the past! Second and third with Al Khan and Chiswick Bey in the 1.55 Beverley, the latter each-way. Tatlisu threatened briefly but di not run on and will probably pop up soon, possibly over shorter. Also keep an eye on Favourite Treat, which can win a handicap soon. A great result with system bet Hannington (I got 10/1) in the 2.20 Yarmouth! Wish I had the confidence to use my free bet on it! Dellanoy was the one I did not want in my forecasts in the 2.45 Beverley, as I had the other three more highly rated! Iconic Belle put in a miserable effort as the sure thing on ratings and weights! I had Requinto Dawn each-way at 12/1 in the 3.05 Goodwood. Then I had system bet St Brelades Bay at 9/1 to small stakes to win at the Curragh (3.10). Alan's Pride was still well in, so this was probably a deliberate dud run. A good day so far as I had Novoman at 10/1 to win the 3.30 Beverley! Unfortunately Austin Powers just failed in third place in the 3.30 Yarmouth! And now after all those good results, I have entrusted my free bet to Mysterial each-way in the 3.40 Beverley! That is bound to lose now! And of course it led as usual, then packed up! I should have taken note of that first place! However, one that I am sure will win soon now! But as a small consolation, I had Mr Red Clubs (at last!) at 25/1 in the 3.55 Goodwood! Unfortunately Breakheart reverted to type, but will probably run well again soon. Strangely Mr Red Clubs was previously with Appleby, who had the second! Just missed the win with Mafaheem in the 4.05 Yarmouth. This Teodoro is probably a group horse in disguise! I had Dutch Connection and Salateen each-way at 9/2 before it was backed for the forecast in the 4.30 Goodwood (first three home). I am convinced that Glory Awaits deliberately finished third in the 4.40 Yarmouth, and is probably looking for a bigger handicap soon, as it is thrown in on old form. Keep an eye on it. I also fancied Brigliadoro, but did not back it! I had La Haule Lady each-way in the 4.50 Beverley. Well, I was down to absolute zero yesterday until a last gasp winner on my final bet, and I now have a few pounds in the kitty, so can't argue with that! All I can argue with is that I have had several winners today, including a 25/1, but used my free bet on the one that ran like a crab! Typical! I should look at the cards more carefully before deciding!

26th August: I did back and watch during the afternoon, but did not write a simultaneous report, but not a great day, with just a few forecasts of no great value, a few each-way returns and a win bet on Ninjago (see 12th August) at 6/1 at a late stage. I think I'll leave it at that. I still have my free bet to use by tomorrow, and I have probably now qualified for next week's too.

25th August: My only bet in the 1.35 Newmarket was an each-way on Blanchefleur (third), which appeared to be the best value. I would have had the forecast with the top three, of course, but it did not offer great value unless one of the top two failed. Second and fourth in the 1.55 York with Red Galileo and Al Neksh. I had the forecast in the 2.05 Newmarket (first three home) with an each-way on Ziarah. I often think that horses with the worst looking form are worth a bet and Data Protection had clearly been running down the field for that reason! Those with lots of 4's and 6's often pop up! Sheikhzayedroad travelled well, but finished only fourth in the 2.25 York. I feel sure it will do better soon. I looked at Montaly, but did not think it was good enough (nor did most others!). A better result with Whip Nae Nae at 7/1 to win the 2.40 Newmarket (I backed it the previous time and commented that it could do better), just missing the forecast with Rumpole (each-way). A forecast with Move Over and Tunes Of Glory each-way for the forecast in the 2.50 Ffos Las. I think I got sixth place (maybe fifth?) with the fast finishing Jallota in the 3.00 York (paying five places, of course). Yes, it was placed, so not too bad. You cannot ignore Balding in any race, and his Fortune's Pearl won the 3.15 Newmarket. I should back his horses more often, but have usually been put off by the short prices! I backed Airglow, which was withdrawn and I also backed the other fast-finishing Godolphin horse (fifth). They must know what they are going to do beforehand! My each-way bet on Warofindependence looked like a possibilty until quite late in the race, but I think the jockey was told not to finish in the frame. Probably a handicap project for the future (one to note). I had the forecast with Marsha and Lady Aurelia in the 3.35 York, despite Dettori's punch of the air! No flying dismount today! Strangely I almost backed Cotai Glory each-way! Just missed the forecast with Torcello and Ply in the 3.45 Newmarket. Well, that's it from me today. I don't seem to be able to last more than three hours these days! Keep an eye on Aqua Libre, which has now got a series of 4's, 5's and 6's and I am sure they are planning something for that one!

24th August: A good start in the 1.40 Stratford with Strumble Head at 9/1 to win and Wade Harper for the forecast, although the latter was clear best in on my ratings. Blast, it was between Alba Power and Tangled for my each-way in the 1.55 York, and I chose the former (fourth) instead of the winner, and that applied for my forecasts too! Spoof had interesting figures (sys+1) in the 2.05 Chepstow, but I backed another system bet, Campion, which ran like a crab! I got the forecast the wrong way around in the 2.15 Stratford, but I did have Reckless Behaviour each-way at 16/1 to compensate. I did not back in the 2.25 York, but was tempted to back system bet Mamba Noire each-way (good price). Glyder looked sure to figure in the 2.35 Chepstow, then seemed to stop very quickly to finish fourth! Makes me feel cheated! I also expected better from Sweet Sienna, so one to keep in mind. Should have known that Murtagh would not come over from Ireland for nothing! Only seven runners in the 2.45 Stratford, so my each-way bets were no good. Firmament was my only return in the 3.00 York, but One Word More was one that should have been there. And I would not be surprised to see Big Baz run much better soon (in fact it finished sixth for my each-way bet). I almost backed Mia Cara in the 3.10 Chepstow, but chose another system bet, Getna, instead! Must remember that symmetry angle! I had system bet Mr Mafia (I got 5/1) to win the 3.20 Stratford, just missing the forecast. The Lion Man is extremely well handicapped and must pop up soon now. Second and third for my forecasts in the 3.40 Chepstow, with Zaria each-way in third. Caius College Girl drifted like a barge in the betting, and that was clearly a change of plan after being very short in the betting. The thrown in Greyfriarschorista (a 100 rated horse running in the 40's) failed to show yet again in the 4.10 Chepstow, and I wonder if it will be such a big price when it finally wins, as it must! Blast, Luduamf just pipped into fourth and Imperial Link, which I backed to win, finished third! How frustrating can it get? Luduamf was kept back too far, and I am sure it will also win soon. Well, that'll do for me today. Better luck? tomorrow!

23rd August: I had the forecast and the first three home in the 1.35 Carlisle, with Poet's Pride finishing like a train in third. In fact I put them in the correct order on my slip! By contrast, no show from my three selections in the 1.45 Bath, including best in Gold Hunter (well backed too) and Silverrica. You can do nothing when they run that badly, except wait for them next time, as they were too bad to be true! I thought Hoof It had got fourth in the 1.55 York, but just pipped for that! Surely Robot Boy can also do better. Both Canford's Joy and Ormesher caught my eye in the 2.05 Carlisle, but I did not include either of them! The first and second favourites seemed to stop in their tracks! Dizzy G was disappointing for my each-way bet in the 2.15 bath, but I did have the forecast (not worth much!). I had Wells Farhh Go at 10/1 to win the 2.25 York, but did not think it was going to get there! Both Roy's Dream (fourth, looked as if it could have done better) and Haworth were disappointing in the 2.40 Carlisle. I had system bet Altaira at 12/1 to win the 2.50 Bath! Steady Major (massive price) and Callaghan are both thrown in when wanted! Also watch for any money for Jazri and Opera Buffa in the future. The latter was going really well in its previous race before unseating. I knew that one of O'Brien's runners would finish second in the 3.00 York, but I picked the wrong one! I had Confessional each-way in the 3.15 Carlisle, but only three or four seemed to make any attempt! I thought Edge was a certainty in the 3.25 Bath, but it managed to get beaten again and must win soon off this mark. I had Solid Justice as clear second best, but -05 figures again, and will do better soon. I expcted better from Decorated Knight in the 3.35 York, but the big price told the tale! I was on my last legs as regards my bank, but had system bet Born To Boom at 14/1 to win and Heir Of Excitement for the forecast in the 3.50 Carlisle! I thought Champion Harbour was going to figure too until very late, so one to keep an eye on! Keep an eye on Miss Minuty, which made no attempt in the 4.00 Bath (I only had a small each-way), but has a good turn of foot when wanted. Not one of my selections would figure in the 4.15 York, including Suegioo, which I have backed so often in recent times! Quoteline Direct annoyed me by being a fast-finishing fourth in the 4.25 Carlisle, and I feel sure it was deliberate! I had Warfare as equally well in, so keep an eye on both in the near future. The lack of money for Peachey Carnehan also proved significant in the 4.35 Bath, and I feel sure it is still capable of winning. A better result with Demon's Rock 8/1 to win the 4.50 York and John Kirkup in fourth 20/1 each-way! (That is using the formula of top-weights in a nursery, by the way). Well, that'll do for me today. Not much up or down on the afternoon, and it's nice when you can have an afternoon's entertainment for a few pence!

22nd August: I did not back or watch the racing today, although I watched a few races back later.

21st August: Not much to report in the early races, but I had system bet Proud Archi to win the 2.45 thirsk, then I had the forecast with Fitzwilly each-way in the 3.00 Lingfield, narrowly missing the tricast with Linguine, which no doubt was asked to finish fourth at a massive price, as it was thrown in on old form. No joy with any of my selections in the 3.15 Thirsk, although I am sure Shearian will do better soon, along with Sovereign Bounty and Off Art, which was well backed, but had -05 figures (usually fatal). How they love to add a -0 before making an attempt. I am sure it is a signal to others! I had Adulate 28/1 each-way in the 3.30 Lingfield, but it looked like winning until very late. Bogart was my only return in the 3.45 Thirsk, where I felt sure of a good run from B Fifty Two and Grandads World, but no show from either! Pea Shooter is also sure to do better off this mark. Could not pick that winner, but I did not check back form. Another system bet place with Alsvinder 20/1. That man Johnston again in the 4.00 Lingfield, and I did not even include Peach Melba in my forecasts! There is definitely more to come from both Rebel Surge and Bint Dandy in bigger races. My best result for the day with Dance Teacher and Sacred Way 14/1 each-way for the forecast in the 4.15 Thirsk! Strikes me that these short-priced favourites are not really out to win, but I was glad that it did not catch me for second place! I think I'll give the rest of the races a miss today and watch some tennis. That fellow on RUK is still wittering away, but does he really say anything worthwhile, or is it all hot air? He certainly gets plenty of air time! What do we really learn from these analyses? One final point: although I had Steccando each-way in the 4.45 Thirsk, Correggio ran well below form in fourth, and you could see the jockey deliberately holding it back, although he made it look good. I feel sure that Correggio will pop up very soon now, so keep your eyes peeled for it! Because it was raised 4lb for its previous effort, they are trying to make us believe that was the reason today, but not a bit of it!

20th August: Well, Sloane Stephens was too exhausted in the semi final at Cincinnati, but I am sure she will be worth bets in forthcoming tournaments when fully fit. First and a narrow third for my forecasts in the 1.50 Tramore, which I only backed while waiting for the British meetings. A good forecast with Azzurri and Stealing Mix in the 2.00 Southwell. No forecast in the 2.15 Pontefract. I had two of the first three in the 2.25 Tramore, but should have noted the Elliott runner at a good price! Well, I did get the winner with Athloman Cottage at 7/1! No return for my each-way bets in the 2.35 Southwell (wretched seven horse races). I often back outsiders, but not in the 2.45 Pontefract! I had Hey Little Boy and High Nellie in a forecast in the 2.55 Tramore (first, second and fourth). I was disaoointed with Surf And Turf (fourth) in the 3.10 Southwell and backed both of the Fry second strings, but neither were intended to figure (Henryville miraculously unseated rider on the flat!). Fry's never run well when they are big prices! The outsider of O'Brien's three in the 3.20 Curragh, and you can't tell me that wasn't planned! I did not back in the race, fortunately! I had Mcvicar each-way in the 3.25 Pontefract, with first and third for my tricast! Both Tuscan Gold and Hallstatt (did too much early) were disappointing for my other each-way bets. I had system bet Kalifourchon each-way in the 3.40 Southwell, but thought it was going to win! I thought I had the forecast in the 4.00 Pontefract, but Classical Times was just pipped on the line! System bet Theatre Wine 8/1 winner at Tramore but I did not back in the race! I had two system bets second and third in the 4.15 Southwell, but should have included the favourite for the tricast! Unfortunately I did not fancy it that much! I think I should have backed a few British runners in France today, but when I do, they run like crabs! I backed three horses at the Curragh, one of them led most of the way and packed up, one barely came out of the stalls, and the other was a fast finishing fifth! You can't win with these blighters! And second place again with Burndown at Tramore. Can't get many winners today!

19th August: I did not back for most of the afternoon, but kept my eye on a few races. I was exasperated when I saw that I had missed Mattmu (see my comment 5th August!) at 25/1 in the Great St Wilfred! I also fancied the second and fourth in the same race! So I had to go online and have a couple of bets to vent my frustration! Well, my first bet yielded system bet Bertiewhittle at 14/1 in the 4.10 Doncaster with another system bet, Six Strings in third! Another system bet winner with Danehill Kodiac and the forecast in the 4.30 Newmarket (first three home, but of course Jacob Cats had to finish third at the prices). I had Valleyofmilan in the 4.50 Perth and was very tempted to put in Quick Brew, but changed my mind (idiot!). Then I had Bollin Line and Towering in a forecast in the 4.55 Market Rasen, although I backed Dove Mountain to win! Still made a profit! Now I'm off to see if Sloane Stephens can get in the final at Cincinnati!

18th August: Madison Keys let me down for my tennis accumulator last night, having three match points before losing in a final set tie-break! In today's racing I had two of the early forecasts, but backed the second to win in each race! I had Midnightly to win the 1.50 Wolverhampton, but my other selections did not figure. Just pipped on Bowler Hat in the 2.00 Nottingham, and I did not include the winner in my forecasts! Don't know what happened to Bomad, but it ran like a drain and something is being planned for that one! Typical Hannon with a 25/1 third! I had Newstead Abbey to win the 2.20 Wolverhampton, just missing the tricast by a neck, but my Lucky 15 bet, Red Stripes, led most of the way before finishing fourth, and will do better soon. Ambitious Icarus jumped up in the air in the 2.30 Nottingham, and still finished fourth! Keep an eye on Captain Scooby, which will be better over six furlongs soon, as it always finishes too late over five. I had Triple Dream each-way at 66/1 in the 2.50 Wolverhampton! I knew it was well in, but did not really expect it to stay there at that price. Keep an eye on Fleckerl, which I feel sure will pop up soon. I had Cricklewood Green and Grand Inquistor both each-way in the 2.40 Newbury, but feel sure that Directorship must run better soon (massive price today). Fortitude (third) was no good as an each-way bet in the 3.00 Nottingham. I had Paris Protocol each-way in the 3.10 Newbury, but was expecting better from Rydan, so look out for that one soon. Mr Red Clubs was far too big a price in the 3.25 Wolverhampton, and probably getting rid of a first place! Idol Deputy will also do better soon. I hate it when they are big prices because somebody has told the jockey not to figure! That happens all the time, of course, so I should not be surprised! Blast, I looked at Fayez because of its form figures! And how many times have I backed the second, Character Onesie, recently? Powderhouse finished only fourth after looking sure to figure in the 4.35 Nottingham, and I missed the forecast by one place (oh, sorry, I did have the forecast and made a penny profit)! I had Sankari Royale each-way at 9/1 in the 3.50 Newbury. Oh well, I've qualified for my free bet this week, so let's hope the tennis is not rained off today! Isn't it weird? I wondered a couple of days ago why Eva Asderaki-Moore has not been umpiring recently, and I even looked on the internet, and then suddenly she turns up in Cincinnati today! (No, sorry, it is Mariana Alves, the pair sound very similar). So that mystery continues!

17th August: Well on my five player tennis accumulator last night, I got four winners, but Venus Williams was my only loser! i had an idea that Ash Barty would give her trouble, but I could have picked almost any other player and would still have won! Today I had a great start with system bet Magical Thomas 11/1 to win, Hermosa Vaquera for the forecast and The Kivilliken 16/1 each-way in third, but I did not do the tricast! Osgood was a suspiciously big price, suggesting it was not wanted today, but can win more races off this mark. I had the forecast in the 1.50 Salisbury, but lost money on the bet! I had two system bets first and second in the 2.00 Fontwell, Code Of Law at 9/2 and Houseparty at 20/1 , but did not put them in a forecast. I left the Ryan horse out of my forecasts in the 2.10 Beverley, but it was well backed. I had Barista at 25/1 and Jack Of Diamonds 11/1 both each-way in the 2.20 Salisbury, but not the forecast! Spiritual Star must surely do better at some point soon. I was sure that Mount Vesuvius was going to win today, but only third again, and must surely win soon! Just missed the forecast in the 2.40 Beverley (wrong O'Meara horse!). Another forecast with Mazarzain and Bradfield Magic each-way in the 2.50 Salisbury, but Aye Aye Skipper is still massively well in and will win again before long. Danandy finished third for my each-way bet, just missing the forecast. I am sure that Father Edward is going to make a showing soon, as it has been too bad to be true for a long time. Second and third for my forecast in the 3.10 Beverley with Crownthorpe each-way in second. I feel sure that Admiral Rooke could have done better, as it dropped out too tamely for my liking. That man Johnston again! Should have known better! I put all three Maktoum horses in my forecasts for the 3.20 Salisbury, but what a bunch, the best of them finishing fourth! I had Balancing Time at 14/1 in the 3.30 Fontwell, but greedily left out the favourite from my forecasts! Third and fourth in the 3.40 Beverley with Cool Music and Lean On Pete, but I had a feeling about Sakhalin Star and did not back it! Keep an eye on Percy Verence, which I feel can do much better. Jelly Monger led for a long way in the 3.50 Salisbury, and I am sure can do better, along with Lucy The Painter, which made no show at all. Keep an eye on both soon. Wrong O'Meara runner again in the 4.10 Beverley, where First Bombardment was thrown in and must show soon. No return at all in that race, where Tinsill (huge price) and Pearl Noir (very well backed) also backed out of it, and both can do much better. Well, I made a profit on the day and have done another tennis accumulator, so let's see how we get on today (and tomorrow).

16th August: Well, better luck last night with my tennis bets, with Goerges, Stephens and Makarova all winning at not too short prices. Just Madison Keys to come today to complete my Lucky 15 and accumulator. Not a certainty against Daria Kasatkina, so to cash out my accumulator or not? It's only a few pence difference either way, so no great worries involved. I have also backed Stephens, Keys and Svitolina to win the tournament. It annoys me on TV when they are discussing the most strong-minded player on tour, and Svitolina scarcely comes into the argument. Five titles this year including three Premier 5's, and she has beaten virtually every top player at least once! Ok, Konta played well yesterday, but she would certainly not be my first choice, as she has been rather patchy for some time. I have really been impressed with Sloane Stephens since her return, and I reckon she should also enter into any argument. Given normal improvement and match practice, she will be a tough opponent for anybody. Ok, I know this is a horse racing blog, but I am trying to widen the field a little for those who like to bet on other sports and let you know what I see elsewhere. Well, back to racing today - at least there is some choice with three meetings. I did not back in the 1.50 Salisbury, but if I had backed the top three, I would have had a good forecast! I had The Raven Master to win the 2.00 Newton Abbot and the forecast, but thought that Kereman (fourth) might do better for the same stable. If I had included Arcavallo instead of Dandy's Beano, I would have had a good forecast in the 2.10 Beverley, and I did have Undercover Brother each-way. No joy in the 2.20 Salisbury and I think Laubali was to well touted for their liking! Typical Hannon, three fourth places and a winner! Could not even get the forecast in the 2.30 Newton Abbot, where Snow Castle dropped out like a light! Should have noticed that Equitant was not a massive price for a newcomer in the 2.40 Beverley, but I was sure that system bet Weeton had finished third, but they did not give it! Let me see the photo, please! A bwetter result with system bets Waseem Faris at 14/1 and Trick Of The Light 11/4 in a forecast in the 2.50 Salisbury! I had Coeur Tantre and Curious Carlos in a forecast in the 3.00 Newton Abbot, but I am sure there is more to come from Beallandendall (fourth). Miss Mo Brown Bear looked certain to figure in the 3.10 Beverley, but dropped out quickly late on. As usual I would have had the forecast with the top three! I had Surrey Hope 11/4 and Kryptos 6/1 in a forecast in the 3.20 Salisbury, with Whip Nae Nae finishing a close fourth (what else?) for my each-way bet. You can never tell whether a horse has been ridden to its full potential, as these jockeys are so clever at disguising it! Who on earth backs a 1/25 shot in a two horse race over fences (3.30 Newton Abbot)? Must be off your trolley to do that, as anything can happen! You are better off backing the outsider at those prices! I did not want Talent Scout in the 3.40 Beveley, as I had second and third in a forecast, but of course I backed the second to win and the third each-way in a seven horse race! Chiswick Bey should have won on back form, so I doubt it was really wanted! Merdon Castle is also due soon, probably in a handicap. I kept looking at Billesdon Bess in the 3.50 Salisbury, but did not think it would be good enough! Can never tell with Hannon's horses! A nice forecast in the 4.00 Newton Abbot with system bets Tamarillo Grove and Kublai both each-way! A pity that Frozen Over did not fill my tricast! Well, that's it for the day. Another small profit helped by a couple of good forecasts. I'm off to see if Madison Keys can complete my Lucky 15 and accumulator!

15th August: Well, I thought I knew something about women's tennis, but just shows how unpredictable it can be! I backed four matches last evening, and got all four wrong! The nearest I got was Anett Kontaveit, who led Kvitova 6-1, 4-2 before Kvitova started playing! She did the same against Wozniacki recently, looking sure to win, then fading when the pressure came on. I am sure with a bit more improvement Kontaveit will beat more of these top players. Kristina Mladenovich is going through a bad patch at present and does not seem to be enjoying being on the court. Hopefully she will snap out of it soon. Annoyingly Lesia Tsurenko only wins when I do not back her! It seems that what I should do is decide who I am going to put in my accumulator, then do the opposing players, but that is not very logical! I am looking for value odds, but it appears that the bookies know more than I do! That can't be true surely (lol)! Back to today. I had Claramara each-way at 12/1 in the 2.00 Thirsk, but left the favourite out of my forecasts! When will I learn? I also had the fourth, which ran on late and seemed to be on a training run! Diminutive was very well in at the weights in the 2.15 Ffos Las, despite being out oif the handicap, and they were probably using this run for a fourth place only. I don't know why the Irish came over, as the horse finished last! Should have noted Incentive, which had finished very close to Babyfact recently! And then a great result with Brockey Rise 12/1 to win and Excellent Times 15/2 for the forecast in the 2.30 Thirsk. My other forecast selection was withdrawn at the start, so not bad for my three selections! Over £6 return for less than £1 invested on several selections! I always look for a second or third place in recent form figures. Keep an eye on Lady Lintera, which was touted by the pundit, but they clearly did not like the mention! I ignored the four horse 245 Ffos Las, as these results are very unpredictable Second favourite to beat favourite turned up again here. Whipphound made no show in the 3.30 Thirsk when it should definitely have been there, and Mitchum finished fourth. of course. I did have Ypres each-way, but should have included the system bet winner! Damn, I knew I should have backed Salouen each-way at Deauville, and I could probably have had the forecast too! Probably too short for Still Believing in the 3.45 Ffos Las, and Simcock's horse was probably the best alternative. I had Le Manege Enchante at 13/2 to win the 4.00 Thirsk, with first and third for my forecasts and tricast. Should have gone with the form figures of Mighty Bond too! Back to the tennis. I have done a few bets today - I'll never learn!

14th August: Damn! I thought I had qualified for my free bet yesterday, but ended a few pence short, which was very stingy of them, so clearly some of my bets did not qualify. I started with Kirbec each-way in the 1.45 Ayr, but had the winner and second on two separate forecasts. However I made up for that in the 2.00 Ripon with Dangerous Lady each-way and Dorkas for a good forecast, making nearly £3 for 50p stakes. And another good forecast with Size Matters 7/2 and Jessie Allan (almost my surname) at 12/1 each-way for the forecast! Keep an eye on Free To Roam, which seemed to be going best until late on. I looked sure to get the forecast with Ryedale Encore in the 2.30 Ripon before it faded into fourth. The form figures of the second were interesting, but I did not include it at a big price. System bet Harry Speed winner of the 2.45 Ayr, and I had third and fourth with Rioja Day at 18/1 and Harbour Patrol. I had a feeling about Stormin Tom in the 3.00 Ripon with its -226 figures, and included it in my forecasts, but Chancery ran below form (look out for it in a bigger race) and Highland Castle was a massive price, but is extremely well handicapped on old form. Second and third again in the 3.15 Ayr with Jay Kay and Abushamah, and I looked at the winner on form figures! I had second, third and fourth in the 3.45 Ayr, but not the winner, if course! I do it all the time! I had Fire Leopard and The Glasgowwarrior in a forecast in the 4.00 Ripon. Well, that's it for me. I'm off to watch one of my favourite players, Anett Kontaveit in the tennis, taking on Petra Kvitova. I have backed Kontaveit to win to a small stake. Should be a good match!

13th August: A good start with the straight forecast in the 2.10 Leicester, which paid the equivalent of 4/1. Sloane Stephens was probably tired after a long time off yesterday, losing my free bet in the semi final, but I was very impressed with Elina Svitolina, who hammered Halep 6/1, 6-1. A player I have always liked for her terrific attitude on court. Another who might win a slam in the not too distant future. Still keep Sloane Stephens in mind for the future, however, because she has all the attributes to get back to the top, terrific movement, power shots and great retrieving skills. I had a feeling about Satisfy in the 2.40 Leicester, but only included it in my forecast with the third! These four horse races are a lottery and pure guesswork! I had Luduamf each-way at 20/1 in the 3.10 Leicester, but so often they are only out for a place after a series of poor runs. How come these horses come up travelling really well (Red Trooper), then finish almost tailed off? It is not coincidence! I always make a note of these horses, as they will pop up later! I had Pepita and Angel Of Darkness in a forecast in the 3.25 Windsor, but was most disappointed with Pretty Bubbles, which made no effort whatever. It will pop up soon, however, as it wins when they want it. Not my sorts of cards today, but I make do. A much better result with Dark Power and Stanhope 16/1 each-way for the forecast in the 3.45 Leicester. Puts me back in profit for the day! And Ryan Moore gives an interview with some words of more than one syllable in Ireland! Wonders will never cease! They are waiting to win a race soon with Highland Colori. Just keep backing it! I had Vimy Ridge to win the 4.35 Windsor, just pipped for the forecast. Keep an eye on Pucon, which was returning from a long break today. And that was it for the day, although I got second and third for my forecasts in the 4.50 Leicester. If you don't back an outsider, in it comes! If you do, it runs like an outsider. Sod's Law!

12th August: A nice start with Great Hall 12/1 to win the 2.15 Ascot and Oasis Fantasy 8/1 also in the places (third). Then I had Frankuus 8/1 to win the 2.30 Haydock, but nothing to go with it, although Gabrial threatened briefly. Surely Ayrad will do better soon? I did not back in the 2.35 (four horse race), but I feel sure that Ninjago will do better soon after the 2.40 Redcar. I thought Duke Cosimo had got third, but just pipped on the line. I had Raising Sand to win the 2.50 Ascot, but my main bets, Knight Owl and Basil Berry, ran terribly and must do better very soon. Then I had Two For Two at 14/1 each-way in the 3.00 Haydock, but it keeps starting too slowly! Eddystone Rock looked sure to figure in the 3.05 Newmarket until badly hampered by the winner! I am sure that Dolphin Vista will also do better (big price today). Even if the winner gets thrown out, third place is still no good! One of my selections, Curzon Line, broke out of the stalls in the 3.15 Redcar, which is always annoying for my forecasts! I have used my free bet this week on Sloane Stephens (very impressive on her comeback) to win the Rogers Cup (tennis), and would recommend her each-way for the US Open. She will probably play very badly now, but no suggestion of that so far! Second and third in the 3.15 Redcar with Fieldsman and Favourite Treat both each-way at good prices. I also had third with Bear Valley at Ascot. Mittens ran another pathetic race for my forecast in the 3.35 Haydock! How do they (or do they have to?) justify these runs? Should have stuck with Tajaanus, which I backed last time, in the 3.40 Newmarket, as the market leaders ran very poorly! And then I went off to watch the tennis.

11th August: Both Elusivity (up with the pace most of the way) and Head Space (a massive price today) are winners waiting to happen after the 2.20 Wolverhampton, but I did have the winner, Bogsnog and the third, Wimboldsley at 18/1 to give me some returns. I had the forecast in the 2.40 Brighton, but I am positive that Montycristo could have finished in front of the second, as the jockey seemed to pull it across the track and lose ground! I hate these big-priced horses in small fields that are booked for third before the race! Blast! I backed Watch Tan each-way in the 2.50 Wolverhampton, but did not include it in my forecasts, which would have been a good return! Ralphy Boy was well backed in the 3.00 Musselburgh, but was never in the lead, which it likes to do. Must win a race very soon off this mark. I had second and third (again!) with Adventureman and Let Right Be Done. I had Kings City each-way in the 3.10 Brighton, but Zoffanist looked a sure winner until the closing stages, and worth keeping an eye on. I had the forecast and an each-way on the third in the 3.20 Wolverhampton, but Hazamar only consented to run on for fourth when it was all over (obviously planned). Unfortunately with Dalgleish, his favourites usually win rather than the second strings, so Forever A Lady was doomed to failure in the 3.30 Musselburgh! I had the forecast again in the 3.40 Brighton, but as usual the outsiders did not figure for my each-way bet. I had Alnasl to win the 3.50 Wolverhampton, and Chelwood Gate at a big price in second (also on my patent). Codeshare tried two or three times to get through a gap in the 4.00 Musselburgh, and was full of running, so one to keep an eye on soon. I was annoyed that the second in my forecasts was just pipped on the line. It happens so often! I had Pour La Victoire each-way in the 4.10 Brighton because I backed it two days ago, when it ran like a crab! I am convinced also that Top Of The Bank will pop up soon. Keep an eye on See And Be Seen from the 4.20 Wolverhampton, as it was going best of the lot two furlongs out, then finished out of the frame. I am sure it will win a race soon, and it was doubly annoying as the last leg of my patent! I did have Cavalieri each-way. I had system bet Good Luck Charm at 8/1 in the 4.30 Brighton. I would also have backed Pivotal Dream at 20/1 in the 4.50 Wolverhampton if I had not been otherwise occupied!

10th August: An unbelievable result in the 1.50 Haydock, where the thrown in Indian Chief finished second again behind Punkawallah despite travelling all over the winner! They run them just as they like, it seems! I would have liked to hear the instructions to the jockey before the race. And of course Strummer finished fourth for my each-way! Keep an eye on Anton Chigurh, which was a massive outsider today, but could pop up soon under either code. A much better result with Lutine Charlie at 28/1 to win (how many times have I backed that lately?) and Corporal Maddox 13/2 also each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Brighton! A forecast of £9.68 for a 30p stake! That's made my day already! I followed that up with the straight forecast in the 2.10 Yarmouth, but too close for my liking! I had Humble Gratitude each-way in the 2.20 Haydock, but left out the winner! I expected a better run from Sanfranskipsgo in the 2.30 Brighton, but who knows what plans are in four horse races? And another four horse race next up (sorry, five horses this time)! The betting has no idea! However, I got the forecast with Shyarch and Ocean Temptress each-way, although the latter looked a sure winner! Blast, I fancied Peachey Carnehan in the 2.50 Haydock, but did not back it or include it in my forecasts! I did have Lexington Sky each-way. Could have had the tricast with the top three in the weights! And now a two horse race at Brighton, which I shall leave well alone! I did not back in the 3.10 Yarmouth, but was tempted to back Chunkyfunkymonkey. Glad I did not, as It just got pipped into third, despite travelling like the best horse! Next I had Specialv to win and Amood for the forecast in the 3.20 Haydock, although it looked as if Pushkin Museum would finish much closer most of the way! Second and third in the 3.30 Brighton, with Cotton Club each-way, but as usual I don't trust Johnston's favourites! Both Fantasy Gladiator and Thecornishbarron did not show their true form in the 3.40 Yarmouth and both can do much better soon. These seven horse races are a menace, because usually those that are not going to compete are no value at big prices! I put in two of the outsiders with the favourite in the 3.50 Haydock, but did not expect the complete outsider to finish second, especially from the Wigham stable! Its form figures were good, though! Surely Iseemist can do much better than that, having led going well early. Well, I've done my stint for the day, I'm off to watch the tennis and last night's athletics.

9th August: No return in my first race at Brighton, but General Marius appeared to be going much better than its finishing position, and should do better in the future. It was a suspiciously big price today! I may just wait for the handicaps later, as these early novice races are a minefield. As usual Johnston's horses either run brilliantly or terribly, and his Dowitcher drifted badly in the betting in the 2.40 Pontefract and ran accordingly! Probably one that will pop up at some point. I did have the forecast, but only as my second choice. I almost backed system bet Bizet in the 2.50 Brighton, and it would have been a good bet despite being beaten on the line! No return whatever, but keep an eye on both Ring Eye and Hallings Wish. Opera Buffa seemed to be going very well when unseating rider, so worth another look at some point. I had Percy Thrower each-way in the 3.00 Brighton, but had no clue about the winner, even though I often follow Palmer's horses. Johnston's Nothing Compares ran another poor race. At last a result with I'm Dapper Too and Spinart each-way for the forecast in the 3.10 Pontefract. I am certain that Grey Destiny will do better very soon, as it has a terrific finishing kick. I was disappointed with Zaeem in the 3.20 Brighton, as it seemed to have plenty left but did not run on. Pour La Victoire missed the break (how often do they do that?), but must do better when wanted. That's all for today!

8th August: I did not back or watch the racing today, so have no comment to make. I could have put a great tennis accumulator together if I had had the forethought to do one!

7th August: As suggested last night, my bet on the Womens Euro Final sank without trace, but I should have known they were two attacking teams, and gone for more goals! Today, my eye fell on Move Over in the 2.00 Salisbury, and I have been saying constantly that Hannon's second strings invariably do better than his first strings, so the evidence was there, but off a mark of 72 I thought at least one or two others would beat it! Usually Levey tends to ride the ones expected for Hannon, rather than the 'fancy' jockeys. Either this was a put-up job or it was way better than that mark! But racing is all about returns, and they would prefer 12/1 to odds-on! I did not back in the race, by the way! I had Perfect Thought each-way in the 2.15 Ripon, but as is often my wont, I left out the favourite for the forecast! I'll learn not to be so greedy one day! What did I just say about Hannon? Levey (Bullingdon) won the 3.00 Salisbury with its stablemate second! Why don't I follow my own advice? I backed Antagonist, and I am sure that will do better before long. A better result with system bet Ebidta 7/1 to win the 2.45 Ripon and Poet's Time each-way in third. I had Three C's as very well handicapped (26lb well in on old form), so one to keep an eye on. I had Otomo each-way in the 3.00 Salisbury, just missing the forecast with Field Of Vision. A pity, as I half fancied Whitecrest in second. Vincentti was very well in, but ran like a crab in last place! Must do better soon, but they run it either well or terribly (nothing to do with the horse itself). I did not back in the 3.15 Ripon, as there were only two each-way places, and my fancy, Save The Bees fortunately finished third. Could not pick the winner in the 3.30 Salisbury, even though it was second last time out! Difficult to assess the form in many of these races! My main selection, Snap Shots, refused to race in the 3.45 Ripon, and one of my other selections, Jaywalker, was placed, but having backed Avon Breeze previously, I left it out today. Apparently this was its last race (in foal). Should have taken note! I had the thrown in Edge each-way in the 4.00 Salisbury (sure it was going to win), and I noted system bet Red Dragon, but did not back it! It really annoys me when I find them but do not back them! Mowhoob was well there, then backed out! Captain Marmalade can also do better soon. I had Mysterial each-way in the 4.15 Ripon, but I suspect it was booked for third place before the race (it ran on again when headed)! Albert Boy was travelling by far the best, but checked out miserably and is one to note soon. I feel sure that the thrown in Smart Mover dropped out deliberately after disputing the lead in the 4.30 Salisbury and will do much better next time. Socrates was also right there, then faded, so another to consider. And also keep an eye on Prince Of Cardamom, which did not run on as expected.

6th August: I had a couple of forecasts in the early races, But Domtaline ran a terrible race at Market Rasen and will do better when wanted. I had Tor to win the 3.10 Chester, but should have included the second, which had finished ahead of a Group 1 winner earlier! As usual Johnston's horse made no attempt and finished last! You can never tell what they will do (win easily or tail off)! The thrown in Rough Justice will score soon, but annoyingly finished fourth in the 3.30 Market Rasen. No wonder it was 40/1! And of course I also had the fifth with Strumble Head! Also keep an eye on Pena Dorada, which slipped back through the field but can also win before long. Both Michele Strogoff and Chosen Character ran like drains in the 3.40 Chester and their runs seem to be decided before they go in the stalls, it seems. Keep an eye on both soon. I wasted one of my free bets on Moidore (again!) in the 4.05 Market Rasen, but it must do much better soon (system bet next time)! I hate these front-running efforts which peter out! I did have Waltz Darling at a big price each-way, but it was obvious it could have beaten the first two if ridden properly! Another to look out for! Well, I have one free bet running, which is The Netherlands to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1! I'm off to watch that! Well, looks like it is not my week for free bets, as Holland are already 2-1 up after half an hour! They have to go the rest of the match with no goals! Talk about luck!

5th August: Two system winners with Soldier In Action 11/1 and Whatsthemessage 4/1 in the first few races, but because my internet is so slow, I missed both of them! Must get a new computer, but I would not know how to transfer from my present machine! That wittering, overpaid fool is on RUK again today. When has he ever predicted a race correctly? I had Tamayuz Magic each-way in the 3.25 Thirsk, but I don't think it was out to win, as it seemed to have the first two covered. System bet Lancealot Du Lac 25/1 winner of the Stewards Cup (and I did not back it with Dettori on)! Danzeno (seventh) was my only return, but I was sure that Hoof It got placed and I found out that it did (eventually). Just missed the forecast with Musuwaat in the 3.50 Newmarket. Mattmu was terrible for my forecast bet in the 3.50 Doncaster and the run was too bad to be true, so they must be looking for another race soon. I had Two For Two each-way at 28/1 in the 4.00 Thirsk, but I almost backed Moonlightnavigator on its form figures (dead-heat first). Then I had Dee Ex Bee to win and Bathsheba Bay for the forecast in the 4.10 Goodwood. When Swift Approval drifted so much in the betting for that stable, i ignored it, even though its form figures suggested a better run. Just shows you can never tell! I did have Salateen each-way at 9/2 in second, however. I had Erik The Red to win the 4.30 Doncaster and Al Destoor each-way in third, but I did not like the way Berkshire was ridden, going off like the clappers, then subsiding! Surely that was a trial for the future? There is always a reason for these runs, and the horses are always worth noting. First and third for my forecasts in the 4.45 Goodwood. Didn't know Hayley Turner was riding again! I had system bet Amazing Red at 13/2 to win the 5.00 Newmarket, but keep an eye on Castilo Del Diablo, which must run much better soon off this mark. That'll do for me today, so I will have to use my three free bets tomorrow.

4th August: I backed in most of the races, but did not write a simultsneous report, so I won't go into details, but I did manage to get a return on one of my free bets, but only because they offered four places in the sprint, and mine came fourth. Still, gave me a nice cushion for the afternoon. I have three more to use before Sunday, but I am still wary of wasting them. If I had followed my hunch about Accessallareas, I would have had a good each-way return at 50/1!

3rd August: Well, would you believe it? Not horse racing, but my tennis accumulator, including a £5 free bet, was so unlucky last night! I got three winners, including Muguruza to win 2-0, and the fourth leg was Nao Hibino to beat Monica Niculescu. Hibino was 5-3 up in the final set, held two match points, then lost 9-7 in a tie-break! Cost me between £40 and £50! Unlucky or what? I was well up on the day yesterday, fortunately. Anyway, will try again with another free bet. Back to the horse racing! Frontispiece was my only return from several selections in the 1.50 Goodwood, although several of them showed up at various stages. Not sure how many really tried! I had the straight forecast in the 2.00 Stratford, but the second nearly threw it away! Knew I should have included Dandy's Beano in the 2.10 Nottingham, as Ryan and Burke do very well in these races. I had Endless Time to win and Dubka for the forecast in the 2.25 Goodwood, but it did not look likely until right on the line! I thought the other Godolphin runner was going to win at one point! Tamarillo Grove was making good ground before falling in the 2.35 Stratford, but was too far back to figure. Workbench was again disappointing in fourth and was not backed today. Both can do much better soon off these marks. I had Sands Of Mali and Eirene for the forecast in the 2.45 Nottingham, and not a bad forecast with the favourite running poorly. Headway ran no sort of race isolated in the 3.00 Goodwood, and I finished with first and third for my forecasts. I had system bet Fair To Middling at a good price before it was backed in the 3.10 Stratford, but Exitas was disappointing, probably because it was a big price, and Earls Fort was also too bad to be true. I had Glen Coco at a fair price in the 3.20 Nottingham, but should have noticed the money for Vaughan's runner, as they like to back them when wanted! No forecast in the 3.35 Goodwood, with my two alternative selections running poorly. Second and third in the 3.45 Stratford, where as usual I left out the favourite, but had Moorlands Mist each-way at 20/1. I noted the money for Wealth Tax in the 3.55 Nottingham, but did not back it! I had a Hannon 1-2 in my forecasts for the 4.10 Goodwood, but one of them was withdrawn abd I did not include the other at a huge price! I had the forecast in the 4.20 Stratford, but McCools Gold ran a strange race to finish unplaced. Anyway, I'm now off to watch the football, although I will have to watch a recording of England, as I am out this evening! Nobody tell me the score!

2nd August: My internet went awol for the first three races, so I missed any chance to bet. Fortunately in the 2.25 Goodwood I had system bet Londinium at 9/1 to win (why did I not use a free bet?) and Winston C each-way in third. First and third in the 2.35 Leicester, but the plunge on Teomaria proved to be misplaced, even though I backed it before the gamble. No joy from the outsiders in the 2.50 Perth, but often worth a small bet. I had Havana Grey at a good price (7/2) to win the 3.00 Goodwood, and the forecast, with To Wafij almost snatching second each-way (first three home). Although I got the forecast in the 2.10 Redcar, it was not the result I wanted, as the second and third were far better in on old form. They are after handicaps, not sellers, these people, but they make it look so convincing! Keep an eye on both Bling King and Le Deluge for future wins. Another big-priced winner in the 3.35 Goodwood, and you almost feel as if it has been set up! However, considering the prize money, probably not. Anf finally a brilliant result with Save The Bees 7/1 and system bet Quoteline Direct 20/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 3.45 Redcar! Put me back in profit after the last three days of struggle! I had system bet Mountain King to win the 4.00 Perth with Red Spinner for the forecast, but the thrown in Brave Spartacus was on a dud run, and I guarantee will be winning soon! Mr Johnston again with a big-priced winner in the 4.10 Goodwood. It is impossible to tell with betting from that stable! The top of the betting horses ran like crabs! And talking of Johnston, I had Tailor's Row each-way at a big price in the 4.20 Redcar (second and third, left out the favourite). My main selections for the 4.35 Perth finished out of the frame, but I am positive we will see better from Uriah Heep, Ronaldinho and Border Breaker. Keep an eye on them soon. I did have system bet Pikarnia each-way, however. Then I had Billesdon Bess to win and Titi Makfi for the forecast in the 4,45 Goodwood. I might as well give up now, as I don't want to give all my profit back! But I had my last hurrah with Gaelic Wizard, my only bet in the 4.55 Redcar! Keep an eye on Tango Sky, which is very well handicapped off this mark. And I finished with See Double You each-way in the 5.10 Perth. There, I've done my shift for the day. I never used to get fed up after a certain time, but I do now! I have three tennis bets running tonight, so I am going to watch the matches that are shown. I already have one of my four match accumulator up, the only one I am worried about is Nao Hibino to beat Monica Niculescu! As I have included a free bet, it may be a very good return, but there is usually one that lets you down (It was Naomi Osaka yesterday).

1st August: I had a couple of fairly obvious forecasts in the early races, then I backed system bet Noble Gift at 66/1 in the 1.50 Goodwood, leading most of the way, then finishing a close fifth! I had Codicil to win the 2.00 Bverley, and thought I had the forecast until the second was just pipped on the line! TYpical. Then I backed sandy Cove, which failed to come out of the stalls and hopefully I will get my money back on that one, but I can't help feeling that most of these occurrences are deliberate! I am sure that Aumerle was on a dud run, as it dropped out far too tamely. I had Zaman each-way in the 2.25 Goodwood, but put the wrong favourite with it! First, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 2.35 Beverley, with both Petrify and Taste The Wine (my each-way bet) not quite getting there! I feel sure that Sexy Secret could have finished closer in the 2.50 Yarmouth, as it was right there until the dying strides! Impossible to pick the winner in the 3.00 Goodwood, although it caught my eye at a massive price! System bet Suedois 25/1 third too! This Limato has been so disappointing! I had the forecast in the 3.10 Beverley. I had system bet Casina Di Notte to win the 3.25 Yarmouth, but did not include the horse with similar figures for the forecast! I expected Sheikhzayedroad to run much better in the 3.35 Goodwood. I had Windforpower each-way in the 3.45 Beverley, but did not include the winner! I had system bet Masquerade Bling each-way in the 4.00 Yarmouth, but the wretched Commanche let me down for the tricast! Well, Moore and Crouch had a treble yesterday, and had a 100/1 winner in the 4.10 Goodwood! Tribal Quest ran like a donkey and Moore also dropped out very tamely on Princely. I am sure the latter will do better. I have five more free bets to use before Sunday, but my success rate has been so poor lately that I am afraid to use them! Character Onesie ran no sort of race in the 4.20 Beverley and you can say that it did not try! I had third and fourth again, of course! Bahama Moon led, dropped out, then ran on again, proving that it had more in hand. Refuse Colette will do much better soon after the 4.30 Yarmouth, as I expected it to get out and make all. I hate it when they then drop out! The only thing I can say about today is that I have not wasted any free bets (apart from one used on the tennis later). Both Mayfield Boy and Fidelma Moon should be noted for future success, as they were both too bad to be true in the 4.55 Beverley. And keep an eye on Grey Destiny, which also made no attempt. I gave up betting at that point, but I wonder how much the trainers knew about the result in the 5.05 Worcester, where Cole Harden ran like a crab to finish third! These results are ridiculous for all to see, but nobody seems to question them! Well, that's it for me. I'll watch some tennis later. Unusual having to wait until six o'clock before they start!

31st July: Keep an eye on Louis Philippe from the 2.15 Newton Abbot, as it made good progress before pulling up. I was disappointed with Ralphy Boy, on which I wasted one of my free bets in the 2.30 Ayr, as I am sure it must win soon off this mark. It led as usual, so probably another trial run. I had Harbour Patrol at 9/2 before it was backed. Centre Haafdh was a massive price, so watch for any money for it soon (stable normally backs them when wanted). A couple of unpickable winners in the Ayr races. I had Wor Lass each-way in the 3.00 Ayr, but again I could not pick the winner! I was very diappointed with the lame effort of system bet Magistral in the 3.30 Ayr, but I did have another system bet, Strong Steps, to win. Keep an eye on Rockwood, which finished fast but too late. The wretched Honey Pound was reluctant to start, missed the break, then finished well back in the 3.45 Newton Abbot. Keep an eye on that one and both Collodi and Sureness, which will both do much better, the latter looking like winning, then dropping out, and Collodi typically finishing fifth at a big price. They knew there were only four places, the b...s! Karl Marx is another to keep an eye on, but they seem to insist on pulling them up after a couple of places!

29th-30th July: I had a few bets on both days, including a couple of good forecasts, but nothing special to report.

28th July: After a poorish start, I had some great results with Sebastian Beach and Wade Harper in a forecast, Cosmic Sky 10/1 winner, On Her Toes 8/1 winner and the forecast with Gawdawpalin and Red Galileo both each-way in the 2.55 Ascot! Then I had Miss Spent and Hope's Wishes in a forecast (first three home, although I backed the third to win). Then I had Jack Dexter to win (I have backed that a few times without success) and Soie D'leau each-way in the 4.25 Ascot. Robot Boy and Top Boy will both do better soon. Well, another profit on the day. That's me finished!

27th July:I have backed (and tipped) Breakheart numerous times over the last few months (see 22nd March), and I missed it last night at 40/1 in the 6.00 Sandown! Typical, as I rarely back in the evening meetings! And I have also tipped the second, The Gay Cavalier several times! Both So Satisfied and Hepijeu were disappointing in the 1.50 Worcester, and strangely the winner was the first to catch my eye but I did not back it at a biggish price! I had May Girl to win the 2.00 Sandown, just missing the forecast. Should have gone with the Maktoum horse in the 2.10 Yarmouth, but I did have the forecast. A much better forecast with Thyne For Gold at 9/1 and Bold Duke 8/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 2.20 Worcester! Then I had Outlaw Torn at 10/1 and Tyrsal for the forecast in the 2.40 Yarmouth, with my each-way bet, Dor's Law probably fourth! Imhad Rif Raftou each-way in the 2.55 Worcester, with Moontripper just out of the places. Then I had Tajaanus to win the 3.05 Sandown, (see my comments about his second strings yesterday!). I was tempted to include Chunkyfunkymonkey in the 3.15 Yarmouth, but in the end finished with second and third! Don't know what happened to Craftsmanship, but look out for it soon! I had Table Bluff each-way in the 3.30 Worcester, and also had the fourth. Code Of Law did not show, but I am sure will do better. An amazing piece of news with a ringer winning the first race! I also feel that Mr Whitmore was on a trial run and can do better. Mikmak ran well below form in the 3.40 Sandown, probably because it was a big price! I had Erissimus Maximus to win and Dundunah for the forecast in the 3.50 Yarmouth. I had Lovato and Novus Adventus for the forecast in the 4.00 Worcetser, but Excellent Puck was pulled up for my each-way! Why a shortish price if it is going to do nothing? Keep an eye on Ferngove, which I reckon was deliberately eased off when in a clear lead! I was attracted to Pondering in the 4.10 Sandown, but in the end decided against it! Voi made some progress but did not run on! Anyway, made a good profit on the day, and as usual I am leaving the evening meetings alone (probably to my cost). Now for England's Women in the Euros!

26th July: Typical! I backed one of Hannon's to win the 2.20 Lingfield and his 25/1 outsider came in! I detest that, but I should know the trick by now, as I have often backed the second strings with good results! Usually when I don't back one of Fahey's at a middling price, it wins, and the reverse, but The Auld Hoose ran well without threatening in the 2.30 Catterick. I had Seamster each-way in the 2.40 Bath, but should have included Babyfact, which I just knew would run well! Keep an eye on the thrown in Divine Call, especially if any money for it, and Jaganory is another to bear in mind. I backed Atalanta Queen to win the 2.50 Lingfield, and looked at the outsider's form figures but did not include it! Everything but the right result in the 3.00 Catterick, with the massive outsider Situation finishing just out of the frame after running really well, and Johnston winning as usual! I can't get it quite right today, as I included Secret Potion in my forecasts for the 3.10 Bath, but my otther selcions ran like crabs, particularly Sayesse! That was too bad to be true, so one to keep an eye on. They love to run like drains before winning! A better result, however, with Khamaary 2/1 and system bet Glory Awaits 9/1 each-way for the forecast in the 3.20 Lingfield. And the third horse was also a system bet, but did not count. And then a winner with bernie' Boy in the 3.30 Catterick, just missing the forecast this time, although Dyllan was a system bet in second. No joy with Silver Link (second) in the 3.40 Bath, but I am still about level on the day, so can't complain. Typically East Coast Lady missed the break in the 3.50 Lingfield (why does that happen so often with experienced horses?). so Flowing Clarets was my only return. I had the forecast with Glenrowan Rose and Landing Night in the 3.00 Catterick, but I don't like using (or having) the top two in the betting for forecasts. Both Meetings Man and Bohemian Rhapsody ran well for a long way in the 4.10 Bath, but I just knew they would pack up at the prices! I am sure both will do better soon, as clearly trial runs! And of course my win bet on Innoko finished second, so thwarted on every hand! As has happened nearly every time lately, I wasted my free bet on the thrown in Star Links in the 4.20 Lingfield, which was almost never sighted, and I should have realised it was too big a price for that stable, although they do have big-priced winners. I can almost guarantee that Star Links will win when wanted. I did have Gunner Moyne each-way, but the wretched Johnston had the winner again! I did not back in the 4.30 Catterick, but Sir Geoffrey and Mercers Row were notable for their lack of effort and both will do better soon. And I backed Goadby (second) last time out! Both Billyoakes and Picansort finished out of the frame in the 4.50 Lingfield, and I feel sure they are being primed for bigger races soon. Keep an eye on both. And to make things worse, Star Links' trainer had the winner! No wonder Star Links did not win! Well, I've had enough for the day, so will leave it at that. I am not into evening racing after two or three hours already!

25th July: I did not back or watch the racing today after a visit to the dentist! The bill was more painful than the treatment!

24th July: Le Deluge ran out in the 2.10 Cartmel, which explianed its big price, but I am sure will do better over hurdles. I missed the big-rated flat horse, but sticking with Moffatt at Cartmel is always a good idea! The thrown in Circuitous must do better after the 2.30 Ayr, but I almost got the winner with Goninodaethat (looked a certain winner), until that crafty man brought Cheeni to win and had a 1-2-3-4! I bet he was told to tie up on the second! Wish I had done a combination tricast, but it's easy with hindsight! I had Shantou Tiger each-way in the 2.45 Cartmel, but both Native Optimist and Tuscan Gold were disappointing, the latter never put into the race until too late. I also had Mondlicht in fourth (Moffatt), but it looked the likely winner until very late! Fast Act was too big a price for its ability in the 3.05 Ayr and will do better when wanted. Much too good to run at the back of the field as it did here. I always feel cheated when they run like that, but what do you expect at big prices in small fields? Not my favourite type of day today, with at least 15 minutes between races and especially if results do not go well! I had See Double You and the thrown in Ronaldinho both each-way in the 3.20 Cartmel, the latter forcing stablemate Sendiym to unseat at the last! I am sure that Craiganee will do better, packing up far too tamely after leading! I am glad that Raifteiri finished only fourth, as I was tempted to back it a massive price! Another Irish winner at a big price in the 3.40 Ayr - must make a note of them! I had Jessie Allen (my namesake) each-way in third. And of course Dalgleish's second string finished fourth when I backed the other one! First, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 3.55 Cartmel, and I looked at Noble Call purely on its form figures, but its form was very weak! Clondaw Banker should have done much better on hurdles form. I picked the wrong Dalgleish runner again with Argaki in the 4.10 Ayr, finishing a running on fourth! I did have Remember Rocky each-way. Argaki will definitely do better when wanted, but I hate these half-hearted efforts! The normally front-running De Faoithesdream made no attempt in the 4.25 Cartmel, so no doubt is being primed for a big run soon. No return there, as they finished more or less in betting order! Massaging those form figures is often more imprtant than making an effort! And then the wretched Dalgleish had a 16/1 winner that I did not back! What is up with them? Gworn left it just too late when I backed it to win! Keep an eye on Itlaaq for a bigger race, as it was absolutely hacking in the 5.10 Ayr before conveniently hampering itself! And of course I was pipped into third on the horse that led nearly the whole way! That's enough for me today!

22nd & 23rd July: I did back on both days, and had a few good results, including a great forecast withStrumble Head 10/1 and Beuvron 6/1 in the 4.20 Newton Abbot on Sunday and a winner with Chebsey Beau at 25/1 on Saturday. I also had a great forecast with two system bets, Altruism and Gran Maestro at 11/1 and 12/1 at Cartmel. System bets are often a good source for returns, although they don't work every time, but when they do, you can make massive returns! Keep an eye on Nelson's Bay, which looked sure to figure at Redcar today, and I am sure is due a good run very soon. The same applied to my old favourite and nemesis, Highland Colori. I am certain it will be making a big showing soon, as it was travelling really well, then suddenly stopped running on! All in all, I held my own over the two days, and if you can say that on most days with a few profitable days in between, you won't go far wrong.

21st July: A farcical start with a stall not opening in the 1.40 Newbury, and all but one runner running halfway down the course! And guess what? My selection was the only one not to run! My second selection, Ode To Autumn at least came second in the re-run. Then I had Foxy Forever in the 1.50 Haydock, but my other selections were out with the washing, including two that blew the start and Cruise Tothelimit, which will do better soon in a lesser race. I had system bet First Drive at 7/2 to win the 2.00 Nottingham and Barig Al Thumama at 15/2 for the forecast! Nice result! Then I had Stage Magic and Albishr each-way for the forecast in the 2.10 Newbury, so a result in every race so far! Should have known that Johnston's horse would come on leaps and bounds in the 2.20 Haydock, but did not twig it, so no result there! Ignoring winning form is always dangerous and I ignored Milton Road in the 2.30 Nottingham, and the betting means very little, it seems. I picked the wrong Hannon runner in the 2.40 Newbury, and was put off further by the pundits saying it was green and noisy! I am therefore sure that Jane Rose will do better soon. Perfect betting order finish in the 2.55 Haydock, so no value there! I am sure that Stringybark Creek can do much better than it did (third) in the 3.05 Nottingham, but when they are 14/1 in a five horse race, that usually tells you what is expected. I just hate the charade they go through to make it look poor! No joy in the 3.15 Newbury, where my horses finished fourth and fifth after looking sure to figure (Flight of Fantasy and Jelly Monger). I feel sure the latter will pop up soon. A result at last with Seeking Magic and Lexington Times in a forecast in the 3.40 Nottingham. I was on a poor run until then! Then it was time to give it a rest, with the remaining races at Haydock abandoned. I am not a fan of three flat meetings at big tracks in any case1

20th July: My internet is even worse than usual today, resulting in me missing at least one winner and forecast in the first three races! I did have one winner and forecast, however. I am sure that Rat Catcher is going to pop up soon, but it keeps starting at huge prices, and it will be interesting to see if there is any money for it soon. I detest it when they are big prices because somebody has decided not to compete! A winner with Major Cornwallis at 11/4 in the 2.45 Leicester, but a certain looking forecast was just foiled on the line! I had second and third with Black Dave and Intensical (not counting) in the 2.55 Chepstow, but left the winner out of my forecasts! Two system bets first and second in the 3.05 Hamilton, and I should just stick to them for my forecasts! Buccaneers Vault was disappointing, lying just off the pace throughout. I thought Mr Tyrrell would have won with Moore having only two rides at Leicester, but you can never discount Varian! My best result of the day with Harbour Patrol 6/1 to win and system bet Lawfilly 15/2 for the forecast in the 3.25 Chepstow! Back in profit on the day! It was obvious that Be Perfect would not be winning the 3.35 Hamilton, but you have to try just in case! Just knew I should have included Bahamian Bird in my forecasts for the 3.50 Leicester, but it's easy with Hindsight! I had Morache Music 10/1 each-way in the 4.00 Chepstow (finished like a train), but the owner was right when he said it was an each-way chance (must have been told what would happen). Keep an eye on both Munfallet and Vincentti, which was much too big a price today (for obvious reasons). You can almost expect a dud run when they are so big! I had system bet Mohab 6/1 and Desert Ruler for the forecast twice in the 4.10 Hamilton! Then I had Ferik each-way at 10/1 in the 4.20 Leicester. Often worth a tilt at the bigger priced ones in these races, provided there are more than four runners! Then I had David's Beauty each-way and Rebel Heart ( not counting) in fourth in the 4.30 Chepstow, so overall a profit on the day. That's it, I'm off to watch the Women's Euros!

19th July: I had system bet Deben each-way at 20/1 in the 2.40 Catterick, but thought it was going to win! Keep an eye on Mercer's Row, which is due a much better run soon (probably in a handicap). Then I had Live Dangerously at 16/1 each-way in the 2.50 Lingfield. Then I had system bet Classic Jewel at 10/1 to win the 3.00 Uttoxeter, just missing the forecast! Keep an eye on Ballygrooby Bertie, which dropped out far too tamely for my liking! I am sure that Russian Royale can do much better than it showed in the 3.15 Catterick, but the price told the story. I had Zorba The Greek at 9/2 each-way in the 3.25 Lingfield, but left it out of my forecasts! There is more to come from both Silver Dixie and Jersey Bull, which were massive prices today. Border Breaker looked sure to figure in the 3.35 Uttoxeter, then mysteriously finished fourth! Will do much better, I am sure! Lady Of Longstone also dropped out tamely afterleading and is another to keep an eye on. I cannot believe that Pea Shooter has not yet won a race this season, and it cannot be long now. Zanetto was also a class above these, but ran no sort of race at a big price. It is annoying when you know the truth but they have no intention of competing! Linguine was too bad to be true after leading in the 4.00 Lingfield, and must do better soon, along with See And Be Seen, which can also do much better. Unfortunately if they are not wanted, there is nothing we can do! Strongly Suggested and The Grey Taylor can do much better than they showed in the 4.10 Uttoxeter, but neither was out to figure today. That's it, I'm off to watch the Women's Euros. Come on, England!

18th July: Just pipped into third place for my forecasts in the 2.00 Bath, but I had a feeling that Pete So High could have finished second if ridden right out. Keep an eye on Silver Springs from the 2.30 Bath, which is very well handicapped on old form, was a massive price here, but could well pop up soon. My each-way bet, Little Miss Daisy, finished third (of course) in a seven horse race! I had Roundhay Park to win the 2.45 Beverley, and also had the third, but should have included Wensley at the top of the market! I had Tinsill each-way in the 3.15 Beverley, but Be Bold was disappointing as a fairly short-priced runner and I am sure will do better. And then I went off to watch England in the Women's World Cricket Semi Final (which they won in an incredible finish!

15-17th July: I was watching Wimbledon on the first two days and did not get involved on the 17th>

14th July: I had Clemmie, the forecast and the third each-way (I got 28/1) in the 2.25 Newmarket. System bet Mukhayyam 14/1 winner of the 2.40 York! Second and third for my forecasts. as I did not trust it at the price! I had both Godolphin runners each-way in the 3.00 Newmarket (four places) and at one point I though they were going to give me the forecast! I looked at the form figures on Mystic Dawn in the 3.15 York, but did not back it! I am sure that Rydan will do much better soon after the 3.25 Ascot, as it came up going best before dropping back very quickly. The same applies to Jelly Monger. I had Roly Poly to win and Wuheida for the forecast in the 3.35 Newmarket (first three home). I had Novoman at 9/2 to win the 3.45 York, just missing the forecast with In First Place! And that's all, she wrote, as I am off to watch the tennis and cricket!

13th July: I was watching Wimbledon today, so did not bet or watch the racing.

12th July: Not much to report witha couple of each-way places and a forecast in the early races, but I did some bets at the start and had system bet Venetian Proposal at 16/1 in the 3.00 Lingfield! I also had Never Folding in fourth place (paying four places). I feel sure that Saved By The Bell could have won the 3.10 Yarmouth, but probably only wanted second place with poor form figures! I had Just For The Craic to win the 3.20 Catterick, and thought I had the forecast with system bet Placebo Effect (each-way) until Dalgleish's thing pipped it on the line! Blast! I had Maroc each-way, and had a sneaky feeling about Jazzy, but did not include it! I took 11/4 on Cool Team earlier and that was also a winner. Well, a couple of quid out on the day, but at least I improved my free bet qualification status considerably for next week. Toptempo, Touch The Clouds and Break The Silence are three that must do better soon.

11th July: Some good early results with Bogsnog at 5/1 as the first leg of my Lucky 15, a win with system bet Areen Faisal, a win with Sheepscar Lad and the forecast with Favourite Treat to win and Elusivity each-way at 14/1! Can't improve much on that! And then it was Wimbledon again. Will check the other results later!

10th July: i had to watch Wimbledon today, and amazingly predicted all eight Last 16 results in the women's singles in two different accumulators, one of five matches and one of three, netting over £17 for a £3 stake! Somehow, despite betting a huge amount yesterday, I did not qualify for this week's free bet, but I can't disprove it!

9th July: With no Wimbledon today, I concentrated on the racing, without much joy! I did have Two For Two to win at 15/2, but most of mine were either placed or not out to figure! I wasted my free bet on Istimraar (again!) and thought that since it was fairly short in the betting, it was bound to figure, but dropped out like a wet rag! Claude Carter is another that is sure to figure very soon, and how I hate it when they deliberately run fourth! Others from today to keep an eye on are Let Right Be Done, Whitchurch (thrown in on old form), Gworn, Archie's Advice, Vallarta and Sea Of Green on the flat, Perseid, Vexillum, Foundation Man and Brave Spartacus over jumps. Should have noted the form figures of Gold Class, as they were perfect for making an attempt!

8th July: Again, I did not do much betting, so need to complete my bets to qualify for my free bet tomorrow. I was counting my winnings in the tennis, with the first four up in my accumulator, and Anett Kontaveit (keep her in mind as a tremendous future potential star) looking all over the winner against Wozniacki, coming within two points before losing! I did have a saving bet on Wozniacki, but missed a trick, as I should have waited until she had almost lost and was a massive price! I have done a few more accumulators for Monday, despite it being almost a total lottery, but I had to make up my free bet total, or I have to make it up massively in the next week to qualify!

7th July: I was watching Wimbledon most of the day, so did not get involved with racing.

6th July: No joy in the early races, where the thrown in Formidableopponent finished just out of the places and will do much better when wanted. It was obvious that it had much more to offer, but not allowed to figure. System bet Dont Tell Val looked sure to figure before pulling up, and the same applied to Clondaw Banker at a massive price. Lunar Deity ran like a crab in the delayed 2.50 Yarmouth. I had Kisumu each-way at 28/1 on my Lucky 15, but the first two went down. I had Gunmaker each-way at 16/1 in the 3.20 Yarmouth, but thought it was going to win! I did a few bets before racing started and had Stoneyford Lane each-way at 18/1 and Merry Banter in a forecast, to pull me back fairly well from a poor series of results. Well, all I was betting for today was to qualify myself for my weekly free bet(s), so back to Wimbledon! Of my earlier bets I had system bet Voi at 25/1 and Aumerle each-way at 16/1, making me almost level on the day after almost scraping the dregs mid-afternoon!

4th & 5th July: I was watching Wimbledon, so did not bet or watch the racing.

3rd July: I did not back in the first few races, but a good start with Avon Breeze to win and the forecast in the 3.00 Pontefract (first three home). I had the forecast in the 3.15 Wolverhampton and the winner with system bet Breakwater Bay in the 3.30 Pontefract, just missing the forecast with the favourite, which did not seem to want to get second place. Then I went off to watch some tennis - great matches and all my bets on the winner are still standing!

2nd July: A good start with Defining Year at 8/1 in the 2.00 Uttoxeter as the first leg of my Lucky 15, and I also had Trapper Peak in third. Then I had Lahore and Quench Dolly each-way (I got 7/1) for the forecast in the 2.10 Windsor. But the second leg of my Lucky 15, Pads, fell early in the 2.20 Cartmel! What a disappointment! System bet Oh So Gigolo 4/1 winner of the 2.20 Cartmel, and I had third and fourth! Havana Beat was disappointing in third in the 2.30 Uttoxeter, and on flat form should do much better. I had Mister Blue Sky to win and Valcartier in a forecast in the 2.40 Windsor. Of course my each-way bet on Rasasee was booked for fourth in the 3.00 Uttoxeter (what else?). I had Whispering Bell and Euqranian in a forecast in the 3.10 Windsor and Graphite each-way in third. The thrown in Dursey Sound was not out to figure in the 3.20 Cartmel, but watch for it in a bigger race soon. Henllan Harri was my only return from the 3.30 Uttoxeter. Join The Clan let me down for a leg of my Lucky 15, so just one winner and one to go. I am sure Georgian Bay can do much better than it did in the 3.40 Windsor, but lucky that I could not get the bet on! I had Domtaline to win the 3.55 Cartmel for a better result, but Accessallareas faded very tamely for my forecast. I had the forecast in the 4.05 Uttoxeter, but was not sure which one won! I had Stellarta each-way in the 4.15 Windsor, but thought it was coming to win! Three big priced placers! I had Alderbrook Lad to win the 4.25 Cartmel. The number of times I backed that horse over a couple of years! De Faiothesdream always front-runs, but made no attempt to do so today and ruined the final leg of my Lucky 15! Will do much better when front-running. I hate these pathetic non-attempts, they are so obvious!

1st July: Three good forecasts in the early races, including Koropick 8/1 and Intisaab 10/1, and Reflektor 11/2 and Lucky Beggar 4/1 (backed them all each-way too). I would have had the tricast in the 2.25 Newcastle if I had done it (first three home)! Doubled my bank (almost). Then I had Dance Diva 3/1 and Maggie's Angel 8/1 in a forecast in the 2.40 Newmarket but my each-way bet Tajaanus was full of running but got no run at all! And then I had African Friend 5/2 and Indian Raj 4/1 in the 2.45 Newcastle! That's five forecasts, several at good odds in an hour! Well, I'm going to have a break to watch the tennis final now. I had High Command each-way in the 3.00 Newcastle. Then second and third in the 3.15 Newmarket - silly, left out the favourite! I had Truth Or Dare each-way in the 3.35 York, but it is about time it won off this mark! I am sure that Brandon Castle will do much better after the 4.00 Chester, as it took the lead, then packed up, as they almost always do! Hussar Ballad also made no attempt when it should have been there. System bet Airton 5/1 winner of the 4.05 Newcastle. I came back for a couple of evening bets, and in the first race I had Samarmadi at 12/1, so I finished a few pounds up on the day!

30th June: The thrown in Tap Night failed to place again at Cartmel and must do better very soon. Waltz Darling can also do much better. I had Size Matters each-way in the 3.00 Yarmouth, but Adventureman finished just out of the frame and Luath will also do better. A much better result with Chunkfunkymonkey and Bartholomew J both each-way for the forecast in the 3.10 Yarmouth, and Castle Talbot was not far behind for my third selection. Smart Ruler ran on for third when the race was over in the 3.20 Cartmel, and should have eaten this lot! I could not even get the forecast! Then I had Century Dream and Mustarrid each-way in a forecast in the 3.30 Doncaster. Then I had Horsted Keynes to win and Brigliadoro for the forecast in the 3.40 Yarmouth, but I feel sure that Basil Berry was only a big price because they knew it would finish out of the frame! More Madness added yet another fourth place to its CV in the 3.50 Cartmel and I feel sure thay do it deliberately. Must win a race soon. That was as far as I went today.

29th June: Some good results with a couple of forecasts and the second and third in the 3.05 Newcastle. But I expected a much better run from system bet Polar Forest in that race, and any money for it will be interesting next time. I also had a nice winner with Stanhope 10/1 in the 3.15 Newmarket, just missing the forecast. I have used my free bet on Top Notch Tonto in the 3.40 Newcastle, and it's due a much better run. Knowing my luck with my free bets lately, it will be another no show! Well, Top Notch Tonto was well up with the pace before packing up (must win something very soon), but I had the consolation of having Constantino to win and Qaafaal in third. No really much consolation for that free bet though! Well, back to the tennis now, I've held my own on the day, but those free bets are beginning to annoy me!

28th June: Day off today and I did not even check the results!

27th June: If my internet would work properly, I would have had the winner at 18/1 and forecast at 8/1 in the 2.30 Beverley, but I could not get a single bet on for about five minutes! Of course I put Shamaheart on my Lucky 15, and that must surely do better very soon. The frustrations of a slow internet! The thrown in Swiss Cross did just enough to finish third or fourth in the 2.45 Brighton, but can win whenever they want it off this mark. They seem to love compiling a series of thirds and fourths! A winner with Lean On Pete in the 3.00 Beverley, but keep an eye on Correggio, which was not unduly pushed and must do better very soon now. econd and third in the 3.15 Brighton with Chunkfunkymonkey and Log Off. I had Hercullian Prince on my Lucky 15, so one to keep in mind for the future, but -05 and -06 figures are not often fruitful! Third and fourth in a seven horse race in the 3.30 Beverley and I feel sure that the prices reflect expectations! Keep an eye on both, Torremar and Toga Tiger for the near future. I had Ginzan (I got 9/2) in the 3.45 Brighton and looked sure to get the forecast until the wretched favourite came to snatch second place! Another third and fourth place (almost a dead heat), followed by an each-way on Wild Flower in the 4.15 Brighton, but I am sure that Noble Deed will do much better very soon off this mark. And another winner with Metronomic in the 4.30 Beverley, both winners coming from Andrew Mullen (thanks). I was sure that Lutine Charlie was going to figure in the 4.45 Brighton, and it disputed the lead for a long way before packing up late! Surely it is only a metter of time! Annoyingly one of my other choices, Alketios, finished fourth (they love following a fourth with a fourth)! Fairy Mist and Pivotal Dream will also pop up soon.

26th June: I had Viewpoint to win the 2.15 Wolverhampton, and Entihaa each-way in third. I also had Noguchi in fourth, which did not count. Uphold (on my Lucky 15 - down straight away) was a big price, but can do much better than it showed (clearly on one of those hated dud runs). I had the winner in my forecasts for the 2.45 Wolverhampton, but the two that I backed with it ran very poorly, with Red Alert making no attempt! I missed the next few races, but had Bogsnog each-way on my Lucky 15 in the 4.15 Wolverhampton. Should have backed system bet Loveatfirstsight each-way! Lucky Di made no attempt to get into it and is one to keep an eye on. The thrown in Doctor Parkes at least finished third at a good price in the 4.30 Chepstow, but should be winning off this mark! Spellmaker can also do better. And better with Zebelini, which gave me an each-way double on my Lucky15! A pity, as I also fancied Black Truffle, but could only get one bet on! My internet is driving me nuts with its snail speeds at present!

25th June: I had Exxaro each-way in the 2.10 Worcester, but my next two forecasts both went down, and the thrown in Zama Zama gets worse instead of better, pulling up in the 2.40 Worcester, but that is a sure sign that it will do better very soon, as they love to make the form look terrible! Aces Over Eights also made good progress, then made a mistake. I did have It's Oscar each-way, but that was a laboured effort! I am relying on Emperor Commodos for my free bet later, so hopefully that will not be another poor effort! Then a faller with Novis Adventus in the 2.50 Hexham. What else can go wrong? Well, at last, I got a winner with systenm bet Swifsure (I got 5/1) in the 3.00 Pontefract, just missing the forecast with Kingthistle. Another winner with Definite Future in the 3.10 Worcester, but my Lucky 15 bet, Foundation Man, was not out to figure today! I hate it when well in horses run three or four pathetic races, as it's all a blind! The Grey Taylor ran in front for a long way in the 3.20 Hexham, and I am sure this was trial run with the intention to pack up! One to keep an eye on, along with Presented. I had Lucy The Painter each-way at 14/1 in the 3.30 Pontefract, but did not include it in my forecasts! The still thrown in Surf And Turf decided to finish fourth today in the 3.40 Worcester, and I had third, fourth and fifth, with Miss Crick the only one to count. The thrown in Teak was too big a price for the stable in the 4.00 Pontefract, but will win when backed. Tuscan Gold also finished just out of the places and will do better soon. But a good winner with Hallings Comet at 16/1 in the 4.10 Worcester! A pity that Solstalla did not keep up its effort in fourth, and Honey Pound was too bad to be true and will pop up again off this mark. Mo Rouge made no attempt in the 4.20 Hexham, and Tommy O'Dwyer ran on like a train for third when it was all over! They are so devious! Well, the thrown in Emperor Commodos took the lead going really well in the 4.40 Worcester, then dropped out like a wet dishrag to ruin my free bet again! It is so frustrating when my free bets keep going down, but I tend to pick big each-way prices. A sure winner very soon, so I'll use my next free bet on it! I did have the winner, system bet Sweeping Rock, but scant consolation! I was lucky, because I did not back it each-way (by mistake)! Rockabilly Riot was my only return form the 4.50 Hexham, but I am sure that Copt Hill was on a dud run, and Claude Carter finished fifth, and is one to note for the future. These massive prices always tell the tale!

24th June: I watched the tennis early, but a good start in my first race with French Flyer 7/1 and up Sticks And Go (I got 6/1) both each-way for the forecast in the 1.50 Ayr! And another good result with Adrakhan (I got 7/1) to win the 2.05 Redcar! And then I had Lomu and Navarone in a forecast in the 2.20 Ayr (first three home)! Great so far! Then I had September to win and Nyaleti each-way in the 2.30 Ascot, just missing the forecast with the third. And then, unbelievably, I had the first three home each-way in the 2.40 Redcar, the forecast and an each-way also on the fourth! But I did not do the tricast (idiot)! Truth Or Dare was thrown in, so I suspect third place was all that was wanted! Then I had Speed Company to win the 2.55 Ayr, and I was tempted to include Testa Rossa but did not! I had Majeed and Ayrad both each-way in the first five in the 3.05 Ascot. Another of those good days, as I then had Batten the Hatches and The Nazca Lines each-way in a forecast in the 3.15 Redcar! It seems that I can either do nothing or do incredibly well, and all my bets are on instict and form figures, as I have not studied the form closely for some time! I think I will pack it in for the day now and watch the cricket, as it can only get worse from now on! I did a couple more bets and had Barsanti each-way at 20/1 in the 3.40 Ascot. And then I had Nonno Giulio to win and Miss Goldsmith each-way in second in the 3.50 Redcar (but no forecast this time)! I am definitely giving up now, as it can't get any better! Well, I had one more successful reverse forecast in the 4.00 Newmarket, just to be greedy!

23rd June: Same old story today, I'm afraid. In the tennis season, that is my first love, so I did not bet or watch today.

22nd June: I did three Lucky 15's, one at each meeting today, and had places on the first leg of two of them, with See And Be Seen and Santry Bay. Another unexpected winner from O'Brien, even though Moore was on it! He has so much ammunition that he has the choice of which ones to put in to win! Then I had Mr Wagyu at 7/1 and the forecast in the 2.45 Ripon, with Sorority each-way in third! Bold Prediction dropped out too tamely in the 2.55 Chelmsford and must win off this mark, along with Michele Strogoff, and both of these were right there until very late. Another second leg down with Bay Of Poets in the 3.05 Ascot and of course its stablemate won! I did have Taj Mahal in fourth, which counted. And then the wretched Pea Shooter ran on for fourth when it was all over in the 3.20 Ripon for another leg down! I had Pearl Noir at 18/1 in third. The winner had all noughts and sixes and those horses are often worth a look! A better result with system bet Ickymasho 14/1 to win and Sagely each-way in third in the 3.30 Chelmsford, although my Lucky 15 bet, Farquhar went down again! Another one down with Alluringly in the 3.40 Ascot, and if I back O'Brien he loses and if I don't he wins! My each-way bet, The Sky Is Blazing set up a massive lead, then folded, so worth a bet over a mile? I had Lewinsky each-way, but did not include it in my forecasts. Keep an eye on Merchant Of Medici, which was swinging away in the 5.10 Ripon but did not quite get there, finishing a close fifth again. A sure winner when wanted! And another one to note in Pearl Acclaim, which looked sure to be placed in the 5.20 Chelmsford, then finished out of the frame. That 10/1 price was a big clue! I am sure it will actually win very soon! Well, that's enough for me today. I'm off to watch Kiki!

21st June: I backed Le Brivido on the nose in the 2.30 Ascot and also had Mubtasim each-way at 20/1. Knew I should have backed (and included) Armed Response in the 2.45 Hamilton, but the race was off before I could back it! The thrown in Roja Dove was not wanted in the 2.55 Uttoxeter, but must do better soon in a bigger race. I hate it when they deliberately run below form! I also missed the forecast on two separate ti ckets! I had the forecast in the 3.05 Ascot. I thought since best in Cosmic Chatter was such a short price that it would win the 3.20 Hamilton, but only second! I did have Steelriver each-way in third. I had the forecast in the 3.30 Uttoxeter, but the horse I backed to win (Sandblast) finished only fourth! I had Cliff Bay to win the 3.55 Hamilton, narrowly missing the forecast. I feel sure that Kiribati will pop up soon, as it led for a long way here and I reckon was deliberately eased off late.

20th June: I did not back or watch the racing today, as I love the tennis when it is on.

19th June: A few each-ways in the first few races, including Laureate at 22/1 and Roy's Dream at 12/1, but typically the thrown in Willbeme finished fourth for my Lucky 15, and ran on as if fourth place was all that was wanted. My tennis accumulator fell at the first hurdle! And then Quoteline Direct (ran on as if more to come) finished third in a race reduced to seven runners! When I backed it there were eight runners, and you can't budget for that! And I had an engineer checking my internet connection during the next hour or two, and of course the other two legs also went down. Often seems like all or nothing! At least I didn't lose much, but two flat meetings on turf are not often very kind to me!

18th June: I got the full value of my bet (14/1) on Annett Kontaveit when she won the title in Holland, but they took a long time to settle it. Can't believe she is still not listed in the Wimbledon betting. When she is, have a little each-way! Of course, if she plays the next couple of tournaments she may be much shorter. It will take quite a player to beat her, so a look at her draw is advisable and she may or may not be good value in individual matches, as she will be getting noticed! A disappointing performance by Jo Konta again today, she seemed much more unsure and flustered than usual and did not seem to trust the surface. As regards the racing, not much to report, not my sorts of cards in the main. I prefer big handicaps and jumps racing. I did have a couple of wins and places, but gave up halfway through. Only a little bit out, but a profit including my tennis bet. I had Qemah to win the 3.40 Ascot, but thought Smart Call would stay in the frame, but there were four places.

17th June: My each-way tennis bet on Annett Kontaveit to win the Denbosch Open is a sure return as she reached the final today and will treble my returns if she wins. I also backed her opponent to win the semi final, but got the set betting wrong (should have trusted her to do better). Kontaveit is certainly a player to keep on the right side, so have a little bet on her whenever she plays! Strange how Latvia (Ostapenko) and Estonia (Kontaveit) have suddenly produced two world class players! As regards racing, I was fighting my slow computer and intermittent internet connection all afternoon! I gave up at 4.00, but at least had two good winners with Line Of Reason (I got 16/1) and Surf And Turf at 14/1, which kept my head above water. Lord Wishes will do much better from that race very soon. I also had Palawan each-way and Glory Awaits each-way at 33/1. I was fighting a losing battle with my computer all afternoon and don't want any more hours like those!

16th June: I was more interested in the tennis than the racing today, and although I had a few bets (including one winner and a place at 20/1), there was not much to report. I still have an each-way at 14/1 on Annett Kontaveit to reach the tennis final in Holland (one step closer, now in the sem-final and looking superb). If you are interested in betting outside of horse racing, then she is certainly one to keep an eye on for the future, especially in lesser tournaments and possibly to reach the latter stages of grand slams. Should be good odds at Wimbledon, although not even on the list yet!

15th June: What a difference between one day to the next! I could scarcely get a return in the first few races today, with both According To Trev (thrown in) and Thepartysover running like crabs at Fontwell, just an each-way place on Seeking Magic in the 3.20 Nottingham, and no show from either Directorship (dud run after two places) or Cricklewood Green in the 3.40 Newbury, where Buckland Beau finished fifth with four places on offer! I am sure all of these will do better in the near future. A better result with three of the first four in the 3.55 Nottingham, just missing the forecast with Lucky Lodge (on my Lucky 15). Then I had the forecast with Ginger Fizz and Poetic Lady in the 4.05 Fontwell. I had Fair Selene each-way in the 4.15 Newbury and two of the first three for my forecast. I thought Major Cornwallis was going to figure for a long way, and probably can do much better soon. I had Prize Diva in my forecasts for the 4.30 Nottingham but did not back it! Typical! I am sure that Nurse Nightingale will do better soon. I had a bet on Mladenovic after she lost the first set, then I had a saver on her opponent, so I was guaranteed a profit, but usually my first instinct is the one to stick with! Less than £2 down on the day, so I'm happy with that.

14thJune:Myfirstbet of the day resulted in the forecast with Get Involved and Clubs Are Trumps, both at big prices (16/1 and 20/1) in a forecast in the 2.50 Worcester (£15 profit)! I had Daira Prince to win and Paddy A each-way in third in the 3.10 Yarmouth. I had Drumlynn to win the 3.20 Worcester, but I was greedy in leaving out the Elliott runner. I had the forecast in the 3.30 Haydock (first three home). Another good result with Justice Rock at 14/1 in the 3.40 Yarmouth and Goadby each-way in fourth (paying 4 places). I am sure that both Refuse Colette and Autumn Tonic can do much better. Also keep an eye on Silver Springs, at a massive price today. And incredibly, another great forecast with Jigsaw Financial 9/1 and Sir Dylan each-way at 33/1 in a forecast in the 3.50 Worcester. Another £16 profit! Domtaline was not out to figure, but must do better soon (they love their dud runs)! I can't believe what is happening today! Next I had In The Spotlight 9/1 and Flower Cup 8/1 both each-way in another forecast in the 4.10 Yarmouth! I'm giving up now, as it can't last! Well, I had one more bet and had the forecast in the 4.20 Worcester (a pretty obvious one this time). Well, I can't beat that for one days's racing, so I'll keep my powder (and my bank) dry for another day! To very small stakes (5p and 10p) I went from £8 to £43 in about two hours! See you soon! And just to round off a great day I had a bet earlier on the tennis, with Annet Kontaveit to beat Kirsten Flipkens 2-1 and another bet on Kontaveit when she was a set down! Could not really go wrong today. I have also had an each-way bet on Kontaveit to reach the final, but Kristina Mladenovic (who else?) will be my main hope to win it.

13th June: I did not back or check results today.

12th June: back to some horse racing, although the afternoon cards do not inspire me. I don't know why Whiteley took the lead in the 2.45 Brighton, although I suspect it was not all out in fourth place. I had the winner in my forecasts, but left out the favourite. I feel sure that Haymarket was only out for third place in the 3.00 Ayr, as I had it as best in. Whitchurch was also disappointing and will do better. Most of my selections figured during the race in the 3.15 Brighton, but of course the nearest I got was fourth place! Never write off Hannon, whatever the price or form figures! System bet Royal Regent winner of the 3.30 Ayr and of course I backed Gworn to win (it should have). Maraakib and Le Chat D'or will also do better. At last, a result with Wapping to win and Impressive Day for the forecast in the 3.45 Brighton. My God, how hard you have to work some days! Second and third in the 4.00 Ayr with Magistral (I got 22/1) and Vallarta. The former was thrown in and should win over further. Should have realised how well handicapped Come On Dave was in the 4.15 Brighton. I included it, but not with the right horses! Both Grandad's World and Bunce ran below form in the 4.30 Ayr, so that scuppered all my bets! Keep an eye on both, as they should pop up soon in similar races. New Rich ran well below form in the 4.45 Brighton and I am sure will be worth a bet soon. No forecast either! Well, that's it for the day. No evening racing for me!

10th-11th June: I was watching the tennis mostly on both days, so did not get involved in the racing or check the results. My only winning bet on the tennis was to get the correct number of games in the men's final, but how I loved the performance of Jelena Ostapenko in the women's final! What skill and courage under extreme pressure! One hit wonder? We'll see, but she can only improve. With the likes of Kvitova, Azarenka (sharp enough after absence?) and Sharapova probably in action at Wimbledon, it could be all change! And don't ignore Jo Konta, who hated the clay, but has the form to go far, especially with good runs in the lead-up tournaments.

9th June: I had John Kirkup (named after the owner) at 12/1 in the 2.10 Carlisle, followed by the forecast in the 2.20 Brighton. I had Storm Trooper each-way in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, but keep an eye on Rat Catcher, which should pop up soon off this mark. I had Exotic Guest at 8/1 in the 2.40 Carlisle for quite a good start to the day. Goodwood Crusader caught my eye in the 2.50 Brighton, but I did not back it when it drifted right out! Just shows that betting does not always mean anything! Im thought Mostashreqah was going to lead all the way for my Lucky 15 bet in the 3.00 Wolverhampton, but pipped by two horses in the last few yards! Percy Topliss was disappointing and I feel can do much better soon, but they love to throw in these dud runs! I had Guiding Star each-way in the 3.10 Carlisle (second and third in my forecasts), but felt it was not out to win. The thrown in Morache Music was not out to win the 3.20 Brighton, but I am sure will win a bigger race before long. I hate it when they just make token efforts! I had the forecast in the 3.30 Wolverhampton (first three home). System bet Savannah Slew 5/1 winner of the 3.40 Carlisle and I did not back it or include it! I had Strictly Art each-way in the 3.50 Brighton, but I am sure that Funny Oyster had more to give and should be worth a bet soon. I had Hussar Ballad each-way (not many winners today!) in the 4.00 Wolverhampton, but the two best in horses, Karam Albaari (not showing yet - watch for money) and Yasir were massive prices and ran accordingly. I am sure that the big prices are just to tell the others that they are not out to win! Well, I'm off to watch the rest of the tennis! See you next time!

8th June: I did not get involved today, but on watching the races back later I did not miss anything exceptional.

7th June: I had a few good results today, including the forecast with Dark Crystal and Framley Garth in the 3.40 Hamilton. Yet another wasted free bet on Blackwell Synergy in the 3.30 Uttoxeter, but I feel sure it will figure very soon. Doctor Parkes was another which was very annoying, drifting out to a massive price, which made it certain that it would not be competing for new connections, but a near certainty off this mark when wanted! My final two tennis bets for the title went down recently, with Kiki Mladenovic finding the weather and tiredness against her, and Elina Svitolina losing from a set and 5-1 up (and a match point) in her quarter final! She is getting better all the time, however, and is sure to win something big before long. Also Johanna Konta will do much better when away from the clay, so make a note! Call The Cops travelled well for much of the 4.00 Uttoxeter, then sank like a stone, and clearly a deliberately bad run. Keep your eye on it for the future. Tectonic can do much better than it showed in the 4.10 Hamilton, and will pop up soon, along with Archie's Advice (stablemates). I had Wink Oliver in the 4.20 Wolverhampton and Kingsley Clarion in third, but Joey's Destiny was very disappointing (no attempt) and will do much better soon. Eqleem had just the sort of form I look for, but I did not back it! A better result with Kinglami and Tinsill both each-way for the forecast in the 5.15 Hamilton. I've worked hard with not much reward today (in between peeking at the tennis)! That'll do for now. I'm off to watch Murray!

6thJune: Sorry if I have not been too helpful lately, but I have been too involved with the tennis to concentrate on the racing. I did not back or check the results today.

5thJune: I had Emerald Rocket at 16/1 each-way in the 2.00 Thirsk and had first and third in my forecasts. I was tempted to include the second too, but changed my mind. Third and fourth in the 2.10 Newton Abbot, with Dropzone (on my Lucky 15, of course) running on (just pipped into fourth) when it was all over! No show from the Haggas newcomer in the 2.20 Leicester, which is unusual! If I had looked at it more carefully I would probably have backed the winner each-way! First, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 2.30 Thirsk, with the outpaced horse running on to snatch second! I had system bet Jack Nevison each-way in the 2.50 Leicester, but did not include Kody Ridge (sys+1)! The thrown in Flying Power finished fourth (of course!) at a massive price in the 3.00 Thirsk, and Correggio (Lucky 15 leg) faded very tamely when it should have figured. I did have Steccando each-way at a good price in third. A better result with Cleni Wells to win and Limited Reserve for the forecast in the 3.10 Newton Abbot, although my each-way came to grief with Tea In Transvaal. Yet another second place with Cotinga in the 3.20 Leicester. Another fourth place on my Lucky 15 with Buccaneers Vault in the 3.30 Thirsk! It gets annoying! I did have pomme De Terre each-way in third, but that was not out to win today! I had the forecast with Calin Du Brizais and Railway Storm each-way (on my Lucky 15) in the 3.40 Newton Abbot. Second and fourth in the 4.00 Thirsk with Green Howard (on my Lucky 15) and Kiwi Bay. One of my other choices, Bold Spirit, led nearly all the way, going well, and should be worth a bet soon. Favourite Treat was too bad to be true today and will also do much better. Two system bets first and second in the 4.10 Newton Abbot, the second at 40/1! I did not back in the race. I had Monaadhil at 10/1 to win the 4.20 Leicester, narrowly missing the forecast! Second and third again in the 4.35 Thirsk, with Sheepscar Lad and Kroy! Keep an eye on Stringybark Creek, which ran on well late and was yet another on my Lucky 15! This pundit (James something) on RUK drives me mad, because he witters on for about ten minutes with his theories, and I can't remember the last time he had a winner! It pays (him) to sound erudite, but don't follow him! I stopped watching or betting at this stage, but got 12/1 on my Lucky 15 on Manton Grange (won 5/1) to give me a good return.

2nd-4th June: I did a few bets on the 2nd, but was too preoccupied with the tennis over the last couple of days to participate. I still have two of my three each-way selections for the women to win at Roland Garros going, including two of my favourite players at present, Kristina Mladenovich and Elina Svitolina, into the quarter-finals. Although I love Mladenovich, I think Garbine Muguruza did not deserve the treatment she got from the crowd, and my heart went out to her after the match. Speaking through my pocket, however, I was happy that Kiki won! I got an each-way at 14/1 on her at the start. Her quarter now looks the easiest of the four. Svitolina is a great fighter and recovered from 5-2 down in the final set to get through. Tough match next with Halep, however.

1st June: A good start with Ghost Serge and the favourite in a forecast in the 1.40 Lingfield. I had a feeling that Point North would beat the favourite in the 1.50 Wolverhampton, but I went against my instincts! Should have gone with Dalgleish for the forecast in the 2.00 Ayr! I had Green Fortune to win the 2.10 Lingfield, but my other selections were out of the frame! I had Bronze Beau to win the 2.30 Ayr, but only first and third for my forecasts. I had Limelite at 20/1 each-way in the 2.40 Lingfield, but my Lucky 15 bet, Bois D'ebene, never showed! Damn, the second leg of my Lucky 15. Miss Rosina, looked to have the race in the bag in the 2.50 Wolverhampton, only to be overtaken by three horses in the last furlong! Deliberate or what? I had Roy's Dream each-way in the 3.00 Ayr, but a poor run from Secret Missile, which must do better off this mark. I got the forecast the wrong way around in the 3.10 Lingfield, not for the first time today! The thrird leg of my Lucky 15, All About The Pace was in second place until the last few yards in the 3.20 Wolverhampton, then finished fourth or fifth! I was tempted to put the second in my forecasts, but did not! The thrown in Buonarroti finished fourth in the 3.30 Hamilton, so can do much better than that! The problem is that fourth place gives no return, which they were well aware of! Archie's Advice also threatened before coming nowhere! Should have just backed the system bets (first and second! A much better result with Enolato at 16/1 to win and Zack Mayo for the forecast in the 3.40 Lingfield! That recovered a few losses! I fancied Mukalal in the 3.50 Wolverhampton but did not back it! El Cap threatened briefly then dropped back sharply and I am sure is worth another go soon. I had Titi Makfi and Forever A Lady each-way for the forecast in the 4.00 Ayr (pretty obvious on the betting). That was my final bet of the day, as I don't often indulge in the evening racing, unless I am really desperate, especially when the tennis is on!

31st May: I did not bet or watch the racing today, and, on checking the results I missed several winners that I had been following, but that's the chance you take!

30th May: I had Dance Diva and Miss Dd at 14/1 each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Redcar, as Dascombe has been in good form lately. I had Mowhoob each-way in the 2.10 Lingfield, but my Lucky 15 bet, Palace Moon, was not out to figure today, but should pop up soon. A better result with June Dog (I got 9/1) and Prince Ahwahnee both each-way for the forecast in the 2.20 Leicester! No return in the 2.30 Redcar, and it seems to me that if horses are named by the pundit in the write-up, they just do not figure (Tenby Two). I fancied that one too, so look out for it. I had the forecast in the 2.40 Lingfield, but annoyingly my Lucky 15 and each-way bet, Royal Peace, finished fourth! I kept looking at Jetsetter in the 2.50 Leicester but left it out, and guess what? I got second and third! Typical! I had system bet Wink Oilver at 16/1 in the 3.00 Redcar, and system bet Cabal in third on my Lucky 15! And I also had Lozah in fourth (paying four places)! Curzon Line led most of the way and should also do better soon. I had Shesgotthelot each-way in the 3.10 Lingfield, but only first and third for my forecasts. How come these Johnston horses are backed but often do nothing? It seems that you can never tell from the betting with their horses! Should have gone with Johnson Houghton in the 3.20 Leicester but at that price? Both Jule In The Crown and Fastnet Spin did not run to expectations. I had the forecast in the 3.30 Redcar, but backed Pattie to win. I wondered why Ivory had put his horse in the 3.40 Lingfield, but soon found out! Anton Chigurh was a massive price in the 3.50 Leicester and ran accordingly, but must do better soon off this mark. Annoyingly Craftsmanship would not go past for second place. No return from my selections in the 4.00 Redcar, including Extrasolar, which must do better off this mark! A good forecast with Tailwind and Menelik each-way (first three home) in the 4.10 Lingfield to get me back on track! I had Cryptonite each-way in the 4.30 Redcar, but would have been better off doing the tricast with the top three! I feel sure that Fleckerl will pop up soon (fourth in the 4.40 Lingfield), but of course my win bet on King Of Swing finished second! I had Casterbridge in the 4.50 Leicster, just missing the forecast with Burtonwood! Keep an eye on Dalalah, which was coming through strongly before easing off again in the 5.00 Redcar. I hate those antics! I did have Bingo George each-way, but could have done better! Concur caught my eye, but I did not back it again! I decided to back the top three in a tricast in the 5.10 Lingfield and it came in, although not great prices. Starmaker looked a sure winner, only to get overtaken by the other two in the final strides!

29th May: What a shocking start to the day with my first Lucky 15 leg, Monty Wildhorn being brought down by one of my other selections. I feel sure that the jockey should have avoided the faller and it might even have been planned! A better result with Chatburn to win and Bengali Boys for the forecast in the 12.45 Redcar (first three home), with an each-way on Global Academy (promising fourth). Just pipped for the forecast in the 1.15 Redcar with the favourite running pretty lamely! I had Osgood as the second leg of my Lucky 15 in the 1.30 Huntingdon. Both Tiradia and Celtic Artesan were disappointing. I had Optimum Time and Zabaletaswansong in a forecast in the 1.45 Windsor. Second, third and fourth in the 1.50 Redcar, including Fidelma Moon on my Lucky 15, but it looked like winning for much of the way! The winner was a system bet, but I did not include it! No support for Gosden's Shawwal in the 1.55 Chelmsford, finishing fifth, but will do much better. I had Fastnet Spin each-way in the 2.05 Leicester, and two of the three in the tricast! Major Crispies (third) let me down again for the first leg of my Chelmsford Lucky 15, and did not seem to want to figure. A better result with Charlie Mon 10/1 to win and Copperfacejack for the forecast in the 2.35 Huntingdon (first three home). Well, I've done my racing shift today, I'm off to watch my favourite, Kristina Mladenovic, play some (hopefully great) tennis! I still have some returns to come on at least one Lucky 15 (winner and place from three legs so far). I must just crow a bit before I sign off, as I just had Perfect Summer at 12/1 on the nose to win the 2.55 Windsor! And just to round off, a winner and two places on my first Lucky 15, making another nice profit. It does not look good for Kristina, who appears to be suffering a back injury. What a shame on her big day!

27th-28th May: I did not back on the 27th, but on the 28th I held my own for most of the day. I am very much into (women's) tennis, and I did a six match accumulator, and guess what? Five winners, and the very last one ended in a 13-11 defeat for Julia Goerges in the final set! Annoyingly two of the others that I contemplated putting in won at better prices. I backed Kvitova to win in less than 20 games, which she did (lovely to see her back playing well). I also did a Lucky 15 on the horses, which resulted in Spock (20/1 winner but a 50% Rule 4), Thundering Home fourth at 18/1 which counted, Lowanbehold third at 7/1 and Istimraar unplaced at 16/1. The latter is definitely due, but you usually need to see money from that stable. Still, the bet returned a few quid.

26th May: Although I backed today, I will not go through all my results. Suffice it to say that I held my own all afternoon and got three legs up out of four on my Lucky 15. Clear Spring was one horse that should do better very soon, as it overtook the leader (which finished third) at one point, then finished out of the frame! I have done two Lucky 15's this evening, so any returns from them will be a bonus.

25th May: I had the forecast in the 2.20 Catterick and Horsted Keynes each-way in the 2.35 Goodwood. Keep an eye on The Professor, which is thrown in on old form, and was making belated progress when badly hampered, whether deiberately I am not sure, but an eye-catching run for the future. I had Rosetti 5/1 and Burning Heat 10/1 in a forecast twice in the 2.45 Warwick! I had third and fourth with Carlovian (I got 80/1 before it was backed) and Spike in the 2.55 Catterick, but Carlovian was clear best in, so is worth noting for the near future (massive price today and I suspect a deliberate third place). I kept looking at Chartbreaker in the 3.10 Goodwood, as Gordon has a habit of winning flat handicaps at good prices, but I did not back it! I did have Medburn Cutler each-way. I had the forecast with Midnight Cowboy and Red Hanrahan each-way in the 3.20 Warwick, although the latter looked a sure winner until getting pipped late on! Then I had the forecast with Meshardal and Extrasolar in the 3.30 Catterick, and an each-way on Lackaday (no tricast but mustn't be greedy!). Then I had Eynhallow at 20/1 to win and the forecast with the favourite in the 3.45 Goodwood! Easter Day ran a strange race in third in the 3.55 Warwick, and on this evidence is a winner waiting to happen! No good for my Lucky 15, however. I expected a better run from Steel Helmet in the 4.05 Catterick, but you can't win them all! For once Prescott's horse ran like a donkey! I had Mori and Coconut Creme each-way for the forecast in the 4.20 Goodwood. I feel sure that Gabrial The Great could at least have finished second in the 4.30 Warwick, but plans were probably otherwise! Well, that's three legs down on my Lucky 15, hopefully Blue Suede will do the business for the last leg (I got 14/1 earlier). I had Merry Banter each-way as the outsider in the 4.40 Catterick, but Blue Suede flattered to deceive before checking out tamely and I am sure was backed for some reason! Well, I am still in profit for the day, so i think I'll watch some tennis (looking forward to Roland Garros next week, where Petra Kvitova hopes to make a return).

24th May: I did a Lucky 15 last night and resulted: Captain Sharpe (at last!) (see 8th April) won 22/1, No Such Number won (I got 5/2), Jackthejourneyman (third 13/2) and Medal Of Freedom (fifth). If the latter had at least placed I would have made considerably more! Still, a nice profit on the bet. A good start today with Cross Step to win and Humble Hero for the forecast (twice!) in the 2.10 Lingfield (and first three home). Then I had Chookie Dunedin to win the 2.20 Ayr, but did not include it in my forecasts! The always thrown in Karam Albaari was gettinmg rid of a first place in the 2.30 Yarmouth, so I assume it will be making an effort very soon now, but it only wins very occasionally. I had second (of course) with Tyrsal. I had Party Royal on my Lucky 15 and Innoko for the forecast in the 2.40 Lingfield (first three home with an each-way on the third) but no tricast (idiot!). Then I had Goninodaethat to win the 2.50 Ayr, but had Lizzie's Dream (fourth) on my Lucky 15! I did not expect Goldie to get a 1-2, but he did have three in the race! The thrown in Smoky Hill (last leg of my Lucky 15) looked to be going well in the 3.00 Yarmouth, but dropped out very tamely. Must pop up very soon now, along with stablemate Par Three. I did have With Hindsight each-way in third, but races where the top three come in are not for me! Another great result with Panko at 6/1 and All My Love 10/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 3.10 Lingfield. First three home again but no tricast! Still, going very well today! If I could put all these winners in multiples I would make a fortune! Whipphound was disappointing in the 3.20 Ayr and Secret City (fourth) also finished out of the places. Another great result with Bint Dandy and Rebel Surge both at 15/2 in a forecast in the 3.30 Yarmouth! So outsiders do come in in small fields (at times). At present I am £19 up (to very small stakes) from the time I quit betting yesterday! You are probably thinking I am blowing hot air, but in the next race(3.40 Lingfield) I had Dovil's Date 12/1 to win and system bet Kerrymerry in a forecast! And I also had Fitzwilly in fourth! This is a dream day! Well, what a disappointment! No result in the 3.50 Ayr! Back to form with King Oswald 4/1 and Be Royale 8/1 each-way for the forecast in the 4.00 Yarmouth (first three home again)! Blast, only second place with Taajub in the 4.10 Lingfield. What's going on? Powerful Wind checked out very tamely after leading for a long way. But I did have the forecast again in the 4.20 Ayr with Nicholas T and Inexes, although I backed Lagenda to win (too bad to be true today). Only second and third in the 4.40 Lingfield with Chelwood Gate and the always thrown in Corporal Maddox (which looked sure to win until very late). But I had to finish with a good result, and I had Gworn to win the 4.50 Ayr and Trinity Star in second, and the forecast, which I did not relaize I had done! How's that for a bonus? I have done so well today that I am not sure I want to do an evening Lucky 15, as it can't come in, can it? £29 up since the same time last night, and all to bets of less than 20p! But I got no result in the 5.10 Lingfield, where I am sure Refuse Colette dropped out deliberately after making good progress, and I had the first two with Multiquest and Foxford for much of the journey! Make a note of all three, as I am sure they ran out of the places deliberately here. Still, I'm very happy with the day's work!

23rd May: The still thrown in Nelson's Bay made no attempt today and must do better soon. The same applied to I'm Super Too, which will be a system bet next time. I did have system bet Fantasy Keeper at 8/1 on my Lucky 15, but two down out of three is annoying. I had Fair Selene each-way in the 2.50 Brighton, but my Lucky 15 bet, Whatalove was in the firing line all the way, only to fade in the last few yards! I backed Coeur De Lion to win the 3.00 Nottingahm, but should have known that King would have a 1-2. I did have Barizan each-way in third at 25/1 too! I have been backing the latter in hurdles races recently with no joy, so perhaps it will win now in that sphere? No return from the 3.10 Newcastle, where most of the outsiders were just that in the race! I am sure Top Of The Glas will do better now it has got rid of that first place, and Bollihope was also too bad to be true! I backed Lyfka when it was the outsider of three in the 3.20 Brighton, but of course it was the eventual outsider that won. Should have known that Lyfka was using this race to get a third place for the future! I had Master Singer and system bet Moonlight Blue each-way at 50/1 for the forecast in the 3.40 Newcastle. Looked like slow motion for most of them in the latter stages! I did not twig Impressive Day in the 3.50 Brighton, although its form figures were interesting! Keep an eye on Long Socks from the 4.00 Nottingham, which seemed to be going better than anything, but was not put into the race! Must be better than that! Maratha also disappointed until running on again late! The thrown in Loyalty made no show in the 4.10 Newcastle, but is worth backing when it runs, because it will win again when wanted. Does not usually win at big prices, however. Magalala keeps getting talked up by the pundits and that is probably why it is not winning at the moment, but I feel sure it will very soon. I had Sir Jack in third and Live Dangerously in fourth. I also feel that Dalavand can do much better soon. Major Crispies missed the break and had no intention of figuring in the 4.40 Newcastle and Ticks The Boxes was another one to do the same. I hate it when it has already been decided before the race, as you have no chance! I am sure both will do better again soon. I actually got another result with Sheer Intensity and World Record for the forecast in the 4.50 Brighton, but keep an eye on Alketios, which I am sure will do better soon. Right, Elusivity has wasted enough of my money now, so I am counting on it to run much better next time, as it can't keep producing these lame efforts! What will be annoying is if it is much shorter in the betting when competing! I had two front-runners in that race, and they both packed up! And yet another wasted free bet on the thrown in Greyfriarschorista in the 5.20 Brighton, and as usual it was my fourth choice, Suitsus which won to save my frustration. Greyfriarschorista must win off this mark, and I thought Kirby on board was a good sign (bah!).

22nd May: I had Denny Kerrell each-way in the 2.00 Towcester, but I am sure that Accessallareas (fourth) could have done better, and Edlomond is another to back soon, as it was too bad to be true here. I was sure that Seyaady had won the 2.20 Carlisle, but somehow they did not give it as the winner! I had the first three in two separate forecasts! I almost backed system bet Crucial Role in the 2.30 Towcester, and did not notice that Johnson was on it! Silly me! Both Somewhere To Be and Project Mars ran poorly. I had system bet Glyder each-way as the first leg of my Lucky 15, but it looked like winning! Merdon Castle gave me the second leg of my Lucky 15 (I got 6/1) earlier, for a nice each-way double with two to go! The third leg of my Lucky 15, Finacial Climate looked a sure winner turning for home, then packed up completely! How annoying - must win before long! I did have Vice Et Vertu to win, however, but not much consolation for my multiple! I had Golden State at 7/1 to win the 3.10 Redcar but did not include it in my forecasts! Georgian Bay finished like a rocket in third to give me an each-way treble at good prices on my Lucky 15, and I also had Michele Strogoff in second. I had Carry On Sydney as best in for the 3.30 Towcester, but it ran poorly in fourth and will do better. It was clear that Captain Of Industry was too short in the betting for its form figures! Lexington Place ran on too late to finish fourth in the 3.40 Redcar and I am sure will do better, along with Lathom. I had Heir Of Excitement to win the 3.50 Carlisle, but no forecast! I backed Midnight Shot to beat the favourite in the 4.00 Towcester. I had Mama Africa each-way in the 4.10 Redcar but as usual did not include it with the favourite! I am sure that Hotfill is due a better run very soon after the 4.20 Carlisle, but I had Tagur each-way. Should just have put the top three in a tricast, but it does not always work out that way!

21st May: A great result with Arthington at 25/1 and Coyoacan for the forecast in the 2.10 Stratford! Trapper Peak was a big price as the first leg of my Lucky 15 and ran accordingly, but I did have Hear The Chimes in second. I had Brother McGonagall each-way in the 2.30 Ripon, and included the winner in my forecasts, but did not back it! Strangely I backed the big gamble before it happened, but it checked out tamely! I backed Marienstar to win the 2.45 Stratford, but my forecast selections ran to their prices! I had the winner to a good stake in France. I backed Helium each-way in the 3.20 Stratford, but should have known it was too big a price to be winning! Another great result with Sandymount and Ossie's Dancer in a forecast in the 3.30 Market Rasen. Just wish I had used my free bet on the winner! And I also had After Eight Sivola in fourth (paying 4 places)! Damn! I wasted my free bet on the thrown in First Fandango, but also backed Mighty Leader (which won and I got 10/1) in the 3.50 Stratford. Why do I always mess it up? First Fandango is a sure winner when actually out to win, so get on it soon! And yet I am still over £10 up on the day to small stakes! I had the forecast in the 4.00 Market Rasen (only three to finish). I am sure there is more to come from Blythe Spirit when fully wound up, as it ran very well for a long way in the 4.10 Ripon. I did have Tumblewind each-way in third. Second and third again in the 4.20 Stratford, where Scales looked a sure winner and threw it away with a huge jump at the last! Still, I'm getting returns in nearly every race! I am sure that William Money has finished second three times deliberately, as it is still thrown in on old form, and these are cosmetic results, but it is damned annoying when they keep losing! I had Materialist and Another Eclipse in a forecast in the 4.40 Ripon. Finishing £10 up for the second day in a row can't be bad!

20th May: I had the forecast in the 1.40 Thirsk, but not much value at the prices. I also had the fourth (of course) each-way at a big price! I had the winning distance (over 9 lengths) in the 1.55 Bangor. I had Bogart at 14/1 each-way as the first leg of my Lucky 15 in the 2.10 Thirsk. Second and third in the 2.40 Newmarket, where Taamol was the horse I did not want (but they knew better). I had Finn Class to win the 2.45 Thirsk, but I also had Boots And Spurs at 33/1 on my Lucky 15 to give me a nice each-way double! And then system bet Defoe gave me a winner at 9/1 and an each-way treble on my Lucky 15! Let's hope that Ballymore Castle completes my Lucky 15 and accumulator! At least it was favourite when I included it! I am sure that Blue April (hacking, but never put into the race) could have done much better in the 3.05 Bangor, so look out for it next time! Jack Dexter is thrown in on old form, but was not out to figure in the 3.20 Thirsk, but I am confident it will do better very soon, so make a note! I liked the form figures of both Kickboxer and Ladweb in the race, but did not back either (fool!). Galileo Gold ran well below form in the 3.30 Newbury, and from the betting they probably knew it would happen! And a fter a poor run, I got a result with The Clock Leary to win and Chankillo for the forecast in the 3.40 Bangor! I had Munfallet in fifth place (playing five places) in the 3.55 Thirsk, but keep an eye on Cosmic Chatter, which was thrown in on old form! Just missed the forecast with Zenafire and Hill Fort in the 4.15 Bangor, the latter missing second by a whisker! I had Ifwecan at 16/1 in the 4.25 Newmarket, but the wretched Ballymore Castle finished out of the frame for my accumulator and Lucky 15! I am sure the latter will do much better soon, so get on it next time! How frustrating! Wish I'd put that one in, would have been worth a fortune! If I had cashed out my accumulator after three legs I would have had another £7+, but I was too greedy last time and let it lie! Still £5 up on the afternoon, so can't complain (too much)! I hadCruising Bye and The Last Bridge and Court Dismissed (equal second) in a forecast in the 4.50 Bangor which meant I got two returns, although my other bet was looking the likely winner when falling at the last! I finished with Ottonian and Kilowatt in a forecast in the 5.05 Thirsk for a good day which could have been so much better!

19th May: Not much joy in the first two or three races, but I had Main Desire at 9/2 to win the 2.20 York and the fourth each-way. I had system bet Blaine at 25/1 to win the 2.35 Newbury, just missing the forecast with system bet Boy In The Bar (third). And I also had Clear Spring in fourth (paying four places)! I had Lexington Times each-way in the 2.45 York, but thought it should be a sure winner! But they don't win small races when thrown in, do they? Brideys Lettuce got no run at all in the 3.05 Newbury, whether deliberately or not, I don't know, but every time it tried to get through, it got baulked. One to note for the future, and Ivanhoe also did not give maximum effort, running on for about fifth. Mr Red Clubs (third) was by far best in with its claimer in the 3.20 Newmarket, but was too big a price to be competing. I picked the wrong horse to go with Zzoro (of course). I thought Simple Verse had won the 3.30 York until I saw the freeze frame, but I did have the forecast with Dartmouth. I had system bet Lord Yeats at 12/1 in the 4.05 York to finish level on the day, so that will do for me! As usual I am not going to bother with the evening meetings, but a few good system bets today! To get your copy, email me at snookermag@aol.com (£5 with free postage & packing).

18th May: I missed a couple of early races, but I had Cadore at 16/1 each-way in the Perth and a good forecast in the 3.20 Salisbury with Fleur Forsyte and Lightening Dance each-way. Both Arantes and Dutch Canyon ran well below form in the 3.40 Perth and are two to note for the future. I detest front-runners, as they almost always are intending to drop out! Then I had Mam'selle and Circulation in a forecast in the 3.55 Salisbury. I had Top Notch Tonto as clear best in for the 4.05 York, but no attempt today, but I reckon a sure winner off this mark. I should have noticed that it was napped by the pundit, so that was the end of that one! I did have Another Touch each-way in fourth. Should have followed Balding, and was tempted to do so! I am sure that Deepsand will win another race over jumps soon, as it was a rather disappointing third in a small race at Perth today, and Weapon Of Choice was too bad to be true. Unless my eyes deceived me, Vanity Queen was going best of the lot in the 4.25 Salisbury, but found absolutely nothing, so one to watch out for! I also feel that So Satisfied had much more to offer in the 4.35 Perth, but getting rid of a first place, will probably run much better next time! Well, that'll do for me today, I'm off to watch some tennis!

17th May: I had three of the first six (all counting), including the winner, Master Carpenter at 12/1 in the 2.20 York! I had Deauville Dancer each-way in the 2.30 Worceester, but it looked as if Bold Duke was sure to figure, finishing a close third in yet another small race! The thrown in Commissar continues to disappoint (2.45 Yarmouth) but must surely do better soon off this mark. I had Tyrsal each-way, but Harlequin Rock also failed to show. Third and fourth in the 2.55 York with Lincoln and Northgate Lad. System bet Al Qahwa 25/1 winner! I had Intrude each-way in the 3.20 Yarmouth, but feel sure that Georgian Bay is due to strike soon. I had Magical Memory each-way in the 3.30 York, but kept looking at Tasleet, but did not back it. Brando went out like a light! I think Gulland Rock would have won the 3.50 Yarmouth if it had been seven furlongs, so look out for it back over that trip. Tommy's Secret is also worth another go soon.

15th-16th May: Nothing to report on these two days.

14th May: A couple of forecasts in the first few races, but big disappointments with Romeo Americo and Phare Isle, which failed to place in the 2.45 Plumpton and were clearly on dud runs after winning last time. I hate it when they do that. The same applied to Kitegen, which was a big pricce in the 3.00 Ludlow and ran accordingly (another waste of a free bet). Watch for any money for it, along with Mackenzie's Friend, which also ran poorly. I feel sure that Western Miller was going best of the lot, but seemd to fade very dramatically in the closing stages. Another thrown in horse in Smart Catch in the 3.15 Plumpton which had no intention of figuring, but made good ground before subsiding again and must win soon off this mark. Fortunately I did have the forecast in this race. Stablemates It's All An Act and Nouailhas were the two best in for the 3.45 Plumpton, but had no intention of winning, and third best Osgood also put in a tame effort, so it was a waste of time backing! These people have a real nerve making a horse favourite with those form figures! But I actually got a result with Festive Affair at 9/1 to win and Noche De Reyes for the forecast in the 4.00 Ludlow. Miracles will never cease (top two on my ratings). Fair Loch had no intention of figuring and I call such runs cheating! Tell me why a horse front-runs and just gets pipped in one race, then sulks at the back and pulls up in the next? I had Ossie's Dancer each-way in the 4.15 Plumpton, but it should have won on my ratings (and looked like doing so). Prouts Pub ran very well in the lead before packing up very quickly, and I am sure this was a trial run for next time.

13th May: Not much to report or shout about in the early races (a couple of forecasts), but a great result with Mighty Zip to small stakes at 50/1 in the 2.40 Nottingham! The thrown in Safari Journey was due a good run in the 2.55 Hexham, but decided to finish last again, but of course it was its stablemate that won! Must do better very soon now. Best in Megalala dropped out too tamely in the 2.55 and I am sure could have finished closer, but I did have Wherediditallgowrong in third. A better result with John Constable and Optimus Prime for the forecast in the 3.10 Haydock, with Zubayr in fifth and Court Minstrel also in fourth! Four succesful results, paying five places! Put me in profit for the day after a bad start! I had the forecast with Oh This is Us and Absolutely So in the 3.45 with an each-way on So Beloved in third (but only seven runners). I had Shady Mccoy at 33/1 each-way in the 4.00 Ascot. Amazing how many system bets figure in these races! The thrown in Brave Spartacus has been running well below form in recent races, and must show very soon now. I had Shaiyem and Ghalib each-way for the forecast in the 4.15 Lingfield. I have only covered a few races today, but hope to be more detailed next time.

9th -12th May: I have had an absolute nightmare with a slow computer and internet over the last few days (took about half an hour to perform one operation at a time), so I have done very little betting and what I did was not very successful. Probably something to do with this virus reported on the news. So I will pass on my blog for those days and hopefully get back in running order from tomorrow.

8th May: I had the forecast in the 1.50 Stratford, although I backed King's Tempest each-way. Another outsider with one run under its belt finished second in the 2.00 Ayr, and my forecast selections finished third and fourth (of course). The thrown in Boots And Spurs made no show in the 2.10 Southwell, but must do better soon off this mark. I did have system bet Alpha Tauri to win and had first and second on two different tickets! Should just have stuck to the system bets! I had system bet Bitter Virtue to win the 2.20 Stratford, but my others dropped out very tamely, including Perfect Timing, whch led for a long way and must do better soon. I wondered why On The High Tops was 66/1 in the 2.30 Ayr, but of course it was going to finish third in a seven horse race! Typical! Could not even get the forecast from the top three! I had the straight forecast in the 2.40 Southwell. I had Yorkist each-way in the 2.50 Stratford, but thought it would win off this mark. Jonny Og is due a much better run soon, but had no intention of figuring today. I had Sea Of Green each-way in the 3.00 Ayr, and Perfect Words in fourth. National Service is very well in, but missed the break here and will do better (system bet next time). Bishop Of Bling was very disappointing for my forecast in the 3.10 Southwell, and I should have gone with the betting, as Balding knows the time of day! I thought I had a sure forecast in the 3.20 Stratford, but the wretched St Saviour allowed itself to be overtaken for second place late on! I feel sure that was deliberate! Jut pipped with system bet Hollywood Harry in the 3.30 Ayr, and should have known that Ching Ching Lor was too short a price for its figures! No joy in the 3.40 Southwell, where the thrown in Elusivity was too big a price, but will pop up again soon, and Jacob's Pillow was just run out of the places again! The thrown in Academy General was on a dud run in the 3.50 Stratford, hence the big price, but must win off this mark. I got second with the favourite, of course. I had Jonny Delta and Ice Galley for the forecast in the 4.00 Ayr, but Magistral was clearly only out for third place and will do better. I had It's Oscar each-way in the 4.20 Stratford, but keep an eye on Defining Year, which came up tanking at one point, then subsided again, and is a likely winner very soon. I am not bothering with the evening racing at present, as three afternoon meetings are enough for me, and there is some great tennis on which I really enjoy.

7th May: Second with system bet Top Tug (at 25/1) and third for my forecasts in the 1.50 Newmarket, and if I had put in the favourite, I could have had the tricast! I thought another system bet, Mustajeer, was going to figure after leading for a long way, but faded very tamely! I always consider these as trial runs, and expect better in the future. I was going to use my free bet on tennis, on Siegemund against Konta, (yes, I am patriotic, but thought she would win on clay) but just found out too late that she won last night! Wondered why the match was not on the list today! The wretched Dream Of Dreams cost me two forecasts by being too far behind, and I wonder often whether these runs are deliberate! After waiting a long time for the 2.20 Newmarket, Nezwaah burst out of the stalls and was withdrawn for my forecast bet! I wasted my free bet on Sennockian Star, which never runs as I expect, but is still thrown in on old form! Why do they run it so in and out? I usd my remaining bank and bonus free bet on Bean Faisa at Leopardstown, and would you believe it? A winner! And then believe it or not, I had Mr Lupton at 11/1 to win and Eastern Impact for the forecast in the 2.55 Newmarket (a Fahey 1-2) for a nice return (and some money to play with)! Best in Big Time did not figure, but must do better soon. Then I had Genres to win at 6/1 in the 3.10 Hamilton, narrowly missing the forecast too, for a good half an hour!

6th May: Not much to shout about in the early races, although I had Bomber Command each-way (should have included it in the forecast) and Goldream each-way at good prices. I also had Ajman Princess at 6/1 (could not believe the price). I actaually got the forecast with Sanannah's Dream and Liquid in the 3.05 Thirsk, although the latter was favourite when I did the bet! I had Churchill to win the big race, but I thought Lancaster Bomber was going to give me the forecast until very late. I had Rousayan each-way (five places) in the 3.40 Thirsk, but almost backed Cote D'Azur on its form figures! I had Eqtiraan each-way in the 4.05 Newmarket, but could not pick the winner! Then I had Midnight Malibu each-way in the 4.15 Thirsk, but mostly only places today! I had the forecast in the 4.25 Goodwood. and the first three home in my combinations. And another winner with system bet Deja Bougg (see 4th April) 12/1 in the 4.30 Uttoxeter! Cowslip is now due a much better run after a series of poor efforts. I had the forecast again in the 4.50 Thirsk. I knew I should have included Road To Dubai in my forecasts for the 5.00 Goodwood, as I had Moneyoryourlife and Chaparrachik both each-way! So many places today! And then second and third again with Compadre and Calin Du Brizais in the 5.05 Uttoxeter! Seem to be fated to get places today! B Fifty Two led for a long way in the 5.15 Doncaster and I am sure it will do better soon, along with Tatlisu, which had no intention of figuring today. System bet The Commendatore 8/1 winner!

5thMay: I did not back or check the results today.

4th May: Not much joy with just one each-way retrun in the first few races, but I had the straight forecast with Flowers On Venus and Major Crispies in th 2.40 Lingfield. Surely Head Space is due to strike soon off this mark (66/1 today). I had the forecast in the 3.00 Redcar with system bet Grinty the 7/4 winner. And then a great result with Night Generation 9/1 and Ascendant 11/1 for the forecast in the 3.10 Lingfield, and Golly Miss Molly each-way in third! Back to normal in the 3.20 Towcester, but there were two system bets first and third, which I ignored! I had the forecast again in the 3.30 Redcar, although I backed Cabal to win (first three home too). Russian Reward looked a sure placer in the 3.40 Lingfield, then eased off near the end to finish out of the frame! I hate these performances! Theo's Lolly is another that must do better soon. System bet Tom's Rock 8/1 winner (again!). I had the winning distance in the 3.50 Towcester, as I could not pick the winner! I had Cliff Bay each-way in the 4.00 Redcar and looked sure to get the forecast until the wretched favourite came to pip me on my dead-heaters! First and third for my forecasts in the 4.10 Lingfield. I am sure Stiff Upper Lip was out to finish last in the 4.20 Towcester, and I could not get the forecast from two attempts! No return from the 4.30 Redcar, but keep an eye on Shamaheart, which is due a better run very soon. Yet again the second horse just got pipped on the line for my forecast in the 4.40 Lingfield! Why do they keep easing up when beaten? The thrown in Ballyegan failed to even place in the 4.50 Towcester and will do better soon. High Aspirations is also well in and added another fourth place to its CV. How often do they do that? Well, I am not getting into the evening racing, but I finished a few pence out on the day after going well up at halfway, so not too bad.

3rdMay: I missed the first at Wolverhampton, but would definitely have had a bit on Insolenceofoffice (see 27th March), which I have tipped more than once recently. A couple of rags winning the next races did not help, but I must remember the trend for the future (rubbuish first time out, then winning!). I had the dead-heat and forecast in the 2.25 Wolverhampton with two system bets (-23). Should just have backed the top three in forecasts in the 2.35 Ascot! Neither Luduamf nor Fair Selene figured in the 3.00 Wolverhampton, and I am sure both can do better soon. Two heavily backed horses first and second with no apparent form. System bet Captain Sedgwick 33/1 third. Not a clue about the 3.10 Ascot! A much better result with Ravenhoe to win and Tellevoi each-way for the forecast in the 3.25 Pontefract! Bold Prediction ran well in third in the 3.35 Wolverhampton and will do better very soon. I had the winning distance for Blue Point in the 3.45 Ascot, which was better than a win bet! I just knew that Vice Versa was going to do something in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but did not back it at a big price! How can you tell when they have rubbish form? I did have Margherita each-way at 8/1. And I finished with Jonny Cavagin each-way in the 4.35 Pontefract to finish just a bit down on the day. I am sure Yeeoow made just a token effort and will do better. By the way the favourite won, I don't think many others tried!

2nd May: Very little joy in the first half of the afternoon, but Smoky Hill will surely win very shortly off this mark (but I've been say that for a while!). I did have Singyoursong in the 3.35 Brighton for a pleasant change! I tipped Zubaidah (50/1 winner) on 11th May last year! Unfortunately when they are at 50/1 there is no real hope in backing them! Swiss Cross continues to disappoint, but was over too short a trip today and must win soon over 6-7f. Also keep an eye on Stosur, which was too big a price today. Fantasy Gladiator must win soon off this mark and was going well in the 4.00 Yarmouth, but was never allowed to run on. I had Fairy Mist 16/1 each-way in the 4.10 Brighton, but both Lutine Charlie and Indus Valley can do much better soon, and Jonny Skull was going very well in the lead before fading as they do so often. Keep an eye on all three soon. I had Mouille Point hopefully to win the 4.20 Nottingham (slightly dubious on the angle). And of course Carol finished a running on fourth! I am sure that both Georgian Bay and Glory Awaits can do much better than they showed in the 4.30 Yarmouth, but it just depends what plans are on the day so often! Corporal Maddox is gradually coming to form and must surely win soon when wanted. I hate backing these thrown in horses in small races as they always finish third! And then second, third and fourth in a six horse race in the 4.50 Nottingham (did not want the wretched favourite). I assumed that when the thrown in Glenalmond was a short price in the 5.10 Brighton it was a sure winner, but you can never tell what they are up to! Must surely win soon. I did have Our Jack each-way but even that got pipped on the line! Three system bets first, second and third, 9/1, 9/1 and 7/1 in the 6.00 Wolverhampton and I had to go for Anton Dolin! I'll never completely master this game, but who can? I backed Filament Of Gold the last couple of times (see 27th March), but I always seem to miss them when they win!

29th April-1st May: I did not back on these days, so sorry if you rely on my blog (I wish)!

28th April: No return whatsoever in the first few races, with most of my selections annoyingly finishing just out of the frame, including the thrown in Cosmic Chatter, Lucky Lodge (fourth) and Maureb (fifth)! Cosmic Chatter was going extremely well but did not finish off, and will probably do much better soon. Whenever I leave a horse out of my forecasts, it seems to get into the frame! At least Deauville placed for my first return, but again I left the winner out of my forecasts. Dohhh! At alst a result with system bet Jacks Last Hope at 16/1 and Sky Khan (I got 7/1 each-way) for the forecast in the 2.35 Perth. So there is some hope after all! That doubled my starting bank after I was almost out of funds! Then I had Gulland Rock 16/1 each-way in the 2.45 Doncaster. The latter finished strongly, and I feel sure there is more to come. System bet Cunco 5/1 winner in the 2.55 Sandown, and of course my forecast selection Frankuus finished third! I had The Fresh Prince each-way in the 3.10 Perth, but did not want Lord Ballim! Then I had Harbour Grey (I got 6/1) to win and Desert Rain for the forecast in the 3.20 Doncaster (first three home). I had Gabrial and Jallota both each-way in the 3.30 Doncaster, but left out Sovereign Debt against my better judgement! I had Ronaldinho each-way in the 3.45 Perth, but both Uriah Heep and Snowed In ran well below form and will do better. I had Rich and Famous and Ekhtiyaar for the forecast in the 3.55 Doncaster. Then I had Jumirah Bridge and Queen In Waiting for the forecast in the 4.05 Sandown. Might pay to follow the top of the betting more often, and not be so price-greedy! I had system bet Mister Don each-way in the 4.15 Perth, but both Tikkandemickey and Harry The Viking ran well below form, although the former looked like a sure winner! I had Tylery Wonder 14/1 each-way in the 4.30 Doncaster. I am still waiting for Pea Shooter to show something, but no doubt it won't be such a big price when it does! Is it not strange that whenever two big stables are in opposition, the bigger priced one wins? I haf Meandmyshadow each-way in the 5.05 Doncaster, but my eye was drawn to French and Shesthedream, but I did not back either! That'll do for me today, just a little bit down, mainly because of places but not winners in many races.

27th April: I did not back or check the results today.

26th April: A frustrating 1.50 Catterick, where both stablemates Pearl Noir and best in Sir Geoffrey were right up with the pace, then fading into fourth and fifth right near the line. They must know what they are going to do, hence the big prices! Fuel Injection is another that will pop up soon. A better result with Royal Village and Coole Hall each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Perth, although I thought the latter might have nicked it! The thrown in Normal Equibrium at least finished third in the 2.10 Epsom, but must win off this mark, especially being out of the handicap here (27lb well in on best form). I had Bismarck The Flyer each-way in the 2.20 Catterick, but thought I was going to get at least second and third, and even the forecast at one point! It is interesting that the winner and second had almost identical figures (-060. I missed the race, but I had both Paper Roses and Gold Chain each-way in the 2.35 perth, the latter giving me an each-way double on my Lucky 15 (one leg down, of course). I had Ghadaayer and Aimez La Vie in a forecast in the 3.55 Catterick. I assumed that Aintree My Dream would at least be in the shakeup in the 3.05 Perth - fatal! Should have known the wretched Whingeing Willie would figure in the 3.15 Epsom, but I did have Barwick each-way in third. I had Cultram Abbey and Jet Master both each-way in the 3.35 Perth, but did not want Beeves! I had Brorocco to win the 3.50 Epsom, but the thrown in Faithful Creek made no attempt and will win again at some point soon. I had Flawlessly each-way in the 4.00 Catterick, but it looked a sure winner until very late! Why do I get so many seconds? I thought American Life (I got 22/1) was coming to win the 4.10 Perth, but should have included system bet Late Date with it! The thrown in Andhaar is due very soon now. I had the forecast in the 4.25 Epsom (first three home). I had Lagenda each-way in the 4.35 Catterick, but crafty Fahey got the wrong winner again! Almost got the forecast in the 4.40 Perth (just pipped for second). I wasted my free bet on Baccalaureate in the 4.50 Exeter, but I did have Thundering Home to win at 14/1 as a consolation! Baccalaureate must win again off this mark, especially when at Exeter, and Ladies Dancing will also do better soon. I had Star Maker at 16/1 each-way in the 5.00 Epsom. Meadowcroft Boy was too bad to be true in the 5.10 Perth and I am sure will run much better soon. The same could be said of Sleepy Haven, which is being held back at present. Well, a few good results today, but not my best, but at least I have made a good contribution towards my next free bet, which has not been a great asset recently!

25th April: No joy at all on my early Lucky 15, where Morning Time, The Gay Cavalier, Humour and Bell Weir (fourth) all failed to figure, although I should have backed another system bet in Beyondtemptation (8/1 winner). Lady Brooke had two runners in the 3.35 Ludlow, and I backed both of them with Noche De Reyes in forecast, resulting in a 33/1 winner and the forecast! Nice! I am sure that Free World (Lorna Brooke was riding today) will pop up at some point too. Just shows even ladies can be crafty! Frank The Slink was my only return from the 4.00 Hexham, although Trouble In Paris looked a sure winner before fading into fifth! I am sure that was a cosmetic job! I did a few singles at the start of the day at good prices, and surprise, surprise! The first five were never sighted! Ridiculous, but it just shows if they are not wanted, they won't win! Beggars Velvet at least sneaked into a place in the 4.40 Ludlow. Then the sixth one also went down to complete a nap hand, but I am still about level on the day after one good forecast! I am sure Wig Wam Wiggle finished fourth in the 5.05 Hexham just to complete the sequence (-234). They like doing things like that! It has been hard work getting much return in most races today! And the 5.10 Ludlow also produced an unpredictable result! What is the matter with them today? First one down (Tingo In The Tale) on my evening Lucky 15. From the price, they knew it would finish third in a six horse race, as that seems to happen all the time! That's enough for me today, I'm fed up with today's racing, and lucky to come out as lightly as I did! I did not back Roy Rocket in the 6.20 Brighton, but suspected it would be there, as Berry runs very few horses. It pipped my Russian Reward, of course.

24th April: No bets and not even checked the results today, as I am always disappointed when I see what I have missed!

19th-23rd April: I did not back much on these days, as watching snooker was more interesting. I did have system bet Bacchus at 25/1 and the forecast earlier, and I had Sgt Bull Berry on Sunday at 25/1 and the forecast. I made a profit on Friday, so must have had some good results. On Sunday Vodka Wells was well backed, but made a bad mistake, but must surely win a bigger race soon. Unfortunately I wasted my free bet on Domtaline, which finished fifth, but is surely ready to strike soon, as it was full of running today. These jockeys have a knack of making them make mistakes when they seem to be going well! I had the reverse forecast with Mighty Missile and Cousin Khee in the 3.25 Wincanton, with a win bet on each. I had the two outsiders, The Herds Garden and Lord Landen as best in the 3.35 Stratford, but as usual in a small race, they finished third and fourth. I am sure both will do better. These small races always seem to produce unexpected results, as Palm Grey would have been the last one I picked in the 3.45 Wetherby. They seem to be able to get any result they want! I assumed that Status Quo would finish runner-up in the 4.00 Wincanton, but it did not make much effort! A nice result with Our Three Sons 8/1 to win, Starlight Court 4/1 for the forecast and The Way You Dance 10/1 each-way in third (but no tricast)! I pick my selections mainly on form figures, eliminating horses which do not subscribe to my system! Forecast the wrong way around in the 4.20 Wetherby! And same again in the 4.30 Wincanton! Blast! I finished off with system bet Always Archie 5/1 to win and Bound For Glory for the forecast in the 5.10 Stratford. Two of my others brought each other down, which seems to happen often to my runners! I made a profit of a few pounds on the afternoon, and made sure I spent enough for next week's free bet!

18th April: I had forecasts in the first two or three races I backed in, but clear best Fattsota was clearly not out to figure in the 2.45 Southwell, and Esteaming is probably being kept for a bigger race too. I can never work out whether they will actually try or not! Not the type of afternoon cards that I like, but we will see what happens. A nice result with Breath Of Blighty 7/1 to win and Clondaw Banker at 9/2 for the forecast in the 3.05 Kempton! Starting with 84p in the bank, I now have almost £4! I had system bet Next Stage to win the 3.30 Newmarket, where Highland Colori led for a long way going well, and I am sure could have finished much closer (It actually finished fourth for my each-way bet)! Then I had system bet Le Dauphin 3/1 to win and Kardinero 9/2 for the forecast in the 3.40 Kempton. Much better so far! Spoke too soon, with no return whatever in the 3.55 Southwell, but you can't win them all! i did have the forecast with Khalidi and Salouen in the 4.05 Newmarket, although I backed Salouen to win. I had Gallery Exhibition at 8/1 to win the 4.15 Kempton, but Sego Success came down when in the lead! System bet Geordie George 18/1 third in the 4.25 Southwell, and an even bigger price on the winner. The thrown in Dr Red Eye will pop up again soon off this mark, but you never know what plans are for such horses! Unfortunately if they tell the jockey to finish last, ability has nothing to do with it! General Tufto will also do better, probably over a mile, which is its best trip. System bet Jewel House 7/1 winner of the 4.35 Newmarket (would have backed if I had seen the price!), and I had the forecast with Top Mission. I had Stowaway Magic and Oscar Hoof in a forecast in the 4.45 Kempton. I had Jacob's Pillow and Powerful Wind both each-way in the 4.55 Southwell, but I did not want Borough Boy! I did not bother with the evening racing, as there is a limit to how much I can handle!

17th April: Another pretty miserable day, although I had a few good results. I will not go into details.

16th April: I don't have much to say about today, other than it was one of the worst days I can remember, with only three or four winners all afternoon, and abysmal displays from most of my fancied runners, including Calculated Risk (system bet next time, so get on it), Orthodox Lad in the same race, Goring Two, Monte Wildhorn (yet another fourth place), Copper Birch, and a miriad of others too big to mention, apart from Quadriga, which finished third today (and I had the winner for once). The latter is gradually showing its true form. Back to the drawing board tomorrow!

15th April: I had no time to write my blog today, but after going well down through the afternoon, I looked to be ending about £2 out, having got Ashoka and Mighty Missile in a forecast in the 5.50 Stratford to pull me well back from the brink! I had a number of good winners and forecasts too. I did not do any research, but based all my bets on knowledge and form figures. System bet Mornington 9/1 winner of the 6.05 Brighton, but I did not back in the race. Keep an eye on Glenalmond, which must win a race very soon! I had Fitz Volonte at 6/1 before the gamble in the 6.20 Stratford, but Glendermot was too bad to be true. And my last bet of the day was Miss Pernickety (I liked its figures) and Ms Gillard for the forecast in the 6.35 Brighton to bring me back to within a few pence of my starting bank!

14th April: A great start in the first race I backed in, with Winning Story and Watersmeet both each-way for the forecast in the 2.10 Lingfield. Pinzolo did not perform as best in, so one to watch for again soon. Third, fourth and fifth in the 2.20 Newcastle with Paddy Power, Money Team and First Bombardment, but only one counted! I had Goodwood Crusader to win the 2.30 Bath, just missing the forecast. Then I had Realtra to win the 2.40 Lingfield, and just missed the forecast again! Kalk Bay looked a sure winner in the 2.55 Newcastle, but managed to get pipped into third on the line. Keep an eye on Ralphy Boy, which I had as best in! The thrown in Wordiness looked a sure winner in the 3.00 Bath, but I suspect they only wanted third place. Useless backing big prices in small races! Ruined my patent bet, as usual. I did back Midtech Star to win, however, as Williams rarely leaves his money behind! I had the forecast with Kimberella and Gracious John in the 2.10 Lingfield, the latter the first leg of my Lucky 15! I had Mistiroc each-way in the 2.25 Lingfield, but had Mustajeer on my Lucky 15! My other each-way, Final, unseated rider mid-way! I had Hushood in my forecasts for the 3.30 Bath, but put the wrong Johnston runner(s) for the forecast! I had system bet Sovereign Debt to win the 3.40 Lingfield, also on my Lucky 15. I thought Nimr was very disappointing when I backed it last time out! Could not pick the winner of the 3.55 Newcastle, but South Seas was too bad to be true after going into an easy lead! I had Muthmir and Mr Lupton in a straight forecast in the 4.00 Bath. I had Tomily each-way in the 4.10 Lingfield, but thought it was going to win, but only third! I had Briardale to win, the forecast and an each-way on the third in the 4.25 Newcastle. I had system bet Hors De Combat each-way in the 4.30 Bath, but I am sure Bold Prediction (led) can do better when wanted. Grendisar disappointed again for the last leg of my Lucky 15, but I did back Convey to win. Also keep an eye on Batallion, which can do much better. Marseille typically was the one I left out of my forecasts for the 4.55 Newcastle! I did have Eltanin each-way at a bigger price, however. I backed Chagatai to win (I got 5/2) and had Last Page each-way for the forecast in the 5.00 Bath to round off a day when I had lots of good results, and finished ahead, which is nice with so many non-handicaps included. Silvanus looked to be going very well in the 5.30 Bath, but faded for no apparent reason, and should pop up soon. Zac Brown missed the break (must have been deliberate) and of course Seamster came second when I did not back it! But I am happy with the day overall.

13th April: I had Honey Pound to win the 2.20 Towcester, a good forecast with Mr Snoozy and Vercingetorix in the 2.30 Wetherby, and Hipz at 10/1 in the 2.40 Chelmsford. While I had Noguchi each-way in the 2.10 Chelmsford, the thrown in Space War had no intention of figuring for the second leg of my Lucky 15, and you can rarely rely on them to run it properly! The thrown in Lightening Rod ran as if they only wanted second place in the 3.00 Wetherby, so watch out for it in a bigger race. I think it might want further in any case. Endeavor can also do better, so watch for any money for it (big price today). I had system bet Curlew River on the nose and the forecast in the 3.10 Chelmsford. What a lovely lady that Deidre Johnson is, and she gave a nice clue to its performance! I had Poet's Word and Intrude each-way for the forecast in the 3.40 Chelmsford, and Pactolus each-way in third, but no tricast, because I assumed that Firefighting must figure, but it did not! That's another leg down on my Lucky 15! I had the forecast in the 3.50 Towcester and Shadows Lengthen each-way in the 4.00 Wetherby, the latter due a win off this mark (bad mistake at the last). Second and third in th 4.10 Chelmsford with Hannington and Einstein, but my two fancies were The Ginger Berry and Fast And Hot (fifth), neither of which made any attempt. As I have said before, it always seems to be my fourth choice (and saving bet) which runs better than the others! The still thrown in Quality Art did not follow up its recent win in the 4.40 Chelmsford (sorry, broke down, apparently), and my two other choices also ran poorly, including Autumn Tonic. Roy's Legacy is one of my old favourites, but I did not back it today! Never do forecasts in three horse races (4.50 Towcester), as usually two of them fail to finish! But they did pay out on the forecast for some reason. Two thrown in horses in the 5.00 Wetherby, Lochalsh and Houndscourt, with Silver Shuffle not far behind on my ratings! Lochalsh (40lb well in) looked the likely winner two out, then faded badly, and Houndscourt ran on into fourth place (at least it paid out). How can you back when they run them like that? I feel totally cheated by wasting money on them! Lochalsh's figures now read -2345. Who are they kidding? I am sure both will win very soon, so get on them! Silver Shuffle made good progress, then went out like a light (trial run), so watch for any money for that one. I can almost guarantee that it will be backed when wanted, as the Sayers make a habit of it! Well, a couple of quid down on the day, but still up from two days ago.

12th April: Not much joy early on, but a great result with Knight Oftherealm and Itoldyou in a forecast in the 3.40 Fontwell. Keep an eye on Venetian Lad for the future, as it can do much better. I was sure that Midhmaar had got third in the 3.50 Nottingham, but they gave it to Weekend Offender (bad angle?). But an even better result with Be Perfect (see 22nd March) 10/1 and Sellingallthetime 8/1 second in the 4.00 Catterick! But the exacta paid much more (I never do that bet). Knew I should have included Skelton's horse in the 4.10 Fontwell, but did not like its previous run! I had Cosmic Ray to win the 4.20 Nottingham, and Fantasy Gladiator each-way in third. The thrown in Bling King threw in a dud and must do better soon. A couple of close places in the 4.30 Catterick with Indian Pursuit and Socialites Red, but the latter must win soon off this mark. Keep an eye on Detour Ahead, which is due to pop up soon after a terrible run in the 4.40 Fontwell. I had system bet Mullarkey 12/1 and Hertford Dancer 9/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 4.50 Nottingham for my best forecast of the day! That's three nice forecasts! Then I had system bet Blue Jacket to win the 5.00 Catterick (I like the Sayers backing horses). And another good forecast with system bet Sunnytahliateigan 5/1 and Prouts Pub 12/1 each-way for the forecast in the 5.10 Fontwell. What a nice day! That's £15 profit to very small bets! And to finish off on a good note, I had Outcrop and Bedouin for the forecast in the 5.20 Nottingham! Again the exacta paid much more! But I won't have many better days for results than that! Keep an eye on Noodles Blue Boy, which missed the break in the 5.30 Catterick, but must do better soon off this mark. The form meant absolutely nothing in that race, with all the best in checking out! The wrong Newcombe placer in the 5.45 Kempton, where I expected Mambo Spirit to make a good show. Just shows how crafty they are! And of course Nasri missed the break, so that was the end of that one! The number of ways they make them lose with! (sorry about the bad grammar)!

11th April: Not much joy in the first few races, although I did have the forecast in the 2.40 Pontefract: I looked to have a sure forecast in the 3.10 Pontefract, but Hemingway was just pipped on the line and my other horse for the forecast ran on well for fourth! Then second, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 3.20 Exeter and I did not want the favourite, needless to say! I had the straight forecast with Viewpoint and Anton Chigurh in the 3.30 Lingfield. At last, a nice result with Uncle Bernie 7/1 and Tuscan Gold 12/1 each-way for the forecast in the 2.40 Pontefract! Should have done the tricast with the favourite, but it's easy with hindsight! Only Gorgeous was about the only horse I did not want in the 3.50 Exeter, as I had most of the others in forecasts! They are so annoying! The thrown in Swiss Cross ran even worse than previously in the 4.00 Lingfield, and that is a sure sign of a good run soon! I had Oriental Relation each-way, but it looked a sure winner until very late! Ballesteros can also surely do better. First and third in the 4.10 Pontefract, with Innocent Touch narrowly failing to get second! The thrown in Academy General made some progress in the 4.20 Exeter, but not enough, Storm Alert continues to run like a drain (surely cannot be as bad as that), and Fluzgeug finished fourth, of course! Just missed the tricast by not backing the top three in the 4.30 Lingfield! I did have Marshall Aid each-way. The Quarterjack and Dalavand can both do much better soon. Two system bets first and second at 14/1 and 20/1 in the 4.50 Exeter, and I backed both, but not in a forecast! Titch Strider dropped right out, so that should mean a good run next time! It always seems to be my fourth choice horse which wins! The thrown in Smoky Hill is taking one more race (5.00 Lingfield), but get on it next time out! I was about to back Victor's Bet when the race went off! I had second, third, fourth and fifth in the 5.10 Pontefract, but not the 40/1 winner! Best in Kiwi Bay finished off well, but only fourth, which was probably the plan! Not one of my five selections finished in the frame in the 5.30 Lingfield, including the thrown in Galuppi (almost pulled up) and Bennelong! What is the matter with them? I have no clue when they run like that! And even then, the jockey on the leader appeared to be waiting for the favourite to catch him. Was that planned? Ravenhoe ran even worse than usual after threatening briefly in the 5.40 Pontefract, and I am sure that horse is going to win soon. It has cost me enough money now, although it is not its fault, poor thing! And to finish off, a result with Mr Satco to win and the forecast with the favourite (first three home). Well, I backed all afternoon with a tiny bank, and ended up losing a few pence! Can't be a bad afternoon's entertainment!

10th April: In the first two novice races I inevitably got the forecasts on two separate tickets. How does that happen so often? Makes me see red! The horse I backed each-way missed the break and was last all the way. I can pick 'em! I had Landecker each-way in the 2.10 Kelso, also on my Lucky 15. but the way it ran suggested that it only wanted third place (too far back, under pressure, then running on too late). I liked the form figures of the winner, and should have backed it! Both Godolphin runners out of the frame in the 2.30 Windsor, but still three big stables in the first three, and of course mine finished third. Dutch Canyon finished fourth for my Lucky 15 in the 2.40 Kelso, and Arantes finished fifth! Why do they never run properly when I back them? Annoying! The thrown in Gramercy ran like a crab in the 2.50 Redcar, and was there an arrangement between Fahey and Kukash? Looks mighty suspicious! I cannot believe some of these results! The thrown in Cordite at least finished third in the 3.00 Windsor and I got 18/1 on it (system bet next time). Im had Scotswell in the 3.10 Kelso, but guess what? Harry The Viking finished fourth again for my Lucky 15! Curse them! Once a horse gets fourth places, they seem hellbent on repeating them! I missed the 3.20 Redcar, but glad I did, because I could not see why Testbourne was 20/1! Just shows that prices do not mean everything! No return in the 3.30 Windsor, where best in Moojaned led, then packed up, and Bluff Crag threatened briefly before finishing fourth! I had the forecast in the 3.40 Kelso, but my each-way bets finished fourth and fifth! Amazing! I had the forecast in the 3.50 Redcar. I am sure the Hannon horse Fields Of Fortune could have done better in the 4.00 Windsor, but they like to make their form figures look right before making the attempt! Vodka Wells at least gave me an each-way on my Lucky 15. but it was going so well that it looked a sure winner! I am sure they ease up fractionally so that they don't win! So that was a second, a third and two fourths on my Lucky 15! So frustrating! System bet Welcome Ben 12/1 winner! A winner with Torrid in the 4.20 Recar, but keep an eye on Shamaheart, which sounded as if it was coming to figure! Another winner with Havana Jack in the 4.40 Kelso, just missing the forecast with Senor Alco, which seemed to hang fire and settle for third! I had Shifting Star each-way in the 5.00 Windsor, but as so often, they follow a first place with a third! Essenaitch is also very well in, but is being held back for another touch at some point. And keep an eye on Thecornishbarron, which should pop up again soon. And another winner with Sudski Star in the 5.10 Kelso, but not enough of them today! Both Lough Kent and Lyvius can do much better soon. I did not back in the race, but two system bets first and second in the 5.30 Windsor at 7/1 and 14/1!

9th April: A good start with Little Folke 5/6 and system bet GI Jayne each-way at 33/1 in the 2.05 Tramore! I had the forecast in the 2.15 Ffos Las and my each-way bet was just pipped into fourth. Best in Going Nowhere Fast had no intention of fguring in the 2.45 Ffos Las, and no doubt will do better in a bigger race soon. I hate the way they use these small races for effect! I had system bet Sigurd to win the 3.00 Market Rasen, but Shaiyzar disappointed at a big price. Another small race where Hansupfordetroit ran like a crab when it should have been involved. Disgusting runs form some of these horses. How can they make them look so bad? Very well handicapped and due a much better run soon! Alice Springs was a suspiciously generous price in the 3.30 Naas, and they must have known it would get beaten! What else can happen today? My two horses for the forecast both came to grief at the second last at Tramore! I give up! There does not seem to be any each-way value in small races today, with Henllan Harri finishing third in the 3.55 Ffos Las! I had Driftwood Haze 14/1 each-way in the 4.30 Ffos Las. At last! A winner with Rufino 12/1 in the 4.50 Tramore and Ballyfinn Boy each-way at 20/1. That's a bit better!

8th April: After doing very poorly to start with, I got Act Four at 12/1, Embankment at 11/1, Park House at 8/1 (and the forecast) and Sizing Codelco at 10/1 (I backed one of Tizzard's for once) and No Planning at 5/2. Wish I had used my free bet on one of them! I used my free bet each-way on Grams and Ounces at 16/1 in the 4.05 Chepstow, and at least it finished in third place to give me a good return! Should have won on my ratings! Then I had Take The Helm and War Glory both each-way at 9/2 for the forecast in the 4.15 Lingfield and Suqoor 10/1 in third, but I did not do the tricast! . It was obvious that the thrown in Brave Spartacus was not intended to win the 4.30 Newcastle, and that was probably why it fell (being held back). Must win similar races soon. Then I had Clubs Are Trumps at 8/1 in the 4.40 Chepstow. I can always tell when those form figures look poor that they are going to try! Saint Are was my only placer in the Grand National, with Vieux Lion Rouge in sixth (wish I'd listened to that brain surgeon, lol!). The thrown in Captain Sharpe is proving a real pain, running on fast, then finishing out of the frame again! The same could be said of Next Hight, which I think finished fourth, and Arantes, so keep them all in mind for the near future. Well, I still finished about £10 up on the day to small stakes, so not a bad day!

7th April: I did not write a blog today, but finished all square on the day after going well down at one point!

6th April: Not much to report today, but I had the forecast in the Buveur D'air race, an each-way on Decimus at 10/1 and the winner, third and fourth in the Foxhunters at prices of 20/1, 40/1 and 11/2! I had Mr Raj 6/1 to win the 5.05 Taunton. The always thrown in Cadeaux Pearl dropped right to the back of the field in the 5.25 Southwell, which it never does normally, so you can assume that it will do better next time. These dud runs are obviously planned before the race! Also keep an eye on Fortinbrass, which was never going to get there, but started from too far back!

5th April: I did not write my blog today during racing, but had a number of good results, including Allez Cool 8/1 and Man in Black each-way, Double Bank 16/1, Jukebox Jive for the forecast at 14/1, Mr Red Clubs each-way, Skipthescales 16/1 each-way and Sir Jamie 7/1 winner. Horses that can do better included Innoko, West Leake, Pipers Piping, Tikkandemickey (they love to come third in small races), Best Boy Barney and Danehills Well, which ran well and led for a long way.

4th April: I had the fairly obvious forecast in the 2.00 Kempton, but my each-way bet New Millennium was just pipped on the line by Pipe's outsider! I had Crosse Fire at 4/1 to win the 2.10 Southwell and the forecast, but Big Amigo (fourth) let me down for the tricast. Again the forecast in the 2.30 Kempton, but I backed Bivouac to win (they could get either result). Just miised the forecast in the 2.40 Southwell, but thought Sheepscar Lad had got second (bad angle on the line again). I could not get the forecast even though the leader fell in the 3.05 Kempton. The second horse missed the break, but still finished ahead of mine! Best in Quadriga added another fourth place to its form figures in the 3.10 Southwell, and it is uncanny how often they do that! No wonder it was 14/1, because they knew! Must win soon! I had system bet Ertidaad in third each-way. Border Bandit was well backed, but never showed and will also do much better. I had Cloudy Bob to win the 3.40 Kempton, but nothing to go with it (should have included the favourite). General Tufto (third) should have finished closer in the 3.50 Southwell, and second best Albert Boy finished fourth, so not much return there. The latter should do better soon. Blast! Deja Bougg was running well at a big price in the 4.10 kempton, sure of a place, then fell at the last! Frustrating! I was going to put Henderson's in for the forecast, as i backed it last time, when it ran like a crab! I did have Thegirlfrommilan each-way, but of course it was one of those wretched seven horse races! Bold Prediction kept up its -3434 pattern in the 4.20 Southwell, and is much better than that! No forecast again, with the favourite missing the break. How can you account for that? I almost backed Courtinthemiddle on its form figures in the 4.45 Kempton. The thrown in Landscape was always being held back and finished fourth, but must win off this mark, along with Denny Kerrell (system bet next time). I don't know why they always have to throw in these dud runs! I will have it when it finally wins! Comedy House may well pop up soon. Henley was my only return in the 4.55 Southwell, with the still well in Jacob's Pillow failing to follow up its previous win, and Novabridge getting rid of first places as always! And at last, a winner with Baldadash (I got 10/1) in the 5.15 Kempton, with Norse Light failing to improve on its previous second! I could not pick the outsider in the 5.25 Southwell, and Eurato had no intention of winning!

3rd April: A few second and third places in the opening races, but a nice winner with Opening Batsman 7/1 in the 2.30 Ludlow (first leg of an each-way treble). Knew I should have backed system bet Purple Harry in the 2.40 Kelso! Andhaar let me down for the second leg of my treble, and I don't know what they are doing with that horse! Bescot Springs also ran on when it was all over, so no result there! It didn't matter, as My Wigwam Or Yours also finished out of the places in the next race! A winner with Ifandbutwhynot in the 3.30 Ludlow. Makes a change today, but no forecast again! Then I had Morning Royalty at 7/1 in the 3.40 Kelso, but Next Sensation dropped out far too easily! Then I had Ryeolliean rather fortunately in the 3.50 Huntingdon and Pillard each-way in third. I had Athy River each-way in the 4.00 Ludlow. I had the straight forecast with Grace Tara and Floramoss in the 4.10 Kelso. Best in Phare Isle (third) did everything possible not to win the 4.20 Huntingdon, but must win soon. Second best Giveitachance also made little attempt before unseating rider. And a great winner with Trustan Times at 16/1 in the 4.40 Kelso, and Tantamount each-way in third (wish I had put the other favourite in for the forecast)! Followed by fourth, fifth and sixth for my each-way bets in the 4.50 Huntingdon. You couldn't write it! And then second and third with Creevytenant and Qrackers (100/1) for my forecasts in the 5.00 Ludlow. I was about to back the latter when it went off! Free World continues to run well below form, but should win a handicap soon. Well, that's it for me. Off to watch some tennis (how about Jo Konta last week?).

2ndApril: I did not back in the 1.45 Doncaster, but would not have backed many of the placed horses! Burrows Park was no good in the 2.00 Ascot (saddle slipped, they should do better than that), but there was a system bet second at 33/1! I had Made Of Honour each-way in the 2.15 Doncaster, but should have included it in my forecasts! I had Ballycasey to beat Ball D'arc in the 2.20 Fairyhouse (first three home, but third did not count). Second, third and fourth in the 2.30 Ascot, but should have known that Ian Williams' horses are in good form! And first and third again in the 2.35 Cork! I had the forecast in the 2.45 Doncaster. I had Pyromaniac each-way in the 2.55 Fairyhouse, but did not want the winner! They must know something we don't! Brother Tedd was very disappointing in the 3.05 Ascot, and I think they were looking for a bigger race! I had Ninjago each-way in the 3.20 Ascot, but thought it was coming to win! I did not want San Benedeto in the 3.40 Ascot! I actually got the forecast in the 3.45 Cork! I had no idea about the forecast in the 3.55 Doncaster! Next I had first and third in the 4.05 Cork, but could not pick the second at 25/1! I had the first and second both each-way in the 4.15 Ascot, but did not put them in a forecast! I had third and fourth both each-way in the 4.30 Doncaster. Second and third in the 4.40 Fairyhouse with Travertine and Slicker City. And even better with system bet Dell'Arca at 12/1 to win and just missed the forecast with Expedite in third! Only one of the first three in the 5.05 Doncaster, and should have done the Godolphin 1-2! But a better result with Monsieur Gibraltar and Hazy Tom at 20/1 each-way for the forecast in the 5.20 Ascot. First, third and fourth in the 5.35 Doncaster, and Nafaath finally gave me a return in second at a big price (I got 22/1). I also had Spiritoftomintoul in fourth, but that did not count!

1st April: No April Fool, I had Wefait at 16/1 in the 1.30 Kempton (first and third). Tipped by the pundit too! Pity I didn't put it on my Lucky 15! Just got pipped for the forecast in the 1.40 Stratford! Rabunda ran poorly. A good start to my Lucky 15 with Tupi at 8/1 in the 1.50 Doncaster! I looked at Pipers Note (Carr had a double yesterday) but did not back it. The still thrown in Orthodox Lad led, then dropped out in the 1.55 Uttoxeter. It will win one day, the b....! I had first and second, but not the third in my tricast. I had the forecast in the 2.05 Kempton (two system bets), with Sovereign Debt unlucky in third (blasted seven horse race again).I almost included Lerichi Belle in my forecasts in the 2.10 Stratford, but did not! Fuwairt missed the break, then came with a good run in the 2.25 Doncaster, but I think it finished just out of sixth place for my Lucky 15! Still a system bet next time with that seventh place, but no good today! Blast! Good price too! I can pick 'em! Just pipped by its stablemate! I had the first three home in the 2.30 Stratford, including the forecast. I had Stellarta each-way in the 2.40 Kempton, but the thrown in Professor must do better soon. I had Edgar each-way in the 2.45 Stratford, but the thrown in Sailors Warn continues to run well below form! I had Kool Company to win the 3.00 Doncaster, but had first and second on two separate tickets! Three winners for Moore! I had no clue about the result of the 3.05 Uttoxeter, and the outsiders I picked were useless! keep an eye on Noble Gift from the 3.15 Kempton, as I am sure it could have done better. I had the forecast in the 3.20 Stratford with Monetaire 14/1 each-way in third. The thrown in Top Notch Tonto did not perform in the Lincoln, which cost me a leg of my Lucky 15! What can you do if they don't try! Baffling! I had Highland Colori in the lead at one point, but that packed up too! Knew I should have included Manaahil in the 3.50 Kempton! I did have Getna each-way at 7/1 in third. A great result with St Saviour (see 2nd March) at 14/1 and Star Foot for the forecast in the 3.55 Stratford. Best result of the day! £5+ for a few pence! Should have known that Santry was too short a price not to be trying! Endeavor ran like a crab in the 4.15 Uttoxter, but I did have the forecast and an each-way on the third. And another good result with Jacob Cats 3/1 to win and Aldeburgh 10/1 for the forecast in the 4.25 Kempton! Viking Mistress was going like the winner in the 4.30 Starford, then finished out of the frame! I had first and third with Badbad Leroy Brown in third. You can never tell with Fahey's horses, as sometimes his short-priced ones bomb out, but Requinto Dawn was the winner of the 4.45 Doncaster. I had both Fresh By Nature 18/1 and Pine Warbler 14/1 each-way in the 4.50 Stratford, but did not put them in a forecast! I did have the forecast with Endless Acres and Glan Y Gors in the 5.00 Kempton, however. The thrown in Pool House led, then packed up as expected in the 5.45 Chelmsford, ruining the first leg of my evening Lucky 15. Why must they always put up this nonsense? It drives me wild! Must win soon now. I did have both Hannington and Mowhoob in second and third, so might as well have put one of them in! Bahamian C let me down for the last leg of my afternoon Lucky 15, but I made up for it with Boycie 10/1 to win and Take Two each-way in fourth. Not much out on the day, with three legs of my Lucky 15 to come, and hopefully some better results!

31st March: I did a Lucky 31 at Chelmsford last night, and after getting the first leg (Lady Hester) right each-way at 12/1, none of the others even placed! For the record, the others I backed were Forceful Appeal, Greyfriarschorista (thrown in when wanted), Space War and Zebelini, and I recommend all of these next time out, as they were all best in on my ratings. Annoyingly Almanack was my second choice after Greyfriarschorista and that one came second. Well, Russian Reward ran like a crab in the 2.00 Lingfield for a cracking start to the day! I could not pick either of the first two! And another disgraceful run from Glaring (top-rated) in the 2.10 Fontwell! How can you account for that? A better result with Blue Hussar to win the 2.20 Wetherby and Master Of Finance for the forecast. First and third for my forecasts in the 2.30 Lingfield, with an each-way on Allegeny Bay. Stringybark Creek must do better wehn wanted. I backed the second to win and the third each-way (seven horse race) in the 2.20 Fontwell! But in fact they gave three places, so not so bad. Wings Of Smoke was very well in, so its front-running effort was clealry a trial run! Must do better soon. I had Chestnut Ben at 5/1 to win and Roxyfet for the forecast in the 2.50 Wetherby (first three home). Our Channel could have had no intention of winning the 3.00 Lingfield on these ratings! Monte Wildhorn was probably too big a price to be competing in the 3.10 Fontwell, finishing fourth. That one and Tiradia (also a big price) will do better. I wasted my free bet on the thrown in Tap Night in the 3.20 Wetherby (must win off this mark) but I did have Turtle Cask each-way at 33/1. I also had a bet on Stay Out Of Court, which looked sure to figure before falling. Another thrown in horse running like a crab in the 3.30 Lingfield (Stepper Point). How can they let them run like that? Don't they feel ashamed? Obviously not! System bet Bredon Hill Lad 3/1 winner of the 3.40 Fontwell and I backed the other two! I refuse to believe that either Harry Hunt or Treat Yourself could not have done better in the 3.50 Wetherby (third and fourth). I think in these small races that they have already decided where they will finish! Just missed the forecast again in the 4.00 Lingfield (pipped on the line)! No result again in the 4.10 Fontwell, where all of my selections dropped out one by one, except the one I backed to win, which finished second! I did not expect the thrown in Rathealy to win at 50/1, but watch it when it gets rid of that first place! Snowed In was also disappointing, and can do better. I had Mortens Leam each-way in third, but thought it was going to win! A winner with Top Of The Bank at 8/1 in the 4.30 Lingfield, but best in Anonymous John finished only fourth! How they love to follow a fourth with a fourth! Bertie Blu Boy did not lead today, which shows you what they intended! I put a big bet (for me) on Wish In A Well in the 4.40 Fontwell, but I did have the system winner each-way and the forecast to make up for it. Wish In A Well must be a certainty when wanted.

30th March: I had a few bets today, and had winners with Regal Flow 4/1, Valhalla 8/1 (why did Tizzard have two in the race and an Irish jockey on that one?), the forecast in the 2.50 Warwick and the 3.45 Wolverhampton (good prices without the favourite, which I backed to win). Brinestine and Emperor Commodos are two horses which must do better soon. Cadoudoff looked sure to figure in the 4.00 Warwick until falling late on! Always seems to be mine! Might have been fatal, unfortunately. I had the forecast with Timeforwest and Follow The Tracks in the 4.10 Taunton. System bet Society Ranger winner of the 4.20 Wolverhampton. I had Appease in third, as it should not have been so short with those figures! I had the winning distance (very close) in the 4.45 Taunton. Keep an eye on both Viewpoint and Castilo Del Diablo from the 4.55 Wolverhampton, as the former lookd sure to figure, then finished out of the places, and the latter made no effort at all! Two of my selections, including the favourite Whoshotwho ran like crabs in the 5.10 Warwick, and I should have included the first three in the betting (I usually do). I had Percys Princess each-way in the 5.25 Wolverhampton. I hate Easterby's when they are favourites! Cape Spirit continues to disappoint, but must do better soon!

29th March: Fortinbrass let me down for the first leg of my Lucky 15, but I had Vallarta each-way in third and Viva Verglas in fourth. I had Onwiththeparty to win the 2.10 Sedgefield and Blue Cove at a massive price in third. Unfortunately Houndscourt (fourth) was on my Lucky 15 and should have won easily! Snapping Turtle can also do much better. I had the obvious forecast in the 2.20 Lingfield.Then I had the forecast again in the 2.30 Southwell. I got the forecast the wrong way round in the 2.40 Sedgefield. I had Living Leader to win the 2.50 Lingfield, with West Leake (on my Lucky 15) in third, just missing the forecast. Best in Boots And Spurs threw in a dud run in the 3.00 Southwell and must do better very soon. Ruined my chance of an each-way double on my Lucky 15! Of course I also had third place in a seven horse race! I had system bet Boric 10/1 to win the 3.10 Sedgefield, with Suzy's Music also in third. Best in Urban Gale ran a dud and pulled up! I am convinced they are told to do that before the race! I had the forecast in the 3.20 Lingfield, but wish the third had run on a bit sooner! I did not put both joint favourits in my forecasts in the 3.30 Southwell, to my cost! A much better result with Mr Clarkson 6/1 and Bollin Ace 11/2 each-way in a forecast in the 3.40 Sedgefield! I mcould not pick the winner of the 3.50 Lingfield, but I did have Evanescent each-way at 12/1. Unfortunately Athletic went wrong! Then I had Roy's Legacy to win and Novabridge each-way for the forecast in the 4.00 Southwell (first three home). I thought Hi Dancer was going to beat the favourite in the 4.10 Sedgefield, but at least I had the forecast and a good each-way on the second. I had Hold Me Tight each-way in the 4.20 Lingfield (second and third for my forecasts). I had Thackeray each-way in the 4.35 Southwell, but I thought Monzino was going to win for quite a while (probably a trial run). Noguchi was disappointing, although looked capable of much better, and is another to note for the futureI did not back in the 4.55 Lingfield, but would probably have backed the winner and second. Taajub continues to run deplorably and can surely do better soon. And finally, second, third and fourth in the 5.20 Sedgefield with Nikkis Nipper, Copt Hill and Lochalsh, the latter still thrown in but not running to form. How they love to mess around with these horses! I hate putting a good bet on a sure thing, only to find that they have been told not to win!

28th March: I had Blackwood Rover each-way in the 2.10 Southwell. Spiritual Star gave me the first leg of my Lucky 15 at 13/2 in the 2.20 Wolverhampton. The thrown in Captain Sharpe threw in another dud today, and I was convinced it was going to win! Cost me the second leg of my Lucky 15! Next time? Even second best Trouble In Paris finished only fourth! Make Me A Fortune looked the likely winner until falling at the last in the 2.40 Southwell! Blast! I had the forecast in the 2.50 Wolverhampton, but was disappointed with both Armagnac and Major Cornwallis (the latter threatening to figure, but finishing fourth). i half fancied Global Ruler in the 3.10 Southwell, but changed my mind! What happened to Zabeel Star? I had the forecast and the tricast in the 3.20 Wolverhampton! Best result of the day, even though they were the first three in the betting! Tikkandemickey looked sure to figure in the 3.30 Hexham, then dropped out very tamely for my Lucky 15. Must do better than that, hopefully next time! Ryedale Racer also finished fourth, of course, and there is more to come from Hollywood All Star. I am sure Oratorio's Joy was not out to win the 3.50 Wolverhampton, but watch for it in a bigger race! Two or three poor efforts in the 4.00 Hexham, including Cleve Cottage, Vincent Row and Notonebuttwo, all pulling up. How can you explain these runs if not deliberate? I had Brillare Momento to win the 4.10 Southwell. Cruise Tothelimit gave me a nice win double on my Lucky 15 at 13/2 and 6/1 (but no forecast)! I had Baracalu to win the 4.30 Hexham, and the forecast! Blast, I missed the next race, but really fancied Riddlestown (12/1 winner)!

27th March: Just missed the forecast in the 1.50 Wolverhampton, but should have included the second horse with placed form! i had the forecast in the 2.00 Plumpton (reversed). I had Norse Light each-way in the 2.10 Market Rasen, but both Monkhouse and Magnolia Ridge ran poorly (the latter getting rid of a first place and will do better). I had Ted's Brother each-way on my Lucky 15 in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, and Mister Marcasite (fourth) will also do better, along with Overrider (a massive price today). Keep an eye on Frank N Fair from the 2.30 Plumpton, as they don't like winning small races when well handicapped. Voice Of A Leader gave me a win and an each-way double on my Lucky 15 in the 2.50 Wolverhampton. Filament of Gold, Mosman and Cosmic Ray can all do better soon. I had Mr Fickle at 16/1 to win the 3.00 Plumpton, and had the first three in forecasts! Should have done the tricast! I am sure Moidore was only out for third place in the 3.10 Market Rasen, but we can't make them win! No forecast in the 3.20 Wolverhampton, as I assumed the big stables would dominate! I had Flashman to win the 3.30 Plumpton. I had the forcast in the 3.40 Market Rasen. Keep an eye on Ulyss De Vassy, which can also do much better. Grumeti gave me a win double and an each-way treble in the 3.50 Wolverhampton! Hopefully Pipers Piping will complete my final leg and accumulator! I also had Entihaa each-way in third, but thought it was going to stay there for the forecast! I backed three horses in a forecast in the 4.00 Plumpton, and they other two came down, so I should get the forecast! And I had the forecast with the best two priced horses, with a win bet on the winner and an each-way on the second! Well, I should have stuck with Lutine Charlie for my final leg, because Pipers Piping dropped out like a stone when it should have been there! idiot! Still well in profit on the day, but I always back my horses a race too early! Several times recently a horse that I backed in a previous multiple, then left out next time, has won! Just shows I was backing the right horses! I had Goring Two each-way in the 4.30 Plumpton, but the fall of the two favourites messed up the race! I had Outofthisworld to win the 4.40 Market Rasen and Floral Bouquet each-way in third. I had Magic Moments each-way in the 4.50 Wolverhampton, but keep an eye on the thrown in Insolenceofoffice in the near future. Hab Reeh will also do better very soon. I had Melangerie to win the 5.10 Market Rasen and Presenting Pearl for the forecast. You never know what Henderson has, despite the poor form figures! I backed a couple of Brittain's horses earlier with no joy, but Grey Destiny 14/1 gave me a great finish to a good day! Dr Red Eye is still thrown in, and will pop up again soon.

26th March: A good start with Gris De Pron 7/1 to win and Fixed Rate for the forecast in the 2.00 Hereford! I had the forecast in the 2.15 Wincanton, but expected Azzuri to win. I had the forecast in the 2.20 Downpatrick, which did not include the favourite! I had system bet Alphabet 7/1 to win the 2.40 Naas at 7/1 and the forecast with the favourite! I had a feeling about Moss On The Mill in the 2.45 Wincanton but did not back it! Frampton looked like the winner most of the way, but dropped out and pulled up! I had Maarek 16/1 third in the 3.10 Naas. I had system bet Gino Severini to win the 3.40 Naas and the third each-way too! System bet Have A Go Hero 33/1 winner of the 4.00 Hereford. I did not back it, but at least had the winning distance (under 3 lengths)! Red Admirable added yet another fourth place to its CV in the 4.30 Hereford, and I feel it must try to win soon, along with Cafe Au Lait, which ran well below form, probably deliberately. I used my free bet on Spring Offensive each-way in the Irish Lincoln, and I feel sure it finished fifth (five places on offer) but not confirmed as yet. Taking a long time to come through! Well, it did finish fifth, so I made a profit on the bet (I got 11/1) and on the day! The two thrown in horses in the 5.15 Wincanton were Kilrush and Warsaw Pact. One stayed up with the pace for a long way, then faded and the other ran a detached last all the way! I can't see any point in running like that! Keep an eye on both for the future.

25th March: I had Bodega to win the 1.50 Newbury, but both Tinker Time (close fourth) and Shotavodka can do better and should be noted for the future. I had Detachment each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, finishing with second, third and fourth for my forecasts. Not much joy in the next few races, but I had Gambol to win the 2.55 Stratford. Then I had Snow Leopardess to win the 3.00 Newbury. Next I had system bet First Mohican to win and Isharah for the forecast in the 3.10 Lingfield. I had Yala Enki and Seldom Inn in a forecast in the 3.15 Kelso. Morney Wing folded very tamely after running well most of the way. I had the forecast again in the 3.25 Bangor. I had Like The Sound to win the 4.05 Stratford. I had Kimberella to win the 4.20 Lingfield with Bowson Fred for the forecast and Iseemist each-way in third (which did not count)! Should have done the tricast! I had Forest Des Aigles and Nine Altars for the forecast in the 4.25 Kelso. Third and fourth in the 4.45 Newbury. Jet Master made good ground in the 5.00 Kelso, but finished only fourth, and is a sure winner soon. I had Un Guet Apens in second. I had Cornish Warrior 2/1 and Alpha Indi 10/1 in a forecast in the 5.15 Stratford. I had Gramercy each-way at 33/1 in the 5.45 Wolverhampton, but both Corporal Maddox and Mister Musicmaster ran below form and must do better soon (the former on my Lucky 15 of course). Today has been very hectic, with so many races and so much channel hopping! Hopefully Sunday will be much quieter!

24th March: Two big winners in the first three races, with Oscar Lateen (I got 20/1) in the 2.10 Musselburgh and Shifting Star at 16/1! I also had Bloodsweatandtears in third in the 2.20 Lingfield, just missing the forecast! Wish I had used my free bet on one of them! And another winner with system bet Ten Sixty in the 2.30 Newbury! What a treble that would have been! Best in Head Space is deliberately running below form at present, but I thought it had just snatched third place in the 2.55 Lingfield, before finding out it was fourth! Must win soon off this mark. Bet it won't be 9/1 when it wins! I had First Fandango in second at 50/1 in the 3.05 Newbury, and it probably did not want to win (thrown in on old form). The thrown in Ask The Guru failed again (although looked likely to figure) in the 3.30 Lingfield, but I did have Roys Legacy each-way in second. I had Chic Name to win at 14/1 and Duelling Banjos for the forecast in the 3.40 Newbury! And then Civil Unrest to win and system bet Dubai Celebrity for the forecast in the 2.40 Musselburgh. Going well today, but should have done a few multiples for an even better day! I had Sennockian Star each-way in third in the 4.00 Lingfield, but did not back its stablemate! I had Inner Drive each-way in the 4.10 Newbury, but my third place on Prairie Town did not count (looked like winning until near the end). I had Mr Kite to win the 4.25 Musselburgh. I had the forecast in the 4.35 Lingfield. Duke Of Lucca looked sure to figure in the 4.45 Newbury until coming to grief at the last, and the leader somehow died on the run-in! What happened there? Was he told not to win? I had Cheval Blanche at 9/2 to win the 5.05 Lingfield to complete a good day! I had system bet Kelpies Myth at 11/1 and Wemyss Point both each-way for the forecast in the 5.25 Musselburgh to do even better on the day!

23rd March: Only one winner at Kempton last night (I got 5/1 on Nasri), but annoyingly I changed my mind on Swendab, which was my first choice and went for the wretch Whaleweigh Station, which was better in but had a couple of outstanding first places! Major Crispies is another that must do better soon (ran well without threatening). Today it was pretty obvious that the thrown in Doctor Parkes was not wanted in the 1.50 Wolverhampton, especially from that stable, but I did get second and third with Powerful Dream and Loumarin. Keep Doctor Parkes in mind for next time, especially if backed, I could not get the forecast on two different tickets in the 2.10 Chepstow, and backed the second to win, of course! Grrr...! I had Mr Red Clubs to win the 2.20 Wolverhampton, and Pool House each-way in third, but I ignored Bling King at a massive price, although I knew its rating! It pays to ignore the prices sometimes! My hopes that Commanche Chieftain would beat the favourite were totally dashed in the 2.30 Ludlow! The 2.40 Chepstow kept changing as the race went on, and again I failed to get the forecast, as I refuse to include both the favourites! Samdibien looked sure to figure, but in the end finished fourth! The thrown in English Summer was again a big price from the same stable in the 2.55 Wolverhampton, and I again failed to get the forecast! What is going on today? Same comments apply to English Summer for the future (system bet today). I had Ambion Lane each-way in the 3.15 Chepstow, but again failed to get the forecast! I had Spirit Of Rome each-way in the 3.25 Wolverhampton, but had a feeling about Ladofash on its form figures. Can't get any forecasts today so far! Taws should have beaten the favourite on official ratings at the weights, but again failed to five me the forecast! What do you have to do today? At last a result with Lac Sacre (I got 11/2) and Jack In A Box for the forecast in the 3.50 Chepstow. I chose the wrong hat-trick horse in the 4.00 Wolverhampton, but these races are so difficult to pick! I had Karl Marx to win the 4.20 Chepstow, and just missed the forecast with the thrown in Mystery Drama in third, which looked a sure winner until late on (probably not out to win)! You can't always tell from the betting, as Hidden Charms drifted massively in the betting in the 4.30 Wolverhampton but still won! I had Pearlysteps to win the 4.40 Ludlow, but the others ran like crabs! I had Hard To Handel each-way in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, but Cabal can do much better. Blast, I nearly backed Celtic Artisan! Favorite Girl failed to hold off Midtech Valentine despite the latter making mistakes at the last two hurdles! Annoying! They seem to know what will happen! I had Dessinateur 8/1 and Warthog in a forecast in the 5.25 Chepstow.

22nd March: No joy in the first two races, but I had the forecast in the 2.20 Warwick and an each-way on the third. The thrown in Be Perfect looked sure to at least place after being in the lead almost the whole way in the 2.30 Newcastle, then finished fourth and I also just missed the forecast, so that was very frustrating! Be Perfect will win more races when actually out to win, but this faffing around really annoys me! Keep an eye on Buthelezi, which was a massive price today, but will also do much better. And next a ridiculous two horse race with no betting possibilities! Then another massive odds-on favourite with just the forecast to look at! And just pipped for the forecast in that one! A better result with Lopes Dancer 6/1 to win and Wefait for the forecast in the 3.00 Newcastle! Then I had the forecast in the 3.10 Haydock, although I wanted Spanish Fleet to run better. Not quite the winning distance in the 3.20 Warwick! I had Gavlar at 14/1 to win the 3.30 Newcastle (I liked its form figures)! Wish I had used my free bet on it! Then I had the forecast with Sammy B and Samingarry 16/1 each-way for the forecast, but I thought the latter was impeded on the run-in! I had Ticks The Boxes on the nose to win the 4.00 Newcastle. Still up on the day! System bet Purcells' Bridge 7/1 winner of the 4.10 Haydock, but I would have had the forecast if Sunny Ledgend had stood up! Yet another pathetic run from As De Fer, which must win soon! I did not back in the remaining races, but will do a Lucky 15 at Kempton this evening. Well, the first one was a dud, with Breakheart hardly ever getting out of last place! Why do they run them like that? That one and West Leake are clearly much better than that! Let's hope for better from the others!

21st March: I had Tatting at 14/1 in the Southwell, and a few other forecasts and places early on. Baccalaureate was a big price at Exeter, and as soon as it front-ran, I feared the worst! Must win again, but they do that so often, just to muddy the waters. I did have the second and third in the race, however. Vodka Wells was a big disappointment in the 3.25 Wetherby, but I did have second and fourth both each-way. Hartside was another that made no show and can do better. I thought Our Thomas had the race in the bag! Johnson eased up Drumlee Sunset before the line in the 3.40 Exeter, denying me the winning distance! They should not be allowed to do that! I had the forecast in the 3.50 Southwell, but I suspect that Camargue was only out for third place! I had system bet Swing Hard to win the 4.00 Wetherby, with The Cobbler Swayne making a bad mistake to finish fourth! Sergeant Pink is extremely well handicapped, but no money for it today! A good result with Bertie Boru at 6/1 to win the 4.15 Exeter and Themanfrom Minella for the forecast! I fancied Supersta in the 4.25 Southwell, but just missed the forecast this time! Keep an eye on Silver Shuffle from the 4.35 Wetherby, as it made good ground one minute, then dropped out the next! The Lion Man and Pretty Miss Mahler also dropped out too tamely. I had Zerachiel to win the 4.50 Exeter, but both Knight Of The Realm and Absolutely Bygones were too bad to be true! I fancied Big Amigo in the 5.00 Southwell, but only included it in my forecasts! I had Meshardal each-way in third. Crosse Fire did the usual trick of not winning two on the bounce when it should! I had the two system bets in a forecast in the 5.10 Wetherby, Jester Jet and Captain Mowbray. I am sure Rocky Two can do much better than it did here! I had the forecast twice in the 5.25 Exeter. Well, a little bit out on the day, but could be much worse. I am still £30 better off than I was two weeks ago! Crafty Mr Evans had the favourite in the 5.35 Southwell, but his other horse won!

20th March: I did not watch the racing or back anything today.

19th March: I backed in most of the races, with some success in Ireland, but wasted my free bet on the thrown in Calculated Risk (again!) in the 3.35 Ffos Las. I hate it when they front-run, then drop out, as that is the worst way to lose! I just feel totally cheated! Must win very soon now, so get on it! Both Zarzal and Audacious Plan will also do much better soon. The thrown in Lava Lamp did its usual trick of running on late into fourth place in the 4.10 Ffos Las, and Scales looked certain to win before dropping out again! Clearly capable of much better. Both must win soon off these marks. Bob Ford was the first one to pull up in the 4.45 Ffos Las, and it always seems to happen to mine! Must do better soon, as it has cost me a fortune recently! A good result with Sunsetstorise to win the 4.55 Navan and the favourite in the forecast.

18th March: I was watching the rugby today (wish I hadn't as far as England were concerned, and only watched a couple of races, so have no comment to make.

17th March: A good start with the first leg of my Lucky 15, Ixelles Diamond at 15/2 (returned 5/1) in the 1.10 Lingfield and the forecast (first three home). I backed Defi Du Seuil to win the 1.30 Cheltenham, but nothing for the forecast. Master Blueyes was very disappointing. Aqua Ardens let me down for the second leg of my Lucky 15 and the winner was the complete outsider! I did have Aqua Libre each-way at 20/1! I don't think Sailors Warn really wanted to win the 2.00 Fakenham, despite being odds-on favourite. Probably looking for a bigger race soon. I did have the forecast, however. I had L'Ami Serge at 33/1 each-way in the 2.10 Cheltenham, top weights first and second (I backed the winner's stablemate)! There is more to come from Court Minstrel at some point soon, and Bertimont can also do better, (got involved, then dropped out again. I had the straight forecast in the 2.25 Lingfield. Join The Clan fell in the 2.40 Fakenham, but I had it as best in, so worth noting for the future. I had Penhill at 16/1 in the 2.50 Cheltenham, and it seems better to go with Townend rather than Walsh! Castilo Del Diablo continues to run below form, but must win soon off this mark! I had the forecast with Tyrrell's Success (I got 11/1) and Bearly Legal both each-way in the 3.10 Down Royal! Then I had the forecast in the 3.20 Fakenham. No joy in the Gold Cup, where Cue Card came down and a bad mistake by Djakadam also ruined its chances. I left Island Brave out of my forecasts in the 3.45 Lingfield and it won at 14/1! I had Bright Tomorrow and Crest for the forecast in the 3.50 Down Royal. I had Pacha Du Polder to win the Foxhunters, but did not do the Nicholls' 1-2! Paint The Clouds looked sure to figure, but finished out of the frame. Best in Masquerade Bling did not win the 4.25 Lingfield, but must do better soon (cost me a double on my Lucky 15, but at least I got double the odds on my winner). Not one in the frame out of six choices in the 4.50 Cheltenham, including best in Lac Fontana and Dell'Arca, and Taglietelle was my Elliott choice (wrong one)! I was very tempted to back Born Survivor on its form figures. No Comment came up hacking, then vanished from the scene! I had Maple Mons at 7/4 to win the 5.05 Downpatrick and the forecast. The thrown in Wish In A Well unseated rider in the 5.15 Fakenham and Pembroke House refused to go past for second place, so another abortive race! I had The Papparazzi Kid at 8/1 to win the 5.25 Wexford, almost getting the forecast with its stablemate! Then I had Rock The World at 10/1 to win the 5.30 Cheltenham!

16th March: I did not watch or bet on the racing today, as I was out most of the afternoon. Nothing startling from the results.

15th March: I wasn't going to write much today, but just to say that I had Supasundae at 16/1 in the 2.50 Cheltenham and Taquin Du Seuil in second at 14/1, but did not include both in my forecasts! I think Hargam will pop up again at some point off this mark. I thought I had a sure forecast with Marvellous Monty and Troubled Soul in the 3.05 Huntingdon, but both got pipped on the line! Curses! I had system bet Brigadoon in the 3.15 Southwell, but both La Estrella and Thackeray (fifth) were disappointing. I thought the latter was going to give me the forecast for a moment! I included Special Tiara in my tricast for the 3.30 Chelteham, but did not back it! I either had first, third and fourth or second, third and fourth in the 3.45 Huntingdon! It was the former, so a good win with Tiradia (I got 20/1 before the gamble)! George Cinq denied me the forecast in the 3.55 Southwell, and Bertiewhittle was too bad to be true! You can always tell when they have been told not to compete! I had Bless The Wings each-way in the 4.10 Cheltenham, but should have done the Eilliott 1-2! I had the forecast and tricast in the 4.35 Southwell, with Cadeaux Pearl each-way in second. I had Project Bluebook each-way in the 4.50 Cheltenham. Strangely I looked at Nick Williams' other runner as a possibility (finished fifth and would have counted)! Still just about in profit on the day!

14th March: The still thrown in Lochalsh finished third in the 1.20 Sedgefield, and will be a system bet next time, but I detest it when they do that, especially in seven horse races! Torero can also do much better off this mark. I had River Wylde each-way in the 1.30 Cheltenham, but should have looked for an Irish winner (not Mullins). I had system bet Gnaad to win at 11/4 in the 1.45 Southwell and the forecast. I had Modulus and Manwell for the forecast in the 1.55 Sedgefield but it did not look likely at one point! I would probably have had the forecast in the 2.10 cheltenham if Charbel had not fallen late on! I did have Cloudy Dream each-way, but Royal Caviar seemd to be going well and did not finish off! I had Jacob's Pillow to win the 2.25 Southwell, but no forecast or tricast (just pipped for a place on Imjin River). Keep an eye on Midnight Walk from the 2.35 Sedgefield, as it was never put into the race but ran on well at the end. I hate these apparently deliberate training runs! I had Buywise each-way in fourth in the 2.50 Cheltenham. Keep an eye on Pilgrim's Bay, which came up tanking at one point, then mysteriously? dropped right out again! And I am sure there is more to come from both Clarcam and The Druid's Nephew. I had Crosse Fire at 10/1 to win the 3.05 Southwell and September Issue each-way in third at 8/1. Both Vallarta and Captain Lars can also do better. Strangely the first and second reversed form from 21st February! Shy had no intention of finishing in the places in the 3.15 Sedgefield and will do better soon. Second and third in the Champion Hurdle with My Tent Or Yours and Petit Mouchoir, but I did not fancy the winner! I might have had the fourth too with The New One. And second, third and fourth again in the 3.45 Southwell, with Pool House, Greyfriarschorista and Almanack! All three of these must win races soon! A nice result with Apple's Jade to win the 4.10 Cheltenham and Vroum Vroum Mag for the forecast! The thrown in Balducci was too bad to be true in the 4.25 Southwell, but ran to its price! Must do better soon. I was tempted to back General Tufto, and should have! Limerick Lord must also do better soon. I have wasted so much money on Captain Sharpe that I am getting fed up with their antics! It either runs on too late or drops out altogether, Why can't they just let it win as it should? Edwulf looked like winning the 4.50 Cheltenham, but I think it went wrong over the last! Martello Tower also pulled up and should have been in the mix. A treble for Elliott! I ended with an each-way on Two Taffs in the 5.30 Cheltenham, but my others either fell or were pulled up.

13th March: I had the forecast in the 2.00 Plumpton, then a nice result with Sutters Mill and Filatore both each-way for the forecast in the 2.20 Chepstow, both at 7/1, and the latter as the first leg of my Lucky 15. I had system bet Goonjim at 10/1 to win the 2.30 Plumpton, but Frank N Fair was making good progress when brought down in a pile up and will do better. With two fallers in the 2.40 Stratford, I had the only two left in a forecast, but will they both get around? Well, they did, but not the winner that I backed! Best in Storm Alert typically finished fourth in the 2.50 Chepstow, so that ruined my Lucky 15! Keep an eye on both Baldadash and Warsaw Pact, which was a massive price but ran very well in about sixth place and should pop up soon. Earcomesthedream was never put into the race, but is another to bear in mind. I had Starkie to win and Un Anjou for th forecast in the 3.05 Plumpton! It was obvious that Sleepy Haven could have finished closer in the 3.15 Stratford, but the jockey was probably told to finish fourth! Workbench (stablemate of the third) was a big price again, but must do better off this mark when wanted. I had the forecast in the 3.25 Chepstow, but thought Kings Tempest (which I backed each-way) should have won! I had Ballyheigue Bay at 4/1 in the 3.40 Plumpton, but Blackwell Synergy made no attempt and will do better for its new stable when wanted. I had Howlongisafoot in the 3.50 Stratford (four-timer for the stable) but was disappointed that Grandioso did not grab second place as it should have! Winston Churchill dropped out like a stone in the 4.00 Chepstow, and that was too bad to be true, so worth another go. Then I had Funny Oyster to win (five-timer for Gordon) and Hope's Wishes for the forecast in the 4.10 Plumpton! That's it for me, another profit on the day!

12th March: A good start with Grand Turina to win the 2.20 Warwick, the forecast, and an each-way on Burranbridge Hotel at a big price. Then I had the straight forecast with Get On The Yager and Comely in the 2.30 Market Rasen. I was hoping that The Irregular would fill the forecast in the 2.40 Naas, but no joy there. I had the forecast with Buttercup to win and Kayfleur in the 2.50 Warwick. Chestnut Ben was not out to win the 3.05 Market Rasen, and I ignored Gin Cobbler! I had Rathpatrick at 16/1 to win the 3.15 Naas, and just missed the forecast with Chain Gang! Then I had Robin Of Locksley to win and Chateau Robin for the forecast in the 3.25 Warwick! Well, I should get the forecast in the 3.35 Market Rasen with my three selections the only ones left, but my each-way selection finished third! I expected best in Rigadin De Beauchene to drop out in the 3.55 Warwick, but Summery Justice, Beforeall and Vice Et Vertu all did the same, so that was a waste of time! Keep all four in mind for the near future. I had Forthefunofit to win and Abricot De L'oasis for the forecast in the 4.10 Market Rasen. I had Act Four to win the 4.30 Warwick, but Akula and equal best Cafe Au Lait (third) did not fill my forecasts! The latter was setting up a system bet for next time! I had Flemerina to win the 4.40 Market Rasen, but it did not look likely at one point! I had Poole Master at 6/1 and the forecast with the favourite in the 5.00 Warwick. I used my free bet (last chance for the week) on Bowie at 9/2 in the 5.10 Market Rasen and had the forecast with Meribel Millie! I thought it had blown it with a bad mistake two out! Ended with a good profit on the day (would have made one without the free bet). Tennis is my next love after snooker and horse racing, so I have done a little accumulator on four matches at Indian Wells tonight. Hopefully I know the form pretty well!

11th March: I did not bet or even watch the racing today, so have no comments to make on results.

10th March: I won't go through all my results today, but I had a couple of good forecasts, then a great result with Goodbye Dancer at 28/1 in the 3.40 Sandown (a horse that I have have backed several times recently). A pity that I finished with first, third and fourth for my forecasts! Wish I had used my free bet on it! Andhaar was thrown in today, but typically ran on for (another) third in a seven horse race when it was all over! I had Suprise Vendor to win the 3.55 Ayr and Un Guet Apens each-way in second. Don't know what happened to Circus Star, but it went off like a scalded cat, then pulled up! I had Rock On Rocky and Vengeur De Guye in a forecast in the 4.15 Sandown, but the thrown in Helium was too big a price to be winning for that stable, and must win a bigger race soon. I did not back in the later races, and finished a few pence out on the day.

9th March: I had Daytime Ahead as my saving bet at 14/1 in the 1.50 Wincanton. Eddy and Thepartysover were two that threatened but did not run on! I had Padleyourowncanoe to win the 2.10 Southwell, Av A Word for the forecast and Topmeup each-way in third. Could have had the tricast! I had Unison and Oscar Sunset for the forecast in the 2.20 Wincanton, but Darwins Theory was too bad to be true and should be noted for a bigger race soon. I had Kanturk Bank to win the 2.35 Carlisle, and it always seems to be my saving bet which wins! Best in Quest Magic was a massive price and ran accordingly. Why do they have to make horses look so bad when the truth is anything but? Both Brassbound and Stomachion ran no sort of race in the 2.45 Southwell and that was a total travesty! How can you back when two horses have no intention of figuring? Nonsense! Surely there should be an enquiry into these runs? Damn! I would have had the tricast if Regal Flow had not fallen late on (three well clear)! Why do these things always happen? I did have the forecast, but little consolation! I had the forecast in the 3.10 Carlisle. The two best in Greyfriarschorista and Boots And Spurs finished third and fourth (and of course in the wrong order for me as I backed one to win and one each-way) in the 3.20 Southwell. The former must win soon, but I bet the jockey was told to finish out of the frame today. A 100/1 winner! Normally the sort I back! I had the forecast with the favourite and With Pleasure each-way in the 3.30 Wincanton. I keep expecting Ruzeiz to run a better race on its flat form, but they are keeping their powder dry! I had Grove Silver 4/1 and Tikkandemickey 13/2 each-way for the forecast in the 3.45 Carlisle. And another winner and forecast with Dungannon at 9/2 and New Road Side each-way for the forecast in the 3.55 Southwell! Holding my own well today! I had the obvious straight forecast in the 4.05 Wincanton. No joy in the next few races with two fallers from three runners in one race when well in contention! I had Autumn Tonic to win the 5.05 Southwell, just missing the forecast with Oscar's Journey each-way in third. Well, that'll do for today, just in profit!

8th March: The 2.00 Lingfield was a frustrating race as regards ratings, as two of my selections disputed the lead for a long way, the thrown in Majestic Myles and Shifting Star, I got third place with second best Spiritual Star, which just failed at a shortish price, and fourth place with Greyfriarschorista! All of these will win races before long, but picking them on the day is a nightmare! I had Akula to win the 2.20 Catterick, but just missed the forecast with Absolute. Shalamzar was not out to figure today, but will do better soon in a similar race. I had the obvious forecast in the 2.30 Lingfield, but the better in horses were preserving their handicap marks, including Head Space and Fairway to Heaven. Both of these will do better soon in handicaps. I could not get the forecast with three different selections in the 2.50 Catterick, as I had Should I Stay (ran well for a long way) and Boss Des Mottes as best in, but neither were out to place or win. I knew I should have included Roundabout Magic in my forecats in the 3.00 Lingfield, and if I had I would have had the tricast too! A better result with Becky The Thatcher 6/1 to win (did not sound likely at one point) and All My Love for the forecast! It had to be there on previous running! First good result of the day! And another good result with Solajan and Waterville Dancer 11/2 each-way for the forecast in the 3.30 Lingfield. And I had the forecast again in the 3.50 Catterick, but Frankie Ballou gave way very tamely. Monte Cinq let me down for the forecast in the 4.00 Lingfield! I had system bet Redkalani to win the 4.20 Catterick and just missed the forecast with Blue Cove at a massive price! Snapping Turtle must do better soon off this mark. I had Seamster each-way in the 4.30 Lingfield, but will probably have to wait another race for the thrown in Swiss Cross to make an appearance! I had Knocklong to win the 4.50 Catterick, but no forecast. Just pipped into second and third in the 5.00 Lingfield for no return again. How frustrating it can get. Captain Cat was never put into the race until too late in the 5.45 Kempton and I hate those sorts of run! Might as well have poicked the middling prices for what good it did me! Well, I have done afew bets this evening, but that's enough for the time!

7th March: I had internet problems today, so only backed in the last few races, with just a forecast and a winner with Viva Verglas. Baccalaureate did the usual trick of finishing second when still thrown in and I am convinced that Mystery Drama is due for a touch very soon. Whaleweigh Station and Cadeaux Pearl must surely win races again very soon off these marks.

6th March: No joy in the first few races, where best in Cruise Tothelimit decided to throw in a dud run, as they always seem to do with second places front and back! Must do better, hopefully next time. Panther Patrol and Malaysian Boleh (third) also did not run to form. I did have Riddlestown to win and Urban Gale in a forecast in the 2.30 Southwell. Loumarin typically front-ran, the finished third in a seven horse race in the 2.40 Wolverhampton. I feel sure that Deebaj was not ridden to its full potential in the 2.50 Lingfield, and one to note for the future. Strange race, with horses on and off the bridle! A much better result with River Arrow at 20/1 to win and Royal Village for the forecast in the 3.00 Southwell! Back in profit after a poor start! The money for Derek Duval proved correct in the 3.10 Wolverhampton and you should never ignore money from either Williams stable! I just knew that the thrown in Lightentertainment would rop out miserably in the 3.20 Lingfield, as they just don't win at those prices for obvious reasons. Will win when wanted off this mark, however, as it has dropped massively in the weights. Could not even get the forecast with the top two. Typically Mr Red Clubs (gettting rid of first places) led much of the way in the 3.40 Wolverhampton, then finished fourth, and I missed the forecast by one place again! Keep an eye on Pool House, which is thrown in for a handicap and must do better soon. Claimers are very difficult to assess, as horses that should win at the weights are often waiting for a handicap! I had East Coast Lady each-way in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but did not twig Lady Lydia! What a forecast that would have been! I had Veauce De Sivola (see 31st January) at 6/1 in the 4.20 Lingfield, but wanted either Matrows Lady or Cheat The Cheater for the forecast (third and fourth). A good result with Overawed and Nickis Nipper for the forecast in the 4.30 Southwell (very fortunate). I had Filament of Gold each-way in the 4.40 Wolverhampton, but left out Siouxperhero, which I backed last time, because of that first place! Suitsus looked sure to figure, but capitulated far too easily, and will do better. I had Flugzeug each-way in the 4.50 Lingfield, but would had the forecast if it finished second! The only one I did not back separately in my forecasts, Winterlude, finished second in the 4.10 Wolverhampton. Two of my others took the lead, then dropped out tamely. It is a never-ending routine!

5th March: I had the forecast in the 2.00 Huntingdon, and followed up with the reverse forecast in the 2.10 Leopardstown. I kept looking at Askamore Darsi in the 2.20 Sedgefield, but in the end left it out! Joseph Mercer should still have won, and second best American Life ran like a crab and will do better. Sometimes they are not prepared to compete when they can't win! I looked like getting the tricast in the 2.30 Huntingdon, but ended with second, fourth and fifth! I had Far From Defeat each-way, and both best in It's Oscar and Perfect Timing finished out of the places! My each-way bet Broken Soul was brought down in the 2.40 leopardstown, and no forecast there. You just have to look for the Jiggenstown colours, it appears! The betting was very suspicious as regards ratings in the 2.50 Sedgefield and it seemed that the race was sewn up before the start with Ballycrystal running no sort of race and Justforjames submitting very tamely! Not a betting race formwise! Somebody knew something there! Chic Name ran a strange race up and down the field in the 3.00 Huntingdon and clearly was not out to win (running on again too late)! One to note for the future, probably in handicaps. If Zeroshadesofgrey had not jumped out to its left it would definitley have finished second, so cost me the forecast. I had Joshua Lane each-way in the 3.10 Leopardstown, but it looked the best horse in the race! I don't believe that Swing Hard could run so well in front then empty out so quickly in the 3.20 Sedgefield, Probably has an eye on a bigger race! Could not even get Desert Queen to win the 3.30 Huntingdon, and again it was not as short as it should have been in the betting! Do they make these prices to lure you in? I don't believe what is happening today, with top-rated Identity Thief finishing fourth in the 3.40 Leopardstwon, but at least I got the forecast with the other two! You could see that Meribel Millie was going to win the 3.50 Sedgefield from a long way out, and I should have known that from the form figures! It was clear that Beyondtemptation was not out to win, as it ran on again very late, and clearly had plenty to give. At least I had it each-way. Wood Yer looked the winner all the way round in the 4.00 Hunntingdon, but was probably beaten when falling at the last! A shame! I still could not get the winner or forecast! Best in Steel City (third), Bobble Boru and Trapper Peak all failed to place in the 4.30 Huntingdon, as suggested by the betting. They obviously know that will happen beforehand! THat was enough for me, so I gave up betting after that. It has been a good week, but a poor end!

4th March: I had Spice Fair 10/1 and Royal Guardsman 14/1 both each-way in second and third in the 1.30 Newbury. I had Red Flute each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, followed by Just A Par to win at 14/1 in the 2.05 Newbury and Shotavodka each-way in third. I looked at system bet Slanelough in the 2.15 Kelso, but did not include it! Loyalty looked sure to place in the 2.35 Lingfield, then the jockey seemed to ease up to allow another horse to go past and finished fourth! I hate that nonsense! System bet Franco's Secret 16/1 second. I backed two horses in the 2.40 Newbury and included Remiluc in my forecxasts but did not back it! At last, a winner with Thomas Crapper (see 1st January) in the 3.15 Newbury! I like it when their form figures look poor, as they usually try then! I looked to be getting the forecast with Wakanda and Sego Success in the 3.35 Doncaster, then they finished third and fifth! How is that possible unless they drop out deliberately? Maddening! And then second and third in the 3.45 Lingfield when I lookd to have the forecast! I had the forecast with Seldom Inn and Tenor Nivernais in the 4.05 Kelso, but it was my second choice forecast! I had the forecast in the 4.10 Doncaster. I had Second Thought to win and Sutter County each-way for the forecast in the 4.20 Lingfield. Then I had the winning distance in the 4.25 Newbury. I had The Orange Rogue to win the 4.35 Kelso, but Danehills Well dropped out very tamely for my forecast. My three selections finished as the last three in the 4.45 Doncaster, and it just shows that they don't want to win small races! Should have backed the system bet! I had Tartan Bute to win and Lost The Moon in a forecast in the 4.55 Lingfield, but best in Castilo Del Diablo is taking a long time to show and must do so soon. I had Chef Des Obeaux each-way in the 5.00 Newbury (second and third). I had Sammy B and Late Date for the forecast in the 5.10 Kelso, but the two best in horses were Ronaldinho and Gold Chain (stablemates being held back for a touch later). I wasted my free bet on Karam Albaari in the 5.30 Lingfield, finishing fifth this time! I pick the wrong day for these horses more often than not! Must win again when wanted, but held back just enough not to finish in the places! I did have Leonard Thomas each-way in third.

3rd March: I did an evening 5p Lucky 15 at Chelmsford last night, which resulted: Dream Ally won 9/4, Mighty Zip second 8/1, Welliesinthewater won 10/1 and Tee It Up Tommo second 7/1. With an each-way 10p accumulator, I collected over £11 for £1.70, so well back in profit again. If they had all won, I would have been considerably better off! I had system Bletchley Castle each-way in the 1.50 Doncaster, but it looked a sure winner until close home. Second, third and fourth for my forecasts. I had the forecast in the 2.00 Lingfield, but thought First Experience was going to win. I had system bet Dinsdale to win and the forecast in the 2.10 Newbury, but would have preferred one of the others to finish second. I had Blue Hussar at 22/1 each-way and the favourite in a forecast in the 2.20 Doncaster. System bet Millies Kiss 15/8 winner of the 2.30 Lingfield and I had the forecast with the favourite. Should have known that best in Premier Grand Cru would not win with that first place at the front, so that's one down on my Lucky 15! Keep an eye on it for the future. I had the forecast with Russian Reward and Gaelic Silver in the 3.05 Lingfield, but had Gaelic Silver on my Lucky 15. Keep an eye on The Gay Cavalier for a nearby handicap. Lord Ben was thrown in for the 3.15 Newbury and was eye-catching in defeat. Certainly one to bear in mind for the future. I just missed the forecast from two selections! I had Pearl Spectre to win the 3.40 Lingfield, but both Intransigent and Swiss Cross were disappointing and must do better soon now. Kilcullen Flem looked to be going well, but finished only fourth in the 3.50 Newbury and can do better soon. I* had the forecast in the 4.00 Doncastert, then a win with Boater at 8/1 in the 4.10 Lingfield. My last return was Leaderofthedance each-way in the 4.20 Newbury, which was when I finished. A very small loss on the day, but still ahead of yesterday's starting balance!

2nd March: I missed the first couple of races, but had the forecast in the 2.40 Newcastle. The still thrown in Faithful Creek finished only third in the 3.10 Newcastle, and they love to follow a first place with a third - it happens so often with thrown in horses that it is almost routine. Will win again soon. Be Perfect led most of the way and will pop up again soon when wanted. Mica Mika can also do better. I did not expect Seymour Star to carry a 20lb rise in the 3.25 Ludlow, so got no return. A much better result with Huff And Puff to win and Fort Worth in a forecast in the 3.35 Taunton (first three home). Magistral was on a dud run in the 3.45 Newcastle (they always do that with a second place front and back) and will do better. I had third and fourth with Spes Nostra and Take Two. Pivotman is still very well in, but never wins at a big price! I had Marcilhac to win the 4.00 Ludlow, but no forecast. Venetia is doing well for me today! I had Qualando each-way in the 4.10 Taunton, but I feel this was a cosmetic effort by St Saviour, which folded far too easily. I had the forecast in the 4.20 Newcastle, but expected Miss Gillard to win. Keep an eye on Bridey's Lettuce for a nearby handicap. I had Sahara Haze each-way in the 4.35 Ludlow, but did not notice that the winner had a 10lb claimer on it! The thrown in Irish Thistle still refuses to win, but must do so soon! Volunteer Point was too bad to be true in the 3.55 Newcastle, and a dud run must have been planned. I had second and third, of course! I had Free World each-way at 50/1 in the 5.05 Ludlow but thought it was going to win until very late! A certainty for a handicap if it runs the same race again! I had Dream Ally on my evening Lucky 15 and Justice Rock each-way for the forecast in the race. In fact I had all of the first four in my forecasts and tricast, but not together! Not much up or down on the day with three legs of my Lucky 15 still to go! I was hoping that Venetia would send out her second string, Leviathan to win the 5.35 Ludlow, but not today! It must win soon, however, off this mark and was just on a trial today. Serenity Now looked sure to figure before falling and will do better if ok.

1st March: A good start with Ballythomas to win and Settledoutofcourt each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Musselburgh. And my third choice, Oscar Lateen finished fourth and will do better. Then I had the forecast in the 2.10 Wincanton, but the bigger priced ones were that for a reason! What an idiot, the jockey on Bob Mahler falling off in the 2.20 Ffos Las when the forecast was in the bag! Not one of my selections figured in the 2.30 Musselburgh (well Sophie Olivia did, but I did not have the winner). How can you back like that? For a 114 rated flat horse, Windshear was a total flop, but no doubt that was the plan! Keep an eye on it for the future. I had Sleep Easy to win the 2.40 Wincanton, but Driftwood Haze was very disappointing and this was clearly a dud run! More dud runs from Pulpitarian and Improved in the 3.00 Musselburgh. Damn, I looked at system bet Staigue Fort but ignored it at the price! I had the forecast with Ballinvarrig and Uhlan Bute, which, miraculously? ran on like a train to finish second after tailing off! How many times have I backed that horse? I don't think Filatore was out to win the 3.20 Ffos Las as it had every chance, but never closed quite enough to win. Damned clever at getting beaten, these jockeys! I had it each-way at 11/2, however. I had Pekanheim and Treat Yourself for the forecast in the 3.30 Musselburgh, but Treat Yourself travelled much better and probably was only out for second place! I had Loch Ba on the nose and the forecast in the 3.40 Wincanton. I was very tempted to use my free bet on Calculated Risk in the 3.50 Ffos Las, but I held off! Well, glad I did, as it finished fourth, but must win off this mark very soon now. I had Ruby Russett each-way in the 4.10 Wincanton, but ignored Fry's horse because it was not backed! I had Henllan Harri and Maxanisi for the forecast in the 4.20 Ffos Las for a good finish. Well, Thundering Home (see 21st February) won at last in the 4.40 Wincanton, and I also had Karl Marx in third and Chivers in fourth, but no forecast or tricast!

28th February: I had Picansort each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, but Desert Strike ran very poorly and must do better soon. They either run well or terribly! I had Gustav each-way at 50/1 in the 2.10 Leicester and the forecast with system bet Cougar Kid and the favourite in the 2.20 Catterick! Guess what? Nafaath dropped right out, then ran on again for fourth (its fourth in a row)! Why do they constantly do that? Torero must also do better very soon off this mark. I had Traveller and Never Folding in a straight forecast in the 2.30 Lingfield, and Island Brave ran pretty well in third. I thought Zeroshadesofgrey would give the favourite a much closer race in the 2.40 Leicester, but it folded far too tamely for its rating! I had the forecast in the 2.50 Catterick, but Port Lairge looked a sure third until unseating rider for my each-way. Typical! A pity I did not back system bet Derrydoon each-way! I backed all the wrong horses in the 3.00 Lingfield and these races are totally unpredictable, with Sennockian Star either winning or running like a crab! Just third place with Penmore Mill in the 3.10 Leicester, with Rebel Rebellion running poorly, and its price was probably too big for its rating. I had the forecast with Nomoreblackjack and Kilronan Castle each-way in the 3.20 Catterick. I thought the leader had stolen the race in the 3.30 Lingfield, but I got the right straight forecast in the end! I had Sunny Ledgend to win the 3.40 Leicester, but should have included the other system bet with it! Second and third in the 4.00 Lingfield, but I could not pick the winner! Best in Munsarim was again a huge price and again was not out to figure (you can always tell). Goring Two looked sure to figure in the 4.10 Leicester, then stopped like a wet paper bag! Best in Proud Times was a big price and unseated rider. so we'll never know, but must win off this mark! I was hoping Stronge was going to have a big treble! I did not back in the 4.30 Lingfield, but Indus Valley and Breakheart are two that must do better soon. Well, a little down on the day, but no major inroads into my big profit from two days ago!

27th February: My birthday today, and a good start with the forecast and an each-way on the second in the 2.00 Plumpton. I had system bet Soiuxperhero each-way in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, but not the winner! Shadow Spirit was disappointing, but will do better. If Golan Dancer had not missed the break in the 2.35 Plumpton it would have finished much closer, and should win a race off this mark. None of my three made any attempt in the 2.45 Ayr, with Rioja Day flattering to deceive with an early lead, Anitopia running like a crab (again) and Valid Reason clearly not out to perform today! All three of these will do better. I had Powerful Dream at 10/1 to win the 2.55 Wolverhampton. I am sure that Red Stripes can do much better. I had Snippetydoodah and Kayflin each-way for the forecast in the 3.05 Plumpton and first, third and fourth for my tricast! Neither Cowslip (getting rid of a first place) nor So Satisfied figured in the 3.15 Ayr, and both can do much better when wanted. I had Prazeres each-way in the 3.25 Wolverhampton, but did not want the wretched Trotter in the frame! I had Sea Wall to win the 3.35 Plumpton, but best in Rathealy dropped out very tamely and reflected its price! After I had Kilbree Chief at 6/1 to win, I gave up betting to go and have something to eat. I was so glad that Landscape did not win the last at Plumpton, as it will now win another race very soon. It makes me laugh the way the horse took the lead going on so well, then allowed itself to get overtaken on the run-in. They make it look so genuine, when you know that it could have won by 20 lengths! I lost a few pence on the day, but I'll settle for that!

26th February: I did not back or wtach the racing today, so hopefully I did not miss anything significant!

25th February: A couple of forecasts in the early races, then I managed to get third, fourth and fifth in the 2.45 Newcastle (paying five places). Then I had River Wylde and Elgin for the forecast in the 3.00 Kempton. I feel sure that Makethedifference dropped out deliberately in the 3.05 Chepstow, as it seemed to have plenty in hand! One to note for the future! A good result with Convey on my Lucky 15 and Pinzolo for the forecast in the Winter Derby! Back in profit! I really recommend dutching two or three horses and doing forecasts, as these can bring great returns when succesful, much more than single winners. Can be expensive, however, if you go on a losing run. I feel sure that The Dutchman would have won the 3.20 Newcastle but for a bad mistake at the second last! I had system bet Pilgrims Bay at 28/1 to win the 3.35 Kempton! Another winner down the pan when Gores Island fell at the last in the 4.10 Kempton. Shows the hazard of using inexperienced jockeys! Must win before long! Well, still in ptofit on the day after a massive win yesterday, so I'll give up and watch some rugby!

24th February: I had the forecast in the 2.10 Exeter, then the tricast in the 2.20 Lingfield, with The Ginger Berry each-way in second. I have used my free bet on Baccalaureate (see 15th December) each-way later at Exeter, and took the early price, hoping that it will be gambled on later. I have been waiting a while for it and hope that they are going to have a punt on it at their local track. Then I had the forecast in the 2.30 Warwick, but Fixed Rate did not complete my each-way bet. Two of my forecast bets fell when well in contention in the 2.45 Exeter, and Giveaway Glance looked sure to figure! I feel sure that this was a dud run by Bobble Boru, as it was well in on my ratings. I had the forecast in the 2.55 Lingfield. Knightoftherealm fell in the 3.05 Warwick. They always seem to find a way of not winning! And Phangio also dropped out tamely. I included Bacchanel in my forecasts, but should have included system bet Bassarabad! I had the forecast with Label Des Obeaux and Herbert Park 11/1 each-way in second. No joy in the 3.25 Lingfield, where outsiders did not figure, including system bet Georgio. A good result with No Buts and Dresden both each-way for the forecast in the 3.35 Warwick! System bet Kingswell Theatre 20/1 winner of the 3.50 Warwick! I had Spookydooky each-way in third. Keep an eye on Woodford County, which I am sure will do better soon. I had Take The Helm each-way in the 4.00 Lingfield. No show from the thrown in Lexington Times, so look out for that one next time as a system bet! Storm Alert came to grief almost at once in the 4.10 Warwick. Why is it always mine? Told you -05 figures are no good! I had The Model County 7/1 and the thrown in Romeo Americo 9/1 each-way for the forecast, however, the latter clearly running best but allowing itself to get beaten! They are always up to these tricks as regards winning or coming second! If Storm Alert had stood up I would probably have had the tricast! Well ahead on the day now! I had the forecast in the 4.25 Exeter with Black Anthem each-way in third at 20/1. I had Masquerade Bling each-way at 12/1 in the 4.35 Lingfield, but did not want Tigerfish in the frame! I had Shanroe Santos to win at 5/1 and Future Gilded for the forecast in the 4.45 Warwick, keeping up my good run! I missed the 4.55 Exeter, as I was concentrating on the previous race! What have I said about horses with multiple fourth places (Zero Grand)? Keep an eye on Obistar, which I am sure was another just adding a fourth place! I fancied Roundabout Magic in the 5.05 Lingfield, but did not reckon with the outsider! I had Diva Reconce to win and the forecast in the 5.15 Warwick! Well, Baccalaureate is being backed in the 5.25 Exeter, but not a massive plunge as yet! Well, it won and I also had the forecast with Blue April. I had my free bet on at 14/1 at the start of the afternoon! For once I chose the right one! What a great day! Over £50 profit to small bets! Keep an eye on Old Magic, which is due to pop up again soon. I did an evening Lucky 15 at Wolverhampton, and would you believe it! I got four second places! Should be a good return at 7/1, 10/1, 25/1 and 7/2, but like an idiot I cashed out my four horse accumulator, which would have brought much more than the cash out! Still, another good profit made with over £16 for a £1.70 stake! £70 profit to small stakes on the day!

23rd February: A good start with Mighty Zip (see 15th February) at 15/2 and Excellent Aim for the forecast in the 1.50 Chelmsford, and I just missed the tricast with Pearl Noir (fourth)! I had Dark And Dangerous (again) to win the 2.10 Sedgefield, but my others did not figure. And another winner with Viola Park at 10/1 in the 2.20 Chelmsford! None of my others figured. There seems little point in running three horse races, as the other horses never seem to be out to beat the favourite! Fortunately I did not back in the 2.45 Sedgefield, as I have had bad experiences with this type of race. The radio commentary is on an endless loop, and it is driving me nuts! I had Loyalty at 5/2 to win the delayed 2.55 Chelmsford, and had first, second and fourth in my tricast again (first, third and fourth for my forecast)! Ravenhoe is definitely due a better run soon. Then I had Mr Clarkson and Crackdeloust in a forecast. A return in every race so far! If I had been betting in pounds instead of pence I would have made a fortune! Well, it couldn't last and none of my selections figured in the finish of the 3.30 Chelmsford! But it looks as if I am getting my money back as the race was void! Only one of the thrown in horses figured in the 3.55 Sedgefield, where Arantes hit the front, then packed up and Roxyfet finished third, of course. These small races rarely reflect the form! Both of these will do better soon. The best in horses did not figuyre in the 4.30 Sedgefield despite being first and second most of the way (Brave Spartacus and Bell Weir)! These races are a complete waste of time in form terms! I had the forecast in the 4.40 Chelmsford and Captain Sharpe each-way in the 5.05 Sedgefield at 11/1. The latter must win a race very soon now, but they have been messing around with it for a long time! Just made a profit on the day!

22nd February: A few system bets came in in the first few races, including Lucky Louie at Lingfield and the first and second in the 2.35 Ludlow (I backed the second each-way). Although Apache Song is a horse I have backed numerous times on the flat, I did not notice it in the 2.45 Doncaster to my cost! Not one of the well in outsiders got into the first two in the 2.55 Lingfield, so it was a waste of time backing anything outside of the top two! I had Jolly Roger as best in, followed by Dakota City and Tempuran, but they all had future races in mind. I detest it when the races seem to be sewn up before the off! The top two in the betting came to grief in the 3.05 Ludlow and I could still only get third place with Forgetthesmalltalk, which I suspect was not expected at the price! Muthabir looked sure to figure in the 3.15 Doncaster, then got run out of it. The alarming drift on the thrown in First Fandango proved prophetic, but it must run much better soon off this mark. Even Bodega just failed to snatch third place because it was too far back! I was willing on Falcon Cliffs in the 2.25 Lingfield until I realised it was not the one I backed! idiot! The two I backed for the forecast in the3.35 Ludlow both pulled up! They have no intention of figuring! They were How About It, which was by far second best in, and Amiral Collonges. Astracad was disappointing in fourth in the 3.45 Doncaster and will do better soon. I also expected a better run from Seventh Sky. At last, a better result with Mitigate and Havelock (top two with official ratings) for the forecast in the 3.55 Lingfield (first three home). The three best in horses finished out of the frame in the 4.10 Ludlow, including Hill Fort, which got narrowly pipped into fourth, Borak and Ashoka, all of which will do better, probably at shorter prices. Should have known Maori Bob was too short a price for its form figures in the 4.30 Lingfield, and of course I finished with a close second and third for my forecast! Well, not a great day, but only a small loss.

21st February: I had the thrown in Cafe Au Lait on the nose in the 2.00 Wetherby, but second best Next Hight reflected its price with an abysmal run! Pertuis unseatred very early, but can do better, along with Medal Of Freedom, which looked sure to figure. Best in Stag Party typically finished fourth when looking sure to place in the 2.10 Southwell (must have eased off near the line)! Second best Mungo Madness made no show and both Too Many Shots and Hazel Berry also failed to place. Best in Hija made late progress just out of the places in the 2.20 Taunton (must win off this mark but never put into the race), and Viking Mistress was my only place out of five selections (Margaret's Rose fifth of course). I had Money Maid to win the 2.30 Wetherby, but annoyingly my two for the forecast (Shy and Frank N Fair) finished third and fourth! That is enfuriating! Why must they always just do enough to get third in a seven horse race? I had the obvious forecast in the 2.40 Southwell, but the other two ran to their prices! The thrown in Thundering Home (a sure winner when wanted) finished fourth this time in the 2.50 Taunton (but at least it was a place) and second best Karl Marx failed to figure. But I also had Tactical Manoeuvre in third, so not too bad! Also keep an eye on New Vennture, which was big price for a backing stable! Tommy O'dwyer ran like a crab in the 3.00 Wetherby and I missed the forecast by one place again by being greedy with the prices! I had Among Angels at 20/1 to win the 3.10 Southwell, but best in Boots And Spurs did not like being mentioned by the pundit, and both Essenaitch and Ticks The Boxes can do much better. It is so revealing that they are not backed because they know they are not going to figure! I had the forecast in the 3.20 Taunton, and of course my each-way bet (Little Acorn) finished fourth. They just know it is going to do that! The thrown in Lightening Rod finished second again in the 3.30 Wetherby, second best Chestnut Ben finished fourth and I had an each-way on Witness in third! A better result with Escalating and Crosse Fire each-way for the forecast in the 3.40 Southwell! Dungannon was best in, but ran a nothing race today and no doubt that was the plan! I had Somerset Lias each-way in the 3.50 Taunton, but Danvinnie can do much better (big price today). I had Angus to win the 4.00 Wetherby, but keep an eye on Politbureau, which should do much better and I Know The Code can also do better. The thrown in Cadeaux Pearl typically finished fourth in the 4.10 Southwell, but is a certain winner off this mark! I did have Prince Of Time each-way in third. Autumn Tonic and Llewellyn are two others to note soon. Best in Bertimont finished only second in the 4.20 Taunton and should have won this! I am sure there is more to come from Workbench as the stablemate of the second. Best in Fill The Power and Dreamsoftheatre both ran poorly in the 4.30 Wetherby and will do better. I picked the wrong Smith horse, of course, but they are so crafty! A great result with The Lock Master to win and Noguchi for the forecast in the 4.40 Southwell (just snatched second on the line!) I have tipped both of these several times recently! Got back most of my losses in one go! Ralphy Lad was too bad to be true and will pop up soon.

20th February: I had second and third for my forecasts in the 1.50 Lingfield, followed by the obvious forecast in the 2.00 Carlisle. If I had included the favourite in the 2.10 Wolverhampton I would have had a huge tricast, as I had Anton Dolin 16/1 and Ted's Brother 50/1 both each-way in second and third! Goldamachen was disappointing but must do better soon. Lac Sacxre looked a sure winner until a bad mistakke in the 2.20 Lingfield, and was overtaken for second by one of my other selections! Hartside looked another sure winner in the 2.30 Carlisle, then got pipped on the line again! The thrown in Sailors Warn was too big a price, but must do better again off this mark. I had Bush House and War At Sea in a straight forecast in the 2.40 Wolverhampton. Best in Dalkadam did not run to its mark in third in the 2.50 Lingfield, and can do much better. I had Tara Mac in my forecasts, but not the second! Im had Calivigny each-way in the 3.00 Carlisle, but left out Kap Jazz because of its first place! I am sure that The Cobbler Swayne could have finished closer. I almost got the forcast in the 3.10 Wolverhampton with Dunquin to win and Kicking The Can in third! Having read its report on a previous running, I left Carnspindle out of my forecasts for the 3.25 Lingfield, and of course it finished second! Impossible! Lyvius was a big price in the 3.35 Carlisle, and I should have known it would add another fourth place! It travelled best of the lot, so worth noting for the future! A very nice result with Robot Boy 10/1 to win and Bowson Fred 5/1 for the forecast in the 3.45 Wolverhampton! Delgany Demon was my only return in the 4.00 Lingfield, with all the well in horses running like crabs at big prices (which was why they were that). Arbeo, Summery Justice and Walk On Al were three of the guilty parties. I had Carrigdhoun as a lucky 12/1 winner of the 4.10 Carlisle! Best in Top Wood is clearly waiting for a bigger race! Best in Head Space made no attempt in the 4.20 Wolverhampton, Divine Call can also do much better, and I included Commanche in my forecasts but did not back it (because I ran out of time)! Martabot looked sure to be involved until slipping up in the 4.35 Lingfield, and I just missed the forecast with Champion Chase! I looked at My Boy James because of its form figures! I had Spirit Of Wedza at 8/1 to win the 4.55 Wolverhampton and Fleckerl each-way in third! Doctor Parkes was disappointing yet again off its mark and must do better soon. No joy in the last couple of races, but I was amazed that Big Fella Thanks got beaten and by one that I did not consider! How do these things happen? Well, I went through the afternoon with just a small loss, so I'm happy with that!

19th February: No joy in either of the first two races, where the odds-on favourites both went down, and I could not get the forecast in either! And no forecast again in the 2.20 Ffos Las (knew I should have included Potters Story)! I think I should back anything outside of the favourites today! I have not used my free bet this week, but there is not much I fancy! The three in my forecasts did not get into the frame in the 2.30 Market Rasen, and they all know more than I do about these races! Great day so far! Either I am not reading the races correctly or they are not running to form! And then the favourite fell in the 2.40 Navan! Will nothing go right today? At last a winner with Rock On Rocky in the 2.50 Ffos Las, but second best Prussian Eagle did not complete my forecast and will do much better off this mark. I used my free bet on Master Of Finance in the 3.00 Market Rasen and it at least placed for a return (looked the likely winner most of the way)! I had the forecast (first three home) in the 3.10 Navan, but it was obvious that Dedigout was not going to figure at a big price! Neither of the two outsiders figured in the 3.20 Ffos Las, but Boutan sounded as if it should have done better, but they love to add fourth places! A much better result with Mad Brian at 20/1 on my patent and the forecast with Right Down The Middle in the 3.40 Navan! Bob Ford, second best for the 3.50 Ffos Las, ran a strange race in fourth, and I can only suppose that was the place they wanted! Kayf Moss predictably dropped out at the price, but will also do much better. Well after an abysmal start, I am actually back in profit on the day! Just shows that patience is needed! Neither of the thrown in horses won the 4.00 Market Rasen, being Make Me A Fortune and Asuncion, but you could see they had much more in hand than they showed! Dolatulo gave me a winner and a Lucky 15 leg in the 4.20 Ffos Las, although it was hard viewing! Best in Should I Stay was too big a price in the 4.30 Market Rasen, but will do better, and second best Glendermot threw the race away by hanging on the run-in (probably deliberate). Best in Court Jester failed to figure in the 4.40 Navan, but is worth noting in Ireland soon. Should have known the ex-Alan King Miles To Memphis would show!

17th & 18th February: I had a couple more days off to watch the snooker. Getting lazy! Not sure that I missed anythging of significance, but there is always another winner around the corner. What I hate is missing one that I have backed regularly over a period!

16th February: Best in Brinestine still refuses to win and fell today in the 2.05 Leicester, but did not sound like winning in any case. I had Agreement as second best, but that was not out to figure either. Both of these can do much better soon. Best in Cool Echo is clearly waiting for a handicap after the 2.15 Lingfield, and I hate it when they don't give their proper running! Might have known that best in Knockara Beau would not want to win the 2.25 Kelso as the outsider, but it could not even get second with a faller! Keep it in mind for a bigger race, as they don't like to win small races! It is so annoying when they have decided not to compete before the race! I thought I had the winner with Storming Strumpet in the 2.35 Leicester, but even that got pipped on the line! Sounded as if the jockey wanted to get beaten! What a frustrating game! Free Return and Frankie Balloo can also do better. Now I am waiting for the outcome of the photo in the 2.45 Lingfield, and just pipped for the forecast again with Juan Horsepower! Time to give up! Some days whatever you do is not right! It was between Maggio and Firth Of The Clyde for the forecast in the 3.00 Kelso and of course I picked the wrong one! Just one of those days, unless it picks up soon! Mad Jack Mitton was disappointing in the 3.10 Leicester, but I did have Always On The Run each-way in second. Second and third again for my forecasts in the 3.20 Lingfield! I had Top Billing as best in for the 3.35 Kelso, but it packed up very quickly after leading. The scond and third were next in my ratings. The fact that best in Retrieve was at 50/1 for the 3.55 Lingfield suggested it was not wanted today. They like to make it clear! But you have to have a bit on them just in case! Well, at least I had a win bet on Watersmeet at 5/2! I could not even get the forecast in the 4.05 Kelso with the top-rated running well below form, including Green Flag and Mister Marker! Some of these results are ridiculous! And then my each-way bet Kentford Myth unseated rider! What the hell is going on today? The wretched pundit has picked my choice, Rigolleto, to win the 4.30 Lingfield, so that is probably the end of that one, although Baker is on board! Well, it took a clear lead, then seemed to pack right up in the final furlong, as if something went amiss. It was probably a planned move, as it will now be a system bet next time. I did have Tidal's Baby each-way at 7/1 (before it was gambled). Well, I finally got a result with the (obvious) straight forecast in the 4.40 Kelso. What went wrong (lol)? I'm glad I did not waste my free bet on some of my fancies today! And of course I missed Olofi in the 4.50 Leicester! Well, I actually got a result with the last of the afternoon races with the forecast with Exceeding Power 5/1 and Mercy Me 6/1 each-way, meaning that I did not lose a great deal on the day!

15th February: I'm back! Should have done the tricast in the 2.00 Wolverhampton, as I had the forecast and the thrown Tingo In The Tale each-way! Keep an eye on both Hyperlink and Fire In Babylon, which should do better soon. The best two in, Benny's Girl and Benability (fourth) did not figure in the 2.10 Towcester, but must do better when wanted. I did have Flobury each-way, but I could not see how the favourite could win so easily! A good result with system bet Applaus at 8/1 to win and This One Time for the forecast in the 2.20 Newcastle! The two thrown in horses were big prices in the 2.30 Wolveerhampton and clearly ran to their prices! They were Mighty Zip and Socialites Red, and both can do much better when wanted. I had Two Swallows to win the 2.40 Towcester and just missed the forecast with Socksy. I am sure that Tambura can do much better, but one of the outsiders today. I had William Money to win the 2.50 Newcastle and Vincent Rowe each-way in second, but next best Treat Yourself finished fourth again and Anitopia was too bad to be true! ! The thrown in Storm Trooper typically finished third in the 3.00 Newcastle, Pearl Noir finished fourth, and the wretched Insolenceofoffice did another pathetic performance! All three of these are so much better than they showed today. I had Buttercup at 9/1 to win the 3.10 Towcester, but I wanted Krackatoa King for the forecast! I had Beyondtemptation to win the 3.20 Newcastle, but Hope's Wishes should have come second! I had the forecast in the 3.30 Wolverhampton (first three home). I had the straight forecast in the 3.40 Towcester (buying money). The thrown in Captain Sharpe still refuses to win, but it cannot be long now. It even allowed its stablemate to beat it into fourth today! I had system bet Light From Mars each-way in the 4.00 Wolverhampton, but best in Pool House and Top Offer were not out to figure! I had Snowball and Leith Hill Legasi both each-way in the 4.10 Towcester, but not the forecast! The thrown in Rathlin was too big a price to be competing in the 4.20 Newcastle, but must do better soon in a bigger race! I hate these small races where they have decided where they will finish beforehand (well, that happens in many races). Best in Treasure The Ridge was a massive price in the 4.30 Wolverhampton, but made a sweeping move around the outside and packed up (of course). One to note for the future. Second best Castilo Del Diablo also looked sure to figure, but did not run on, and will also do better. And keep an eye on Percy Veer, which was prominent for a long way. A total boilover in the 4.40 Towcester, where I thought I had a sure place, just pipped into fourth on the line! First, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 4.50 Newcastle, with an each-way on the latter two. I had the forecast in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, but thought Sea Dweller was best in. The thrown in Layla's Hero was another one at a big price in the 5.50 Kempton, and ran accordingly. I expected a much better run from Dominium, especially at the prices, and Only Ten Per Cent was also a big price. All three of these can do much better soon. The third horse at 50/1, Talksalot, was actually very well in and must win off this mark also. How I detest Kempton as a race track! Well, a good finish for me with Alejandro at 25/1 in the 6.50, and Mister Music each-way on my Lucky 15 at 15/2! David Loughnane had two massive priced there tonight! Wonder if he had a double on them?

12th-14th February: I have had a few days off to watch the snooker, so will come back with my usual blog sometime soon. Sorry if you have missed me (lol!).

11th February: I did back in most of the races today, but not much to report. If I have time, I will summarise later.

10th February: The winner was the only one I did not give a chance to in the 1.30 Lingfield, and it just shows how these trainers use small races to run their horses down the field! I had Quadriga and Commissar as the two best in, but neither made any attempt! Both of these must surely pop up soon, and Yul Finegold can also do better in a less closely handicapped race! A much better result in the 1.40 Kempton, with Cleni Wells at 10/1 to win and Chieftain's Choice 5/1 both each-way for the forecast, and I also backed Cashanova, which finished fourth! And another forecast with Testify and Lough Derg Farmer in the 1.50 Bangor. Amazing how often these odds-on shots bomb out! I had Havelock each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, but missed the forecast on two separate tickets! Then I had the forecast with Get On The Yager and Agamemmom in the 2.10 kempton. I looked to have a sure forecast in the 2.20 Bangor until Saint Ladylime fell at the last! The vagaries of jump racing! Should have taken notice of the big prices on my runners in the 2.30 Southwell, as no money usually means no attempt! The thrown in Greyfriarschorista, Llewellyn and Fortinbrass all ran poorly, but must do better off these marks. Another forecast with Captain Bucks and Like The Sound each-way in the 2.40 Kempton. And the forecast again in the 2.50 Bangor. Then I had Sir Billy Wright at 18/1 in the 3.00 Southwell, but thought Dungannon (fourth) was going to come through for my forecast! I was expecting a better run from Godsmejudge in the 3.20 Bangor, but it was planned to pull up today! Typical! The thrown in Wellforth showed briefly, but that was getting rid of a first place, so another no show! And Saroque also finished just out of the places, so nothing from that race! I had the forecast in the 3.35 Southwell, but thought Elusivity had got second, but it did not matter at the prices. System bet Beggar's Wishes 15/2 winner of the 3.50 Bangor and I missed it, with just Hollywood All Star in second! I had the tricast with the first three in the betting in the 4.05 Southwell. A couple of unpickable rags first and second in the 4.25 Bangor, although one of them was from a big stable.

9th February: Too lazy to write my blog in real time today, but a few good results, including Skewiff and the forecast and Ansaab (at last!) and the forecast. I was disappointed that I did not get the tricast with Nonchalant, which must pop up again soon off this mark. A few to note for the future include Tenhoo, Chandrayaan and Galuppi on the flat and Global Thrill (third today) over the jumps, along with Irish Thistle (also third). Starboard is still thrown in, but they love to follow a win with a place, just for effect.

8th February: A nice start with system bet Randall's Allana 7/1 and Mowhoob 14/1 both each-way in a forecast in the 2.00 Chelmsford! In fact it was even better, as the result was reversed after an enquiry! Best in Afkar was not out to figure, but must win off this mark. Keep an eye on Cyflymder when there is any money for it and Ertidaad is another to note. Greybougg was thrown in for the 2.20 Carlisle and seemed to have the race in the bag, then allowed itself to be overtaken late on! A very suspicious result, which they probably knew would happen! The next few races yeidled little, so will ignore them. The 3.10 Ludlow was another farce, with all of mine running like crabs, as reflected in their prices, including Uhlan Bute, which never went a yard. Something wrong there, when they start at big prices and you smell a rat! Yet another 100/1 Brooke shot, which ran very well, then stopped as if shot! I had Celtic Tune each-way in the 3.20 Carlisle and Volunteer Point each-way in the 3.30 Chelmsford, and had the forecast! I had the forecast in the 3.40 Ludlow and Bob's Boy 20/1 each-way in third. I had Bowdlers Magic at 20/1 each-way in the 3.50 Carlisle. The drift on The Herds Garden was significant, as it dropped out tamely after being a clear second. I had Top Boy to win the 4.05 Chelmsford, but should have included its stablemate for the forecast! I had the forecast twice in the 4.15 Ludlow and almost got third with Invisible Man! I had Blakemount to win the 4.30 Carlisle to complete a very profitable day! Second and third in the 4.40 Chelmsford, but I thought Eurato would be a sure winner! How they love to throw in second after second!

7th February: I had Exclusive Waters to win the 1.30 Newcastle, but Lord Rob (fourth) and Outlaw Torn were disappointing for my forecast. I had the obvious forecast in the 1.50 Market Rasen. I was getting quite excited about best in Stamp Duty in the 2.00 Newcastle, then it faded out of the frame! Second best Hydrant can also do much better than its lame effort today, so I finished with just Mount Cheiron each-way. The thrown in Filatore was well backed (by idiots like me) but did not finish in the first four! Second best Earcomesthedream ran to its price and It's Oscar travelled really well before dropping out. All three of these can do much better. I did have L Frank Baum in second. I had the forecast in the 2.20 Market Rasen (first three home). I had Energia Fox on the nose in the 2.30 Newcastle, but had only the third for my forecasts. I give up on Lady Brooke's horsesd, as the thrown in Raduis Bleu failed to run well yet again! I had Knight Oftherealm each-way in second, but Matrow's Lady very craftily finished only third, which they do so often after a win! These people turn form into a nonsense when they do things like that! The winner went up 21lb and still won! Incredible! I could not get one of the first two in the 2.50 Market Rasen. Ratings seemed to mean nothing in that race! The thrown in Yorkshireman consented to finish fourth after travelling extremely well in the 3.05 Newcastle, and second best Thackeray made no attempt at all (getting rid of a first place, of course). Jan Smuts was my only return in a disappointing race. And keep an eye on Strikemaster, which can also do much better. I had the forecast (just!) in the 3.15 Hereford, but thought Muffins For Tea was going to win! The thrown in Mwaleshi finished second again in the 3.25 Market Rasen, and I am sure these are fixed up jobs! Second best Kazlian finished fith and is another sure winner soon. Should have known the thrown in Kiwi Bay (led for a long way) would not win the 3.40 Newcastle at a massive price, but you have to try! The only reason they are a massive price is that they are telling the others not to worry about them! I thought Johnston was pulling a fast one with his second string Ravenhoe (second for a long way), but that one will also pop up soon. You could not write it! I put three horses in a forecast in the 4.00 Market Rasen and they all fell, including Scooter Boy, which looked like winning! A ridiculous race in the 4.30 Market Rasen, where best in Lord Ben and Out Now were clearly going better than the winner, then both found nothing (apparently). Another put-up job? It makes you wonder! Fortunately I missed the race, but another example of a thrown in horse (Genres) finishing third after winning last time out! It happens so often that it must be deliberate!

6th February: A good start with system bet Joseph Mercer (at last!) at 5/1 to win and Houndscourt for the forecast in the 2.00 Sedgefield. In fact I backed them in a forecast last time too, finishing first and third! They were the two thrown in horses, but third best Notonebuttwo did not place for my each-way bet. Joseph Mercer also gave me the first leg of an each-way treble, now let's watch the other two run like crabs! Well, Russian Soul finished like a rocket in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, but did not quite get up. Still, it was at least a place for my treble! Swiss Cross is still well in, but it having a small lull before competing again, and both Alejandro and Joeys Destiny were not out to figure. And Dark And Dangerous won to give me an each-way treble at 11/1 in the 2.35 Sedgefield. In fact I backed the first three home but did not get the forecast or tricast! Copt Hill was the disappointing animal, and they probably knew they could not beat the winner and did not want to show too much today. One to note soon. And a winner with system bet Count Montecristo at 12/1 in the 2.50 Wolverhampton! Best in Hard To Handel was a massive price, but ran well for a long way and could pop up soon. I had the obvious forecast in the 3.05 Sedgefield, but keep an eye on Melodya, which seemed to be going far better than the second for much of the way. I had Right Action to win the 2.20 Wolverhampton, but Blue Bahia was too bad to be true and they make a habit of these runs. Poetic Queen had no right to be there on the ratings, but those with official marks often are the ones to follow in these races! The thrown in Premier Grand Cru added another third place to its cv in the 4.25 Sdgefield, and will probably not win next time, but must win off this mark. First and third for my forecasts and tricast! At least it was a place on my patent bet. None of my each-ways got a place in the 5.50 Wolverhampton, although equal best in Justice Rock showed up for a long way before finishing fourth! Virile, Silver Springs and Socialites Red can also do better. The thrown in and system bet Lochalsh gave me an each-way double on my patent in the 4.05 Sedgefield, and the four horses I backed finished first, second, third and fourth, including the forecast! Ask Paddy must be extremely well handicapped if Lochalsh ran to form! The thrown in Mighty Zip looked certain to place in the 4.20 Wolverhampton, but in the end subsided tamely! One to keep an eye on after this trial run! Diamond Vine and Cruise Tothelimit were my next best, and they were also well there, but did not finish off! Keep all three in mind, as they must do better, although Diamond Vine wins very rarely! The winner and second were my equal fourth rated, proving the point! I had the winner and second for the forecast in the 4.35 Sedgefield, but the thrown in Captain Sharpe faded tamely and will probably win as a system bet next time (take note)! A pity, as it ruined the third leg of my patent! Still, I am still in profit on the day, which is gratifying after backing in every race! I had Tartan Bute and Gabrial The Terror each-way for the forecast in the 4.50 Wolverhampton, the latter by far best in, but not short enough to suggest they wanted to win! Still, a good result! I have done well with my forecasts today, and it's nice when they work out. Second and third both each-way in the 5.20 Wolverhampton, to keep up my good run! I did not bhack in the last race, but I had Caius College Girl as best in, followed by Les Gar Gan and Cold Fusion, so those three are well worth an interest soon. Still, a very pleasant afternoon with form working out well in the main.

5th February: I did not back or even check the results today, but could have had the first three home in the first race, which I did watch!

4th February: The first race that I backed in, I had Golden Vision 7/4 and Becky The Thatcher 14/1 each-way for the forecast. I wasted my free bet once again on the thrown in Wordiness in the 1.25 Lingfield! It came up pulling double on the outside, but in the end finished fourth (again)! How they love to repeat fourth places! Must win soon off this mark, and I will be on it again next time! I had Dresden each-way at 22/1 in the 1.40 Wetherby, but no forecast! I was disappointed with Gracious John in the 2.00 Lingfield, and the favourite also ran below par. The thrown in Full Jack looked certain to at least place in the 2.05 Musselburgh, then finished fourth! I had system bet Azure Fly in third, with two others close behind. I had system bet Rock My Style each-way in the 2.15 Wetherby, but looked like getting the forecast until very late. I had second and third in the 2.30 Lingfield with Vimy Ridge and Burning Thread, but did not want the favourite! Taajub continues to disappoint off this mark. I had Bowie each-way in the 2.40 Musselburgh, but keep an eye on Calin Du Brizais, which looked certain to figure before falling at the last. Best in Ballyculla typically finished fourth in the 3.00 Sandown with 14 runners! How annoying, as it clearly had more to give! I had system bet Ami Desbois to win the 3.20 Wetherby. The thrown in Head Space was getting rid of a first place in the 3.40 Lingfield, threatened briefly, then let others go past! Must win a similar race soon. I had Galway Jack and Ardea in a forecast in the 3.55 Wetherby, but both Open Hearted (third) and Duke Of Lucca were clearly not out to compete (or at least finish off). I finally finished with a good result with Mon Palois at 7/1 and Eskendash for the forecast in the 4.25 Wetherby. It was a long time in coming!

3rd February: On checking last night's results at Chelmsford, I found that I missed the thrown in Starboard (7/1), and good odds on second placed Nasri and Glenalmond, all of which I have tipped ad nauseam. I did not back in the first couple of races today, but was disappointed with the miserable efforts on my four selections in the 2.15 Catterick. These were best in Spread Boy, second best Arantes, Las Tunas (fourth) and Alchimix. How many ntimes do they have to run before putting in a proper effort? More horses running below form in the 2.30 Southwell with Free Zone (led most of the way), Corporal Maddox (about fifth) and Gramercy. I'll get them to run properly one day. I hate it when they are right there, then get run out of it late on! All three of these will do better, probably in handicaps. The thrown in Cadoudoff at least placed in the 2.45 Catterick, but I supect it only wanted a place. Askamore Darsi and Forty Crown (fourth) also finished out of the places. I just cannot back a horse called Cooking Fat (although I could have made a few quid). I had Earthly to win the 3.00 Southwell, but almost inevitably I left the second out of my forecasts! A much better result with Actinpieces and Conquer Gold both each-way for the forecast in the 3.20 Catterick! Keep an eye on Foot The Bill, which I had as best in for the 3.55 Catterick, but it was not out to figure today. Lord Landen looked certain to at least place, but faded so badly that it finished out of the first four! Certain to do better when really trying! And Valentino's Choice was clearly such a big price because they knew it would not complete! Best in Deer Song (third) was clearly 8/1 because it was a seven horse race in the 4.10 Lingfield, but I did have the forecast, which did not work out badly with a 5/1 winner! Both Should I Stay and Kisumu ran well below par in the 4.25 Catterick, and my win bet on Bell Weir (second) also went down. It is a waste of time betting in these races where so many just do not compete! The winner had no comparable form, so must be a lot better than it had shown previously! Should have stuck with system bet Marshall Aid for my forecasts in the 4.40 Lingfield! That was the one I left out, unfortunately. I am sure Mamoo will pop up before long. Epsom Day was also well in but clearly only on a trial spin, and of course old Salient was thrown in as always, but was not going to win as the rank outsider. The latter will pop up again before long, probably over shorter. I did a Lucky 15 at Kempton and had both Welsh Inlet 8/1 as the winner and West Leake in third in the 5.45, but typically my Lucky 15 bet, Lutine Charlie led, then finished about fifth! Why do I rarely get the winner on my multiples? Lutine Charlie is entered again soon, so I suggest a bet then.

2nd February: The first race that I backed in, the 2.00 Wincanton, I had Baby King to win at 3/1 and Astre De La Cour each-way for the forecast, giving me £3 for 70p stakes! Best in Goring Two finished last in the 2.10 Towcester, and will do better in a bigger race. A pity, as I had Edgar in my forecast! Best in Ansaab flattered to deceive in the 2.20 Southwell, and The Lock Master finished only third! Both of these must pop up soon. I had the (obvious) forecast in the 2.35 Wincanton. Second and third with Pink Gin and Scooby in the 2.45 Towcester. Mcvicar was getting rid of a first place in the 2.55 Southwell and you can almost guarantee a dud run! I did have Brideys Lettuce each-way but did not want the favourite! What a great result with the first three home in the 3.10 Wincanton (the first two at 16/1) and the forecast, but I did not do the tricast (don't be greedy)! Faithful Creek won at last in the 3.30 Southwell, but a much shorter price than previously. I also had the forecast twice. I had Vic De Touzaine each-way in the 3.45 Wincanton, but best in Gores Island and Ballygarvey were not out to figure today! The thrown in Shy John was getting rid of a first place in the 3.55 Towcester and will do better when wanted. Second best Try It Sometime was annoying by not winning, and Flugzeug and Cheat The Cheater (fell) were also not out to win. I had Shearian and Alpha Tauri each-way for the forecast in the 4.05 Southwell. The thrown in Alla Svelta (led for much of the way) was a massive price in the 4.25 Towcester and will do much better when wanted. I had Sizing Sahara in fourth, which looked certain to at least place, and Albatros De Guye can also do much better. Well, I made an even bigger profit today, thanks to a couple of good forecasts!

1st February: Two winners in the first few races with Ballinvarrig and Dangerous Ends. I had Too Many Shots as best in for the latter and it was heavily backed, only to lead, then finish fourth. I had first and third for my forecasts. I had Paddocks Lounge and Golan Dancer for the forecast in the 2.40 Leicester. Keep an eye on Smoky Hill, which I am sure is capable of better, probably in a handicap. On ratings Dusty Raven ran too badly to be true! I had Final Nudge and Nansaroy for the forecast in the 3.00 Hereford (first three home) and the second only just survived a last fence horlicks! Then I had Allee Bleue at 8/1 to win the 3.10 Leicester. Best in Norse Light ran a dud and will do better soon. As usual I left out the second from my forecasts in the 3.20 Kempton (rarely get it right). A graet result with the two Banjos in a forecast in the 3.40 Leicester! I had Jacquotte Delahaye in my forecasts for the 3.50 but Lolita was withdrawn, so I should get some sort of return? East Coast Lady ran like a drain and will do better. I had Toby Lerone and Simply Wings in a forecast in the 4.00 Hereford, but Grandioso simply ran to its (false) rating and will do better in one of these. The 4.10 Leicester was a nonsense in terms of ratings, and I should have done the forecast, as the big two were clearly not out to win! The thrown in Lexington Times failed to win yet again in the 4.20 Kempton, and they love to thrown in a couple of places (or more) before winning! I had the thrown in Magistral each-way in the 4.25 Newcastle, but it should have won if really wanted. My other choice, Woodacre unfortunately broke down and it is not looking good for that one. I had Aza Run at 11/2 and I thought I had Chivers in a forecast in the 4.40 Leicester, but second place was given to Lake Chapala for some reason! Monsieur Rieussec looked a sure winner in the 4.50 Kempton, but mysteriously finished out of the frame. Damn, I had Persun in my forecasts, but not the second! Still, I made a good profit on the day and will leave out tonight's racing.

31st January: No time to write my report today, but I will give a few comments later. I had Matrows Lady at 9/1 to win and Finish The Story also at 9/1. I had Swendab each-way at 20/1, but it should have won hands-down and it is really annoying when they allow something else to win! I also had Favorite Girl at 11/1. Red Admirable looked sure to place in Finish The Story's race (those two looked a sure forecast), but in the end dropped out and pulled up within a few yards! Must now win very soon. Denny Kerrell also looked a sure winner, then finished out of the places. Rock On Rocky, Working Title, Veauce De Sivola, Fidelity (third today) and Gale Force Oscar are others to note for the near future.

30th January: Not much joy today, with just a few places, but I did have Elusivity (at last!) at 20/1. What I said on 5th January did not apply, as it was still a big price. Keep an eye on Cadeaux Pearl, which cannot get any lower in the handicap, Crosse Fire, City Of Angkor Wat, which must strike soon, Istimraar and Great Link, all of which must do better soon.

29th January: I had Hartside each-way in the 1.20 Sedgefield, but was disappointed with the performances of both Our Thomas and Vodka Wells, which will do better before long. I had the straight forecast in the 1.30 Leopardstown (first three home). I had Solighoster and system bet Versifier for the forecast in the 1.40 Fontwell (in fact the third was a system bet too). The thrown in Lyvius was made to struggle from the start in the 1.50 Sedgefield and clearly that was the agenda for the day! I had Prairie Town each-way but was disappointed that it did not win in a close contest! Then I had the Mullins 1-2 with Let's Dance and Kemboy in the 2.00 Leopardstown. The thrown in Wish In A Well decided to finish second today in the 2.10 Fontwell, and they do that so often just for effect, but it is so annoying when you know the truth! And of course my each-way bet was just pipped into fourth to further annoy me! I am sure that Dancing Dik will pop up at some point soon, so watch for any money for it (or not). A better result with Bordeaux Bill 7/1 and Kelka 11/4 for the forecast in the 2.20 Sedgefield! Just one finisher in the 2.30 Leopardstown, and glad I did not back in the race! Potters Approach was all over the place with its jumping in the 2.40 Fontwell. I had the second each-way but did not include it in my forecasts! The massively well in Ascendant fell in the 2.50 Sedgefield, which was really annoying, and Torero looked sure to figure before finishing third! The latter is a certainty for a handicap soon. I had Remiluc each-way in the 3.10 Fontwell, but I am sure St Saviour can do much better soon. Don't know what happened to Ryeollian, but it faded very quickly after the last! The thrown in Mr Mole was a big price and clearly on a trial run in the 3.20 Sedgefield. One to keep an eye on soon for a bigger race. My second choice, Going Concern was a faller, so that was a waste of time! The thrown in Free World finished only third in the 3.40 Fontwell, but must win very soon now (system bet next time). I don't know why they have to go through this rigmarole! Proud Times was also on a dud run, although may not have been fit today. Venetian Lad (fourth) can also do better. And watch for any money for Withy Mills, as it is always backed when competing. I had The Doorman each-way in the 3.50 Sedgefield, but was disappointed with Aengus. Keep an eye on Politbureau, which came up travelling strongly then faded right out! A better result with Letemgo coming from last to first in the 4.10 Fontwell (I got 11/1). Thepartysover and stablemate Shalianzi will also do better soon. And another (fortunate winner) with Alys Rock (I got 12/1) in the 4.20 Sedgefield. A good finish to the day! The thrown in Cool Baranca had no intention of figuring, despite Emma Sayer being on board! Mrs Grass can also pop up again soon.

28th January: I had an enjoyable day, but did not have time to write my blog today. I had Upsilon Bleu to win in the 1.55 Doncaster and a number of places.

27th January: I had the second at 20/1 each-way in the 1.15 Taunton, then I had Bodega (which I have been following recently) at 16/1 to win the 1.25 Doncaster and Bendomingo each-way in fourth (paying four places). Keep an eye on Harry Hunt, which can do much better soon. I almost got the forecast in the 1.40 Lingfield, just pipped on the line for second! The same happened in the 1.45 Taunton, where I had first and third, and my each-way bet Seven Nation Army finished fourth. Best in Henllan Harry ran well below form in the 1.55 Doncaster and I feel sure it was a deliberate dud run! That one and Zaru can clearly do better. A better result with King Olav to win and Ryan The Giant for the forecast in the 1.10 Lingfield. It is only a matter of time before Yul Finegold runs much better, possibly over a shorter distance. No return from the 2.15 Taunton, where St Johns Point was brought down, Dropzone ran another dud and Fuggedaboutit made a token effort only. It lookeed as if First Of Never was going to win the 2.25 Doncaster, but in the end it finished only third! I did have Stepover to win, however. I had the forecast in the 2.40 Lingfield, but it did not look likely until the final strides! Dolos ran like a crab at these weights in the 2.45 Taunton, but I was fortunate to have an alternative forecast. I had system bet Ypsilanti to win the 2.55 Doncaster, but nothing for the forecast, where both Routine Procedure and Make Me A Fortune ran very poorly. I had Justice Rock each-way in the 3.10 Lingfield, but I had the winner and forecast in two separate forecasts! Keep an eye on Nidnod and Diamond Vine, both of which should pop up soon. Kitegen was too bad to be true in the 3.15 Taunton, but the big price was not encouraging. Will probably do better in a bigger race soon. No return whatsoever in the 3.25 Doncaster, where the Nicholls horse ran like a crab and Man Look ran in front, then packed up! Two system bets 100/1 second and 18/1 third, silly me! The mthree best in horses finished as the last three in the 3.45 Tauntonj, being The Lion Man, Far From Defeat and Guiting Power, and I refuse to believe that they were out to figure! In fact Far From Defeat looked really threatening before subsiding towards the end, and clearly a trial run! I had Premier Bond and Kerrow in a forecast in the 3.55 Doncaster, but I thought the outsider was going to spoil the party! Another Nicholls' runner (favourite) ran like a dog! Keep an eye on Noguchi and The Gay Cavalier from the 4.10 Lingfield, as one led, then packed up, and the other made eye-catching progress through the field before not running on. I am sure both will do better off these marks. Of course Nicholls would win the race when I did not want him to win! Both Sew On Target and Mad Jack Mitton were better in, but these small races do not often run to form! Gustav Mahler looked sure to place in the 4.25 Doncaster, but in the end finished about fifth! I backed the favourite to win, but it finished second, of course! I am convinced these top stables arrange the result between them, but that is only an impression based on results. I had system bet Danz Gift at 6/1 in the 5.00 Dundalk, but was hoping the favourite had got second for my forecast! I have done an evening Lucky 15 at Newcastle and am hopeful of some good results, as I have included some fairly short-priced ones.

26th January: A few good results today, including several places in Ireland (Great Field at 9/2 to win and the forecast), second and third (33/1) in the hunter chase and a winner with Upgrade in the 2.40 Southwell. I also had second, third and fourth in the 3.15, but got no return in a seven horse race! Both Suffragette City and Masquerade Bling should do better soon. They have been messing around bigtime with Crosse Fire and that one must do better very soon, along with Red Stripes. I missed the 3.55 Southwell as I wrote this blog, and might have picked Alpha Tauri at the weights with the 7lb claimer, but that is probably sour grapes! Space War is another winner waiting to happen, but no money today! I finished with Cyrano De Sivola and Talkischeap at 7/1 each-way for the forecast in the 4.20 Warwick to end all square (almost to the penny) on the day! I did an evening Lucky 15, and as usual the first one went down with the thrown in Commissar! My other choice in the same race, Ferryview Place, finished just ahead of it in fourth, and both can do much better. I hate these runs where they just hack around and make no attempt to get involved. The jockeys must know what the have beneath them, but they have clearly been told not to figure. How unfair is that on genuine punters? Let's hope my other three selections don't have the same agenda! Dove Mountain was best in for the first race, but was another to do exactly the same. I looked at the winner, because it was a system bet. First three legs down with Esteaming and English Summer as the next two, but I had a nice result with Hallstatt to win and Burnside for the forecast in the 7.30 Wolverhampton. English Summer was the stablemate of the second and was clear best in, so again had no doubt been told to stay out of it! I have often backed Cotton Club, but missed it at 18/1 tonight! How can they get the betting so wrong sometimes? Sometimes I think my selections might as well not have run, as they so rarely come good, especially when they are big prices. I still have some bets and forecasts to go, so let's hope for some results! And I did get another nice result with Pivotal Dream to win and Lutine Charlie (the final leg of my Lucky 15) for the forecast in the 8.30! I had Mowhoob as second best in (drifted badly in the betting), so one to note for the future. The thrown in Athletic allowed itself to be beaten again (they love to get a series of places) in the 9.00 (I backed it to win) but I did have Top Offer at a big price (50/1 and a system bet) in third too. So overall the evning worked out ok! (back to square one on the day). George Baker is another that must surely win soon off its mark.

25th January: Two good forecasts to start the day with Implausible 5/1 to win and Allegheny Bay 7/2 for the forecast in the 1.35 Lingfield, followed by Brave Eagle 11/2 each-way and Oxwich Bay 15/8 in the 1.45 Ludlow! Hinton Indiana, Dystonia's Revenge and Urban Gale were all too bad to be true in the 1.55 Catterick, and I expect much better from all three very soon. They were probably too closely handicapped to risk it today, although you never know whether it was discussed between them before the race! They all had 30lb in hand of today's rating! The thrown in Twirling Magnet came down in the 2.15 Ludlow to ruin my Lucky 15. Fortunately with all the mayhem I had An Poc Ar Buile each-way in third! Sunny Ledgend was also too bad to be true, and these well in horses either run well or incredibly badly! Jaleo ran a strange race in the 2.30 Catterick, dropping out, then running on again. I half fancied Alzammaar, but too big a price to be a feasible bet! The thrown in Mahican let me down for the second leg of my Lucky 15 (they don't like winning straight off), but I had the winner and forecast in any case. I had Champagne Chaser each-way in the 2.50 Ludlow, but thought it was going to win. Should have known that Debt To Society was too big a price, but you never know. I am constantly waiting for American World to show something, but it starts at such huge prices! Keep an eye on Viking Mistress, which looked sure to figure, but flattened out! I had Winterlude on the nose in the 3.15 Lingfield, but no forecast with the favourites! Another sure looking winner coming down in the 3.25 Ludlow (Deadly Approach)! Curses! I had Keep Moving each-way, but not much value. I had Herons Heir and Lightening Rod each-way for the forecast in the 3.40 Catterick for a better result, the latter thrown in but probably needs further. I had Winning Ways and Edged In Blue in a straight forecast in the 3.50 Lingfield, and it's nice when the betting is os straightforward! You can overthink yourself at times! Just pipped for a good forecast in the 4.00 Ludlow, but the third was no good each-way! I had Galactic Power and Snowed In in a forecast in the 4.10 Catterick, but the latter looked a sure winner! Nasri was travelling like a dream in the 4.20 Lingfield, then managed to get itself boxed in on the rail and eased off! Probably deliberate, but a certain winner very soon. I am sure these incidents are planned because they are not wanted. I mentioned both Wink Oliver and Major Muscari recently, finishing second (I think) and third. I have held my own pretty well today, and still have an evening Lucky 15 to come.

24th January: I had the forecast in the 1.20 Leicester. The 1.40 Southwell was a waste of time, with Come On Percy, Baileys Apprentice and Mungo Madness all running well below form. I missed the tricast in the 1.50 Leicester, where I had the first three home, all each-way at 5/1, 14/1 and 4/1! A good forecast, though! Then I had the forecast in the 2.00 Southwell with Fortinbrass 8/1 and Cadeaux Pearl 20/1, the latter on my Lucky 15! It's nice when the form works out, although Cadeaux Pearl was by far the best in and will win before long. A £10 profit to very small stakes on one race! Unfortunately I did not include Cadeaux Pearl's stablemate in my tricast! I almost got the forecast in the 2.20 Leicester, with Tagrita just run out of second place very late. Then I had the forecast with Fingerontheswitch and Sharney Sike each-way in second. A good day so far ... Shhh! Second best Doctor Parkes ran another nothing race in the 2.40 Southwell (must win a handicap soon), but I did have the forecast with Archie Stevens. I had Houndscourt at 16/1 to win the 3.00 Wetherby, and Joseph Mercer each-way in third, but it should have been a sure forecast! The latter was setting up a system bet after two seconds, which they do so often. Dutch Canyon was the disappointment for my tricast! Then I had Poyle Vinnie as the second leg of my Lucky 15 in the 3.10 Southwell. Two to go! Tatting let me down for a treble in the 3.40 Southwell, and there is always at least one! I expected Akula to be a much bigger price in the 3.50 Leicester, but somebody was having a big touch. Don't know if it will win, but it has been a long time between drinks (and costly for me). Well, it finished fourth and Orthodox Lad also finished out of the frame. Two sure winners very soon! System bet Miss Benefitz 25/1 third! I had the forecast with Mr Big Shot and Cousin Oscar each-way in the 4.00 Wetherby. General Tufto came up hacking in the 4.10 Southwell, then finished out of the places! I was confident of a good run from Rocket Ronnie, but it was made to look under pressure almost from the start! Cost me the final leg of my Lucky 15, the b...s! Must surely win soon, probably over seven furlongs. Well, I have made a good profit on the day, but it would have been much better with a couple more results on my Lucky 15. Damn! I looked to have a sure winner with Wlidehearted Woman in the 4.20 Leicester until it fell two out! How often does that happen to me? One to note for the future, but probably not next time, now that they have all taken note! Kayflin did not finish off despite going extremly well, and Katie's Hen dropped out far too tamely. Now that's three for you! Anyway, I'm happy with the day!

23rd January: It is amazing that the three thrown in horses finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the 1.40 Newcastle, and these runs are clearly planned! They were Captain Sharpe, Nafaath and Dark And Dangerous, and they must surely make this known to the connections at the head of the betting, otherwise it makes no sense! I did have Sudski Star to small stakes in third. Should have known that King's Tempest was too big a price to be competing in the 1.50 Bangor, but I had it as best in, so had to back it! Of course I left the winner out of my forecasts. That happens so often that it cannot be coincidence! Second and third for my forecasts in the 2.00 Wolverhampton, and although I fancied Hazell Berry, I did not back it! I had Valley Lodge as clear best in, so one to keep an eye on soon. Zaatar was too big a price to be competing, but was prominent for a long way and another one to note if any money. It is amazing how many times a horse follows a third place with another one (Metronomic) and I feel sure it is deliberate! Damn! It looked as if The Herds Garden was going to win the 2.10 Newcastle until it fell, so I was left with just second place! A bit of luck would be nice! I could not pick the winner in the 2.20 Bangor, although it was well backed. It did have the form from its first run, which I did not check! A nothing run from Ochos Rios, which I feel should have done much better. At last a result with the forecast in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, although not much value! Everkyllachy looked sure to place until swallowed up in the last few yards. I had Our Boy John as best in, but a big price today and another to note for the future. A better result with Drumviredy and Hollow Blue Sky for the forecast in the 2.50 Bangor, but missed the tricast with the first three home! And another great result with Good Time Ahead (see 9th January) to win and The Last Debutante for the forecast in the 3.00 Wolverhampton! Got back a series of losses in just two races! I thought I was getting the forecast in the 3.10 Newcastle, but ended with just second place! Amazing how the shape of races changes! Then I had the forecast with Kilcullen Flem and system bet Lower Hope Dandy for the forecast in the 3.20 Bangor! What a beauty! Now I'm definitely back in profit! I have to go out now, but I still have a couple of legs of my Lucky 15 to go (one place so far).

21st & 22nd January: I did not back on 21st, and the 22nd was only Irish racing, where i had a forecast, but only backed in three races.

20th January: A good start with Danceintothelight in the 12.50 Musselburgh and Ronaldinho (must win soon) each-way in third. I had Seprani each-way in the 1.00 Lingfield, but listening to the commentary, it sounded as if it was going to win! Then I had Benefit In Kind to win the 1.20 Musselburgh and Top Cat Dj each-way in third, the latter out of the handicap but best in on form! Another race in the 1.30Lingfield where the leader half a furlong out (Spin Top) finished out of the places! The winner was sired by Captain Gerrard at 33/1! I had the obvious forecast in the 1.40 Chepstow, and was tempted to back Big Chip And Pin each-way, but backed Midnight Queen instead! I had Sophie Olivia each-way at 25/1 in the 1.50 Musselburgh, but it sounded as if it might get second! Don't know what happened to Paper Roses, but it was never mentioned! Another example of a small race where two thrown in horses lost out to the winner, and obviously neither of themn were intended to win. English Summer and Vercingetorix were both far better in than the winner, but everybody seemed to know which would win! How is that a fair race? I had Join The Clan each-way in the 2.10 Chepstow, but could not pick the winner! No show from best in Ifandbuthwhynot in the 2.25 Musselburgh, but must do better soon, along with Weapon Of Choice. I am always wary of these big prices from some stables! I had Big Time (unlucky) and Zac Brown both each-way in the 2.35 Lingfield, but no winner again! As usual I left out the favourite in the 2.45 Chepstow and finished with second and third, both each-way! And then third, fourth and fifth in the 3.00 Musselburgh. It seems that those at bigger prices have no intention of figuring! Keep an eye on Safari Journey now that it has got rid of that dreaded first place, as it is still thrown in when wanted. And second and third again in the 3.10 Lingfield, with Annie Salts and Roys Legacy! Best in Wilton Milan sounded sure to figure in the 3.20 Chepstow, but in the end finished fifth again and must do better soon. I had Andhaar each-way in the 3.30 Musselburgh, but thought it might win today! How I hate front-runners which let others go past! The still thrown in Lochalsh must win again soon. I missed the next couple of races because of a glitch with my internet connection. Still, I did not miss a winning bet. Well, another example of a thrown in horse being beaten by a lesser rival in the 4.25 Chepstow, but at least I had a reasonable price on William Money! Surely these races must be arranged? Second best Ballyegan was not out to figure, but must do so soon.

19th January: I was watching the snooker today, so did not back and as yet have not even checked the results.

18th January: A frustrating start with the thrown in Lexington Times finishing fourth in the 12.50 Lingfield, and looks a sure winner in waiting! My other selections, Swiss Cross, Mezzotint and Greyfriarschorista (must also strike soon) also out of the frame. I had Broughtons Rhythm as probably best in for the 1.00 Market Rasen, but it did not finish in the frame! Fortunately I did have the forecast. The wretched Final Choice cost me the forecast in the 1.15 Newbury. How could it run so badly? Best in Bellevarde should have run better in the 1.25 Lingfield, and is probably being aimed at handicaps. First and third for my forecasts this time! I hate having what looks a good bet not performing! The thrown in Mwaleshi was in a very close finish in the 1.35 Market Rasen, but managed to get beaten again! Must win off this mark, but I suspect it was not nrelly out to win! At least I had a bet at a good price! Disappointing runs from Three Of A Kind and Fresh By Nature, both of which can do better. I had system bet Shantou Rock each-way in the 1.50 Newbury but did not include the winner in my forecasts! I had Ayr Of Elegance and Treble Strike for the forecast in the 2.00 Lingfield. I had the forcast with What A Diva and Viking Mistress in the 2.10 Market Rasen, with mu each-way bet Lyme Park finishing fourth (again). Theatre Flame was the one I left out of my forecasts in the 2.20 Newbury! Just shows you can never discount bigger prices! I had system bet Pinwood at 33/1 in the 2.30 Lingfield! Best in Ruzeiz was clearly on a dud run, but will do better soon. It seems almost compulsory to throw in a dud run after a place! Third best Cape Spirit got run out of it in fourth for my forecasts. I had Three Musketeers in a straight forecast with Kilcrea Vale in the 2.40 Market Rasen and first three home in my saving forecast (more than quadrupled my stakes). I had Little Jon each-way in the 2.55 Newbury, but best in Wychwood Brook was not out to figure today and must do better very soon. No forecast in the 3.05 Lingfield! I had Makemeafortune each-way (I got 14/1) in the 3.15 Market Rasen, but that one and Noble Legend (dropped out far too tamely) should have won it between them! I had system bet Midnight Glory at 25/1 in the 3.25 Newbury but not surprisingly, no forecast! Best in Bazwind led nearly all the way in the 3.35 Lingfield, then finished third, but I still had the forecast! They love to set up system bets (-23)! Not much back from that race with a big Rule 4! I had Norse Light each-way at 10/1 in the 3.45 Market Rasen, but Bowie did not perform again! Then I had Perfect Harmony to win the 3.55 Newbury! Good old Alan King! Then I had Major Muscari each-way (almost won) at 14/1 in the 4.05 Lingfield! The thrown in Aye Aye Skipper is still making no show, but surely must do so soon, along with City Of Angkor Wat! The bthrown in Whip Up A Frenzy looked like figuring in the 4.20 Kempton, but failed to hold its place. Unfortunately it was the stablemate of the winner (b...s!) and I did not check the form. Must win soon off this mark. I had second and third with Frivolous Prince and Rezwaan. Well, some nice winners today, but I still finished slightly down if I count my evening Lucky 15. Three winners from that would do nicely (I wish).

17th January: I had the forecast in the first two races, and my each-way bets in the 1.00 Exeter finished fourth and fifth, as reflected in the betting! I had Alla Svelta as best in for the 1.30 Exeter, but a long absence and a big price were not encouraging. As expected, it pulled up (must win races when fit), but I did have Pink Gin to win at 8/1. Both Karl Marx and Titch Strider can also do better soon. I mentioned Bound Hill on it last run, and it finished fourth at 14/1. My only chance of the forecast fell when in a clear lead in the 1.45 Ayr, as Front At The Last had no intention of figuring! I had Tidals Baby each-way in the 1.55 Kempton, but I thought it should have won if wanted. Keep an eye on Indus Valley, which made no attempt here, but should pop up soon off this mark, and Royal Normandy also ran well for a long way. Just Fab was disappointing and will also do better. I had Martha Maccandles to win and Chance Taken for the forecast in the 2.05 Exeter (two system bets and the first three home). Should have done the tricast! I had Starchitect to win the 2.20 Ayr, but no forecast! I had the reverse forecast with Whaleweigh Station (see 22nd December) and Afkar, and I think my two each-way bets finished fourth and fifth with Mowhoob and Chandrayaan! Best in Headleys Bridge finished fourth in the 2.40 Exeter, and Ray Diamond dropped out, then ran on again too late! Both of these must win off these marks. I did have Tolkeins Tango each-way in third. I had Intransigent to win the 3.05 Kempton, after wasting a fortune on it in recent races! I also had Joeys Destiny each-way in second, but no forecast! Valbchek will also do better shortly. Second, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 3.15 Exeter, with Quinto, Dontminddboys and Somerset Lias, but there is always one that gets in the way! I had Plus Jamais each-way in the 3.30 Ayr, but thought it was going to win! Beauboreen dropped out very tamely as best in and will do better again. I had Second Thought and Sutter County in a forecast in the 4.10 Kempton. System bet The Mighty Ash 150/1 second in the 3.50 Exeter, but I did not twig it! Putting Green is surely better than it showed today! Rioja Day was out almost at once in the 4.00 Ayr, which was really annoying for my forecasts! I almost used my free bet on Suprise Vendor (see 17th December) in the 4.00 Ayr, but did not trust it with an outstanding first place! I backed the wrong Hannon runner in the 4.10 Kempton! In The Red had very interesting figures, and I almost backed it at 25/1! The thrown in Starboard is taking its time winning, but must do so soon, and Ocean Tempest is another thrown in runner that must do better when wanted. Well, that's enough for me today, I have done very well holding on to a tiny bank for most of the afternoon!

16th January: I did not watch or get involved in the racing today, and did not miss anything of significance.

15th January: My network connection is being a real pain today on and off every few minutes, so I am not sure that I am going to be able to participate in any racing (not that there is much of it). I have not backed in the first three races at Kelso, but there was a real turn-up in the 1.40! Teo Vivo was the one I did not want in the 2.10 Kelso, as I had Sleepy Haven as best in, with Aristo Du Plessis as second best. What a nonsense they make of the form! These small races are a nuisance, as the best in horses rarely want to win! Another shocker in the 2.40 Kelso with the outsider (another Richards big priced one) winning, despite the jockey on Fine Rightly looking around and oozing confidence! A winner with the thrown in Bescot Springs in the 3.10, but I was not sure what to expect! Second best Hurricane Rita dropped out tamely, as did third best Notonebuttwo. Two to note for the near future. I had Black Thunder to win (I got 7/4) and Dolatulo each-way for the forecast in the 3.40. The jockey on the latter seemed to give up very late. I had Green Flag as second best in, and it ran on, but eventually pulled up! A little bit down on the day, but not much choice about what to back!

14th January: Well, my persistence with Dr Red Eye (see 2nd January) finally paid off last night when it won at 33/1 and I had double the odds as the only winner on my Lucky 15! I did not back much in the early races today, but had a great forecast with Ballymalin and system bet Beneagles at 33/1 in the 1.30 Kempton! Then I had El Massivo to win and Rocky Two each-way for the forecast in the 1.40 Warwick (first three home). I was tempted to include American in my forecasts for the 1.50 Wetherby but changed my mind! Never mind, can't win them all! I had Bold Prediction each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, but my forecast choices were in the lead going into the final furlong and two of them finished out of the places. Don't know what Supersta was up to, as it normally comes late! I had Just Cameron and Grey Gold in a forecast in the 2.15 Wetherby, but it was obvious which of the stablemates they wanted (Rathlin was thrown in). No joy in the 2.25 Warwick, where the thrown in Masters Hill unseated rider when in contention, I am sure that stablemate Fourth Act was not out to figure either! I had Blaze Of Glory and Fashion Business for the forecast in the 2.35 Lingfield. I had system bet Modus in the Lanzarote! Then I had One For Harry at 10/1 in the 2.50 Wetherby. So Richards' are not always backed, as I have had a couple of good priced winners recently! Might as well have ignored those with official ratings in the 3.00 Warwick, as none of them placed. They could not have been that bad if running properly! I had the first three home in the 3.10 Lingfield, including the forecast. Then I had system bet Our Kaempfer and looked like getting a sure place with Abricot De L'oasis until it came down! I followed that with the winner and forecast in the 3.25 Wetherby with Special Wells and system bet Huff And Puff. A lot of good results today! I had Shotgun Paddy and Houblon Des Obeaux both each-way in the 3.35 Warwick and thought Mountainous was going to place at a big price! I missed the 3.40 Lingfield, but knew that Maverik was very well handicapped! Just as well that it was favourite, so I did not miss a great bet! Hydrant must surely win soon now. None of the fancied runners figured in the 4.05 Warwick (pure guesswork at times). Well, I made a profit on the day and that includes doing a Lucky 15 at Wolverhampton this evening, so not too bad after backing in almost every race! For interest, my evening selections: Ferryview Place, Jack's Revenge, Sakhra and Head Space. Well, apologies if you followed me in backing them, as Sakhra was the only placer, but I guarantee you that they were best in for these races, so make a note of all four and back them again, as they will do better, along with Point North and Divine Call (stablemate of the second in the 7.15). They have a perverse habit of letting the better in runner underperform! Anton Dolin travelled well all the way round in the 6.45, but was never allowed to figure and is another I expect to do better, whether on the flat or over jumps.

13th January: System bet Tisbutadream 10/1 winner of the 1.00 Lingfield, and although I included it in my forecasts, I did not back it (first, third and fourth). I had Presence Process as best in, and of course that finished fourth (running on strongly and one to note)! Best in Carry On Sydney front-ran for a long way, then subsided into fifth! I detest front-runners, as so often they pack up! I did have Volt Face each-way, but one leg down straight away on my Lucky 15! Despite the poor runs, today, I feel there is more to come from Walkami and Golan Dancer. First, third and fourth for my forecasts again in the 1.30 Lingfield, but at least I backed the winner! Damn, should have checked the form of the second! I had Crystal Lad each-way in the 1.50 Huntingdon, but no forecast again! Best in Free Zone finished second for my win bet in the 2.00 Lingfield! I had Doctor Parkes as equally well in with the claim, and it looked like figuring before failing to run on. I always suspect that the price indicates expectations. Second leg down on my Lucky 15! Surely both of these must win soon. I can't work out how the winner could win off its mark if the others ran to form! I had The Jugopolist to win the 2.20 Huntingdon and Arbeo each-way for my forecast in third. As always, my Lucky 15 bet, Cowards Close, finished fifth and must do better. On my Lucky 15 today I have had three fifth places! Uncanny! Keep an eye on Rita's Man for a handicap soon, adding yet another fifth place to its total. Will do better over further than five furlongs, though. Snow Squaw can also do much better. Should have taken note of Walker's interview (Monteamiata). I had the forecast in the 2.50 Huntingdon and in the 3.00 Lingfield, although I thought Heartstone should have won the latter. A better result with O O Seven and Mad Jack Mitton (which I thought might nick it) each-way in a reverse forecast! Best in Nonchalant did not follow up its recent win, but can win more races. I had Athletic at 5/1 in second, and Polar Kite finished fourth as my third best in! Also keep an eye on Aye Aye Skipper for the future. System bet Polymnia 14/1 winner! And I wonder if the always thrown in Palace Moon will pop up again soon? I had system bet Marias Legend at 40/1 in the 3.50 Huntingdon! I wasted my free bet on the thrown in Quality Art in the 4.00 Lingfield, which I was sure would at least place today! But when I saw the jockey look sideways, that is almost always a bad sign. Must win soon now off this mark. The equally in Ask The Guru wins very rarely, but is worth another go soon. I hate these thrown in horses which win very rarely, as you waste so much money on them! My evening Lucky 15 started off well, as usual, with best in Firgrove Bridge missing the break in the 5.45 Wolverhampton. Why do they always seem to do that when they are not wanted? Must do better soon now, but I bet it won't be 33/1. Top Cop ran its usual nothing race and I missed the form on Top Of The Bank, which was equal second with City Of Angkor Wat. The latter must also do better soon. Oh well, keep hoping!

12th January: The thrown in Brinestine still refuses to win, picking up a series of places (12.35 Leicester) but hopefully will win a bigger race soon. Being selected by the Sporting Life pundit was probably not waht they wanted! I had second, third and fourth for my forecasts! I had a good forecast with Giveaway Glance and Becky The Thatcher in the 12.50 Catterick. And another thrown in horse finishing third again with Orthodox Lad (on my Lucky 15) in the 1.05 Leicester, and I had second and third with that one and Honey Pound at 25/1! Orthodox Lad must win soon off this mark! My internet keeps dropping out at present, which is very frustrating! I had the winning distance (less than four lengths) in the 1.20 Catterick, but would not have picked the second! Although I fancied Smart Catch in the 1.35 Leicester, I could not back it at level weights off its rating. Hopefully they are waiting for a handicap (usually a chaser). Well, it finished second, but none of my actual selections figured, including two that pulled up (Howaboutnever was on my Lucky 15 (b...)! Even then Smart Catch should have beaten the winner, but hung in behind! What is it about selling hurdles that they always produce unexpected result? What a load of pathetic runs by the rest! None of the best in figured in the 1.50 Catterick with the thrown in Swaledale Lad throwing in a dud, and Domtaline finishing too late in fourth! Impossible to pick on form! I had Burning Thread each-way in the 2.00 Newcastle, but did not include the winner in my forecasts (I did not like its form figures)! Intibaah must surely run better very soon! I had Bells 'n' Banjos at 12/1 in the 2.10 Leicester and just missed the forecast with Wilberdragon (thought I was going to get it). I had the forecast in the 2.20 Catterick, but I am sure that good flat horse Highland Castle can do better in this sphere. An unpickable first and second in the 2.30 Newcastle, although the winner finished behind Codeshare previously and had a 7lb claimer on board! I had Bally Lagan in the 2.40 Leicester, but the thrown in That's The Deal should be noted, especially if any money for it! Both Speed Demon and Sizing Sahara can also do better, but no attempt today. Best in Harry The Viking finished about fifth in the 2.50 Catterick, and second best Fill The Power (stablemate of the winner) made no attempt, so look out for both again soon. I also had a good run from Scotswell, but again unplaced. The thrown in Wordiness backed out again in the 3.00 Newcastle, and annoyingly I had third and fourth for my forecasts, including Royal Flag which finished just out of the places at a big price! Next Exit was still thrown in for the 3.10 Leicester but did not win today. Must pop up again soon, along with Too Much Too Soon and Detour Ahead (getting rid of a first place). I had Tuscan Gold to win the 3.20 Catterick, and just missed the forecast with The Doorman! The thrown in Big Water was too big a price, but must win off this mark when wanted. I am expecting a better run soon from Castilo Del Diablo, which dropped out, then made late progress in the 3.30 Newcastle. I hate these token efforts! Another typical poor run from the Pipe runner in the 3.40 Leicester, which should certainly have been in the shakeup off its rating! I had Quest Magic as best in for the 3.50 Catterick, but it dropped out (again) and must do better soon. Gold Chain and Dante's Way were both big prices, and I always look for money from that stable. Watch out if they are backed! And my other each-way bet William Of Orange looked to be going best, but finished fifth!

11th January: I had the forecast in the 1.35 Taunton, but not much value! I wondered why Long Call was such a short price in the 1.50 Hereford, considering its form, but should have taken note! I had Genres to win the 2.00 Newcastle, and thought Miss Tree looked sure to figure, but dropped back to about fifth! I don't know what they are doing with Sherman McCoy (66/1!) or Ralphy Lad (stablemate of the winner), as both should have been in contention here, so two to keep an eye on! Red Devil Lads made a terrible mistake in the 2.10 Taunton and pulled up, and Qualando also failed to figure, so that was a waste of time! Impossible to know which ones intend to show in many of these races! Gino Trail looked to have the race in the bag in the 2.20 Hereford, but managed to get pipped on the run-in. I still had the forecast, but not very satisfactory! Why is it that almost every short-priced one I back to win gets beaten? I left out Bowban from the 2.30 Newcastle, and of course it got in the places! Top-rated Vantage Point was out of the places, of course! Sahara Haze normally front-runs, but was on a dud run in the 2.50 Hereford and will be a system bet next time. Should have known at the price! Mocassin is such a short price in the 3.00 Newcastle that it must be trying today after a lot of poor runs! Should probably have used my free bet on it, but I am very wary these days! Alos hoping for a good run from Tehhoo, which is also shorter than its form figures suggest! Well the latter ran on nicely for fourth (of course) and both will do better. Not sure if Mocassin finished fifth, but is a certainty when wanted. I had Grandioso each-way in the 3.20 Hereford, but was gutted when it got beaten, as it looked a sure winner! No intent on the part of Mon Parrain or Victor Leudorum, which was on a dud run. Wonder if Tutchec will win today, as it is much shorter than normal? I missed the race in any case! Well, they made a good job of finishing in a laboured third, but a certain winner when wanted, and Wellforth will also do much better in the near future (50/1 today). The 3.30 Newcastle was a nonsense in terms of ratings, but that was suggested by the betting! They knew what to expect! Mr Scaramanga ran like a dog and could not have run to form. I don't know how they get away with it, unless the first and second were at least listed class! It really annoys when horses like Walden Prince are at 40/1 (3.40 Taunton), as you assume they are going to run duds, but you have to back them just in case! How do they get these prices, unless they are in league with then bookies? Anyway it was dropping out whn falling, so hope it is ok for the future. Fortunately I had the winner (Goal) and the forecast, but I was an idiot, as I had the first three home and did not do the tricast (second, third and fourth were all system bets)! Cost myself £26 for a 30p stake! Still, got all my losses back in one go! I backed Lamanver Odyssey to win the 3.50 Hereford, but these people seem to know which one will win! Still, I did have the forecast. I missed the forecast in the 4.00 Newcastle because I did not put in the top three in the betting! And, of course, when you do put in the top three, something else usually gets in the way! I did a Lucky 15 at Kempton, and my first leg, Claude Greenwood, did not figure, but will now be a system bet and i am confident it will run better next time. You have to read those figures (-46+0 = 460) = won't win today! Equally well in was All Or Nothin (40/1 second) and that must also win soon off this mark. One down as usual! I won't be too sorry if Kempton is turned into houses (blasphemy!).

10th January: Ratings meant very little in the 12.15 Southwell, where best in Desert Strike was again a big price, took the lead, then subsided into midfield! Second best Ticks The Boxes finished fourth for my each-way and third best Bell Heather was not out to figure. As I have said before, horses with two placrs at the front of their form normally get rid of one of them before competing. Three to note for the future. Great start! Let's hope for better later! Best in Swendab missed the break in the 12.45 Southwell and finished out of the frame. Must win off this mark. Second best Slim Chance was a big price, and the same comments about places as in the previous race. I did have system bet Kodimoor in third. Zebelini was well backed and will do better soon. A winner and forecast with Missed Approach (I got 2/1) and Label Des Obeaux in the 1.00 Lingfield! Thank goodness I missed the 1.15 Southwell, as my three selections finished out with the washing! They were the thrown in Karam Albaari (eased right off), second best The Lock Master and third best Cornelious. Keep an eye on all three, as they ran no sort of race (intentionally) today! How do they justify these runs? Answer: they don't have to, it seems, as nobody seems to have a clue about actual form! I had the forecast in the 1.30 Lingfield, but was hoping that The Nipper would bomb out again! It was obvious that Westerbee was not wanted today, because it had a chance on form but was a massive price. An unpickable reult in the 1.45 Southwell, where i had the three others as better in than the first two. I am sure they can get any result they want! Sometimes (quite often) results are a total nonsense in form terms! You have to follow the money when Evans' horses are backed! I had Coolking to win the 2.00 Lingfield, but the thrown in Irish Thistle ran a stinker again and second best Desert Joe also pulled up! I could have had the forecast from my shortlist of four! I looked to have a sure forecast coming into the final furlong in the 2.10 Wolverhampton, then Suffragette City faded right out of it! I had it as best in, with Shabeeh (almost got there in fourth) next best, but both finished out of the places! Inexplicable! I am sure they are on a trila run, then ease up, but you can't see it! I had second, third and fourth in the 2.20 Southwell, but did not include the winner (I hate odds-on runners which are not well in on ratings! Must be a group horse to win this! I had Darwins Theory each-way in the 2.30 Lingfield, but thought it was going to win! The 10lb claimer on Steel City was clearly a negative sign, as it should have been best in. Sea Wall (fourth) will also do better, having got rid of a first place. A winner with Beau Mistral in the 3.40 Wolverhampton at 16/1! Unfortunately no forecast, although it would have been a great one with the complete outsider! Should have checked the form, as it was second best in! I had the forecast in the 2.50 Southwell, but as usual my win bet finished third! They must know how they will run! Second and third for my forecasts in the 3.00 Lingfield, and first and second for my tricast, but Bladoun was my only return in third. The thrown in Laflammedeglorie ran well for a long way at a massive price and will do much better. System bet Start Seven winner of the 3.10 Wolverhampton, and I almost included it in my forecasts! Best in Mahican made no effort, but must win races off this mark. I had Eurato each-way, but thought it was going to win! I had the winner and forecast in the 3.20 Southwell, but should have done the tricast (first three home). I had Burgess Dream in the 3.30 Lingfield, but the two better in horses, Romeo Americo ( a sure winner when wanted) and Reblis, did not figure! Stablemate Flugzeug was another of my favourites, but I did not include it! The thrown in Faithful Creek finished fourth (again!) in the 3.40 Wolverhampton and must win soon. How they love fourth place after fourth place! System bet Ride The Lightning 5/1 winner! Giantstepsahead was going much better than the horse that finished third, so keep an eye on it soon. Not one of the top four finished in the frame in the 3.50 Wolverhampton, including Space War, Freddy With A Y and Crossefire! The first two probably need further than six furlongs, so look out for them soon. Best in Nouailhas finished sixth in the 4.00 Lingfield, and second best Taroum finished about fifth. I hate these tame efforts! Both must win off these marks. And another winner with Trending at 14/1 in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but the the two best in were St Patrick's Day and Petrucci, both of which led and dropped out, and will do better. And another favourite given too much to do in the 4.40 Wolverhampton, and you wonder if they wanted the better price on the winner? It would be easy to arrange if that were the case! Well, another hard day, lit up by a few good-priced results, but you might as well chuck the rest on the 'did not try' scrap heap!

9th January: Well, my last two patent legs yeterday copearly did not come in, so keep an eye on them as best in for those races! Both must do better very soon. Hubertas ran like a crab in the 12.00 Doncaster, and Wind Place And Sho failed to do that too! Hopefully better to come. I don't think best in Zabdi intended to win the 1.15 Lingfield, as Baker pulled wide off the turn to allow himself to get overtaken! Must win off this mark, and my win bet on second best Metronomic finished third, of course! Keep an eye on Lily Fontana, which I had as very well handicapped based on its maiden run. I had Querry Horse to win the 1.30 Doncaster, but my other two finished third and fourth for the forecast! Atlanta Bell ran like a crab in the 1.45 Lingfield for my forecast! I am sure these all weather races are put-up jobs, because the three best in horses finished third, fourth and fifth. George Baker looked sure to win, then faded into fifth (20/1) and Showtime Bues and Wink Oliver finished third and fourth. How can these horses be such short prices unless they know the others will not trouble them? It makes me despair! All three of these were clearly no out to win today. Best in Phare Isle finished just out of the places (again) in the 2.05 Doncaster and surely is not making enough effort (or they are not). I had Lucky Thirteen each-way at 33/1! Second best Improved also ran well below form and must pop up soon. Best in Shalimah finished fourth again in the 2.15 Lingfield and must win off this mark, togther with Forced Family Fun and Trust The Man. I hate it when they make no effort! Lady Of Yue also front-ran for a long way and should pop up soon. Another fourth place with best in Senor George in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, and second best Right Madam did the identical thing to Zabdi earlier, making a fast move around the outside, then running wide! These are old tricks of the trade which is intended to stop them winning! I also had Paddy's Rock as well in, another to make just a token effort. A succession of half-hearted efforts today! No show from Majestic Touch in the 2.40 Doncaster to continue the poor day so far! Picking the placed horses seems like pure guesswork! And guess what? Yes, third in a seven horse race again with Bint Dandy in the 2.50 Lingfield! Took the lead, then faded again! They have got us by the nose! It is very tempting just to give up when they constantly fail to run to form! And fourth and fifth again in the 3.00 Wolverhampton. Will they never run to form? I had Pivotal Dream as best in (2lb overweight a signal?), with Tingo In The Tale due a better run soon. Keep an eye on Wade Harper, which looked sure to figure in the 3.10 Doncaster, then dropped out again into fifth! Both Kilronan Castle and Duke Arcadio were getting rid of first places, which is usually a sure sign that they will run poorly! Both should do better soon. At least a return with Elland Ally each-way in the 3.20 Lingfield, but even that did not win! Second best Nidnod missed the break, so that was the end of that one! Presto Boy was another slow away, and they seem to do their best not to run properly. System bet Willow Spring 20/1 third. My God, a winner with Calling Out (I got 5/1) in the 3.35 Wolverhampton. What happened? Our Channel faded very tamely and another getting rid of a first place! Cajun Fiddle looked to be going better than the winner in the 3.45 Doncaster, but would not go past for my forecast! Typically the wrong Gosden runner for the forecast in the 3.55 Lingfield. Why do they have to be so devious? Keep an eye on Dizzy Heights, which should have been in the shakeup off its rating. The thrown in Good Time Ahead at least finished third for my each-way bet (I got 16/1) in the 4.05 Wolverhampton, but second best Our Boy John did not. Both will do better soon. Glad I missed the 4.35, as I would not have had the forecast! Well, another day where it seemed nothing was out to figure for me. I hate days like that, as all my hard work sizing up races is a waste of time!

8th January: I will not be taking part in the racing today, but would just like to point out two that should have figured in the 1.40 Fontwell, being best in Thundering Home and second best Vent Nivernais, both of which pulled up! So that's why they were big prices! Keep an eye on them for the future. One leg down on my patent, the other two being Comeonginger and Calculated Risk. I'll check on them later!

7th January: No comment to make today, as I could not write my report during racing. All I can say is that I failed to back Pete The Feat when I thought I had, missing a great bet at 20/1! Majestic Myles and Passing Star on the flat, and Top Cat Dj and Deepsand are two for the jumps to look out for soon.

6th January: I had the forecast in the 12.35 Wetherby, and was surprised at the price of the winner! Best in Bull And Bush was a big price in the 1.05 Wetherby, and was probably getting rid of first places before competing! The winner was the one I did not include in my forecasts (of course). I had Hainan at 9/2 and Crosspark for the forecast in the 1.35 Wetherby (first three home for my forecasts). Best in Shanroe Santos was getting rid iof first places as per routine. Two system bets first and second in the 2.00 Kempton, and I had two of the first three on my shortlist and backed the second, but I was expecting a better run from Nasri (again) off this mark! Must surely run better very soon, as it was a shortish price today. Both Nidnod and Diamond Vine (rarely wins) should do better when wanted. I had the forecast in the 2.10 Wetherby, but was disappointed with Tommy O'Dwyer. Third and fourth in the 2.30 Kempton, although I only backed Too Many Shots each-way. I had Masquerade Bling as best in, and of course it ran on to finish seventh! The thrown in Joseph Mercer allowed itself to be beaten again in the 2.40 Wetherby and they just love to mess around! When a horse has 50lb in hand, it should win! No doubt backers of the favourite knew it would do that, otherwise it is inexplicable! Must win off this mark! Second best Best Served Cold did not perform, nor did Frank The Slink. System bet Urban Gale 33/1 third. No show from the thrown in Spiritual Star (stablemate of the winner), second best Almanack or third best St Patrick's Day in the 3.00 Kempton, all of which were on dud runs. You just cannot trust anything to run well! Party Royal is another that should do better soon. A nice saving bet with Uncle Alastair at 12/1 to win and Eskendash for the forecast in the 3.10 Wetherby! Saved my bacon after a poor series of results! In fact put me back in profit for the day! Then another forecast with The Blues Master and Condamine each-way for the forecast in the 3.30 Kempton (big price on ratings). And another forecast with Some Reign and Cyrano De Sivola in the 3.40 Wetherby! No return in the 4.00 Kempton, where best in Spin Point made no attempt and will do better, and I thought Mystikana was going to figure, but dropped out very tamely! No show (of course) from the thrown in Masamah at a big price in the 4.30 Kempton (wrong stable for big prices) and second best Oeil De Tigre also made no attempt. And of course I backed Steelriver to win and it finished third. Now how did I know it would do that (system bet next time)? Best in Free Zone finished only third in the 5.00 Kempton (I got 7/1) and second best Higher Court ran a dud. Both should do better soon. Well slightly down on the day, but much better than I was at one point!

5th January: I did not back Essenaitch in the 12.35 Southwell, although it was my equal top-rated. I ended with first, third (Secret Glance each-way) and fourth. Kafeel was the other joint top-rated, so look out for that one soon, and Autumn Tonic also looked full of running, but did not finish off. I had the first four on my shortlist for the 12.35, but failed to get the forecast, as my each-way bet Swiftee finished second (I got 28/1), and General Tufto finished third, with my other forecast bet, Catastrophe finishing fourth! I had Spryt as best in for the 1.35, but I am always wary when Conor Dore's horses are big prices, as they rarely run well (Elusivity yesterday). Watch for them when they start at middling prices (5/1 to 10/1). Second and third again in the race itself, with Little Choosey and Limerick Lord, both at good prices! Both second best Powered and Spryt (led) will do better. but I am sure they ran like that deliberately! I had the wrong grey (Spiritoftomintoul) for my forecasts in the 2.00 Wolverhampton, but I had it as best in, so one to note for the near future. I also had English Summer as my second best, but the price again was not encouraging today! System bet Uncle Bernie 50/1 second! The thrown in Commissar looked a sure winner in the 2.10 Southwell, then allowed two others to go past to finish fourth! These antics drive me mad! A sure winner when running properly! Second best Miss Tree was well backed, but finished only fifth (third time in four races)! Port Lairge also ran a dud after finishing second last time. A really frustrating race! I just feel constantly cheated by the lack of intent! I feel sure that Hathfa took the lead marginally in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, and was bumped near the line, but I had it each-way and the forecast, with Spinwheel just run out of it for my other each-way in fourth! I thought best in Dungannon was coming to win the 2.40 Southwell, but appeared to hang fire right before the line! Both second best Crosse Fire and Captain Lars were disappointing. I also expect Archie Stevens to pop up again soon in a lesser race. I had Garam and Blue Bahia each-way for the forecast in the 3.00 Wolverhampton, and also had the third on my shortlist! On form Espresso Freddo should have finished in front of Things Happen in the 3.10 Southwell, but the betting said otherwise, and so it worked out. I bet he was told not to finish in the first two! I could not even get the winning distance right! Leave these races alone, man! No return in the 3.30 Wolverhampton, where I had Little Nosegay as best in, finishing fourth and Tranquil Daze to win (finishing third). Almost got the tricast in the 3.40 Southwell, with first, third and fourth! At least I had the forecast with Seaview and Come on Percy each-way! Stag Party did not quite run on well enough for third place! Best in Shabeeh finished only third in the 4.00 Wolverhampton and will do better, along with Princess Way, which checked out to finish last! With best in Foxy Forever running below form (should win soon), I had Zac Brown to win and Oriental Relation in third in the 4.30, but if I had stuck with my shortlist, I had the first three for the tricast! Funny how you never quite get it right! Still, I'm happy with that! Both best in Secret Millionaire and Storm Trooper (led) were running over too far in the 5.00, and both should do much better back over the minimum trip. The winner must have improved a lot to win again. I had Major Muscari each-way, but thought it was coming to win! Also keep an eye on Whipphound and Pushkin Museum, both of which will do better.

4th January: Only Flemi Two Toes (the one I did not back!) of my top five rated made any show in the 12.55 Hereford, and these included the thrown in Veauce De Sivola, Raduis Bleu and Storm Alert, which made laboured late progress. All three of these and old Tisfreetdream will do much better when wanted. I hope the rest of the day will be better! I thought La Guapita had the race in the bag in the 1.10 Lingfield, but no, pipped on the line again! Fortunately I did have the forecast. As usual I left the winner out of my forecasts in the 1.25 Hereford and finished with second and third (Ruby Yeats and Katy P both each-way). At least I made a small profit! A nice result in the 1.35 Newcastle with Dubaitwentytwenty and Spiritofhayton at 25/1 for the forecast! Best in Lily Edge added another fourth place in the 1.45 Lingfield, and you could almost predict it! Must win off this mark, but why do they insist on these antics? Not one of the first three which should have figured! I had Charmix to win the 1.55 Hereford, but did not include Dig Deeper (silly me!). I did not want Erissimus Maximus in the 2.05 Newcastle, but you don't always get what you want! I had Oh So Dandy as best in, but not an encouraging price! Will probably do better soon. Best in The Gay Cavalier typically missed the break in the 2.15 Lingfield, and I refuse to believe it was not deliberate! Will run much better soon. Genuine Approval was my second best and threatened briefly before backing out (as they do). My win bet on Dutch Uncle was also narrowly denied, and sometimes you think it is all a conspiracy! I thought I had a sure forecast in the 2.25 Hereford, but both horses let another one go past them! Ridiclous, as they were both much better in! At least I had Free World each-way, but should have dotted up! I am sure they always have bigger races in mind! Yourholidayisover will also do better. You just cannot second guess these people! System bet L'Inganno Felice winner of the 2.35 Newcastle, but the thrown in Polar Forest (-05 figures again) dropped out after leading and I hate these front-runners who pack up! Kicking The Can is clearly waiting for another handicap! Rebel State was the one I left out of the 2.45 Lingfield because it had the lowest official rating! You can never tell with these people, but it drives me mad! I am sure they are all in it together! Another horse came to deprive me of the forecast in the 2.55 Hereford (although it had some good form), and very little is working out today! I thought today was the day for Faithful Creek in the 3.05 Newcastle, but no, fourth again! A certainty off this mark when they deign to let it go! The shorter price was clearly not stable money! Mont Ras has also been running well below form and must do better soon. And another thrown in horse with The Twisler in the 3.15 Lingfield! What sort of run today, I wonder? Answer, a nothing run, no show at all (front-ran last time)! Must win races when wanted. Second and third in the race with Dolphin Village and Artful Rogue, but I did not include the favourite! No forecast again in the 3.25 Hereford, although the second was a system bet! Ain't no pickin 'em today! Orlando Rogfue was my only return in the 3.35 Newcastle, and as usual it was my saving bet, because the thrown in Cool Strutter made no show (wait for Gemma to ride it) and second and third best Nelson's Bay and Wahaab also stayed out of it! Ratings mean very little today! At last, a result with Karam Albaari (see 19th December) to win and Ruzeiz each-way in third in the 4.45 Lingfield. Wish it had come second! Keep an eye on Yul Finegold, which should do better very soon. More thrown in horses making no show in the 3.55 Hereford, with Global Thrill and Jolly Roger the best of them! Both of these must show very soon now, as they have got their quota of bad runs! I did have Stage One each-way, but no value! I just hate thrown in horses being massive prices, as you just know they are going to run like crabs. They were Elusivity, Cruise Tothelimit and Thorntoun Lady, and they might as well not have run for all the good they did me! It is excruciating when you know the truth! I feel like shaking somebody responsible! And another winner with Nonchalant (I got 6/1) in the 4.15 Wolverhampton, on a day when they were few and far between! Breakheart is still not showing, so watch for any money for it in the future! It is amazing how often I start with so many good bets, and so few of them even place! You just need patience, as they will win later in most cases. And keep an eye on Glenalmond from the last race, as it was looking like the winner before getting itself hampered very late. A winner waiting to happen! Fantasy Gladiator and Idol Deputy will also pop up very soon.

3rd January: I had the first two in the right order on my shortlist for the 1.00 Musselburgh. Both Copper Birch and Western Jo ran poorly as best in for the 1.15 Bangor, and both can do much better. Best in Formidableopponent ran its worst race for some time in the 1.30 Musselburgh. Can win more races when wanted. I had Dream Flyer to win, but next best Rev Up Ruby looked sure to give me the forecast before fading into fourth. Keep an eye on Shine A Diamond when in the handicap proper, as it looks a good thing. I had The Coffee Hunter each-way in the 1.45 Bangor, but Buttercup looked sure to figure before falling late. Clondaw Draft had a big absence to overcome, but can also do better off this mark. I had Arantes in fourth in the 2.00 Musselburgh and I understand they are paying four places. Both Rioja Day and Claude Carter ran well below form, the latter normally up with the pace. And of course Endeavor looked sure to figure, then finished fifth. Another one that will pop up soon. Spinnaker Bay was too bad to be true in the 2.10 Newcastle and must be booked for handicaps. No forecast either! On the ratings Shininstar should have been in the mix in the 2.20 Bangor, but plans were different. Future handicaps? Yet another wasted free bet in the 2.30 Musselburgh, where the thrown in Andhaar finished a running on fifth. Why can't they run properly? Must win soon off this mark. Second best Cruachan also faled to figure and third best Quest Magic led for a long way before packing up. I had a look at Moscow Calling on its form figures, but did not back it. System bet Landmarque 12/1 winner! A winner with Jan Smuts at 25/1 (got in before the gamble) in the 2.40 Newcastle! The thrown in Wordiness led for a long way and must win when running differently! Hallstatt also finished just out of the places and I felt sure it was going to place! I had Petite Power to win the 2.50 Musselburgh and Justatenner each-way in second (first and third for my forecasts). Best in Cowslip finished just out of the places in abouth fifth and will do better soon (big price today). The 3.00 Bangor was a farce as regards ratings, with best in Oliver's Gold making sure it got third place for system figures! Forget ratings in small races! I had Diamond Kut and Fastnet Blast in a forecast in the 3.10 Newcastle. I was worried about Miss Gillard briefly, but the jockey made sure he stayed behind them. Strange how you get that impression! The betting got it right in the 3.20 Bangor, but I did not (wrong forecast). It always seems to be the one that I leave out that wins races! This happened again in the 3.30 Musselburgh! The thrown in Rock A Doodle Doo was not going to figure at a massive price in the 3.40 Newcastle, and the money for second best Woodacre also went astray (but will do better), so no joy there either! I missed the 3.50 Bangor, but had Just A Sting as my first choice! Typical! Again, Letmestopyouthere was the first one to catch my eye in the 4.10 Newcastle (some form figures stand out), but I did not back in the race! Some days you are not fated! Logically it had to finish closer to the favourite on better terms! Best in Swiss Cross decided to run a dud today in the 4.40 Newcastle, and second best Merdon Castle finished fourth at a big price! Both of these will win (again) off this mark. Guess what? My third choice, Dutch Art Dealer, won and I did not back it! And I also had Jubilee Brig (33/1 third) on my list of four! Well, not a winning day, but I did not lose much either! Just to finish off, I tipped Tatlisu last time out (see 4 days ago on 30th December!) and it won at 8/1 in the 5.10 Newcastle (and again I did not back it!).

2nd January: I had Thackeray each-way at 25/1 in the 12.10 Souithwell, but both best in Nafaath and Istimraar disappointed, the latter too bad to be true (dud run). I left out the second from my forecasts in the 12.30 Ayr, and my each-way finished fourth (what else?). I had Pancake Day each-way in the 12.40 Southwell, and also the fourth with Letbygonesbeicons! Zebelini was thrown in, but unbacked, and must win off this mark when wanted. Count Meribel just got nabbed on the line for my forecast in the 12.50 Plumpton, and my other each-way bet finished fourth (again)! It's as if they know before the race! The thrown in Valid Reason dropped out too easily in the 1.00 Ayr and will pop up sometime soon off this mark, along with Bertalus, which was getting rid of a first place. Everything but the winner for me! Should have known that best in Fortinbrass would not win when getting rid of a first place! The same applied to Captain Scooby. I backed the wrong one of the top two in the betting. My each-way, Pearl Noir finished... yes. you've guessed it! - fourth! I had Baron Alco and Solantentif for the forecast in the 1.20 Plumpton, although Starchitect was slightly disappointing in third. The still thrown in Lochalsh decided to finish fifth today in the 1.30 Ayr (will win more races), but I did have The Doorman each-way. Keep an eye on Cadore, which is due a better run soon as my second best. Rinagree Rosie can also do much better soon. The wretched Butler had a 1-2 in the 1.40 Southwell and i backed the wrong one! Did they arrange that? Second best Powerful Wind was getting rid of a first place, and I fell for it again! Another Bowring runner in Clubland which I backed and failed to figure! Those two and Socialites Red will do better soon. I had No Comment to win and Minella Awards for the forecast in the 1.50 Plumpton. I had Paper Faces each-way in the 2.10 Southwell, but left out the favourite, which rarely works, but you never know! A much better result with system bet Kayflin to win (I got 16/1) and Sober Sailor for the forecast in the 2.20 Plumpton, and I also had Thepartysover (my second best) in fourth! I had Desert Cry to win the 2.30 Ayr, but best in Back To Bracka was not out to win today and will do better! Damn! I could not get the bet on Vivat Rex in the 2.40 Southwell, as the price changed just as they were off! Scond and fifth in the Welsh National, where best in Woodford County led for a long way at a big price and will do better, along with Top Wood, which looked sure to figure until finishing fifth! Also keep an eye on Sixty Something (fell) for the future. Best in Asuncion threw in a third place in the 3.00 Ayr, and they love to do that! Clan Chief can also do better, but they don't show their true form in small races. Second and third in the 3.10 Southwell with Harwoods Star and War Department. Best in Boots And Spurs constantly runs one good race, followed by a mediocre effort, and this happens with so many horses! Thye thrown in Ray Diamond typically finished a close third in the 3.20 Plumpton, and having backed that one each-way and Like Sully (second) to win, I was gutted, especially as my other each-way, Venetian Lad, finished fourth! What a frustration! I should not have ignored Richards' horse in the 3.30 Ayr, as the money usually talks for that stable! Dr Red Eye has slipped dramatically down the ratings for the 3.40 Southwell and must drop in at some point, but the price is not encouraging! At least it is back over its optimum trip today. I did have Essenaitch (see 2nd December) to win as second best. I backed it at 7/2, but it went out to 6/1! I'm not complaining! Second best Ershaad was never sighted, but must do better soon, along with Basingstoke. The thrown in Orthodox Lad finished third again in the 3.50 Plumpton and it must have been deliberate! And of course my other each-way, Dormouse, finished fourth! How annoying can you get? Should have done the tricast with the top three (I had two, but the other one fell).

1st January: I had the first two on my shortlist for the 12.05 Southwell. The winner and forecast in the 12.15 Cheltenham, both each-way! I had the forecast in the 12.25 Catterick, and Project Bluebook each-way to win the 12.30 Musselburgh, where Castafiore looked to be coming to dispute when falling at the last! I had Aubusson as best in for the 12.50 Cheltenham, but, same old story, getting rid of a first place! Best in Helium was using the 1.00 Catterick to get a third place, which was very annoying, as I had it to win! Must win soon, but they are so devious! I also backed Snowed in, however. And another thrown in horse falling n the 1.05 Musselburgh (Vinnie Gambini)! And another faller with Buckled, leaving just St Johns Point (which finished second after leading most of the way)! Best in Entihaa was a big price in the 1.10 Southwell, which suggested it would not compete, and it finished fourth! I had the forecast with Brigadoon, however, and Luv You Whatever each-way in third (which did not count). I missed the 1.15 Exeter, but had Space Oddity as my first choice! I had Whisper to win (great price) and the forecast in the 1.25 Cheltenham. A much better result with Cold March and Upsilon Bleu both each-way for the forecast in the 1.40 Musselburgh! By contrast, none of the best in figured in the 1.45 Southwell, being Normal Equilibrium, Crosse Fire and Highland Acclaim! What a farce when they have clearly been told not to figure! I hate backing three or four horses and getting no run from any of them! I have ignored Fakenham so far, as it is too much hassle keeping up! I had the forecast with Air Horse One and Coeur Blimey in the 1.50 Exeter (treble for Fry). Thomas Crapper must have made its move too early in the 2.00 Cheltenham, as it looked sure to figure, then finished fifth! Shutthefrontdoor was too bad to be true, and another cosmetic effort! I had Clondaw Kaempfer to win the 2.15 Musselburgh, but the thrown in Full Jack failed to figure and will do much better. I wasted my free bet on the thrown in Lexington Times (-05 figures again) in the 2.20 Southwell, but I did have Boots And Spurs each-way at a big price and the forecast. I missed Only Gorgeous in the 2.25 Exeter! I had Shinooki and Abbeygrey for the forecast in the 2.30 Fakenham. Then I had Cogry to win the 2.35 Cheltenham. Both Meister Eckhart and Fingal Bay will do better soon. A much better day to start the New Year! Un Anjou disappointed yet again in the 2.45 Catterick and Witness also ran a dud. I had My Maninekineko each-way in the 2.50 Musselburgh, but Jonny Delta was too big a price and finished fourth, of course. I would have had second and third in the 2.55 Southwell, but did not back in the race! Keep an eye on Greyfriarschorista, which has been running well below form and should pop up soon, along with Starfield. How could you pick Agrapart in the 3.10 Cheltenham? I had Tuscan Gold each-way in the 3.20 Catterick, but the thrown in More Madness is driving me mad with its poor efforts! Keep an eye on Foot The Bill, which is due a better run soon. I hadv Fourofakind each-way in the 3.30 Exeter, but could not pick the Walford 1-2! I am waiting with bated breath for the 3.30 Southwell result, as I hope I have not missed the thrown in Quadriga! Well, it did not win, so keep a close eye on it in its next couple of races! I finished with a straight forecast with Cap Soleil and Daphne Du Clos in the 3.40 Cheltenham! I finished in profit (just!) on the day. I included Cockney Wren in my alternative forecasts, but it was a non-runner!

31st December: No show from best in Coyaba, Sea The Springs or Routine Procedure in the 12.00 Warwick, so three to note for the future. I had Fearless Tunes and American Life both each-way in the 12.05 Uttoxter, but keep an eye on Filatore (again) which must show very soon. I had the first and third in the 12.10 Newbury, but did not back the winner, so no return. Five minutes between races is not ideal for betting purposes over the jumps, especially as they do not stagger the racing on two different channels! I had system bet Footlight each-way in the 12.25 Lingfield, but Music Major was on a dud run! I had Ellens Way at 12/1 each-way in a forecast with Copper Cay in the 12.30 Warwick for a nice result! I had Crank Em Up and Twist On Ginge each-way for the forecast in the 12.35 Uttoxeter. My Wigwam Or Yours was a big price in the 12.40 Newbury and will do better when wanted, as its form figures are good now. I had Peachey Carnehan at 20/1 each-way in the 12.55 Lingfield, but no forecast! I had buveur D'air and Gino Trail in a straight forecast in the 1.00 Warwick. This is manic switching between races! I had Mrs Grass each-way in the 1.05 Uttoxter, but both the thrown in horses, Akula and Cafe Au Lait failed to win. The winner was unpickable, baten 75 lengths on its previous start! Keep an eye on Financial Climate, which ran well and seemed to be going best of the lot in the 1.15 Newbury! I was very hopeful for a long way! First and fourth for my forecasts! Best in Twirling Magnet ran a nonsense race in the 1.35 Warwick and Sunny Ledgend finished fourth after looking like winning, so another waste of time and money! Best in Shotavodka ran a strange race in the 1.40 Uttoxeter, dropping out then suddenly appearing to finish third! Why must they run these ridiculous races? Dartford Warbler also added another fourth place to its CV, ands it seems deliberate! Second best Run Ructions Run seemed to be going well until falling, and will also do better. Bold Prediction looked a sure winner in the 2.05 Lingfield, then amazingly finished fifth! Do they ease up or what, as it looked impossible to overtake! One for the notebook for sure! I had Georgian Bay as best in, but no show, and Grey Mirage will also do better. Best in Extreme Impact typically dropped out in the 3.10 Warwick and should pop up again soon, along with Alpha Victor. Bodega was also on a mediocre run. I seem to be throwing money down the drain today, with nothing making a proper effort! And just to prove what a great day it is, the favourite fell in the 2.25 Newbury and I still could not get the forecast! A 20/1 winner for Prescott in the 2.35 Lingfield, and it was the first one that caught my eye! Best in Moorlands Jack led for a long way in the 2.45 Warwick, but when overtaken just pulled up! What a load of rubbish they serve up! Must win a race soon. Second best Supreme Bob also failed to figure and Clubs Are Trumps is another that will pop up soon. The thrown in Pret A Thou continues to run below form, but I am confident it will pop up soon now. Emperor Commodos also ran a dud and pulled up! I expected a good run from Barizan, and it shared the lead for a long way going well, before the jockey looked around and I knew my fate! Court Minstrel can also do much better and shoud win soon. Well, today is the last of this year, and hopefully the New Year will bring better days, as the form was totally up the creek today! We can do nothing when they have decided their horses are not going to run properly today! I must admit that I did not study all the form today, so was guessing (plus my form knowledge) in the later races. Best in Triple Dream at least finished third in the 3.15 Lingfield, for one of my few returns of the day! Keep an eye on City Of Angkor Wat and Indus Valley for the future. I finished with Roys Legacy each-way in the 3.45 Lingfield, but they always find one to beat them. The thrown in Ask The Guru only wins very occasionally, but could win many more races! A Happy New Year to all? readers!

30th December: Metronomic was well backed in the 12.50 Newcastle, but finished only fourth and will do better. I had first and third in my forecasts. Best in Mighty Missile was always made to look under pressure in the 1.00 Taunton, unlike its previous front-running effort. A dud run, and must do better soon. I had Cleni Wells each-way, but my second best, Norse Light, finished just out of the frame. Keep an eye on Carqalin, especially if backed, as it ran well for a long way. The thrown in Intibaah was the complete outsider in the 1.20 Newcastle, but took the lead at halfway before fading, and this was clearly a trial run. Must win off this mark, but I hate these big prices, as they are so tempting! I did have Poyle Vinnie each-way, but second best Tatlisu finished fifth again (they do that so often). Another proof that -05 figures do not win very often! The thrown in Romeo Americo finished a respectable? fifth in the 1.30 Taunton and must win off this mark. Second best Khadian travelled extremely well before dropping out like a limp rag and will also win off this mark. Annoyingly third best Distant Sound also dropped to fourth late on, and there is no end to their machinations, and Titch Strider also threw in a dud! System bet Peal Of Bells 9/2 winner! Best in Polar Forest made no attempt to get into the race and second best Masterpaver also finished second, so no return again! I did not want The Unit in the 2.00 Taunton, as its mark was much inferior to the other two! Annoying! At last, a result with Adalene and Codeshare for the forecast in the 2.20 Newcastle. John Milton was too bad to be true after its previous eye-catching run! I had system bet Mango Cap each-way in the 2.30 Taunton, but only second and third for my forecasts! Prince Mahler fell, but will do better when in the handicap proper. Several thrown in horses in the 2.50 Newcastle, all of them at massive prices, which is not encouraging, but I had to back them just in case: Beaumont's Party and Balducci were the two best in, with Hydrant (mentioned yesterday) as third best. Will any of them figure? We'll see! I bet they will run like crabs, but it does sometimes happen! Well, Hydrant led for a long way, then dropped out, and my one other bet, Genres, finished fourth! There was some controversy about the run of the latter from viewers! No doubt the plan was to get fourth, as they like to do after a string of duck's eggs! I wonder if any of those mentioned will be better backed when winning? The way they put them at massive prices makes me really angry, but I should be warned off! Forecast the wrong way around again in the 3.00 Taunton! Just one of those days! Second and third in the 3.20 Newcastle with Bromance and best in Foolaad at a big price! Broctune Papa Gio and Celtic Artesan did not figure today, but should do so soon. I am convinced these horses deliberately let others go past near the line (Foolaad looked a sure winner until very late). Best in Abracadabra Sivola led almost all the way in the 3.30 Taunton, then finished fourth or fifth! It must win again off this mark! Second best Cloudy Bob will also do better, and now has ideal form figures for next time! Tinker Time (pulled up) was also too bad to be true. I had Newmarket Warrior each-way in the 3.50 Newcastle, but the thrown in Who's Shirl ran a dud, as did Poor Duke. Both of these will do better soon. They insist on running dud runs after a couple of places! I had Chief Brody each-way in the 4.00 Taunton, but the thrown in Little Rocky finished fifth, and I have had no end of such runs today! Hija and Badilou (travelled well) will also do much better soon. It can only be a matter of time before Jebel Tara wins a race, and it will be a system bet next time, so take a note! Could run up a sequence. Second best Symbolic Star ran well for a long way, and must also win off this mark. Dancing Alpha was my only return. And keep an eye on Sea Of Green, which is also due to strike soon. Well, not a great day, let's hope for better soon, especially in the New Year!

29th December: I fancied Fern Owl in the 11.45 Southwell, but second best Goldslinger dropped out far too tamely for my forecast! I had Lough Derg Jewel and Better Back Bracka each-way for a good result in the 12.00 Kelso! Best in Albert Boy led for a long way in the 12.15 Southwell, then added another fifth place to its CV. Must do better soon. Paladin was not on my radar, but I usually ignore those with outstanding first places, sometimes to my annoyance! Sakhalin Star is certain to pop up soon, but on a dud run today! I had Total Assets to win the 12.30 Kelso, with Scotswell in third and Lowandbehold in fourth! Just one beat me to the forecast again! Mullins is on a roll again at Leopardstown, and the only ones of his I back don't win! I included Moojaned in my forecasts for the 12.45 Lingfield, but second and third best Stand Guard and Hydrant both finished out of the places! Both of these were not out to compete today, the latter missing the break, then making good ground before fading again! I hate it when they have apparently been told not to compete, as it is unfair on everybody! I had Giveaway Glance and Hestina for the forecast in the 12.55 Doncaster. I had Marcus Antonius (another one with an outstanding first place) at 18/1 in the 1.05 Kelso, but the commentator got its name wrong until the final strides! Vodka Wells looked sure to figure until the latter stages, and Jet Master also ran a dud. Best in of all, stablemate Kumbeshwar, was a massive price, and pulled up accordingly! Another sure winner in its next couple of races. Russell had three in the race, and I thought one of them would win! System bet Haraka 13/2 winner of the 1.15 Southwell! I had Aventus each-way, and best in Good Time Ahead finished fourth at a massive price (of course). And another graet result with Just Milly to win and Monkey Puzzle for the forecast in the 1.30 Doncaster! Good day so far! I had system bet and best in Welcome Ben each-way in the 1.40 Kelso, but as usual it was only out for a place, as it should have won if wanted! Second best Las Tunas also looked sure to figure, but was getting rid of a first place! Sudski Star will also do better soon, along with Treat Yourself, which made only late progress. System bet Nuzha 7/2 winner of the 1.50 Southwell, and I had the forecast. The Nicholls' runner ran like a crab for my forecast in the 2.05 Doncaster! Why does the one that I back to win in a small race always do something stupid (Paper Roses in the 2.15 Kelso)? Fortunately I had the other two in a forecast. I did not want Playful Dude in the places in the 2.25 Southell (fist, third and fourth), but I did have Loveatfirstsight each-way at a bigger price. I had Parish Business in the 2.40 Doncaster, but wanted Trustan Times for the forecast (best in, but a long absence). I had Ascot De Bruyere each-way in the 2.45 Kelso, but Castletown looked sure to figure, then finished fourth (will do better). I had Captain Lars as fourth best in for the 3.00 Southwell, so I had second, third and fourth for my forecasts, including Crosse Fire each-way! I had Red Stripes as best in with the claim, but just run out of the places! I had Forty Crown at 5/1 to win the 3.20 Kelso, but best in Bescot Springs ran a nothing race, although staying on late, and second best Zaru was too big a price and pulled up (sure future winner). I had Tribesman each-way in the 3.30 Southwell, but the winner was unpickable on any known form! Keep an eye on Autumn Tonic, which must do better off this mark, along with Zebelini. Well, I made a profit on the day, but it was hard work!

28th December: Barren Brook was not well in at the weights in the 11.40 Lingfield, but must do better in a handicap soon off this mark. I was just pipped on Gaelic Silver, but looking at the ratings, it was the right result! Fourth and fifth in the 12.10, with best in Polar Kite (a sure winner soon, but getting rid of a first place) and Swot, both of which I backed each-way, of course! Sehayli, stablemate of the second, must run better very soon, along with Veeraya. I did not back in the 12.45 Lingfield, but had the first three on my shortlist. I had Chestnut Ben each-way in the 12.55 Leicester, but it was probably only out for second place! I don't know who backed Paddy The Deejay, but it ran like a crab! Diamond Life will also do better when wanted. I had Bleu Et Rouge and Gangster for the forecast in the 1.20 Leopardstown. I had Rathealy to win the 1.25 Leicester, but I wanted Walden Prince for the forecast, as it should have done so on ratings. Then I had Island Remede (I almost backed it each-way at 7/1) and Gunnery Sergeant for the forecast in the 1.40 Limerick (about the only time that Mullins has not won recently). Best in Tindaro was a big price in the 1.45 Lingfield, and ran well for a long way before dropping out. A freshener for jumps? I hate it when the top three in the betting come in! Both Saborido and Cotton Club can do better too. Another 1-2 for Mullins in the 1.50 Leopardstown, and I would have done it if I had time. Best in Domtaline typically threw in a dud in fifth after a series of places in the 2.00 Leicester, so watch for it next time. Second best Lost Legend ran even worse and will also do better. The tricks these people throw in! Well, Elliott beat Mullins in the 2.15 Limerick, and they seemed to know that would happen! The Mullins horse looked likely to win at one point but did not finish off! I had Amber Mystique at 6/1 each-way and Galinthias for the forecast in the 2.20 Lingfield for a welcome result! Second and third in the 2.35 Leicester, but the winner was unpickable! Topweight Vatican Hill 25/1 winner of the 2.55 Lingfield, and I ignored it at the price! How can a horse that won last time out be at 25/1? I did have system bet Elementary each-way in third, however (second and third for my forecast). Strangely, although it was later placed fourth, Skybet did pay out, and I also had the eventual third horse, Sun Angel in my forecasts! Keep an eye on Oceanus, which I had as one of the best in. I had Master Dee and Zarib as equal rated on hurdles form, but I thought the former had the race in the bag until very late! I did have a nominal amount on that forecast. I had Swiss Cross to win the 3.30 Lingfield, with Vimy Ridge only fourth, and Anonymous John never sighted! Noble Deed was too big a price to be competing, but must do better soon. First, third and fourth in the 3.40 Leicester with Sleepy Haven, Exitas and Cousin Khee, but there is always one the gets in the way, isn't there?

23rd-27th December: No racing on 23rd, 24th and 25th, and the last two days have been too jam-packed to write any report in between, so I'll come back with a report when the racing is less hectic. I did have a few results over the last couple of days, but was unable to research so many meetings!

22nd December: Third, fourth and fifth in the 12.35 Bangor, with best in Hansupfordetroit finishing fourth and must do better soon. System bet Supreme Asset finished third and my second best, Last Shot finished a laboured fifth. As so often, the wrong Gosden winner according to the betting in the 12.50 Chelmsford! I backed his other one, Shamrokh, in my forecasts. The favourite was never put into the race with a chance, but no doubt that was deliberate and it will probably win next time out. I had the thrown in system bet Wellforth each-way at a massive price (50/1) in the 1.05 Bangor! I had Tellevoi at 16/1 to win the 1.20 Chelmsford (I have waited a long time for that one)! The thrown in Starboard (fourth) must win a race very soon off this mark! Also keep an eye on Edge Of Heaven, which is due a better run soon. I thought Binky Blue was coming to win the 1.30 Wolverhampton, but it was overtaken but a number of horses in the last furlong. I had Miss Goldsmith as best in, but that finished just out of the places too! Just missed the forecast in the 1.35 Bangor with first and third! Going For Broke finished fourth (of course) for my each-way. Keep an eye on Zenafire and Newera, both of which showed distinct promise. I had King Olav to win and Yasir for the forecast in the 1.50 Chelmsford! The pundits were muttering that Yasir was given a misjudged ride, but my ratings had it right! Then I had I had Juan Horsepower and Cappananty Con each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Wolverhampton! For once I was glad the favourite ran a stinker! None of mine got into the places in the 2.10 Bangor, including best in Rose Red, which must do better soon. Both of McCain's finished out of the places, and I thought one of them would have! Donjuan Triumphant was clear best in for the 2.20 Chelmsford, but got beaten again, and the betting was very suspicious. You would almost think they had arranged it beforehand! I had Captain Lars at 3/1 to win the 2.30 Wolverhampton, but second best Dr Parkes (fourth) did not place for my forecasts and Red Stripes can also do better! Damn! I kept looking at Back To The Thatch in the 2.40 Bangor because of its form figures, but left it out! Incredible why I don't follow my hunches! Second and third in the 2.50 Chelmsford with Higher Court and Billyoakes, but both should have beaten the winner! Blast, I could have had a good tricast with my shortlist! I had Cee Jay as best in for the 3.00 Wolverhampton, so they must be holding it back for a handicap, as it made no effort to get into the race! Missed the forecast by one place again! I had Chankillo at 33/1 each-way in the 3.10 Bangor, but it looked a sure winner until overtaken! The thrown in Mezendore folded as expected at a massive price, and they must arrange those prices before the race! Second best The Last Bridge dropped out tamely and will do better, hopefully next time! Clara Peggotty (which ran well for a long way) is another to look out for soon. I had the miserable forecast in the 3.20 Chelmsford, but I expect better from Einstein at some point. The thrown in Moccasin made good ground around the outside in the 3.30 Wolverhampton before backing out again, and second best Whip Up A Frenzy also backed out after leading. With my win bet on Top Set also losing (third, system bet next time), that was a waste of time! Keep an eye on all three for the future. I did not have a clue about the winner in the 3.40 Bangor, and of course my win bet finished second again! What a minefield! The thrown in Whaleweigh Station made no show in the 3.50 Chelmsford, and there was good run from Lutine Charlie although it did not place. Both of these must do better soon. Ferryview Place finished too late, but will also do better, along with Understory. I was expecting a show from the thrown in Marcret in the 4.00 Wolverhampton, but it faded tamely after making good ground. Polar Forest also ran a nothing race, so another to bear in mind. I hate these races where the best in make no attempt! I had a feeling about Zephyros on form figures! Best in Firgrove Bridge made no show in the 4.30 Wolverhampton, and second best Orlando Rogue finished fourth again, with Thrtypointstothree finishing fifth. They will run to form one day (but not today)! I did not have Deftera Lad as anywhere near as well handicapped! Sometimes these results make no sense, but it depends whether the best in horses are out to figure! Today has been one of those days, which unfortunately come around too often! Well, a good final result with Pipers Piping at 25/1 in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, and Santadelacruze in third! Pivotal Dream also finished just out of the places. The thrown in Star Links was well backed, but was on a dud run and must win soon. Well, despite losing most of the afternoon, that one made my day! I feel sure that they all know the form, and they must have known that Star Links was not competing today. Back it next time out at any price!

21st December: I missed the first few races, but had the first two on my shortlist in four of the firdt five races. I had Going Concern (my top-rated) and Gardefort both each-way in the 1.35 Ludlow, and think I might have had the winner, Sizing Platinum, but for coming to grief when in the lead. I am amazed at some of the prices on offer, and in the 1.30 Newcastle I had Mont Ras as best in, closely followed by Fort Bastion. Two For Two was also a biggish price, and clearly none of them were wanted today, but must do much better when wanted. It seems that they have decided not to win before the betting is announced! I had Robinshill and system bet Stay Out Of Court each-way for the forecast in the 1.50 Ffos Las I had system bet First Mohican each-way in the 1.30 Newcastle, but the wrong winner! The price on Oriental Fox (top-rated) was too big, and I suspect it is being held back for another race! I had Tara View and Wizards Sliabh for the forecast in the 2.10 Ludlow. I must remember that Venetia Williams's horses rarely run well at big prices (Ballybrownbridge) although it seemed to be going as well as anything! The thrown in Rock On Rocky should have won the 2.20 Flos Las, but allowed itself to get beaten again! Must win a bigger race off this mark. At least I had the forecast! Another thrown in horse with Wordiness in the 2.30 Newcastle, but again a massive price! Have to back it just in case! Well, I managed to miss the forecast on two separate tickets! Both Wordiness (make a note for a certain future winner) and Summer Collection were using this race to get places for the future. Might just as well back the top two in these small races! I had Fox Appeal as my bet of the day in the 2.40 Ludlow, but a rather laboured victory in the end! Second best How About It finished only fifth and will do better, along with Cadoudoff and King Of The Wolds. I had Zephyros Bleu at 16/1 in the 2.50 Ffos Las, but the thrown in Allez Vic looked sure to fill my forecast, then emptied out into fourth! Just accumulating fourth and fifth places as usual! The latter must win a race soon. Walk On Al was my second best, but came to grief, so keep an eye on it for the future. I had Roller and Singapore Sling for the forecast in the 3.00 Newcastle, but my each-way bet, John Milton, ran on like a train for third in a seven horse race! One to note for the future. Then I had Goal at 7/1 to win the 3.10 Ludlow, just missing the forecast with Bobble Boru (third). Danceintothelight (second best) ran its usual win one, lose one, race! The thrown in Orthodox Lad looked sure to win the 3.20 Ffos Las, but they only wanted third place for the future. An almost sure winner in a bigger race! I had the forecast, but relucntantly at the prices! These trainers are prepared to go endless races before winning, getting a place here and there, then running a stinker, etc! The thrown in Best Trip looked sure to win the 3.30 Newcastle, before subsiding very tamely and must win off this mark. I did have Thorntoun Lady in third, and had a sneaky look at the winner, which pops up now and again! Although its ratings are not remarkable, I think it is one of those dark horses for the occasional touch! Best in Cruise Tothelimit looked like figuring in the 4.00 Newcastle, but checked out quite tamely for my each-way patent. I did have Tango Sky each-way in third. Gold Beau and Sea Of Green (fourth, out of the handicap but equal best in) are two others that will do better soon, but they have to get those form figures right! System bet Le Manege Enchante 25/1 second, but I would not have backed it (or the winner), as they both had outstanding first places. No joy in the 4.30 or 5.00 although I had Line Of Reason each-way. I had Top Boy as best in, but a laboured effort and will do better. I had Arctic Lynx as best in for the 5.00, but you never know with Ann Stokell! Second best Slim Chance (tipped by the wretched pundit, goodbye) will also do better, along with Roy's Legacy and Big Amigo. System bet Whispering Wolf 80/1 second!

20th December: I had General Tufto in the 12.00 Southwell, but best in Claude Greenwood ran like a crab, and third and fourth best Ershaad and Ertidaad also failed to figure. All three of these will do better when wanted. Why do they constantly throw in these nothing races? I had Shearian in the 12.30 Southwell, and of course the thrown in Quadriga ran on for fourth when it was all over and must win soon off this mark. Master Of Song and Sarakova will also do better soon. I had Mighty Missile each-way in the 12.45 Taunton, but it looked a sure winner until the run-in! Best in Thundering Home was getting rid of a first place and will do better soon, along with second best Beatabout The Bush, which never showed! I had system bet Private Donald each-way in the 1.00 Southwell. Keep an eye on Lady Elizabeth, which I had as best in, but no doubt at today's price they have handicaps in mind for the future (ridden like a dervish from the start). The winner had a very lowly rating, so no doubt they were hiding its light under a bushel! I had the forecast in the 1.15 Taunton, but as usual the one I backed to win finished third! I had Ticks The Boxes in the 1.30 Southwell, but none of my others figured, including Evanescent, Layla's Hero or Foolaad, all of which will do better. I had the forecast twice in the 1.45 Taunton, but amazingly my each-way bet finished fourth, as if they knew it would! I had the first four in two different forecasts! Best in Sir Geoffrey failed yet again in the 2.00 Southwell and must do better soon. Its stablemate finished second, of course, to further annoy me! First and third for my forecasts! Bapak Bangsawan should also pop up soon, running well for a long way here! The thrown in Shifting Star was a massive price in the 2.10 Kempton, and I could only assume not wanted today! Still had to back it, just in case! I had Boycie each-way in third, but I missed Zabeel Star, which was also on my shortlist! Second best Dukes Meadow will also do better. I had Jack Snipe in the 2.20 Taunton, but St Johns Point came down when looking sure to complete my forecast, and best in Oscars Way refused to get third place, despite a number of casualties! Jacks Revenge and Boots And Spurs both failed to figure in the 21.30 Southwell, so that was a waste of time! Zaeem finished fourth, of course! Keep an eye on Merdon Castle, which was a massive price today but will pop up at some point soon. No return from the thrown in Masamah (ran like a dog) or second best Normal Equilibrium in the 2.40 Kempton! How I hate that track, where form is so unreliable! Clearly the betting means nothing, as the well backed ones do nothing! Once again the best in horses did not figure in the 3.50 Taunton, where Royal Irish Hussar finished fourth and second best Global Thrill finished fifth (again)! I think they love stacking up fourth and fifth places! Will nothing run properly today? I am sure they all know what will happen before the race! Best in Petrucci was going well but did not finish off in the 3.00 Southwell, and second best Spiritoftomintoul was getting rid of a first place, so again nothing to show! Both of these will do better soon. Today is one of those days where form means very little! Piaffe made good ground in the 3.10 Kempton, then finished a long last! I can pick 'em today! And of course I left the second out of my forecasts! Give up man! Not a place again in the 3.20 Taunton, where Bally Lagan, Edeiff's Lad and Fuhgeddaboutit (the story of today) all finished outside the first three. Incredible! The thrown in Seagull Star looked a sure winner in the 3.30 Southwell, but allowed itself to be overtaken in the final furlong. Probably only wanted second place! No show from second best Ralphy Lad, The Lock Master (stablemate of the winner) or English Summer. First, third and fourth in the 3.40 Kempton! I'll get a result one day! Titch Strider was my only return in the 3.50 Taunton, where Dropzone decided to have an off day and Railway Vic made no attempt! These races are incredible for the numbr of horses that just do not compete when they should! Filatore was another that should have been there! Railway Vic is from the same stable as Baccalaureate, so watch both for any betting moves in the near future. Well, that was a pretty disastrous day, but at least I have made a good contribution towards my next free bet! I stopped betting at that point, and of course No Not Again finished third at a big price! I ended with Stand Guard at 10/1 in the 5.10 Kempton, but it was obvious that the almost equally rated Smoky Hill was not going to figure, and I wonder whether it was because Stand Guard was so closely rated, or whether they had agreed to let the former win unopposed. How do we know what goes on behind the scenes? Whichever, Smoky Hill is a sure winner when wanted.

19th December: Best in Ballyegan dropped out far too easily in the 12.35 Hereford, and second best Barton Rose also ran below form. I had system bet Welsh Designe each-way in third. Keep an eye on Red Whisper, especially if backed in the future. Then my power went off, so I missed two or three good bets, including second best Baraboy at 20/1 in the 1.20 Ayr (Willie Hall continues to run well below form). I had the winners of the two other races on my shortlist. I could not get a bet on for the 1.35 Hereford, but would have backed Sahara Haze (second at 12/1). Duhallowcountry should also pop up soon. Fourth place only in the 1.45 Chelmsford with topweight Marquee Club. I thought Alfred Oats (I got 16/1) was coming to win the 1.55 Ayr, but just pipped on the line! Did it really want to win? Best in Trouble In Paris typically finished fourth and should win soon, and second best What A Dream also flattered to deceive. Best in Uncle Jimmy dropped out tamely in the 2.05 Hereford and will do better. I often feel that this is the plan bfore the race, with another race in mind later. Dueling Banjos finished third and can also do betterI did not back in the 2.15 Chelmsford, but the ex-Gosden Alkashaaf won at 7/1! King Of Merrows should have done better as the top-rated, but they love to thrown in dud runs! Damn! I looked at Hartforth in the 2.30 Ayr, but did not back it at 50/1, so I got second and third in my forecasts! I should have done the tricast in the 2.40 Hereford, and looked like getting an even better forecasat, with St Saviour each-way and The Gipper! System bet Stamp Your Feet 5/1 winner! Best in Greyfriarschorista was a massive price in the 2.50 Chelmsford, no doubt because it was going to finish fourth! Must win soon off this mark. First, third and fourth for my forecasts and tricast! Mezzotint was also disappointing in third, and I suspect that was all they wanted too! I left out the favourite in the 3.00 Ayr and of course finished with second and third in a seven horse race! I feel sure they let these horses win, which is why they are such a short price! Will I have another wasted free bet on Grams And Ounces in the 3.10 Hereford? Probably, but I had to assume that it will try today! Well, at least it finished third at 28/1 for a good return! Second best Brise Coeur finished just off the pace in fifth and will do better. First and third for my forecasts! I had system bet Tadaany each-way in the 3.20 Chelmsford, with Clement also in fourth. I had the forecast in the 3.30 Ayr, with the bigger priced one winning and Ceegem running on for fourth after struggling early. None of the bigger stables figured in the 3.40 Hereford (Cybelle Colomb too bad to be true) and I should have known that State Sovereignty would figure! King is doing his best to suggest that his bumper horses are not to be backed. Watch out when one of his runs again! Wonder if the thrown in Nasri will make a show today? It is due very soon off this mark. Well, it was clearly stopped from running by its jockey, but must show soon. I had Zabdi each-way but did not include it with the winner! Great Expectations can also do much better soon. They love to finish just out of the places for effect! Also keep an eye on Powered for the future. The thrown in Polar Kite made a sweeping move down the outside in the 4.20 Chelmsford, but did not run on! Must do better soon off this mark. I hate it when they make these token efforts! I had the thrown in Karam Albaari each-way twice in the 4.50 Chelmsford, but it was not out to win (again)! Perhaps it will win now that it has got a place? Strangely I also fancied Ruby Wednesday and Istimraar (second and fourth). As regards the latter, you can usually tell with Dunn's runners, because they are usually well backed when competing, like so many small stables.

18th December: I did not back in the 12.25 Lingfield, but had the winner on my shortlist. Taurian ran like a crab in the 12.40 Fakenham, and as usual I left the second out of my forecasts! Dandy Flame typically finished third in a six horse race in the 12.55 Lingfield, so I missed the forecast on both tickets. These small races are so difficult, depending on plans by connections! I had Modulus as best in for the 1.10 fakenham and it finished fourth at a big price, but I did have the forecastb with the favourite and Shinooki 12/1 each-way. Keep an eye on Edward Elgar, which may have been running over too far today The thrown in Trust the Man finished only fourth for my Lucky 15 in the 1.30 Lingfield and was travelling well enough to win! Might as well have placed! Not one of the first three, with second best Mamoo and Moon Over Mobay also failing to place! The number of fourth places I get on my multiples is incredible (I had two more last night)! The thrown in Noble Legend went off like a scalded cat in the 1.45 Fakenham, and I suspected it would drop out very tamely (they usually do). And it did of course! I could tell that it was being ridden in snatches, which is always a bad sign! Must win off this rating, but from the prices a dud run was clearly planned. You can always tell, but you have to back them! I did have Raktiman each-way in second. Should have known that Twiston-Davies was riding for his father, which he rarely does these days! Best in Ansaab was a big price in the 2.05 Lingfield, and took the lead going well, but faded quickly when overtaken. Again no return from Modernism or Spin Point, which I had as next best. The first two named had almost identical form figures and will both be system bets next time. Keep an eye on all three, which are capable of much better. How I hate it when the top three in the betting come in, but it would make a good tricast! Makes it impossible to get any value, though! Helium is back over hurdles today off a very low mark, and I am not sure if that is good or bad, but it is due a better run after a series of poor efforts. I am due a better result after the last few races! Back To Baloo and Polarbrook are also very well in, so surely one of them has to run well? Well Helium finished a grudging second, but must win off this mark, and Back to Baloo looked a sure winner before dropping out. How often they do that, and as soon as the jockey looked around, I knew he was going to pack in! Keep all three of these in mind, as they must all win soon. Don't know why Jim Best is still training, I thought he was disqualified, or is he on appeal? He has Slowfoot in the 2.35 Lingfield, which is a thrown in horse at a massive price! The same applies to The Twisler, and i suspect that won't win either! Well The Twisler led for a long way in the race, and will win races off this mark. They do that so often when they are going to drop out! Fortunately my third choice, Plutocracy, won! I had Bonnet's Vino to win and Tommy The Rascal for the forecast in the 2.50 Fakenham, but Pursuitofhappiness let me down for the tricast! I had My Matador and Fair Comment both each-way in the 3.05 Lingfield, the latter best in but not getting a clear run. Two In The Pink was a suspiciously big price, and will do better (dud run today). Hanging on by my fingertips today! I had Argante and Third Estate for the forecast in the 3.20 Fakenham. The wretched Wonderful Life finished third in a six horse race in the 3.35 Lingfield, and no doubt that was why it drifted in the betting! Can't get anything to run properly! Anyway, enough for today, I'm off to ref some snooker!

17th December; i had Pinzolo to win the 12.15 Lingfield, and Splash Of Ginge in the 12.55 Haydock (Little Boy Boru also in second but no forecast!). Would have had the tricast if I had left out the wretched Barizan, which must be due soon! Lough Kent finished sixth again in the 11.50 Haydock and must make a better effort soon, but they love to string you along! I had the thrown in Captain Sharpe each-way (they have to get a place before winning) in the 1.10 Newcastle, but the other best in horses, including Suprise Vendor, Absolute (pulled up) and Rockabilly Riot made no real show. Ubaltique looked sure to place in the 1.30 Haydock, then allowed itself to be pipped into fourth place, and will win again soon. Foxtail Hill (fifth) and Indian Voyage will also do better. I had Eastview Boy (I got 15/2) to win the 1.45 Newcastle at a good price. Don't know what happened to Captain Conan in the 1.50 Ascot, as I missed the start of the race! Should have used my free bet on one of my winners, but I am getting very wary of getting it wrong, as I have done so often in recent weeks. Best in Grendisar should have won the 2.00 Lingfield, and I wonder whether they really try to win, as Educate should also have been there! They make a mockery of the ratings at times! I had Colin's Sister and My Khaleesi for the forecast in the 2.05 Haydock. I had Berkshire Downs each-way in the 2.20 Newcastle but thought it was going to win! Best in Hurricane Rita and Rivabodiva will do better soon. Both Ptit Zig (fourth) and Zarkandar finished out of the places in the 2.25 Ascot, and both must do better than that! I always think they run below form deliberately! There always seems to be one that gets in the way of my forecasts, and it was Three Diamond Rings in the 2.35 Lingfield. A curse upon them! My each-way bet As De Fer typically unseated rider or fell in the 2.40 Haydock, and no doubt the thrown in Corrin Wood was on a dud run too (and of course it finished about fifth)! What a load of cobblers! ! But nobody could see very much! I detest this fineigling! Final Assault was the one that did not run to form again in the 2.55 Newcastle, depriving me of the forecast and tricast! No Planning should have won, so its third place was yet another token effort! System bet Regal Encore 20/1 winner of the 3.00 Ascot! I had Picansort at 14/1 (I mistakenly backed it twice!) in the 3.10 Lingfield, but best in Ask The Guru threw in a dud and Diamond Charlie also ran no race at all! I detest these non-attempts! I had Le Rocher each-way in the 3.15 Haydock, but missed the commentary. I included Midnight Shadow in the 3.25 Newbury but did not back it (Nevada in fourth of course). I had Fergall each-way in the 3.35 Ascot. The thrown in Nocturn is still not running to form, but I can almost guarantee it will run better next time, so get on it! I did have Mossgo each-way and it was equally in with the winner (Temple Road in fourth was also equal). How they love to follow a fourth place with another!

16th December: I had second and third in the 12.05 Uttoxeter with Longtown each-way in second. I had the forecast in the 12.25 Newcastle but I backed Mums The Word to win. How come these Gosden horses improve so much? Both of the Johnston horses finished out of the frame (one fourth). I had Wolf Sword and Ray Diamond each-way in a forecast in the 12.35 Uttoxeter, but I had the latter as clear best in! Benissimo was getting rid of a first place, but will do much better soon. I had the forecast in the 12.45 Ascot, but Burst Ya Bubble folded tamely for my each-way bet. No joy in the 1.00 Newcastle, where I could not get one of the first two, where best in Good Time Ahead dropped out very tamely and second best Hotfill typically finished third in a seven horse race! It is unusual for Varian to have a horse in such a race and make no show! Best in Pink Gin typically finished fourth in the 1.10 Uttoxeter, and they always seem to do that when getting rid of a first place! Second best Thefriendlygremlin was doing the same, so two to note for the future! I had Red Devil Star to win the 1.20 Ascot (two system bets first and second but I did not inlcude the latter. Best in Aramist ran like a crab in the 1.35 Newcastle and must do better soon. None of mine figured, including Siren's Cove and Cavalieri! I had a sneaky feeling for Zakatal, but did not back it. i had Dalkadam to win and Aza Run for the forecast in the 1.45 Uttoxter (the two clear best in), the latter giving me an each-way double on my Lucky 15 at 16/1! I had Capitaine to win the 1.55 Ascot and just failed to get the forecast (should have included the system bet second)! I feel there is more to come from Blue Surf on flat ratings (handicap?). Best in Stamp Duty failed to show yet again in the 2.10 Newcastle and Aneedh also failed to figure after being close up for a long way. I wish they would run properly! Sakhalin Star also finished fourth to complete my frustration! Second and third in the 2.20 Uttoxter for no returnn in a seven horse race again! The winner was the only one I did not consider! I think Captain Chaos should have finished much closer in the 2.30 Ascot (price suggested otherwise), but I did have the forecast. I had Justice Pleasing to win and Canford Belle for the forecast in the 2.45 Newcastle (running exactly to ratings. Best in Carry On Sydney typically finished fifth in the 2.55 Uttoxeter and for some reason they have to throw in these dud runs before running to their true potential! It makes it very difficult to back with any confidence! Gorey Lane was my second best, so that one will also do better. I had Kalondra at 7/1 and Abbreviate at 10/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 3.05 Ascot! The thrown in Intibaah amazingly finished second to a rag in the 3.20 Newcastle! You just could not write the script! Admittedly it did drift before the off, but should not have been beaten! I am sure these runs are deliberate! Second best Fairway to Heaven also drifted in the betting, which suggests they did not want that one either! I had De Dollar Man (I got 9/4) to win and Dead Right for the forecast in the 3.30 Uttoxeter. Second and fourth in the 3.40 Ascot, but no return. The thrown in Pearl Acclaim did not complete my each-way treble in the 3.50 Newcastle, and only one of my others finished in the frame! Annoying, their lack of effort!

15th December: I did not watch ort back today, although I did glance through the results. I don't think I missed many of my regulars, but I expect much better runs from Baccalaureate (especially if backed), Corporal Maddox, Glenalmond, Wahaab and Tellevoi in the near future. I backed El Viento and mentioned it last time out (see 1st December!) and it won at 25/1 today! Captain Lars also finished third in the same race and is due soon. Almanack finished second and is another sure winner soon. Also keep an eye on Upper Lambourn soon.

14th December: I shall not be home for the early part of the afternoon, so may put on a few bets before I go out. Not much to report today, but by far my best result was the forecast from three system bets in the 2.50 Musselburgh with Jonny Delta, Arthurs Secret and Teo Vivo (should have done the tricast!). Horses that did not perform today included Andhaar (yet again) and Problema Tic, Pool House and Yul Finegold, Triple Dream and Sehayli, Quito Du Tresor and Tap Night (I just knew it would run a dud). But the latter did me a favour by giving me a good forecast! And Taylor and Aqalim will also do better when running properly. There, that's a few to go on with! Crysral Lad did not run to form in the 3.00 Newbury with a 25/1 winner from Hobbs! Second and third in the 3.20 Musselburgh with Ballygrooby Bertie at a big price and Donapollo! I had Clovelly Bay to win and Celtic Ava each-way in third in the 3.30 Lingfield, to just make a profit on the day, mainly due to three good results! I had Cap Soleil and Reel Leisure each-way for the forecast in the 3.40 Newbury. Major Crispies (6.10 Kempton) had no intention of figuring (that really annoys me) but must pop up soon now off this mark. I have backed Presumido a couple of times lately, but not tonight! Must stick with my bets! Let's hope that either Yasir or Ruzeiz (or both) will run better later! How I hate Kempton (a/w), where I rarely get a result! But, a great result in the 7.10 with Hackney Road and system bet Lolita each-way for the forecast at 25/1 (thought it had got pipped for second) to put me back in profit on the day! Well, Yasir finished third at 12/1 in the 7.40, and I also had the winner with Canadian Diamond, so a good day in the end. Keep an eye on both Ruzeiz and Maison Brillet, both of which are due very soon.

13th December: I did not bet or watch the racing today, but did not miss much of significance.

12th December: I had Templier each-way in the 12.30 Plumpton, but did not include it in my forecasts! Would have been a good one too! I had Sporty Yankee and Boutan each-way at 28/1 for the forecast in the 12.45 Ffos Las (first three home). I could not beileve that Theinval started second favourite in the 1.00 Plumpton,mas I would have backed it to win! Instead I did the winning distance and got it wrong! I should have known that Pauling's horses have been running well, but I did not include Red Indian in the 1.15 Ffos Las! None of my outsiders made any show, including Living Leader, which I fancy will pop up on the flat soon. Surely Positively Dylan is better than its performance today? I had the forecast in the 1.30 Plumpton, but not much value! Best in Lac Sacre added another fourth place in the 1.45 Ffos Las (form figures now read -244244!), which did my each-way patent no good at all! The number of fourth places I get on my multiples is no coincidence! I hate it when they drop out, then run on again for fourth. Must win soon off this mark and both Laser Hawk and Flash Crash will do better soon. Coolking ran a stinker in the 2.00 Plumpton, so that scupperd my forecast chances! expected Polar Forest to win the 2.10 Wolverhampton, but the betting said differently! Also a poor run from Noguchi, which ran on late, so no joy there! The thrown in Calculated Risk did not start running until it was too late in the 2.20 Ffos Las, but at least finished third for my each-way bet! Must win soon, now that iy has got rid of that first place! Beallandendall will also do better soon. Best in Ya Haafed tailed off as expected in the 2.30 {Plumpton, but will do better soon. They have to get rid of that first place! If Rhombus had run to form in the 2.40 Wolverhampton I would have had the forecast, but another disgraceful performance! How do they get away with it? The still well in Taroum decided to throw in a dud in the 2.50 Ffos Las and Rainbow Haze led most of the way before finishing out of the places! How annoying! Both of these will win again before long. At last, another result with system bet Miss Oscarose and Larteta each-way for the forecast in the 3.00 Plumpton, and I would have also had the forecast if another system bet Tikkapick had not fallen! Larteta was thrown in but they don't like to win straight off in many cases! I almost expected Snowy Dawn to finish third in the 3.10 Wolverhampton, because it was too big a price to finish in the first two, despite hacking all the way round and clearly capable of better! Watch out for it in a bigger race! Another lame effort from Cheat The Cheater, running on late from an impossible position to finish third in the 3.20 Ffos las! That one and Moorlands Mist will win again when wanted, but their runs are so inconsistent (deliberately)! I had system bet Shimba Hills to win the 4.30 Plumpton. Nostalgie was clearly not put properly into the race in the 3.40 Wolverhampton and is much better than its finishing position (another fifth, I think). Should win a similar race before long, but I hate it when they are not run properly! I chose the wrong Gosden runner as usual! I was about to back Tikkanbar in the 3.50 Ffos Las when the race went off, but it finished only second anyway! Impossible to pick these races! Well, that will do for me today, still hanging on grimly with the occasional good result!

11th December: I had Testify to win the 12.00 Carlisle, but stupidly left out the favourite for the forecast! Four thrown in horses in the 12.15 Southwell and not one of them finished in the first three! They were The Jugopolist (fourth), Tutchec (fifth), Wish In A Well and Musical Wedge! What a farce! All of these will win, but why do they have to make such a charade of it? Looks like being another one of those days, with the thrown in Storm Alert running an atrocious race in the 12.30 Carlisle, and both Alchimix (fourth) and Red Story making no show. Impossible to get anything to run to form! And again, the three best in horses finished out of the frame in the 12.45 Southwell, including the thrown in Safari Journey, which dropped out, then ran on for fourth, Kitchapoly and Vesuvhill. Surely this money for the top two was just a blind, as they ran no sort of race? The actual ability of the horses seems not to matter one jot! I just feel cheated out of my bets so far! As usual I backed Coeur Blimey to win in the 1.05 Carlisle, but I did have the forecast. Although I backed Conteur d'Histoire in the 12.20 Southwell, I did have system bet Sandymount and Earlshill for the forecast, which was worth doing! Third, fourth and fifth in the 1.35 Carlisle, with Cyclop, Fill The Power and Scotswell (led most of the way), with best in Fill The Power being driven almost all the way! Keep an eye on Sharney Sike after a long layoff, which I feel was not pushed too hard. I always look at horses with Yeats in the name, but I did not twig Ruby Yeats in the 1.50 Southwell! Martha Mccandles was too bad to be true for Alan King! I should have done the tricast in the 2.10 Carlisle, as I had the first three home with an each-way on Knockara Beau! What an idiot! The thrown in Urban Hymn ran up and down the field in the 2.40 Carlisle and was clearly not out to win today. Where do these gambles come from? Must win soon off this mark, but they love to dress it up a little! I knew I should have backed Palm Grey! Judging by the running, the 2.55 Southwell was a sham, because Laser Light was hacking all over Nobuttaboy but could not stay in the lead! A very dodgy result! A nice consolation with Illwalktheline at 9/1 each-way to win and Naranja for the forecast in the 3.15 Carlisle! And I finished with Flemi Two Toes (which I have waited a long time for) to win the 3.30 Southwell, to round off a good second half! Tisfreetdream, She's Late and Phare Isle (fourth) are others to note very soon.

10th December: I had two of the first three on my shortlist for the 11.50 Doncaster and the first two home in the 12.05 Cheltenham. I also had the third each-way in the 11.55 Lingfield. I had the forecast (Gosden 1-2) in the 12.15 Newcastle. I had Satanic Beat (at last!) in the 12.20 Doncaster and the thrown in Sailors Warn each-way in third. I had Emperor Commodos at 33/1 in the 12.30 Lingfield, but thought it was going to win! My other selections finished fourth and fifth. I had Whisper at 11/2 in the 12.40 Cheltenham, but I don't think they wanted Different Gravey to figure! I had the thrown in Cool Strutter each-way in the 12.50 Newcastle (must win soon) and Dancing Alpha in fourth, which did not count! Master Of Song threatened for a while and will also do better. I had system bet Long Lunch each-way in the 12.55 Doncaster, but again it looked a sure winner! I had Buster Thomas and The Mighty Don in a forecast in the 1.05 Lingfield, the latter constantly jumping right! I feel sure that I backed Eastlake last time out, but missed it today at 33/1. The wretched Cold March ran on late when it was all over! I had Leonard Thomas to win and Lozah for the forecast in the 1.20 Newcastle! I had Hawk High each-way in the 1.30 D]oncaster, but it was too far back to figure in the first two! Hartside and Forced Family Fun will do better soon (no attempt today). System bet Onderun 6/1 winner of the 1.40 Lingfield, and I included it but did not back it! I am sure that Wiesentraum will pop up soon, leading for a long way here. I had a look at Frodon, which ran so abysmally last time, but did not back it in the `.50 Cheltenham. Keep an eye on the thrown in Module, which was on a trial run here, and Turban, which was a massive price today. Buywise typically finished seventh and was not put into the race. Mappin Time annoyingly finished like a shot in fourth in the 2.00 Newcastle and must do better soon. Lightentertainment dropped out tamely in the 2.15 Lingfield and will do better, along with Spice Fair, which typically finished fourth. I just knew that Hidden Identity would place with those form figures! The thrown in Waltz Darling came up hacking in the 2.35 Newcastle, then went out like a light (dud run). Must win soon off this mark! Ryan The Giant was my only return in third. Another system bet Maple Stirrup second at 16/1! I had Gores Island (second again) and Comeonginger as best in for the 2.50 Lingfield, and I am sure both will win before long. The thrown in Kazlian dropped out tamely in the 3.25 Lingfield after ty[pical early reminders, and will do much better soon, but they love to pile it on thick! Run Ructions Run dropped out far too tamely in the 3.35 Cheltenham, and I had second and third for my forecasts and tricast! So frustrating! Basil Berry ran like a dog in the 3.45 Newcastle, but is much better than that. Valbchek looked like winning before backing out and Fuwairt was my only return. Tribesman typically made no show when well backed for the 4.15 Wolverhampton and clearly a dud run! Must win soon off this mark. I had Secret Millionaire each-way in third. Keep an eye on Captain Scooby, which missed the break and ran on like a train. Probably six furlongs is its best trip. Arctic Lynx finished close up at a massive price and can also pop up soon.

9th December: After a couple of non-results, I had a great result with Still Believing 16/1 to win and Treaty Girl for the forecast in the 12.55 Cheltenham! I had Audacious Plan each-way in the 1.15 Bangor. Keep an eye on Un Ace, which was going best of the lot in the 1.30 Cheltenham until backing out late on, and I suspect this was a trial run! And a winner with Desert Cry (see 18th November) at 8/1 in the 1.50 Bangor! Barafundle has been very poor lately, and it was obvious that the jockey dropped out deliberately. I feel sure it will do much better before long. I had Cantlow to win the 2.05 Cheltenham. The thrown in Godsmejudge finished third again in the 2.15 Bangor, but that was deliberate and it must win before long! Settledoutofcourt was another whose price was suspicious and will also do better soon. I had Kayf Grace to beat Report To Base in the 2.25 Bangor. I had Call To Order each-way and For Good Measure for the forecast in the 2.40 Cheltenham! Kee pn eye on Dragons Den, which will probably win soon over a shorter distance. I wasted my free bet (again!) on the thrown in Pret A Thou (third) in the 3.00 Bangor and I hate it when they finish third in a seven horse race! Vayland (second best) ran another stinker and must show soon. I had system bet Maestro Royal each-way in the 3.15 Cheltenham, but the thrown in Dresden made no show and must do better soon. Another great result with Two Swallows and Lochnell both each-way. Should have done the tricast, as I had the first three home! And I finished with Kayf Mariner and Kildisart for the forecast in the 3.35 Bangor. Havinbg made a good profit on the day, I did an evening Lucky 15 at Chelmsford, and, out of my four runners, two finished fourth and one finished fifth. All of these should be noted, as it was clear that they were not put into the race. They were Balducci, Wahaab, Jebel Tara and Centre Haafdh, all of which will do much better soon. It was annoying that two of my next best won, but I am always looking for value at the prices, which is rarely there!

8th December: System bet Dropzone 20/1 winner of the 12.30 Taunton! I have been tipping it for the last few months (see exactly what I said on 13th November!) but missed the race! Sod's Law! I would probably have used my free bet on it if I had known! The still thrown in Lochalsh decided to run a dud in fifth in the 1.10 Newcastle, but must win more races off this mark. I had Forty Crown in fourth, but none of my others made any attempt except Hi Bob, which was too short for me. Kings Chorister, Roman Numeral and Absolute were others to note on ratings. I had system bet Jazzy to win the 1.35 Taunton and Cabernet D'alene each-way in third. I had Maxed Out King to win the 1.45 Newcastle, but second best Fire and Welcome Ben made no show, which was frustrating. I had system bet Talk Of The South each-way in the 1.55 Warwick, but it looked as if it should have won! Hannibal The Great was clear best at the weights in the 2.10 Taunton, but made a mistake, then jumped left afterwards. I am not sure if they wanted to win this race! I had Rockabilly Riot each-way in the 2.20 Newcastle, but the thrown in Captain Sharpe had no intention of figuring, along with second best Torero. You can just tell from the prices what they intend! System bet Seas Of Green 25/1 winner of the 2.30 Warwick. Polarbrook ran no sort of race but must do better soon. Hint Of Mint just got pipped on the line in the 2.40 Taunton and a mistake at the last cost it the race! I had Groomed to win the 2.50 Taunton, but the thrown in Kumbeshwar ran like a dog despite being well backed! I had Zaru as second best in, so that one will do better soon. System bet Arquebusier 5/1 winner of the 3.00 Warwick, but I had second and third, of course! I had Blottos each-way at 16/1 in the 3.25 Newcastle, but could not get the forecast. I left out Cause Toujours in the 3.35 Warwick and guess what? I got second and third! Typical! But I did have Cogburn each-way at 10/1. The latter appeared to struggle for a long way, then ran on late. They interviewed the winning trainer before the 5.20 Chelmsford, but I took no notice and guess what? Yes, I had second and third! Keep an eye on Lutine Charlie, (the first leg of my Lucky 15) which has been thrown in for a long time and must win soon. Oh, and my other selection, Loud, refused to race! What a motley crew!

7th December: I had Forceful Appeal to win the 12.05 Lingfield, but Take The Helm was better in and just got pipped into fourth. The latter should win soon, and Intensical is absolutely thrown in on Irish form and must be noted for the future. I had the winning distance in the 12.15 Hexham (25 lengths plus) but it was more like 100 lengths! I had Chelwood Gate to win the 12.35 Lingfield, but equal best Greyfriarschorista was getting rid of a first place and will do better soon, along with Layla's Hero, which will pop up again soon. No joy in the 12.45 Hexham, where my selections all fell or pulled up! Sometimes I think they know exactly what will happen! I had the straight forecast with Foundation Man and Violets Boy in the 12.55 Leicester. Although best in Cornelious was well backed in the 1.05 Lingfield, that leading first place is always a worry, and it dropped out tamely after leading. Will do better soon. I did have Mercy Me each-way in third. I had Gibbstown each-way in the 1.15 Hexham, but the thrown in Joseph Mercer (well backed at big prices) ran like a dog yet again and must surely show soon, along with second best Wellforth, for whom the writing was on the wall very early (but system bet next time). Both of the latter must pop up soon now. I missed the 1.25 Leicester, but had the winner, third and fourth on my shortlist. Keep an eye on Cousin Khee, which I am sure is capable of winning very soon, but did not pick up late on. Heronry was really well in, but was not backed and may have needed the run. I had Artful Rogue at 2/1 to win the 1.35 Lingfield, River Dart for the forecast and Topaling 20/1 each-way in third. Should have done the tricast! Keep an eye on Hungerford, which ran well in front for a long way and will do better. I left out Lastbutnotleast in the 1.45 Hexham and I always seem to do that! Keep an eye on Shy, which ran in snatches, but I am sure is capable of winning a race. I could not get first or second in the 1.55 Leicester despite the unseating of the favourite and sometimes I wonder what I am watching! Both Next Exit and Diamond Life were better in than the first two, but it just depends what they plan! System bet Sunshineandbubbles 16/1 winner of the 2.05 Lingfield and I did not check the form! Two of mine fell or unseated and the other one pulled up! Ridiculous! They were Tikkandemickey, Little Glenshee and Dursey Sound, the latter a massive price for good reason! What chance do you have? I had second and third on my shortlist for the 2.25 Leicester but did not back in the race. Looks as if McCain is finally back to form! I had He's No Saint as best in for the 2.35 Lingfield, but Grey Mirage and Joey's Destiny did not run well as second best! I had Master Rajeem (see 22nd November) on the nose with the last of my bank in the 2.45 Hexham (almost lost it on the run-in)! Bescot Springs was still best in, but never runs two races alike! I had Rathealy (see 29th November) to win and Trapper Peak for the forecast in the 2.55 Leicester, with Bohemian Rhapsody each-way in third! The thrown in Barren Brook was a massive price in the 3.05 Lingfield, so I did not have much faith in its performance today! Must win when wanted off this mark, but those prices usually tell you what they expect! I did have second best Combe Hay in third, which looked like winning until very late! System bet Goodbye Inheritance 7/1 second too. Tyrsal and Diletta Tommasa should do better soon too. I don't believe what is happening as best in Downtown Boy refused to start in the 3.15 Hexham, as it was my main bet for the day! Something should be done about this nonsense! And then second best Rupert Bear pulled up! It gets even more ridiculous! What chance do you have? It drives me wild! They have no consideration for those who back their horses! All I ask is a fair run based on their form, but somebody does not intend that to happen! Both of the latter will win soon. I included third best Halcyon Days in my forecasts, but did not back it! At least I might get my money back on Downtown Boy. And then a two horse race to follow! I had a feeling that Olivers Hill might beat Prince Khurram in the 3.25 Leicester, but left the race alone, as they can decide who wins, can't they? I had Seek The Fair Land (I got 16/1) in the 3.35 Lingfield, but its thrown in stablemate Majestic Myles (46lb well in on best form) continues to run many pounds below form! Must surely win soon. If you hold back the best in, your second best in can win! Breakheart is another that must show soon, but I expect a shorter price from that stable. Two system bets finished second and third. A little bit out on the day, but a good afternoon's entertainment if you leave out those pathetic efforts!

6th December: A good start with Dream Team and Warm Words both each-way for the forecast in the 11.50 Southwell! I had Ticks The Boxes each-way in the 12.20 Southwell, but could not pick the winner! Best in Oeil De Tigre and Dr Red Eye (as usual) failed to place, and Llewlellyn was prominent for a long way. Dr Red Eye has dropped over 40lb in the weights and must pop up soon, probably over 7 furlongs. My each-way selection, Grand Turina was out of the race almost immediately in the 12.30 Uttoxeter, and why is it always mine? It is almost? as if they know what will happen, judging by the drift in the betting! I did have the forecast, however. Best in Global Thrill had no intention of winning the 12.40 Fontwell, and second best Mount Vesuvius just ran on late out of the places! What an annoying lot! Both of these must win soon. The winner was unpickable, although I liked its form figures. My third choice, Benbecula, was tipped by Luke Harvey, so that was the end of that one! I had the forecast in the 12.50 Southwell, but backed Atteq to win! I also had third and fourth on my shortlist, but backed the wrong one each-way. Best in Akula would choose today to throw in a dud run in the 1.00 Uttoxeter! I thought second best Deepsand was going to win, but allowed itself to get pipped on the line, which I also feel sure was deliberate! I could not get a bet on in the 1.10 Fontwell, as for some reason betting was suspended before the off! Damn! The Chuckmeister (see 22nd November) 11/1 was my first choice too! Keep an eye on Bound Hill, which led going well until a juddering mistake put paid to it! The best in horses were big prices in the 1.20 Southwell and ran accordingly! They were Albert Boy, Yul Finegold and Captain Swift and none had any intention of placing! How can you back like that? Impossible! All I can say is keep an eye on all three for the future. I could not even get the winning distance in the 1.30 Uttoxeter, where the second horse appeared to give up! I had the forecast in the 1.40 Fontwell, but as usual not much value! I thought East Indies was going to win over the last! The thrown in Tellevoi made no attempt in the 1.50 Southwell and must show very soon now. I had Boots And Spurs each-way, but even that got pipped at the post! Free Code was another disappointment, and Personal Touch will also pop up soon. I had Milord each-way in the 2.00 Uttoxeter. I am certain there is more to come from Lutece (massive price today) and Al Destoor, which made no show. Pete The Feat dropped out tamely in the 2.10 Fontwell, and the winner was the one I did not include in my forecasts! It seems to happen so often! The betting screen seems to go out far too quickly today! But at last a winner with Anton Chigurh in the 2.20 Southwell! Best in Our Boy Jack was getting rid of a first place and will probably be shorter in the betting when competing, and Best Tamayuz will also do better. The thrown in Dalkadam was heavily backed in the 2.30 Uttoxeter, took the lead, then finished fourth! I am sure they do these things deliberately! There is no other explanation! And guess what? Yes, 15 runners! They are thumbing their noses at us! Keep an eye on Buy Me Out, which travelled well in the lead most of the way! System bet Flobury 33/1 second in the race. System bet Flint's Legacy 20/1 second in the 2.40 Fontwell, but I missed the bet! I had a feeling about Big Storm Coming (system bet) in the 2.50 Southwell, but had to back the thrown in Balducci (second) and Whozthecat! Should have known that Whozthecat would be a rag at that price but it will do better very soon (6-7f?). I also had St Patricks Day each-way before it was backed off the boards. The thrown in Sitting Back was certain to at least place in the 3.10 Uttoxeter until being hampered and unseating! Sizing Sahara was another to come to grief, so my forecast with Miquus came to nothing! Some days you ain't meant to win! I had Sir Geoffrey as best in for the 3.20 Southwell with Piazon almost equal in second, but I backed the wrong one of the two! Should have gone with the more recent form at 10/1! Third best Tribesman also finished third at a big price. Sir Geoffrey must win a race soon, as it has been too bad to be true recently! Could have had a great tricast with the favourite! Both Thundering Home and Sir Hubert dropped out very tamely in the 3.40 Fontwell and will do much better, although the former now has a first place to get rid of! Totally unpredicatble whether they will try or not! Warsaw Pact was 100/1 today, but I feel sure it will run much better soon. Paloma's Prince is another to note for the future. System bet Kingston Mimosa 33/1 third!

5th December: System bet Plead 8/1 winner of the 11.50 Lingfield, with the equally rated The Blues Master second. Just shows that 70 ratings can be successful even against top stables and owners! My each-way bet Vertigo looked sure to finish in the places in the 12.10 Ayr, then refused to go past the third horse, which is probably why it was 16/1! Best in Diamond Charlie was never mentioned in the 12.20 Lingfield, and my other each-way, Mossgo, was right there, then eased right to the back of the field at the end, and will also do better. Best in Snowed In finished only third in the 12.40 Ayr and will do better, but both Arantes (again) and Rockabilly Riot were disappointing and must do better soon. Another system bet, Massini's Lady 14/1 second. Glad I did not back in the 12.50 Lingfield, as Black Bubba (third) would have been my only return! Top-rated Kiribati was too bad to be true, so worth noting for the future. Should have used my free bet on the thrown in Lochalsh (see 22nd November) in the 1.15 Ayr (I got 14/1). I also had system bet Dutch Canyon in third, and if I had included system bet Pretty Miss Mahler I would have had the tricast! I had Spin Top each-way in the 1.25 Lingfield (second and third for my forecasts), but top-rated Baby Gal was too bad to be true! Best in Premier Grand Cru made no attempt to get into the race in the 1.45 Ayr and finished only third. Spanish Fleet did not quite get there either! The thrown in Ocean Tempest was a massive price in the 1.55 Lingfield and dropped out as expected. They must surely be planning something for that one at some point! Jacbequick seemed to be going ok all the way, but finished just out of the places. I thought the favourite was going to fall in the 2.20 Ayr, which would have given me the forecast, as I had Danehills Well and Trouble In Paris both each-way. Something about the finish told me that neither wanted to beat it! Should have done the tricast, as the favourite was too well fancied not to win! King Of The Dark and Benefit In Kind were two that were clearly out not to figure! I had Gracious John to win the 2.30 Lingfield, but both Seve and Top Boy were disappointing, the latter too big a price to be competing. So Satisfied looked to be coming to win the 2.50 Ayr, then mysteriously finished last! A 1-2-3 for Alexander! Should hav gone with that! Keep an eye on Egret, which appeared to be going best of the lot most of the way! Two system bets first and second at 6/1 and 33/1 in the 3.00 Lingfield, and I was annoyed that another system bet, Primrose Valley did not hang on for second! The latter should be a certain winner soon, but will not be much of a price! Glad I did not back in the 3.20 Ayr, as I would not have had a clue! I had Desert Strike in the 3.30 Lingfield, and I backed three others, which finished third, fourth and fifth for my forecasts, including Catalinas Diamond in third. The latter is always thrown in, but rarely wins! Well, just a little down on the day, but not too bad!

4th December: I had the forecast in the 12.20 Kelso, which was not a great return! I used my free bet on Red Admirable in the 12.30 Huntingdon, but the price was not encouraging! I also had Mesut as well in, but that was 100/1! Well, Red Admirable typically finished fourth (again) after leading most of the way, but no good for me! I am sure that was deliberate, as it seemed to be going best of the lot! I had the winner and second, but did not put them in a forecast! System bet Pattara 16/1 second ( I got 22/1)! Mesut caught the eye and no doubt will do better soon. I had Aux Ptits Soins and Westren Warrior each-way for the forecast in the 12.50 Kelso. I had system bet A Little Magic at 9/1 to win the 2.00 Huntingdon, but sounded like getting the forecast most of the way! Frontline can do better soon, as it sounded as if it was travelling well most of the way! I had Kelka and Oscar's Prospect for the forecast in the 1.20 Kelso (first three home). I had Satanic Beat (see 27th November) each-way in the 1.30 Huntingdon, and just missed third place with Herons Heir! System bet and best in Mwaleshi finished just out of the places in the 1.50 Kelso, along with Pulpitarian and Suprise Vendor, which I had as next best! Annoying when they were so much better than their performances! All three of these will do better when wanted, which was clearly not today! System bet One For Hocky 9/1 winner (1-2 for Richards)! I had Dodging Bullets as best in for the 2.00 Huntingdon, but it dropped out very tamely after sounding as if it would win! My each-way bet Scotswell was out at the first in the 2.20 Kelso! Aaargh! Wonder if Harry The Viking (see 20th October) will stay in the lead today? Well it did, and I should have used my free bet on it! I also fancied Carrighdoun, which always runs its race, but did not include it! I had Gas Line Boy to win the 2.50 Kelso and Cloudy Too for the forecast! I presume that Ronaldinho came down in the 3.20 Kelso, as it was not mentioned in the commentary. Well it did not, but did not show either and must do better, but will probably be backed, knowing that stable! Not one of the first three for me! Solstice Dawn unseated rider in the 3.30 Huntingdon, and I often feel this is deliberate! Must do better off this mark. But I did have The Jugopolist each-way at 12/1! That horse has been thrown in for ages and the money spoke for it today! Taylor is another that will do better when wanted. Believe it or not, I finished level on the day from a very small starting bank!

3rd December: I did not back or check the results today, but will do so later.

2nd December; Frustration in the first two races in which I backed, where the thrown in African Gold ran no sort of race and second best Twirling Magnet looked sure to figure, then finished fourth! Vinny Gambini also finished fourth as best in for the 1.05 Sedgefield, and both Major Ridge and Ashford Wood also finished out of the places. How could you pick that huge priced winner? I had Monday Club each-way in the 1.15 Sandown at 33/1, but it would not get second place! Keighley with Buckle Street in second place always seems to give a good run! Best in Lough Kent and Lightening Rod failed to figure in the 1.35 Sedgefield, and I despair of getting a proper run out of such horses, as they seem to have no intention! All I know is that they will drop in eventually! I looked at Pilgrims Bay in the 1.50 Sandown, but in the end left it alone! I had Jaboltiski as best in, and there must be more to come from Star Trouper (fell). Yourhoidayisover finished only third in the 2.15 Sedgefield, and they seem to run an endless string of places before winning! Another Sue Smith winner that I did not spot! Wish I had checked the form more closely! Definitely Glad is another very well in horse that ran no sort of race today, and they must be following orders. Also keep an eye on Alchimix, which I feel sure will run better next time. I had the forecast in the 2.25 Sandown, but as usual I backed the wrong horse to win! What sort of favourite was Royal Supremo in the 2.50 Sedgefield? Ridiculous! I I had known that I would have backed Just For James to win, as it was better than the second. Upsanddowns dropped out very tamely in the 3.00 Sandown, and I included Back By Midnight but did not back it! On a day of Sod's Law, I backed Greywell Boy with it, which came to grief! Some days you are not fated to win! Well, I finally got a forecast with The Linksman and Dear Sire at good prices in the 3.25 Sedgefield! And I finished with system bet Trans Express each-way at 12/1 in the 3.35 Sandown, As usual another I backed, Spa's Dancer, ran in front for a long way, then packed up and no doubt will do better soon. Best in Air Of York finished only fourth in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, and they rarely win with a string of duck's eggs! One to note soon. I had system bet Miss Goldsmith at 20/1 in third. And system bet Cliff 7/2 wiiner. Royal Normandy must also do better soon, but no good for my Lucky 15! Another gambled best in with Essenaitch in the 5.10 Wolverhampton and another front-runner that packed up far too easily. That 7lb claimer was clearly a negative sign, as the claim was not needed! When will they run properly? It gets farcical after a while! Doctor Bong and Masqueraded (fourth) can also do much better. Somebody is backing them, but it is obviously not the stable! Get on Essenaitch in its next runs, as it must do better soon! And another farce with The Titchborne getting beaten in the 5.45 Wolverhampton! Should have been a guaranteed winner! Are these races planned beforehand?

1st December: I almost got the forecast in the 12.20 Market Rasen, but Folly Bergere (each-way) could not quite hang on for second! The Pipe horse shaped well, but dropped out tamely. I looked at Regal Gait too, becaus it was quite well up in the betting. I was listening to the commentary in the 12.55 Market Rasen and it sounded as if my each-way Blue Hussar was in third, but the commentator got it wrong! I left out Hubertas, of course for the forecast! And another frustration in the 1.05 Leicester, where it sounded as if Moscato was going to win, but overtaken near the line! Should have done the forecast! I had Asuncion at 14/1 in the 1.25 Market Rasen (I wasn't sure if it would compete with an outstanding first place) and would have had the forecast but for missing the bets before the off! Vent Nivernais can do much better also. They were the first three in my ratings! Best in Spyder ran a stinker in the 1.35 Leicester (long absence however), and I did not expect Royal Etiquette to figure on ratings, although it is one of my awaited flat horses! Keep an eye on Tribal Dance, which is due to pop up in a handicap soon. I had Susie Sheep 5/1 and system bet Milly Baloo 12/1 each-way for the forecast in the 1.55 Market Rasen! Western Jo was clear best in, but dropped out very tamely. Another farce in the 2.05 Leicester where only seven fences to be jumped! Best in Days Ahead was not out to win the race, so the big price was proved correct. You can usually forget them at big prices in small races! They must surely all be in it together! Look out for that one in a bigger race. I had the forecast and tricast in the 2.25 Newcastle! First Fandango was best in, but not wanted today! No doubt it will be backed when wanted. It sounded as if Lights Of Broadway was going to figure in the 2.35 Leicester until coming to grief at the last, but I did have first and third with Tullow Tonic and Clemency. The ratings are working out well in the bigger races today. Best in Improved looked sure to figure in the 3.00 Market Rasen but failed to run on! I had first and third in my forecasts. Solway Sam was too bad to be true, but I almost expected that with an outstanding first place! That becomes almost routine! Then I missed the 3.10 Leicester, which was off very quickly! I had She's Late as best in, and it beat system bet Charlie Mon in second! Inch Rover was second best, but typically pulled up and will do better soon. Best in Marcus Antonius left its effort too late in the 3.30 Market Rasen and second best Grams And Ounces threw in a dud and will do better very soon. I hate these deliberate non-competing horses! i had first and second on two separate tickets again! First, second and fourth for my tricast in the 3.40 Leicester, but at least I had the forecast! Well, I made a small profit on the day, but struggled with the smaller races, with so many best in not out to win! Still, more predictable than some days! I had two places on my evening Lucky 15 with Loyalty at 20/1 and Top Set, which looked a sure winner until getting pipped, at 14/1! Two that must do better soon were Spiritual Star (thrown in) and El Viento.

30th November: I did not back or watch the racing today, but did not miss anything of significance for my noted runners. It's good when days like that happen and I am not cursing because I missed something!

29th November: I had The Last Bridge each-way in the 12.55 Southwell, but the way it was ridden (struggling, then running on late) suggests that third place was the requirement. I had the forecast in the 1.10 Lingfield, and a better forecast in the 1.20 Newcastle with 15/8 and 10/1 the returned prices. I had system bet Minella Aris to win the 1.25 Southwell and For Instance for the forecast (first three home). A decent ten minutes! Then I had Westerbee at 4/1 to win and Champagne To Go for the forecast in the 1.40 Lingfield! Going well so far! Shh... Don't speak too soon! System bet Six Strings 13/8 winner of the 1.50 Newcastle, but I had the winner and second on two different tickets! Varian's horse was disappointing, as was Wild Acclaim, which I think must do better (big price today). I did not fancy Hey Bill in the 2.00 Southwell, but had Young Lou each-way. The thrown in Big Water is clearly waiting for a bigger race, so take a note! Malanos was too big a price to be competing in the 2.10 Lingfield, so that was one leg down on my patent! Never any value in these small races! The thrown in Dancing Dik will pop up at some point soon, but a massive price today! I should not put favourites on my Lucky 15's as they let me down more often than not (Zabeel Star in the 2.20 Newcastle)! Taopix was the one I did not want in my forecasts, as I had first and third (system bet Bollihope 9/2 winner)! Keep an eye on Maskoon, which I have as 28lb well in on old form, so must be targetting a race before long. I had the forecast in the 2.30 Southwell, but my each-way bet Pokora De Lys sounded certain to figure before coming to grief! I had Sleepy Haven each-way on my Lucky 15 in the 2.40 Lingfield, but the lack of hurdles made this a farce! I had Polar Forest to win the 2.50 Lingfield, but I despair of a good run from Nelson's Bay, which has been thrown in for long time, but rarely competes! Aneedh was another disappointment after taking the lead, then fading out. Hydrant is also well handicapped, but only out to trailblaze today. How I detest these front-runs! I had Tisfreetdream at 50/1 in the 3.10 Lingfield, and it will win again before long! Polarbrook was disappointing and I think will do better soon. The thrown in As De Fer was a big disappoinment in the 3.10 Lingfield, but appeared to drop out deliberately, then run on again at the end! I hate backing horses that do that! Yet again the winner and second on two different tickets! I was hoping that Dubawi Fifty would bomb out in the 3.20 Newcastle, but the price was right this time! I had the forecast in the 3.30 Southwell, but not much value! The thrown in horses in the 3.40 Lingfield typically did not place again, so what is the point in backing them? it is a nonsense! They were Reblis, best in with the claim, Landscape and Rathealy, the latter finishing fifth again (deliberately). The love to pile up these fifth places for effect! I bet all three will do better next time! Even Smart Catch was better in than the placers, but these big prices usually mean 'not today'! I had Who's Shirl each-way in the 3.50 Newcastle, but they never seem to win these small races! St Helena was also disappointing, and they only want to win bigger races! It would be nice if they tried to win occasionally! I had Lozah in the 4.20 Newcastle, but the thrown in Mr Chuckles continues to laugh at me! The winning trainer had the 1-2 with a big outsider! I had Ershaad (fourth) and Just Fab as best in for the 4.50 Newcastle, so two to keep an eye on soon.

28th November: I had the first three in the right oder in the 12.55 Plumpton, including the third at 14/1. I did not bother with the 1.10 Ludlow or the 1.20 Newcastle, although I noticed the middling price for the second from a small stable. I should just have doen the straight forcast rather than the winning distance in the 1.25 Plumpton, but I expected it to be less than six lengths, and the second favourite made a mistake to lose ground. I had Ultimatum Du Roy at 12/1 in the 1.40 Ludlow, but my Lucky 15 bet, Alanjou typically pulled up and must do better soon! I detest it when they pull up after one slight mistake, which suggests that was the plan! I had Allez Vic as second best, but no attempt today! A good result with Vintage Folly 7/1 and Gymnaste 4/6 for the forecast in the 1.50 Newcastle. I had Tambura to win and Theatre Goer for the forecast in the 2.00 Plumpton, but was hoping that Bull And Bush would get into second place only seven runners for my each-way, of course). They always know what price to give them! Then I had Agincourt Reef 17/2 to win and Mahlers Star 8/1 for the forecast in the 2.10 Ludlow, but once again my Lucky 15 bet, Get Home Now, finished fourth! Why do they keep doing that? But that result gave me a nice profit on the day! Should have done the Johnston 1-2 in the 2.20 Newcastle! Both thrown in horses, Changing The Guard and Orthodox Lad failed to figure in the 2.30 Plumpton and must run better soon. Shimba Hills was my only return and that did not win either, although looking sure to at one point! I think only third place was wanted (system bet next time). I hate these no shows when they should win, but it always tells me to keep backing them! Roadie Joe was withdrawn as my win bet in the 2.40 Ludlow, so that also stymied my forecast, but I assume I will get money back! I had water Wagtail and Itoldyou each-way for the forecast in the 3.00 Plumpton. Best in Burgess Dream dropped out too tamely and must win soon. The thrown in Tamarillo Grove completed a four-timer of non-results in the 3.10 Ludlow, and must win soon now! Second best L Frank Baum also finished out of the places! Both of these muon my Lucky15 st do better soon, along with Guiting Power, who somebody thought was going to win! My three thrown in horses finished as the last three in the 3.20 Newcastle, being Sherman McCoy, Rockabilly Riot and Voice From Above! What a total farce! Should have known the prices were too big, but they were attractive to me! They had no more intention of winning than the Man In The Moon! These sham efforts really annoy me! I feel like shaking the people who told them to do that! No forecast in the 3.30 Plumpton, with first, third and fourth! Pity, I looked at the second for Gifford! Another unconsidered second in the 3.40 Ludlow, or rather I left it out! Well, I finished slightly down on the day, but have done a patent on the last three races at Newcastle, which will hopefully bring some return. I had Jacquotte Delahaye in second at 9/1 as the first leg, then Dubai One to win the second leg, and a bonus with the forecast with Blue Suede at 12/1 in the latter! Puts me back in profit on the day, with one leg to go on my patent (Cruise Tothelimit). Well, the latter completed my each-way treble at 18/1 in the 4.50 Newcastle to give me a pofit on the day! Must win soon off this mark too! A £6+ return for 90p! Not bad! Keep an eye on Storm Trooper, which should do better again soon.

27th November: Only one British meeting today, and I am out for the afternoon, so I have done a few multiples. In the 1.00 Leicester, we had a typical small race where the thrown in Godsmejudge (29lb well in) was gambled into favouritism, then finished a lame third! They must be looking for a bigger race! Typical, as I took it as the outsider in an each-way treble! I had Trapper Peak as the first leg of my Lucky 15 in the 1.35 Leicester with El Massivo for the forecast! Keep an eye on Istimraar, which must win a race soon. Well, I did not watch the rest of the racing until next day, and despite backing about ten horses each-way, not one of the others finished in the frame, including my free bet, Satanic Beat (fourth) and Chieftain's Choice, which I saw was penalised for non-trying! I keep saying these things, but that does not happen often enough! I could have had the thrown in Next Exit at 66/1, but left it alone because of the stable's desperate form. Flower Power, Mr Robinson and Vayland were three others that ran like crabs today, and I noticed how well Fit The Brief was going before yet another fifth place! All of these will be worth a bet soon.

26th November: I did not follow the racing today, except to look over the results later, and did not miss anything of significance, which is surprising, as I usually do when I miss a day's racing!

25th November: I had afew places and a couple of forecasts in the first few races. I looked at Mukalal because of the ownership in the 1.5 Newcastle (Tregoning also had two in the race), but did not include it, finishing first and third (what else?). Of the three I piucked for the 1.25 Doncaster, one unseated, one finished last and the other finished fifth! Good picking, eh? But I am sure that was deliberate, as there was no reason for them to do that on form! Bollin Ace in particular should have done better. I did not back in the 1.50 Newcastle, but I had a fancy for the first two home! It was obvious that Pyrshan could have won the 2.00 Doncaster, but it just kept in behind the leaders to finish third. As usual, no good in a small race! Well, in fact each-way was ok! I had Menorah each-way in the 2.10 Newbury, but it should have won on these terms! In fact I had second and third for my forecasts. An impossible race to predict in the 2.45 Newbury, where the thrown in Splash Of Ginge ran like a crab and must do better soon. Aerlite Supreme also failed to run to its mark. The two best in horses finished third and fourth in the 2.55 Newcastle and they refuse to run properly! They were Waltz Darling and Magnolia Ridge and there was no way they should have both been beaten, but that is what they do! I had Waltz Darling as 51lb well in, and Magnolia Ridge as 34lb well in. Is that cheating or not? Best in Harry Hunt ran a poor race in the 3.10 Doncaster, as I suspected with an outstanding first place (they almost always do that!). Fortunately I had the forecast to make up for it! The massively thrown in Balducci was a massive price in the 3.30 Newcastle, and they had obviously planned for it to finish fourth! Must win off this mark, but probably not at that price! How I hate that skullduggery! No value whatever, and I should have known, but I always fall for it! Also keep an eye on Auspicion for the future, as it must show soon. I was going to do the first three in a forecast in the 3.40 Doncaster, but in the end left the race alone! Typical Henderson and King finish in the 3.50 Newbury and again I left the race alone! I backed the thrown in Dr Red Eye (again!) and Sir Geoffrey in the 4.15 Wolverhampton and as usual they were both right up with the pace and dropped out! Surely both must win soon off this mark? I was stupid enough to think they might have the forecast! I am sure they put these claimers on thrown in horses to tell the others they are not trying! Another system bet Coquine 10/1 winner! And again, I should have known that Whozthecat would get rid of that first place in the 4.45 before winning again! Why do I persist in going against my principles? Get on it next time, as it must win soon! Swanton Blue was my second choice but I did not back it!

24th November: I did not back in either of the first two races, but had the first two on my shortlist for 12.35 and the first three in the right order for the 12.45. Two thrown in horses for the 1.05 Towcester, but the best in, Dalmo, was a massive price, and little nibbles (but persistent ones right in to 9/1) for Wish In A Well. Both of these were out of the handicap, so wondering if either is out to win today? Well, both ran like crabs as I almost expected, and even Flashman hung badly and finished sixth as my third best in! All three of these will win when wanted, but why they have to make these farcical runs is beyond me! I bet they will be much shorter when out to win! I thought Mondello was coming to win the 1.15 Taunton, but in the end finished fourth! Quarryman was also disappointing. Small races, the bane of my life! I had Movie Legend each-way in the 1.35 Towcester, with Ascotdeux Nellerie obligingly finishing fourth! Best in Armedanddangerous ran like a crab, as suggested by the price, and second best Quebec was never sighted either! Both of these will do better when wanted. Fort Worth looked a sure winner in the 1.45 Taunton before a horrendous mistake at the second last! And of course Impulsive American ran on into a reluctant fourth! Another impossible day so far! I am sure that Earthmoves was only a bigger price because they did not intend to figure! As usual I left out Thomas Shelby for my forecasts in the 2.10 Towcester, and my two each-way bets failed to place after leading most of the way! It seems that they know exactly what they will do! Give up, man, they've got you over a barrel! Wonder if My Brother Sylvest will run properly today? It's a big price! Well, as expected it led for a long way, then packed up, but must win off this mark! Second best Goal ran on too late and third best Ladies Dancing showed briefly but did not run on! its stablemate, Billy My Boy did place! System bet Clic Work 12/1 winner! It annoys me intensely that someone has told them to run like that when they could do so much better, but we are powerless to take any action! They make a mockery of the actual ability of their horses! Miracle of Miracles! I got the forecast in the 2.35 Thurles, with two system bets! Can't believe I got a return today! And another great result with Tullow Tonic and system bet Lyme Park 14/1 for the forecast in the 2.45 Towcester (first three home, but no tricast)! Best in Oscars Way was well backed but failed to show in the 2.55 Taunton! I am sure that the money comes from form students like me, but connections have no intention of winning! Fine Resolve and Carobello (third) were two others that were well in. Two system bets first and second again! I had Signed Request to win the 3.15 towcester, but two thrown in horses here in Tutchec and Goring One (fifth and sixth) and both should be sure winners when wanted. They take so long to show! I am quite sure that backers of the winner must find out how those are going to run before taking the plunge! More thrown in horses in the 3.25 Taunton including Baccalaureate (I knew it would not win at that price), Mystery Drama (last), Frozen Over and In The Crowd, and not one of them finished in the first four! Make a note of all four, as they cannot continue to run that badly. It is so frustrating when you know the truth! Watch out for money for any of them, especially Baccalaureate and Mystery Drama, as they are gambling stables. I had Mick Maestro and Scottsdale for the forecast in the 3.45 Towcester for a good finish to a mediocre day (apart from a few good results). I did an evening Lucky 15 at Chelmsford, and most annoyingly (like the rest of the day) I had second, fourth and fifth with Presto Boy, Ryan Style and Catalinas Diamond, the latter two finishing fast, but too late. Ryan Style missed the break, which was probably inexperience form the jockey! Both of the latter must drop in soon off these marks, but those places are frustrating in a 13 runner field. The fact that Lulu Stanford won the first race is probably a death knell for one of her later rides which I have included. My other three Lucky 15 bets resulted in a third place with Lady Of Yue at 12/1 and a winner (I got 9/1) with East Coast Lady (see 10th November!)! The other one, Primrose Valley, is almost guaranteed to pop up soon, so keep it in mind.

23rd November: I missed the 12.20 Wetherby, but had the first three on my shortlist. Im feel sure there is more to come from Affordability after the 12.30 Wolverhampton, as it threatened briefly, then dropped out. I also backed Tranquil Daze each-way and that finished fourth, of course. If I had backed the top three in the betting, I would have had the tricast, but I prefer seeking value! I had New Member each-way in the 12.40 Hereford, but almost included Acting Lass in my forecasts! I had Kalaniti to win the 1.50 Wetherby, but these O'Neill runners at big prices often run well! Must remember that! I had Halinka each-way in the 1.00 Wolverhampton, but would have won with a little more luck in running! Viola Park (sys+1) 33/1 winner! On its form behind Blue Suede it was thrown in, but I did not check it! Another big-priced O'Neill runner (Doesyourdogbite 25/1 winner) which I did not back because I assumed it was too big a price! Idiot, please learn something! I only wrote that down half an hour ago! I backed Actinpieces to win the 1.20 Wetherby, as it had the form at the weights, and also had the forecast. I almost backed Shee's Lucky each-way in the 1.30 Wolverhampton, but went with the Stoute thing, as I assumed it would improve! I did have the (pretty worthless) forecast. System bet No Hassle Hoff winner of the 1.40 Herfeford, but The Happy Chappy would not get second (money for Hoo Bally Diva earlier). I thought Forth Bridge looked a sure winner in the 1.55 Wetherby, but just pipped on the line, but I did have the forecast. I had X Rated and Jive Talking in a forecast in the 2.05 Wolverhampton, but was afraid that Speedo Boy was going to figure. I had Copper Birch in the 2.15 Herfefdord, but second best Ballyegan was just pipped for second place for my forecast! The thrown in Rathlin travelled well in the 2.25 Wetherby. but faded tamely and will pick up another race before long. I had two of the three in the tricast, but was disappointed with Back To Bracka as second best. Princess Nia was the one I left out of my forecasts in the 2.35 Wolverhampton because it was the lowst rating outside of the favourite! That always seems to happen. Ttainted Love looked full of running but never got into the argument! My two selections dropped out like a light in the 2.45 Hereford and were too bad to be true, being May Hay and What a Scorcher. How can you trust anything when they run like that? There seems to be no value in these small races! I had Tap Night and Circus Star both each-way in the 3.00 Wetherby and two out of three in the tricast! I had Petticoat Tails and Goodgirlteresa for the forecast in the 3.30 Wetherby. Two thrown in horses at massive prices in the 3.40 Wolverhampton, being Pool House (almost last) and Marcret, but neither of them finished in the places, although Marcret was noted running on strongly behind the leading bunch. Any money for it soon should be noted. I had Eurystheus each-way in second. Two more thrown in horses with Cruise In Style and Little Rocky in the 3.50 Hereford. The latter led for a long way and the former finished just out of the bunch finish for third place. Both of these must do better soon. I just knew that Desert Strike would figure in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but they don't often win with a series of duck's eggs! You can just tell when they go from massive prices to middling ones for no reason! Cruisetothelimit must have been on a dud run, as it never showed and will do better soon. And keep an eye on Noble Asset soon. I did not back at Kempton after that, but Freddy With A Y stood out for me in the 5.00, and I can only assume they only wanted second place, as I had it as clear best. That one, Showtime Blues and Popeswood must do better soon. Yt another system bet involved, with Sakhees Jem third at 20/1. Well, that's all for today folks. The system is selling quite well on eBay at present, but you can get your copy direct from me by email for £3.50 (snookermag@aol.com for Paypal payments). I also have 'Horse Racing - How To Win Consistently' for £5.

22nd November: All of my selections showed at some point in the 12.10 Sedgefield, including the thrown in Hi Dancer, which looked a sure winner, then finished fourth! I finished with only second place with Pamak D'airy, and I also had fourth and fifth! Next Hight was my second best, but failed to show anything, and should pop up when wanted. Keep an eye on Willie Hall, which will probably also win when there is less competition. The annoying thing is that I have tipped Spread Boy a couple of times recently (see 25th October), but it was not best in today! I had the forecast in the 12.25 Wexford, but of course my each-way bet finished fourth after dropping out, running on, then making a hash of the last hurdle! The horse I backed to win finished third and my each-way bet finished fifth in the 12.40 Sedgefield, so no return there! Sue Smith's horse was a massive price in fourth! First, third and fourth in the 12.55 Wexford, with an each-way on The Irregular. Blast, Nanny Stone (second) had the form to figure! I did not want the favourite in the 1.00 Lingfield, and of course that is when they win! I had second, third and fourth in my forecasts. Why is it that my selection (Sean Ban in the 1.10 Sedgefield) is almost always the one that runs like a crab? I had it in a tricast with the first two and knew my fate at halfway. Should just have put in the first three in the betting! I had Moonshine Lad each-way in the 1.25 Wexford, but would have been better off doing the forecast! I could not have Discoverie in the 1.40 Sedgefield, as Mitcd was much better in. Disappointment also from Shalamzar, which was my second best, but had no intention of figuring at a huge price! I had Remember Forever in the 2.05 Lingfield, but had Bound Hill as best in, and The Chuckmeister (fourth) as next best. Both of these will do better. Best in Lochalsh finished fifth in the 2.15 Sedgefield, and they love to do that! Must win soon off this mark, along with Torero and Roman Numeral, which also finished just out of the places. Prince Blackthorn was well out of the handicap, but will also do better off its correct mark. You can tell from the betting that they have been told not to figure! I hate not getting a proper run because somebody has said so! Well, guess what? Best in Darwins Theory travelled like a dream, but finished third in a seven horse race! What a farce! Must win soon off this mark. I had Master Rajeem each-way and would have had Wellforth, but missed the bet in the 2.45 Sedgefield! The latter was thrown in, but only out for third place and will win again. Another system bet winner with Nortonthorpe Legend! Also look out for Bennys Well soon. That man Hughes is at it again with a four-timer! Out of my three selections for the 3.10 Lingfield, one unseated rider and the other pulled up! It becomes more farcical by the minute! I had Oxwich Bay at 5/1 and Born for War both each-way in the 3.20 Sedgfield, but no forecast! Don't know what happened to Codeshare, but it was too bad to be true for Swinbank. I am sure they throw in these bad runs to improve the prices of future runners! A better result with Maple Mons to win and Sizingdowntherhine for the forecast at Wexford! I had Martha Mccandles each-way in the 3.45 Lingfield, but should have backed the horse with first places! Well, a few good results, but still a bit down on the day! It is very difficult to win if the best in horses make no show!

21st November: I should have stuck with Evan Williams in the 1.10 Ludlow, as his horses have been in good form lately. I will never learn, leaving out the well-backed Crievehill for my forecasts! They are usually not backed for no reason from these big stables. I had first, third and fourth for my tricast in the 1.40 Ludlow, with Inch Rover each-way in third. Best in Our Boy John dropped out quickly in the 1.50 Chelmsford, and I included Booshbash, but did not back it! Keep an eye on the former, and I suspect thre is more to come from Auric Goldfinger. I thought I had a sur forecast in the 2.00 Kempton with Rons Dream and Run Ructions Run, but Surtee Du Berlais came up to pip them both! I had Boher Lad at 10/1 in the 2.15 Ludlow, but could not get the forecast or tricast with different combinations! Still, I'm happy with that! I feel sure that Airpur Des Bois is capable of much better than it showed here! Then I had the reverse forecast with Acertwo and Alice's Dream in the 2.25 Chelmsford. Four fallers in the 2.35 Kempton, including two of mine (Uhlan Bute when looking a sure winner)! Best in Lost Legend also ran poorly and must do better soon. I had Tornado In Milan to win and Owen Na View each-way for the forecast in the 2.50 Ludlow. Two system bets first and second in the 3.00 Chelmsford, and I had them in a forecast! I had Vinegar Hill in the 3.10 Plumpton, but best in Blackwell Synergy was getting rid of a first place and will pop up soon, along with Phare Isle, which must surely win off this mark! Also keep an eye on Decimus, which was not out to figure today, but is better than its form figures. I had Scotchtown and Another Venture for the forecast in the 3.20 Ludlow. I had Pactolus to win the 3.30 Chelmsford, but none of my others figured, including best in Fort Bastion and Solar Deity. The thrown in Global Thrill made no attempt to get into the 3.40 Kempton, and second best Brother Bennett was ridden like a dervish, presumably being held back so as not to get too close! You cannot win when they do that! Best in Lac Sacre finished only fourth in the 3.50 Ludlow and I wish they would run consistently! I thought Monkhouse was going to lead all the way, then that packed up too. Can surely do better soon. System bet Encore D'Or 20/1 winner of the 4.00 Chelmsford, but I backed stablemate Huntsmans Close each-way at 25/1! I had Upavon as best in, but it missed the break, so one to note for the future! I knew from the way the thrown in Teak was being ridden that it would not stay in the lead in the 4.30 Chelmsford, but this was a trial run and it must win soon. Of course I backed Aldreth to win and it finished second, and my other selection, Plymouth Sound was withdrawn but is one to note when it runs. Down again today, but not drastically and it must get better soon!

20th November: I missed the 12.45 Exeter, which was just as well, as I had none of them on my shortlist! Dark Lover and Silver Eagle were clear best, so a couple to note, along with Quinto. I had Poppy K and Graceful Legend in a forecast in the 1.00 Uttoxeter. I had Royal Palladium in the 1.20 Uttoxeter, and almost used my free bet on it! Both Wizards Bridge and Abracadabra Sivola ran very disappointingly and will do better. I detest these tame efforts! Keep an eye on Cowslip, which I had as clear best for the 1.35 Uttoxeter, but they just don't want to know in these small races! First and second favourites are not my cup of tea! I had system bet Label Des Obeaux each-way in the 1.55 Exeter, but I did not want the winner! Top-rated Missed Approach ran very poorly. I had Benissimo as clear best for the 2.10 Uttoxeter, but finished out of the places, along with second best Elenika, which was well backed, but ran like a drain! Both of these will do better soon. Even third best Restraint Of Trade finished out of the places! The thrown in Helium ran like a crab in the 2.25 Exeter, Last Shot and Dance Floor King also finished out of the places, and I think I will give up on these small races, as the form never stands up! All three of these must do better in bigger races! I had Cloudy Too to win and Lower Hope Dandy in a forecast in the 2.40 Uttoxeter, for a nice change, although not a great return! Barenice was well backed for some reason, so worth keeping an eye on. What am I going to use my free bet on, as I must use it today? Should have taken note of the money for Evening Hush in the 3.00 Exeter! Another four horse race where the best in for the race were not out to figure, including Noble Legend and Little Glenshee! Just give up on these races and back the favourites! Those well in horses will come later in bigger races! Well, I have used my free bet on Withy Mills at a big price! Let's hope it is out to run better today! Should have backed Distant Sound (third) instead, as its form figures were ideal! Both these and Titch Strider will do better soon. My free bets have been a waste of time in recent weeks. I could have used it on Pret A Thou, so let's see how that runs! Well, that was not out to win either, but must do so soon, along with American Life and Lightentertainment, two of which led, then packed up, and one was made to look totally mulish! What great actors these riders are! They should get Oscars for performance! Second placed Vengeur De Guye was actually my fourth best, which just proves how badly the others ran! I finished with the winner and forecast in the 4.00 Exeter, but best in Thundering Home finished about fifth for my tricast and must do better soon (and I also had the fourth with Moscow Me).

19th November: I did not back or watch the racing today, but a few of my old favourites cam ein, which was rather frustrating! That often happens, and it is the penalty for taking the day off!

18th November: No joy in the early races, with a wretched outsider getting in the way a few times. Both of Alan King's runners failed to place, with one of them pulled up, so he is not as reliable as he was at present! I could not even get the forecast or distance in the 1.25 Haydock! I expected Brother Tedd to beat Different Gravey in the 1.35 Ascot, but could not have run to form. They can get any result they want! I think I have to back everything to get a result! At last, a result with Templeross and Walt for the forecast in the 1.45 Ffos Las and the winning distance! That improves things a little! I had the thrown in Desert Cry on my Lucky 15 in the 2.00 Haydock. Both Big Water and Landecker can also do much better. I had the forecast in the 2.10 Ascot, but wanted Henderson's second string to win! The thrown in Moorlands Mist finished only fourth in the 2.20 Ffos Las, which was a blow to my Lucky 15, but I did have Rouquine Sauvage in third. Welsh Shadow dropped out tamely as top-rated in the 2.35 Haydock but I did have the forecast with the other two, which was some consolation. Both The Clock leary and Fox Appeal dropped out far too tamely in the 2.45 Ascot, so no return at all! Both of these were probably waiting for bigger races, but somebody backed them! Sirop De Menthe was about the only one I did not want in the 2.55 Ffos Las! Blasted thing! The thrown in African Gold only wanted fourth place after a string of pulled ups, so that was no good for my Lucky 15 either! I had Red Devil Lads as clear second best and that finished second when I backed it to win! Typical! I had Constantine Bay and Brio Conti for the forecast in the 3.10 Haydock, but Cracking Find gave me a good run for my each-way bet! Best in No Buts was a big price in the 3.20 Ascot and ran accordingly, along with Lamb Or Cod and Leo Luna. Why must all of them run like crabs? Both Try It Sometime and The Omen dropped out tamely in the 3.30 Ffos las, and I hate it when they are big prices because they are not out to figure! It is a total farce! I had the forecast again in the 3.45 Ffos Las. I had Favorite Girl each-way in the 3.55 Ascot, but thought it was going to win! May still get it from the stewards? Keep an eye on Bertimont, which travelled well here and will do better soon. I had Oh Michelle each-way in the 4.05 Ffos Las, but had Just A Thought on my shortlist and did not back it! Well down today, I'm afraid, but still have my free bet to use this week. The thrown in Captain Dunne has constantly run below form recently and must now do better after the 5.15 Newcastle (first leg of my evening patent down). That's enough for me today. I'll check the other results later!

17th November: I had the forecast in the 12.20 Newcastle, with an each-way on the second. Whipcord was disappointing in the 12.40 Wincanton, and I could not even get the forecast! I just knew that Sutter County would be involved in the 1.50 Newcastle, but I did not include it! Typical Johnston! Top-rated Nuclear Power finished last! How can you explain that unless it is deliberate? I did not include Mr Monochrome in the 1.00 Market Rasen, and it seems you have to include bigger priced ones! My each-way finished third, of course (what else?). None of the thrown in horses figured in the 1.15 Wincanton, including best in Mount Vesuvius, Orthodox Lad or Darloa! Prices suggested it, but you have to back them! Best in Lexington Times never showed at a massive price in the 1.25 Newcastle, and second best Tatlisu actually took the lead before fading into about fourth or fifth place! I also had Red Pike in fourth, so no return! The first three were unpickable! How annoying these people can be! Is it going to be one of those days? Looks like it! I had a better result with Bonnets Vino at 22/1 and Ten Trees 9/2 both each-way for the forecast in the 1.35 Market Rasen! Back to square one after a terrible series! I had Hint Of Mint each-way in the 1.45 Wincanton, but backed the wrong Nicholls runner in Abidjan! Another good result with Kicking The Can and Issue for the forecast in the 1.55 Newcastle (first three home). I had Oscar Rock to win the 2.05 Market Rasen. No joy in the 2.15 Wincanton, where best in Istimraar ran a dud. How they love to do that! I am sure it will win soon. Both Moojaned and Merchant Of Medici failed to figure in the 2.25 Newcastle, but must do so soon! The massive price on the latter told what they expected there! I did have Galilee Chapel each-way. No joy in the 2.35 Market Rasen, although I had a good look at Cusheen Bridge! I had Sirabad to win and Red Devil Star each-way for the forecast in the 2.50 Wincanton! I had Heart Locket at 10/1 each-way in the 3.00 Newcastle, but best in Wordiness dropped out tamely, as did second best Rocktherunway, and Woodacre missed the break and never recovered! Several of the 3.10 Market Rasen were out to pull up, so it was an outsider that won! I had the third and fourth both each-way and the prices showed what they expected today! It appears that if you eliminate horses with an outstanding first place, you can narrow the field nicely! i had the forecast twice in the 3.25 Wincanton. The thrown in Space War would run a dud today in the 3.35 Newcastle. Why do they always do that? Thorntoun Lady was my only return, and that was only third! Keep an eye on National Service and Bay Mirage soon. I had Infinite Sun at 14/1 and Western Ryder for the forecast in the 3.45 Market Rasen! King's horse disappointed considering the stable's form in these races. Back almost square again on the day! I had Miracle Cure to win the 4.00 Wincanton, but nothing for the forecast! Best in Border Bandit took the lead in the 4.10 Newcastle, only to drop out late on and must win soon (out of the handicap here). I had Faintly to win, but second best Cool Strutter typically finished fourth (getting rid of a first place) and will also win soon. I did a Lucky 31 at Chelmsford in the evening and got two winners, Free Zone at 12/1 and Curzon Line at 5/1 to give me a nice profit, but both Intransigent and Breakheart should have done better, so make a note for the future. Makfar (7/1 winner) was my second choice for the last race, so wish I had done that one now! You can usually tell when Balding's are big prices that they are not going to figure, but I took a chance!

16th November: I did not back or watch the races today, and pleased to say that I did not miss anything of significance as regards my expected runners!

15th November: You cannot always tell from the prices in maidens, and I missed Cumani's Manangatang at 16/1 in the 12.25 Lingfield! Did not even have a recognised jockey on board! You would think there would be some indication! My selections finished out of the places! Best in Houndscourt was not out to win the 12.45 Southwell, but must do better off this mark, and both Brave Helios (third) and Moscow Menace were disappointing. The latter was out of the handicap, but will pop up soon. Not a great start today! I had Melting Dew at 7/1 in the 12.55 Lingfield (first and third), but the favourite could not quite get there for my forecasts! I had Taroum to win the 1.05 Fakenham with Jonagold for the forecast (first three home), but was hoping that Debt To Society would finish in the first two. I had Churchtown Champ to win the 1.15 Southwell, but did not want Pearl Swan in the frame (should have known better). I had Swiss Cross to win and Rigolleto for the forecast in the 1.25 Lingfield, but Seek The Fair Land did not complete my tricast and should have done much better (one to note next time out). I had Queen Spud in a straight forecast with Dawnieriver in the 1.35 Fakenham. The thrown in Swaledale Lad was a big price in the 1.45 Southwell and ran accordingly, but should be a certainty when wanted. I almost got the winner with Agincourt Reef! Riddlestown looked to be going well, then stopped as if shot, so another to bear in mind. I also had Ballycash each-way in fourth. I had Baddilini and Duke Cosimo third and fourth in the 1.55 Lingfield, but kept looking at Salvatore Fury! I had Lift The Lid to win the 2.05 Fakenham, but no forecast. I had Ballymalin and Nobuttaboy each-way for the forecast in the 2.15 Southwell, but my main forecast finished third! I had system bet assassinate to win the 2.25 Lingfield, but should have included the favourite! I had the winning distance in the 2.35 Fakenham, but expected Join The Clan to win! Then I had Cajun Fiddle to beat Katie Gale in the 2.45 Southwell. Jacbequick was my only return in the 2.55 Lingfield, and you can't boil an egg by these Godolphin hotpots most of the time! Both Frank N Fair and Solstice Dawn failed to place in the 3.05 and you can see why I hate small races with no value! The thrown in Hi Tide was setting up a system bet in the 3.15 Southwell and must win soon! The same applied to Yourholidayisover, which subsided into third once it had taken the lead and can also win soon. I had Al Khan to win the 3.25 Lingfield, with Exchequer for the forecast and Corporal Maddox each-way in third. Pity no tricast available! The wretched Marky Bob gave away any chance in the 3.35 Fakenham. Why must they do these stupid things? Still, I had the forecast with Mercian King and That's The Deal. I had Agamemmom and Linenhall both each-way in the 3.45 Southwell, but no forecast! The thrown in Mr Marchwood threw in a dud in the 3.55 Lingfield, and Dusty Raven was my only return. I always note horses that are shorter in the betting than their form warrants! The winner had no form of note! I was a few pounds down on the day, but yesterday's profit allowed me to bet a little more extravagantly than usual!

14th November: I had Mitcd to win the 12.50 Musselburgh, but none of my other selections, including King's Chorister, Merchant Of Dubai and Arantes (fourth again) were out to figure! Chaos in the 1.05 Plumpton, but fortunately I still had three left in! Then I still could not get the correct forecast! Ridiculous once more! You assume that the odds-on favourite will win! No joy in the 1.20 Musselburgh, where the big prices on the outsiders meant what they said! Both Momkinzain and Alchimix were much better in than the two placed horses, but when they are not wanted, forget it! All it means it that they are waiting for a bigger race! I had system bet Mondlicht at 11/2 to win and Bassarabad in a reverse forecast in the 1.50 Musselburgh. No joy in the 2.00 Newcastle, but should have known that Prescott would be there! I had the first four home in the 2.10 Plumpton, but failed to get the forecast or tricast! Formidableopponent is having a laugh by coming second twice in a row in the 2.20 Muselburgh and should be able to win all of these races! A four-timer for Hughes which I did not consider! Yet again Kirby saddles two runners in the 2.30 Newcastle, but will he get the forecast this time? Well, I did have the forecast with Cavalieri and Alscacienne, but the thrown in Perennial must surely strike soon! I had the thrown in Letemgo, which finished like a rocket in the 2.40 Plumpton, but clearly only out for second place (they love doing that!). Both Madness Light and Extreme Impact can do much better (the latter always is made to look like hard work). I thought Marbeth looked a better bet for the forecast in the 2.50 Musselburgh, but they knew better! Not often any value! Three system bets first, second and third in the 3.00 Newcastle, and I included the wrong two for thr forecast! I had Itoldyou as best in for the 3.10 Plumpton, but no show today! I backed Minella On Line to win and had Venetian Lad each-way in third. I had Quick Decisson in the 3.20 Musselburgh, to give me two legs of my each-treble. I just need Smart Ruler to complete the treble. No chance! I also had Amuse Me each-way, but no forecast! Holiday Magic typically finished second in the 3.30 Newcastle after a series of duck's eggs, and I should have known that would happen, as they do it so often! I just wish they would do it at a longer price! Both Mont Ras and Free Code ran duds, to complete my frustration! No joy in the 3.40 Plumpton, although I included The Mighty Don in my forecasts! Well, a great result with Smart Ruler completing my treble and I also had the forecast with Stoneham! Nearly a £20 return on my treble for 20p! Then I had Kalk Bay (see 16th September) at 16/1 to win the 4.00 Newcastle and Rebel Surge each-way in third, just missing the forecast! That'll do for me today, with another great profit!

13th November: I missed the first three races, but system bet Aerial 12/1 winner of the 1.00 Fontwell! I am sure that Pete The Feat and Woodford County will both do better soon. I had Le Prezien and Hammersley Lake each-way for the forecast in the 1.20 Cheltenham. Then I had Remilluc and Gassin Golf both each-way in a forecast in the 1.35 Fontwell (and I almost included Disputed)! I had Simply Ned each-way in the 1.55 Cheltenham, but was disappointed with the run of Special Tiara, which should have won at the weights. I was also sorry to see the fall and potentially fatal injury to Simonsig. No joy in the 2.30 Cheltenham, where none of mine seemed to want to get into contention, including John Constable, which I am sure will do better soon. I had Peak To Peak and Clondaw Bistow in a forecast in the 2.45 Fontwell and one of my each-ways finished fourth, of course. I am sure My Wigwam Or Yours was not out to figure in the 3.05 Cheltenham, but will do much better soon. Chebsey Beau and Chic Theatre will also do better. Dropzone failed to win yet again in the 3.15 Fontwell, but typically did enough to run on for third. How I hate these tame efforts, but it will be a system bet next time. No show from the fancied runners in the 3.40 Cheltenham and sometimes I wonder what they are up to! Ridiculous! Well, a couple of pounds down today, but I can live with that!

12th November: I had Threebagsue to win and Kafella each-way. I was going to include system bet Diable De Sivola in the 12.40 Cheltenham, then put in King's horse instead, which fell at the last when in second place! Talk about luck! I had Kimberella each-way in the 1.50 Lingfield, but had Medicean Man as best in, so one to note! No forecast or each-way in the 1.05 Uttoxeter, although the second Above Board had good form. I looked at Melrose Boy too, but King's was very disappointing. I wondered why Aqalim was not second favourite in the 1.15 Cheltenham, as it was clear second best, and appeared to be throwing in a dud. Pulled up, and clearly waiting for a handicap. So that is why it was a big price! I hate those antics! It gives you no chance of a fair result! I had Grey Mirage (third, thought it had got second) each-way in the 1.25 Lingfield, but the wretched Captain Cat was getting rid of a first place, as I suspected and will do much better soon. I am sure they deliberately get themselves in a pocket so as not to figure! I had both Carry On Sydney and Tuscan Gold each-way in the 1.30 Wetherby, but not the winner! I had Batavir as best in for the 1.40 Uttoxter, but it made no attempt! None of my selections figured! Let's hope for better from the 1.50 Cheltenham! I was sure that Shotgun Paddy would figure in the 1.50 Cheltenham, but run out of it in the end! Un Ace and Unioniste can also do much better. Then I backed Shadows Lengthen in the 2.05 Wetherby and it fell at the first! What do you have to do? Then I thought I had a sure forecast with Aerlite Supreme and Indian Voyage in the 2.05 Wetherby, but both got pipped! A better result with Granville Island each-way at 33/1 in the 2.15 Uttoxeter, with Dartford Warbler just behind in fourth. I had Taquin De Seuil to win the 2.25 Cheltenham, with Buywise on my Lucky 15 in third. I had Some Invitation 6/1 and Monbeg Charmer in a forecast in the 2.40 Wetherby. I had Beauboreen each-way in the 2.50 Uttoxeter, but it should have won off this mark! I am convinced they let others win deliberately! I had Anteros at 25/1 each-way and Corrin Wood (thrown in, but only wanted second) on my Lucky 15 for the forecast in the 3.00 Cheltenham! System bet Eyes Of A Tiger 8/1 winner of the 3.15 Wetherby! The thrown in Lightning Rod finished only fourth and must do better soon. I had Jaunty Thor and Amantius for the forecast in the 3.25 Uttoxeter. Well, my internet went haywire at the end of the day and I could not get any further bets on, but I still ended well in profit. What a nice change!

11th November: A good start with Astracad to win and Ericht each-way for the forecast in the 12.55 Cheltenham! I was hoping that Lake View Lad would win the 1.05 Newcastle, but only second. Everything but the forecast in the 1.20 Lingfield, with Raayeh managing to get beaten into third in the final furlong! I had Un Beau Roman at 25/1 to win the 1.30 Cheltenham and almost got third with Defaoithesdream! I had Saint Gregory to win the 2.40 Newcastle, but I am still waiting for Andhaar to strike off this mark, as it must do soon! No placer at all in the 1.55 Lingfield, where I expected much better runs from Major Crispies and Take The Helm, so two to keep in mind! I hate getting no run, but you know they will come good sometime soon. Rock The Kasbah ran a strange race in the 2.05 Cheltenham, and with Barters Hill pulled up, I got no result! I had the first three home in the 2.15 Newcastle, including a win bet on system bet Book At Bedtime, the forecast and an each-way on Ribovadiva, which looked like winning until the run-in! A great result with system bet Carolinae to win and Mikmak each-way for the forecast in the 2.30 Lingfield! What a lovely profit (£10+ for less than a pound! The thrown in Marcret was on a dud run, so keep an eye on it for the future! Knew I should have included Peregrine Run in the 2.40 Cheltenham! I had Jet Master in the 2.50 Newcastle, but my other two did not figure. No forecast again in the 3.05 Lingfield, where I did not include Adalene! The one with fourth places always seems to run better than expected! I had Tudor City each-way in the 3,15 Cheltenham, but thought it was coming to win! The winner had a very low weight, which made the difference! I backed Nando to win the 3,25 Newcastle but was satisfied with the forecast with second and third favourites. I had Medicean Queen in third and Perfect Rhythm in fourth in the 3.40 Lingfield, but one of mine (Diletta Tomasa) was brought down in the closing stages. Should have checked the form of Marias Choice, which must win again off this mark! Anyway, made a good profit on the day, which is much better than the last few days!

10th November: I had Barista to win the 12.25 Southwell, and could have had the forecast if I had included my third best! Old General Tufto (66/1 third) was well handicapped but I did not include it! Keep an eye on East Coast Lady, which missed the break and must do better soon. I had The Lion Man as best in for the 12.45 Towester, but it finished fourth, of course. Earcomesthedream must also pop up soon. I had Unnoticed each-way in the 12.55 Southwell, but was hoping it would win! Best in Little Choosey threw in a dud run today (typical). No return from the 1.15 Towcester, where Angus Glens should have won, but finished only fourth, and Tobacco Road finished second! Top-rated Washington Blue never got involved in the 1.25 Southwell, but I did have Golden Opportunity each-way at a bigger price. Looking at the form afterwards, the winner had a good chance! I had Tara View to win and Happy Diva for the forecast in the 1.35 Ludlow. Best in Iora Glas typically finished out of the first two in the 1.45 Towcester, and was setting up a system bet for next time! I hate the way they usae these small races, but I should have been wise to it! I have had Noble Storm as thrown in for recent races, and it finished second in the 1.55 Southwell. Just a place wanted, I suspect! Elusivity has also come down massively in the weights and must pop up soon. I bet it will be backed then! Two of mine brought each other down in the 2.05 Ludlow and Brinestine failed to win again, although it laboured into third (I got 20/1). Time And Again is another thrown in horse when getting around. Vaughan always knows which of his is going to win! I wanted Forest Bihan to beat Zarib in the 2.15 Towcester, but I still had the forecast. A better result with Spin Doctor 12/1 to win and Parnassian for the forecast in the 2.25 Southwell! Tailors Row has been most disappointing and must do better soon. I left out Ballyhill from my forecasts in the 2.35 Ludlow and I always get that wrong! And I left the winner out again in the 2.45 Towcester! Impossible to work it out! My each-way bet Anna Barkova finished third in a seven horse race in the 3.55 Southwell and again I left out the winner! What do you have to do? Best in On The Bridge unseated rider in the 3.05 Ludlow. I can pick 'em! I could not get anything else to win or place! Bar De Ligne ran like a crab in the 3.15 Towcester and you have no chance when they run like that! Four horse races are a menace! Third and fourth in the 3.25 Southwell, with best in Best Tamayuz getting pipped into fourth by my other runner (system bet Captain Swift)! How annoying! The thrown in Houston Dynimo made no attempt in the 3.35 Ludlow and both Tamarillo Grove and She's Late failed to make any impression! How do we know they are going to run like crabs? At last a result with Robintheraven and Or De Vassy each-way for the forecast on the 3.45 Towcester (first three home). I wasted my free bet yet again on the thrown in Dr Red Eye in the 3.55 Southwell, and it seemed to have the race in the bag before tying up again! How I hate thrown in horses letting me down! The only consolation was that I had Alpha Tauri at 16/1 to win! Mr Chuckles is also long overdue a good run. Then I had Linger and Lord Huntingdon in a forecast in the 4.05 Huntingdon. Not a great day, but I had a couple of good results. No joy with Hazell Berry for my Lucky 15 in the 4.25 Chelmsford, but I feel sure it will do better, along with Snoozy Sioux. Let's hope my other three legs fare better!

9th November: I did not bet or watch racing today, but three notable winners in Lochnell 9/2, tipped by me last time out (see 29th October 'should pop up soon now'), Captain Scooby 3/1 and system bet Chookie Royale (see 25th March) 16/1!

8th November: Nothing would run properly for me in the first few races, including Wolf Sword (second), Kenstone (fell after leading most of the way) and Taroum, which must be waiting for a bigger race after tailing off. I am uncannily good at picking the ones that have no intention of winning when they should! My two each-ways finished third and fourth in the 2.10 Sedgefield and I had first and second on two different tickets. Some days you can't win! Both Ruacana and Beltor were well handicapped in the 2.20 Huntingdon, but the betting suggested they would not figure today, and so it proved, so keep an eye on both soon. I had Shimba Hills each-way in the 2.30 Lingfield, but would probably have preferred the forecast with Jelly Monger! These seven horse races are a menace, as you have to get first or second, and most of them are not out to place! Hi Tide is now overdue a win, as it has come up cruising recently. I cannot get Alderbrook Lad to run to form, but it must do so soon now! Again three each-way bets with no return. What a miserable day so far! Both Mount Vesuvius (what a disappointing animal) and Breaking The Bank failed to figure in the 3.20 Huntingdon and surely both must run better soon, along with American Life! Blast, I kept looking at the winner but did not back it! It seems very difficult to back against favourites today, and that is always bad news for me! I almost got the forecast in the 3.45 Sedgefield, but one got in the way again! Bowdlers Magic let me down yet again and I despair of that horse winning a race. One good, followed by one bad, time after time! A poor run from Flashman in the 4.05 Lingfield, completed a most forgettable day! No more of those, please! I give up! The only plus point is that I still have my free bet and have made a good contribution towards the next one.

7th November: Very little in the way of good news today, with several thrown in horses running abysmally, including Parish Business and Nexius, Hardstone, Royal Flag and Street Artist. Dystonia's Revenge sounded certain to place in the 3.25 Carlisle, then finished third in a seven horse race, with two other selections also out of the first two. There is just no consistency in the way they run them! I had the forecast in the 3.50 Newcastle. I had Codeshare 12/1 each-way in the 4.00 Carlisle and wish I had done the forecast with the winner, which I also fancied! The Sue Smith stable appears to be striking form! I had Satanic Beat each-way in the 4.10 Carlisle, but could not pick the winner! The thrown in Yair Hill was in the lead a furlong out in the 4.50 Newcastle, but finished out of the placings again! Jebel Tara and Solar Spirit must also do better soon! Best in Whozthecat failed to last home again in the 5.20 Newcastle, and second best Wahaab forced a dead-heat as a system bet!

6th November: Too many small races today and too many that should have won not winning, including Vivaldi Collonges. I thought I had a sure forecast with Copper Birch and Alanjou, before Globalisation came up to deprive me right on the line (still had Copper Birch in a dead-heat)! Alanjou must win soon. Then best in Royal Irish Hussar packed up tamely in the 2.50 Sandown and Beallandendall also failed to figure. I wasted my free bet on Hansupfordetroit (somebody else - idiots like me - backed it too) in the 3.05 Ffos Las and my other selections (Henllan Harri and Rock on Rocky - another front-runner for effect -) also finished out of the frame! Why can't they run properly when they should? All three of these can do much better. I thought Court By Surprise had the race won in the 3.25 Sandown, but no, pipped again! Best in Rocky Creek was also very poor. A bad day today! Sometimes they just seem to be out for a run, with no way of telling! A winner with system bet Guanciale at 5/1 in the 3.40 Ffos Las, but second best Flash Crash must be waiting for a bigger race! Should have stuck with Henderson in the 5.00 Sandown, but I did have the forecast (first three home). I looked to have a sure place with Orthodox Lad in the 4.15 Ffos Las, then the b... faded into fourth! You just know that that it was deliberate! Must do better soon, along with best in Rathealy (too big a price) and Calculated Risk (will it get rid of the other first place next?). Blast, Lac Sacre (second) was the only one of my top five that I did not back! Get Home Now will also do better after leading most of the way here. I can only assume that most of these did not compete because they were too closely handicapped, but it is so annoying when none of them make any effort! Oh, well, better luck? next time! No, it has little to do with luck, more with whether they are wanted or not! If every horse ran as it should, I'd be worth a fortune, but they don't allow that!

5th November: I backed in most of the later races, but no fireworks today! A few horses that will do better soon: Lexington Times, Fattsota, Musical Comedy, Arantes, Pastoral Player, Baileys Concerto, Splash of Ginge and Helium. That's a few to go on with!

4th November: Two thrown in horses in the 1.00 Fontwell, and they shared the lead for a long way, then dropped out, They were best in Arcamante and Spanish Fork, and surely both must do much better soon, although the latter has been a constant disappointment. Also keep an eye on Milly Malone, which is due soon. I had the forecast with Kelka and Quietly (the second at 16/1) in the 1.10 Hexham, but my each-way bet, Shy, typically finished fourth! And you wonder why they are 50/1! That's why! As is often the case, Kayfleur ran well below form in the 1.35 Fontwell to ruin my winning distance! What a wretched collection of three and four horse races so far today! I had the forecast in the 1.45 Hexham, not that it was worth much, then threw it away on the forecast at Down Royal! And then I did the winning distance in a two horse race and one of them fell! Marvellous! And next up, a four horse race! And, wonder of wonders, I backed one to win and the reverse forecast, and the one I backed to win fell when in the lead at the last and the other one won! Best in Solstice Dawn finished about fifth in the 2.25 Hexham, and will do better, along with Dutch Canyon. Three system bets first, second and third! When will I learn? A much better result with Angus Glens at 12/1 to win and Winning Ticket 3/1 for the forecast in the 2.35 Warwick! Now, that's better! Put me well in profit for the day! The thrown in Withy Mills was made to look like a right donkey in the 2.45 Fontwell, and these runs are nonsense! I also had Fine Resolve as better in than the winner, but some might say that it was nicely arranged! The thrown in Uriah Heep had no interest in winning the 2.55 Hexham, and both Suprise Vendor (unseated) and Midnight Chorister finished out of the frame. I would have backed the winner if I thought that would happen! A nice consolation with Vikekhal to win and the straight forecast with Brownville in the 3.10 Warwick. The wrong Russell winner for me in the 3.30 Hexham, with Morning Time well backed, but finishing fourth. How many times must it run before it wins, Lucinda? You are beginning to annoy me! Best in Captain Sharpe was a big price, which indicated it was not for today, and of course it pulled up! Ridiculous, but watch out for it soon now! Why is it when you back four well in horses, none of them place? Second and third in the 3.50 Newcastle, where Argaki was disappointing, but it was a big price today. The run of Davey Cricket was too bad to be true in the 3.55 Fontwell, and it was clearly only out for third place! Wish I had put all three in my forecasts, because these things happen a lot! I ended with Bescot Springs to win and Solway Sam for the forecast in the 4.00 Hexham, but was hoping that Dalmo (fifth) would fill my tricast at a massive price! The latter is also very well handicapped, so one to note for the future. Just a little bit up on the day, but better than losing! I had one more winning result with Odello and Katy P for the forecast in the 4.15 Warwick. Greatrex runners are always competitive in these bumpers.

3rd November: I did not back today, but I do not think I missed any of my regulars!

2nd November: A good start with my first bet, with Crowned Eagle in the 12.50 Nottingham. I tipped system bet Weapon of Choice recently (see 22nd October) but did not back it today, but I did have Rioja Day each-way in second. The still thrown in Nafaath ran a listless race in fourth, but will win more races. They love to muddy the waters! I chose Lillington (fourth) as my third choice for my forecasts in the 1.10 Chepstow, so got only first, third and fourth! I had the forecast in the 1.20 Nottingham, although I thought the second had got pipped on the line! The thrown in The Ice Factor finished fourth at a big price in the 1.30 Musselburgh and will do much better at some point, as it clearly had a lot left which the jockey did not use! I had a feeling about Tizzard's second string in the 1.45 Chepstow with figures of -440, but left it out! How crafty can you get (1-2)? Paddys Motorbike seemed determined to jump sloppily when needed and I suspect that was deliberate. I had system bet Gracious John at 12/1 in the 1.55 Nottingham and almost got the forecast with Justice Good, but the latter did not count in a seven horse race! Maarek ran like a crab and will do better at some point. I backed Golden Town each-way in the 2.05 Musselburgh but did not include it in my forecasts! It looked to have no chance at one point, then ran on like a train! I had the forecast in the 2.15 Chepstow with Yes Daddy each-way in second. The thrown in Elusivity was in the lead half a furlong out in the 2.30 Nottigham, but predictably faded at a massive price. Must win more races off this mark, but the stable don't usually win at big prices. I had Grandads World as second best, but no show and will do better. I did have Rosina in third. Two system bets first and second in the 2.40 Musselburgh, but the thrown in Dark And Dangerous jumped like a donkey (no doubt as planned) and can do much better. Best in Grams And Ounces was a big price in the 2.50 Chepstow and will do better soon. I had second and third with Third Act and Lilac Tree, so should have included the favourite! I had Ballesteros in the 3.00 Nottingham and just missed the forecast with Bondi Beach Boy. Keep an eye on Merdon Castle, which is surely due soon. The thrown in Andahaar refuses to win, ut surely must soon off this mark. Despite a faller and a refuser to race, I still could not get the forecast, and the winner was the last one I wanted! I had Wizards Bridge to win the 3.20 Chepstow, but no forecast as usual! Then I had horsforth to win the 3.30 Nottingham, so a good few minutes! I was suspicious of the price of Beau Mistral and of course it finished fourth in a 14 horse race! Formidableopponent just failed to get a six-timer, but this was probably just a temporary blip. I had No Such Number as best in, so keep it in mind for the future! I am an expert at picking the wrong horse in four horse races (3.50 Chepstow)! Whatever I pick finishes third or fourth! I finished with system bet Favorite Girl at 14/1 in the 4.00 Nottingham! Both Polar Forest and Indian Chief must do much better soon. Just a little down on the day, but some good priced winners!

1st November: I had Monte Cinq at 10/1 in the 1.30 Wolverhampton and the forecast in the 1.20 Exeter. I could not pick Bunker Hill Lass for the forecast in the 1.40 Redcar, but I backed the winner and had the third each-way at 22/1. Keep an eye on Percy's Gal (fourth), which I had as clear second best, so handicaps beckon soon. I had Silk Mill Blue as very well in for the 2.00 Wolverhampton, and somebdy else thought so too, but no show, so keep an eye on it soon. Best in Essenaitch made no attempt in the 2.10 Redcar, and the same applied to Desert Ruler and Forever A Lady at a big price. All three of these must do better soon. I had Dodging Bullets each-way in the 2.20 Exeter, but kept looking at Sir Valentino but did not back it! I thought Everkyllachy was going to come through in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, but in the end finished just out of the places. Galahad looked to be going best, but dropped out tamely and will do better. The thrown in Tres Coronas made no attempt in the 2.40 Redcar, Indy also dropped out tamely and Imshivalla was going like a dream in front, then managed to finish fourth. Really frustrating! I had the first three all each-way in the 3.00 Wolverhampton, but no forecast, as I had the thrown in Dr Red Eye as my main bet! That one must win soon off this mark (system bet next time). I had Caulfields Venture to win the 3.20 Exeter. Highland Acclaim must win a race before long (third today in the 3.30 Wolverhampton) and poor runs from both Top Boy and Oriental Relation. There is no point in backing these horses when they make no attempt! Three thrown in runners for Kirby in the 4.40 Redcar, and two of them (Triple Eight and Perennial) finished second and third at big prices, but I was hoping for a forecast! Phare Isle was most disappointing after travelling well in the 3.50 Exeter and will do better soon. There were so many well in horses at massive prices in the 4.10 Redcar and none of them figured, so I have to assume they were all on dud runs. My picks were Slim Chance, Adiator and Secret Millionaire, but you might as well throw your money down the drain as back any of them. Why do they make no attempt, and do the connections of the placed horses know that? No money for the thrown in Baccalaureate in the 4.20 Exeter, so back it when there is any (the Frosts always back them when they are wanted)! Second best Dropzone finished like a rocket, but failed to get the win, so I assume that was deliberate too! At least I had that one each-way at a bigger price. Louis Ludwig can also do better. Don't know what happened to Spice Fair in the 4.40 Kempton, but it was never sighted! Too bad to be true, so look out for it next time. I had Quoteline Direct in the 5.00 Wolverhampton each-way on my Lucky 15 at 25/1, but that was the only one that came in! Also keep an eye on Breakheart, especially if a shorter price than expected. They have to wait until the form figures are just right (it's a habit).

31st October: Not much to report today, but I did have a few winners and forecasts, and kept myself either in profit or just below all afternoon, so very enjoyable! Mount Vesuvius was the only one that I could say deliberately finished third, and I got old Spock to win at last after it finished only second for my free bet last time! I would recommend backing both Cruise In Style (badly hampered today) and Bobble Boru on their next outings. I had John Biscuit to win and Hermosa Vaquera both each-way for the forecast in the 4.10 Plumpton to round off a nice day! I am not going to wait for the remainder of the Kempton races, but I wish all the best to the injured jockeys, including Jim Crowley and Andrea Atzeni (I think).

30th October: My Brother Sylvest in the 1.20 Huntingdon was clear at the weights and one of my bankers for the day, but as so often recently, did not run to its best and folded into second place. Perhaps Pipe got rid of it because it had lost a lot of its form, but I expect it to win again off its current weight. The winner was not on my shortlist, so I got no return at all! System bet Gurkha Brave gave me a nice winner at 14/1 in the 1.35 Carlisle and I wish I had used my free bet on it! Should have looked at Voice Control in the 1.55 Huntingdon, as My Mo ran far too badly to be true, and my each-way bet finished last! I had Arantes as best in for the 2.10 Carlisle, but the big price proved correct! That horse should win soon, whether over jumps or on the flat, where it is also thrown in! Like A Diamond looked a sure winner for a long way, and I am sure it will last home soon. And as usual I backed the second to win! I had Norse Light and That's The Deal at 33/1 both each-way in the 2.30 Huntingdon. The latter was thrown in, despite being out of the handicap, but as usual with Cornwall's they rarely win! I had Carrigdhoun to win the 2.45 Carlisle, but best in Full Jack did not make any effort and will do better soon. I think Milborough (fifth) will also do better, and Theatrical Star looked sure to figure before dropping out. I wasted my free bet on best in Flemi Two Toes, which consented to run on for fourth (why not third?) in the 3.00 Huntingdon! I did have the winner, but Inch Rover also disappointed for my forecast! Best in Upsilon Bleu travelled well, but dropped out tamely in the 3.15 Carlisle and will do better soon. That's two of Robson's horses that should have won today! Blast, I was going to include Definitly Red with Onefitzall, but changed my mind! If I had followed my shortlist I would have had the tricast (not that it paid much at the prices)! Although I backed Jim Dandy to win the 3.35 Huntingdon, I was quite pleased when Tasty Ginger went past it for my forecast. I suspect that Jim Dandy could have won, but backed out too tamely! And we finished with three races in which I had little interest, although I fancied that Seeyouatmidnight might win the 3.50 Carlisle. I did six best in horses on two patents today and guess what? Not one of them finished in the first three! Just shows you that it does not matter how well in they are, if they are told not to win, they won't. Hence the big prices in many cases. I did finish with Dubai Or Not Dubai to win and Kelpies Myth for the forecast. About £3 down on the day, not bad for an afternoon's entertainment! You could pay more than that for a coffee in some places! On a different note, I was delighted to see Dominika Cibulkova win the WTA Championships, as she has been one of my favourite players for several years, and her attitude and commitment is an example to all! You just cannot give more to the sport!

29th October: I had San Benedeto each-way in the 1.55 Ascot, Festive Affair each-way in the 2.25, Stephanie Frances to win the 2.10 Wetherby, Master Of Finance and the forecast in the 2.05 Ayr. Then I had Fred Le Macon to win the 2.35 Ayr and Jet Master (which should have won) each-way on my Lucky 15. Keep an eye on Lochnell, which should pop up soon. I then had Silsol as the first leg of another Lucky 15 and Native River for the forecast in the 2.45 Wetherby! Fergall looked sure to at least place in the 3.00 Ascot, but in the end finsihed a close fourth! Hint Of Mint was my Lucky 15 selection, but dropped out very tamely and will do better. Should have stuck with the obvious system bet Sternrubin (12/1 winner)! I had Pekanheim (third) as best in for the 3.10 Ayr, with Supreme Asset (second) and Toledo Gold (fourth) just behind, but they all lost out to Halcyon Days! I had Dynaste as best in for the 3.20 Wetherby, but it dropped out far too tamely for my liking! Must win a similar race before long. Virak was also disappointing. Saphir Du Rheu at least placed for the second leg of my Lucky 15, and should win again soon. Both Vercingetorix and Indian Voyage (a fast finishing fourth) finished unplaced in the 3.45 Ayr, so keep an eye on both soon, as they should have done better. I had Ozzie The Oscar to win and Zipple Back for the forecast in th 3.55 Wetherby. Keep an eye on Ansaab, as I am sure it will do better soon, either on the flat or over jumps. A better result with Energia Davos at 11/1 to win the 4.05 Newmarket! I knew it would win sometime! The other horses seemed to do their best not to win! I had Minstrel Royal each-way in the 4.10 Ascot, but it looked sure to win at the last! Best in Deauville Dancer and Emperor Commodos must do better soon. The thrown in Presenting Junior let me down for the final leg of my Lucky 15 and was clearly not wanted today! Look out for it in a bigger race, as it could clearly have done much better. I did have Final Assault each-way in second. I had Zeroeshadesofgrey to win the 4.30 Wetherby and backed it when it was second favourite. I had the forecast in the 4.45 Ascot. I had Space Ship in the 4.55 Ayr and could not believe its price at the off (7/1)! First, third and fourth, of course! The thrown in Surf And Turf was a big price in the 5.05 Wetherby (not symmetrical today), but, despite going like a dream dropped out into... yes, you've guessed it! seventh place! I hate to see a horse deliberately give way, but I should have been warned by the price! A sure winner when wanted. Also keep an eye on Crookstown and Tuscan Gold soon. I had Free Code each-way in the 5.15 Newmarket, but best in Chiswick Bey looked sure to figure before dropping out and will win again. I left out the gambled on Hard As A Rock in the 5.20 Ascot, but still could not get the forecast! I had Formidableopponent for the fifth time in the 5.30 Ayr and Gleann Na Ndochais in third, but second best Sean Airgead made so many mistakes it must have been deliberate! Keep an eye on that one, which will do better soon.

28th October: I did not back today.

27th October: I started backing mid-afternoon after watching the tennis, but nothing outstanding to report apart from a few big-priced places and a few forecasts. I feel sure that Hi Dancer, Barren Brook and Choral Festival will pop up again soon, Two system bets at 33/1 and 18/1 second and third in the 4.50 Lingfield. Russian Royale was getting rid of a first place in the 5.10 Sedgefield and will also do better. Damn, I backed Bowdlers Magic in that race and it led almost all the way, then finished fifth! I kept looking at Tennesse Bird because of its form figures but did not back it! I had the first three home each-way in the 5.20 Lingfield, but missed the forecast by one place!

26th October: I did not back or even check results today, so no doubt missed a few of my regulards, but I would rather not know!

25th October: I had the first two on my shortlist for the 1.20 Catterick, but missed he race. I had the forecast in the 1.30 Chepstow (first three home). Best in The Hooded Claw did not give me the first leg of my Lucky 15 despite leading most of the way! Will do better very soon. I had third and fourth with Ancient Astronaut and Dandyleekie. Keep an eye on See The Storm, which I think will pop up soon. Best in Iora Glas could not quite peg back the winner in the 2.00 Chepstow for my Lucky 15, but at least it was a place! Keep an eye on Ashford Wood, which I had as second best. I had the forecast in the 2.10 Bangor with an each-way on Barwick in third. I had Ballesteros in the 2.20 Catterick, but was hoping that stablemate and second best Mehdi would at least place! Vincentti was also lack lustre today. Best in Filatore was very disappointing in fourth in the 2.30 Chepstow, and Istimraar could not win either! A very suspicious result all round as those two were clear on the ratings! I had Hunters Hoof as second best in the 2.40 Bangor, but it ran poorly in third for my forecast! Unfit or just a dud run? I had the forecast in the 2.55 Catterick, but best in Northside Prince ran a dud (again!) for my tricast. Tamarillo Grove gave me an each-way double on my Lucky 15 and must win a similar race soon. I had Shantou Tiger at 7/1 in the 3.15 Bangor, but best in Dalmo was not out to figure, and of course third best Millie Malone finished fourth at a massive price! Also keep an eye on American Life, which is due a better run soon. The thrown in Lucky Beggar was too big a price to be competing in the 3.25 Catterick, and second best Lexington Times finished about fifth. I did have Boots And Spurs each-way in second, but only as about my fifth best! Keep an eye on the two aforementioned (sure winners when wanted) and Rusty Rocket, which is sure to run better soon. I had Thistlecrack and Aqalim each-way for the forecast in the 3.35 Chepstow, but I thought the latter was going to back out for a moment! I had Humbel Ben to win the 3.45 Bangor, but best in Swaledale Lad threw in a dud and Spread Boy can also do better, the latter two both leading early on. Best in English Summer almost pulled up in the 4.00 Catterick, so that is a good sign for next time! Second best Astra hall dropped out after threatening and Sunglider obligingly ran on for fourth (b...)! These are just cosmetic runs! I had Elegant Escape at 10/1 (I took 11/2 with best odds) to win and Persian Delight for the forecast in the 4.05 Chepstow (first three home)! The thrown in Danceintothelight decided to come third today in the 4.15 Bangor, making it a system bet next time! Second best Rock On Rocky dropped out tamely and will also do better. I had Whipphound and Jacob's Pillow in a forecast in the 4.30 Catterick, the former coming from out of the clouds to win. I was expecting better runs from best in Sir Geoffrey, which led briefly, and Mercers Row, both of which must do better very soon. I had both Dropzone (see 14th October) and Taroum (second and third) at huge prices on my shortlist for the 4.35 Chepstow but missed the race through watching the 4.30! How annoying at big prices! They deliberately only place when they could win the race easily! I had first and second on my shortlist for the 4.45 Bangor, but only had time to back the second each-way! Still, it's a profit at 14/1! Pity, would have been a good forecast! I did not back Robbian today after backing it last time, so it must be one of those big improvers! I did have Kodimoor each-way, but Bapak Bangsawan was not out to win today, so look out for it very soon now! Balliol is another that will do better. Overall today I was a little down on yesterday, but am still well in profit over the last fortnight.

24th October: Second and fourth for no return in the 1.40 Leicester, but I had the winner, Chipping at 4/1 and the third Harvest Moon at 8/1 each-way in the 1.50 Redcar. I had fourth and fifth for my each-way bets in the 2.00 Ayr, which is always frustrating! None of my selections placed in the 2.10 Leicester, although it sounded as if Misty Moo had every chance, and both Yorkshire Star and Hazell Berry should do better. I could not pick the winner in the 2.20 Redcar, but had Angel Palanas each-way (not much profit in that!). I had first and third for my forecasts in the 2.30 Ayr and knew I should have backed system bet Mr Monochrome to win! I could not have Infiniti on the ratings in the 2.40 Leicester, but somebody knew otherwise! I had Cockney Island as clear best in, but it never got a mention! Keep that one in mind soon! I did have Dodgy Bob each-way in second, however. I had system bet Sofia's Rock to win the 2.50 Redcar and the forecast. I had Bescot Springs on my Lucky 15 in the 3.05 Ayr and Solway Sam both each-way. Best in Pintura was a massive price in the 3.15 Leicester and ran accordingly, but it has won at big prices in the past and I am sure it will run better soon. I had second best God Willing each-way in second. Also keep an eye on Fox Trotter. Clear best Italian Beauty ran a stinker in fourth in the 3.25 Redcar and how can you explain that? I had Devious Spirit each-way but thought it was going to win! Quick Decisson gave me an each-way double on my Lucky 15, but never looked likely to trouble the winner, probably deliberately, so I ended with second, third and fourth! A better result with system bet Cuttin' Edge to win and Stanhope for the forecast both each-way in the 3.45 Leicester! Best in Rockliffe was a big price in the 3.55 Redcar because it was on a dud run (system bet next time). I detest backing horses that are not out to figure! I had Torremar on my shortlist, but Adherence also dropped out far too tamely! So Satisfied gave me an each-way treble on my Lucky 15 in the 4.10 Ayr and I also had the winner and forecast! I had John Reel each-way in the 4.20 Leicester, but best in Fattsota (third) should have won, but was too big a price (stablemate of the winner, wink, wink)! Buonarroti can also do better soon, probably in a bigger race. You have to watch these Ed Walker horses, as they always seem to pop up when not expected (25/1 in the 4.30 Redcar). I had the first two on my shortlist for the 4.50 Leicester, but diud not include either in my forecasts! Cool Echo should have been involved, so one to note for the future. Be Bold (see 14th October) gave me a win double on my Lucky 15 and completed my each-way four timer and accumulator! I had Piazon as best in, so one to note soon! That's over £20 profit on those two bets, and I don't get the accumulator up very often! I finished with Teversham each-way at 50/1 in the 5.20 Leicester and also had Poor Duke each-way, but neither was in my forecasts, where the thrown in Living Leader and Celtic Sixpence should have done much better and should do soon! That's another £5 in the bank from small stakes!

23rd October: I was watching the tennis and snooker today, so did not back or check many results.

22nd October: I had the first three in the right order on my shortlist for the 1.15 Newbury, but did not back in the race! I had third and fourth in the 1.35 Doncaster, with Sennockian Star (fourth) looking a sure winner until the final strides and American Artist. Hit The Jackpot also threatened briefly and must do better soon. Fourth and fifth in the 1.45 Newbury, with Sea Fox just getting pipped for third in the final strides! Second and third again in the 1.50 Cheltenham with Keltus and system bet Silver Man! I'll get a winner sometime! And here it comes, with Kalaniti (I got 14/1) in the 2.00 Kelso! Second and third again with Tomily and Nuclear Power in the 2.05 Doncaster! I am sure there is more to come from Grizzel when wanted. How can we tell that a 78 rated horse can improve that much? I think that is far too devious! Another 20/1 winner for Balding in the 2.20 Newbury and I kept looking at it because of its form figures! I had Kings Fete in third and Sumbal in fourth! Western Hymn has been constantly disappointing and must pop up soon! On ratings No Duffer should have figured in the 2.25 Cheltenham, but its price was suspicious and so it proved in the race! They must know they are not going to figure! I had winner and second on two separate tickets (always the way!). Why is there so rarely any value? Wonder if Balding is going to have another big-priced winner with Dungannon? Would be a nice treble if they have done it! The 2.35 Kelso was a nonsense as regards ratings, with best in Urban Hymn running like a crab and the same for Warriors tale! I had Bogart (thrown in on old form) each-way in the 2.40 Doncaster, but I should have kept the winner on the right side, as it seems limitless in ability! Keep an eye on Dungannon, which must pop up soon off this mark, and Dutch Masterpiece can also do better (dud run here). I had What About Carlo to win the 2.50 Newbury. Sixth Sense looked like winning, then dropped out like a limp rag and clearly a trial run with no intent here! Gratzie has also been kicking its heels recently and I am sure they are aiming at something soon. I had Sceaux Royal to win the 3.05 Cheltenham, but still could not get the forecast with the other two best in! I always have a suspicion that these races are concocted between them all, but I would not say so publicly (lol!). I had Scotswell and Pena Dorada both each-way in the 3.10 Kelso, but no joy in the 3.15 Doncaster, which I just caught the end of! Forgotten Hero is one that I feel sure will run better again soon. I had the forecast in the 3.20 Newbury, but backed the wrong one to win! A better result with Fox Norton 5/2 to win and Sizing Platinum 10/1 each-way for the forecast in the 3.30 Cheltenham! I was afraind that Owen Na View was going to cost me a possible tricast, but it did not quite fill third place! I had the forecast in the 3.40 Kelso, but my each-way bet finished third in a seven horse race, of course (what else?). I had the forecast in the 3.50 Doncaster, but backed the wrong each-way (choice of two) for third place! I had Cool Baranca in the 4.15 Kelso and used the extra fee bet I got from an earlier race! A pity that neither of my others filled the places, including Sultana Belle or stablemate Weapon Of Choice, which I am sure is due soon. I had system bet King Of Naples to win the 4.25 Doncaster, but several of my others figured at one point or other. I had Letmestopyouthere each-way in the 4.30 Newbury, and had a feeling about Jetsetter at a big price. I did all the obvious bets in the 4.40 Cheltenham, but the form did not work out at all, with best in Brother Tedd clearly out to run a dud and the others allowing the rag to come second! Impossible when they run them like that! I hate it when they have other races in mind! The thrown in Moscow Menace was clearly not out to figure in the 4.50 Kelso, and My Idea looked sure to win before dropping out and unseating rider. That was probably deliberate, so one to keep an eye on. A pity, as I also fancied first and second but did not back either! A fantastic result in the 5.05 Newbury with Dawaa 12/1 and Links Drive Lady 25/1 both each-way for the forecast! I also had Rebel Surge in fourth and was glad I did not do the tricast as I would have been cursing! Still, well back in profit now! Should have stuck with Nicholls in the 5.15 Cheltenham, as Henderson's are not always reliable. My choice, Kalanisi Circle was there almost all of the way before fading. I can pick 'em! Keighley does well in this sphere (second at 20/1). The thrown in Willie Hall ran a predictably bad race at the prices in the 5.25 Kelso and they make them look such donkeys when they know what they have under them! It is this aspect of racing which I find most distasteful, as there is no honesty about it! Kings Chorister, although out of the handicap is another that is long overdue a good run (threatened nicely here until dropping out). I missed the 5.35 Doncaster, but would have backed Sovereign Debt (amazing price, which always makes me suspicious)!

21st October: i did not back or watch racing today, but a good result on yesterday's Lucky 15, with a winner at 15/2 and two places at Wolverhampton! I did two Lucky 15's yesterday, resulting in two winners and four places from eight runners, but no massive profit!

20th October: I don't often back at evening meetings, especially Kempton, where my results are not good, so was annoyed last night to miss system bet Munsarim at 12/1 (that's twice I have missed it when it won) and Spiritual Star also came second at 8/1, but I am sure that one will win soon now. Also keep an eye on Jammy Guest, especially if it is backed in the near future. Dark Confidant (see 2nd August, last time out!) was another winner that I missed and have backed a few times recently. And finally from last night, Galuppi will also pop up soon off this mark (not quite as well in as Munsarim). Ah, I see we have three jumps meetings today! let's hope for a few good results, as I usually do better in that sphere (touch wood). Rockliffe travelled and jumped well most of the way in the 2.00 Ludlow and I was disappointed when it did not last home. I am sure it will do better in this sphere. I missed the forecast too, and knew I should have had a bet on Inn The Bull! I had Catching Shadows each-way in the 2.20 Carlisle, but looked sure to get the forecast before one stupid horse got in the way! I had Capeland and Book Direct each-way for the forecast in the 2.20 Newton Abbot. Starvin Marvin was my other each-way, finishing just out of the frame. I had Brave Helios each-way on my Lucky 15 in the 2.30 Carlisle, and my others finished fourth and fifth, including best in Hepijeu, which finished fourth again (they love to do that). Tikkandemickey was the second leg of my Lucky 15 and I got 6/1 on it! Best in Bennys Girl was threatening to win the 2.55 Newton Abbot until making a mistake, and second best Mount Prospex also failed to figure. I feel sure both of these are waiting for bigger races soon. After Eight Sivola was disappointing in the 3.05 Ludlow, and I had the winner on my forecasts, but nothing else! Up And Go should have won the 3.20 Carlisle and I feel sure they let the others win! Snowed In was disappointing although threatening to place, and second best Bonzo Bing ran like a crab and must do better when wanted. The two best in for the 3.40 Ludlow, Frozen Over and Maoi Chinn Tire both looked sure to figure, but dropped out tamely (dud runs)! That ruined my Lucky 15 treble! It was my fourth best, Lilac Tree, that finished third! Harry The Viking looked a sure winner in the 3.55 Carlisle before getting pipped on the run-in, but gave me a nice each-way treble on my Lucky 15! That put me back in profit! The thrown in Rathealy was a big price in the 4.05 Newton Abbot, and that was the only one I had time to back, but I had first and second on my shortlist, including the system bet 25/1 second! You can usually tell when Pipe's are going to win, as they are usually short to middling prices! Hollow Bay looked a sure winner in the 4.15 Ludlow, but just pipped on the line again! Best in Fred Le Macon dropped out very tamely and cost me the tricast, as I had first and second! They always have to throw in these dud runs! If I had stuck to my shortlist I would have had the forecast! Best in Edlomond unseated rider in the 4.45 Newton Abbot and I feel sure they often do that deliberately when getting rid of a first place. Second best Boss In Boots also ran like a crab! I used my free bet on Spock in each-way the 4.50 Ludlow, but just pipped on the line, but the good news is that I also backed the winner and forecast! Still well back in profit on the day! Tribal Dance refuses to run a proper race, but must pop up soon in a similar race, along with Go On Henry. The thrown in Brinestine continues to run out of the places and it must win soon. I had Cafe Au Lait and Orthodox Lad as also very well in, but they won't win until they want them! Even the favourite Knights Reward was only out for a place, as they do so often! I wish they would win once and for all, instead of this endless tantalising! System bet New Member 13/2 winner of the 5.20 Ludlow, but there was no way that Beallandendall should have been out of the first two. These antics drive me mad at times! Whatever happened to integrity in racing? Has there ever been that much? Even second best Sweeping Rock ran like a crab, and there is always this manoeuvring for better prices! I had Dubai Angel to win (I got 15/8) and Al Shahir for the forecast in the 5.30 Carlisle, but I cannot believe how badly Better Back Bracka ran, so one to look out for, possibly in a novice hurdle. I did an evening Lucky 15 at Chelmsford and had Pussy Galore each-way at 14/1 as the first leg.

19th October: I had White Chocolate as the first on my shortlist for the 1.30 Newmarket but did not back. I had first and third on my shortlist for the 1.40 Fontwell. I got 6/1 on system bet Foxtail Hill in the 1.50 Worcester, narrowly missing the third too. I had Sulafah each-way in the 2.00 Newmarket, with second, third and fourth for my forecasts. My internet connection suddenly went berzerk and would not register any of my bets, so I hope that Parish Business does not win at a big price, as I missed it! And it did win, the b... and at 14/1! I absolutely detest that when I was going to back it! Keep an eye on Letemgo, which I had as second best and ran a stinker! I had a good mind to use my free bet on Parish Business, so you can see how seething I am! Some consolation with Fayette County and Churchtown Champ both each-way for the forecast in the 2.55 Worcester! I had Manchego each-way in the 3.05 Newmarket, but did not include it in my forecasts! Charmix ran poorly for my main forecast in the 3.30 Fontwell, but I did have a saver on the next best. I had Montys Award (I got 9/1) to win and Old Harry Rocks each-way in third in the 3.30 Worcester! I did a straight forecast on Dreamfield to beat Top Score in the 3.40 Newmarket, hoping they were not going to pull a fast one for the same owners! Best in Generous Helpings should have won the 3.55 Fontwell, but as I backed it to win, it was no good! I had Mesut (led for a long way) as second best in, and Burgess Dream (fourth) can also do much better, so keep an eye on both soon. I had Herbert Park to win the 4.05 Worcester, but was disappointed with both Nexius, which looked like winning, and Letbeso, which should have done better. I had first and second (but I had the second each-way) on two separate tickets in the 4.05 Newmarket! Grrr.... They love to deceive people by backing the wrong horse, but the winner was by Frankel! Second and third in the 4.30 Worcester with an each-way on Versifier. I had Tearsofclewbay and system bet Passmore 10/1 each-way for the forecast in the 4.40 Worcester. No joy in the 4.50 Newmarket, which was a bit of a lottery to pick! I had Ruby Russet each-way in the 5.00 Fontwell, but none of the fancied runners made any impression! You often think that have run badly deliberately! I had Monbeg Charmer on the nose in the 5.10 Worcester, but one of my forecast bets went wrong and the other ran like a crab!

18th October: I had a couple of each-ways early on and just missed the forecast in the 2.20 Yarmouth with first and third. Although the thrown in Houston Dynimo dropped out tamely in the 2.40 Exeter ( a sure winner soon), I had a great result with Gingili and The Wealer Dealer both each-way at 8/1 and 9/1 for the forecast! I had Song Maker each-way in the 2.50 Yarmouth but did not include it in my forecasts (I had first and third in that respect). Then I had system bet Jaywalker at 16/1 in the 3.00 Newcastle! Keep an eye on the thrown in Willbeme for any money soon, and Kommander Kirkup is another that I expect to win soon. Best in Wizards Bridge dropped out tamely in the 3.10 Exeter (must win off this mark) and Caulfields Venture was my only return. I expected the thrown in Regal Parade to run better in the 3.20 Yarmouth but it still refuses to win! I had Leonard Thomas each-way, and Refuse Colette seemed to be going best for much of the way, but did not finish off and will do better. The thrown in Pearl Acclaim was on a dud run in the 3.30 Newcastle, but must win soon off this mark. I had second and third with Buccaneers Vault and system bet Duke Cosimo. I also feel that Personal Touch will do better soon. Mezendore had the second best form in the 3.40 Exeter, but refused to compete for second place, and that was probably deliberate. I had Harwoods Volante to win the 3.50 Yarmouth, but best in Vimy Ridge was on a dud run and will do much better soon, along with Merdon Castle. I had system bet Henpecked each-way in the 4.00 Newcastle, but expected better from Thermal Column and Hussar Ballad was too big a price. What a nailbiter with Old Guard just getting up to beat Imperial Presence, which it never really looked like doing! I bet it was a massive price on the exchanges! I had a feeling about Robbian in the 4.20 Yarmouth and backed it each-way at 33/1! Wish I had used my free bet on that one! I had system bet Green Howard each-way at 14/1 in the 4.30 Newcastle, but Ingleby Angel and Ralphy Boy did not figure as my best in! I thought Scheu Time had the race in the bag in the 4.40 Exeter, but just pipped on the line (b...)! I had Rural Celebration to win the 5.00 Newcastle (I got 5/2). In profit again on the day!

17th October: The thrown in Nocturn disappointed yet again for my Lucky 15 in the 2.20 Windsor and must win soon, probably in a handicap (system bet next time). Canyari can also do better (stablemate won, of course). I backed Blue Surf on the nose in the 2.30 Plumpton but could not get the forecast. I had system bet Lucky Mistake to win and the forecast in the 2.40 Pontefaract, but watch out for Sheepscar Lad, which was pulling double mid-race but got no room at a vital time. Probably deliberate, in my opinion and one to note for a similar race or handicap. System bet Phoenix Dawn 12/1 winner of the 2.50 Windsor and I did not back it! I had Oliver's Hill to win and Code Of Law for the forecast in the 3.00 Plumpton, but best in Bay To Go was not out to win today! The thrown in horses, Indian Chief and Tres Coronas finished out of the frame in the 3.10 Pontefract, as did Hanseatic, which looked sure to figure, so keep an eye on all three, especially if any money for them! Indy is another that should do better. Shifting Star at least placed for my Lucky 15 in the 3.20 Windsor (ran across the track as if not wanting to win), and I finished second and third with Clever Bob in second. I picked the wrong Jim Best runner in the 3.30 Plumpton (typical), but neither were well backed as per normal. No worthwhile form that I could see! I had D'bai to win the 3.40 Pontefract, but no forecast! Another place with the thrown in Cordite in the 3.50 Windsor for my Lucky 15! I am sure that Moojaned will pop up soon too, along with Fiftyshadesfreed. I could not get the winner of the distance in the 4.00 Plumpton, although it should have been closer on ratings. I had system bet Time To Blossom each-way in the 4.10 Pontefract, but again no forecast! A better result with Inniscastle Lad 10/1 to win and Rotherwick 2/1 for the forecast in the 4.20 Windsor! I had Unanimite to win (I got 2/1) and Royal Battalion for the forecast in the 4.30 Plumpton. Then, to complete a treble of wins and forecasts, I had Oriental Fox to win and Burmese for the forecast in the 4.40 Pontefract! Keep an eye on Mijhaar for a nearby handicap, as it had a definite chance on ratings in this race, but was keeping its handicap mark intact! Perfect Pastime was withdrawn for the last leg of my Lucky 15, and my others did not figure, including the gambled on Ambitious Icarus, but watch out for that one soon! The thrown in Odeon is still refusing to win, but I had Woodacre each-way and missed the forecast by one place! I am more or less even today, and still in profit after ten days with this bank! I only had Moss Street each-way in the 5.20 Windsor. First, second and fourth for my tricast in the 5.30 Plumpton, but I had the winner.

16th October: I missed the first three races, but had system bet Monte Cinq at 33/1 each-way in the 2.45 Newcastle, but did not include it in my forecasts! Those horses just below top rated always seem to figure, as I said recently! Taper Tantrum ran like a crab in the 3.05 Kempton and I could not even get the forecast! Those odds-on horses so often bomb out that it cannot be coincidence! A pity, as I was about to have a saver on the winner when the race went off! Best in Kicking The Can did not want to win the 3.20 Kempton, and Jan Smuts did not want to either, so no wonder they were both bigger prices! Watch out for both soon. These small races constantly annoy me with the efforts of the best in! I feel like shaking somebody and saying " For f...'s sake try!" I had Best Boy Barney at 7/2 on my Lucky 15 in the 3.35 Kempton, but the next best in did not fill my forecast! The thrown in Chancery was a big price in the 3.50 Newcastle and ran accordingly! Must pop up in a similar race soon, but could well be backed when doing so. Annoyingly Bermondsey also finished just out of the places. A better result with Hargam to win and Court Minstrel (each-way) in a reverse forecast in the 4.10 Kempton! The ratings do work out at times! No joy with my each-way selections in the 4.25 Newcastle, and those big trainers know what they have got! I had system bet Summerhill Lewis at 8/1 in the 4.35 Cork! I think Jarlath would certainly have finished in the frame apart from a bad mistake at the second last in the 4.45 Kempton. Second, third and fourth in the 5.00 Newcastle with a 50/1 and 40/1 place, but my main bet, the thrown in Nonchalant, finished fourth for my Lucky 15 after leading almost all the way! How annoying they can be! Must win soon, but why must they faff around so much? Get on it next time, as it should be a certain winner! Should have included The Resdev Way in my forecasts, but I ignored it, despite the betting. I had the forecast in the 5.15 Kempton but as usual I backed the second to win! Royal Mezyan (see 29th August) gave me a win double at 14/1 on my Lucky 15 in the 5.30 Newcastle, and I also had Henley in third and the thrown in Astrophysics in fourth. Isn't it strange that they clearly let others win when they are thrown in? That made me well back in profit on the day! System bet Eternitys Gate 9/1 second too! Keep an eye on Bapak Bangsawan, which I feel sure will make an attempt soon.

15th October: I did not back or watch the racing today.

14th October: A few good each-way places, and the first leg of my Lucky 15, system bet Wishing Well won at 10/1 and I also had the third (another system bet Hurry Home Poppa at 18/1) and fourth! Just three more winners to go (I wish!). I had Kapgarde King to win the 3.35 Wincanton (I got 9/2) and the forecast (first three home). I had Trading Point and Materialist each-way (I got 11/1) for the forecast in the 3.45 Haydock! These short-priced favourites often bomb out fist time! Making back my early losses now! Best in Celtic Sixpence was never sighted for the second leg of my Lucky 15 and I can almost guarantee a better run next time, as it cannot keep running so badly! Danot was another I expected to run better. How annoying! Dropzone continues to run like a crab and I will be interested to see if there is any money for it when it runs better! Sun Quest has also been running too badly to be true and can surely do better. Both were massive prices today. I had the forecast in the 4.20 Haydock. I thought Pennington was going to place until very late. I had Keltus in the 4.25 Fakenham, but Workbench disappointed for my forecast. The thrown in Space War was getting rid of a first place in the 4.35 Redcar and must show soon (wonder if it will be backed?), along with Be Bold (fifth). The worst part about backing several horses in a race is that quite often none of them make any attempt, and that can be expensive! Fortunately I usually get some return, as I always back the best in! A much better result with Brogan and Juan Horsepower each-way for the forecast in the 4.55 Haydock (two of the three topweights in a nursery! Dusker looked sure to come through before going wrong, which made it easier for me (not that I want anything like that to happen). Back to level on the day with my Lucky 15 return to come (hopefully with another winner). I had the forecast in the 5.05 Redcar, but was hoping that the third horse would place in the first two. First, third and fourth in the 5.30 Haydock with Withhold, Aramist and Fern Owl, both of which could have done better. I wasted my free bet on the thrown in Merchant Of Medici in the 5.35 Redcar and not getting much return on them recently! That one looked sure to figure, but did not run on and must win soon. I did have Bahamian C each-way, but missed Galilee Chapel, which was about third best in! Lean On Pete dropped out far too tamely and will win again. Still level today and I have done a Lucky 15 at Newcastle, so can't lose on the day! The first leg, best in Le Deluge was never sighted, but the good news is that it will still be a system bet next time, and I feel it is certain to try, so get on it! While I hate nob-triers, I know that they will win sometime, so I keep backing them! And keep an eye on Rockabilly Riot, which I feel sure will do much better soon. Well, that's it, just waiting for three more legs this evening.

13th October: I had no contact with racing today, and missed a few of my favourites as a result!

12th October: The results of my Lucky 15 last night were pretty good, with Swiss Cross second (I got 9/1), a winner with Thane Of Cawdor at 22/1 and Great Expectations third at 10/1. Annoyingly, the last leg, Fossa, finished fifth to ruin a great bet (I had an accumulator going on the four). I almost put in For Shia and Lula (second) instead. There is always one, isn't there? Still it gave me a good return on the winner at double the odds, singles, doubles and treble. I had Divine Call each-way in the 1.30 Bath, but the thrown in Nocturn looked sure to figure, then weakened into about fifth place (on my Lucky 15, of course). They love to throw in these dud runs! Swendab was also in the lead a furlong out before fading and will do better. Also keep an eye on Air Of York for the the future. No joy in the 2.40 Nottingham where there were several possibilities and I picked the ones at the head of the betting. Even Dick Tracy finished out of the frame to annoy me further! I often feel they are in it together for the prices, but how can we be sure? I had Burning Thread (see 22nd September) on my Lucky 15 in the 2.00 Bath, but the first leg went down! I also had Pensax lad in third, just missing the forecast! No joy in the 2.10 Nottingham, where Sea Tide finished only third. The betting does not always reflect expectations from top stables (Varian here). I could not pick the winner in the 2.20 wetherby, where the form of the winner was nothing to shout about! Naughty, naughty! I had the forecast in the 2.30 Bath, but backed the second to win! I had a feeling about the third, as those not so highly rated often run well! Plead was quite short in the betting in the 2.40 Nottingham, but I did not expect the first two to be so far clear with several top stables in action. The fall of Actinpieces ruined my potential forecast in the 2.55 Wetherby. I had Mccools Gold (I got 14/1) in the 3.05 Bath because I liked its form figures, but my others did not figure. I missed Johnston's winner in the 3.05 Bath, but I did have Pacofilha each-way. I could not get the winner in the 3.30 Wetherby, but it was well backed! Louloumills had no right to be there on ratings! I had system bet Twitch in the 3.40 Bath (last gasp bet!). Hit The Jackpot looked the likely winner of the 3.50 Nottingham but faded quickly and will do better. I did have Great Hall to win, however. I had Lord Wishes to win the 4.00 Wetherby, but best in Off The Ground and Alderbrook Lad (constantly disappointing lately) must do better soon. Apache Song gave me an each-way double on my Lucky 15, but I was hoping for a win! Saint Helena can also do better again soon. I had Orient Class each-way in the 4.20 Nottingham, butit was going to win! Best in Mr Moonshine was probably having an exercise run for fences in the 4.35 Wetherby and Crookstown ran a stupid race, taking off in front, then backing out! It was obviously on a trial run or the jockey had planned to do it. Since it was Johnson, I have to assume it was deliberate! I had the forecast in the 4.45 Bath, but no great value, although the second favourite winning made it better. The thrown in Lucky Beggar failed again in the 4.55 Nottingham and I hate these runs! Even Paddy Power managed to get only fourth! System bet Appleberry 20/1 winner! I had Owen Na View to win the 5.05 Wetherby, and Domtaline in third, but missed the forecast and tricast by one place each! The thrown in Smoky Hill had no intention of figuring in the 5.15 Bath, but I did have Taurian each-way. The only reason they are these big prices is because they want to tell the others not to worry about them! I still fall for it most times, and occasionally they do come in, but not often enough! Damn, I missed system bet Free Passage again (11/1 winner)! Well, that's enough for me today. I can't be bothered with the evening meetings!

11th October: Tor was the first one on my shortlist for the 1.50 Musselburgh, but I did not back it and my each-way, Addicted To You, ran like a crab! Best in Civil War was not out to figure in the 2.00 Huntingdon, but second best Itstimraar at least finished second (I got 10/1) for my each-way. System bet Sarpech 3/1 winner. Annoyingly my each-way on Peach Pavlova finished third (as expected at the price) in a seven horse race! It seems they have adjusted the price because they know what they will do! System bet (again) Computable 5/2 winner. I had Perfect Timing in the 2.30 Huntingdon, but both best in Larteta and Accessallareas ran poorly for my forecasts! With the favourite out, I thought I was sure to get the forecast, but they never all run to form! Infiniti was the only one I did not want for my forecasts in the 2.40 Leicester, as it did not seem good enough at the weights. I thought Doctor Bong should win, but it finished only third (I backed it to win, of course), and I will have to wait some more for Myboydaniel, which is clearly waiting for a handicap at some point! Canny Style was the one I did not back in the 2.50 Musselburgh, and both Love Marmalade and Haymarket were better in than the second, but finished third and fourth! How annoying! I had the forecast in the 3.00 Huntingdon, but Cocker was quite disappointing for my each-way bet. A better result with C Note and Intransigent for the forecast in the 3.10 Leicester, the latter by far best in, but only wanting second place again. Best in Kimberella ran like a crab in the 3.20 Musselburgh, ruining my forecast with Caspian Prince! Why do they have to do that? It is so obvious they are not wanted! I always seem to pick the ones that are not trying in many races! Best in Vexillum dropped out very tamely, and Yes Daddy was another! How can you tell? It really annoys me when you get these runs for no apparent reason! Of course Vexillum was getting rid of a first place. I should know better by now! Of course I backed Lightscameraction to win in the 3.45 Leicester and it finished second. That always happens! However I did have Humidor each-way in third. I hate backing something that should win and it comes second! A much better result with La Bacouetteuse and Rocktherunway both each-way for the forecast in the 3.55 Musslburgh! Almost back level on the day after a poor spell! The thrown in Jonny Delta led most of the way (I thought it might stay there, but there seems to be no rhyme nor reason in these runs) and must win soon off this mark, but will it be much shorter? I had the forecast in the 4.05 Huntingdon, but the short-priced favourite did not give much return! No show from best in Bunce or Storm Trooper in the 4.25 Musselburgh! It can only be because they have not tried! The thrown in Spanish Fork was well backed and finished about fifth in the 4.35 Huntingdon, but I did have second and third with Inch Rover and Grand Gigolo. I had the forecast in the 4.45 Leicester with an each-way on the third, so not a bad result! Then I had the tricast in the 4.55 Musselburgh, including a win on Opt Out and an each-way on Bold Spirit at 12/1! Now I am well in profit today! The results made no sense in the 5.15 Leicester, where best in Henry The Explorer ran a dud despite being favourite! Taraz and Mr Quicksilver were the other two that did not get in the places! Unfathomable! I keep mentioning how badly Circuitous has been running, so I was pleased when it won at 22/1 in the 5.25 Musselburgh! Yair Hill, Wahaab and Centre Haafhd must all do much better soon. The thrown in East India finished only third in the 5.50 Leicester, and both that one and Polar Forest must do much better very soon. I am sure they are all in cahoots as to how their runners will perform! I did an evening Lucky 15 at Wolverhampton, and my first leg, Swiss Cross finished second (I got 9/1), but it should be a certainty when actually wanted to win!

10th October: I had system bet Spinnaker Bay 16/1 each-way in the 2.00 Windsor, the forecast in the 2.10 Yarmouth and system bet Peloton 12/1 each-way in the 2.20 Salisbury. Then I had Eljeemi and First Voyage in a forecast in the 2.30 Windsor. Crowley again! I picked the wrong Varian runner for my forecasts and each-way in the 2.40 Yarmouth! Then I had Icespire and Mouille Point for the forecast in the 2.50 Salisbury. Too many maidens for my liking, but not doing too badly so far! Now for some handicaps! I had the forecast again in the 3.00 Windsor (first three home). Only third and fourth in the 3.10 Yarmouth! I am keeping one eye on the snooker, which makes it quite difficult to keep up! The thrown in Aye Aye Skipper did not figure in the 3.20 Salisbury but must do so soon. I did have the forecast, however, and an each-way on Captain Marmalade in third. Natalia is another that must do better soon. I had Invermere in the 3.30 Windsor, but both Poster Girl (ran wide on the outside) and Stylistik (tailed off today is a good sign to me) will do better when wanted. I also backed Eejayteekay (ran well, no luck) in fourth. No show from best in Green Howard (dud run) or Rocket Ronnie in the 3.40 Yarmouth and they were just too bad to be true! Another thrown in horse with no show from Living Leader in th 3.50 Salisbury and Locommotion was another that can do much better. Guapo Bay can also do much better soon. I hate backing well in horses that make no attempt! Third and fourth in the 4.00 Windsor with Anonymous John and Joe Packet (thrown in). Pandar also ran well below form and will pop up again soon, along with Sixties Sue. Hope Against Hope (sys+1) 50/1 winner of the 4.10 Yarmouth and I did not even look at it! Johnston as usual totally unpredictable, but it did have the form! Kool Kompany (getting rid fo a first place) was too big a price in the 4.20 Salisbury and I hate it when they are not out to figure! The Gosden winner was not on my radar, but they knew! A winner at last with Beardwood in the 4.30 Windsor, but good old stablemate Sennockian Star finished third yet again! I had system bet Blaze Of Hearts each-way in the 4.40 Yarmouth, but best in Fantasy Gladiator was again too big a price and will do better when wanted. With some stables you just know they are not going to try at big prices! I had Combe Hay as best in for the 4.50 Salisbury, and it was well there most of the way, so one to note. The thrown in Ryan Style continues to finish out of the frame (4.55 Chelmsford) and must do better, but they seem to go ages without any real attempt! After a poor spell, I put the last of my bank on Silver Springs in the 5.25 Chelmsford and it won at 12/1! Pity about the Rule 4!

9th October: I had Harry Hunt each-way in the 2.00 Goodwood, but best in Barizan finished about fifth and no show from Carry On Sydney (getting fit for the jumps?). I had the forecast in the 2.15 Chepstow, although I did not rule out an upset, knowing how close the trainers are! I had Gold Award to win the 2.35 Goodwood, with only the third for my forecasts. The two best horses on form finished as the last two in the 2.50 Chepstow, which is inexplicable unless deliberate, so that was a waste of time. As I have said before, they can finish where they like, and often do! Two of mine looked sure to place in the 3.10 Goodwood, then finished out of the frame, being Mr Hobbs (I did not know it was the Steady Eddy each-way bet) and Fields Of Song. I am sure they will do better, along with Darkroom Angel. Often these claimers are a negative signal! I had Wishfull Dreaming (surprised at the off price) in the 3.25 Chepstow, but no forecast, although I should have known that the Irish runner was not there for nothing! I wasted my free bet after waiting all week on best in Grandad's World in the 3.40 Goodwood, and none of my others figured either, including Lincoln, Charles Molson and Rosie's Premiere! You study all the form and get no return! That is the most frustrating part! Looks like you should just stick with Crowley and De Sousa, as they seem to get all the best rides! And then my selection for the Paduwice was out very early! Splash of Ginge looked a sure winner in the 4.00 Chepstow, then stopped as if shot! Must do better soon off this mark, especially as it was out of the handicap here. A better result with the Gosden 1-2 in a forecast in the 4.20 Goodwood, although the winner was very short. Wonder which one they wanted to win? I had El Bandit in the 4.30 Chepstow but was hoping for the forecast with Mirsaale (third). I had the thrown in Pinzolo each-way (I got 12/1) in the 4.50 Goodwood, but it should have won if running properly. However, they rarely win with an outstanding first place, as I have said so often. You can always tell when Jacob Cats is going to run well, as it is a much shorter price, but it was a massive one today, so watch out for any money for it. Another example of Johnston's popping up for no apparent reason with Soldier in Action! There seems to be no pattern to his winners (which is probably the plan)! I had Double Ross to win the 5.00 Chepstow and almost got the forecast with Your Busy, a close third! Best in Rocky Creek was too bad to be true and will pop up again soon. Three thrown in horses in the 5.20 Goodwood, and not one of them finished in the first three! They were Essenaitch (led most of the way), Mister Music and Red Avenger. Even these claimers know how to ease a horse off without making it obvious! They go to good schools! Neither of the latter two were symmetrical, and that was the only clue that they would not try! They were clearly too closely matched today, but make a note of all three, as they must win at some point soon. And to complete my misery, Czech It Out finished fourth! I detest this game sometimes! I finished with the forecast in the 5.30 Chepstow and was pleased that the favourite finished out of the frame! So much better with bigger prices!

8th October: I managed to survive on just £2 today, including having First Mohican each-way at 50/1 in the Cesarewitch, the forecast in the 3.35 Hexham (Safari Journey was too bad to be true as second best) and Hoof It each-way. Keep an eye on Spread Boy, Morning Time and Captain Sharpe for nearby performances, and Off Art, Perennial and Strobe are others that will do better soon. Havana Beat and Sleepy Haven are two others to note.

7th October: What a pathetic run from Grecian Light, last in the 2.05 Newmarket! And he made it look so convincing! Tell me another! System bet Highland Colori (see 17th September) winner of the 2.20 York! I've been waiting for it for a long time! I was disappointed yet again with Fort Bastion and it must win soon. I also had Big Time in fifth. Old Guard out at the first fence in the 2.30 Newton Abbot to ruin my forecast! Second and third in the 2.40 Newmarket with Lumiere and Jallota. I thought Sheepscar Lad should have been in the frame off its rating in the 2.50 York, but finished fourth at a big price. That was probably why it was that price! I had The Romford Pele to win the 3.00 Newton Abbot, and first and third for my forecasts. I feel sure that Goodbye Dancer was on a dud run and will do better soon. I missed the O'Brien 1-2 again after missing his 1-2-3 in the Arc! When will I learn? I had Brother Tedd as best in for the 3.35 Newton Abbot, and it appeared to have plenty in hand when finishing second. How do we know what plans are on the day? Second and third again in the 3.45 Newmarket! I was going to back Robot Boy, but changed my mind at the last moment. I had Bogart as thrown in (at least it finished fourth) and Arctic Feeling as next best. Hija was a big price in the 4.05 Newton Abbot, which was probably why it finished third in a seven horse race! At First Light also dropped out far too tamely!

6th October; Not much to report today, but I had Karl Marx (I got 9/2) to win the 5.10 Exeter, and Moonlightnavigator to win at Ayr and a few good each-ways, including Accessallareas and Cascading Stars. Many of my best in contrarily finished fourth, which was my comment on Karl Marx last time! They will do anything to confuse the form. Keep an eye on Keychain (best in) and Taste The Wine, both of which should have done better, along with Opt Out and Ballymore Castle (both finished fourth). Old Spock was a massive price, mainly because that was going to finish fourth too! And of course I missed two of Goldie's winners, both of which I have backed previously! Ted's Brother and Lozah finished just out of the places in the 5.30 Ayr. I did not realise that Rioja Day was running off such a low mark!

5th October: I started with £1 in the bank and muddled my way through with a few each-ways and finished with Pivotman for a few pence each-way and still have 65p at the end! Disappointments today were Sureness (a token third effort), Tres Coronas, Hanseatic (both in the same race), Della Sun and Frozen Over (same race again). First Sergeant was well backed but I am sure was not intended to figure (next time out?), and both Hydrant and Handheld will do better soon.

4th October: I had the forecast in the 2.10 Brighton, but just pipped for the forecast in two other races. If I had stuck with system bets, I would have had the forecast in the 2.30 Catterick, as I had Traveltalk at 9/1 but not Cupid's Arrow! I had Melaniemillie as one of the best in, so that will probably do better soon. Second and third in the 2.40 Brighton and a pity that I did not include the favourite! I fancied In First Place in the 3.00 Catterick but only included it in my forecasts, the other two not figuring! I fancied Camerone in the 3.10 Brighton, but again missed the forecast by one place! At least I had the forecast in the 3.20 Leicester, although I backed Monday Club to win! I had Gold Show each-way on my Lucky 15 in the 3.30 Catterick, but did not give the winner a hope! Sherman McCoy finished fourth again and must do better soon, along with Cloud Monkey. Edge gave me an each-way double in the 3.40 Brighton, but should have won on my ratings! I also had system bet Wasseem in third. I had Noble Gift as best in for the 3.50 Brighton and it led most of the way before dropping out. Should win when wanted. I then thought Passover was going to win, but that got pipped by another system bet, Fabricate! Kirby had two thrown in horses in the 4.00 Catterick in Perennial and Triple Eight, but neither of them got in the picture again! Surel both can win whenever they want them! Annoying that Mexican Mick did not figure either. First and third in the 4.10 Brighton, but Bloodsweatandtears should have finished second if properly put into the race! Hawk Moth should pop up soon in a similar race. At last, a winner with Evening Attire in the 4.20 Leicester. Old Regal Parade can surely win soon of its massively low rating! Second best Secret Look was a massive price, but should pop up soon. The thrown in Saint Thomas was having a laugh to finish third in the 4.30 Catterick and must win soon off this mark, but at least bit was a big price today! Second best First Sargeant was on a dud and Cavalieri finished about fifth and will do better. I had Marias Choice each-way in the 4.40 Brighton, but equal best Mr Rock finished out of the places. This Becca Campbell must be another of those dark horses! Sir Geoffrey failed to figure again after disputing the lead in the 5.00 Catterick and must surely win soon. I had Whipphound each-way, but even that was too late! The thrown in Pabusar has been messing around for a long time and must show soon now. Clear best Valmina looked sure to come through in the 5.10 Brighton, but got no room and finished well beaten. I often think these manoeuvres are deliberate! Must win again soon off this mark. Annoyingly Captain Ryan also looked nailed on to at least place, then finished out of the frame too! It seems that you have to be in the middle of the track to win sprints at Brighton! And just to annoy me even further, the last leg of my Lucky 15, Vedani, also failed to place, along with the wretched Highlife Dancer, which has been running worse and worse and that is certainly deliberate, as it cannot be so bad off this mark! Best in Leonard Thomas finished about fifth in the 5.50 Leicester and will also do better.

3rd October: Second, third and fourth for my forecasts in the 2.10 Southwell (should have included the favourite for forecasts and tricast at that price)! I'll never learn! Would have been good with a 33/1 third! I had Glorious Forever and Jewel House for the forecast in the 2.20 Windsor, with the fourth for good measure! I had Heatongrad each-way in the 2.30 Pontfract, but Krebs Cycle looked sure to place before fading late. I picked the wrong Vaughan runner in the 2.40 Southwell (it was well backed late on). At least Iora Glas finished third after my other one refused at the last! I had Adamant 7/4 and Munawer 7/1 for the forecast in the 2.50 Windsor. I thought Whitman was going to lead all the way in the 3.00 Pontefract, but packed up as usual, and not many front-runners stay there. I am sure it will do better, however. Hagstone was the first to catch my eye in the 3.10 Southwell, but I went off it at a massive price! I could not have Skeaping at the weights in the 3.20 Windsor, but it won so easily that the others must have run well below form. They do that deliberately sometimes. I had Riptide each-way in the 3.30 Pontefract, but the thrown in Tuscan Gold was a massive price and no doubt is being kept for a similar race soon. This La Fritillaire keeps exceeding its basic form, so must be another of those dark horses that keep popping up! Should have stuck with system bet Four Mile Beach each-way in the 3.40 Southwell! Sandgate had plenty in hand but could not make up lost ground and worth noting. Black Iceman was another getting rid of a first place and will do better soon. I keep waiting for Silver Quay to run a better race after the 3.50 Windsor, and it made no attempt today, but finished full of running. I feel sure it will now make an effort soon. Best in Ralphy Boy would throw in a dud run today after several placed efforts, and you could almost guess that from the biggish price. Will win more races off this mark, however. I am sure Angus Glens was on a trial run in the 4.10 Southwell, as it travelled very well before finishing fourth! It had to finish in the first two, which was probably why it was 7/1! Dark Lover was thrown in, but was a massive price and should pop up soon. A better result with Geneva Convention and Calibration (two topweights) for the forecast in the 4.20 Windsor. And then the forecast with Harry Champion and Kelvin Hall at 6/1 and 8/1 both each-way for the forecast in the 4.30 Pontefract (my two top-rated)! Brought me back in profit after a poor run! Keep an eye on both Mamoo and Adherence for the future (the latter looked the winner until very late). I thought Bengali Song was a shorter price than normal for Bycroft in the 4.40 Southwell, and you can always tell by the money from him! I did have Or De Vassy each-way in third, as I like the Skeltons. The thrown in Fire Ship probably finished fourth again in the 4.50 Windsor, and they love to do that! There is definitely a race in Directorship, but they won't let it loose for some reason, and I am also sure that Aqua Ardens will pop up soon. I wish they would do it when I back them! Second, third and fourth all each-way in the 5.20 Windsor, but not the winner! Sir Geoffrey was notable by its absence and must do better, hopefully next time, and Quality Art is another well below form at present! System bet Frangarry 20/1 winner!

2nd October: Not much joy in the early races, with just a couple of each-ways and forecasts! If I had known O'Brien would have a 1-2-3 in the Arc I would have done the tricast, but Found was not good enough on official ratings! I did have his third each-way. I had Lord Huntingdon in the 3.15 Huntingdon, but Diable De Sivola wasted a lot of ground running around! I had Solstice Dawn at 33/1 in the 3.25 Kelso, and almost included Mister Don! I expected a better run from both Unanimite and Souriyan in the 3.35 Uttoxeter, but the former made a bad mistake to ruin its chances and stayed on late for fourth. I had Presenting Lisa and Volvalien both at 3/1 for the forecast in the 3.45 Huntingdon. Larteta was going best of the lot in the 4.20 Huntingdon, then finished out of the places! I had Tiradia in third, and keep an eye on Dropzone, which was last all the way and made no attempt whatsoever! The money for That's The Deal must have been each-way money in the 4.40 Uttoxeter, as it finished only second, and the equally well in Roc De Guye dropped out very tamely and must also win soon. I can pick'em! Best in Town Mouse refused to race in the 4.50 Huntingdon, just ruining my forecasts and potential tricast! Is that what you get when you constantly stop a horse running properly? Unfortunately both the other two best in, Occasionally Yours and Phare Isle also finished out of the places and must do better soon. No joy either in the 5.05 Kelso, where both Catchthemoonlight and Definitley Glad finished out of the first two! And I missed Nafaath after I gave up for the day! Keep an eye on Tom Wade, which fell here, but is due a win soon.

1st October: I had the forecast in the 1.45 Newmarket with Via Egnatia and Never Surrender, which I was hoping would win. None of the best in finished in the frame in the 1.50 Fontwell, including Generous Helpings, Tokyo Javilex (fourth, what else?) and Aaly. I am sure none of these really wanted to win. I was hoping for a better run from Black Cherry in the 2.00 Ascot, and only had the winner in my forecasts. I had the forecast and the first three home in the 2.10 Redcar. Best in Sixties Sue was not out to figure in the 2.15 Newmarket (watch out for it next time), and I just had system bet Pixeleen each-way (thought it was going to win). Agincourt Reef was my best in for the 2.20 Fontwell, but the outsider's price told the tale! I detest it when they run below form, probably deliberately! Best in Western Hymn was not even worth an each-way bet in the 2.30 Ascot, and it should have been shorter in the betting, which suggests they knew where it would finish! The thrown in Nonchalant has been a constant disappointment and finished only fourth in the 2.40 Redcar. Should have walked this race, but they are not ready yet! I did have Highfield Lass each-way. Kantara Castle is also massively well in for a handicap when they let it go! I had Muffri'Ha to win the 2.50 Newmarket, but best in Bint Dandy was a big price and dropped out tamely. Gratzie was also disappointing and never showed, and Sharaakah finished only fourth. I had Midnight Shot in the 2.55 Fontwell, but could not get my other two to finish in the frame for the forecast (Remilluc and Disputed). I had Shalaa in the 3.05 Ascot, but was most disappointed with Strath Burn and Ridge Ranger, both of which were right there, then dropped out tamely. Keep an eye on Strath Burn in particular, as it should do better when wanted. The top-rated horses were nowhere to be seen in the 3.15 Redcar, and sometimes I wonder what the hell they are up to! Why is it so difficult to get a proper run? Dessertoflife looked like figuring in the 3.25 Newmarket, then finished fifth again, and Persun finished fourth, so a total waste of money! I am sure both were out to finish just out of the places! No value to be had so far! Best in Wilton Milan was never given a chance to win the 3.35 Fontwell, and no doubt will win a bigger race soon. I thought Squats was going to win the 3.40 Ascot, but nailed right on the line! Eveything but the forecast in the 3.50 Redcar, where Gordon Lord Byron dropped out tamely after looking sure to figure. They can certainly act, these jockeys! Another poor run from Arabian Queen in the 4.00 Newmarket, and nothing I back today seems to be out to compete (price was suspicious, but it has won at similar prices). I had the forecast in the 4.05 Fontwell (buying money again). At last a result with Easy Road 9/2 and Medicean Man 14/1 in a forecast in the 4.15 Ascot, and I was quite pleased that Sole Power did not figure, although it should have. When will they let it go? Second and fourth in the 4.35 Newmarket with Simmie and Seduce Me! Should have known that Tribal Dance would finish third in a three horse race in the 4.40 Fontwell, but its shortish price was encouraging. Why do they do their best to make them look like donkeys? It's all an act! No show from any of my selections again in the 4.50 Ascot and it's as if they have not run! Should have checked the form on the first two, however. Surely Dungannon must do better soon? The thrown in Dubai Dynamo consented to run on for fourth in the 5.00 Redcar, which explained the price! Surely must win soon? I had Freewheel each-way in third. I don't understand why a horse on a hat-trick starts at 20/1 (Age Of Elegance)? Second and third in th 5.10 Newmarket with Groovejet at a massive price (50/1) and the disappointing Lustrous in third (system bet next time). First leg of my evening Lucky 15 down yet again with Boomerang Bob! I must avoid choosing the pundit's pick, because connections seem to make sure they are never sighted! At least its form figures are now just right for next time (back it)! A few good each-ways today, but more than my fair share of unfulfilled bets!

30th September: A good start with Smadynium at 12/1 each-way in the 1.50 Hexham! I had Realize each-way in the 2.00 Ascot, but Free Code finished just off the pace in fifth. System bet Steel Train second. I had the forecast in the 2.25 Hexham, but my each-way bet finished third in a seven horse race. I had Raising Sand (I got 7/1) in the 2.35 Ascot, but the thrown in Truth Or Dare finished out of the places and must be due a win very soon. I can never work out Pastoral Player, which wins very infrequently but must win again when wanted. I had Frodon in a straight forecast with Clean Sheet in the 2.50 Plumpton (buying money, but still more than double). I think Lowandbehold had more in hand than it showed in the 3.00 Hexham (looked to have the winner beaten at one point) and may pop up in another race soon. A good result with Symposium 8/1 and Ornate 5/1 each-way for the forecast in the 3.10 Ascot and Ower Fly (not counting, of course but not a bad pick) in fourth! I had Hygrove Percy and system bet Istimraar each-way for the forecast in the 3.25 Fontwell! I could not believe the price on the latter, which was clearly only out for second place! Lilac Tree will also do better in a future handicap (ex-Ferguson). None of my selections made any attempt in the 3.35 Hexham, but you can't win them all! I had Fireglow each-way in the 3.45 Ascot, but the winner was not on my radar! Then I had Workbench to win and Purple And Gold each-way for the forecast in the 4.00 Hexham (a repeat of last year's race)! I had Formidableopponent for the third time in a row in the 4.10 Hexham (it has been thrown in for a long time and now I am reaping the rewards of knowledge). Three system bets first, second and third in the 4.20 Ascot, and I had Musdam 12/1 to win and Palawan 22/1 each-way in third! Wish I had done the system bets in a forecast and tricast (12/1, 14/1 and 22/1)! I am sure that Take The Helm will pop up soon. I have made a steady profit all afternoon, and it is nice when the form and the system bets come good! A void race in the 4.35 Fontwell, and not sure if I would have had a result, but at least money back! I had More Madness in the 4.45 Hexham, but it should have won on my ratings! Solway Sam is a constant disappointment, and only wins when they want it! Keep an eye on King's Chorister when in the handicap proper! The thrown in Mijhaar finished about fifth in the 4.55 Ascot and must win soon off this mark. I mentioned Noble Silk running below form on several occasions and knew it would show very soon (second here). Teak is another that will do better soon. The thrown in Merchant of Dubai keeps running well below form (first leg of my Lucky 15 down, thanks, Jim!) and both Magical Lasso and Applejack Lad also showed before packing up! You just know that these prices are significant, meaning that they are not trying! Keep an eye on all three very soon. Two thrown in horses with Nelson's Bay and Arantes in the 5.50 Newcastle and neither of them made any effort. You just know that is what you will get at the prices, as both are backing stables! Keep an eye on both as certain winners when wanted, especially if backed! Well, that's enough for me today, I don't often bother with the evening meetings. Another profit on the day!

29th September: A few good results early on, including Harlequin Rose to win and the forecast in the 2.30 Warwick. Second and third in the 2.20 Brighton, and an each-way on Major Cornwallis in the 2.10 Newcastle at 11/1. I had East India each-way in the 2.50 Brighton, but was rather disappointed with Top Diktat in fourth, and Barren Brook also threw in a dud run. I had Foundation Man to win the 3.05 Warwick, but both Arctic Ben and Badgers Retreat ran well below form. I had a feeling about Moss Street on form figures and hurdles form in the 3.25 Brighton, but best in Barnaby Brook and Rennie Mackintosh ran below form and will do better. I thought Satanic Beat was a sure winner in the 3.40 warwick, but it managed to get itself beaten, and my other selection, Northern Meeting totally missed the break. It always seems to be mine that does those things! I am sure that Snowy Dawn could have done better in the 3.50 Newcastle, but so often they are not out to win these small races, and that is reflected in the betting. I did have the forecast, but not much value! Best in Megalala added another fourth place in the 4.00 Brighton and must win soon off this mark. Seems to me they must have at least three fourth places before they actually try! I did not fancy the winner, but Crowley was the clue! Highlife Dancer was my only return and that did not win either! I am sure Velator could have finished at least second in the 4.10 Warwick, but it dropped out and ran on again, which is always a bad sign! With the favourite out, I still could not get the forecast! I missed the 4.20 Newcastle, and was glad, as I would not have got a result! Talent Scout threw in a dud run this time and must do better again soon. At last a winner with Whinging Willie in the 4.30 Brighton (also on my Lucky 15). Keep an eye on Meetings Man, which was getting rid of a first place, and also Sixties Love, which must be due soon. The thrown in Quebec threw in a dud run in the 4.45 Warwick and must win soon off this mark! Deauville Dancer was my only return! I wish I had followed the smile on Dickin's face before the off! I am sure that American Life will do better when it is not a massive outsider! I was sure of a better run from Meandmyshadow in the 4.55 Newcastle, and I got a front-run, then it packed up as usual! Who's Shirl was also a big price and finished just out of the frame! Both of these must do better soon. I had Wrapped to win the 5.05 Brighton, and two of the three in the tricast, but not the third! I keep expecting Bay Of St Malo to run a better race, but it won't win until they want it! It seems to depend on what the form figures look like (as is the case with so many runners).

27th & 28th September: I did not study or back any racing in these two days.

26th September: I had Solstalla and Cosette each-way for the forecast in the 2.00 Newton Abbot. I had Fine Resolve to win the 2.10 Bath, but was disappointed with Grams And Ounces (big move mid-race) and Avocadeau, which must do better soon. I had Slim Chance each-way in the 2.20 Hamilton, but should have included Full Of Promise! I had Marracudja to win the 2.30 Newton Abbot, but missed the winning distance by a length or two. I had Miss Lillie as best in for the 2.40 Bath with Aye Aye Skipper just behind, but neither showed any interest in placing. Keep an eye on both soon, along with Indigo. Second and third for my forecasts in the 2.50 hamilton, but I thought Jacob's Pillow had the race in the bag! Keep an eye on both Amis Reunis and Amber Crystal, which must both do better off these marks. A great result with system bet Isis Blue (I got 40/1) and Dark Amber for the forecast in the 3.10 Bath! Nice forecast! £15 profit for a few pence! I had Gilmer to win the 3.20 Hamilton, but missed the forecast (third and fourth). I had Next Sensation to win the 3.30 Newton Abbot, narrowly missing the forecast with Walden Prince (thought it was going to go past)! Then I had Spring Jig and Jive Talking for the forecast in the 3.40 Bath! Neither Danzeno nor Ascription ran to their ratings in the 3.50 Musselburgh and the winner was the one I left out! Typical! The two thrown in horses, Byron Blue and Get Home Now finished third and fourth in the 4.00 Newton Abbot, and I am sure it was a deliberate third by Byron Blue (system bet next time). Both should win soon off these marks. I had the forecast again in the 4.10 Bath with a 5/1 winner. I had Royal Holiday each-way in the 4.20 Hamilton. The still thrown in Dolphin Rock has now had two poor runs and will probably pop up again soon. Should have looked at the form of Taking Libertys! The money for Armadyh in the 4.30 Newton Abbot proved significant! The Frosts are quite the gamblers! I had Taste The Wine each-way in third. Moveable Asset is absolutely thrown in when wanted, so keep an eye on it for the future. I am sure Sun Quest (out of the handicap here) is due a win soon, but they don't seem to want it! I had one of the two in the forecast for the 4.40 Bath, but not the other! Best in Indian Giver ran like an absolute drain in the 4.55 Hamilton and that was clear from the betting! It seems they are either wanted or completely not so! Another selection of mine, Big Red, gave a great impression of a bucking bronco! I had Equistar in the 5.10 Bath, but the thrown in Rigolleto did just enough to finish about fifth (the price was far too big) and will probably win again soon off this mark. How I hate horses with outstanding first places, as they win about once in ten! Also keep an eye on Whitecrest, which is a due a better run very soon. Well, I have made another profit on the day, and am in profit over the last week too! Just to finish on a nice note, I had Rocktherunway to win and Kelvin Hall for the forecast in the 5.25 Hamilton! Some of these horses take about 20 races before they win and it is probably all an act! The best in horses, Catalinas Diamond, Beau Mistral and Jaganory made no attempt in the 5.40 Bath, and they just have to throw in these dud runs! I am sure all three will pop up soon. Another winner for Saunders, whose horses rarely run a bad race here!

25th September: If My Cherry Blossom had not missed the break, it would probably have won the 2.00 Musselburgh, but none of my others made any show. A better result with Mutahaady to win and Juanito Chico for the forecast in the 2.10 Epsom. I had the forecast in the 2.20 Curragh with the second and third each-way! Then I had One Boy to win and Vimy Ridge in a forecast in the 3.05 Musselburgh. Surely Captain Dunne (on my Lucky 15, of course - they always go down) must win a race soon off this mark, but it did not lead today, which seems to be a necessity! Then I had Great Hall (I got 10/1) and Rotherwick (I got 9/1) both each-way for the forecast in the 3.15 Epsom! Well in profit again now, with three legs of my Lucky 15 still to go (don't hold out too much hope for them)! Best in War Department dropped out very tamely in the 3.35 Musselburgh and second best Case Key was probably too big a price. Hawatif was my only return in third. A crafty Godolphin 1-2 in the 3.45 Epsom! Mine were hardly sighted! I had Cape Speed as clear best in, so keep an eye on it soon. None of my best in were ever sighted in the 4.10 Musselburgh, including Ninetta (brief mention at midway). I had Forever A Lady as clear best, but too big a price to be trying.