Glad Vic was there….

Cheltenham. So how was it for you? Not a big horses fan personally but found it all quite exciting which I didn’t really expect.

From a personal  financial view point it was a cracker- My best one since records began (that will be since last year then). The number of offers from the bookmakers (especailly on the first couple of days) was excellent and Mrs blogger and I got seriously stuck in. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly  the Cheltenham Gold cup and Victor Chandler offering full refunds if the horse you backed came 2nd or 3rd. With the top four horses all fancied it was a great race and with Denman and Kauto Star being placed it meant refunds all round. VC repeated a similar offer on a race all week  and also did a faller refund on every race, a few of the horses that I had backed (and subsequently laid of course!) came a cropper so more refunds there . As a footnote I’ve seen on a few message boards  that VC have “gubbed” a few accounts that tucked into these offers a bit too keenly but I’m hoping that there was enough non bonus related activity to keep them off my case.

I had also been keeping a keen eye out on the Stan James book who had been running enhanced prices in the countdown to Cheltenham- these were non runner no bet so very little risk. My main result of the week was backing Albertas Run (14) and Hurricane Fly(6.5) both to win and they went off significantly lower than that on the exchanges. Decent profit on both of these and with NRNB being offered for the forthcoming Grand National its something I will be looking to get involved in again.

Lastly (and rather out of character for me) I had some proper bets at the festival.  I signed up to Roger Greens well established service and made sure I followed the staking advice properly. I allocated a set amount of money (when I say allocated I had written it off) so it was really pleasing to see just how accurate and well informed the service was- here’s an extract from one of the days lengthy briefings. If you watched the race you will know that it romped home.

1.30 Triumph Hurdle Zakander 5 pt win at 7/1 with Bet Fred & Coral

Had this horse had more than one race over hurdles, he would be a 10 pt win bet !!!.
So impressive at Kempton 3 weeks ago when winning the Grade 2 Adonis hurdle beating
Molotof by nearly 3 lengths
Third horse, Kumbeshwar was beaten 15 l and that horse only lost by a neck in the Fred
Winter on Wednesday!
Paul has had this horse for some time. Had it gelded and has brought it along quietly. It
was bought for the stable sponsors, Potensis, so it needs to be good !
Triumph always difficult to win, and plenty with chances, but the potential of the horse
is huge and with luck in running, he can take this on the way to better things,. Stable
mate, Sam Winner is the main danger, but Zakander is the one to be on if the race goes his

This was one of a number of winners  and there  were some  very near misses that would have greatly improved the profit- however the final ROI of 46% was certainly not to be sniffed at ! I found the sign up details here after originally getting involved in the golf service.

So in summary an excellent few days and a return of just short of £900 for all my hard work which I was quite pleased with and therefore thought I would post up an appropriate video. Answer- yes he was !!!!