Firstly, I would like to thank each and every person that has taken the time to read, like, retweet and provide feedback on the 2018/19 National Hunt blogs, it’s very humbling to receive such fantastic support and it makes all of the late nights (early mornings!) worthwhile.
I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to Tom and Jack Williams of JTW Equine Images (@JTWEquineImag), who have kindly provided me with some brilliant images throughout the season. Their superb images are a testament to both their passion and professionalism and I look forward to working with them again in 2019/20.
Now let’s talk business. Followers of all blog selections were rewarded with an overall profit to the tune of +186.34 points, with 153.37 of those points coming from antepost selections at the Cheltenham Festival, and 32.97 coming courtesy of the ‘Daily Blog’.
Frustratingly, there was a significant dip in form following one winner from one selection on Midlands Grand National Day at Uttoxeter. However, we all know and understand that this game is a great leveller, and you have to take the rough with the smooth.
There have been some memorable moments including Sizing Tennessee (20/1) easily landing the Ladbrokes Trophy, Houblon Des Obeaux (20/1) landing the Veterans Final at Sandown, A Plus Tard (14/1 & 7/1) coming good in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, City Island (10/1) storming up the hill in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Band Of Outlaws (16/1 & 7/1) sprinting to success in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, and Sire Du Berlais (50/1) landing a huge gamble in the Pertemps Final. While the full-house treble consisting of Sassy Diva (7/1), Dellas Des Pictons (6/1) and Klassical Dream (3/1) on the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival was also a notable highlight.
Elegant Escape (11/2) and Frodon (7/1) landing the Welsh Grand National and Ryanair Chase respectively were also personal highlights as they both possess the ‘heart on your sleeve’ mentality that is so loveable in a racehorse.
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed reading these blogs as much as I have enjoyed writing them, and it’s always fantastic to reward all followers, old and new, with a decent profit at the end of the season. One follower happily informed me that he paid for his summer holiday (with his family) to Spain with his winnings from Sire Du Berlais!
I’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and memorable summer and look forward to getting back to business come the autumn.
Thanks again for all of your support. It genuinely is greatly appreciated.
All the best
Jim (Stu, or whatever else you feel like calling me!)