Today Horse Racing Ireland have officially announced that the National Hunt season is over, meaning that the 2019/20 season has officially reached it’s premature conclusion. As always, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those who have followed and indeed supported this blog over the last 6 months. And, thankfully, those who have will be in profit once more.
We end the season with a overall profit of +195.7pts, with ‘antepost punts’ accounting for +59.88pts and day-to-day selections (mainly Saturday selections) adding a further +135.82pts. These numbers would read even better but for a torrid time in February. However, you have to take the rough with the smooth in this game and the majority of followers understand that.
Thankfully we bounced back with a profitable Cheltenham Festival, where the daily previews brought in a profit of +20.78pts, while the ‘antepost punts’ added a further +67.5pts, generating an overall 2020 Cheltenham Festival profit of +88.28pts.
There were many memorable moments including the success of Monsieur Lecoq (10/3) in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las in October (image above). While the impressive victory of Vinndication (4/1) in the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot, and the facile success of The Last Day (11/4) at Aintree in November, also spring to mind as highlights. (The first and last named also featured in the handicappers to follow blog last autumn)
The Conditional (20/1) kick-started a superb day at Cheltenham in October, with Saint Calvados (6/1), Ramses De Teille (9/4) and Slate House (10/1) three further winners on the card. While Golan Fortune (33/1) easily landed a small gamble back at Cheltenham in November.
Epatante (6/1), Top Ville Ben (10/3) and Aspire Tower (7/2) paid for the festive season when landing the Christmas Hurdle, Rowland Meyrick Chase and Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle respectively on Boxing Day. While Classic Chase day in January was another hugely profitable day as Erick Le Rouge (12/1), Burrows Edge (13/2) and Two For Gold (9/2) landed the Unibet Download The App Handicap Chase, Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle and Hampton Novices’ Chase respectively. (One follower won over £3000 that day!)
Many nice looking antepost bets went astray at Cheltenham. However, our old friend The Conditional (20/1) and the exciting Ferny Hollow (33/1) landed the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Champion Bumper respectively, which ensured a healthy profit. I was extremely disappointed that we didn’t taste further antepost success with Galvin (9/1), Minella Indo (12/1) and Dynamite Dollars (40/1) all finishing second, while A Plus Tard (20/1), Allmankind (20/1) and Lostintranslation (14/1) all placed third.
The Bossses Oscar (20/1) also hit the woodwork when placing fifth in the concluding Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. Thankfully they were all advised each-way.
Those successes, and indeed narrow misses, were accompanied by the victories of Epatante (10/3), Honeysuckle (11/4), Envoi Allen (1/1), Simply The Betts (4/1), Concertista (5/1), Saint Roi (8/1) and Chosen Mate (7/1), many of whom ran out extremely impressive winners. While Third Wind (12/1), Ronald Pump (10/1 w/o fav), Plan Of Attack (10/1) and Shantou Flyer (15/2) all rewarded each-way support.
Indeed, I was surprised when a follower informed me that 23 of the 28 horses advised across the four daily previews had either won or hit the frame. Naturally, it is always nice to feel that you have had a run for your money, and I think that we can safely say that we did given that rather interesting statistic.
The last two season’s have generated an overall profit of +382.04pts, which is obviously a very pleasing figure. However, I feel that quality content is equally as important as profit and it’s nice to receive feedback concerning how informative, interesting and useful followers have found this blog.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend Mike O’Toole for chauffeuring me to race meetings following my knee surgery in October. And also to Tom and Jack at JTW Equine Images (@JTWEquineImag), who have continued to supply me with fantastic images throughout the season.
Thank you again for your fantastic support and please stay safe in these uncertain times.
All the best
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