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Highlight of the week....
Piovine going in the last race at York's Ebor Festival was a mighty relief after hitting the bar several times during the week...
Low point of the week
If the weather forecast for Goodwood had been anywhere near to the mark we wouldn't have had Sunday's bet....
We started off a busy week with Silent Echo (1 point e/w @ 9/2 - 2nd) at Windsor, he looked the winner half a furlong out but got nutted on the line to go down by a neck.
Our first day at York was pretty low key with Tanasoq never showing (1 point e/w @ 16/1 - unplaced), and although Speedo Boy (1 point e/w @ 8/1 - 2nd) was 2nd he never threatened the winner.
On day 2 Seniority was a late non-runner and we were left to rely on Move Swiftly (2 points win @ 5/2 - 2nd) who came from off the pace with a very promising looking run, but although catching the winner all the way to the line he didn't do quite enough.
Day 3 started as badly as it could with the well fancied favourite First Nation (1 point e/w @5/1 - unplaced) falling out of the stalls and losing any chance before they'd even gone 50 yards! We were right to oppose the odds-on Battash in the Nunthorpe but we would never gone for Alpha Delphini, who admittedly deserved a big race (but a Group One... really?) and beat Mabs Cross and Blue Point (2 points win @ 9/2 - 3rd) to the cheers of the bookies at 40/1. Mystic Flight (1 point e/w @ 8/1 - 2nd) ran on well to be second in the last race but was never going to pick up the runaway winner. Yet again it showed just how difficult it is to make up ground in the straight and how key it can be to get first run.
On Saturday we needed a winner and finally got one. It wasn't Look Around (2 points win @ 7/2 - unplaced) who never looked at home on Goodwood's undulations... and it wasn't Vale of Kent either (1 point e/w @ 8/1 - placed), although for a moment I thought he might have saved something before getting swallowed up in the shadow of the post. Teodoro (1 point e/w @ 14/1 - unplaced) was prominent but found disappointingly little in the straight. So it was left to Piovine (1 point e/w @ 7/1 - won) to spare our blushes in the lucky last which he did in fine style. He could be called the winner someway out and it underlines that patience and betting bank management are both critical factors when it comes to these multi-day festivals.
We were a bit sick on Sunday after humming and hawing whether to have a bet, but feeling that Knight Errant (1 point e/w @ 9/1 - unplaced) would benefit most from the forecast overnight rain we decided to go in. In the event, Noah's Ark would have been declared a non-runner as a prolonged deluge made a mockery of conditions and it was 2 points thrown away.
So a small loss for the week but still nicely ahead for the month and well ahead for the season, to be honest, these 'festivals' always worry me a bit as with having so many bets, if a disaster happens (which it can) it is hard to make up the ground.
Now the final decs are in we are in the final stages of analysing 9 races on Saturday from Sandown, Chester and Beverley, and we'll be looking for our 3rd long-priced winner in 3 weeks... so if you're not already, get on board!
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