So, how have I done with my betting over winter, compared to previous flat and jumps seasons? Well, I’ve been keeping week-to-week spreadsheets, alongside my tipping blogs, for several years now, with results as follows for all bets placed.
2014-15 Jumps season….2% profit
2015 Flat season….25% profit
2015-16 Jumps season….10% profit
2016 Flat season….5% profit
2016-17 Jumps season….17% profit
So, my best jumps season to date. Other trivia for 2016-17….
Race meetings attended….8 (Catterick 4 Kelso 2 Cheltenham 2)
26 winners picked including Cue Card and Special Tiara (both twice)
Most profitable winners….Arctic Fire 25-1 and Special Tiara 18-1
Favourite race live….shouting Arctic Fire home up the Cheltenham hill from the rail at the winning post
Favourite TV race….screaming Special Tiara home to win the Champion Chase
AND….any race with Cue card in it, though so nerve racking! What a star he is!
Other favourite horses….Menorah, Theatre Guide, Alvarado, Saint Are, The New One
So, for anyone who reads or follows these blogs, thank you and I hope you love the sport as I do and that you don’t lose money!
But, I’d like to finish my last blog of the jumps season with a serious word or two.
The jump jockeys deserve huge respect and credit. On average, they fall from a horse, travelling at 30mph or so, once in every ten rides, with the possibility of tragic consequences to themselves and their families. They go to work each day followed by an ambulance and paramedics. That’s how dangerous the sport is!
The heros of the sport, for me, are the beautiful and athletic horses that give us so much pleasure. Watch them and appreciate them – they too love the sport and love jumping and competing, but at great risk. Every season we lose horses to the sport and I salute them all but would mention three special horses….
MANY CLOUDS….who battled to beat Thistlecrack before collapsing….a great Grand National and Hennessy winner
SIMONSIG….who was so keen to jump after a long lay off….a great loss of such a beautiful white horse with the potential for greatness
REVE DE SIVOLA….who jumped for fun, in the lead as usual, at Kelso before collapsing…. I went to Kelso especially to see this marvellous hurdler for the first time….a hugely upsetting loss
The brilliance of jumps racing is that we can follow marvellous horses for many years and we can imagine the greats running against each other….Denman versus Millhouse, Arkle versus Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre versus Masterminded, Sea Pigeon versus Monksfield versus Night Nurse….yes, we saw those three greats, if you haven’t, try Youtube!
So, now, on to the flat season but….
I’ll relish the thought of Thistlecrack versus Sizing John, Altior versus Douvan and all the other stars next season!
Thanks for reading!