Cheltenham Day 4 (19th March)

The final day of the big meeting. I guess we've had a bit of everything so far. But who will win the Gold Cup? We'll have to wait and see. I found a couple of winners yesterday and a few hard luck stories. 

I'm not sure everyone else is going at the Festival but I think some and winning and some are losing. 

No surprise.

Here are my tips for the day. Just for fun. 

1:20 Cheltenham - Tritonic 1ptw 

1:55 Cheltenham - Champagne Gold 1ptw

2:30 Cheltenham - Barbados Bucks 1pt ew 

3:05 Cheltenham - Al Boum Photo 1ptw

3:40 Cheltenham - Bob And Co 1ptw 

4:15 Cheltenham - Colreevy 1ptw 

4:50 Cheltenham - Langer Dan 1ptw 

I think just about win or lose today my lucky pin selection process has found a couple of big-priced  winners so in profit for the four days. 

Good luck.   




  

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 (18th March)

Cheltenham Festival Day 3.  

We had a few near misses yesterday but we got a nice winner which mean a few happy faces.

As I've said, I just put these tips up for fun because it's not really my thing. Anyway, let's have a look at today's tips and see if we can find something. 

1:20 Cheltenham - Envoi Allen 1ptw 

1:55 Cheltenham - Champagne Platinum 1ptew 

2:30 Cheltenham - Min 1ptw 

3:05 Cheltenham - Fury Road 1ptw 

3:40 Cheltenham - The Shunter 1ptw 

4:15 Cheltenham - Glens Of Antrim 1ptw 

4:50 Cheltenham - Mount Ida 1ptw 

Not feeling very confident about these. 

Fingers crossed. 

Good luck. 

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 (17th March)

Well, yesterday's ''tips'' went surprisingly well. 

As they says even a broken clock is correct twice a day. So I will have a look at Day 2. 

I've been given a couple of tips from my friend Tom, but I won't detail which as I stole one of his yesterday, so I'll keep these anonymous. 

1:20 Cheltenham - Gailllard Du Mesnil 1ptw 

1:55 Cheltenham - Monkfish 1ptw 

2:30 Cheltenham - MonteCristo 1ptew 

3:05 Cheltenham - Chacun Pour Soi 1ptw 

3:40 Cheltenham - Easyland 1ptw

4:15 Cheltenham - Sky Pirate 1ptew 

4:50 Cheltenham - Kilcruit 1ptw 

Happy hunting. 

Be lucky. 

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 (16th March)

I will tell you now, I have no idea bout National Hunt racing. 

You may be asking: ''Why bother writing a blog post?''

I am like the ultimate novice. Looking at a steeplechase. Shuffling my feet to launch over the rainbow. 

So here is my pin selections: 

(Please don't bet on these)

1:20 Cheltenham - Meteir 1pt ew 

1:55 Cheltenham - Shishkin 2ptw

2:30 Cheltenham - Aye Right 1pt ew 

3:05 Cheltenham - Honeysuckle (thanks, Tom) 1ptw 

3:40 Cheltneham - Black Tears 1pt ew

4:15 Cheltenham - Her Indoors 1pt ew 

4:50 Cheltenham - Galvin 1ptw 

Good luck. 

Are You Betting This Cheltenham Festival?


It probably seems a ridiculous question.

If everyone had to bet cold-hard cash (no credit) you'd have seen the likes of J P McManus tearing about Prestbury Park with a wheelbarrow full of money. Literally bundles of fifties, a blur of pink and green, zooming across the betting ring as some cheery soul whistled the theme tune of The Twisted Nerve. I'm sure the late Freddie Williams, as much a gambler as a bookmaker, felt the shudder of a cash-laden wheelbarrow hammering into his shins. 

I love the concept of gamblers with wheelbarrows.

The reality of the betting ring, there would be traffic lights to help avoid collisions. 

Harry Findlay would have a flashing blue light on the front of his wheelbarrow called ''The Tank'' as he powered across the grass with mud and divots flying in equal measure. 

No messing about, I saw him with his wheelbarrow in 2008 as he got his cash on Denman. At one point, when seeing bigger odds, he used a pitchfork.   

Personally, I have never been to the Festival. It isn't my thing because I just don't enjoy a bustling crowd. It goes beyond a crowd. I can't get away from how long would it take to get to the bar or even more concerning the toilet. Perhaps it's not a problem. It would never be my thing. Never will. 

Give me a quiet weekday meeting at Great Yarmouth, sun shining, sound of the seagulls hanging in the air and all the fun of being at the coast. 

Yes, I know I'm different. 

Once on a bus at Yarmouth, school kids questioned why we would go to this deprived coastal town for a holiday. 

I guess it's the same reason why people who live on the coast never visit the beach. 

Perhaps that's an old wive's tale. 

Do I bet on Cheltenham in any shape or form?

I've had one or two bets in the last ten years. Nothing to talk about hey. The reason, I don't understand this code of racing [I follow two-year-old racing]. I find it frustrating to bet and lose because of a lack of knowledge.To be a winning gambler you cannot, in my opinion, have a fun bets. They are a breeding ground for ill discipline and that is the near finish for any would-be winning gambler. 

You simply don't understand how this destroys your routine or working in a professional manner.   

You will be unable to draw the line between one bet and another and encourage bad habits. 

I'm not being funny, but if you don't appreciate fun bets as a problem then you are not at the stage you need to be. 

Gambling is about doing the right thing, positive reinforcement and taking a journey of self assessment. 

Anyway, each to their own. 

I will be watching the Cheltenham Festival, as I do enjoy class hurdlers and chasers. But as far as knowledge goes I have no thoughts, opinions, tips. 

It's such a refreshing change to find a punter without a hot tip.

Joking. 

I do enjoy the Triumph Hurdle. Its not a race I bet but do enjoy following the career of the juvenile hurdlers. Often a giant field, it is a test of a class horse and as we have seen with the like of Tiger Roll, a winner can turn up anywhere.

This isn't a tip. 

But I will be cheering on Tritonic, trained by Alan King. I remember this four-year-old back in his two-year-old season. He was a talented Flat horse and is showing that pace over 2-miles. 

So, that's my interest in the Cheltenham Festival. 

All good things come to those who wait.

Tritonic Just the Tipple for the Triumph Hurdle 2021


I know nothing much about the National Hunt. 

Being an enthusiast about two-year-old horse racing you may wonder where this sentence is leading. However, there is a connection as I remember Alan King's Tritonic as a two-year-old making his debut at Haydock at odds of 50/1. 

If you are searching Online Bookies for the best prices and reviews then this one is recommended.  

To be fair, this son of Sea The Moon was always a smart horse in the making. Out of an unraced dam, he was a real bargain buy and 14,000g foal. Clearly, he had developed well because he was sold at the 2yo breeze-up sales for 55,000g. Purchased by Highflyer Bloodstock and Alan King. 

I particularly remember this cold on his second start when winning at Ffos Las, when winning by half a length when given a lovely ride by 3lb apprentice Megan Nicholls. 

It was no surprised after going close to winning on debut when finishing fourth, losing by less than one length. 

He continued his winning spree when stepping up to one mile, taking a Class 2 Stakes race and bagging almost £10,000 for owners the Mcneill Family and Ian Dale. 

To conclude a very productive two-year-old season, he headed to Newmarket's Rowley Course and stepped up to a distance of one mile and two furlong for the Zetland Stakes (Group 3). James Doyle took the ride. He finished a creditable fifth, tiring in the closing stages after being too keen in the early stages. 

However, you could guarantee one thing, connections had a very talented horse but the eye wasn't so much on the Flat but the dream of hurdling, specifically the Triumph Hurdle. 

By the end of the two-year-old season he had an official rating of 94.

Tritonic had five races at three and although not finding the winners' enclosure, he didn't do much wrong. 

He lost by half a length on his return and similarly finished runner up next start when losing by a length and three quarters at Listed class when stepping up to one mile three furlongs. 

In his next three starts, he was far from disgraced, racing at Group class, second at Great Yarmouth and concluded his three-year-old campaign at Newmarket when fourth in the Heritage Handicap. 

Connection had everything to be thankful for as Tritonic was gelded on the 20th October 2020. 

No doubt, Alan King was hatching a plan for the National Hunt and there was little surprise when he made his debut at Ascot when competing in the bet365 Juvenile Hurdle on soft going. Starting at odds of 5/4f, there was plenty of support for this prospect. As it turned out, it was every inch a two-horse race. Tritonic was held up and some three lengths down was running on strongly. Although hitting the last hurdle, he led towards finish beating Gary Moore's Casa Loupi by one length. 

Things were looking good. 

Connections had clearly earmarked the Triumph Hurdle (Cheltenham Festival) as their race. They were probably hopeful of a good run if not better. 

Tritonic headed to Kempton on the 27th February to contest the Grade 2 (Class 1) Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle over two miles on good going. 

He was made fractional odds on (4/5). 

To add to the interest he would re-oppose Casa Loupi who was fancied at 6/1. 

Ridden by A P Heskin, this chestnut gelding travelled strongly, he made a mistake two out, but went clear run-in, impressive. 

Tritonic made a huge impression that day. He fulfilled the hopes of connections. Punters took the 5/1 on offer and the next thing he is priced 9/4.

Get ready for the 19th March, Cheltenham, Prestbury Park. 

It's often a large field and a competitive heat. The betting suggests four horses are leading the way. 

Zanahiyr 9/4 

Tritonic 9/4

French Aseel 9/2 

Quilixious 6/1 

Good luck to connections. 

3 Stupid Bets You Must Read


Some punters just love to bet. You've heard about those people who would bet on two flies crawling up a wall. I always wonder if there is a finishing line or whether the loser is the first fly to fly off into the sunset. 

The world of betting is built on a foundation of stupid bets. The kind of idiotic bets that get to make the press. Sure, they are a good read. They are amusing, funny, laughable and often incredible. However, would you like to have your name published as being the said bettor? What a tag to write home about. 

''Hey, did you see that bloke who bet on the world ending?'' 

It was me!!!!

I guess you could collect your winning in heaven or hell but I am sure you don't need wonga in the former and the heat would burn it to ash in the latter. 

Read this list of  crazy, stupid life and death bets.

Too Cold 

''Working in the Arctic, 72 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, with a wind. A poker game broke out to pass the time in darkness. A final bet: the loser was to strip down to naked and stand outside for one minute. Now to those of you who live in San Diego, this kind of cold freezes skin in 10 seconds, snot becomes icicles and hence formed phrases such as, “frosted balls”! *One minute naked in this due north is like an eternity!!! I WON and I’m still fertile, unfortunately my friend claims Mr.Turtle has never come out again ;) ''


Sure, I like to make Bets

''I love this one! I’m really big into making crazy bets.. however, I’m not at all like Laura’s friend Kellen – I’d never want to actually be the one eating the crisco nacho or running around naked and covered in chocolate milk.. (did I misunderstand what happened in that bet?) 

However, I am an excellent “market maker”.. when any two people want to make a crazy bet, I am particularly good at coming up with a betting structure, or odds, or specific terms that will make both parties SURE they are going to win and want to enter the bet.. At my previous job, this was a constant source of amusement for us, and it mostly centered around various food bets: whole pizzas, gallons of ice cream, the entire contents of a vending machine, etc.. 

Crazy bets are the best!''

I Bet you 20 Cents
''I work in the dishroom of my campus dining hall, and just the other day a friend was working across from me on the other dishline and leaned over the plate piles and cup racks to say “I bet you 20 cents I can keep the conveyor turned all the way up to 10 for the whole shift” (we usually turn down the dish belt to make the worst of the rush manageable). Naturally this led to trading banter and heckling for the rest of our 3 hour lunch shift, which is exactly the kind of thing that makes work AWESOME! He pulled through the thick of the lunch rush on 10, by the way, and I turned over my 2 dimes.''

The Rail to the HorseStory of Belmont Stakes


Not only American but a lot of people from many places around the world, specifically those who are drawn to horses or horse racing, consider Belmont Stakes as one of the most exciting races in the United States. Curious about its popularity? Let’s change rein and look up this quick horsestory of Belmont Stakes. 

The Name “Belmont” 

The name Belmont Stakes was originally named in honor of its German-born American major financier named August Schönberg, commonly known as August Belmont. He was known to be one of the richest figures of his day. 

Belmont was a diplomat who served at The Hague in the United States as the chargĂ© d’affaires from 1853 to 1855 and resident minister from 1855 to 1857. He also became the Democratic National Committee chairman from 1860 to 1872.

He was a banker as well. In fact, before the making of his own banking house named August Belmont & Company, he initially worked in the banking house of the Rothschilds at Frankfurt am Main at the age of 14. More importantly, Belmont was into horse racing. He invested a lot of money in it and eventually Belmont stakes existed. 

Runnings 

In 1867 until 1889, the inaugural running of Belmont Stakes happened in a newly-opened Jerome Park Racetrack in New York with an admission fee of 200 bucks. This was financed by Belmont. 

Moreover, it had been relocated for a couple of times due to renovations and restorations. It was moved from Jerome Park to Morris Park from 1890 to 1904, then to Aqueduct Racetracks in 1963-1967. 

The race initially run at a mile and five furlongs from 1867 to 1873; a mile and a quarter during the years 1890, 1892, 1895, 1904 and 1905; a mile and a furlong (or 220 yards) during the years 1893 and 1894; and a mile and three furlongs (or 660 yards) from 1896 to 1903 and from 1906 to 1925. 

Besides, Belmont Stakes is the fourth oldest race in North America. The oldest was the Phoenix Stakes in Keeneland which started to run in 1831, followed by Canada’s Queen's Plate in 1860 and Saratoga’s Travers in 1864.

Third Gem of Triple Crown Race

Belmont Skates is the oldest race of the so-called Triple Crown Race, predating Preakness by six years and Kentucky Derby by eight years. It was initially used when the racehorse named Gallant Fox won the three races in 1930. 

You can get more history information of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. In it, you might also have a peek of the Triple Crown Trophy. It’s a work of art that represents the zenith achievement in horse racing and awarded to the winner of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. 

HorseStory 

The first race happened in 1867 and was won by filly racehorse named Ruthless. Since then, there were already approximately 1,094 horses who started the race. The winners were different in sex and even in color such ranging from bay, chestnut, dark bay or brown, black, gray and roan. They also came from different places such as in Kentucky, Maryland, Texas, Montana, New York, and even from England and Ireland. 

Additionally, during its inaugural running in 1867 to 1918, geldings were allowed to join the race but were prohibited from 1919 to 1956. Then in 1985, after allowing them again to join the race, Creme Fraiche was the first gelding to win the race. 

Going back to 1919, a horse named Sir Baton was the first winner of the Triple Crown. In this most exceptional of American sporting titles, there were only 13 horses that have won it. There were 34 horses, however, who have been eligible to try, though.

In 1920, another horse named Man o’ War was the first set a new stake and American record by winning the race at 20 lengths. In fact, Man o’War was one of the fourteen Belmont Stakes winner, which sired three subsequent winners namely American Flag, Crusader, and Triple Crown winner War Admiral. 

Takeaway

So far, a horse named Secretariat is the fastest. It won the race at 2:24 in 1973, setting a world record for 1 ½ miles on the dirt. What’s more, even after many decades, no one has even beat Secretariat’s title as the fastest 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, 1 mile and 1 1/4-mile fraction in any Belmont’s races yet.