Phew. I decided that having not backed Shepherd’s Warning last time I’d have a proper go at her this time. She got home and she wasn’t claimed - a win double. The RP marked the run at 65, 3lb below her last run, commenting that she was “not exactly progressive”. Richard Kingscote told us that [...]
There are certain horses that really catch the eye, and one that caught mine a couple of years ago was Nicanor, who saw off the mighty Denman at Cheltenham in imperious fashion. Harry Findlay had taken the box next to ours that day, and I know him pretty well - it wasn’t his best day and I [...]
Ugh. This season is going from bad to worse - it’s the fourth time I’ve decided to have a big bet on a horse the day before the race only to change my mind on the day and then see it win (others were Osana, Twist Magic, Denman). I think I suffer from having too much [...]
Ours was beaten into second - I haven’t spoken to Nick since the race but I’m told he ran well. Somehow I missed the race as I had it down as being at 12:50 - saved me a few quid. I’m a lot less keen on Straw Bear than I was last night and I [...]
A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL
It’s been a fairly low key Christmas for me this year in as far as Christmas with four small children can be. My side of the family come round tomorrow - 18 of them with 11 children, which may get a little noisy.
I’ve been to church a couple of times this year, [...]
I was hoping to be at Ascot today cheering Mon Michel on in the Ladbroke, but it wasn’t to be. It’s a shame as I’d have given him a real chance - everything would have been in his favour. Gary has two other entries, including Altilhar which I’ve backed.
I spoke to Gary about him yesterday [...]
Day 2 of life outside of Betfair, and already bored and depressed - after years of being institutionalised within Betfair I feel lost and alone, like Brooks in the Shawshank Redemption. I’m contemplating carving my name on a rafter in my office and hanging myself with my Betfair tie. Goodbye cruel world.
But there’s no great rush as [...]
I normally disclose everything about my horses on here, but occasionally I have to keep mum for the sake of my co-owners. Today was one of those days - two days ago a new syndicate completed the purchase of a horse called Parisian Gift. I have 1/8, as does Mick. He was strongly fancied - the syndicate had a good old [...]
I’m still having a busy time in the run up to Christmas.
On Thursday night I went to a do in the city - later on the Duke and Duchess of York turned up (separately), giving me my celebrity action although I didn’t talk to them. I got to Heathrow late, meeting Tom Goff, and we flew to Cork [...]
It was a big day for me yesterday, with Betfair finally launching the SP mechanism. I kicked the product off over 2 years ago, but it was a year and a half before we started work on it (the Betfair roadmap is permanently backed up). It is a very big piece of work - in [...]