December, 2007

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Update

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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Ladbroke

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Secret squirrels

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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