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Sunday, 21 August 2011

A Wandering Mind...Gone Fishing

A Wandering Mind
Just a couple of two-year-old races today. I quite fancied Ziefhd, trained by Paul Cole. If an each way price had been available I would have been tempted. A talented filly in the making. Perhaps. Certainly a cosy winner. With Mrs Fitri Hay removing her horses from the yard, the untimely death of the talented juvenile Overpowered, the stable deserve a touch of good fortune.

I had a small bet in the median auction race at Folkestone (2:10). In truth, it looked like an egg and spoon race. I was tempted to go to the course with my sack, jump in with both feet, and see if I had each way claims. Not even Usain Bolt would have come close, hey. It takes all kinds of races and although the lower levels get their share of criticism they serve their purpose and give the owners a chance to take a small purse. I was quite interested in this event because I was trying to catch a huge yellow-fin tuna with a sprat. Fishing for big money for a small outlay is a worthy pursuit in my book and the thrill of seeing if you get a bite is like a dream come true. I had my eye on Stan's Deelyte to make me a small fortune. Williamson's two-year-old is no more than a plater but this filly is a very speedy horse over 4f. In such a poor race I was hoping it would blast clear, gain a big lead and tire rapidly to be beaten or better still unplaced. It was a classic. They played a waiting game which immediately dented my enthusiasm although it wasn't completely destroyed. I had a few quid on at 6/1 with the intention of laying at 4/1 and putting the rest of the potential profit at 1.3 and 1.01. I had a bet to win  €3,150. Obviously for that to happen Stan's Deelyte needed to look like a certainty - and then lose! I had a similar bet on the place market. Well, the bet was laid at 4/1, so a good starting point. In fact, it touched 1.70s in-running. As it happened, I won a few pounds because I laid part of the place at 1/1 but the 1.01 bet wasn't laid, which was quite a surprise. The market must have closed quickly, so it wasn't all bad news for me. I wish Stan's Deelyte had been allowed to bowl along in front. She is an ideal horse to back to lay, as seen at Wolverhampton when 65/1 or so before the start and touch 1.3 when looking pretty much the winner against Aquasulis, to finish third. One day I'm going to reel in that prized tuna with my ten pound fishing line.