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Thursday, 1 September 2011

A Wandering Mind...You Didn't Stop Quick Enough

A Wandering Mind...
Rougini held on for the win. I wasn't disappointed. You may have read my earlier blog post regarding the 2:30 Redcar. It didn't turn out to be a bad race for me. I had a win bet at 4/1 and decided to lay the stake at even money and then a few quid at 1.01. A small win on the day. It is funny how a blog post is related to an opinion at that given time. I say that because the price of Rougini was on the drift just before the off and although I had concerns she may struggle to last to the line I had my eye on the place market because if she had touched 1.8 I would have backed her win and place. She may have her limitations but I would have been very surprised if she had been unplaced. A determined effort although she was tiring at the line. Disappointing how there can be such a small difference between placing a bet and not. However, I feel it is very important to have guidelines. Answers to questions. And I mean a black and white scenarios when it comes to prices needed to make a bet or not. The main reason I say that is simply a matter of discipline. If discipline is lax it opens the floodgates to all manner of problems and the realm of stupid bets. There is nothing more annoying than looking back and wondering: 'What was I thinking there?'I have guideline for so many aspects of gambling you would be amazed. They do a valuable job because thinking on the spur of the moment is a disaster waiting to happen.

I had a bet on Whimsical in the 3:15 Salisbury. I got a feeling there was more to come after a disappointing effort on debut. A good-looking filly, too. The only reason I backed her was that I saw 30 on Betfair and felt there was a good chance she would be backed. I laid at 20 with a no-lose bet to win a few hundred. I put the bet up in-running at 1.1. Hannon's juvenile touched odds on but not quite to that price.

In the same race I had a small win and place bet on Clive Brittain's Watanee. A bet to win a few thousand. It didn't take much as it was a huge price. It was very much a hit and hope. The only reason I placed a bet was that Brittain had this filly entered to run in the Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes race on the same card. Thinking it was an encouraging sign I gave it a go. If I notice a juvenile at huge odds I don't like to let them pass without a few bob as there is nothing worse than watching a speculative priced horse win without benefiting. It has happened so many times over the years and I simply learned too many hard lessons. Another guideline worth its salt.