With no summer jumps racing today I will dedicate this blog to writing about a few other things and take this opportunity for a little bit of time out and reflection for all.
It was with great sadness that Sir Henry Cecil passed away yesterday after battling cancer for such a long time. From the public outpouring of emotion on social media and through various other outlets it was quite obvious gentle Henry was a man who touched many hearts in the racing community. His Royal Ascot record was exemplary and there will be a great void at the Berkshire course next week in his absence when the festival begins. Hopefully the executive can organise something befitting for the memory of the man during the festivities next week. I’m pretty sure Sir Henry wouldn’t have wanted anything too sombre or maudlin.
Despite the sadness of the day my own personal form thankfully continued into Tuesday with four winners at Fontwell Park. Synthe Davis (A P McCoy, 5/1), Border Station (Mr Mark Quinlan, 6/1), Marie Deja La (M Goldstein, 9/2) & Inner Steel (P J Brennan, 5/1). I almost feel blessed when I’m on a winning roll like this and as the proverb goes I will undoubtedly “make hay whilst the sun shines” as it can soon rain again.
However leading on from this positive note it brings me on to something I’m rather gutted about and has me questioning “does it pay to be honest?“. You may have noticed the other day that I posted up that I had inadvertently won two Grandstand Admission tickets to Royal Ascot next Tuesday (value of the prize £124) in a weekly tipping competition I have played for four years. When I say “inadvertently” that’s exactly it. I was blissfully unaware until Monday morning that I had grabbed the top spot on the last day Friday when I read it in the column. The reason being is that during the building work here (to make the house disabled friendly) I simply kept grabbing access to the internet whenever and wherever I could, posting in the numerous competitions I enter and logging off. It materialises however I should have indicated at the start of the week that I was unable to take up the prize and straight out of the blocks on Monday afternoon I said I couldn’t attend and the reasons why.
So why can’t I take up the prize? Well, as some of you may know I’m a full time carer as of four years ago. When I get the odd bit of respite to attend the races it takes a lot of planning to cover my duties and organise care at home. What really has upset me is that my honesty has cost me in the pocket. If I had been a little bit crafty and dishonest and told a little white lie that I could take up the prize then I could have sold the prize for a nominal value as I was approached by two people on Tuesday offering to do that very thing and take the prize off my hands. Now I am left with no prize, no extra funds, no substitute prize, no have a drink on me from the reserve winner and I pose the question to myself –does it pay to be honest?
Moving on from this moral maze to what could easily be described as a punting maze and the US Open Golf which starts Thursday. Can you believe that if you’re convinced Tiger Woods (7.2) won’t win it you can get 22/1 bar the field !!! These are simply amazing prices for class contenders in what should be an open contest.
US Open Betting on the Betfair Exchange
Now for my each-way five against the field. It’s usually my three against the field but being as this is a major I’ll have a couple of extra’s 😉
- Matt Kuchar (25.0 BF)
- Dustin Johnson (50.0 BF)
- Webb Simpson (70.0 BF)
- Bill Haas (90.0 BF)
- Nick Watney (150.0 BF)
***NEWS JUST IN***
Did any of you hear @chutneydave on BBC Radio 2 this morning playing Pop Master with Ken Bruce? Well, he did very well and won his game in fine style. Here’s a little collage to celebrate the occasion…
You’re Simply The Best! 😉