Equine ‘flu is pretty nasty, from what I can gather. Let’s face it, anyone who has suffered from the human form of ‘flu knows just how debilitating it can be. I’m not talking about heavy colds, but full on, proper ‘flu. I’ve only ever had it once, and that was over 20 years ago but boy, did it lay me low. I remember literally not being able to get out of bed unaided and I lost a load of weight in just a few days.
Anyway, it’s the bloomin’ horses who got it this week, and I guess they’re not able to patch themselves up with a Lemsip and hot water bottle. Fortunately the British Horseracing Authority have deemed the risk of a pandemic pretty small and have allowed racing to re-start, albeit under a very controlled environment.
At this time of year I suppose we could reasonably expect a prolonged spell of blank racing days due to bad weather. Frozen tracks in February are not exactly unheard of, but this is the first major non-weather related disruption to the sport that I can recall since the Foot & Mouth epidemic that hit us back in 2001. That caused Cheltenham to be cancelled – let’s not even go there, eh!?!
So all in all, as you can imagine, it’s been a pretty quiet week on the betting front, with our racing tipsters largely sitting at home twiddling their thumbs and wondering if they can gain an edge down the dogs at Hackney. Meydan and the racing over in Ireland has produced some action, and well done to Racing Service 3, who had a stormer of a few days. Winners at 7/2, 8/1, 4/1 and 15/2 have kept the gambling wolves from the betting door, an kept things ticking over despite the relative lack of action.
Portfolio Performance from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th February
‘Main’ portfolio: ROI 14.93%, ROC 1.58%.
‘Starter’ (Football Lay Profits, The Accountant, Racing Service 2, Northern Monkey): ROI 3.57%, ROC 0.61%.
‘Broxchange’ (Football Lay Profits, The Accountant, Golf Insider): ROI 0.68%, ROC 0.15%.
Individual Service Performance
The Accountant: Staked 12pts, +0.633pts, ROI 5.27%.
Racing Service 1: Staked 2pts, -2pts, ROI -100%.
Football Lay Profits: Staked 51.45pts, +2.1pts, ROI 4.08%.
Golf Insider: Staked 12.4pts, -12.4pts, ROI -100%.
MVS (Lite): Staked 4pts, +3pts, ROI 75%.
Northern Monkey: Staked 4.75pts, +0.407pts, ROI 8.56%.
Football Service 2: Staked 4pts, -0.365pts, ROI -9.12%.
Racing Service 2: Staked 0.5pts, -0.5pts, ROI -100%.
Racing Service 3: Staked 14.5pts, +14.708pts, ROI 101.43%