Different punters like different prices. Different strokes for different folks.
I favour each way bets at double figure prices. Like Agrapart, a 20/1 winner last weekend.
This is what I told members last Friday night:- “Agrapart races from a light weight even before jockey Lizzie Kelly claims 5 pounds off in the saddle. Agrapart has finished second to Ma Do Fou (which won a Listed race earlier this week) and was, thereafter, third behind the Willie Mullins trained Yorkhill (which has three Grade 1 entries for the Cheltenham Festival).”
I made sure members knew which bookies would be returning each way bets on the first five past the post in the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle. It was, therefore, my type of race.
Lizzie Kelly rode Agraparto to victory by a margin of 11 lengths. It was one of those wonderful races in which you knew you had won once Agrapart had cleared the final fence. A joy to watch and my fiver each way returned £135, including my £10 stake. Nice profit.
But I try to offer something for everyone. After all, big field handicaps are much rarer today than was the case a few years ago. Therefore, sadly, there are fewer opportunities for 20/1 winners. Or 40/1 winners such as Une Artiste at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival – a day long term followers will recall with a smile on their faces.
On Thursday of this week I offered three selections for members and told them I would only be betting on two of them myself.
That’s because the other one, Chef D’Oeuvre, was priced at 1/3. A silly price to my mind. But I know my members and I know some of them like to back odds on shots. I don’t.
But I was happy to be on the other two winners on Thursday. Stilleto was a 7/4 winner for Paul Nicholls and Lee Side Lady won at 15/8.
Now they are in themselves not big prices but, crucially to my mind, they were value winners. By that I mean I expected each to be shorter. So, to my mind at least, those two won at odds that were in the favour of the punter, and not the bookie.
Something for all tastes. Since 1998 that’s what I have tried to offer my fellow punters who subscribe to my racing and football selection service.
I don’t offer racing tips every day. Only when I believe there to be something worth betting on. The most regular mistake made by most punters is that they bet too often. Less really can be more.
Especially when the winning tip comes home at odds of 20/1.