Good to see David back on the Hitlist at this end of October, after a startling run in the first half of the month. David lands his nap Representing Bob, advised at 6/5, SP 11/10. Well done.
The winners David was knocking in through early October have been closely mirrored by Alan in the last week or two. Another big priced EW won today – Rapid Raider at 11/1 NB. Alan left a wise note and I republish it here:
… this is beginning to get a bit embarrassing another winner NB ew Rapid Raider 15:55 Bangor won at 11/1…just to explain … there are wiser heads on here…I don’t go deep into form, ratings, breeding etc…I follow some trainers and if they don’t have any runners, will have a quick glance at previous form and see if i can spot something that may have half a chance…The first couple of weeks in October were dismal for me but have since then picked up…many of you will have spotted that I don’t do short priced horses and prefer to try my luck on those below the radar…So everyone just be aware that I am on a lucky streak at the moment and it is just for fun..
That’s exactly the kind of attitude I like to see. It’s hugely important to stay grounded as both a tipster and a punter. You are never as good as you think you are and never as bad as you think you are. And it’s vital that we point out, as Alan has here, that there is no easy route to a fortune.
Visitors to the blog who might just be starting out in punting would do well to stop and think about that. Alan is obviously a good judge, as are most of the posters here, but his statement above is not false modesty. Good runs are brilliant, but the bad runs always come, always, to even things out. Keep your betting to whatever you can comfortably afford to lose. If you do have problems with gambling, or believe that you might be vulnerable to such problems, there are various ways of getting help. Please drop me a line via the Contact page, for a start. It’s confidential and I’ll do whatever I can.
If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout via the Winners thread.
The blog’s nap again ran an awful race yesterday and I’m hoping the improver Rogue Bear, nap, will win the 1.40 at Nottingham today: 11/8 BOG.
As ever, please leave your naps/tips by making a comment below. All welcome, especially newcomers; just enter a name when asked so we know who is who. No prizes, but it’s good fun here among some seasoned punters, most of whom spent years commenting at The Guardian on the original Talking Horses forum, which has now been heavily cut back.
If you tip a winner, please use the Winners thread to highlight your result and we’ll put you on the Hitlist next day. There is a Winners Thread for each month.
What This Blog Is For
As mentioned above this long-running Steeplechasing blog was adapted in a hurry when The Guardian announced they were cutting back on their (usually) daily Talking Horses section. Many punters had gathered there over the years to exchange ideas and fancies. Part of the adapting we had to do at the start of this blog was restricting this daily main article to tips/naps, while we found our feet regarding house rules, moderation and stuff like that.
We are now in a position to open this main daily article to all subjects. It can be very enjoyable when something is latched onto by our knowledgeable, quick-witted posters as they indulge in wordplay and jousting. We still want tips of course, from those who want to tip. It’s by no means an obligation.
If you do post a tip/nap, just include it with whatever subject you are discussing, preferably at the foot of your post. So long as you remember to come back after a winner and put the details of that win in the monthly Winners Thread, then we can include you on the Hitlist in the next day’s main article.
General guidance: No swearing, please. We’re not prudes, it’s just that there is wide scope in the swearword lexicon and we do not have moderators (and hope we’ll never need them). Also, please keep discussions on politics and religion to The Lounge section, though brief references to these subjects in the main article are not forbidden.
Thanks for looking in. If you are betting, especially if you follow our tipsters, good luck with your bets, but please bear in mind that this is meant to be ‘fun’. There are many wise heads posting tips here and we haven’t yet gone a day without somebody tipping a winner. But never bet more than you can afford to lose. Small stakes can still produce wide smiles.
All the best