HORSE RACING / Ray Flanagan recaps 2016 and previews Cheltenham on New Years Day.
I would like to wish a very happy and profitable 2017 to readers of BetPreviews.com.
Just a little summary of 2016 to begin with before moving on to the day’s selections.
2016 Synopsis- Overall Profit-140 Points
January-Profit- 59 Points (Henry Higgins (28-1) in the Boyle Sports Hurdle-probably my greatest ever horse racing selection- gave us a brilliant start to the year)
February-Loss-(18 points) – (Was unhappy in a new job-affected my Horse Racing)
March- Profit-67 Points– (An early strike at Meydan followed by a solid Cheltenham seen March as the most profitable month of 2016)
April-Loss-(10 Points) ( A lot of good winners actually but far too many losers. Early signs that I can lose discipline which unfortunately came to a head in July)
May-Loss (12 points) Struggled to initially adjust to the new flat season.
June-Profit -32 Points– Thought I had settled down now to the flat. Was reading the form well for Ascot week. Portage in the Hunt Cup was the highlight along with Best Not Argue at Cork.
July-(Loss 59 points) To be honest the warning signs were there in April. Lost the plot in July, If you lose discipline you could lose everything at this game. Dangerous.
August- Profit- 30 Points- A more reserved approach seen a recovery in August. Sea Wolf (Irish Cambridgeshire) and Heartbreak City (Ebor ) were the highlights
September-Profit 43 Points-Was only the third most profitable month, but in terms of reading the form I feel was in the zone this month. Had the winners of English Cambridge (Spark Plug) and the Kerry National.(Wrath of Titans)
October-(Loss 14 points)– Reality Bites- I am not much good after all.
November-Profit-27 Points- A quiet but profitable month (only invested 9 out of the 30 days). Taquin De Seuil in the Paddy Power was the key.
December-(Loss 5 Points) – 5 points loss is acceptable in the context of the year but I am not happy with my current form and need to sharpen up considerably in the new year.
Overall Year Result- Profit 140 Points
On the face of it a decent year and I actually hit some great big handicap winners. Yet I failed to make any money really on punting myself and it is unlikely I will hit such good winners again.
I am looking forward to the New Year with the overriding aim to be a lot more disciplined and that our punting is fun and enjoyable with losses kept to a minimum.
A few to get the ball rolling from Cheltenham on New Years Day
Cheltenham 12.50- Vyta Du Roc
Runner up to Thistlecrack at Aintree in a Grade One Hurdle contest. Adapted well to fences last season winning the race formerly known as the Reynoldstown at Ascot beating Minella Rocco. Solid recent effort in the Hennessey at Newbury and has a chance today.
Cheltenham 2.00- Henri Parry Morgan
Have backed this lad last three times and he has fallen twice and ran below par the other time. Remains interesting on his Aintree effort behind Native River and if the headgear helps his jumping has the ability to win.
Call To Order is the obvious one but I cannot resist a small interest on Cogry who appears to have lost the plot recently over fences following a promising novice year. He was cruising three out in the 4 Miler at the festival 2015 and is not on a bad mark if adapting to the smaller obstacles. Any rain will be a big help and might hinder opponents.
Cheltenham 3.10- Lami Serge
Another chaser reverting to hurdles. This lad was a top novice though two years ago beating Jolly Cracked It and Killultagh Vic-two good horses- with the minimum of fuss. Faces a tough one in Lil Rockefeller but in receipt of eight pounds he could do it.
1 pt win-Vyta Du Roc-12.50 Cheltenham-9-2 General
1 pt win-Henri Parry Morgan-2.00 Cheltenham-10-1 General
0.75 pts ew-Cogry-2.40 Cheltenham-W/O Call To Order-15-2 Bet Victor
1 pt win-Lami Serge-3.10 Cheltenham-7-2 General