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  1. #41
    Professional Fat Jockey Saxon Warrior's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinestone_Cowboy View Post
    SW I canít believe you were able to cash out that bet during the NHC, cracking move well done, and doesnít sound like it has cost you your account either

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    Fat Jockey (ridden out claim) robith's Avatar
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    What was your best bet? (No monetary figures please)

    The Envoi Allen/Samcro double. Watched it in the office and everyone knew what I got in Samcro won. People who hadn't backed him just grabbing me as we all went mental when it was called. Closely followed by the STB/IA double. Plenty off the post - Aba and LE getting up would've returned me 1,000 points. Ah well.


    Worst bet?

    Not the worst, but a tale of moderation. I was in Paris on the Friday and was having an ok day but a couple of my favoured ones LE particuarly hadn't gone in. I'm on the streets on Paris about to place the biggest bet I've ever placed in my life, 20pts, on ABP cos I'm well in profit. I then took a moment and went "wait, this is insane", and took it down to 10 points. Don't even care that I didn't win as much - the original, impulse stake was irresponsible.

    Favourite race of the Festival

    Marsh for pocket, but I thought the Supreme, story wise, was a banger. There's a lot to unpick there!

    Worst race of the Festival?

    Champion Chase, didn't even bother watching it live, didn't even care when Defi didn't win

    Best Performance?

    Envoi Allen rallying home was quite something. Samcro, everyone loves a redemption story

    Biggest disappointment?

    CPS pulling out like 2 hours before.

    Dark horse for next years Festival?

    Won't have gone unnoticed but Captain Guinness, Elixir D'Ainay and Chantry House caught the eye in the Supreme. Us and Them to carry on the trend of placed horses doing well in the Grand Annual?

    Biggest irritation of this years Festival?

    False starts. Allowing it to go ahead in a global pandemic. Preview circuit was awful this year. Kennedy and the state of the FFP these days.

    Underdog performance of the Festival?

    Put The Kettle On - I loved her for the novice handicap, mad at myself for not covering the move to the Arkle. Lisnagar Oscar going off a huge price despite the Cleeve performance

    Biggest regret?

    First profitable festival since 2016 for me. No such thing as regret when you're up!

    What would you do differently for next years Festival??

    Using free bets for multiples massively helped. Making a book on certain races helps with profit but much more work. NRNB is your friend and a big help.

  3. #43
    Fat Jockey (ridden out claim) Leman14's Avatar
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    What was your best bet? (No monetary figures please)
    I still think that my best bet was a losing one. Like many, I had the Sky RAB of Min & Champ to Win, Oldgrangewood and Column Of Fire to place @ 250/1
    I only had one Free Bet on it, but what a bet!

    Worst bet?
    Hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back, there were lots of horses that I had backed in the "wrong" race.
    However, at the time - I felt that it was a good bet and the "right" race IMO.
    IF I had to pick one, I backed Colreevy quite heavily (for me) on course in the lead up to the race.
    I had good returns lined up for Mullins' other two runners (Dolcita & Concertista), but I was worried that I hadn't got it covered.
    Guinness got the better of me.

    Favourite race of the Festival
    There were LOADS of good races, but my favourite was the Albert Bartlett, followed closely by the RSA and the Gold Cup.
    I had 2nd, 3rd and 4th covered, so at the time - it wasn't that enjoyable. BUT having watched the four days back now... it was the most thrilling finish.

    Worst race of the Festival?
    Foxhunter - despite having relative success in this over the years, its a race that I just can't get excited about.
    I get why it's important for the Amateur Jockeys and the PTP/Hunter Chase scene, but not for me.

    Best Performance?
    A bit left-field (as I don't disagree with shouts for Bazza G etc...) but having watched the festival back - I thought that Harry Whittington had an excellent festival.
    Just THREE runners and they came 3rd, 2nd and 1st. Not a bad week!!!

    Biggest disappointment?
    What was billed as the race of the festival - turned into something a bit "meh".
    No Altior.
    No Chacun Pour Soi
    It wasn't even a procession for Defi
    I even backed Politologue at 33/1 last summer, but it just wasn't the race I had hoped it would be.

    Dark horse for next years Festival?
    I think that there could be a few that didn't make it around that could come back next year.
    Captain Guinness and Elixir D'Ainay are just two that spring to mind that could have finished well in the Supreme and may prove to be better than those in 3rd backwards.

    Biggest irritation of this years Festival?
    The starter.
    It seemed to get better as the week progressed, but many a race could have been started 50-100m back from the tapes, when they were all "jig-jogging" perfectly nicely. The longer they "jig-jog" the more anxious they get.
    Either start them closer OR let them go sooner.

    Underdog performance of the Festival?
    Has to be Lisnagar Oscar in the Stayers. May just be worth looking back down the Albert Bartlett field for next years Stayers Winner....

    Biggest regret?
    I had my best ever festival - from a punting perspective, so it's difficult to have any/many regrets.
    Those that I do have are covered in the last section...

    What would you do differently for next years Festival??
    Cover bets!
    On numerous occasions, I went into races with 2-3 towards the head of the market at decent prices.
    I then felt the need to "cover" the odd horse that I felt was a danger - eating into my profits.
    E.G. Asterion Forlonge (despite having Shishkin and Abracadabras), Copperhead (despite having Minella Indo, Allaho & Champ!) etc...
    I also probably did too many multiples, too far out. If they are BIG priced Lucky 15's/Yankees, then I will still do them. BUT short-priced win-only accumulators, just don't seem to pay. (Yes there will be some (Samcro/Envoi) - but only a small percentage will still be live come festival week).

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    Fat Jockey (ridden out claim) luisgarciaisgod's Avatar
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    What was your best bet? (No monetary figures please)
    Covering Lostintranslation with ABP after LIT's wobbler at Xmas. Only in multiples but they all ended up coming in.

    Worst bet?
    Cash Back in the Arkle, he wasn't helped by the restart but he just never got into it.

    Favourite race of the Festival
    Probably the Marsh, i was sweet on Melon and it was a sickner to see him get beat but it was a great race.

    Worst race of the Festival?
    Champion Chase, really poor.

    Best Performance?
    Even though he fell Gosheen looked like an absolute superstar.

    Biggest disappointment?
    Abacadbras not winning despite looking the winner from miles out. Shades of Harchibald/Hardy Eustace that for me

    Dark horse for next years Festival?
    Allart, Looks like he could be a lovely 2miler

    Biggest irritation of this years Festival?
    The bloody starter!

    Underdog performance of the Festival?
    Has to be Put The Kettle on, didn't see that from Adam

    Biggest regret?
    Not getting over despite having everything booked for the Friday.

    What would you do differently for next years Festival??
    More single bets

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    What was your best bet? (No monetary figures please)
    Shishkin @ 40/1 & 33/1

    Worst bet?
    Cashed out PTKO and Ferny Hollow both at big double figure prices

    Favourite race of the Festival
    Ryanair. Buzzing Min won having made the case a few times

    Worst race of the Festival?
    Champion Chase. CPS @ 67/1 combined with EA doubles made his absence brutal

    Best Performance?
    Envoi Allen was a weapon

    Biggest disappointment?
    Tiger Roll

    Dark horse for next years Festival?
    I think The Big Breakaway will turn into a proper RSA contender

    Biggest irritation of this years Festival?
    Coronovirus concerns was a pain. £6 a pint was just a piss take too, just make it a fiver ffs.

    Underdog performance of the Festival?
    Put The Kettle On

    Biggest Regret?
    Cash out. Saved me loads of points but ended up costing me a lot more

    What would you do differently for next years Festival??
    I am going to record everything like Kev so I have exact P/L down to the very last pt.

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