A blog from our in-house tipster and racing know-it-all Martin Higgs
for the week commencing 16th April
So there you have it! Another winter of racing done and dusted and Taunton stages it’s last meeting next week. Now is the time to forget the cold and rain, switch to the summer wardrobe and reflect on the past 6 months.
Cheltenham didn’t disappoint with Native River and Altior topping my list and we also had Might Bite, who won the King George, and at Aintree having had a very tough race at Cheltenham. From a jockey point of view ‘Dicky’ Johnson continues to rule, Bryony Frost was a breath of fresh air and I felt Harry Cobden came of age. Talking of age, young James Bowen won the Welsh National at the ripe old age of 16, that’s young and the strength in depth of the jockeys coming through now is immense. As for the trainers, Nicky Henderson will be Champion Trainer and you have to mention the Skelton team who have consistently rattled in the winners.
Onto the ‘nitty gritty’ and the H On H Horses to follow list. We had 33 runs, 9 wins and made a loss of 5 points. Happy with the 27% strike rate but slightly disappointed that we didn’t manage a big price winner.
Always save the best till last they say and we managed a profit at Cheltenham this year of 3 ½ points and 7 points at Aintree. Did I mention I tipped up the Grand National winner? That means all in all we made a profit of just over 5 points, in layman’s terms if you had put £1 on each of my selections you would be £5 the richer. Is it life changing? No! Is it going to stop me working? No! Have I enjoyed it? Too right I have!
The two horses to thank are Waiting Patiently, he is very useful and I have told you here before he will win the King George on Boxing Day this year. The second has to be Tiger Roll (if only I had put him on my HTF list), he romped home at Cheltenham in the Cross Country and I then put him up for the Grand National. He’s too small and can’t jump I was told! Well let’s put it this way, maybe the fences aren’t as big as they used to be, and Davy Russell (jockey), is a genius. I had to laugh at a comment made after the race by connections ‘He’s a little rat of a thing who has the heart of a lion and was bought to win a Triumph Hurdle’ – that race is for four year olds over 2 miles, he did win that and having won another 2 races at the Cheltenham Festival, he rocks up at Aintree last week and wins the Grand National over 4 miles plus. That is some feat and he is still only eight!
Anyway I’m off for my Summer hols, the flip flops are packed and the rest of the H’s are waiting in the car. Is it the Desert Island this year? No, but it’s not ‘Our’ gate either and one things for sure, wherever we end up it will be a damn sight warmer than here, I need some sun!