It’s been a few months since my last post, mainly due to annual holiday and also an operation in hospital. With my batteries recharged, I’m looking forward to continuing the battle to earn a living from the sport of kings.
Having not had much time to look in any great depth at profitable angles/systems for September, now would be a good time to look back at the performance’s of the micro systems and trainer angles that have been offered up in this column.
Back in May when ‘Portfolio Corner’ started I highlighted the stable of Jo Hughes and her previous performance over May, June and July since 2011.
Those that followed weren’t disappointed;
23% Strike Rate
+29.25 points at Industry SP to 1 point level stakes
+37.85 points at Betfair SP to 1 point level stakes
It wasn’t quite so good for June as I highlighted two trainers that have used June as a kick start to their season. The first was Roger Varian and his results to the micro system produced;
11.76% Strike Rate
-5.00 points at Industry SP to 1 point level stakes
-3.79 points at Betfair SP to 1 point level stakes
The second micro system highlighted a group of five trainers that used June to produce good profits during the summer national hunt season.
The two biggest disappointments during this month were Peter Bowen and Dr Newland that went 1 for 16 and a loss of 12.75 points. Hats off to David Bridgewater (3 from 7) and Mrs Diane Hamer (1 from 3) that helped offset most of the losses.
17.86% Strike Rate
-3.50 points at Industry SP to 1 point level stakes
-1.35 points at Betfair SP to 1 point level stakes
I offered up a micro system for Royal Ascot that concentrated on favs in non handicaps. I was disappointed with the outcome as the final score on the door was;
25% Strike Rate
-3.59 points at Industry SP to 1 point level stakes
-3.44 points at Betfair SP to 1 point level stakes
Entering July I highlighted the ‘good’ and the ‘ugly’ from the Nursery division. Although Mark Johnston was having a good season I highlighted the fact that his nursery runners under perform, not just recently but since 2003. And this season has been no different …
20.45% Strike Rate
-13.97 at Industry SP to 1 point level stakes
+8.75 Laying to win 1 point at Betfair SP
Mark Johnston certainly remains in the ‘ugly’ category with his 2 year-old handicap runners.
Now on to the ‘good’ and the two trainers I brought to the attention of readers to Portfolio Corner was Michael Bell and Richard Fahey.
Michael Bell is currently 1 win from 4 runners at under 20/1 for a profit of +1.50 points at Industry SP and a slightly better +2.04 points at Betfair SP (both to 1 point level stakes).
Richard Fahey’s stable hasn’t let this column down. From just three runners to date he’s fired in two winners for +3.25 points profit at industry SP +3.70 at Betfair SP.
So readers of Portfolio Corner that have followed have been well rewarded …
Jo Hughes +29.25 ISP +37.85 BFSP
Roger Varian -5.00 ISP -3.79 BFSP
N Hunt Group -3.50 ISP -1.35 BFSP
Royal Ascot -3.59 ISP -3.44 BFSP
Mark Johnston +8.75 (laying) as of 27th Aug
Michael Bell +1.50 ISP +2.04 BFSP as of 27th Aug
Richard Fahey +3.25 ISP +3.70 BFSP as of 27th Aug
Twiston Davies -1.00 ISP -1.00 BFSP as of 27th Aug
Total profit at BFSP (which everyone can avail themselves to) +42.76
Not bad given that it’s from just a handful of angles/systems. Once you’ve built up a solid portfolio, profit’s are there. You just have to be prepared for losing runs and know that what has gone before has a good chance of repeating itself, but given circumstances beyond our control this is not always possible.
Remember ….. “bet with your head, not over it”