Hello to all and particularly to the new readers that have registered over the last few weeks.
The sheer volume of work involved in setting up, launching and running my new tipping service has meant that I’ve neglected this site over the last couple of months and for that you have my sincere apologies.
Here and now, I’m undertaking to devote a good bit more time to the site and I think given some hard work and some tweaks it can become a much more valuable resource for all things betting and horse racing related.
Today, with that in mind, I thought we’d start with the Make Your Betting Pay Christmas Tipping Competition. The format we’ve used over the last couple of years has worked well and I can see no reason to change a winning formula – so here goes:
Prizes this year will be:
1st Prize: 1 months free subscription to my Morning Value Service (value £150 -currently more than 1900 points in profit since inception in July 2011) + £50 Amazon voucher.
2nd Prize: £30 Amazon Voucher
3rd prize: £20 Amazon Voucher
The races you need to find the winners in this year are:
Saturday 21-12-13 Ascot The Long Walk Hurdle
Thursday 26-12-13 Kempton Park King George VI Chase
Saturday 28-12-13 Chepstow Welsh Grand National
All entrants must register for the competition no later than noon on Friday 20th December
Selections are required by 12 noon UK time on each race day. Any that come in after that will not be included ( I will have to be strict about this – last time I was still receiving selections 5 minutes before the race!).
Points will be allocated in line with SP for each winner you find.
If you don’t tip in a race you will lose 10 points.
The winner will be the person who has the most points after the Welsh National on Saturday 28th
In the event of a tie at the end of the competition, I will draw the winner from a hat.
All the usual gumph about my decision being final blah blah blah
How to Enter
To enter the competition you will need to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Friday to register your name as an entrant. Please put TIPPING COMPETITION in the subject line of your email.
Please also supply me with a tipping nickname you would be happy to see posted on the site.
I’m afraid no new entrants will be accepted after noon on Friday (20-12-11). If you don’t pick for Saturday’s race – there is no joining in later!
I hope those rules are fair and clear! I think they make for a decent test of tipping ability.
I’m not usually one to pay too much attention to stable whispers and the like but every now and then a whisper becomes so insistent it’s almost a shout.
The whisper on this occasion is about Quick Jack for the Ladbroke Hurdle on Saturday week. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that the horse has improved massively from his facile win at Cheltenham last time out. The exact word is “if he takes part, he wins” and “he’ll be half his current price on the day”
Who knows what will happen or if he will even go for the race but, I have little doubt that the stable feel he is a near certainty if he takes his chance. On that basis, I will be having a small interest at the 8/1 generally available.
I know many readers have been availing themselves of the free trial currently being offered by Keith Eckstein of his excellent Focus Ratings Service.
Personally, I use the ratings as an additional check on my own selections but there are myriad ways in which they can be used including simply as a time saving device for narrowing a race down to three contenders that win 54% of the time!
The free trial ends today and if you are interested in continuing, you can sign up here for the exceptionally reasonable cost of £10+vat a month or – even better – £25+vat a quarter. I know that membership will be strictly limited at 500 for customer service reasons and at those prices, I don’t think the offer will be open very long!
(The sign up links are at the bottom of that page)
That’s all from me today – have a great one and be lucky!