Friday, March 18, 2011

Burnt fingers

An old boss of mine used to say, 'If you've got bad news, look them in the eye and give it to them straight.' So here goes - the profit/loss figures for the blog's highlighted selections at this year's Festival to a £1 level stake (as always, settled at SP):

Peddlers Cross WIN 9/2 - second
Medermit WIN 11/4f - fourth
Banjaxed Girl E/W 8/1 - seventh

Big Zeb WIN 3/1 - second
Aiteen Thirtythree WIN 8/1 - pulled up
The Giant Bolster E/W 20/1 - unseated rider
So Young WIN 2/1f - third

Grand Crus WIN 7/2 - second
Fiveforthree E/W 12/1 - eighth
Knockara Beau E/W 33/1 - fourth; returned 4.62

Imperial Commander WIN 4/1 - pulled up
What A Friend E/W 25/1 - fourth
Kilcrea Kim E/W 6/1 - fifth

Total wagered: £13.00
Total returned: £4.62
Profit/loss -£8.38
Loss as % of turnover 64.46%

The figures make for grim reading, with not one single winner all week; Knockara Beau's fine fourth in the Pertemps Final prevented a complete whitewash. The performances of note (!) finished second - Peddlers Cross, Big Zeb and Grand Crus, while What A Friend ran a stormer in the Gold Cup but failed by a nose to make third.

I'm away to sit in the corner and lick my wounds.

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