What a crackin' game at Essex this evening, up there with one of the best run chases I've seen, suppose it helps to have the home team win with everyone locked roaring. Made a few mistakes along the way, but it was just a phenomenal run chase, I think they went at 10s+ for 14 overs and needed 12 an over at one stage. I didnt believe when the rate got that high, before that I had +€200 Essex -€50 Lancs, but finished with +€75 -€10, in hindsight not touching the book would have been the better play because IMO €200/-50 is better than €75/-10, purely because €50 isnt that much to lose really for the actual chance of it happening. I went awe-green with the €200/-50 position and then changed my mind again to support Essex, so basically backed 10 ticks shorter and then re-laid at 10 ticks higher.
Shame not to have been able to bet on the first game, innings SP at 1.04/1.05, nothing doing. My best trading was on the game that I lost on - I had €200ish red and got it down to just over €20, Sussex really bottled it in the middle overs, was just pure luck I had the "feeling" of it going tits up so was half way out of it when it started going wrong, then it went tits up in spectacular fashion. 1.2, 1.4, flip flop, 1.7 other side, 1.2, 1.0x, GSM pretty quickly.
I've messed about at Galway pre-off/in running but to no avail. I had €250 on Tashqeel yesterday though, and he hit 1.5ish in running so I got out of that without losing, I backed Why this evening and didnt quite get out of that fully, she hit 1.5ish too. I have to laugh, every single time I back against a Ballydoyle horse the hoor beats me, I was full sure Dec would win when he pulled out yesterday, Joeys 7 pounds made the difference though and the horse was by Galileo pulled out more. Then when I am involved in a Ballydoyle runner she goes on to lose, I should just do the opposite of what I think and I'd be in clover.
I think we'll see an improved Rip tomorrow, which wouldnt be hard looking at his first run, but I've a massive amount of time for Canford Cliffs since being a non-believer at the start of the year. I want 3/1+ on Rip and dont think I'll get it really, he does like Goodwood though and if Ryan Moore can time it as to go early but not go too early to burn out of gas, he could get first run. No Johnny an obvious negative though because he knows Rip so well. And if I could get Majestic Concorde 9/2 E/W first 5 places 1/4 odds tomorrow (if the ground stays fine for him) it would be a cracking bet too, but the only one going that at the moment is Stan James, I cant get on online there and theres only one shop in the country (or two, Limerick? Too far away anyway). I wont get that either, so shouting for Nicanor, I still remember Carbs flying past Denman sitting on him at Cheltenham, ahhhhh..