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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back to normality

It's been a long week!

Well, Cheltenham has come and gone – it was an extremely busy week for me as I had a lot of writing on but it was great to be able to pull in a nice few quid from newspapers etc as I didn’t make money from punting. 
 I’ve quite a few things coming up that are going to cost a few quid – the missus’ 30th, a trip to Oslo and also a cousin’s wedding so Cheltenham is a big week of the year for those of us involved with racing and it’s a good chance to earn some decent bread. 

Punting wise, day one and two were horrendous and I was well down but a decent bet on Big Buck’s on day three got me out of a hole and a couple of wins on Friday at Cheltenham and elsewhere saw me get out alive – just about. 

I didn’t really get to trade that much but I sometimes find the really big meetings tricky in some ways as your money is always at the end of a big queue. It’s good to see the liquidity in the markets obviously but there also comes a point where it gets difficult to get matched outside of the available prices. 

I read on Peter Webb’s blog that Betdaq was providing some nice opportunities so I’ll have to keep an eye on that over the summer for the likes of Royal Ascot etc. 

The flat racing returned today at the Curragh and this is something I welcome. It may not be as exciting for some people but my own betting records show that I’m better at backing on the flat so I’m looking forward to the upcoming season. 

Didn’t get out running much this week with the Festival so I went for a jog today. Have to say, it felt great as the sun was shining. It’s great to see some good weather and it was lovely to go running in the sun for a change. I was out a bit socialising over the weekend too so it’s good to sweat some of that out of the system!
I see that Leopardstown is on next week - I haven’t been out racing in quite a while so I think I’ll try my best to get up. My daughter is six and a half now and often asks me to bring her so I may just see how she likes it. She went up before when she was four but I don’t think she remembers. There’s a trials day on so there’s one or two reasonable races on the card.

It’s been a long but productive week and I’m looking forward to chilling out tonight and just sitting back and reading the Sunday papers.

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