Punchestown Day 2 & Alan Potts Blog uploaded - Punchestown Festival Day 1 uploaded - Weekend Race Previews uploaded - World Snooker Preview in General Sport, Mark Ball Blog & Premier League Darts (Thurs) uploaded - Scottish National in Ante-Post Focus uploaded
Hopefully you received the quarterly e-newsletter on Thursday where I outlined my plans for the coming year or so.
As the website approaches its first anniversary, official invites to current members will be emailed later this month but, in a nutshell The Jumps Season Service will remain exactly the same as in 2015/16, and a new book on betting psychology/guidelines I have just embarked upon writing will replace Trainer Trends for the All-Inclusive Service where the golf content will also be increased.
The membership cost for both services will remain the same and I have extended the cap for the All-Inclusive Service members from 50 to 75. If you would prefer to get in touch before official invites are sent and sort things out early then no problem. If you didn’t receive the e-newsletter but want to see a copy, please let me know and I will forward it on.
We have a busy week ahead as I am covering the last three days of the St Leger Meeting and both days of Irish Champions Weekend in the Race Previews section the evening before each day’s racing takes place. In addition, I will be covering the BMW Golf Championship and Carl Redden will be concentrating on the second week of the US Open Tennis after a profitable first week with seven winning recommendations out of ten so far. Ante-Post Focus will be uploaded on Wednesday and I will also write a ‘September Catch Up’ to appear in the Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post section next week as was the case last year outlining the main news stories over the summer and Premier League Picks will return on Friday.
You know that the jumps season is just around the corner when The Racing Post has front page headlines from trainers' open days (or open days to owners and prospective owners anyway) and when the horses to follow books are published and two of those hit my doormat this week. Paul Ferguson writes a monthly 'Novice Note Book' for us and the tenth edition of his excellent Jumpers To Follow 2016/17 is now in circulation and can be ordered via the Bettrends website. The second edition of The Final Flight Jumps Guide 2016/17 written by Grant Copson and Lee Lewis is also now published and can be ordered via their website www.thefinalflightpublications.co.uk/home and, as you would expect, they have come on for the run on their second start after a very promising debut. I have also participated in a Q&A session for them alongside other guests. I'll be reveiwing both publications at a later date.
An early heads up regards a week’s break I have planned following a hectic summer of horseracing and sport to help recharge the batteries. I will be away between September 21-28 (Weds-Weds). That’s a quiet period on the racing front and also for sport with only the Tour Championship golf of note taking place and I’ll preview that event the day before I leave as I will that weekend’s Premier League Picks and Ante-Post Focus.
My return will be two days before the start of the Ryder Cup which I then look forward to getting stuck into. Hopefully you followed me in on USA when I wrote an early preview on April 4th recommending we get stuck into the 5/6 as that price would only shorten and they are now a top price 8/13. As I expected, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were Darren Clarke’s wildcard selections but far too many of the European players are not playing anywhere near their best at present, notably Rory McIlroy but also Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Danny Willett. Rafa Cabrera-Bello is also not in the same form as he was before mid-summer. Their best player at present, Henrik Stenson, also has a dodgy knee which forced his abandonment from The Barclays last week so is unlikely to be asked to play all five rubbers.