18th August 2017
In this week’s issue….
Ripon enjoys its moment in the spotlight tomorrow. The Great St Wilfrid is the feature race on the card….
I’ve covered that race and the Randox Health Handicap at Newmarket over on my paid ATC service….
I’m two-against-the-field in both those races. You can pick up those extra bets right now on the website when you take a 14-day free trial of the ATC service….
Here on ATC Extra the focus is on the consolation race for the horses that didn’t get into the Great St Wilfrid – the William Hill Silver Trophy (2.40)….
We’ll get to my selections for tomorrow’s race in a moment….
First a word or two on something I’ve been hearing a lot about just lately – Matched Betting….
They tell me there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And there’s more than one way to make money out of a bookmaker too….
You don’t have to bet with them. Not in the true sense of the word – where you’re putting your money on the line….
There’s another way of wringing regular cash out of the bookies. It’s called Matched Betting and it involves taking the various offers bookmakers give to their clients and turning that ‘generosity’ against them – without risking a penny of your own money….
This method is elegant in its simplicity. And a lot of people doing it report making hundreds of pounds a week – every week that comes along….
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you it requires no effort. Because it does. You will need to invest a bit of time and energy.
You’ll also need to be comfortable opening accounts with bookmakers and using a betting exchange like Betfair. And that means having a rudimentary working knowledge of decimal odds….
But even if you don’t have that knowledge right now, this opportunity is not closed to you. This stuff is straightforward to learn if you’re prepared to put a little time in. And help is readily available….
Bookies must fight for market share. And they compete for customers using lots of offers and concessions and bonuses. That’s their business model. And you can turn that model to your advantage….
The strategy is called Matched Betting and we are hearing reports of people using it to skin the bookies for hundreds of pounds every week – risking no money of their own. It’s something worth checking out….
LEXINGTON TIMES is no spring chicken. He’s 5yo now and he’s got plenty of form in the book having raced 41 times under rules. But this season he’s enjoyed something approaching a new lease of life.
Back in 2015 he lined up in the Irish 2000 Guineas. Most of his racing to date has been done at a mile and 7f. But this season, he’s been stepped back to the 6f trip and he’s produced some decent performances.
Two runs back Ruth Carr applied the cheekpieces for the first time – and they appear to have sharpened him up just that bit more.
It might be more than two years since he was officially rated as high as 108, and he is never going to scale those heights again. But he shows up tomorrow on a mark of 86 and a first-go at a half-decent prize at 6f. That mark is workable.
Two runs back at York he showed how well-suited he might be to a big-field sprint on good ground. He gets exactly those conditions again at Ripon tomorrow. He’s priced sweetly enough for a win only bet at 11s with race sponsors, William Hill.
In this 20-runner affair, I also want to back STRANGHOW each-way at 25s with bet365.
The formbook is a funny thing. It’s a bit like the Bible in so much as there’s more than one way to read it….
I can look at Stranghow’s record of performance and draw the conclusion that a mark of 87 – his mark for tomorrow’s race – is just about where he’s at.
But I can look at it another way too. It was only three runs back that he recorded a career-best winning mark of 83. Next time at York he ran with credit off 89. And I can draw a line through the next run on the all-weather – a surface he’s yet to indicate that he appreciates.
He’s been in good heart all term. Not many of tomorrow’s opponents have been as consistent as him this term. Back down to 87, I think he can come again. And all things taken together, the price is attractive enough to call me in.
LEXINGTON TIMES @ 11s (William Hill)
STRANGHOW @ 25s (bet365)
The standard place terms are ¼ 1-2-3-4. I’ll be backing Lexington Times win only and Stranghow each-way.
That’s all from me this week. Enjoy your weekend.
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