Saturday, 12 January 2008

Sport Of Kings?

Since Last Post P/L: £121.90
Monthly P/L: £415.01
Despite the dreadful weather my day did brighten up after an ominous start.
Whilst waiting for the first Heineken Cup match of the day I decided to take a look at the Horse Racing to review a few in-running strategies that had been going through my head. The first race was the 12.40 at Kempton and Red Flare went off as the market leader at 3.00 on Betfair. My strategy was based on the favourite so even though I ended up not placing a bet I was always keeping an eye on his progress and for the most part he was in with a chance...until....the last hurdle. The poor bugger hit the fence flat out and suffered an horrific fall from which he wouldn't recover.
This bothered me. I've been a fan of the sport since an early age but as more of my time has been taken up watching other things, I'd forgotten how gruesome it can be. Having horses die for my entertainment is not what I call fun and whilst I don't pretend to know all the answers, I'd seen enough to switch channels. If you asked me now to describe my relationship with Horse Racing in real life terms, I'd say we were having a break to see how things work out.
Leinster v Toulouse
I'm guessing that my head must have still been somewhere else when I sat down to trade this one. I strayed from my game plan early on, lost touch with the match and it wasn't long before I was looking at a sizeable loss. Fortunately, I was able to improve my discipline and by half time accepted a loss of £58.20. It was time for a distraction, so I headed off to Swansea to watch the Ospreys take on Gloucester.
Seattle @ Green Bay
The Ospreys didn't let me down and even though I got drenched, watching them beat the Guinness Premiership leaders certainly made up for it. After a quick shower, I was back at my desk to get involved in the the NFL and within a few minutes I was convinced it wasn't going to be my day. Two quick scores put Seattle 14-0 up and my fancied Green Bay were in a right mess. My outright bet on the Superbowl winner seemed to be going down the drain and I was struggling to take a hold on the match - could it get any worse? To my relief, the Packers then started to up their game and not long after they'd managed to pull the score level. It was a cracking first half, I'd ridden the wave and come out the other side - my profit on the match ended at £180.10.


STST said...

Thanks for the kind words Mark. I also just read part of your mother's eulogy at John's site. Very moving stuff.


Mark Iverson said...

Cheers Gareth - hope you're okay mate