Horse racing week ahead, that big weekend gamble that failed, and a bet at Wolverhampton
That gambled-on big-priced trebleSo the big gamble did not come off on Sunday. I wasn't on, but it was fun watching the Bookies panic for a while. The old satchel swingers escaped what they estimated would have been a multi-million pound payout after the final leg of a gambled-on big-priced treble went down. Gallahers Cross was the one that let the punters down with Fire Away at Musselburgh and Blowing Dixie at Southwell having won earlier in the day. Blowing Dixie was sent off 4-6 favourite having opened at 9-1 and Fire Away had been available at 22-1 and was sent off even-money jolly. With the first two winning Gallahers Cross was sent off 4-5, having opened at 33's on Saturday. It was a good old fashioned plunge by someone with a lot of multiple bets on the three horses all placed pretty much simultaneously on the Saturday evening. Unlucky.
Weather prospects for horse racing this week
With the country pretty much covered in a blanket of snow it is no surprise that race meetings up and down the UK are being abandoned. Plumpton and Carlisle have been called off today and Market Rasen and Taunton both have inspections later on Monday to see if they can race Tuesday. Fontwell and Sedgefield on Wednesday have already been cancelled due to waterlogging and the forecast look pretty bleak.
Best bet for the horse racing at Wolverhampton
Secret Victory is one I have been backing, tipped him again when second last month, and the four-year-old goes in the Bombardier "March To Your Own Drum" Handicap at Wolverhampton this evening at 6.30. Drifting a little in the market, I have 3-1 BOG, the chestnut was perhaps a little unlucky at Chelmsford last time and this slight step-up in trip and fairly long run-in on a track that generally suits those up with the pace should all help. Christian Howarth takes off 7lb which wipes out the 2lb rise in the ratings and then some and first-time cheekpieces should concentrate the mind.