I appear to be a full-time gambler again. Last year I was trying (at the very least half-heartedly) to land a proper full-time training job, or interim equivalent. To no avail. One excruciating interview aside. At the same time I tried (more whole-heartedly) to get my novel, and (to a lesser extent) my management book published. To no avail. One very encouraging rejection letter aside.
Whilst suffering this litany of failure I was playing small-time on the horses, twiddling about with a new methodology, and I did well enough for me to think I may be able to get back in the game.
And so, here I am. I have scraped together a bank, a modest one, but large enough I hope it will see me through to retirement and then beyond. My staking is going to be ludicrously conservative. I’ll be playing a maximum of 1% of the bank per meeting. My focus is going to be mainly on trainers, and especially focused on winners coming in clusters. My objective is for a very modest income, the equivalent of, say, me going and getting a minimum wage job at B&Q, not that they’d employ me in a million years. Assuming they have any sense.
I’ll do Saturday updates on here. Until I get bored anyway. Who knows, there may even be another book in it, unpublishable obviously.
To kick us off today I have done Wild West Wind at 10s and Ask the Weatherman at 15/1 to win the Welsh National and will have a good day if any of Gary Moore, Harry Cobden or James Bowen do.
That could have worked out worse. And, indeed better. A late ew play on Raz de Maree helped a lot, but thereafter James Bowen had three decent chances to really kick the fun forward with the running-on doubles. All floundered in the mud. One winner for Harry Cobden. One winner ain't what this game is about. And Gary Moore doesn't seem to have had a cluster of winners at Sandown for ages but who's going to stop me betting on that. It usually pays for my holidays.
My new methodology relies on me breaking even on daily plays (hopefully ahead, but I can live with level). The profit/bunce is in the clusterbombs. The staking is conservative enough to survive losing runs, but clever enough to take maximum advantage of the lucky days. That's the idea anyway.
So, one week in, how did we do? £50 up. Mustn't grumble. It's profit. Not mimimum wage, but still. Onwards...