Hot streak

Is it me or is it hot in here? I've never had such a good start to the 40 to follow project and it's setting off some febrile palpitations.

A self-effacing sort would let the moments pass with calm reflection on a job well done. That's not happening here. I'm rocking some solid self-congratularoy vibes.

The first 25 bets have yielded 13 winners at a strike rate of 52% and a profit of +28.6 to a level £1 stake. Included within that lot is a run of six straight winners that began with Pine Creek at 11-2 on Saturday and ended with Annacotty at 8-1 this afternoon. Harry Topper (5-1) was the classy highlight in the Charlie Hall on Saturday and Le Reve (10-1) the comedy moment after Smad Place ejected Choc Thornton at the last fence with the race in his pocket won on Sunday.

Annacotty, plenty to like last season over hurdles, has jumped like a dog twice this Autumn already. Today, stepped up to 3 miles and allowed to run handily, he jumped with assurance. A different horse.

After that, I thought I could do no wrong. I simply swaggered up to the Billy Hill's in Mornington Crescent to watch Theatre Guide in the 3.10. I strode out confidently, grinning heartily and ruffling the blond locks of tiny children playing in the street, paying no attention to the No 24 bus swerving viciously to avoid my puffed out chest.

So it was a blow to see that Colin Tizzard's charge could not extend the sequence to seven. He looked a bit ring rusty and I thought he might have made a bolder showing behind the slicker Bury Parade and Hadrian's Approach.

Tomorrow we are off to Exeter. Nothing for the project in the marvellous Haldon Gold Cup, where I might have a little tickle on the progressive Module to give Cue Card a scare (though might need some rain).

However, list horse Champagne West should be in the mix in the opening novice hurdle. All eyes will be on Flemenson's jockey, McCoy who could be riding winner number 3999. Towcester racecourse has been bombarding my inbox with promo material for the last few days. The track's marketing guys are desperate for him to turn up at Thursday's meeting still needing a winner or two. Looking unlikely now.

In the closing handicap hurdle, an open looking heat, Tolkein's Tango runs for the list and at about 7-1 he should have a squeak.

Time for an ice bath.


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