So many race days bring moments of happiness, frustration and despair.
Perhaps the latter of those three words is a touch full on but I'm sure all gamblers have had moments of extreme frustration (boarding on despair).
Anyway, I had one of those moments today when missing a 33/1 winner. Well, I say missed (that isn't quite true as I did have a tiny bet) but by all ways of thinking it was nothing. Those who follow the Group entries may have noticed Andrew Balding's All You Wish had, earlier in the year, been given a Gimcrack Stakes entry. It didn't run in the race and disappointed on debut. However, this proves the point of why you need to appreciate the entries and keep an open mind that anything is possible.
Other than very few people (those in the know) wouldn't have remembered this son of Showcasing had anything going for it at all. I can imagine most people wouldn't have known it was considered for any class race. The horse looked poor after showing little on debut at Salisbury when starting a 16/1 shot. A slow start ruined any hope of winning. All You Wish finished twelfth of fourteen.
Three weeks off course and Balding enters this horse for Kempton, stepping up to 7f. The starting odds 33/1. Betfair the price touched 90/1. There was a little bit of money just before the off as he was backed to 40s (exchange).
The rest is history. All You Wish, led from just about start to finish and battled well to hold two favourites who put down serious challenges. However, neither could stop this big galloping horse which held on to win by a neck.
You can imagine the thoughts going through my mind.
The main reason I didn't bet was simply that Balding doesn't have many winners on their second start over 9/1. See, sometimes you can just think you know too much. This winner helped me write a new guideline for my own personal bets, which, to some extent, will help prevent this from happening in future. As we all know, there will always be something. If you have to learn a lesson, you may as well learn it and move forward.
I hope a few of you noticed the interest in All You Wish today, as the entry is there to be seen, for those who care to look and appreciate the information at hand.
I'm pleased to say Craig from Craig's Betting Blog had a few quid each-way. Great to hear. It proves the worth of the information we detail.