Well June is here already and the weather is still shite. I thought I'd cheer myself up by posting some happy drinking pics taken over the last couple of years or so. Here's how I'm doing :
01/06 - won £303.85 on the horses and lost £126.06 on the dogs = +£177.79. Total = +£177.79
02/06 - won £150.61. Total = +£328.40
03/06 - won £180.41. Total = +£508.81
Guinness outside 'The Thomas Kemp' @ Kemptown
04/06 - won £200.38. Total = +£709.19
05/06 - won £137.79. Total = +£846.98
06/06 - won £224.70 on the horses and won £154.59 on the dogs = +£379.29. Total = +£1226.27
Stella outside 'The Rock' @ Brighton' ... was fucking hot that day!
07/06 - won £136.68 on the horses and won £75.03 on the dogs = +£211.71. Total = +£1438.00
08/06 - won £1147.26 on the horses and won £146.28 on the dogs = +£1293.54. Total = +£2731.54
09/06 - lost £97.42 on the horses and won £29.63 on the dogs = -£67.79. Total = +£2661.75
San Miguel in the jacuzzi @ Gran Canaria
11/06 - won £86.70 on the horses and lost £64.04 on the dogs = +£22.66. Total = +£2814.83
12/06 - lost £33.44 on the horses and lost £39.67 on the dogs = -£73.11. Total = +£2741.72
Hoegaarden (my fave tipple) outside 'The Barley Mow' @ Kemptown
13/06 - won £188.73 on the horses and won £117.31 on the dogs = +£306.04. Total = +£3047.76
14/06 - won £130.92 on the horses and won £68.13 on the dogs = +£199.05. Total = +£3246.81
15/06 - won £146.36 on the horses and won £35.07 on the dogs = +£181.43. Total = +£3428.24
Either an Estrella or Stella in 'The Belgian Cafe' @ Ramsgate
16/06 - won £99.42 on the horses and won £12.17 on the dogs = +£111.59. Total = +£3539.83
17/06 - won £00.21 on the horses and lost £4.94 on the dogs = -£4.73. Total = +£3510.83
I'm now finding it near impossible to spot a good lay bet, as my miserable performance today indicates. Over the last few weeks I have gradually become more of a backer and this seems to be a more effective strategy when there are loads of races on the flat. Think I'll have to change my custom columns on Gruss as most of them are lay buttons!
18/06 - won £188.90 on the horses and lost £80.20 on the dogs = +£108.70. Total = +£3619.53
Stella (again!) in 'The Dolphin' & Broadstairs
19/06 - won £124.93 on the horses and lost £27.35 on the dogs = +£97.58. Total = +£3717.11
20/06 - won £97.42 on the horses and lost £68.24 on the dogs = +£29.18. Total = +£3746.29
21/06 - won £248.93 on the horses and won £31.85 on the dogs = +£280.78. Total = +£4027.07
Ice cold Peroni outside of 'The Bohemian' (probably my favourite boozer) @ Deal
22/06 - lost £51.69 on the horses and lost £43.00 on the dogs = -£94.69. Total = +£3932.38
23/06 - lost £126.48 on the horses and won £185.61 on the dogs = +£59.13. Total = +£3991.51
24/06 - lost £92.76. Total = £3898.75
Fosters outside 'The King Ethebert Inn' @ Reculver (had just cycled 15 miles and it was FUCKING HOT!!)
25/05 - won £48.21 on the horses and won £69.79 on the dogs = +£118.00. Total = +£4016.75
26/06 - lost £49.25 on the horses and lost £91.85 on the dogs = -£141.10. Total = +£3875.65
27/06 - won £457.01 on the horses and won £176.14 on the dogs = £633.15. Total = +£4508.80
Oranjeboom outside 'The Saracens Head' @ Deal
Think I'll have to continue this post into July as it gives me a good reason to get some more beer drinking pics!
28/06 - won £95.16 on the horses and lost £45.74 on the dogs = +£49.42. Total = +£4558.22
29/06 - won £217.16 on the horses and won £22.70 on the dogs = +£239.86. Total = +£4798.08
30/06 - won £181.29 on the horses and won £46.44 on the dogs = +£227.73. Total = +£5025.81
San Miguel outside 'The Master Mariner' @ Brighton marina
With July now upon us I'm trying to decide whether or not to up my stakes and/or aggressiveness? It's pretty obvious that I'm not going to hit the £200k mark for this year, so now I'm not too sure on how to play the second half of the year? One thought is to play steadily over the next few months in order to build a bigger bank for another assault next year maybe?
The weather has been so shite that I haven't even been down to the coast in 2012, but I'm hoping that we get a few nicer days towards the end of July so that I can get down there and smash into the beers. I'll have to partake in a few 'warm-up' beer sessions locally before I go though as I've recently shaved off over 8kg of beer belly by regular training, diet and abstinence from alcohol. But until then it's nose to the grindstone in order to eek out a few more shillings.
01/07 - won £134.31. Total = +£5160.12
02/07 - won £3.01 on the horses and lost £27.35 on the dogs = -£24.34. Total = +£5135.78
03/07 - won £153.94 on the horses and lost £133.25 on the dogs = +£20.69. Total = +£5156.47
Coors in 'The Orleans' @ Las Vegas
04/07 - won £199.56 on the horses and won £229.66 on the dogs = +£429.22. Total = +£5585.69
05/07 - won £246.63 on the horses and won £21.54 on the dogs = +£268.17. Total = +£5853.86
06/07 - won £26.15 on the horses and lost £28.38 on the dogs = -£2.23. Total = +£5851.63
Mahou outside a bar @ Gran Canaria
07/07 - won £77.54. Total = +£5928.17
08/07 - won £163.76. Total = +£6091.93
09/07 - won £22.63 on the horses and lost £95.50 on the dogs = -£72.87. Total = +£6019.06
Carling outside 'The Dolphin' @ Littlehampton
I've been waiting patiently all year for the Summer to come along, and now that it's arrived the weather is PANTS!! I was planning on driving to the coast on a glorious hot Summer's day (via the usual 6 a.m stop at McDonalds for the obligatory 2 double sausage and egg McMuffins and a cuppa), cruising down the A2 while munching on my Muffins with a bit of Oasis/Pink Floyd full whack on the car stereo, slipping the Oakleys on and then cycling alongside the shimmering sea, stopping at pubs along the way to get pissed and getting the local women to apply copious amounts of suntan cream to my rippling muscular frame (pictures to follow). However, the poxxy shite weather has fucked it all, and we're still getting meetings rained off .. in JULY!!
So to summarise: I'm not wining my fortune, I'm not getting pissed, I can't remember the last time I got laid, my body is still chalky white and I keep having wet dreams about Ronald McDonald.
On a good note, I have managed to slim down to a sinewy 89.1kg, so with any luck once I reach 86 kg and the sun shines for a couple of days I'll be like a ripped Adonis (once again pictures to follow!).
10/07 - won £0.77 on the horses and won £30.34 on the dogs = +£31.11. Total = +£6050.17
11/07 - won £456.33 on the horses and won £90.80 on the dogs = +£547.13. Total = +£6597.30
12/07 - won £265.19 on the horses and lost £44.56 on the dogs = +£220.63. Total = +£6817.93
Fosters outside a pub @ Mallorca
13/07 - won £28.74 on the horses and lost £79.51 on the dogs = -£50.77. Total = +£6767.16
14/07 - won £130.70. Total = +£6897.86
15/07 - won £47.34. Total = +£6814.50
San Miguel outside 'The Nelson' @ Littlehampton
16/07 - won £238.58 on the horses and won £37.42 on the dogs = +£276. Total = +£7090.50
17/07 - won £240.99 on the horses and lost £108.10 on the dogs = +£132.89. Total = +£7223.39
18/07 - won £23.93 on the horses and won £236.14 on the dogs = +£260.07. Total = +£7483.46
San Miguel polished off outside a restaurant @ Mallorca
19/07 - won £109.25. Total = +£7592.71
20/07 - won £194.27 on the horses and won £24.73 on the dogs = +£219.00. Total = +£7802.44
21/07 - won £135.27 on the horses and lost £10.71 on the dogs = +£124.56. Total = +£7927.00
Tropical outside a restaurant @ Gran Canaria
22/07 - won £26.29. Total = +£7953.29
23/07 - got pissed (see August below)
24/07 - got pissed again
Guinness in 'The Fiddlers Elbow' @ Brighton
25/07 - ... and again
26/07 - ... and got pissed again just for luck
27/07 - won £52.59 on the horses and won £12.02 on the dogs = +£64.61. Total = +£8017.90
Stella Artois in the beer garden of the 'Earle St Vincent' @ Ramsgate
28/07 - won £371.11 on the horses and lost £56.12 on the dogs = +£314.99. Total = +£8332.89
29/07 - won £125.59. Total = +£8458.48
30/07 - won £51.24 on the horses and won £26.24 on the dogs = +£77.48. Total = +£8535.96
Amstel on the riverbank of 'The Crispin Inn' @ Sandwich
31/07 - won £113.64 on the horses and lost £37.59 on the dogs = +£76.05. Total = +£8612.01
Blazing HOT August!
OK I feel like doing a pictography (if there is such a word) of my recent 4 days in Ramsgate. Here goes:
On a mission to drink their reserves of Hoegaarden on Monday 23/07 @ 09:25 outside the Belgian Cafe @ Ramsgate.
01/08 - won £265.46 on the horses and won £76.59 on the dogs = +£342.05. Total = +£8954.06
02/08 - won £224.68 on the horses and lost £80.65 on the dogs = +£144.03. Total = +£9098.08
Followed by a Stella in 'The Royal' @ Ramsgate
03/08 - planning to go back to the coast next week so might try and push it a bit today & tomorrow to see if I can nick a bit of extra spending money (and if I lose in the process then I'll just get extra pissed next week to drown my sorrows!) - won £181.60 on the horses and won £267.68 on the dogs = +£449.28. Total = +£9547.36
04/08 - won £237.10 on the horses and lost £21.05 on the dogs = +£216.05. Total = +£9763.41
Pint number 4 of the day was a refreshing Amstel outside 'The Mariners' @ Ramsgate
05/08 - lost £94.13 on the horses and won £0.66 on the dogs = -£93.47. Total = +£9669.94
06/08 - I've come to the conclusion that it's really hard to lay early on the flat unless you really know your horses. I've fallen for 2 already today (and nearly fell for a 3rd) that have looked to be struggling early on, only to sprout wings and fly late! So while the races are coming thick and fast I really do need to stick to being mainly a backer and chipping away, only laying bigger late on when I think something is beat - lost £299.79 on the horses and lost £133.78 on the dogs = -£433.57. Total = +£9236.37
The early session of Day 1 was completed by a Stella Artois in the 'Port & Anchor' @ Ramsgate
07/08 - has a real shite day yesterday, so it's a softly-softly approach today and hopefully I can play safe, nick a few quid and steady the boat before the alcohol onslaught that's about to ravage my internal organs! - won £122.95 on the horses and won £2.88 on the dogs = +£125.83. Total = +£9362.20
08/08 - spent another day in Ramsgate, this time with the family, and actually managed to stay in 'The Belgian Cafe' until closing time (02:00!). Had a nice walk along the beach in the sea mist and finally hit the sack at just gone 03:00!
The evenings beerfest started with a Stella Artois outside the 'Queens Head' @ Ramsgate
09/08 - up at 07:00 for brekky at 08:00. Spent another day in some of Ramgate's finest drinking establishments and had another cracking day with the family.
10/08 - just back from Ramsgate and feeling a tad fragile, so the softly-softly approach again today and I'll be more than happy if I can just nick an easy £100 - won £93.63. Total = +£9455.83
Quickly followed by another Stella in the 'Red Lion' @ Ramsgate
11/08 - won £333.99. Total = +£9789.82
12/08 - won £14.13. Total = +£9803.95
Tuesday started with a stroll along the beach and into 'The Dolphin' @ Broadstairs where I sampled the medicinal properties of another excellent pint of Stella Artois
13/08 - looks like we might have a scorcher this coming weekend so might be able to get down to the coast again and do a bit of cycling as well as drinking! - won £180.47 on the horses and won £32.60 on the dogs = +£213.07. Total = +£10017.02
14/08 - won £59.87 on the horses and lost £14.52 on the dogs = +£45.35. Total = +£10062.37
Swiftly followed by a pint of Oranjeboom outside 'The Wrotham Arms' @ Broadstairs
15/08 - having a shite day already and it's only 16:00! Going to have to play steady and try and nick a few quid back before I go out and throw myself off the bridge. Actually I feel like a verbal outburst ... FUCK WANK BOLLOX SHITE WANK FUCK. That feels better ... - lost £58.41 on the horses and lost £17.15 on the dogs = -£75.56. Total = +£9986.81
16/08 - won £82.65. Total = +£10069.46
Then back to the 'Port & Anchor' @ Ramsgate for another Stella!
17/08 - fucked off to the coast again, cycled to Deal and a had a few pints relaxing by the beach
18/08 - cycled to Minnis Bay and chilled out with a few pints of the wife beater
Tuesday evening became the early hours of Wednesday morning with a few more Hoegaardens outside the 'Belgian Bar' @ Ramsgate ... taking my total consumption to well over the 20 pint mark!
19/08 - strolled around Ramsgate and drunk as much beer as possible
20/08 - drove back home and couldn't be arsed to play today
No hanging about for yet another Hoegaarden at 09:45 Wednesday morning outside the 'Belgian Bar @ Ramsgate
21/08 - won £197.20 on the horses and won £31.14 on the dogs = +£228.34. Total = +£10297.80
22/08 - won £84.73 on the horses and won £26.50 on the dogs = +£111.23. Total = +£10409.30
Another Hoegaarden in the 'Belgian Bar' @ Ramsgate took the pint tally to 29
23/08 - won £60.26 on the horses and won £2.34 on the dogs = +£62.60. Total = +£10471.90
24/08 - won £258.80 on the horses and won £114.04 on the dogs = +£372.84. Total = +£10844.72
Smashing into another Stella Artois outside the 'Queens Head' @ Ramsgate
25/08 - way back in December I started reading 'The Daily Trading Coach'. It's a fantastic book that really takes a good look at the psychological turmoil we all face as sports traders. It gives great examples of how to coach yourself to become a much more efficient trader. Although I read many of the chapters I've found that I have reverted back to old ways in many areas of my trading. I realise now that I should have maintained my focus during March - May in order to really kick on during the Summer months. Instead I have gradually settled for winning average amounts with little risk. This is not what I set out to achieve, and looking back over the past few months I'm a bit pissed-off with myself. So, the plan is to re-group and re-focus on my goal, and once again plough through the above book and make more of an effort to implement any required changes to my trading. Once I get myself re-focused I'll blog my expectations for the remainder of 2012 - won £119.87 on the horses and won £7.33 on the dogs = +£127.20. Total = +£10971.92
26/08 - won £38.37. Total = +£11010.29
Thursday morning outside the 'Belgian Cafe' @ Ramsgate again with yet another Hoegaarden
27/08 - won £21.39. Total = +£11031.68
28/08 - won £138.45 on the horses and won £22.84 on the dogs = +£161.29. Total = +£11192.97
Then off to the beer garden of 'Jacksons Wharf' @ Ramsgate for a rare pint of Fosters
29/08 - it's just not happening today. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come in the Autumn and Winter. I feel like punching the fuck out of the TV. Not a very mature approach , I know, but that's how I feel. Might have to try and smash it (the market that is, not the TV) in September just to relieve a bit of stress.
Just looked at the cards for Sunday and Monday and I'd rather sit at home with electrodes attached to my testicles, so guess what, I'm gonna fuck off to the coast again with the missus and get absolutely wankered ... good luck!
30/08 - won £61.76 on the horses and lost £69.48 on the dogs = -£7.72. Total = +£11185.25
Then back to the 'Port & Anchor' @ Ramsgate for yet another Stella
31/08 - won £192.21 on the horses and lost £13.57 on the dogs = +£178.64. Total = +£11363.89
Looking decidedly fucked (but feeling on top of the world) in the 'Queens Head' @ Ramsgate with another Stella Artois
All washed down with a final Hoegaarden outside 'The Belgian Bar' @ Ramsgate in the wee hours of Friday morning ... bringing the 4 day tally to at least 42 pints ... not big and not clever, but bloody good fun!!