Friday, 28 February 2014

Up With the Birds

I'm spending too much time lazing about in bed most mornings. I've decided that as from 1st March I'm going to get up 10 minutes before sunrise each day!

Yep, I must be fucking mad, but in the Summer months the mornings are fantastic. This will give me more time to prepare for the day's racing and I'll probably record the ATR and RUK replay shows and take my notes from them instead of trawling through the Racing Post notes, which are probably shit anyway. It will also give me some time to get some exercise in and I'm looking to get down to 90kg by the end of March so I need to get my ass in gear.


04:23 Fuck me it's early! I just woke up and though I'd beat the alarm clock as it seemed to be about 06:30. However, when I switched the TV on I wa a bit shocked to see that it was actually 04:23. Well I'm up now so fuck it. Let's get cracking on those horse notes ......

State of mind: strangely I feel a bit nervous today.

Hi, my name is Dave. I'm a fucking good trader and it's about time I grew some bollox and started to give myself the chance to win some proper cash.

+£47.79. Was cruising along nicely and then dumped £50+ in one race and had to pretty much start all over again.


06:28 and up and out of bed! Finished up yesterday knackered and couldn't even make MOTD. Just recorded yesterday's racing highlights, updated my notes and knocked out 30 minutes on the bike.

State of mind: bullish and ready to give myself the chance of winning some decent cash.

-£6.74. I can't quite put my finger on why I've struggled so much in the last couple of weeks? I seemed to have run into several really frustrating days where I feel like screaming and punching the fuck out of somebody/something. Hey ho I'll try again tomorrow ....


06:40 and struggled to get myself out of bed!

State of mind: even more bullish than yesterday and ready to give myself the chance of winning some decent cash.

-£66.69. Managed to make a balls-up halfway through the day by laying one for too much after I had backed it (it won) and that completed a miserable day.


06:30 and dragged myself out of bed again to be presented with another shite day of racing. For fuck sake roll on the fucking Summer and some decent racing.

+£34.54. Another really frustrating day, but at least I showed some kind of profit ...

I need to go and get some longer scaffold tubes tomorrow as my current ones are a tad too short and my bag hangs a bit too low (oooo err missus!). So hopefully I can get those setup well before midday and then give the heavy bag a damn good thrashing!


06:20 another early morning.

+£51.57. Wasn't really making any progress, but then got some 'free money' late on at Kempton which made the day slightly more bearable.

I did manage to get my scaffold erected and then bashed the bag for 30 minutes and later in the evening jumped on the bike for another 30 minutes. The diet is also going well and the weight is coming off!


06:20 the alarm in now set for 06:20 as the mornings become earlier. It was a real struggle to get out of bed, but once out I felt fine.

+£131.06. Finally managed to put a half-decent day together.

All that I need to do now is kep doing the same every day!


06:00 oh I felt SO tired last night and just about managed to keep my eyes open for the 20:55 at Kempton. I did spend quite a bit of time in the garden moving loads of blocks (again) and generally tidying and also did another 30 minutes on the bike so no wonder I was fucked.

+£57.10. Not much to say about today really, apart from the fact that the weather was nice.


07:08 ah I missed the alarm clock this morning! I did however manage to go shopping and get some protein .... and then came back and did 35 minutes on the bag.

+£35.84. I just don't know what is is about Saturdays ...


05:45 jumped out of bed at 05:45 this morning. I then did 30 minutes on the bike followed by some manual work in the garden and I'm now cream crackered and it's only 13:39. I was thinking about how nice it would be just to take the afternoon off, despite having almost completed my notes, and then noticed a runner in the 17:00 @ Naas which needed some notes. The name of the horse ...... Snooze.

-£23.44. Started the day poorly, shouted 'CUNT!' at the top of my voice (I don't think that the neighbours were impressed) when my horse went via the car park on the second circuit.

Spent the rest of the day nipping out to the garden in-between races to catch some of the lovely sun.


06:20 and a lovely morning. I'm glad that I've persevered with the 'getting up early regime' as it's lovely out there at the moment, if somewhat on the nippy side. It should be really nice in the Summer.

PS I reached 20.5 degress in Gravesend yesterday and it's only early March! Global warming or what eh?

-£4.63. I just made a couple of silly mistakes today, but luckily didn't do too much damage.



06:21 I'll need to reset my alarm clock as sunrise is creeping towards 06:00 and will actually be 05:43 on 29/03.

+£84.60. The first day of Cheltenham today and I trundled along and had an OK sort of result. Nothing brilliant ... but nothing too bad either ...














-£125.82. What a fucking useless day of trading. everything that I touched turned to shit. These days tend to happen every now and then but it still REALLY FUCKS ME OFF!!!

I've been so busy doing my horse notes (which sometimes don't seem to be worth the time and effort) and I've also upped my training and really become serious about my diet so I'm fucking knackered. So when it gets to the end of the day the last thing that I want to do is fuck about with racing bollox, hence the reason why my blog fell slightly behind.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day and I'll try and get back into the swing of things with regards to keeping my blogs up to date and winning some cash.

PS I've missed about 3 sunrises so far this month so I haven't done too bad. I just need to reset my alarm and adjust my sleeping pattern to cope with the fact that I'm training twice per day and feeling slaughtered.




+£27.95. Out on the piss tonight so only played a few races.


+£16.91. A lot of effort for fuck all in return!


+£73.97. A typical Saturday. I was going nowhere fast and a combination of fucking cheating useless fucking brain dead hopeless jockeys and strange markets had me swearing, screaming and shouting every couple of minutes. There was a fair amount of racing today but the overlaps drove me fucking crazy and it was only in the last few races that I managed to make any cash.


05:00 It's strange. I've been getting out of bed well early most days but I seem to have even less time on my hands, hence my failure to keep my blog up-to-date on a regular basis. I have been spending quite a bit of time in the gym and on my bike which eats into my time and also leaves me tired in the evening and less inlined to update this blog. So I need to get sorted ....

+£44.21. I missed 1 or 2 opportunities today when I was in the kitchen making a cuppa or preparing my tuna fish (yummy). Apart from that it was quite uneventful, although The Curragh was fucking impossible so I don't think I'll be winning much there in the near future!

PS Start of the flat season today, well in Ireland at least.






+£16.29. Couldn't trade the early races today ... not that it makes much difference these days!






+£77.19. The start of the flat season today and the weather wasn't too bad either.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Early Plans for the Summer

The thought just crossed my mind 'what do I have planned for the Summer months?'. Well usually I'm off to the coast at the first sign of warm and sunny weather. I do love to get down there with either my family, just the wife for a few days of passion, or even better just myself and my bike!

However, since the halcyon days of 2010 where money was no object my financial status has been in steady decline. I'm really not too sure whether I can afford to pop down to the coast at every opportunity as this means spending loads of dosh and earning none. Additionally the Summer months are the best for making cash due to the sheer volume of racing. Another thing that constantly frustrates me is the fact that I have a video where I'm down the coast in the sun and drinking beer and I casually mention how much I have in the bank. Well I have a lot less now and that hurts. OK I've enjoyed spending it but when you've been accustomed to winning relatively big amounts each month (and more importantly not having Beftair taking a 20% cut) then it does hurt.

Anyway, less of this fucking moaning. So what I really need to do is to knuckle down during the Summer months in order to try and re-establish my previous financial status, and if this means a minimal amount of trips to the coast and living like a hermit then so be it.

... although if I don't go down to the coast it means that I can't cycle miles on the hottest day of the year, lose my way, get sunburn, sweat a million gallons of beer and walk into the Horse & Groom in Ramsgate with bloodshot eyes from the previous day's alcohol excess and order a pint of Oranjeboom wearing a hundred dead insects on my sweaty head!

Let's earn some cash .....


+£0.96. Bag of shite racing = wanky result!

Looks as though there are five meeting tomorrow so I'm going to make sure that all of my notes are up to date and then smash the fuck out of things .... including my heavy bag if the weather is OK.


+£1.39. I'm a bit late updating today's results. It must have been a fucking hopeless day as I can't even remember why is was so shite!

PS So I typed in 'bag of shite' on Google (as you do) and this came up (which I found quite amusing) ...


+£73.18. I actually fared a bit better today, which is a relief.


+£134.93. Well we finally had a full day of racing today. I pretty much played as normal and was happy to post a 3 figure sum as it's been a while. Saturday tomorrow so it would be nice to start a run of 3 figure profit days ...


State of mind: already confident (and it's only Friday night) and ready to start giving myself the chance of winning some decent money.

Hi, my name is Dave. I'm a fucking good trader and it's about time I grew some bollox and started to give myself the chance to win some proper cash.

+£2.55. Oh dear ...


-£3.34. I had one of those days today where I just felt like screaming. Everything seemed so fucking frustrating and nothing seemed to go quite right .... doh!


+£6.71. It's all a bit of s struggle right now ...


+£36.09. I got out on the heavy bag this morning and probably over did it a bit and felt like crap in the afternoon so gave up and had a kip!


13:22 and more fucking wanky bumpers for jumpers shite today and Kempton tonight which is fucking impossible .... BOLLOX!!

+£93.00. I only managed to play a handful of races today but nearly made the 3 figure mark.


+£9.62. I've really struggled during February and today was another fucking useless effort.


+£36.95. I fucking hate February ...

I'm feeling tired and miserable ....