Architect Tips 2017 Review
Certainly a year to remember with memorable moments across the whole 12 month period. My first full year was a success producing solid profit roughly 154 points made, averaging around 13 points per month and in total we had a ridiculous amount of winners and places. 271 winners along with 240 second places which could easily have been winners. No doubting we had a little blip towards the end of 2017 after a great start but solid profit was secured by the end of it and although there were some low points throughout different stages, the best moments blew away the bad and we will aim for even bigger moments going into the new year.


We kicked off the year in great style, bagging around 75 points profit with 31 winners to the board for the month. We had some terrific days with nice winners such as One for Arthur at (14/1), Final Venture at (12/1), Champagne West at (11/1), Ziga Boy at (10/1), Pulpatarian at (9/1) and Willoughby Court at (8/1) along with 25 other winners at decent odds, the list could go on. We also had 17 place horses with Whatmore at (25/1), Tudor City at (25/1) and Itstimeforapint (16/1) bringing home each-way returns and bagged another 1-2 with A Toi Phil (6/1) and Steller Notion) in a competitive big field handicap chase. Overall it was a very solid month.


A poor month in all fairness with a 13 point loss. We started it with 4 from 7 winners but it was a tough battle thereafter with less winners than January. However, we still managed some good highlights to remember which included a lovely 28/1 winner (Improved), Flying Angel at (9/1), Final Nudge at (7/1), Sizing John at (11/2) and Ballyandy at  (4/1) along with 12 other winners. Overall a very below par month despite the fact we managed 24 places for each-way returns (mostly second) but I was pleased to have picked some nice winners including that huge price winner at a small meeting.


A pretty solid month including at the Cheltenham Festival as we came away with 8 points profit for the month. 23 winners we managed and our highlight of the month came on day 2 of the festival bagging 18 points profit on one day alone with Willoughby Court (12/1 winner in the Neptune beating ill-fated Neon Wolf) as well as getting the third Messire Des Obeaux at (11/1), Supasundae (16/1) winner in the Coral Cup and the 1-2 in the Cross country as Cause of Causes (4/1) won with Bless the Wings (14/1) following him home for each-wayreturns. We also managed a full house 3/3 winners on the 9th as Ask Susan at (10/1), Dawson City at (5/1) and Unison at (7/4) all won for us. We had plenty of other winners such as Minella Awards at (9/1) and Thomas Crapper at (10/1) along with a host of places including Warrantor at (18/1), Solstice Star at (14/1) and Bapaume at (16/1) securing each-way returns. Overall the month should have been more profit but we finished it very satisfied.


I loved this month. One my favourites of the year as we walked away with 36 points profit, 27 winners in total. My highlight of the month possibly year was at the Grand National meeting, the hardest jump race on the calendar was the Grand national itself and for the best part of a year I banged on about how One For Arthur will win the National. He duly obliged at odds (16/1) but not only that but we managed the 1st and 2nd as Cause of Causes followed him home at (16/1), massive reverse forecast for members and it was a memory that will i never forget and long live with me for a lifetime. That was not the only best highlights as we managed more big priced winners including Zylan at (20/1), Chesterfield at (14/1) and (12/1) who won twice for us, Peticoatgovernment at (11/1), Bobabout at (12/1) and Brillare Momento at (9/1) with a host of more winners in a brilliant month. Hopefully we can do the same again in 2018 April and try to land back-to-back Grand National winners.


I guess you would say it was a disappointing month finishing it 11 points down. However, 23 winners in total and some lovely winners again including Buying Trouble at (16/1), King Calypso at (8/1), John Constable at (8/1) and Here comes when at (12/1). I felt as though as deserved more due to having so many places each-way at double-figure odds such as Zhui Feng (25/1), Kastani Beach at (16/1), Charles Molson at (20/1), Gabriel’s King at (14/1), Yorkidding at (14/1) and more. It was not the best of months but we produced some tidy results and carried that over into June.


June was a steady but solid month with around 18 points profit made with 20 winners in total. We did have some fantastic results/winners and you could easily say Royal Ascot was amazing, the biggest profitable Festival from myself to date producing a whopping 34 points profit over the 5 day meeting with 6 winners. We include the likes of, Zhui Feng at huge (28/1) making all in the Royal Hunt Cup, Rare Rhythm at (20/1), Coronet at (7/1), Idaho at (9/2) and couple of others along with a few each-way returns including Indian Dandy at (33/1), Tricorn at (16/1), First Nation at (14/1) and Rain Goddess at (10/1). Other good highlights throughout the month include Not so Sleepy winning at (18/1). Overall it was a decent month and made up for May.


July was another solid month with around 13 points and 22 winners across the period. I managed the 1-2 in the Northumberland Vase as Higher Power at (9/1) beat Natural Scenery at (15/2) which was the highlight of the month. Other winners included, Normal Equilibrium at (9/1), Ashpan Sam at (8/1), Danzeno at (11/1), Kiwi Bay at (7/1), Tajaanus at (6/1) and a lovely 2/2 winners on the 27th as both Tajaanus again (8/1) and Joshua Reynolds at (3/1) provided us with a superb day of profit. It was a pretty quiet month in between but we finished the month where it started with profit.


August was one of my favourites. Around 18 points profit was bagged including a 300/1 four-timer on the 10th. 4 tips produced 4 winners with Upavon at (5/2), Dubhe at (6/5), Time Chaser at (13/8) and finally Black Bess at (14/1) making it one of the best days we have had with 14 points profit on the day alone. 24 winners in total and other highlights of the month was the Galway Plate in which I produced the 1-2 with Balko Des Flos at (7/1) beating Shaneshill at (10/1) in another competitive handicap chase. We also had some nice each-way returns with Aeolus at (28/1), Aclaim at (25/1) and Sir Roderic at (25/1) placing. Yet, we could have had more profit with these near-miss ones but it was another satisfactory month of profit.


A quiet month on the double-figure odds winners but a nice 14 points was made and 19 winners were bagged for us. Our highlights being Macksville who won at (20/1), Scofflaw who won at (10/1), Monarchs Glen winning at (13/2), Verbal dexterity at (7/1) and also Mr Lupton placing at (25/1) with plenty of others securing each-way returns at double-figure prices.


October was a reasonable month with more profit secured at roughly 9.5 points. It was a bit short of winners standing at 16 for the month but we did manage a fair number of decent results. Cogry at (10/1), Newmarket Warrior at (12/1) and Related at (16/1) were all good winners along with 13 other winners and many each-way returns such as Torcedor at (25/1), Tasleet at (14/1) and Eynhallow at (20/1) with many more to add to that sequence. We had a lot of second places throughout this month which we were slightly unlucky with but other than that it was a respectable profitable month to add to the yearly tally.


A pretty up and down month. A poor last week cost us profit as ended it 12 points down. However, some great results throughout the month and my biggest ever winner was produced at Cheltenham’s Greatwood Hurdle meeting as Kingswell Theatre at (33/1) landed the cross country chase for us in great style under an inspired Tom Scudamore. The Cheltenham meeting was a success bagging 13 points profit over the 3 day meeting. My other great success was the Greatwood Hurdle as I tipped up Elgin at (16/1) and he won nicely to provide us back-to-back winners in the race following last year’s 11/1 success with North Hill Harvey, a great achievement winning that race two years in a row and we had three other winners at the meeting. Other winners to note were Delire Destruval at (12/1), Alpha Des Obeaux at (9/1) along with an each-way double landing at odds (18/1) and (9/1). We also had 2/2 winners on the 7th with Politologue at (5/2) and Ballyoptic at (15/8). We probably deserved profit after all these winners but it wasn’t to be and i was very disappointed to have not walked away with any having had some of the best winners of the year.


Not the end we hoped for but considering we were on the verge of a terrible month, we clawed some points back over the last few days to finish it only 8 points down. We had 28 winners highlighted with David’s charm at (10/1), Shattered Love at (16/1), A Hare Breath at (9/1) and Emperors choice at (6/1) all winning along with 25 other ones. I felt like again we deserved to walk away with profit and our very last tip of 2017 (Alfred Hutchinson) ran a brave race for second and each-way returns. I will look to make amends next November and December.

In 2018 I am looking to build on 2017 by trying to raise the bar and double the profit from 150 to over 300 points. It was a successful first full year without doubt with many great memories and hitting 154 points profit. I always aim to achieve more as I am hungry for success and I will try to improve on certain months by making a few changes and seeing if it will gain more success. I am looking forward to the big handicap chases as I have had great success with getting 1st and 2nd in the same race as well as looking forward to the Cheltenham, Aintree, Punchestown festivals as I am going to try and succeed by making profit at all three this time around.
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