Architect Tips' March ReviewWhat went right and what did not
Following a solid month in February, where we managed 9 points profit and 28 winners from 98 bets, we continued the fine form in March, coming away with 13 points profit.
We started the month with a decent first week, as Headway was an impressive winner on the 3rd under James Doyle. We didn’t manage a winner over the next couple of days but got our rewards finally with Kyllachy Gala on the 7th. I kept faith with this horse for a long time and he duly obliged over at Kempton under a good ride from rising star Gabriele Malune, winning at 12/1 and in the process turning over an odds-on favourite, which is what I love doing. Another winner was secured on the 9th as Western Rules won in determined style at odds 5/2 and not long after that I selected two for the Imperial cup on the 10th where we had the 2nd and 3rd place each-way, although I still feel Call me Lord should have been rewarded the race.
Between the 13th – 16th this is when the Cheltenham Festival took centre stage. As I mentioned in my Cheltenham review, we came away with an unfortunate 1 point loss overall. However, it was still a great week for us, producing four winners at 9/1, 5/1 2pt (Nap), 7/1 and 11/10 2pt (Nap) along with eight each-way returns, all priced up over 4/1.
The very next day 17th, was Midlands national day, and we has a good day due to the fact Kildisart won impressively over at Kempton at an advised 13/2 whilst we also grabbed each-way returns with Silsol in the Midlands national itself at an advised 16/1. We took a few days break and returned on the 20th with an lovely winner who was American Gigolo at an advised 3/1. On the 22nd, Lieutenant Colonel was another winner for us along with Streets of Promise, who secured us each-way returns at 12/1.
Onto the 23rd and we struck two good winners from five bets advised, bagging a lovely day of profit. Both selections were at Navan and Cartwright won at 5/1 under a brilliant ride from Jack Kennedy. The day wasn’t complete just yet, as one of my favourite horses Great Field duly obliged on his return to the track and remained unbeaten over fences, also advised as my 2 point win Nap of the day.
The 24th was the start of the flat season at Doncaster, we did not manage a winner but our each-way returns on the day were enough to grab us small profit. Mr Lupton placed second for each-way returns at 7/1 and then we had two selections for the Lincoln Handicap, which is always difficult to solve. However, Lord Glitters was second at 6/1 and my other tip Gabrial ran a screamer to finish fourth place at an advised 33/1. A very nice start to the flat for us.
We continued that good form on the 25th, which easily produced one of our best days of the year so far. All five selections returned profit for us, a truly clean sweep and around 11 points profit on this day alone. Malaya took a drift to 7/2, our only tip over the jumps on the day and she won in great style under Sam Twiston-Davies, conceding weight all around to take the spoils. We had two tips for another competitive handicap and our second winner arrived as Naadirr won at 11/1. A great ride from Jamie Spencer who produced his mount from last to first. My other tip Mobsta was backed from 13/2 into 5/2 favourite and although he suffered a terrible passage, he came home fourth for each-way returns. Four bookmakers were advised and I am sure he would have been at least second without his interference. The day rounded off in great style as two tips were selected for the Irish Lincoln and both ran really well. Saltonstall was second at 12/1 whilst Aussie Valentine took third place at an advised 8/1. These are the days we simply love and it was one we won’t forget.
Another good winner followed a couple of days later as Whatmore was an impressive winner at Warwick and then we also bagged profit on AW championship finals day as Corinthia Knight stamped his class on the field in the sprint race, advised at 15/8. We ended the month in great style on the 31st, securing a 12/1 winner in the shape of Crowned Eagle, who was given an excellent ride by Daniel Muscutt whilst Contrast was a close third in the same race at 15/2.
Overall, we finished March with a solid 13 points profit, securing back-to-back decent profitable months, with plenty of good priced winners and each-way results at double-figure odds. My eyes are now set on continuing the good form into April, especially with the Grand National coming up as I produced the 1-2 in last year’s renewal with One for Arthur winning at 16/1 and Cause of Causes chasing him home at 16/1 in second as well. One year later, Let’s do it again.
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