However, three of my seven "best bets" scratched, prompting me to break from my strategy of limiting my number of intended plays to 10-12 bets and delving more deeply into my "maybe" races.I ended up making 18 overall (of 34 carded races), not sold on anything in particular and dabbling a lot on horses I thought at least had a shot at offering value.
Go through the arch of the old railway bridge and follow road past Warryfield Barn and first junction, down to crossroads. Pass up to L of trees, out through “Ross Round” gate onto road. At newer residence, TL along footpath towards pylon. Tossing Discipline Out The Window I spent a good amount of time on Friday handicapping two of Saturday's contest tracks -- Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park; I left Tampa aside, considering the lack of quality (one one allowance race).I targeted 7 "must-play" races of 23 total, five that I classified as "maybes", and tossed the other dozen or so aside (Gulfstream's was a deep card, with 13 races on Florida Derby Day).Results are pending Monmouth Park's audit, but yesterday I finished 8th out of a record-high 323 contestants in SSC#3, where the top 20 finishers round out a 60-entry field, with the top two players on April 20 advancing to the 2014 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas next January.Considering there are few local on-track NHC qualifying events, picking up a pair of spots in the SSC Invitational seems a coveted accomplishment in my third full season of competition, and getting to play two cards gives me a 1-in-30 shot at Vegas -- not bad, considering that over the course of the SSC qualifiers, there were some 900 entrants playing to make the final 60.The boys of Felsted School were evacuated to two Herefordshire outposts during the Second World War.
The Junior House went to Canon Frome Court which, curiously, also received a battering in the Civil War, and those aged 13-18 came to Goodrich Court.Deviating from my initial pick proved valuable in my third contest race, where I thought Summer Breezing was too huge an underlay off a 6-to-1 morning line in Race 3 from Gulfstream.Monument Hill looked like a much better value at 9-to-2, considering his turf record (5 wins and only 3 off-the-board finishes in 19 turf starts) and decent performance in mid-February off a 7-month layoff.It was originally a single plank’s width but this didn’t stop a resourceful boy from successfully cycling across it. (Chase Wood ahead left, and Howle Hill ahead right). Cross road on to pavement and TR under power line for 150m. Cross field straight ahead (Lower Wythall up to left). The bridge was later widened to two planks’ width and built above the known flood level. Set off (back) along the The Road of Remembrance – an unusual form of War memorial, one lime tree planted for every local man lost in the First World War. Go down to where path seems to go slightly L through gateway, but kink slightly right ahead along tree-lined L edge to stile in L corner. The temporary school also had outposts at Hill Court, adjoining our route, and Pencraig Court. TR across stile, quite steeply down wooden steps, and next stile.