I have decided that Everton’s progress in the FA Cup is something of a mixed blessing. Of course it is excellent news for the team, and in particular some of the walking wounded who have a nine day recovery period in between the last match and the next. It is probably good for us that David Moyes men face a potentially tough ninety minutes against Sunderland on Saturday while our boys are honing their skills on the golf course or snaffling a free Nando’s before sneaking out without eating it.
For bloggers however it means we are in the equivalent of an interlull at a time when we should be waxing lyrical about the next two matches in four days as the pointed end of the season takes shape. Instead we have nine days of nothingness. So what to do. I know. A review of the season so far. We were poo, then we were good, then we were poo again, and now we are good again. That’s that then.
So what else has been happening? Ah, Cheltenham. We may have Chelsea in our rear view mirrors in the Premiership, but the bus stop in Fulham have extracted full revenge at the National Hunt festival. We had a opportunity to take the lead on day two when The Romford Pele ran in the last race. I say ran. His namesake covered the ground quicker than the poor nag burdened under the weight of a ‘holic pound or two. The Fulham cuckoos were not as wasteful with their opportunity today. Three of their number, loosely connected I’ll grant you, entered the winners enclosure. No ‘holic pound was placed on Sir Des Champs, Big Buck’s, or Salut Flo.
I am delighted to say though that this has been my best Cheltenham week for many a year. I’m in profit going into the final day, and looking for Arsenal-related picks to have a fun LITTLE punt on. That means in the 2.05 we have to be on The Bull Hayes (25/1). Rocky Creek is an obvious attraction in the 2.40 at around 8/1. A little each-way patent will be completed in the Gold Cup with Fawlty Manuel’s favourite horse, Weird Al, a 10/1 shot or thereabouts. I stress that little trio is picked purely for the Arsenal connection. There is a reason none of them are favourites, but a small affordable each-way wager will make the afternoon more interesting.
Have a good Friday, ‘holics.
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