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2018 Stats & The Future


I have (rightly) had a few requests to supply my figures for the selections I posted on here throughout last year, as well as queries as to whether or not I’ll be doing write ups in 2019.

As you will see, it was an up and down 2018 punctuated with a few periods of inactivity due to time constraints and, to be honest, a lack of inclination at various points throughout the year. Things picked up from late June, which is when I reverted to my old methodology of previewing a race in depth rather than merely mentioning the selection.

Obviously at the time of publishing the write up, a fair few selections were available at bigger prices than they went off at, such as Adorable at 12/1 (SP 4/1), Space Traveller at 11/2 (SP 2/1), Stormwave at 12/1 (SP 5/2), Tabdeed at 9/2 (SP 6/4) and most notably Island Glen at 25/1 (SP 100/30). However, I also know overnight markets are notoriously illiquid and very sensitive – prices can go quickly and might only be available with one bookmaker at any given time, and success with such types isn’t healthy for your account in the long run. I posted early for a variety of reasons – mainly that I am not sure to be on Twitter all evening/the following morning, and also that the piece was there to read nice and early before the selection runs. I mainly outlined the above examples for context given their SPs rather than claiming success at those prices. It’s O Kay (100/30 into evens) was one of a few that didn’t win!

Click here for the full facts and figures (all bets to a 1 point stake; BSP figures before commission).

Regarding whether I will be doing write ups for 2019, I would say it’s doubtful at present. First and foremost, it is now a heavily saturated market. Style over substance appears to be the thing nowadays on Twitter, and I am not actually sure there’s much call for my style of previewing a race in the depth I do in this day and age anyway. Time constraints also mean I am not always able write up those I fancy most and that can lead to overall results that aren’t fully reflective of my own bets. Viewing figures have remained reasonably healthy and I do thank everyone that has taken the time to read my thoughts over the years, which all began back in 2007 on the OLBG forum.

I’ll still put the odd horse up on my Twitter page (@DanBriden) and do a ‘To Follow’ list from time to time.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

1 Comment

  1. Very sad to read this news upon my return from holiday. Followed you since the Online Betting Guide days and you and of course Zip gave us all some real memories. EDINBURGH KNIGHT one I vividly remember backing to win his maiden. Think its a shame your packing in as your still one of the best about as these figures attest.

    Be lucky,


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