Ante Post Focus uploaded - Cheltenham Festival 'Wash Up' Days 1 & 2 uploaded - Ryder Cup Ante Post uploaded - Ante Post Focus on Tingle Creek & King George VI Chase uploaded - Naas Monday (start of Irish Flat Turf Season) uploaded - Paul's Blog uploaded
Now that Arc de Triomphe and Future Champions Day are done and dusted, which both proved to be particularly successful with four double-figure-priced winners over the two days including Stratum in the Cesarewitch and Waldgeist in the Arc (Champions Day is the last day that I am covering on the level), it’s time to turn my attention to the main thrust of the website and my main passion, the Jumps Season. Just pondering the final couple of horses to finish off my Ten to Follow for the season to be uploaded on Thursday.
Pauljoneshorseracing.com members should have already received details outlining my plans for the next six months, plus the six months following that including the Flat and Sport coverage, so here I am giving details of what events we will be covering for all non-members who are considering taking the plunge.
THE JUMPS SEASON SERVICE (restarts October 24th)
The Cheltenham Festival Ante Post content is the most popular column on my website and will be extended by a week (so now up to 18 weekly columns from 17) prior to the daily previews in the week leading up to the meeting and for all four days throughout Festival week. Therefore the regular Cheltenham ante-post previews will start earlier than usual on October 29th. This will be the tenth season of this service which is 82 points to the good (level stakes profit), firstly through Weatherbys and then via my website, where copy is approximately 8,000 words per week looking back on the last seven days with the Festival in mind.
We enjoyed a particularly profitable Cheltenham Festival last season with five outright winners, four of which ante-post; Roxana (16/1), Topofthegame (12/1), Any Second Now (10/1), Early Doors (13/2) and Klassical Dream (6/1) in addition to a whole host of big-priced, each-way recommendations that finished placed realising a level stakes profit of 31 points over the four days. If you would like to see the round up of Cheltenham last spring and an example copy of a standard week, please get in touch on [email protected]. The other tweak to the Cheltenham Festival Ante Post copy is that it will be put back 24 hours so will be uploaded at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesdays rather than on Mondays as in the past.
This season I am also extending the number of days covered in the jumps Race Previews section, by six. As usual I will cover all weekends (bar Midlands National Day which I replace with Irish Grand National Day) plus all races at the major midweek festivals, the best of the hectic action in between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and six Fridays in the lead up to Christmas for those good two-day meetings. We got off to a great start with my only recommendation over the jumps so far being Poker Play (14/1) to win the Kerry National following a strong finish to last season with Burrows Saint (16/1) for the Irish National and Talkischeap (20/1) for the Bet365 Gold Cup recommended in Ante Post Focus in addition to a most productive Cheltenham Festival as highlighted above.
Some of you will know me better as the author of the Weatherbys-published Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide for 16 years focussing on trends and, if becoming a member, you will also receive an email of my Big Race Trends for the leading 15 handicaps of the season and all races at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Grand National Meeting nearer the time.
Membership of The Jumps Season Service for the next six months is £375 for approximately 75 columns throughout that period plus new members yet to receive a copy of my horseracing and sports betting book, From Soba To Moldova, will do so.
THE ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE (12 months)
With 2020 being that particularly busy one year in four of sport, below I have outlined what else is planned on the website for the next 12 months for The All-Inclusive Service for which membership (£695) is for 12 months from the day that you join covering ALL the Jumps Season Service content plus the best of the Flat Season and the Sport including the non-annual events; Euro 2020 Football Championships, Olympic Games, T20 Cricket World Cup and Ryder Cup in addition to the annual big sporting events.
On the Flat I will cover every race of the ‘Big 3’ of Royal Ascot (including a six-weeks’ ante-post build up), Glorious Goodwood and the York Ebor Meeting. The Ante Post Focus column on Wednesdays which has highlighted Waldgeist (16/1) One Master (12/1) and Stratum (25/1) in the last three editions will continue as before with between 40-45 columns a year and cover the major races from all of the other principal meetings on the Flat so I will still be overseeing the main action from elsewhere in addition to the weekly jumps ante-post column. Horses to Follow (fortnightly on the flat) and Andy Richmond’s Beating The Bias will continue as before. Alan Potts has kindly written for me since the website launched and is retiring for good this time, his last column to be uploaded shortly, after I dragged him out of his first retirement! I thank him for all his efforts over the last four years and with all the help that he gave me when writing the Cheltenham books.
With regards to the sport, I am pleased to say that Ciaran Meagher will be covering the Golf for us again in 2020. There will be 20 tournament previews, 18 written by Ciaran (up from 15 in 2019) and the Players’ Championship and Ryder Cup by myself. For the third year running Ciaran returned a profit in 2019 for us to suggested stakes and my Ryder Cup recommendations went particularly well when I wrote it in 2018 with a near 20pts level stakes profit.
After finding Bianca Andreescu at 14/1 for the US Open and also making a profit on the French Open, Carl Redden will be covering the four Tennis Grand Slams for us in 2020. Paul Thompson also made us a nice profit with his recommendation of Judd Trump at 6/1 in his first column at the World Championships and will be covering the Triple Crown tournaments of Snooker for us (UK Open, Masters and World Champs) over the next six months. On the Cricket front, Paul Smith also had a good 2019 with his recommendations making a profit for both his considerable coverage of the ICC World Cup and Ashes Series and he will return to cover the T20 World Cup and England’s home test series against West Indies and Pakistan next summer/autumn.
In addition, Mike Henderson will be on duty as usual for the major Darts tournaments after a successful recent World Grand Prix (now 20/31 winning tournaments for us), Andy Richmond will continue with his weekly NFL coverage up until the Superbowl, Will Steele will be on hand to cover any major Boxing bouts starting with Joshua v Ruiz and Adam Hewson will be trying to make sense of the Political betting markets including the US Presidential elections in 2020. Jolly good luck with that, Adam! I will also oversee the Eurovision Song Contest (you love it really) and hope to go one place better than with my 14/1 each-way recommendation on Italy this year, though we showed a nice profit overall including North Macedonia to be Top Balkan.
I will also be continuing with the Football coverage and have made an okay start to the Premier League. The two main football highlights in 2019 were recommending Liverpool to win the Champions League at 12/1 and the Draw-Draw double at 15/1 in the Merseyside-North London derbies. It’s a little early to be getting cocky but we’re already in some very nice looking ante-post positions. Once the domestic season is out of the way I will then concentrate on Euro 2020 where I have already recommended Belgium at 7/1. I am showing a 48pts level stakes profit for the last three major summer international tournaments combined so hopefully we can keep that run going.
I think that is the lot covered so therefore I very much hope that you will be interested in becoming either a Jumps Season Service or All-Inclusive Service member. I am happy to answer any questions you might have if emailing me on [email protected].
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