Welcome to my newly revised blog. On an experimental basis until the Christmas holidays, I will be putting up one Sports Bet a day.

A few of your possible questions answered first.

1) I've been punting since the 1980s, so I'd like to think I've built up a bit of experience meantime, and don't just play in horse racing, but other sports including golf, rugby union and football.

2) Most of my bets will be horse racing, but not exclusively. That's particularly the case when we only have fairly average midweek jumps or all weather meetings, I'll happily look at other sports.

Don't expect all bets to be in the day's toughest races, (though some will be of course, and I managed to tweet the November Handicap winner the other day - before the race, before you ask! ;) ) over the years I've come to appreciate that value is often found in 'less exposed' markets.
I like Irish racing, maiden hurdles and bumpers are areas i follow in particular, plus Dundalk through the winter. So don't be surprised if the bet comes in an area you might not have expected!
Even Meydan and Jebel Ali have provided some fabulous price-ricks over the years!

3) Bets won't necessarily be put up at the same time every day, though most racing bets will be posted before the start of the day's racing. But it might be an evening if it's a golf bet, or a race is priced up for the next day and something juicy stands out. 
I pride myself in trying to find the best prices, and I'll quote what they are at the time of the post, but simply can't say how long that price might be available for obvious reasons! 

I'll try to indicate if i think a lower price still represents value. Value to me is any offering that is overpriced, whether it's 20/1 or Evens. I won't normally put up anything shorter than 8/11, most will be much bigger, however, as I suspect odds-on just won't suit enough tastes.
For example however I recently placed a bet at 5/6 which i thought was 'buying money'. I thought it should be 4/11. So when it went off at 2/7 it was no longer value in my eyes. (It did win!).

4) Most importantly I am NOT asking anyone to follow my tips. I'm an AMATEUR punter, and I always cringe when i see other amateurs boasting that they 'advised' a winner at 9/2. It's not for me to advise. If you like what you see great and we can win/lose together! You might loathe the selection, let me know why on twitter and what you prefer! No offence ever taken, game of opinions..

5) As ever, bet what you can afford to lose only, and you are responsible for your own decisions. I'll do my very best, but bad runs happen no matter how long we've been punting. Good runs too though hopefully! :)

6) I'll be keeping this page updated most days (Sometimes no posts on a Sunday) with the day's bet. Occasionally there'll just be a day when simply nothing appeals and we can be patient, the next day/bet is never far away. i might once in a while put up a double or treble, but for the most part it'll be a One-Bet-A-Day! FREE of course!
Selections will normally be a NAP but occasionally I will indicate that I am having a Maximum stake if a bet just ticks  pretty much all my boxes!

7) Phew that's the ramble out of the way, onto my first selection for the column. I'll always try to include a few lines on why I've made the selection in question.
Do please bookmark the page if you like it so you can pop in easily. i will put a link on twitter when the selection goes up each day. And you are welcome to follow me @jimgilch on twitter.


First selection is ELUSIVE LAURENCE (9.10 Dundalk e/w 12/1 with Corals, Nap).  A bit speculative, but Jessica Harrington's runner has finished ahead of tonight's favourite, Carrie Bow Kay, albeit over shorter, and is actually 5lbs better in tonight.
Up in trip for the first time last time, got a bit outpaced into the straight before staying on well late on and went through the line well enough.
The favourite, who I think is the obvious danger, ran in a crawl of a race last time, and though ran about a second quicker for the final 3f, that was off a slow pace and Elusive Laurence (in a different race) ran about 4 seconds quicker overall over same course and distance.
Interesting that Kevin Manning, who has ridden both Carried Bow Kay and Elusive Laurence, is on the column's selection tonight.
Finally the favourite is carrying 10 stone tonight, which given that she isn't the biggest 3yo filly, might catch her out.

Of the others in the contest, Penny's Angel looks to be on a decent mark and could give the top two most to think about,

Good luck if you play, at the prices i think 12/1 is solid each way value. Anything from 7/1 and above would seem fair to me in this case, which I feel would be about the right price though currently easy enough to back above that.

Thanks for looking in :)