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Mondays 12/1 Tip at Deauville – Plus, a lot of work for nothing…..

I was dead chuffed to see that my tip for Sundays listed race at Pontefract went so well.  Although never quite looking like it would catch the leader Darajaat returned a 40/1 second to pay a tasty sum on the place.

I have spent most of tonight studying in the hope of publishing a meaningful guide to which route major trainers take their best juveniles through on route to their classics.  I was hoping to get an angle on whether there are specific maidens that some yards target that although low value, they just prefer.

Progress is painstaking, mainly thanks to my slow broadband.  I might pop round to Mr Days and take advantage of his 50 wotsit bits per mega second.

Already I think I bit off a bit much and so I slimmed the job down to focussing solely on O’Brien and the Ballydoyle operation.  I have a few interesting possibilities, maybe just coincidences but too early to tell.  It is harder than you think.  Having set some rules to what I was looking for, you then find them tested by loads of factors such as, should I consider thouse horses used as pacemakers?

I will let you know if I conclude anything or whether I just have to hand those last 4 hours over to the good lord and question my sanity.

Anyway, I promised a 12/1 shot.

There is Group 1 action at Deauville tomorrow as part of their never ending summer festival season.  The Major is in France next Sunday and hopes to get to Deauville for the Prix Morny.  Hannon is sure to send a good one over (haven’t looked at the card yet), could be a cracking day out.

Tomorrows Jaques le Marois is a starfixture in this years festival as Supermare Goldikova the winner of 17 Group Ones rocks up.  She is evens favourite and odds on in places.  Can she be stopped?  Hmmm

This year she has had her colours lowered by the now retired Canford Cliffs.  This was Canfords 5th Group 1 on the bounce and was rightly described as the heavyweight world championship for milers.  Canford then had his own colours lowered by the mighty Frankel who seems to be in a league of his own.

Goldikova bounced back from her Canford defeat with a comfortable win at the opening of the Deauville festival beating Saphresa only narrowly but comfortably, that one reopposes today.

There is no doubt Goldikova is top class but Canford did put a crack in the near perfect visage, is the lady showing an age?

Conditions must play a part too.  It is a shame that given the quality of horse turning up tomorrow, the conditions are heavy.  Noone wanted this iat all.

Goldikova has handled cut pretty well in the past, although genuine good seems to bring the best out in her, bottomless conditions may give us a chance to get her beaten.

Goldikova should win but I am going to highlight the chances of Dick Turpin.  12/1 is reasonable for this Hannon raider who I think is the type to have a good back half to his season at 4.  He has beaten Cityscape before fair and square, yet that rival reopposes at a price of 8/1, doesn’t stack up for the Major.

He has also got close to Goldikova previously on his final 3yo run at Longchamp.  Just a length down, they reoppose off the same weight difference tomorrow (Goldikova gets 3lbs) and Dick Turpin is surely entitled to have developed significantly.

I also think Dick Turpin will handle conditions which is less certain of others.  All in all, I think he has an excellent chance of making the places and perhaps could lower the supermares colours if the conditions get to her.

As a win bet, I do not think Goldikova is bad either so maybe a reverse forecast would be in order too.

Survival Sunday – The Majors Tips, plus Goldikova, the Irish 1,000 Guineas – Amazing Saturday Service Results

The Saturday Service from the Major was the most successful of the year to date. Winners at 12/1 Sole Power and the Irish 1,000 guineas winner (Roderic O Connor) 4/1 from a handful of advices secured some good profits.

Apparently, there are bars in Birmingham now where I am welcome without my wallet. Nonsense I say, while the Major is moderately profitable all of the time, the big paydays only come along every now and then. I owe nothing, yet nothing is owed Well done to you Brumaggens who kept some plugging away at the selections.

Sunday is here, Survival Sunday…. In each of the games effecting relegation threatened teams, there are a gaggle of permutations regarding matters away from their own game.

Par example, If Wolves were losing by a single goal but Spurs and Manchester United were hammering their rivals, then you would not want to be on a Wolves draw why? This is because if Wolves lose by a single goal and two of Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan lose, then they stay up. In that scenario, why would they push forward exposing themselves to conceding a second which might send them down?

There are lots of scenarios that could play out that could effect a teams approach to the game. In general, I would be backing Wolves to beat Blackburn. Wolves have done their best work in recent weeks and McCarthy sounds serious about getting the job done.

It is an interesting game at West Ham where both they and today’s opponents Sunderland seem to have checked out for the season. Nothing is backable there in my view.

I did put the Wolves draw up yesterday but am less confident today, they may only need a point and with Doyle absent, they may have to settle for just one. Blues look like they have none of the requisite firepower to trouble Tottenham in normal circumstances. They score too few goals and while Gardner, Bowyer and Ferguson play controlled possession football, it lacks a cutting edge. That said, they are likely to be the most fired up of the two teams on show at White Hart Lane and I am loathed to go against them.

Stoke is a bet I like. Wigan have looked reasonable in recent weeks as they battle the drop but they are against a tough team here. Stoke will guive them a more thorough examination than Villa or West Ham. I fancy Pulis to have his men wound up to finish a good season on a high note. 7/4 is too big, I think we can count on Stoke coming to the party. My only football bet today will be Stoke to beat Wigan.

12.45pm Longchamp – Prix D’Ispahan

Goldikova, one of the outstanding mares of her generation makes her final seasonal reappearance at Longchamp today with trainer Freddie Head reporting her in good fettle. If she turns up in reasonable spirit it should be enough to take this. She is not only top class but ultra reliable and I would be surprised if Head, an outstanding trainer, has not got her well looked after. Of the opposition, Dick Turpin has some class but loses too often for the Major, there is a race in him but not this one.

Byword looks great each way value and given some development from 4 to 5, you could expect more trouble for Goldikova from this one. He is likely to be fitter after a reappearance run. The two races Byword finished last season on were fairly poor though and at 4/1 there is not much allowance for that.

The others look short of top class. As the Major is not worried about Dick Turpin, I suggest a win bet on Goldikova 5/6 and a double with Stoke!

I hope she does win and I hope to see her against Frankel / Canford Cliffs in a mouth watering show down, bring it on.

The Irish 1,000 Guineas – The Curragh 4.15pm

There are many questions about this years leading 1m crop of fillies. Together who almost took the British 1,000 (probably the smartest piece of form on show) achieved that on the back of nearly ten runs and is clearly not a reliable proposition. That said it is dangerous to rule out an O’Brien horse in an Irish classic as the Major proved yesterday with Roderic O Connors all the way success in the boys event.

Misty for Me is of significant interest from the same stable. Very often O’Brien horses need their first run of a campaign (like Roderic) and Misty for Me was certainly the best juvenile filly in Ireland last year. If we can put a line through the reappearance run and assume she trained on then 10/1 is an absolute steal. Most Irish 1,000 Guineas winners need a run in the current season, a trend we can support as it makes sense. (Remember one of the Majors rules is to check the sense of any trend before applying it – As per my betting resolutions, it is no use relying on a twenty year trend in football such as Wigan have not won at Stoke for x years, what has that got to do with today? Am I to believe that Wigan players are traumatised by this information!) – In this case it makes utter sense, against the top milers we need a filly that is fit and ready.

On balance, I am wary of Misty for Me, think Together will get beat and am going to support Eminya. She is lightly raced but out of top connections and with a big stage jockey. If she breaks better than last tie, she will be seen in better light, coming out of stall 9, I don’t think Johhny will panic if she misses the break slightly though. She is presently 6/1 with Ladbrookes – Have a slice.

Finally, Beggars Opera goes again in the 4.05 at Fakenham (I bring you all the top action) – This one was tailed off when fancied by the Major. The booking of McCoy again asks questions – I am not advising it or backing it but feel it is sure to win unburdened by my wager, such is the Gamblers existence.

The Majors Saturday Service – The Lockinge at Newbury – Tips for horseracing, football (FA Cup Final) plus Chinese Philosophy

Good morning from sunny Pershore where the Major has been at the study for your benefit (arguable) for many hours.  The coffee is bubbling away leaving its traces on the air. 

Mika Newton represents Ukraine at 150/1 for Eurovision - Shabash!

This weekend the Major ventures north to the Lakes, such a beautiful spot, serene, the greens and blues, marvelous; the purpose is a christening, I am aiming for all things to be quality this weekend, including some winning selections, allowing for a hearty donation to the childs university fund.

The fighting fund has been bolstered already.  I hope you had an opportunity to see Thursday nights post, picking apart the Yorkshire Cup in which Duncan duly delivered, advised at 4/1 – The Major was delighted and never mind waking Duncan with thy knocking, the Major might have with his cheer.

The Major offers a free service alerting people of new posts.  You can sign up on twitter @tdl123 or in the left hand column there is an email subscription service run by the good people at WordPress. 

We get a fair few hundred readers per week and normally a handful of new subscribers signing up.  I often wonder what those that arrive for the first time think.  Tip quality, middling……. effort and enthusiasm A+……. unhinged, definitely – They keep coming though, it seems there is an appetite for a mix of horseracing and football opinion with a dash of nonsense.

Last night the Major entertained.  We drank a nice prosecco, ate good curry and finished the night with friends singing around the piano.  The piano is in a far-flung corner of the estate, one where the power of the Majors broadband signal dwindles.  My guest asked if I was able to connect to the network, no doubt he wanted to check the runners at Keeneland, we were beyond the witching hour.  When the Major reported his technology also incapable of picking the signal up, my friend declared himself pleased that it was not his equipment that was less superior.  He is a nice person normally.

This struck a note.  It reminded me of Taoist philosophers whose message was one of taking lifes journey in good order.  You do not really know what is good or bad and you should never begrudge another man his good fortune and that you should never look at any event and evaluate it too much for merit.  Although the author of the following passage is unknown, the following is a nice illustration.

On day a Chinese farmer awoke to find wild horses on his land which he was able to catch.  What great luck his neighbours decried, how do you know said the farmer?

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?  Who knows?

One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

The Major must be the only man alive who wishes the bankers well with those telephone number bonus payments – good luck to you all, to the sports.

The Lockinge – Newbury 3.45pm

The feature of the day is very tricky. 

The trainers of Shakespearean, Beacon Lodge and Cityscape have all made noises about not running without more rain.  This would reduce the field to 7 which of course reduces the places paid on each way stakes to 2. 

This is significant because Twice Over was in my thoughts originally as an 8/1 each way punt.  I am sure that he would not be being dropped back to a mile if he was not going to show well at that distance.  Backing just for the two places though seems tough.  I am sure the Dubai efforts will have him fit and his last run was a mixed race so would be happy to believe he is in good fettle, I think the thing that puts me off the most is his miserly strike rate on any ground containing the word firm (1 from 6) – overlooked.

The two market leaders are the Hannon trained Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs, apple of the trainer and jockeys eyes.  Dick Turpin has beaten Canford Cliffs twice already, losing their final encounter – Even that was only a modest defeat of half a length in an oddly run race that saw Dick Turpin stretched after a pretty big pace.   Both will love conditions.

Dick Turpin is stripping fit so the calculation between the two is this.  Is Dick Turpins form better or worse? Hard to say.  Visually how do you assess them?  Canford Cliffs beating of Rip van Winkle was very eye-catching, smooth headway to destroy the classy O’Brien horse.  Is race fitness an issue?  Well Dick Turpin has the benefit of a run but Canford goes well fresh so no.  What about Canford as the stable star though?  No doubt they do love him but they have been wrong before about who their number one horse is.

On that strength, 7/2 Dick Turpin does not sound a bad prospect but the Major has deliberated the decision and has to advise elsewhere.

The outsider I give a squeak to is Red Jazz.  If was assured that eight would get to post then 20/1 is a nice each way bet – Meydans artificial track did not suit this one but last years third at Royal Ascot in the QEII was no fluke, he has some class and could be one to have developed into a smarter four year old.

The advice is simple, get stuck into Canford Cliffs at the 5/6 on price.  He does not have to beat a lot, will love conditions and is the one horse here that looks a super star.  Head said Turpin, value suggests Red Jazz.  The fact that Canford could prove today he is one from the top draw is irresistible.  Let’s have a resounding win that sets up the heavyweight contest with Frankel.  If Canford is the class beast we hope him to be, he will win.

Frankel versus Canford.  Boom, my heart just fluttered.  All in today chaps.

 Bangor 5.20 – The Bumper

Value has to be sought in all corners!  Straight from the Lockinge to tips at Bangor – The Major seeks it all for you.

Nicky Henderson sends in a bumper horse and he is always to be feared at these provincial tracks.  He has them ready first time up and took this last year with a similar sort. 

Two markets are open, they both price Western Approaches at 5/2, have a slice.  Henderson is 36% with debut bumper sorts in the last twelve month – This looks a tepid affair, get stuck in and thank me later.

I am not going to try to solve the complex handicap at Newbury, I shall leave that to the others.  Instead to Newmarket.

2.15 King Charles II Stakes

This looks an interesting contest and the Major has a sort he likes in this.

Utley and I Love Me have arguably done the most on track but I am not convinced by either.

The one I like is Trade Storm.  Never out of the front three when firm is in the description, this one will relish conditions.  He is guaranteed to be fit enough and while the others have some major entries (Coronation Cup for I Love Me), I am not sure they are good enough.  Trade Storm did enough in the Gimcrack to show he can be a player at this level.  10/1 generally available – Get stuck right in.

Uttoxeter

The Major enjoys having a crack at the Lockinge, reviewing the classier animals and deciding on the best.  That said, there is money to be made at Uttoxeter on good to firm ground.  I would be looking for those that are proven on it and there are a couple I like.

Breaking Silence in the opener at 5/1 would have been one but is a non-runner.  Spirit is needed in the 6.45 is a definite selection at 6/4 – This one also comes with greater experience.  Bet365 go 9/2 about Danehillsundance in the 7.30, punish them vigorously.    The same turf accountant offers 8/1 about Daraz Rose in the last, take them on that too!

To the sports fields of Britain.  The Major should offer you an FA Cup Final Tip. 

Man City seem to me a team devoid of spirit.  Ballotelli sums them up neatly in my view.  They have bought badly, appointed an unexciting manager and celebrated achieving 4th in the league as though it were the title itself.  I think the manager will go, they are a team whose sum is far worse than the component parts.

Stoke at 7/2 seem an outstanding price.  I think the game will be disjointed and 15/8 for 0-0 at half time is also worth a punt.

Sunderland and West Brom seem to have checked out for the season and so I oppose both with Everton at 7/4 and Wolves at 2/1.

The same accusation could be made of Bolton who have looked poor in a few recent outings.  That said, they are a better outfit than Blackpool and I cannot miss out on the 13/5 – Take a piece now.

 Betfred go 150/1 that Ukraine win the Eurovision song contest.  Trust me on this one.  I feel dirty.

I would put a double in today on Wolves and Canford Cliffs.  2/1 and 5/6 with Hills.  £50 returns £275 – Thank me later. 

Tonight no formal dinner.  Fish and Chips in the sea air.  Plenty of vinegar.  I wager you at levels that the rather stiff sort you took along succumbs to the wholehearted goodness of this atmosphere and relents.  You will be at the gallop before midnight.

Courage friends.

Horseracing Tips from Sandown, Football Tips – The Majors Saturday Service

Indian Braves - Expert horseman, brutal warriors. Love a bet, probably.

Good morning, I hail to thee, young band of merry warriors.  Defford is a paragon of virtuous sunshine this fair morning, cacophony of spring birds, a brightness so loud it is deafening.

Ah the Major pangs for the short dark days of winter, the peaceful still and cool air, clear sound made on fresh canvas; just fading memories now like the distant pulses of a fast-moving train, but we know it will return.  Let us enjoy our excursion into summers embrace but know it for what it is, we shall await and embrace the coming of winter and restoration of natural order.

The Saturday Service is here and we have a great Easter weekend of sport, a delectable spread of refined temptations to pick from, gorge not, but enjoy the feast – Select well, as the enemy will try to dazzle us with baubles of deception, gaudy and dizzying, remain clear-headed and progress like the river with your mind able to bend round stubborn stone, relentlessly rolling on.

The Majors midweek foray was unsuccessful with three horses selected returning one non runner and two losses.  The Majors April is still very profitable, apologies for not updating the figures in the menu bar, the tardiness will be corrected.  Suffice to say I think we are about 55% up.

Balance is required.  As Kipling wrote, treat both triumph and disaster as equal imposters.  The Major knows this and so vigilance is required today.  Let our success be deliberate and calculated.  Glory comes from perfect practice, not hot-headed folly.

Custer is our cautionary tale.  His exploits for the Union army were legendary being promoted at Gettysburg.  He felt bullet proof and confidence was always sky-high with this dangerous man.  This instinct gave him his greatest moments and cost him his life and that of those he commanded. 

The Americans were continually breaking treaty promises with Indian camps over land rights.  Finding gold in the Black Hills caused inevitable further conflict and an oppressed tribal community rose up.  The Indian tribes of Arapaho, Cheyenne and Lakota (as well as the fighting Brule) united under the leadership of Sitting Bull were prepared to fight.  Their huge camp of 4,000 ugly faced braves, intent on mischief, settled at Little Bighorn.  Custer, the civil war hero was sent to quash the uprising with his 7th Calvary.

Tactically, Custer gave little thought to the job in hand.  His confidence in his men was unimpeachable but foolish.  He split his force into three.  The initial foray lead by Reno was to the South of the Indian encampment, it was bloodily repulsed and it was clear that the force they were fighting was well armed, well-ordered and thirsty for the engagement. 

All could have been recovered after Reno’s failed attack from the South, his retreat to the bluffs standing high to the East of the Little Bighorn river gave them all a chance of digging in.

Custer though was indignant and unaware of the dangers.  He had his forces try to traverse the river to the North East of the camp.  They were easily repelled and then pursued up the bluff by a succesful and swift Indian counter charge led by Crazy Horse. 

A desperate last stand was made in the hill overlooking the sprawling Indian camp.  Indian Calvary made light work of the 7th Calvalry who were trying to form a line, once they smashed through that, all order was lost and it was every man for himself.  The Indian braves used hatchet and lance in close quarters to devastating effect.  After the battle, they scalped the defeated in order to let the soul of their enemy depart, savage yet cathartic.

Why did Custer judge Little Bighorn so badly?  Why lead a force into full frontal assault against a three factor stronger enemy?  Why split your force?  Why when the first skirmish goes horribly wrong would you risk an attack?  Why decline to take more troops in the first place?  Custer wanted the fame, he was drunk on his self-image.

A man compelled to further his career in the spotlight.  A man buoyed by early success.  Over-confidence in your trained troop.  The sense of glory.  No coolness of mind.  Calculate your bravery.  The Major urges you to distance yourself from victory and defeat.  Custer’s lesson.

To the sports young warriors, let us hope to add red dots each symbolising a defeated and fallen member of the turf accountant community to our head-dress.  Daub paint and prepare your hatchet, ready thyself, it is Saturday and there is mischief to be had.

Sandown Bet 365 day is a superb moment in the sporting gentleman’s calendar.  The gauntlet is passed from the jumps to the flat boys and both are on show in a wonderful eight race card.  Next year, this might make the Majors social cycle. 

A glorious day for them too today.  Drenched in sunshine.

The ground will be edging towards the firm, this is a significant factor in assessing todays runners, it will be frenetic stuff.  We are also looking for jumps horses that are not ‘over the top’, ideally ones that have demonstrated they are spring horses.  Thus, Baby Run makes little appeal.

For the flat sorts, prep runs and ones that go fresh is the model of the likely winners in the Majors view.

2.05 Sandown – Bet 365 Handicap

As I write it appears that Kazzene has been backed off the boards down to 4/1.  This price does not reflect his recent form.  Though if something were amiss and it has been rectified, the Pipe yard can land a gamble with this completely unexposed sort racing off a featherweight.

I’ll leave the gamble alone.  Kazzene may be the handicap snip of the century but not for the Major.

I am a keen fan of Extreme Conviction in this 2 and a half mile contest.  His record with good ground or better is raced 6, placed 5, won 4.  He has not won on ground with the word soft in it.

King of the Night might be one for next season.

Back Extreme Conviction each way 10/1 with SportingBet.

2.35 Sandown Celebration Chase

French Opera is one of those sorts that will not carry the Majors money.  Henderson believes conditions are right today, the Major is less sure.

I prefer backing Tataniano who is 6/5 with Hills.  This is exactly the sort of horse the Major is looking for.  Loves the sun on its back, won over good last year at Aintree, odds against for a horse that could still make the top grade, very tasty.

3.10 Bet365 Gold Cup Chase – Sandown

As I previously hinted, I cannot have Baby Run.  OK, it is clearly the best hunter chaser around.  Switching to this company is tough, doing it after several hard races all over extended 3 and a half mile distances on the legs of an eleven year old is a lot to ask – Especially as he won’t have it his own way as he normally does, there will be harrassment today.  It is this and not his potential lenient handicap mark which gives the Major confidence to draw a line through that one.

There is going to be plenty of pace on with the ground as is and plenty that will like to make it, including Baby Run.

This might help settle Poker de Sivola into a better rhythm, he was the Majors Scottish National selection and if the unseating at Ayr still leaves him in decent touch, I think he might come good for one of these races.  I prefer those where this has been the long-term target though.

Triggerman is of interest.  Will be suited by this race and the Major would not put you off a 12/1 interest in this one.

The Majors money though will be carried by 10/1 shot Meanus Dandy.  Nicholls and Walsh team up and I think this one might do well stepped up in trip.  Get involved each way.

3.45 Bet365 Mile

Then the focus is passed to the flat sorts with their fine morning suit attire, keen satirical edge and vintage champagne, good luck to you all.

The Bet365 mile has attracted just 5 runners but it is an intriguing contest.

Dick Turpin has the best form to boast of, just.  4/5 on though is overpriced.

Andrew Balding has sent in  pacemaker (Highland Knight) to ensure a gallop which is a smart move given the small field and good ground.  The intended beneficiary, Dream Eater is not for the Major though, even with the assistance of Jimmy Fortune, amongst the Majors favourite flat jockeys.

I am not convinced Cityscape will love conditions especially as it is only going to get faster.  This leaves me Music Show.  Normally held up, I think the presence of a pacemaker will help the only lady in the field and Ryan Moore, master of the timed run can bring home the bacon at 9/2, have a chunky slice and thank me later.

4.50 Sandown 1m Handicap

This is a wide open handicap but there is a candidate that caught the Majors eye.  Huygens looks set for a big opener.  Holland is booked for the steering and the horse has a good record fresh. 

The Major is not the only one to smell a snip.  The price has come in from 16s to 9s.  I am not putting you off though, dropped back to a mile seems an odd choice but the trainer knows his beans, unleash the light cannon.

3.05 Mussleburgh

The 1m 1f contest is an interesting little affair and the one that catches the Majors imagination is the, bottom of the card, Rastaban.  The Major smells a big run….

William Haggas doesn’t make that many big round trips and when he does, he goes with intent.  This will be a 600 mile round trip and nothing else is going up in the horsebox.

7/2, pile in boys.

To the sports fields……

Last weeks football bets performed well with Wigan and Villa both winning at greater than 2/1.

This week I see no reason not to back them again.

Wigan are back in touch, Sunderland in free fall.  3/1 with Victor Chandler for the Latics, take a slice.

Villa entertain Stoke, fresh from their demolition of Bolton at Wembley.  Tony Pulis men have a poor record away from home and the Houllier illness is not a factor to the Major, well not one that adversely effects Villas chances anyway.  10/11 with Hills, smash that up.

Preston are 4/1 to win at Millwall who are without key players.  Preston are not quite done yet and I fancy them at this price to cause a possible upset.

I like the return of Adams at Blackpool and 2/1 is fair but their morale seems suspect and I cannot touch it.

7/2 the draw at Old Trafford also looks appealing but is left alone.

Tonight let dining be an easy pasta ensemble.  Fresh tiny ripened tomato, garlic, good bread.  Enjoy a light tipple, perhaps a Wye Valley beer or a class of Beaujolais.  Eat al fresco, see if that careful sort wants to join you, her with the measured look in her eye and that certain quiver of the lip that suggests something, perhaps.

Bet more than you should.  On the anniversary of Jesus resurrection weekend where he rose from the dead after three days (I once had a similar experience after an absynthe party); ensure you take a moment to yourself to simply enjoy being.  After all, this happens just the once, make it memorable.