Roy The Boy blog with bets on Sebastian Vettel for Italian Grand Prix and Saleen Ash for Romford Champion Stakes.
Which way to turn in Spanish road race?
The Vuelta Espana, AKA the Tour of Spain, is underway and it features one of the most challenging courses in the 73 year history of the cycle race. Six mountainous stages, another six hilly stages and 2,033 miles of cycling – if you take the shortest route around every corner.
The five mile time-trial on stage 1 will have no bearing on the overall result and the veteran Alejandro Valverde taking the second stage by a narrow margin should also count for little. Ultimately this one will be won on the mountain stages but who will have the legs following the Tour de France?
Let us be quick to point out the first four home in Le Tour are not taking part and so we are looking at the likes of Steven Kruijswijk (who finished fifth), Dan Martin (eighth), Nairo Quintana (tenth), Valverde (14th) and Rafal Majka (19th) to bring the class of the French classic to Spain.
In truth it is a raffle, identifying who has recovered best and quickly would be total guesswork. Simon Yates (currently 4/1 at Bet365) has the best credentials of those that did not take part in the TDF but he’s yet to win a major race or podium in a Grand Tour. Arghh, it’s a mess, it is best left alone – for now.
Vettel for home victory
Sebastian Vettel was a dominant victor in the Belgian GP on Sunday. He’ll surely win again at Monza this coming Sunday as the venue is almost identical. Historically the winner in Belgium wins in Italy, Vettel did the ‘Belgium/Italy double’ in 2011 and 2013, Hamilton won both races in 2015 and 2017 as did Rosberg in 2016.
I’d be delighted to see some even-money in the early part of the week and put this bet in a double with any fancy during the week ahead.
Ash to smoke the Romford field
The final of Romford’s Champion Stakes looks great race and a case can be made for all six finalists. But as the Essex track is dog racing’s equivalent of Monaco, I’ll take the most likely early leader this and every time.
With a plot draw in six, enough early to lead (according to heat and semi-final sectionals) plus being in the possession of the competition’s fastest time, Saleen Ash is a clear and obvious call. His 4/1 price at Ladbrokes is a pleasant surprise and he’s the first selection going into a Vettel double for me this week.
Italian GP: Sebastian Vettel at 10/11 with William Hill and Paddy Power
Champion Stakes, Romford: Saleen Ash at 4/1 with William Hill and Boylesports