Roy the Boy's latest thoughts on Big Brother, cycling, horse racing and US college football.
Backing the Gay Irish Farmer Blind in Big Brother
Big Brother, the civilian version, starts on Friday. Naturally we have no faces or names at this point albeit producers have issued a teaser video to promote the launch of the 19th series and amongst the limited line-up info seems to be a good thing.
One contestant is described only as a ‘gay farmer from Ireland’. That simple statement is enough for me to make him favourite and if he is as thick as two double-sheeted Kleenex, he could be odds-on. I’m serious, being charming while being low on IQ has always been a big vote winner in this show.
But it’s the record of Brian Dowling that gives me the winning vibes. Openly gay, the Irishman won Big Brother in 2001 and returned nine years later to ace ‘Ultimate Big Brother’. He enjoyed a landslide ‘public vote’ victory on both occasions plus he was never placed up for eviction during his two stays in the Big Brother house, 82 days in total.
No regrets about missing Yates in Spain
Simon Yates is into odds-on favouritism for the Vuelta a Espania.
You might recall I stated he probably had the best credentials in this column a few weeks ago. But Alejandro Valverde is in close enough contention to do the business in front of his home crowd, plus he could be back on ‘the juice’ – he has previous.
I’ve no regrets about not taking the 4/1 about Yates at the outset.
Lay Lah on Saturday
Racing UK sent out a tweet on Wednesday night questioning if it is the right decision to run Lah Ti Dar in the William Hill St Leger. Was it a serious question? She was 3/1 before being confirmed as a contestant in the classic and become top-priced 15/8 favourite thereafter.
Anyway, Lah Ti Dar is seeking to become only the second filly to win the St Leger since User Friendly in 1992 and, like her, she would be a rare winner carrying an unbeaten tag. You cannot fault her credentials but I don’t like her price and I’d like to be a layer on Betfair on Saturday at a projected 2.8 come race-day.
Baylor to show Duke who is boss
They say the worst judges in horse racing are jockeys. Likewise the most biased and clueless football punters are those fanatical about their own team. There’s a theme here so I’m not so sure about this recommended punt but it has come to me with such enthusiasm that I’m duty-bound to pass it on.
I’ll not bore you too much with the history here apart from saying I spent some time in Waco, Texas, training greyhounds many years back and a former acquaintance from that part of the world has assured me the local college football team, Baylor, will win Saturday’s match against ‘Duke’. Apparently Baylor has a host of their best players returning to the team while the visitors are full of crocks with their quarter-back the latest to join a long list of side-lined players. He’s broken his collar bone.