Roy the Boy's latest thoughts on Celebrity Big Brother, Formula One, the Irish Ledger and the Emmys.
Pallette's Antics End Big Brother Punt
By now Roxanne Pallette is a household name. Strange really, as the Emmerdale actress was known by her real name to very few before appearing in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
The actress, reviled by thousands for her “he hit me” antics, is not too popular in my household but it is not for her hideous claims of assault and battery. It's the affect her dramatics have had on the Celebrity Big Brother betting market which makes me puke.
Kirstie Alley was in to 4/7 favouritism before Roxanne Pallette did a Popham Down (ref. 1967 Grand National) by taking out the field and giving Ryan 'comatose' Thomas a Foinavon-type advantage.
He’s how 1/6 and my betting slips are lining a bird-cage floor.
A Stroll in the Italian Park
I did have some good fortune last week. Believing there was a very good chance Lance Stroll would be driving a Force India - that’s the car/team his dad recently bought - I plunged into the Canadian finishing in the top-3 of the Italian GP at 500/1, top-6 at 200/1 and had a few pennies on a top-10 at 14/1.
The bets were worthless unless he transferred from the Williams team and took the drive in the superior Force India car. He didn't. But, for some reason or other, and somehow or other, he still managed to squeak into tenth. Result!
We have a week off now before the next Grand Prix weekend in Singapore. A year ago this race was the most chaotic of the season with only 12 cars seeing the chequered flag and three of the ‘big six’ - Vettel, Raikkonen and Vestappen - all retiring on the opening lap.
Make no mistake, the Singapore circuit looks amazing but it is a kip underlined by the fact it has required safety car intervention for all ten of the races previously staged here.
Consequently a big turn-up at this track, where crashes are commonplace and overtaking extremely difficult, I could see a big priced ‘runner’ sneaking into the frame. Bet365 are offering each-way terms of 1-2-3, 1/5th odds, and that makes the 500/1+ about Ocon, Sainz, Perez, Alonso, Hulkenberg et-al viable each-way plays.
No Orders in Irish Leger
Order of St George is odds-on favourite for the Irish St Leger across the boards. I find it amazing given the calibre of his potential opposition. Last season’s Irish Derby and English St Leger winner, Capri, being just one possible rival.
Last seen finishing fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup, Order of St George can definitely throw in a poor run and that’s underlined by his defeat in the 2016 Irish St Leger at odds of 1/7 (to Wicklow Brave).
Consequently, at this stage, with the race well over a week away, I’m a layer at odds-on about the six-year-old.
Rhys to Grab Emmy
Three hours research on the Internet and it's excellent American film/drama critical websites has convinced me Welsh actor Matthew Rhys should be a 5/4 poke in the Emmys market for leading actor in a drama series.
He’s not. He is 2/1 with Betway to collect the award which is meshed out on September 17th.
Betfair also have a market in place on this award but it has limited liquidity at present. Keep an eye out if it ramps up somewhat in the next seven days.