Blog – Prix de l’Arc, the Japanese GP, Snooker & SPOTY 2018

Blog from Roy The Boy looks at the Prix de l'Arc, the Japanese Grand Prix, Snooker's fastest players & SPOTY 2018.

Treve’s Got Credentials

Will Enable do a Treve and win back-to-back Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe this weekend?  I’ve not had a bet but I sincerely hope so.  I have taken a look through the list of previous winners, however, and it's striking how few horses attempt to win the race for a second successive year.

There’s also an appalling record of horses aged five and over.  The last five-year-old winner was Marienbard in 2002 and before that Tony Bin in 1988.  There has never been a six-year-old winner of this race and, at the time of writing, there are still two six-year-olds amongst the declarations.

Early Rain in Japan

I’d hatched a cunning plan to get the cake in this weekend’s Japanese F1 with a monsoon forecast to disrupt the practice sessions.

Alas the rain has arrived early and so a major upset in the early practice sessions is now looking unlikely.

Lefties Play Fast

The World Snooker organisation has published a list of players with the longest average shot time.  Lee Walker is at the top of the list, with an average shot time over 30 seconds in nine of his 12 matches.  He is followed by Chris Totten (three of five matches) and Rod Lawler (six of ten matches).

I cannot quite figure out how this can be put to good use.  Or, at the other end of the spectrum, put the list of ‘fastest players’ to good use.  What is interesting is the fact the top eight names on that list are all left-handed players.

SPOTY 2018

The Sports Personality of the Year betting market has each-way terms available to punters at some sites.  That’s cool considering Geraint Thomas is heading the betting at 6/4 (and I cannot have him) and Harry Kane is close in behind at 5/2.

Here’s a few names to consider for each-way plays at double-digit prices:

Lewis Hamilton; the former winner will be given his fifth World Championship crown at the end of November and that is ideal timing with the award meshed-out just weeks later.

Anthony Joshua was 1/10 to win this in 2017 but the same people that smashed him into that price forgot to vote for him.  Although finishing fourth last year, he was only 10,115 votes short of taking top-spot and he’s unlikely to be forgotten for a second consecutive year.

But the pièce de résistance has to be Superbike racer Jonathan Rea.  The Northern Irishman clinched an unprecedented fourth World Championship title last week and let’s not forget he finished runner-up to Mo Farah in the 2017 SPOTY race, beaten by just 3,000 votes.  The fanatical Northern Irish bike-racing fan-base should come out in even greater numbers in December.