Blog from Roy The Boy and he has his eye on a few up-and-comers: Snooker's Jack Lisowski, Dart's Jeffrey de Zwaanhas and the Liberal Democrats' Layla Moran.
It was nice to see my Epsom Oaks' tip, Sea of Class, win the Irish Oaks (recommended here at 10/1). Actually, it wasn’t nice really as I’d have preferred her to run and get beaten in the British equivalent – therein getting a run for my money.
However, Jack Lisowski did give me a good run for my money in Snooker’s Riga Masters last weekend. Ultimately the 27-year-old was beaten in the final by a rejuvenated Neil Robertson but his march to the decider was mighty impressive. The shooting star won 21 frames and conceded just 4 in his 5 matches prior to the final. And of those 21 frames, he recorded seventeen 50+ breaks.
This is one player to follow. As is 23-year-old poker dealer Elliott Slessor who beat Ronnie O’Sullivan not once but twice last season.
The second tournament of the twenty-competition snooker season is the valuable World Open in China. It starts on Monday 6 August. With a £700,000 prize-pool, and £150,000 to the winner, many of the sport’s big names will be in action. That includes ante-post favourite Mark Selby who has, irksomely, drawn Slessor in the opening round. Jack Lisowski has fared better in the draw and he plays Chris Wakelin in the opening round. Mark Allen or local hope Lyu Haotian beckon in the second round.
I’m going to back Jack for this event and several others until he’s either sent me broke or landed his first ranking event.
New Darts Superstar?
Darts might have a new superstar too. There was no fluke about Jeffrey de Zwaan’s 12/1 defeat of Michael van Gerwen in the opening round of BetVictor’s World Matchplay tournament and the 22-year-old Dutch player went on to eliminate Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall before putting up spirited resistance against Gary Anderson.
Darts is littered with ‘has beens’ ... long forgotten players who once looked to have the world at their feet. But de Zwaan is one of the youngest breakthrough players we have seen and you cannot dismiss him before seeing how high he can fly.
The next time we will see him in action is at the end of September in Dublin’s World Grand Prix. Of course this 32-player tournament is unique as it requires players to start on a double. That’s great news for the de Zwaan fan-club as the last time I looked at the Matchplay stats, he had the best ‘doubles’ record of all the participants.
Be Liberal with Layla
My political guru has been in touch. He is of the firm belief that Vince Cable will be resigning from his position of Liberal Democrat Party leader shortly and reckons his replacement can only be one of two people: Jo Swinson (8/11) or Layla Moran (2/1).
In a two-person race, Moran merits support at that price.
Lay at Glorious Goodwood
Finally its Glorious Goodwood week.
Back in the day I was collating stats on horses done 1.03 or less in running – and getting beaten – on the big Betfair machine. This meeting stood head and shoulders above all others, so don’t be surprised to see at least one horse burst clear and capitulate in the shadow of the post this week.