Roy The Boy blog looks at the Jockeys Championship, 6 Red World Snooker, upcoming Skiing season, the farce that Betsafe are and the SPOTY team award.
The Unbackable Race
The racing press, for the umpteenth time, are making all they can out of the race for the jockey’s title.
Undoubtedly it makes for a good story and can be very entertaining, as was the case in 2007 when the ‘missing in action’ Seb Sanders and the mysteriously ‘retiring but not retiring’ Jamie Spencer shared the title in 2007 after both rode a winner on the final day of the season.
That sent racing media into a frenzy, albeit this particular battle did not attract the mainstream newspaper and TV coverage the tussle between Steve Cauthen and Pat Eddery did back in 1988.
Forward-wind 28 years and it’s the names Crowley and de Sousa that are now making the headlines of the Racing Post, At The Races and Racing UK.
However, for the everyday punter the simple fact remains: Getting a meaningful bet on either of these protagonists (or any jockey at any price) in this market is a futile exercise. The Jockey’s Championship is and always has been a ‘fivers and tenners fun-bet’ betting market.
Walden has the 6 Red form
Snooker’s Six Red World Championship is currently underway in Thailand. Mark Selby and Ding Junhui head the cast and the bookmaker’s ante-post lists, but with just six red balls, and like the ‘speed’ Snooker Shootout, isn’t this format more of a crap-shot than the conventional game?
It’s certainly an acquired taste and with Ricky Walden being a former winner and twice a runner-up in seven renditions of this event, he gets a tentative selection at the 16/1 available with Coral and William Hill.
I opened an account with a Scandinavian outfit called BetSafe the other day. It was the worst money I have ever lost. A thoroughly regrettable experience was capped when the free €20 bet I was due to receive was not forthcoming.
It turned out the small print disguised the fact residents of Ireland are one of 36 European countries that are not eligible for their ‘Welcome Offer’. It begs the question as to why they are allowed to advertise and showcase this offer to people viewing their site with an IP address from one of these 36 territories.
BetSafe also promote another offer where any team backed to top the Premiership table at Christmas will give bet holders free bets and slot spins every time they win a match. Oh, the small print, “only open to customers from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Poland!” I ask you.
These Scandinavian’s really are the world’s worst. They are not bookmakers, they are not even accountants and they ludicrous morons which believe the world is full of even bigger morons – alas they are right.
Take Unibet’s new customer offer. A ‘100% Risk Free Bet’ sounds great. But when you consider you receive nothing if your first bet wins, get a free bet whereby any stakes are not returned only if it loses, and you cannot make a withdrawal until you make more bets representing five times your free bet total, you might conclude it’s a fully-fledged urinary catheter.
As for 7/1 Aksel
The Ski season starts again in October, with the first races coming from Solden in Austria. Slowly the firms have started pricing-up the season’s outright markets and refreshingly they have not followed each other like sheep.
A case in point is the odds available on Aksel Lund Svindal to win the season-long World Cup. William Hill go 4/1 about the Norwegian, 888Sport are 5/1, Betfair 6’s but Betway go 7/1.
I think this is outstanding value. The 6ft 2in monster got injured at the end of last season and missed all of 2014/15 but when he is in one piece, and social media currently suggests he very much is, he is an awesome athlete.
The winner of the World Cup in 2007/08 and 2009/10 and runner-up three other seasons, he is surely overpriced 7’s.
Want to back Leicester at 1/5?
The ‘BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award’ is decided by an expert panel selected by the BBC. On that basis alone I cannot consider Leicester City at a top price of 1/5 (yes top price).
The BBC don’t have the rights to Premiership football, they did for the Olympic Games. By late December Leicester City winning the Premiership will be even more of a distant memory and with a conveyor-belt of documentaries about cyclists – such as Wiggins, Trott and Cavendish – hitting out TV screens, I fancy the GB cycling team will be a better option.
There’s good news too, Ladbrokes are gong 9/2 about ‘any British Olympic Team’ meaning you can have the omen’s Hockey Team thrown in for good measure.
6-Red World Championship Ricky Walden at 16/1 with Coral
Skiing - Men’s World Cup Aksel Lund Svindal at 7/1 with Betway
Any British Olympic Team to win BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award at 9/2 with Ladbrokes