Blog from Roy The Boy with bets on Greyhound St Leger and I'm a Celebrity 2018.
Power’s have truly gone down the toilet
Anyone noticed Paddy Power are not accepting tricasts on horseracing unless your selections include all of the top three or four in the betting – and even then you must place your wager on pre-offered fixed price! That’s right, you can no longer perm-up a group of horses because they are all drawn in low or high stalls or because you simply want to give yourself a chance of a big win by throwing a few into the frame at a tasty prices.
The way this company is running its business, as opposed to 10 years ago, is shameful. I mean their in-running markets on horse racing are dialled into 148% at a time when they are bitching about Irish betting tax being raised to an unpalatable two-percent. Daylight robbery.
Power’s refusal to give customers the option to remove the ability to cancel a withdrawal request is akin to locking someone in a betting shop for 36 hours after they have collected cash winnings from the counter. Another disgrace.
Oh the irony… last week Power’s, and others, were promoting ‘Responsible Gambling Week’. I’m in no doubt the bean-counters have been sat around the boardroom table rubbing their hands together in glee boasting how the ‘promotion’ led to increased turnover compared to the corresponding week in 2017.
This bird can fly home in the Leger
The beautifully bred Magical Icarus has only just turned two and recently been stepped-up to six bends. He’s unbeaten in stayers races and I expect that tag to remain intact on Saturday night when he contests the St Leger final at Perry Barr.
His semi-final victory set the fastest time of the competition and he has the beating of the slow-starting strong-staying Slippy Maggie on that performance. I cannot fathom how Calico Ranger is as short as 13/8 with Paddy Power, in fact I don’t even like him at Betfred’s 5/2. Nah, Magical Icarus should be in front by halfway and only Slippy Maggie would be able to catch him if, and only if, she finds a charmed passage on the opening circuit.
Anne can Chase down a result in I’m a Celeb
I’ll come up with a comprehensive preview of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity when all twelve of the contestants have been confirmed (we have been given ten so far). At the opening prices I really like Anne Hegerty.
She’s may be 60 and that would make her the oldest ever winner of this show, but clearly liking her food she’s sure to struggle with jungle rations and that could gain her a lot of camera time. Furthermore she is game for a laugh, as underlined by her annual appearances in pantomime, and a good sense of humour often wins these types of shows.
Magical Icarus (St Leger final, Saturday night, Perry Barr) 11/8 Coral
Anne Hegerty (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) 10/1 Ladbrokes