Blog from Roy the Boy with on Kimi Raikkonen to qualify on pole in Baku Grand Prix and Gary Anderson to beat Simon Whitlock in Premier League Darts.
All’s forgiven as Davy plays the nice guy
Delve back far enough through previous blogs and I think you can agree I put up Grand National winner, Tiger Roll, when he was 20/1. I most definitely recommended an ‘Irish-trained winner’ at 15/8. I fancied the visitors could get a 1-2, but a 1-2-3-4 allied to all those Cheltenham Festival winners underlines the strength and depth of Irish National Hunt racing these days.
And didn’t Davy Russell come out of National well? No end of plaudits. Russell’s boxing a horse around the head at Clonmel earlier in the season and poking another one in the eye the season before has been ‘all forgiven’.
Incidentally my old mucker, Charlie Bishop, was poking one in the eye (again) at Bath last week. Time will surely come when trainers start blinkering their horses when he’s riding in the race. It is the best way to protect them. One day the stewards will actually view a head on and give Mick Channon’s jockey a good holiday.
Limerick next in 8-runner lottery stakes?
It’s interesting that Towcester have discontinued 8-dog racing. With the extra betting opportunities two extra runners brings (additional forecasts, tricasts and each-way positions) you would think the off-course bookmakers would love it.
But 8-dog racing was tried, tested and rejected at Monmore in the 90’s and Sittingbourne in the noughties. Nevertheless I understand Irish greyhound authorities are going to try to impress those that buy the ‘greyhound product’ by introducing 8-runner races at Limerick. Good luck with that project.
Kimi king for the day?
I’m all over Max Verstappen to plant his Red Bull into a wall in this Sunday’s F1 race in Azerbaijan but beforehand there is qualifying. By no means a good thing, I like Kimi Raikkonen to go fastest in that particular shootout – at Betstars over-priced 11/1 that is.
The Finn finished ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, in qualification here last year. He also qualified ahead of him, in second, in Melbourne at the start of the current campaign. And although Kimi has not out-qualified the German since, there was a miniscule 0.043sec between them in Bahrain (qualified 1-2) and 0.087sec (another Ferrari 1-2) in China last time.
Simon Whitlock has to play three more Premier League Darts matches in the coming weeks with no prospect of qualifying for finals night. In short it is a thankless task and given he has been beaten 7-1, 7-1, 7-3 and 7-1 in his last four matches (winning just one of his last ten), he looks a good thing to get stuffed on Thursday. And why not by another 7-1 score-line? He is playing Gary Anderson who is in scintillating form.
Kimi Raikkonen to qualify on pole (Baku Grand Prix) 11/1 Betstars
Gary Anderson to beat Simon Whitlock 7-1 7/1 Betfair