Blog – Greyhound Derby, Preakness Stakes & the Monaco GP

Roy the Boy's blog looks at the Greyhound Derby and Preakness Stakes, before highlighting an outside each way selection at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. 

Whoopsies and Quips

The good news … Whoops Jack is still in the Greyhound Derby and he looks to have an outstanding chance of progressing into the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday night.  The even better news … the Premier League Darts has come to a close, thank God for that.  It was catastrophic.

Elsewhere Quip, a speculative 20/1 each-way play, may have got buried in the Preakness Stakes but at least the race confirmed what I thought, Triple Crown chasing Justify has zero chance of winning the Belmont Stakes on June 9th and I’m a huge layer at 5/4.

But the horse who I believe is most likely to topple him, Audible, is in the same ownership as Justify and I’ve grave concerns they will not send him to post in the knowledge he may scupper their Derby/Preakness winner’s chances of landing US horseracing’s holy grail.  We will have to wait and see.

300/1 each-way play in Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix is unique amongst Formula 1 race weekends as its first practice session takes place on Thursday with no action on Friday as its a national holiday in the principality.  Consequently the markets on Sunday’s race have appeared a little earlier than usual.

An early pick has to be Fernando Alonso each-way at 300/1.  Only ‘play’ at William Hill or Ladbrokes though, as they are the only firms offering that price and each-way terms of places 1-2-3.  Other are 1-2.

The Spaniard is the seventh favourite for this race behind the six drivers racing for one of the ‘big three’ teams.  I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell all six will finish the race as Monaco is renowned for accident and incident.  On average there are six retirements in this race.  Like playing Keno, let’s hope a few of the ‘right ones’ fall off the track.

Given overtaking is impossible here, Alonso is the guy that could pick-up the pieces and find himself in a place-paying position courtesy of kind ‘safety car’ deployment/timing.  Trust me, around Monaco, this is no fairytale.  It could happen and did happen in 1996 when Olivier Panis won the Monaco Grand Prix, the only race win of his F1 career, at odds of 300/1.

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Fernando Alonso, each way at Monaco Grand Prix @ 300/1 (3 places) with William Hill

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