Blog – Breeders Cup, I’m a Celebrity and World Series Darts

Roy The Boy Weekly Blog which looks at the Ladbrokes & Corals merger, the pathetic gimmicks from Paddy Power and bets including California Chrome and Simon Whitlock.

Who is for the chop at Ladbrokes/Coral?  Power’s aren’t betting on it

It’s official, Ladbrokes and Coral became one on November 1.  Once upon a time the mischievous Paddy Power would have opened markets on all sorts of areas related to this takeover, something us industry bods would love.  Such as the betting on which PR man will be given the chop first – in what is sure to one of hundreds of redundancies.

Simon Clare, David Williams or Mike Dillon?  We all know Dillon does nothing apart from hang around the paddock sniffing around the Ballydoyle connections, Jonjo O’Neill and the likes of Jeremy Noseda – planning on landing a colossal gamble with a horse once owned by Ladbrokes customers and sold for the proverbial song no doubt.

Nevertheless, only one of those legendary Ladbrokes multi-million pound poor-performance related bonuses (the type Richard Glynne danced off with), will see Dillon depart,  so I’m afraid Williams might doomed.

Anyway, Power’s no longer do these kind of things, they are now upstanding and respectable.  Controversy no longer exists and neither does the value-laden offers and bonuses they were once famous for.

The latest offer billboarded on their homepage confirms it.  “Place 50 tennis bets (during the course of seven days) and receive one free bet”.  That free bet is worth an average of your 50 bets and, of course, stakes are not returned if the free bet is a winner.

I’d be embarrassed to signpost something like that.  But Power’s are probably beyond embarrassment now following a story in this week’s Times newspaper which exposed their use of online trackers and social media to extract the absolute maximum from clients.

Apparently Google Maps is used by Power’s staff to check the worth of a customer’s house and Facebook toothcombs client’s connections looking for anyone associated with/to any sporting field while cross-referencing it with their betting behaviour.

Will the Pound meet the Euro?

On the theme of diminishing markets, why on earth can’t I find any firm offering odds on the Pound (GBP) reaching parity with the Euro?  Surely they are missing a trick here.

Yes, I know currencies can be traded aplenty with the spread firms, but surely conventional punters would place a bet or two on the Pounds agonising demise.  At the very least a good PR man (not of the Ladbrokes/Coral variety) could attain some good mainstream exposure out of the market.

With a pretty dramatic fall from £1.00/€1.40 to £1.00/€1.10 over the last 12 months, how much further can it go?  If I could get some 5/4 about the GBP falling below the Euro within the next nine months I’d be very interested indeed.

Back the Girls in IaCGmOoH

Anyway, let’s forget the US Election, put the Breeders Cup aside for a moment and take a look at one of the biggest betting highlights of the year, I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!

Coral are going even-money about a female winner, it’s a gift.  I’ve already highlighted the credentials of Gogglebox’ Scarlet Moffat but news she may be joined by Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosbie makes Coral’s even-money about a female winner irresistible.

Already a comprehensive winner of Celebrity Big Brother, Crosbie will doubtlessly carry the Geordie Shore flag into battle knowing no cast member of Geordie Shore has appeared in ‘Im a Celeb’ or ‘Celeb Big Brother’ without winning it.

Breeders Cup time

As for the Breeders Cup… isn’t it amazing how the stature of this meeting has diminished during the past 20 years?  Increased interest in the Melbourne Cup, and the arrival of the Dubai World Cup, have clearly played their part.

Next year (January 12th) another colossal race joins the calendar with the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup.  Staged at Gulfstream Park, Florida, this 1m-1f dirt contest is open to 12 entries paying $1m apiece to race. It will surely dilute the Breeders Cup importance even further.

Anyway, you can expect the machine which is California Chrome to win that purse after he collects Saturday’s Breeders Cup Classic winning it by a clear margin.

Whitlock can get it right again

Snooker and Darts have proved troublesome in recent weeks.  It was impossible to predict the 10-1 score-line when Mark Selby beat Ding Junhui in the final of last weekend’s International Championship while the European Darts Championship saw some outrageous results.

Nevertheless we were right about the resurgence of Simon Whitlock and maintaining we are on to a good thing I’m going in again on Saturday when he meets Brendan Dolan in a World Series of Darts opening round match-up. It’s a game you can watch on ITV4.

The Australian is 1/2 with Powers and SkyBet and that is enough to make him a ‘pin’ to double into any bets you will be having this coming weekend.

Recommended Bets

California Chrome    Breeders Cup Classic (Saturday) at 10/11 with  Betfred

Female winner of IaCGmOoH at 1/1 with Coral

Simon Whitlock to beat Brendan Dolan (Saturday am) at 1/2 with Paddy Power and SkyBet