Roy The Boy blog with bets on Marco Fu in the German Masters and Dave Chisnall to hit more 180s than Phil Taylor in Betway Premier League Darts.
Let’s Get Mo’s Millions in to Kempton
There’s been much outcry about plans to sell off Kempton Park Racecourse to property developers. Now let’s be honest, there’s a lot of money sloshing around in horseracing and one of several ‘racing empires’ could buy the thing for a mornings wages: The billionaire Rausing family, caked-up Saudi Khalid Abdullah and, of course, Sheikh Mohammed come to mind.
It wouldn’t be such a bold move, for some it would be a bit of craic. Anyone else recall Sheikh Mo buying Evry racecourse in Paris so he could put trainer David Loader in it to train his juveniles? It didn’t go well or last but a lot of money was spent on an experiment.
Besides, surely Kempton could get the Shelbourne Park or Newbury treatment whereby housing could still be put up in every spare cubby-hole while the actual track and main grandstand remain.
I don’t really know but I do know, once again, the people who are protesting the loudest as they did with the closure of Folkestone and Hereford are amongst those in a financial position to do something about the closure – namely buy the gaff.
Lack of Sing-Along Mean’s UK’s Eurovision Song is a Miss
It’s official, Lucie Jones will be representing the UK at Eurovision in May. The former X-Factor finalist certainly has the voice but her song, ‘Never Give Up On You’ lacks the sing-along likeability which so many previous winners boast.
It’s better suited to a Disney film (like Frozen) as opposed to Eurovision and I think it will struggle to make the top-12 of the competition regardless of what opposition its will ultimately face. Coral understand this, hence their 50/1 offering in the outright market but its bedfellow, Ladbrokes, only go a miserly 25/1. Personally, with no each-way terms, I’d be a layer at 200/1.
Premier League Darts on Stats
The Betway Premier League Darts gets underway on Thursday, it will go on weekly for 16 weeks. I’ve been finding darts harder and harder these days and this competition with its unique ‘draw’ possibility is no exception.
For the record there were 17 draws amongst the 73 matches leading up to the play-off stages (where draws are not possible) in 2015 while 2016 saw 12 draws from 73 games. Generally draws can be backed at 4/1 in most Premier League Games.
And no matter how one-sided a match looks, do not be tempted by a ‘whitewash’ scenario. There were just two 7-0 scorelines during 2016 and only one in 2015.
Can Mon do a Morley?
Am I missing something with Min being top-priced 4/1 for the Champion Hurdle? I had a long-range 33/1 word for this horse in last season’s Supreme Novice Hurdle where, if memory serves, he curled-up like a cheap suitcase appearing not to stay out the two-miles (albeit finishing second, beaten seven lengths as 15/8 favourite) behind Altior.
The Ricci-owned horse has had two runs this season, both winnings ones but over fences. Good old-fashioned intuition tells me this is not the route any trainer would go with a Champion Hurdle horse even if it was the path Morley Street, the 1991 Champion Hurdle winner, took.
Fu in Form
Not unusual for this time of year I’m struggling to see much betting value anywhere this week. Sportingbet (if you can get on) are going 8/15 about Marco Fu beating David Gilbert in a Thursday afternoon showdown in Snooker’s German Masters. The Hong Kong player is back in brilliant form and will surely make a mockery of these odds.
Naturally that’s not a get-rich price so the best I can recommend is backing him at 1/2 elsewhere and putting him in a double with the old reliable chestnut of Dave Chisnall scoring more 180’s than his opponent (Phil Taylor on this occasion) in a Thursday night Premier League darts game. That’s 4/6 in most places.
Marco Fu to bead David Gilbert German Masters (Thursday) 8/15 Sportingbet
Dave Chisnall to score most 180’s against Phil Taylor (Thursday) 4/6 General