Roy The Boy weekly blog looks at Darts, US President, next greyhound track to close and X Factor winner to be Christmas Number 1 single.
Van Still the Man
Michael van Gerwen has racked up an impressive 23 tournament wins during 2016, his haul includes claiming the winners cheques in all of the big TV ranking tournaments so far this season (UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and European Championship).
Overall van Gerwen has won 9 of the 11 TV ranking tournaments played since losing the World Championship at the semi-final stage to Gary Anderson in late 2015. So it’s hard to oppose him in the ongoing Grand Slam of Darts for which he is now top-priced 8/11.
Next track to go
Ladbrokes/Coral amalgamation has happened. As is the way of things the companies will now be streamlined and this week; instead of trying to predict which PR body will be receiving a redundancy package, I’m going to predict which of their greyhound tracks will go first: Hove, Monmore, Crayford or Romford.
And why would one or even two of these tracks be culled? Well, the simple truth is one company does not need four tracks and the all-important paymaster which is BAGS can and probably will increase the workload for the tracks that remain. Income remains constant, overheads are reduced – that’s sound business sense.
Of course greyhound racing is licking its wounds from the news that Wimbledon is definitely closing; the place has been run into the ground and land in London is simply too valuable.
On that basis Romford is the most obvious venue to be demolished. OK, Romford is in Essex, but it is still a mad congested piece of real-estate. Crayford, one of the worst running circuits in the world is on the Kent/London border but the track is in a retail park meaning the prospect of conversion into housing is lessened.
The Monmore site is vast but more industrial than Hove which lives next to the mega wealthy Brighton and has options for use in many ways.
As it stands I’m going: 7/4 Romford, 9/4 Hove, 11/4 Crayford, 4/1 Monmore. Time will tell but I’m expecting the bad news within 18 months.
Pence worth some pennies at 600/1
It seems like more than half of America are protesting about the appointment of Donald Trump for the U.S. Presidency which is kind of ironic as half the country voted for him.
The reality TV personality does not formally get given the job until January 20th which has me thinking. His running-mate and vice-President elect Mike Pence is value at 600/1 to become the next President.
I’m saying that at a time when emotions (and protests) are running high and with this being America, there is every chance the Big Donald is the target of an assassination attempt sometime within the next two months.
2016 Christmas has the X Factor
11 of the last 12 X Factor winning contestants have reached No.1 in the UK’s singles charts in the immediate aftermath of them winning the show. And seven of the last 11 Christmases have had an X Factor winner’s song at the head of the charts.
On those stats Bet365 have lost their mind in making this year’s winner 7/4. Betfair are better judges, they go just 8/11. I say that in the knowledge that superstar singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is very likely to be responsible for the track the winner will sing.
The ‘Sheeran effect’ alone should be enough to catapult any song to No.1 even if I sang it, and 7/4 is a Christmas present in itself.
X Factor winner to have the Christmas No. 1 song at 7/4 with Bet365