Blog from Roy The Boy with bets on Premier League Darts, Eurovision and La Fleche Wallonne.
The Grand National is done and dusted for another year. A 1-2-3-4 for Irish-trained horses was some achievement. Likewise manipulating the SP over-round of the 38-runner race so it hit its 150-155 target was a great accomplishment.
There was plenty going on with ITV’s Grand National coverage, too much to be honest. But it has to be said AP McCoy has come on about three stone since his first attempts at punditry.
Correct Times Before Ray Times
I read a Tweet from a ‘greyhound face’ the other day. He was making a case for Greyhound Board funding for instant race time displays at the UK’s greyhound tracks. Seriously? I mean doesn’t the game have better things to worry about? And what’s the benefit to racegoers?
Personally I’d like greyhound authorities to take a look at the way they calculate distances. We know they currently do that by times, with 0.08sec representing one length. The problem is, as with horseracing, a set time does not always represent a length.
For your own form assessment do consider that a length is a sprint race could be just 0.06sec, but 0.09sec in a stayers race and 0.10sec+ in a marathon. That’s my figures anyway and while they are probably wrong, they are definitely a lot closer to the standard 0.08sec per-length benchmark all racing offices in the UK use for all grades of races over all kinds of distances.
Check This Out
Premier League Darts are on two days this week, Wednesday and Thursday. Last week Raymond van Barneveld won just three legs against Daryl Gurney but he managed to sink my wager on the highest checkout of the game being under 121.5.
Gurney still hasn’t bettered that mark though, and he has won 55 legs in the competition to date. This week I’m going a different route, simply backing his opponent, Rob Cross, to get the highest checkout of the game.
There was a Twitter frenzy when drag artist and former Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst announced an ex-boyfriend has forced him (albeit Wurst is always described as a ‘she’ in the media) to announce he/she is HIV positive this week.
It is further proof of the popularity of Eurovision amongst the camp fraction of the voting nations and has given me further incentive to back Israel to win this year’s competition. Unquestionably their act/song is the one that will appeal to the LGBT movement more than any other.
Julain can do Alejandro in La Fleche Wallonne
Alejandro Valverde is odds-on to win La Fleche Wallonne which starts on Wednesday. He would normally be my kind of bet having won this race for the last four years.
The Spaniard may have left his race in the Dutch flatlands at the weekend and at the prices I have to recommend the in-form Julian Alaphilippe who is supported by an exceptionally strong Quick-Step Floors team. Alaphilippe was runner-up in the 2015 and 2016 editions of this race, skipping it 12 months ago.
Rob Cross to have the highest checkout of the game - against Daryl Gurney at 8/11 William Hill
Israel to win the Eurovision Song Contest at 2/1 Paddy Power
Julian Alaphilippe to win La Fleche Wallonne at 4/1 William Hill