Blog – Eurovision, Tour De France, Brocklesby & BAGS racing

Roy The Boy's weekly blog and he has two bets with France to win Eurovision and Nairo Quintana to win this year's Tour De France.

Ward’s Brocklesby Entry No Pipe Dream

American trainer Wesley Ward has sent a horse over for next weekend’s Brocklesby Stakes.  The race, restricted to two-year-olds, is normally a cavalry charge and, with no form on offer, it is always a fascinating contest.

But there is one thing we know, Ward does not mistake his geese for swans and with the Brocklesby boasting a purse akin to a mundane maiden claimer at Gulfstream, his visit is clearly only about prestige and his runner, ‘Create A Dream’, is sure to have a mighty engine.

Amazingly this is a race the Hannon’s have never won, but Bill Turner has several times: 2013, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2002 and in 1996.  Nevertheless, whatever Turner fields I’ll happily take it on with the horse which has travelled thousands of miles to get to Doncaster and is handled by a trainer who has taken Royal Ascot’s two-year-old races by storm in recent years.

Quintana in Form

At the time of writing Nairo Quintana is leading cycling’s Tour of Catalunya.  It is great to see the Columbian showing some fine early season form and Paddy Power’s 5/2, the odds we recommended him at for the Tour de France, has vanished.

I maintain he should be 6/4 for the great race and if you can get any of the remaining 5/2 about him for the Tour de France (only at Betway) you should do so now.

BAGS of Unexplained

Two-bend sprints are a popular fixture on BAGS cards from Kinsley a relatively tight track which has its winning line so far down the straight the dogs are already starting to turn into the opening bend when crossing the ‘lollipop’.

Sprints, like handicap races, are a northern thing and that’s something I don’t really get it.  To drive home the point take a look at Swindon, which is also on the BAGS service.  Their two-bend trip has a wondersome run to the opening bend and looks tailor-made for graded sprints.  Does it stage them?  No!

Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest may not officially start until May 10th but as all countries/ candidates have now submitted their song, the competition is as good as underway.

We have already done good with a 5/1 ‘sight unseen’ recommendation of Russia.  As predicted their entry is exceptional and it is the current 2/1 favourite.

After a first full look through the videos, I initially liked the Swiss entry/artist, Rykka.  She ticked so many boxes with her lily white dressed dream girl image which looks like it has come straight from the set of Disney’s Frozen.  It has proven a successful formula in recent Eurovision’s but, alas, her song is rubbish.

My attention then turned to Belgium’s entry at a time when the western world has an outpouring of sympathy for the European country.  Their candidate, Laura Tesoro, has a canny resemblance to 80’s pop-star Sonya which cannot be a vote winner.  Neither can the fact her song sounds like a sampled version of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust.

A full preview will follow in due course but, for now, the French entry has to be backed at each-way terms 1-2-3-4 (¼ odds) at 18/1 with Coral.  Once again there is a sympathy vote to consider and their artist, Amir, has cleverly produced a song which features French lyrics with a chorus in English.  This is a sure-fire vote winner amongst the ‘Professional Jury’s’ who make up fifty percent of the overall votes.

Recommended Bets:

Eurovision Song Contest:              France (each-way)               18/1 Coral

Nairo Quintana                                Tour de France                    5/2 Betway

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