Blog – British Grand Prix, Greyhound Racing and Darts

Blog from Roy The Boy looking at Greyhound Racing, Darts and the British Grand Prix.

Where’s the Greyhound Stats?

When I was a kid NFL made its domestic TV debut on Channel 4.  We had never seen anything like it.  Players with names like ‘the Refrigerator’ and Michael ‘the Playmaker’ Irvin will long live in the memory.  But it was the American’s love of stats that was the real game changer.

In our national game, football, there were no averages, no totals, no nothing when I think of it.  Of course things have very much changed there but horseracing is still lagging and greyhound racing remains in the dark ages.

There are some opportunities to assess the effect of the draw in horseracing via the Racing Post but, to the layman, they are baffling.  It is impossible to get anything meaningful anywhere on trap stats from greyhound circuits.

I watched two trap six runners and an orange-clad winner score in the first three races at Sheffield the other day.  Immediately the presenters talk went to the possibility of an “outside bias”.

But where are the stats to show which traps have provided the most winners, runner-up, thirds etc during the past fortnight, month, or three months.  That should be the easiest of all.  Personally I’d like to see half-way sectional times introduced (albeit that’s not a stat).  A compilation of finishing positions of greyhounds leading at the first split, opening bend and third bend would be, and a very helpful form indicator too.

Given there is more televised greyhound racing than ever (although it is mostly graded fodder that attracts the cameras) and bookmakers are pushing the sport as a betting medium harder than ever before, it is surely time to give punters the tools to make some kind of informed selections – way ahead of the current four lines of form and limited race-card comments which is currently available to them.

Silverstone – Ferrari territory

It was nice to get the Austrian Grand Prix right this weekend.  A 13/2 and 2/1 winner means the holiday overspend can be replaced.  Next up, paying for the next holiday.

Race winners, Red Bull, seemed genuinely surprised at the pace they showed in Austria but their car has consistently been more punchy than its rivals at the business end of a race this year.  They may not have the best qualifying pace but consider this:  The pole position time in Austria was 63.1sec but the race’ fastest lap was four seconds slower.  You couldn’t give 4sec away on a three-legged race on school sports day – so ponder what distance that is lap-on-lap around a circuit where cars are doing 200mph.

At this point in time I believe this coming weekend’s race, in Silverstone, could be Ferrari territory.  That will buck the trend as the British GP been a Hamilton fest for the past four years.

But the Ferrari engine is looking reliable.  The Italian manufacturer have their engines in six cars and all six finished in the top-10 in Austria.   Most importantly, following mechanical failures in Austria, there is every chance Lewis Hamilton will have to start down the Silverstone grid after incurring penalties for changing engine components.  We will not know until next Friday but it’s worth taking a punt on Vettel at this point as his price could crash.

MVG’s 9 Darter

Disappointingly there is no betting available on the U.S. Darts Masters which starts on Friday.  So there’s not much that can be said about it.  It’s clear Michael van Gerwen has not suffered the loss in form which most sportsmen do once encountering fatherhood.  In fact the Dutchman remains red-hot and last week he posted a nine-dart finish in a European Tour event in Hamburg.