First blog from Roy The Boy in 2017 in which he reviews ITV's early efforts at horse racing coverage and shares his tip for the upcoming BDO World Championship Darts.
ITV’s Racing Return
Happy New Year everyone. So what did we all make of the main event on January 1st then? I’m naturally talking about horseracing’s return to ITV.
Personally I thought Matt Chapman was massively ‘over trying’, presumably to ensure he becomes the most memorable character of the show from the get-go. The sound effects of both horses galloping and crowds cheering (used during closing stages replays) were irksomely fake (better than Channel 4’s recent attempts though); there were way too many presenters, experts and pundits put into play and drone footage over a deserted parade ring never fails to unimpress.
All-in-all though, the show (particularly the graphics, pre-recorded features and camera angles) was good wasn't it? A decent 8-out- of-10 from me.
Bank Holiday Blues
Remaining with horseracing … what bright spark within the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) neglected to realise Monday, January 2nd was a Bank Holiday? It is the only explanation for just three meetings being scheduled on what is normally one of the busiest racing days of the year.
Dutchman Danny the BDO Value
The British Darts Organisation’s (BDO) World Championship gets underway on January 7th from its traditional home, the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. Channel 4, with some spare slots after its loss of British horseracing, is the competition’s new broadcaster in 2017.
I’m all over Dutchman Danny Noppert for the competition. During 2016 he has made the final of the Dutch Open, won the Scottish Open, German Open and also claimed the Masters of Waregem. Whilst it's difficult to weigh-up the true worth of this form, the 26-year-old showed his class in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts (against PDC rivals) beating Mensur Suljovic with a 101+ 3-dart average and then leading Gary Anderson 6-4 in a game which he eventually lost 10-9. But, once again his 3-dart average was in excess of 100.
Such averages are very rare in BDO competitions and, given none of the past 39 BDO World Championship finals have featured a 100+ average, you have to consider Noppert may transpire to be in a league of his own. He's certainly no 6/1 poke.
Glen Durrant is the competition's 15/8 favourite for some reason ... although I’m not sure what exactly. He’s yet to make a final of this tournament (despite being 46) and was eliminated in the quarter finals last year as a 9/4 ante-post favourite.