Roy The Boy Blog with bets on Jaytee Jet in the Greyhound Derby and Zhao Xintong in the World Championship Snooker Qualifier.
A Derby Double is not 66/1
It seems like the countdown is on for the Greyhound Derby which will be making its Towcester debut this year. Thank God I say, Wimbledon was dilapidated when the Derby moved to the South London venue in 1985 and it was run further into the ground from that point on.
I’ve never been to Towcester but it is abundantly clear the track takes presentation very seriously and that has to be praised. I can still recall handlers and track officials at the fabled White City being immaculately dressed, wearing bowler hats, parading dogs and performing duties like an elaborate military parade.
Anyway, reigning Derby champion, Jaytee Jet has already trailed at the Towcester in preparation for his defence. In one sense I believe the September 2013 whelp has little chance as he is a wide runner and this galloping circuit does not appear to give wide runners a fair crack of the whip.
I’ve absolutely no stats to back-up my theory, it is simply a result of a limited sample of races watched by my weary eyes. What I do know is… this dog should still not be available 66/1.
The last 17 Greyhound Derby’s have been won my 15 dogs, that’s because two greyhounds have won the race twice: Rapid Ranger in 2000/2001 and Westmead Hawk in 2005/2006. On this basis my argument about Jaytee Jet being over-priced surely has some validity?
Not the Breath of Fresh Eir Poker Wanted
There was a fair degree of excitement in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Casino a few months ago when TV cameras filled the venue to film a poker tournament set to be broadcast on Irish TV station Eir Sport.
We all know televised poker is on the wane (and exstinct on many stations) so this was a welcome shot in the arm for poker players. However, in making its debut at midnight on a week night shows Eir Sport were more interested in creating some wallpaper TV as opposed to a showpiece event aimed at a prime-time audience.
Williams …will he?
Following a great performance in the China Open, where he was beaten 10-8 in the final by Mark Selby, it seems mad to think Mark Williams, a two-time World Champion, has to navigate three qualifying rounds to get himself into the main draw of this month’s World Championships. Even more outrageous, I think he is opposable in the opening round against the little known Chinese player Zhao Xintong.
Xintong, who is only 20, is considered one of the most exciting emerging snooker talents. He has already claimed the scalp of John Higgins this season – beating him 5-1 – and was only just edged out by Mark Williams, 4-3, when they met in March (in the third round of the Gibraltar Open).
This recent meeting tells me the lesser known player should not be 3/1 against his veteran rival on Saturday so it’s my only bet amongst 64 first round qualifying games which are taking place this week.
Jaytee Jet Greyhound Derby 66/1 Betfair/Bet365
Zhao Xintong World Snooker Qualfier (Saturday) 3/1 SkyBet