Roy The Boy reflects on the Matchplay and looks at the upcoming Darts events. However he has an each bet in the greyhound TV Trophy which starts on Tuesday, at a tasty 16/1.
Michael van Gerwen, World Matchplay. Did he play badly or did a resurgent Phil Taylor simply play better?
Either way I left my money behind in Blackpool, money I was already planning on re-investing on the Dutchman in the Singapore Masters August (15th & 16th) which is the next World Series of Darts event. Not forgetting Van Gerwen won the last stop on this fledgling tour in Dubai.
Gerwen disposed of Whitlock in the World Matchplay and, in a line of form through him you can dismiss Van Barneveld – who collapsed against Whitlock in the same competition.
Other Singapore contestants in this 8-player competition include Wright, Chisnall (another beaten by Van Gerwen in Blackpool), Wade and Hamilton. They are easily discounted but with Taylor seeming back to form I cannot decide between the pair.
Besides, who needs to concentrate on mid-August when greyhound racing’s TV Trophy gets underway on Tuesday.
This 8-bend competition is staged at a different track every year and, amongst aficionados, was seen as a jewel in dog racing’s crown. It was a regular feature on BBC’s Sportsnight for nearly 40 years but nowadays it makes up part of SKY Sports serving.
I like Mark Wallis’ Aayamzabella who was in flying form during the second half of last year breaking two marathon track records (Newcastle and Sittingbourne). She may not have returned to action so well this year but there have been clear recent signs she is coming back to form.
She was second to the likely ante-post favourite Burgess Borna last week, beaten less than a length over course and distance. They clash again on Tuesday and notably Aayamzabella, who is desperate for the rails, has drawn trap 1. Therein I think she can reverse the form and is worthy of an ante-post play.