Blog – Snooker & Cheltenham’s Prestbury Cup

Roy The Boy blog with bets on Barry Hawkins to win the World Snooker Championship and the UK to win the Prestbury cup at Cheltenham.

Hawkins Strike Action

Remarkably the World Snooker Championship starts in six weeks and I’ve been giving it a good look over.  Some pennies are already on Mark Williams on value grounds and I’m now starting to back Barry Hawkins.  Runner-up in the recent Welsh Open, his record at the Crucible is quite remarkable, it reads:  F-SF-SF-QF-SF in the last five years.

I concede he was a second round casualty in Gibraltar over the weekend, beaten 4-1 by Sam Craigie but I have real doubts about the legitimacy of the result.  Let us not forget Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Williams, John Higgins, Jud Trump never took up their entry.  Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy did but the first and second favourites withdrew at the 11th hour.

With a grand on offer for winning your first game (nothing if defeated) and with a sum-total of £25,000 to the competition winner you get a whiff of mutiny. It is just possible Barry Hawkins got the phone call after his fellow top-ranked players had decided to strike but ultimately decided to show his allegiance.

Anyway, Hawkins’ record repeatedly shows he comes good this time of year and with Robertson, Selby, Junhui and Trump all well below their best in recent times he is surely an each-way play at 25/1.

Best of Luck Chelter Bettors

The very best of luck at the Festival this week.  I’ll be doing no more than having some Placepot interest and hoping for just the one scoop – on Un de Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase.

For the life if me I cannot see how Boylesports make the UK 9/4 to train the most winners (in the Betbright Prestbury Cup).  Have a look through your own fancies/opinions and see what you make of it.  You can get 8/11 about Ireland and 8/1 the draw, so this is not a bad market to play.  It should fluctuate a fair deal and bets on it may compliment or ‘save’ any individual bets/fancies you will be having.

Recommended Bets

World Snooker Championship

Barry Hawkins:                                                                     25/1    Betfred – William Hill

Prestbury Cup

UK Trained horses to win the most races at the Festival          9/4       Boylesports