Blog from Roy The Boy with bets on the French Grand Prix and Love Island.
Irish Greyhound Derby on the betting shop box
Shelbourne Park has inked a deal for its Greyhound Derby to be broadcast in betting shops via SIS. I’m not sure where the news was broke but I did see a screen-shot of a presser via a Ben Keith tweet which stated: “The partnership should deliver strong margins for operators.” Wouldn’t it be easier to simply say: “Poor form cards and big SP over-rounds!”
I’m far from certain that the broadcasting of the Irish Derby to online punters and betting shop degenerates will benefit the sport any but it is great the Derby remains a firm fixture on state broadcaster RTE.
It is a travesty the UK equivalent is not broadcast on a major network albeit it would appear SKY Sports strung along Towcester before announcing it would not broadcast the race in 2018.
I firmly believe, given a sensible run-up period and the budget that was on offer to SKY Sports, I could attain terrestrial TV coverage for the 2019 Greyhound Derby. At the very least sell it to the likes of Eurosport or BT Sport while giving a highlight parcel to Transworld Sports or the Gillette World Sport and therein ensuring a viewership in the hundreds of millions.
Royal Ascot is almost upon us and by my reckoning there will be 11 US trained runners, one Australian (not Winx) and up to a dozen French trained runners. The last 12 months have shown us Lady Aurelia is not invincible and the past decade has also shown us any visiting runner must be taken very seriously. Oh, and it is also inevitable Wesley Ward’s stable staff will be dressed like Mexican peasants.
Have the bookies made a Ric in French GP?
The next race on the F1 calendar comes from a new venue, the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. At 5.8km this track features a very long lap and it is estimated cars will reach speeds of 345km per-hour. However, there are plenty of low-speed corners to contend with, a couple are predicted to be taken at just 85km per-hour.
A veritable bag of liquorice all-sorts, it is quite possible the Red Bull cars will find themselves very much at home here. Yes it could also get buried, but there is no way in God’s green earth that Daniel Ricciardo should be 10/1 for this race.
The Australian has won two races in 2018 and also set three fastest laps. It is an amazing record given he has suffered two DNF’s from the seven races of the current campaign.
Doc Alex is being operated on
Love Islander Alex George is in the frows of being shit on from a great height in the ongoing show. That’s what happens when you fall for a stripper – in this case Megan Barton-Hanson.
Resultantly she cannot possibly win the top-girl section of the show and Alex, an A&E doctor by profession, has to be backed at 8/1 to be ‘top boy’.
French Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo 10/1 BetVictor
Love Island - ‘top boy’: Alex George 4/1 with Paddy Power and BetVictor