Blog from Roy The Boy in which he recommends Peter Prevc to win the ‘Four Hills’ Ski Jumping Competition and Brian Dowling looks a good bet in Big Brother.
Irish Jumps Racing Owners Rule …But Not Three of Cheltenham’s Feature Races
Unquestionably Irish jumps racing has never been in a better place – the strength and depth of Irish-trained national hunt runners is simply remarkable nowadays.
For me it is nothing to do with the ability of the trainers, and everything to do with the spending power of the owners. Mr Ryanair (aka Michael O’Leary, aka Gigginstown House Stud), Mr Betbright (Mr really rich Rich Ricci), Irish Stock Market doyen Barry Connell and the Mexican Peso seller (JP McManus) have combined to accumulate everything of ability for the past five years with the passion of stamp collectors trying to locate a British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta (there’s thought to be only one of those in the world and it sold for $9.5 million in 2014).
And then to really extract the fluid Mr Sage Software (Graham Wylie) stopped spending €200,00 on every 80+ handicapper off the flat (and giving them to Howard Johnson), instead re-routing shrewder investments to Irish handler Willie Mullins.
JP maintains his sense of humour sprinkling horses around the UK and carrying Jonjo O’Neil but, ultimately, Ireland may not have much in terms of racecourses but it has it all when it comes to the cream of big-spending owners.
But, when it is all said and done, an amazing couple of stats do remain: Irish-trained runners have won just one of the past 20 World/Stayers Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival and they are two-from-ten in both the Champion Chase and Gold Cup.
Dowling at the Big Brother Ready
Producers are drumming up as much publicity as possible by drip-feeding possible contestants in the next edition of Celebrity Big Brother. The show is back on our screens on January 3rd and is being labelled as an ‘All Stars’ version meaning previous contestants will be commonplace.
If he is confirmed, and he is one of around 30 names being mooted, Irishman Brian Dowling has to be backed at the 5/1 currently on offer with Coral. Twice a previous winner of the show (2001 and in 2010 in what was called ‘Ultimate Big Bother) in landslide fashion, the Rathangan, Kildare native also presented the show for two series. Talk about ‘form in the book’!
Take on the Top-Two in the Four Hills
Ski Jumping’s Four Hills tournament will soon be underway. Having been a regular at one of its four venues for a number of years (Garmisch Partenkirchen) and an original fan of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards I have a passing interest in the sport.
I don’t have a clue who will win the Four Hills (staged at Garmisch Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen) but I’ll be keen enough to take on the top two in the betting.
Boylesports, one of five companies pricing-up the event, make Domen Prevc their 2/1 favourite and go just 4/1 about Kamil Stoch. The latter is now 29, he has contested this competition eleven times (regularly starting as favourite) and has never finished amongst the top-three.
Prevc meanwhile is only 17. Clearly he is ‘on form’ landing four major competitions during the last five weeks but I’m not convinced on this big stage, where a bad performance in one event can wipe-out all the good work of three other strong results, 2/1 can be considered value – far from it.
Therein I’m recommending his older brother, Peter Prevc, to retain the title he collected 12 months ago (after ‘winning’ three of the four Four Hills competitions). At a tasty 12/1 he is definitely each-way value.
Peter Prevc to win the ‘Four Hills’ Ski Jumping Competition at 12/1 each way with Boylesports