Roy The Boy Weekly Blog with bets on Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson to be next Top Gear presenter and Justin Gatlin to take Olympic 100 metres gold from Usain Bolt.
BAGS of Questions
Anyone noticed a change in policy with BAGS racing lately? Afternoon greyhound racing, specifically designed for betting shop customers and as old as legal betting shops themselves, has traditionally been highly competitive.
For years Racing Managers have been provided with a clear directive stating BAGS races have to be tightly graded whereby greyhounds starting less than 2/1 or greater than 6/1 is scorned upon.
Other matters of concern, like the preponderance of punters placing forecasts on consecutive traps numbers such as 1&2 or 6&5, have been handled by bookmakers who have manipulated the BAGS forecast formula to see them pay less than a 4&2 forecast regardless of their prices and SP percentage being identical.
I digress. In recent weeks I’ve witnessed 12/1 and 16/1 winners (and many more losers) in graded races during daytime BAGS contests. I cannot see any reason as to why anything is untoward and I personally welcome ‘loosely’ graded races. But I must question if this change in policy is related, in any way, to the long overdue innovation of BAGS races being broadcast by online bookmakers as part of livestream offering.
Remaining with livestreamed sports, it’s interesting to see Bet365 are now broadcasting live eSport action. This underlines the belief that this is considered the next ‘big thing’ for online bookmakers.
I’d love to know what kind of money it is turning over with the Stoke firm. Is it turning over any? A recent report states $8 billion annually is bet on eSports and that betting turnover is set to reach $30 billion by 2020, so you would expect them to be trousering some income.
If they are not filling their pockets then one presumes Bet365’s eSports activities are a marketing exercise designed to lure and nurture some of the millions of male under-30, technology savvy eSporty ‘punters’ which may be minded to become regular gamblers.
Make Hay with 100/1 Jay
Chris Evans did not last long as a Top Gear frontman did he? The market on the next Top Gear presenter has therefore re-opened and there are two names that really take my eye.
Firstly you have to like the 7/1 about Jeremy Clarkson returning. The BBC knows what a tremendous asset he has been to their global sales. The latest series will be broadcast in 130 territories and once the inevitable cancellations start to roll in they may just decide to eat some humble pie.
Beyond Clarkson’s re-hiring many will see bringing the curtain down on the series as the only way to proceed. That’s not a catastrophe under ‘non-runner no-bet’ rules but if Top Gear isn’t discontinued the Beeb may give American Jay Leno a last go with the dice.
15 months ago the former chat-show host was just 16/1 to get the gig now 100/1 is available about the 64-year-old former ‘The Tonight Show’ frontman.
An American tie-in would probably sell the BBC’s show to yet more countries – admittedly the US have their own version – and with Leno being a petrol-head of the highest order (check out “Jay Leno’s Garage” on Youtube) I reckon he’d love the job.
Olympic athletics next where no one seems to be awake to the happenings on and off the track with the staring cast of the showpiece Mens 100-metres.
2004 Olympic Gold medallist Justin Gatlin, who was beaten by the breadth of a cigarette paper in last year’s World Championships by Usain Bolt, set a world’s fastest time when qualifying for the American Olympic team over the weekend.
Meanwhile Usain Bolt missed his date with the Jamaican Olympic Trial final with a hamstring injury. This has forced him to fly to Germany for a consultation with a top German sports injury surgeon who he hopes will fix his ‘grade 1 tear’.
The Olympic 100-metre final may be five weeks away but with Gatlin performing as well as ever and Bolt’s best someway behind him – his world record mark was set seven years ago now – this latest setback may be enough to see last year’s World Championship form reversed.
Next Presenter of Top Gear Jay Leno 100/1 BetVictor
Next Presenter of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson 7/1 BetVictor
Mens 100m Olympic Final Justin Gatlin 6/4 Paddy Power