Roy The Boy, fresh from another successful F1 weekend, takes time out from current events to highlight the value in the Women's FIS Skiing World Cup.
Women's FIS World Cup:
1 point win Tina Weirather – Woman’s FIS World Cup 13/2 – 888, 32Red, Unibet
What I love about high-summer is waiting for winter. The Tour de France may show us some wonderful lush alpine meadows but being practical, mountains are not only supposed to have snow on them but also skiers coming down them.
What summer also gives us time to analyse, with clarity, the forthcoming FIS World Cup at a time when odds compilers are distracted by current sporting events.
It is woman’s skiing that floats my boat and not purely because of the lovely but sadly absent Lindsey Vonn. Injury means we may not see the four-time World Cup winner in action this season.
And we will certainly not be seeing Maria Höfl-Riesh again after the 29-year-old suffered a hideous looking career ending fall in Lenzerheide, Switzerland in March. Her screams of pain when strewn on the ground will leave an indelible scar on anyone who witnessed any part of it.
Make no mistake this is a brutal sport where injury is not unfortunate but inevitable. It is for that reason alone that I simply cannot agree with the even-money favouritism tag enjoyed my Tina Maze.
The 31-year-old Slovenian Giant Slalom specialist may have won two gold medals in the Sochi Olympics but her 2013/14 World Cup season was dire. She won just one race as opposed to 2012/13 when she accumulated 11 gold medals and collected an additional 13 podium finishes.
A change of coaches was attributed to her loss, and subsequent finding, of form last season, although I’ve heard whispers of troubles within her personal life.
Whatever the story she has some mighty opposition in the shape of Anna Fenninger (2/1), Lara Gut (4/1) and Tina Weirather (13/2). Would you believe these, as well as Mikaela Shiffrin (14/1), are the same prices with all (the only three) firms currently betting on the Overall Championship? Unibet, 888, 32Red: Blind sheep?
The teenaged Shiffrin is simply brilliant as a Slalom racer, the best we have ever seen, but as she is only competing in those and the Giant Slalom races she cannot amass enough points to trouble rivals who race in four or five championship disciplines.
Tina Weirather, from Liechtenstein who is a training mate of Lara Gut, is my selection.
If this filly were a racehorse Dubai would be waving their chequebook skywards as her pedigree runs in blood bluer than a broken biro.
Daughter of the legendary Harti Weirather and Olympic gold medallist Hanni Wenzel, Tina Weirather has been plagued by injuries throughout her short professional career but the 25-year-old has massive underlying talent which started to show itself last season before injury struck.
Nevertheless she still claimed nine podiums, including two wins, before her season ended in January. She competed in four of the five alpine disciples (Giant Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Combined) during her truncated season.
You can argue the claims of all her rivals in the betting and most definitely they bring a more wholesome CV to the party. But we are undoubtedly yet to see the best of Weirather and, with her last injury not of a serious nature, allied to some positive tweets coming from her this summer, I’m starting to invest my loose change on her as a long-term savings account.