So begins another weekend folks, and we have Cheltenham on the menu, yum! David Pipe sadly failed to RSVP for the guest of honour, but Grand Crus will be making an appearance no doubt in March. The speculation grows as to whether it will go straight for the Gold Cup. My personal feelings are that it would be a crying shame to rush the horse, Arkle didn’t go straight at the Gold Cup, and I don’t believe novices should. They have the French bred star entered in a 3m chase at Newbury on the 11th of February, and if it goes there it will no doubt ramp up Cheltenham speculation even further!
I am hoping to get stuck into the punting this afternoon, and will no doubt be tweeting throughout the day. Had a good week so far, so not sure whether to roll it up, or be conservative. As the saying goes, “I’m playing with their money”. Some quality horses in action, Hinterland in particular could be right out of the top draw.
Bet365 Accumulator Bonus (Football, or “soccer” if you prefer!
Got an email from Bet365 today, forward should blog about an offer that I personally won’t be getting involved in, bot because it’s not good, but because it’s footy related and I don’t have much of a handle on footy form. In a nutshell, and in their words:
Simply place a pre-match treble or larger accumulator on games taking place in Serie A, Primera Liga, Bundesliga 1, Premier League or the Champions League and if your bet is successful you will be given a bonus on top of your winnings.
The larger the accumulator the larger the bonus you will receive and placing a winning 14-fold will be rewarded with a massive 100% bonus.
If you are a budding Tony Bloom it may well be of interest to you. The Gibraltar based firm let customers select reminders for when a self selected horse, jockey or trainer is in action.
Quite a novel idea, albeit one that has been tried before. If they get it right I would imagine it could be a really successful tool for them increasing bet volume. I will be playing around with it over the next few weeks and will blog about how I get on. Am some “stat hounds” would be fans, I know more than one punter who likes to back certain trainers at certain courses due to positive returns to level stakes. Personally I prefer to take a more comprehensive view before punting than on a basis of a solitary statistic, but whatever works for the individual.
Give us some racing Evening Standard
I will still no doubt be leafing through the Racing Post’s declarations most days, though as racing face EddietheShoe has been tweeting about recently the Evening Standard has pretty much abandoned showing tomorrows racing cards unless the following day has the Derby or Grand National or something. A real shame, I guess that the Russian owner isn’t a fan of the punting. Years ago I spoke to one of the racing traders at Sporting Index, he told me that when he was younger his foolish friend used to lay him bets at the Evening Standard price tissue!