Arkle No1 on C4 Racing
So that was an eventful Saturday’s racing, I throughly enjoyed C4′s Racing show.
Francome was laconic, Alistair Down introduced the viewers top three Chasers of all time and Tommo was relegated to commentary duty at the away meeting!
The viewers poll was sensibly won by Arkle, with Red Rum (in my humble opinion) incorrectly placed second ahead of the third placed Kauto Star. Really enjoyed the black and white footage of “Himself” racing to victories, especially in old fashioned races where the crowd were allowed to stand on the actual track (pre “‘elf ‘n safety”).
Racing Mobile Streaming
Anyhow back to the title of the blog, I have rapidly reached the entirely logical and empirical conclusion that Bet365′s mobile streaming of racing is cursed. There is no other possible explanation to the fact that every horse I have ever backed and watched on the video service seems to have been touched off into second or beaten ignominiously. Looking back over the results in my head I can recall several short priced runners inexplicably cursed, most recently I backed West Brit at evens whilst stuck on a delayed train to Plumpton Races. On that occasion (as in many others) I only placed the bet so that the people I was with could watch the race on my iPhone! Thinking about it, the challenge of backing a string of consecutive 11/10, Evens, and 5/6 losers is no small feat!
I always believe that in life it is never an admirable trait to give in, so no doubt I will carry on picking losers until I finally watch a winner I have backed capture a race on the Bet365 racing video!
Pulling my tongue back out of my cheek I do like Bet365′s mobile betting product. For a small fun wager on telly racing it’s convenient to know that they do an SP guarantee, as well as currently running a promotion whereby they match the prices of the other major bookmakers.
Not a bad day punting, only really fancied two on the main cards, both of them racing before C4 picked up its coverage, namely Harry Topper in Wincanton’s opening novice hurdle and Kaffie in Sandown’s Listed Mares Hurdle. I watched Kaffie get beaten (due in no small part to an excellent Barry Geraghty on the winner), not subscribing to Racing UK this was the loser that prompted my spleen venting in this blog! Dread to think what price it traded at on the betting exchanges as around the home turn Kaffie had them all strung out. Thankfully Harry Topper won, though I couldn’t get the Bet365 video to work for that one, so spared Kim Bailey’s gelding my bad luck!
In terms of general usability I have always liked Bet365′s mobile app, partly because it keeps it simple. I was told that the reason behind this was due to their main site using a lot of Flash. As Flash is not supported by iPhones and iPads they had to build a slimed down mobile product. Placing a bet is pretty simple, and I really like the betting slip, even if it does encourage me to bet more multiples than is sensible! In the short term the only suggestion for improvement is that they should look to offer a betting history beyond simply a users last five gambles.
We would be interested to hear what everyone else’s experiences of using Bet365 has been, and recently added a user review function to the sportsbook reviews. Hopefully people will find it straight forward, we eschewed a complicated system in favour of a star rating and comments column that’s not dissimilar to Amazon.
Keeping Wolves from the Door
Regarding todays punts, managed to finish nicely up. My only proper bets were in the two novice races mentioned earlier on, but for a giggle I placed a lucky 15 on the televised races, perming 1 loser along with Captain Conan (9-1), Hold on Julio (100/30) and Ciceron (7/1). Despite only laying out a tenner, managed to run the account up very nicely. Can’t claim any deep form study went into the selections either, maybe I am not so cursed after all!
The winnings are going to go to taking my wife for a meal at Towcester on Sunday 22nd. It will be the first visit to the track, really looking forward to it, and will be sure to blog about my impressions of the place.
Have a great weekend.