BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.
SPOOKED BY AN ANT
Enjoyed the coverage of the Kentucky Derby, particularly this gem from one of the USA pundits talking about how nervous a horse was. “He would get fractious if he saw an ant crossing the track.” GULP.
On a more serious point, winning trainer Bob Baffert was felled after the race in the winners’ enclosure when Authentic spooked.
I’ve long thought that there are FAR too many people allowed into winners’ enclosures and hopefully this is a timely reminder that animals can be unpredictable. Even Kentucky Derby winners. And that’s BEFORE you even talk about social distancing …..
— E (@ebla2020) September 5, 2020
DREAM TURNS INTO NIGHTMARE
ITV Racing continue to do plenty of good work but Dream Of Dreams’ win in the feature Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday was marred by a directing nightmare.
More angles than Pythagoras in the closing stages.
Dream of Dreams gives Sir Michael Stoute his third win in The Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) September 5, 2020
SPARTA REALLY IS THE MASTER
Am enjoying editing the videos produced by Julie Collier as the Star Sports #GreyhoundDerby2020 gets closer. What’s lovely is getting to know the quirks and skills of the canine stars. The latest example being the footballing prowess of Sparta Master.
Judged on some of the games I saw last season at Blackwell Meadows – there’s still time for Sparta to sign up to the mighty ‘Sparta’ Darlo ahead of the new season.
BETTER CAMERA ANGLES
Lovely little clip from James Armstrong of Jack Tudor pinging the last at Sedgefield.
I loved running the Sedgefield parkrun on New Year’s Day 2020 at Hardwick Park (next door to the course) but that’s where all comparisons of athletic ability end 🙁
— James Armstrong (@JRFArmstrong) September 4, 2020
£25 FREE BET COMPETITION. NAME THAT TUNE
I’m looking for songs with gambling references in – even thinly veiled ….
£25 FREE BET with Star for the first one drawn out of the hat. Enter on the Oddities twitter thread or firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple that can’t be selected ……
(1) Where Do You Go to (My Lovely) by Peter Sarstedt
Your name it is heard in high places
You know the Aga Khan
He sent you a race horse for Christmas
And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, ha-ha-ha
(2) You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
(3) KINDLY NOTE: THIS IS A BETTING WITHOUT KENNY ROGERS ‘THE GAMBLER’ MARKET
DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.
Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.