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BETTING ODDITIES blog: Weighed In, Weighed In

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.

DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist.ย 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.


There’s been plenty of debate about the merits of weighing horses and making that information available, pre-race, to punters.

I think it will and has to happen. There’s an insatiable appetite for data in all sports and as new innovations go, it surely can’t be the most expensive evolution for the sport?

Technology gets cheaper and distribution easier so a set of scales at the racecourse can’t be beyond the sport in the year 2020 ?

I appreciate that some trainers are reticent, making the point that it is of ‘negligible interest’. How about the punters make that decision though? Not all will make use of it – but it’s another part of the jigsaw which can do nothing but generate interest in the sport.

Vets please stop reading at this point as I’m sure this simplicity can be argued against but ….

As an amateur runner (and big fan of parkrun) I know if I manage to lose a couple of pounds (and no other factors withstanding) I generally run quicker. If it’s gone the other way then I’m handicapping myself with extra weight.

Simple thinking it might be. But it’s also physics, surely ?

PS: On the subject of weight and (slow) running, I’ve just started Route 66 – 66 days of running 5k’s before Christmas. I’m running to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and if you can spare a ยฃ it would be much appreciated. However, I WON’T be publishing MY weight !!


Going from weight and running to McDonalds isn’t probably the best link ever but sod it I had a Maccie D’s craving the other day and ended up in McDonalds, Surbiton.

I was staggered that around one in two of the punters in the queue were motorcycle couriers, staring into their Uber, Deliveroo and Just Eat apps about to collect (Mc)deliveries for onward distribution to the KT6 and environs.

Now that people are eating online, betting online, dating online, watching films online will there be ANY reason to leave the front door in the future?

What a way ‘to go’.


I try hard to keep up with current affairs, except that is affairs of so-called celebrities. I occasionally catch a glimpse of quiz shows and trust me there is more than one way of interpreting ‘Pointless Celebrities’ !

Andy Warhol was famously credited as saying “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

In the acting profession that is sadly true. It’s a tough game with rapid highs and lows. Often even the most talented can go without work for a long time and have to worry about making ends meet whilst “resting”.

My reaction therefore to the Mirror Celeb exclusive tweet ‘Former EastEnders star Katie Jarvis is a B&M security guard after soap star role’ was good for her and how dare they be so judgmental.

It was far better summed up though by fellow actor Kaisa Hammarlund ….

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