BETTING ODDITIES: December is cold shock

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. 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.


DECEMBER SHOULD BE ALL-WEATHER

Fairyhouse had the racing stage to itself yesterday and what a card it was too with three Grade 1 races.

However if the weather Gods had intervened it would have been a totally blank day with Carlisle and Leicester both called off.

Is it just me or shouldn’t there be an all-weather card scheduled for every day in December?

December – cold – shock.

It surely can’t be long before Ireland get a second all-weather track? Dundalk’s Friday night meetings are proving so popular that connections need to defy the odds just to get a run. At a recent meeting there were a staggering 128 horses entered for a single 45-65 handicap race and 294 runners entered for the whole meeting.

Naas, Gowran Park and Tipperary (favourite) have all expressed interest but three green field sites have also been identified to do the equivalent of what Ffos Las did.

Surely it’s just a question of ‘when’ now and not ‘if’.


CORBYN’S HAD HIS CHIPS

Jeremy Corbyn has got one thing right. Whitby is the place (I so wanted to type plaice) for fish and chips.

I’ve never found fish and chips in the south remotely comparable to the likes of the Magpie Cafe in Whitby – a local emporium of fresh fish – delivered from the boats 10 yards away and with potatoes arriving on the local farmers tractor.

I think fish and chips get an unfair deal in the papers. Whenever there’s a story about about obesity there’s usually a lazily placed picture of a plate of fish and chips. Maybe Mr McDonald pays more in advertising than the local chippy?

Ok, it wouldn’t be the healthiest meal to have every day but on calories it’s not the worst either and there’s plenty of nutritional value in fish.

🍴 Big Mac, fries and shake 1,310 calories
🍴 Full English 1,000 calories
🍴 Fish and Chips 840 calories


EYE OF THE TIGER

⚠️ Warning: SHOWING MY AGE

Where did my interest in sport first begin? A think a lot can be attributed to the superb Tiger comic – an absolute must read each week for me with tales including Roy Of The Rovers, Billy’s Boots and Johnny Cougar.

The Christmas annuals and summer specials were essential reading and you even got the occasional free gift too.

Sadly never kept any of them (or indeed the now much more valuable Dinky Toys and Hornby Trains) but for there is always ……. eBay.


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