25 June, 2020

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BETTING ODDITIES: Even pro-punters have to eat

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.


So many talking points from Royal Ascot last week. Battaash, Frankie Dettori, a 150/1 winner, Stradivarius but let’s cut to the chase and one of the biggest talking points of the week – Scotch Egg.

Twitter went into an outrage overdrive over the James Martin presented vignette on ‘how to make the perfect Scotch egg’ slap bang in the middle of the racing coverage.

I have to confess and I surprise myself sometimes, I wasn’t THAT outraged. I don’t really know why but there were certainly no ‘Angry Of Esher’ responses penned.

Maybe it was just the talk of food that made it acceptable for me. Quite why it got so much adverse reaction when we have been accustomed to sizeable fashion diversions in Royal Ascot coverage over the years I’ll never know.

After all, even the most pro of pro-punters has to eat.


The BHA have done a fantastic job in getting the racing machine fully up to speed but so too have the GBGB.

One plea to the Racing Post though – get GREYHOUNDS back in the MAIN MENU bar on your web site.

They contribute so much to the betting game that having them hidden under ‘MORE’ is a little insulting.


I noted with interest North Korea’s plans to send 12 million propaganda leaflets to the South using 3,000 balloons and drones.

We’re always looking for new marketing angles at Star and to be fair Ben Keith is always open to eccentric promotional ideas.

I just hope this doesn’t give him any ideas though. 12,000,000 ‘Bet Star’ leaflets don’t just drop out of the sky….


Staying in Asia and they say a horse doesn’t know what price it is in the betting ring and perhaps the players of Taipei City Tatung don’t know either?

They were 1/25 to beat Taipei Red Lions on Saturday in their Taiwan Premier League clash.

Taipei Red Lions hadn’t scored a single goal in their last four matches but conspired to find two to floor the long odds-on jollies who couldn’t find the back of the net.

It’s a funny old game.


Hopefully it won’t be too long before the theatre industry can welcome audiences again.

One of my life regrets is not being able to play any musical instruments – particularly the piano. Just not sure my brain could ever cope with the left hand doing something completely different to the right.

And watching the Mamma Mia video below I have even more respect for musicians. Apart from playing all the right notes (ideally in the right order) they have to cope with listening to a metronome through their ear pieces. The video relays what they hear when they are playing. Gulp.


Google has ruined quizzes for me and must be the bane of any pub quiz organiser trying to whittle out the cheaters and ne’er do wells.

Here’s a question that I don’t think can be answered by Google and there’s a £25 FREE BET WITH STAR for the first correct answer out of the hat – winner to be announced next week.

Entries to content@starsportsbet.co.uk


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.

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