BETTING ODDITIES: Going, Going, Gone

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.


Never cry over spilt milk, or in this case spilt water. A lot of it.

Like many punters, I suspect, I based all my Saturday predictions on good ground at York.

However it became apparent after the very first race that, well, we weren’t in Kansas anymore.

Hollie Doyle’s comments immediately after winning the opener on Certain Lad implied it was more soft than anything – which it officially became ahead of the Ebor.

Earlier in the afternoon there was a full 58 lengths between winner Coltrane and last home Fishable, who despite the name didn’t handle the ground, in the Melrose ‘handicap hurdle’.

We’re in an information age and it’s just not good enough. The number of times the going magically changes after the first race at a meeting happens far too much for comfort.

The racing pundit brains I have the most respect for in the industry are all in unison on the going being the single most important factor in the great punting jigsaw and that sensitivity is shared by most trainers too.

As for Saturday, I felt a right pudding after the meeting. A Yorkshire pudding.


Something I never realised about Amazon.

When you see ‘Frequently Bought Together’ for related items, like a mug I’ve always assumed there was an implied discount.

But guess what, as you can see from this example of toner cartridges ….

£16.98 +
£31.00 +

comes to £55.97 on the button.

There are reasons why Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is now worth an estimated $197.8 billion.


An Oddity spotted by David Haddrell on twitter (@GoneGlenntal).

From Chelmsford on Saturday night.

Extrodinair, the 10/1 winner of the Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap …

….. paid £7.40 on the tote. Gulp 🙁


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.