BETTING ODDITIES: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns


The GG’s. Goshen and Gosden – as always, it’s easier after the races are run 😉 Goshen’s 22 length Wincanton romp put him right back in the picture for the Champion Hurdle whilst later on Saturday John Gosden’s Mishriff won the Saudi Cup at Riyadh.

They say mighty oaks grow from little acorns and it couldn’t be truer in the case of Mishriff who picked up £365.56 for finishing fourth on debut at Yarmouth and a truly astonishing £7,299,270 for winning the Saudi Cup just eight races later.

There was a sting in the tail for 21-year-old jockey David Egan who was found guilty of using the whip once too often. The fine will amount to around £53,000 – it’s not often you can say that level of fine is almost inconsequential!

And it’s hard to believe, in history, that there’s been a more costly incident of a single whip strike since, er, the Profumo affair. GULP.


The latest in an occasional alert service of pretentious food descriptions by restaurants.

An Oddities Award goes to Hawksmoor in London – or actually, in fairness, the Evening Standard’s ‘The Reveller’ column for their description of a humble bacon sarnie at Hawksmoor.

‘Anointed with a touch of brown sauce’ really does set a good clubhouse score.


Every journalist has articles they rather wish had not seen the light of day. Always easier with hindsight – even Decca turned down The Beatles.

But as predictions go, this one from the Daily Mail in 2000 was spectacular.


Just when you thought VAR couldn’t get any more bonkers – there was music playing during a VAR decision in the Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners A-League game on Friday.

Quite soothing as well – the theme tune from quiz show Jeopardy.

I just wonder whether it will catch on over here? Judged by the amount of time referee Chris Kavanagh took in reviewing VAR to award a penalty to Everton – around 5 seconds of the theme tune from Z Cars would have been the perfect musical choice on this occasion.


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.