BETTING ODDITIES: New ‘Normal’ Betting

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.


It had all the potential to be an unmitigated disaster. ITV Racing with presenters, production team and commentators everywhere but the actual racecourse.

In the end, their Guineas weekend coverage was exemplary all round in the circumstances. And the biggest credit was that a lot of the time you wouldn’t have even known that bedrooms and kitchens were converted into makeshift studios.

I’m sure they’ll be even better for the run too with Royal Ascot also set to be covered remotely next week.

Technology wise – it was mind-blowing. But there seems to be one ESSENTIAL piece of high-tech kit missing from director Paul McNamara’s mission control. Where is the highlighter ????? Every producer/director SURELY needs one of these within arms reach?

Spot the highlighter?


A sneak peek of how the Star Sports Mayfair shop will look like when it reopens next Monday in time for Royal Ascot.

Matt Davies, head of retail for Star Sports said: “We’ve all been working very hard to make the shops compliant with latest government guidelines and part of that process was a risk assessment in all five of our shops”.

Matt added: “We can’t wait to welcome our customers back ahead of Royal Ascot and would like to reassure them that the same friendly service will greet them from our experienced team. There’ll be a few changes – it’ll be coffees and teas from paper cups and not china ones in the Mayfair shop – for the time being at least!”.

Mayfair under starter’s orders again


I watched the Dortmund v Hertha Berlin game on BT and wanted to HATE the fake crowd noises superimposed onto the coverage.

But do you know what? I thought it was very good, added to the coverage and clever stuff too – the whistling with the VAR decision a stroke of sound effect genius.

BT are now looking at implementing fake crowds for their Premier League games and I think they should go with it.

Rumours are that Arsenal are also considering the technology for when the crowds RETURN to The Emirates 😉

Keep the noise down


Quick question. What’s happening to the good old British carvery?

I’m obviously not talking about Lockdown times but prior to that I’ve noted several establishments no longer serving up the Great British Roast with ALL the trimmings.

Lingfield Racecourse used to do a very good carvery and so too did the Strand Palace Hotel in London – even when you factor into the price the soulless ambiance of a large chain hotel. Alas both no longer.

Is the carvery a thing of the past?

Could it be that they are no longer financially viable?

Could it be that the punters are, GULP, eating TOO much?

Stop carving when I say when


Conclusive proof there’s still massive value to be had each-way.

£6.00 for a single, Hampton Court > Kingston Upon Thames, via Parr Boats but a massive value £8.00 for the return ticket !!

Please form an orderly (and social distanced) queue.

Each way a great return


Thanks for all the entries, the winner is OLIVER BRETT with:

With the three-legged race in the South Nethercotes village fete about to start, official commentator Colin Dummings prepares to call the runners home.

A variation on the theme of the brilliant twitter submission of ‘bowlers name?’. If you’ve ever played cricket at a local level that just works so brilliantly.

Oliver, please email with your account details and we’ll get a £25 free bet sorted out. More competitions to come in the next few weeks.

With the three-legged race in the South Nethercotes village fete about to start, official commentator Colin Dummings prepares to call the runners home.

Stay safe.


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.