BETTING ODDITIES: Pundits jockeying for position

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.


Good luck to the excellent Barry Geraghty who, on his retirement from the saddle this week, suggested he is considering a ‘career in punditry and bloodstock’.

He could well be a very good pundit – always comes across well in interviews and might well make it but it does beg the question …….


You can just see the job application forms at ITV Racing, Racing TV and Sky Racing. “Previous experience as a jockey is not essential but it will hugely assist your application.”

Some make the transition well – they all bring valuable insight into a jockey’s viewpoint, some even present well and a small few tip well too.

…. and then you get guys like John Francome who are like the kids at school that you just know will be brilliant no matter what walk of life they venture into.

But surely (and without naming names) there is far more to the role of ‘pundit’ than simply race riding experience? And if not, there should be.

Or, will it be that the new blood will push aside some of the lesser performing ex-jockeys?

Which is probably how it should be anyway.


This is the local dry cleaners in Esher – closed throughout lockdown.

Imagine having a pair of trousers, jacket, suit etc imprisoned in there? Not knowing when they will be released or more pertinently, gulp, whether you’ll ever fit into them again 🙁


I’ve never been to the unlikely looking gastronomic hit that goes by the name of the Dungeness Snack Shack.

Family business, by the sea (always home advantage when it comes to sea food) and the best locally sourced lobster rolls have seen the establishment earn rave reviews.

I’d bet long odds-on that the shack will better the swankiest of West End restaurants on quality, quantity and value for money (NAP).

For no other reason that if lobster rolls are one of the few things you sell in life – you just HAVE to be good at lobster rolls.


A new treat for fans of Les Misérables and for a good cause too. This superb musical medley from the supremely talented Ida Girls – Georgi, Wendy, Jasmine and Sarah.

All proceeds from downloads of their single on iTunes will go to Help Musicians. This UK charity looks after professional musicians of all genres, and all stages of their career, supporting them at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity.


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.