BETTING ODDITIES: Reviewing the situation

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.


I don’t know about you but when I’m looking at online reviews of restaurants or products on Amazon I’m ALWAYS more fascinated by the negative reviews.

Even if an establishment is generally viewed as top notch and there are 20 positive reviews and one bad one I will be drawn to that one instantly.

Yet, as a punter, the opposite always applies. The mindset is always looking for the winner of a match or race.

Perhaps it’s time to focus on the negatives first on the punting front too and then the winners will look after themselves?


Will he? won’t he?

I hope a decision is made earlier, rather than later, about Tiger Roll’s participation.

And then the focus can be on one of the best racing stories in my lifetime – the build up to a horse trying to emulate Red Rum’s (right) wins in the Grand National.

Surely now the weights have been revealed that’s a decision that can now be taken?

It’s a far stronger story than the soap opera of the guessing game.


Have spent a lot of time in opticians recently for assorted problems.

I’m approaching the paying end of the process and one thing that has always confused me.

You can buy a half decent pair of sunglasses, let’s say for £50 with a very acceptable frame and lenses.

Yet when it comes to a prescription frame the cost multiplies by 500% and even more.  GULP.

Surely a frame is a frame?


I’m indebted to Lee Mottershead from the Racing Post for spotting this video gem a few weeks back about the musical icons Simon And Garfunkel.

In an era where we are inundated with video content from anyone and everyone with a smartphone, it’s always refreshing to see something of real quality that has stood the test of time.

And the best part of this interview? The pauses, no interruptions from the interviewer so we witness the thought process behind the words of their professional break-up.


Am writing today’s blog from a regular haunt, GIRO coffee shop on the High Street in Esher. It’s VERY convenient for Sandown Racecourse next time you are in town as it’s literally the first shop on the High Street.

I always enjoy their daily motivational messages. However I enjoy their coffee and cake even more. And if that doesn’t get me a free Americano I don’t know what will.


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.