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BETTING ODDITIES: RPGTV No frills but thrills

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.


The Irish Greyhound Derby Final sadly didn’t live up to its billing with the unfortunate injury to Pestana on the first bend. He’s said to be receiving the best possible veterinary care and fingers crossed for a full and complete recovery.

It’s been a great tournament though – despite the lack of crowds and produced a very worthy champion in Newinn Taylor.

I watched the coverage on RPGTV and was very impressed. It’s no frills and is produced (I suspect) for a fraction of the budget compared to their horse racing counterparts but it delivered on all the core elements:

Live racing, betting details, pundit analysis and audience interaction. Special mention too of Ian Fortune’s excellent reports and commentaries from Shelbourne Park.

A job well done and I’ll be keeping tuned to the same channel for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby from Nottingham. The draw takes place next Saturday.


Would like to think I’m always open minded to new ideas and creative thinking (except corporate ‘blue sky thinking’ psycho babble) but sometimes there are ideas that just should NEVER have got off the drawing board.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury. I present exhibit ‘A’:


Am looking for a new office chair and might take a leaf out of the US Open’s book.

Their ‘recovery room’ includes four reclining chairs for tennis players featuring ‘NuCalm’ – a drug-free system that relaxes the brain and body within minutes.

Room manager Chad Raynor said: “NuCalm gives you two to three hours worth of restorative sleep in 20-30 minutes”.

American player Caty McNally said “My favorite is the sleep area, as it is a really cool way to get extra rest. I passed out right away in my 20-minute session. The room has been packed.”

Even more excuses to be chained to the office desk. GULP.


Last week’s much heralded Apple Event was a damp squib.

No new products announced just tinkering with their Watch and iPad.

It was disappointing – even allowing for the world being on pandemic pause.

When you invent machines that do everything, what else is there to invent?


Before Lockdown, if you’d given me three guesses at naming Esher’s most successful restaurant I would have said:

1️⃣ย The Orient
2️⃣ The Orient
3️⃣ The Orient

No matter what night of the week it was always doing plenty of covers and takeaways – even more so when Sandown were racing and punters retreated there.

But sadly it’s no more. The owner has cashed in his chips. An example that it won’t just be the struggling businesses that you might not see re-open post pandemic ๐Ÿ™


DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist.ย 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.

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