BETTING ODDITIES: Take the barriers down

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 was fascinated to learn AFTER the race that Sunday’s 10/1 Curragh winner Thunder Moon had impressed in a barrier trial at Dundalk on 29 July.

But I was at fault. The information is all there on the excellent Irish Thorougbred Marketing website ( – which includes not only results, and video, but also times to boot.

This is a superb innovation and fingers crossed it’ll catch on in the UK too.

But a plea ….. let’s get this information incorporated into general horse form and in the Racing Post too.

You can NEVER have too much data in the racing game.

Thunder Moon’s barrier trial below. Apologies for not bringing you BEFORE today’s race 🙁


Hopefully you’ve had chance to catch up with some of our new video content – including the Zoom Room big race previews with brand ambassador Silvestre de Sousa, City AM’s racing editor Bill Esdaile and Star’s head of PR Luke Tarr.

We’ve also recently added Star Sports TV to the stable (click here for latest episode) – a midweek bite-sized preview of all the imminent major sports events.

Hosted by Johnny Ward, it includes a look ahead to the weekend’s top races, football with Adam Russell, trader chat with ‘Inlike’ Flynn Goward, golf with Blue Horseshoe, politics with William Kedjanyi, greyhounds with Julie Collier, #BettingPeople with Simon Nott and our roving reporter Hannah Baycroft.

We’d love to say it runs as smoothly as a thoroughbred ……. but a weekly hiccup in production is always long odds-on …..

Damn it – the bloopers are ALWAYS the best part of any programme – so here are ours, expertly curated and edited by Jordan Cox …..


Embarrassing scenes in the recent ‘Battle Of The Brits’ tennis exhibition match at the end of the Dan Evans v Kyle Edmund game.

Evans was unhappy with the ‘force at which Edmund touched his racket’ – a gesture which has replaced the handshake.

But Evans’ celebration was a tad over the top for an exhibition match that was either played behind closed doors or not very popular.

Save the emotions for the games that REALLY matter lads ….


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.