BETTING ODDITIES: The Bigger Picture

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.

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.


Surely the ONLY value in video rights of horse racing is in the live transmission of pictures on a business to business level?

Once the race is run, those same pictures have a rapidly diminishing appeal and value, to presume otherwise is delusional.

So why criminalise those organisations and individuals who have the audacity to want to share the sport on social media? In the old days it was called free marketing and remember, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

The silliness of the debate continued on Luck On Sunday.

But do you want to know the silliest thing of all?

The chief benefactors of more widespread social media coverage of horse racing will be the very same racecourses themselves via bigger attendances.  And guess what, those punters who become fully enlightened will also sign up for Racing TV subscriptions.

Surely they are not THAT silly to see this?


I’m not as good as I should be at recycling but I’m trying hard to get better.

The evidence is indisputable and damning, plastic bags taking up to 1000 years to decompose.

The charging for bags by shops has made a difference but perhaps the time has come for more punitive charges which will remind and force people like me to remember to take a bag to the shop and avoid the ‘bag of bags’ at home.

£10 a plastic bag would do it – and make the expensive reusable/recyable ones the cheap ones.


Last Christmas. No spoilers here but what an extraordinary twist at the end. As for a rating, I really don’t know how on earth how to rate it. I’m on the fence ….. for once.


Advent Calendars. How times have changed. Back in my day we were thrilled to open the bonus double sized window picture of the nativity scene on the final day.

Now people seem to want to open a window and a bottle of gin drop out – for 24 consecutive days. Gulp.

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