PREVIEW: Kevin Painter v Andy Hamilton
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter yesterday’s Arc I’m penniless. Or should that be Yenless?
No one likes reading tedious hard luck from punters/pundits but suffice it to say it hurt seeing the Japenese raiders finish so fast and it’s hard not to look to the European inexperience of their respective riders.
I played all three of the Japanese runners and the ONLY thing I got right was that Harp Star was the best of them.
Harp Star 6th
Just A Way 8th
Gold Ship 14th
I never mind being beaten – that happens all the time – but it’s just when you are beaten and left wondering…… if.
And talking of If….
Perhaps it’s time to remember the immortal words of Rudyard Kipling:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss
Well I shall be ‘starting again’ at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin tonight for the start of the World Grand Prix with no Japanese jockeys on the oche.
The 32 players of course include Phil Taylor who is looking for his 12th title.
World number 1 Michael van Gerwen takes on fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in the first round — the man who was best man at MVG’s wedding two months ago !!
The essential thing in the early stages of this tournament especially is to get off to a good start. It really is a sudden death tourney with the winner only having to get to two sets and each game starts with the player requiring a double to get off the blocks.
Kevin Painter v Andy Hamilton is one of the games tonight and I’ve got to be with Hamilton.
He has won the last six head to heads and generally quite comfortably to boot.