Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Kempton 6f 18:30,19:00,19:30

Three selections this evening at Kempton as follows:

18:30 1pt win Perfect Act 9/1 Ladbrokes
19:00 2pts win Fenella Fudge 4/1 Ladbrokes
19:30 2pts win Doctor Hillary 9/2 Ladbrokes

Plus 1pt e.w. treble at the above prices. These are all best odds guaranteed races so if they start at bigger prices we are on at SP.

Total staked seven points.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Venus Williams

I am sure you are all aware that the last time Venus Williams played an official match it was in the US Open. Minutes before she was due to play her second-round match she withdrew from the tournament due to an autoimmune disease with which she had recently been diagnosed.

She returned to the court this week to play an exhibition match against Serena. The form will tell us little but she did beat her younger sister 6-4 7-6. She has given a commitment to play a full season in 2012 starting with Auckland in January (after playing only 11 matches in 2011). Not surprisingly she has dropped to No. 104 in the world.

Can she, like some before her (Seles, Henin, Clijsters) make a successful comeback? Could she win another grand slam? She will play an exhibition doubles with Serena against Schiavone/Pennetta this weekend so this may give us another clue to her well being. Certainly age is not on her side and she could easily be drawn against, say, Kvitova in the first round of the Australian Open.

Nevertheless I have had 1pt win @ 50.0 Venus Williams with Unibet for Australian Open.

She has never won the Australian (or the French for that matter). All her GS wins have come at Wimbledon (5) and the US Open (2). She's not won the latter for a decade but the last of her SW19 wins came in 2008.

I have therefore had 2pts each way Venus @ 25/1 with Paddy Power for Wimbledon

You can get 33/1 Venus with VC for Wimbledon but VC will no longer lay any of my tennis bets and has closed my account. However the important advantage of PP is that it is NRNB: a condition - as far as I know that only applies to Skybet, PP and Betdaq in outright tennis markets. So if she was unfortunate enough to be taken ill again our Wimbledon bet would be refunded

Total staked five points.

Monday, 28 November 2011

2011 Review

A nice 30.5 points overall profit from the Federer tournament win at the O2 yesterday. The Swiss has been on a roll since the US Open and was the clear form player coming into the event. This takes our profit for the calendar year to over 100 points (13.4%).  With a month to go to the year end we still have two good value bets on Little Mix for X-Factor. They are 11/8 favourites as I write. All other unsettled bets should roll over to 2012. Full details of all 2011 betting activity can be found here:

One bet that's not looking so good is Liverpool for Premiership top four. We took a rather skinny looking 11/10 and even after two good performances in beating Chelsea and then drawing with Man City they are available at 13/8 today. Their fixtures in the run up to Xmas look reasonable so hopefully they can move up the table.

Leaving aside the Manchester teams, we are looking at any two from Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and possibly Newcastle to make the top four. Today I have had a very speculative 1pt win Newcastle @ 25/1 for Premiership top four with Ladbrokes. (Also available with Coral and Stan James).

Friday, 25 November 2011

ATP London update - 2

Berdych duly beat Ferrer tonight but not by the score I envisaged. However this means our three outright selections have reached the last four. We only have a small bet on Berdych - one point @ 29/1 - but importantly his presence in the last four means that Djoko is on his way home. In fact in my first post on this tournament I suggested we should avoid the world numbers one, two and three because of their busy seasons and recent injury concerns. Incredibly none has reached the semi-finals.

Even though he has a very difficult match ahead we have to have a saver on feisty Ferrer. He will be back tomorrow to play Federer at 14:00 in the first semi-final. The H2H? Just the 11-0 to the inform Swiss player. The other semi is at 20:00 - Tsonga v Berdych ( H2H 0-1)

Let's first review our potential profits (16pts portfolio so far):-

Federer 12pts @ 3/1 - potential return 48pts; profit 32pts
Tsonga 2pts @ 14/1, subsequent 1pt @ 12/1 - potential return 43pts; profit 27pts
Berdych 1pt @ 29/1 - potential return 30pts; profit 14pts

I have just placed 1.5pts @ 16/1 Ferrer with Ladbrokes. Obviously a Ferrer tournament win now returns 25.5pts for an overall eight point profit on the tournament. (Those of you with Sportingbet accounts can get 18/1 Ferrer however I do not bet with that company).

Our revised tournament profit will now be as follows:

Federer 30.5pts; Tsonga 25.5pts; Berdych 12.5pts and Ferrer 8pts.

Enjoy the semis and the final. Let's hope for that Paris repeat - Federer v Tsonga final!

ATP London update

Good news from O2 last night as Tsonga defeated Nadal to progress to the semi-final alongside Federer. We still have a chance of all three of our players making the last four. Berdych plays Ferrer this evening and will go through to the semis if he wins in straight sets. He can also go through if he wins in three but that will depend on the outcome between the two Serbs this afternoon.

I would have gone skint a long time ago if I'd always backed players or teams that "needed to win" against those that didn't. However if Berdych was to win the first set against Ferrer tonight (an even money chance) there is the possibility that Ferrer might then take his foot of the gas with Saturday's semi in mind and a certain place therein. For these reasons I have had 3pts win @ 5/2 Berdych to beat Ferrer 2-0 sets with William Hill. (Sportingbet has a slightly higher price of 3.6 if you are able to get that).

Once the final four is known late this evening I will look and see whether we need to place another outright bet to protect our 16pt investment in the outright market.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Kempton 18:40, 19:10

Two small bets at Kempton today. in the 6f race, 18:40, 2pts win Sweet Ovation @ 5/1 Skybet (also SJ and Coral) and in the 7f race, 19:10 1pt ew Roninski @ 14/1 William Hill (BOG)

Total 4pts staked

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Big Jo

I was impressed with the way Tsonga played today, particularly in the second set. This court is certainly very slow and you could argue it suits someone like Tsonga who has so much power to hit through his opponent. Good serving too with a 140 mph serve included. If he beats Nadal in his last match (11/8?) he should qualify for the semis. If he should qualify alongside Federer there would even be the chance of a repeat of the Paris indoor final and, of course, a repeat of the opening match here in London which Fed won 2-1.

All that's a long way off but I have taken a further 1pt win Tsonga @ 12/1 to win the tournament with Paddy Power. Price available with several other firms.

Our bet on Berdych to beat Mugray is of course void as the Scot has just retired from the tournament.


Mugray looked in a bad way during his straight sets defeat by Ferrer. If he is to continue in the competition he will play Tomas Berdych Wednesday. The latter was beaten in a final set tie-break against Djoko last night. He held a match point during the match but could not convert.

There is a possibility of course that Mugray could retire during his next match if he does not retire beforehand. The H2H is 4-1 Berdych who has won the last four encounters.

His serve looked very poor against the Spaniard so I have had 8pts @ 11/10 Berdych to beat Mugray with Ladbrokes. It is important to have the bet with a bookmaker that requires one point of the match to be played for the result to stand. To my knowledge these bookmakers are Ladbrokes, Blue Square, 888 and Coral.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Mix-ed results

Well I guess I underestimated Airdrie United's fire power. Went up to 8-0 correct score but incredibly they won 11-0. Glad it wasn't 9-0 that would have been worse.

Elsewhere there was more hyping of Little Mix on xfactor. I note the producers even got David Walliams to declare that they are his favoured act. They are 3/1 second favourite as I write so we certainly have value punts at 14/1 each-way and 13/2.

Federer starts the defence of his London crown this afternoon. The 3/1 and 5/2 has long gone and he is no better than 15/8 before a ball is struck in anger.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Recovery mission!

The correct score double bet is already a loser as it is 1-1 after 20 minutes in the Partick game. This follows hot on the heals of New Leyf being caught on the line by Fallon to deny us a decent pick up last night at Kempton.

Airdrie kick-off at 15:00 so there is an opportunity for some some small singles as follows:

Airdrie 5-0 16/1 Ladbrokes 0.5pt
Airdrie 6-0 33/1 Boyles 0.25pt 
Airdrie 7-0 40/1 Boyles/Bet365 0.25pt
Airdrie 8-0 80/1 Ladbrokes 0.25pt

Total 1.25pts staked.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Scottish FA Cup

Could be some cricket scores in a couple of the Scottish FA Cup matches. Airdrie and Partick are both 1/6 to win their respective matches tomorrow so I have played a speculative correct score double bet with Ladbrokes as follows:

5-0 16/1
6-0 25/1
7-0 33/1
8-0 80/1 

Odds apply to both Airdrie United and Partick Thistle winning their respective matches by the scores shown.

The bet is 16 x 0.25pts correct score doubles with Ladbrokes.

Total staked 4pts.

Kempton 6f 17:05, 17:35

Our 25/1 selection was on the premises a furlong out at Kempton yesterday but quickly dropped away.
Two more selections today at Kempton as follows.

1pt win Gap Princess @ 14/1 (17:05) with Ladbrokes (BOG)

2pts win New Leyf @ 13/2 (17:35) with Ladbrokes (BOG)

0.5pt ew double at the above prices (Ladbrokes)

Total 4pts staked.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Kempton 6f 17:50

I am not particularly keen on the racing today. However am rather surprised at what a big price Sonko is trading at in the Nursery at 17:50. I guess it's possible he may not break quickly from his low draw which could then be a problem. However at this price I could not resist 1pt ew @ 25/1 Sonko with Will Hill (BOG)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Southwell 1m 4f 15:50

I think it's possible that Gosforth Park could oblige under top weight at Southwell in the last. Won comfortably enough at the venue on 10 November and there has been some support today.

I have had 2pts win Gosforth Park @ 11/4 with William Hill (BOG)

Little Mix

We already have a nice little each-way bet on the xfactor girl band at 14/1. They continue to be well supported this week and are as low as 5/1 in some places.

In the circumstances I think it is worth an additional 1pt win @ 13/2 Little Mix with (or Blue Sq). In what is increasingly looking like a poor year it is possible now that they could win.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

ATP World Tour Finals - London

The early prices have just been released for the men's final event of the season. It's an interesting market not least because three of the major contenders, Djoko, Mugray and Nadal have been carrying various injuries. I would be particularly worried about the world No1 Djoko and would stay well clear of the 7/2 or shorter put up by the major firms.

The holder, Federer, is a worthy favourite having won Basel indoors and is set to play the Paris indoor final tomorrow. He is therefore my main bet. I have added two small bets on outsiders who have both played well recently. My portfolio is as follows:-

  12 pts win Federer @ 3/1 with Bet365 
  (5/2 is next best with Ladbrokes and W Hill if you cannot get this).
  2 pts win Tsonga @ 14/1 with Stan James (also available with Bet365).
  1 pt win Berdych @ 30.0 with Unibet.

Total stakes 15 pts.

England v Spain

No horse racing bets today so I have taken an interest in tonight's friendly international.

Capello seems to be willing to take a few chances with an experimental England team. He will be heralded as a genius if he pulls it off and beats the world champions. Far more likely I think is that Spain will take England apart. I have had a couple of small correct bets as follows:

Spain to win 2-0 = 0.5pt win @ 8/1 William Hill
Spain to win 3-0 = 1pt win @ 18/1 Ladbrokes
Unquoted* score on betfair correct score market = 1pt win @ 10.5 Betfair

(*This bet will win if either team scores four or more goals)

Total staked 2.5pts

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Kempton 6f 19:50

I like the look of Qubuh in the final race at Kempton tonight. I have had 3pts @ 13/2 with Stan James as I think the price could contract.


The Italian economy is on the edge with the debts approaching the point where the debts are not sustainable. Who know what's going to happen but you have to think that they are very likely to receive a Euro/IMF bailout. If they don't then surely the economy would collapse and they could then exit the euro.

I've therefore had two bets as follows:

Next country to receive EU/IMF bailout: Italy 8pts @ 2/1 with Stan James
First country to leave the euro: Italy 2pts @ 14/1 with Stan James ( 12/1 PP but only 7/2 WH).

Total staked 10 pts.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

X-factor - Little Mix

We have landed our 3/1 bet on Little Mix to be top group as the only other group still in the competition - The Risk - has been sent home tonight having finished bottom in the public vote. Our selection was given the "pimp" slot last night which clearly showed that the producers were intent on making them the favoured group.

The outright price of 14/1 we took each-way is now around half that price. May not be winner material but a strong chance of finishing in the frame as the producers would probably like a group in the final three and further promotional assistance looks likely.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Han - again

Paul Hanagan has all but won the the jockeys' championship. As I write he is seven wins clear of S de Sousa with a couple of races to go at Wolverhampton this evening and then Friday and Saturday racing to close the season. He did us a big favour last year landing several bets up to 40/1. This year, as reigning champion, he was of course a much smaller price. However we have landed substantial wagers at 9/2 and 7/2 to increase significantly the 2011 profits.

I have updated our 2011 results with Paul H winnings. You can find the details here:

It means we are running at 10.92% profit in 2011 and an even more respectable 45.88% accumulatively since the blog bets service began in December 2009. We have won over 650 points in this time frame.

WTA - Bali - 2

Well Vinci was rubbish today so that's one of our outright bets gone. The other one plays tomorrow afternoon (12 noon our time).

Ivanovic was fairly unimpressive in putting Vinci away (40% first serve success rate). I am going to take a chance and back the lump to beat the looker in the semi-final.

I have had 4pts win Petrova to beat Ivanovic @ 6/4 with Stan James. Their H2H is very close. Some sites say Ivanovic 6-5 whereas betfair stats say Petrova 7-5. What's not in doubt is Petrova has won the last two meetings. Therefore 6/4 is fair value to down the defending champion.

WTA - Bali

The Bali tournament starts around 9:30am tomorrow morning. Bartoli is a worthy favourite on current form but I have had a couple of speculative bets on players at double figures.

First of all I have taken 12/1 Vinci who has had a terrific year. She plays Ivanovic in the first round and although the H2H is 4-2 in the Serb's favour, Vinci has won both matches that have been played in 2011. If she wins tomorrow she would play Petrova or Peng for a place in the final.

I have had 1.5pts ew Vinci @ 12/1 (1/3 odds 1,2) with Ladbrokes (also available with SJ).

In the top half of the draw I have gone for Hantuchova who plays Lisicki with whom she is 1-1. Lisicki beat DH in the Birmingham final (on grass of course) but the Slovakian is preferred back on a hard court. If she wins  then she will probably meet Bartoli for a place in the final. Amazingly DH holds a 5-1 H2H with the French woman and that is another reason for taking a punt.

I have had 2pts win Hantuchova @ 12.0 with Unibet.

Total 5pts staked.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is on a terrific run having won three consecutive tournaments. However today he comes up against a player who has caused him problems in the past. The head to head with Robin Haase is 1-1 but in both matches Haase won the first set. Winning the first set and going on to lose is something that happens to Haase quite frequently.
I think the bet today is 2pts win Haase to win first set against Murray @ 5/1 with (or Blue Square).


Two bets on this involving the girl group, once called Rythmix now called Little Mix

3pts win Little Mix to be top group @ 3/1 with Paddy Power (i.e. to finish in front of The Risk)

1.5pts ew Little Mix to win X-factor @ 14/1 with Paddy Power 1/5th odds 1,2,3.

Total six points staked.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Premiership TGS - it's 25/1 Ba

The two players we've backed for TGS are not doing brilliantly. I've therefore decided to add a third player to our portfolio. One could make a case for one of the Man City strikers as they are scoring so many goals. But which one? The current scores are Dzeko nine, Aguero nine and Balotelli five. I think the latter could close the gap if he's not red carded too often.

Others in the shake up include Rooney (nine, short price) and Van Persie (ten, but never plays a full season because of injuries). 

I think Demba Ba could be thereabouts. He is now on eight (from seven starts) following a hat-trick for Newcastle last night. There was rather an amusing story going around about him. He (allegedly) refused a fan an autograph. I would have more sympathy if his name was Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink but when you've just got to write "Ba" then it's unforgivable. 

Anyway I have had 1.5pts ew Demba Ba @ 25/1 Prem TGS with Ladbrokes, 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4. 

Three points staked.