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Sports Doubles : Saturday July 21st

21 Jul
July 21, 2012

Sports Doubles

Back Nathaniel and Sea Moon to win the King George in doubles with Brazil and Spain to win the Football Olympic Gold

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has drawn the field that the race’s status deserves. It remains one of the key pattern races for potential top grade stallions and there are those in the field that fit a suitable profile. NATHANIEL derservedly enhanced his reputation when winning the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown earlier in the month recording his first top level victory over ten furlongs. A mile and a half has always been his metier and the fact that he was pacey enough to win over the shorter trip hints at improvement. He was already good enough to lift this prize last year. SEA MOON has clearly had this race on his agenda since the beginning of the season and was authoritative enough in winning at the Royal meeting. He can not have captured the betting public’s imagination at that point seeing as he was allowed to go off at a starting price of 3-1 for a group 2. He has plenty of ability and his consistency is admirable. There are other dangers as could be expected for such a coveted prize but the two aforementioned contenders seem to come into their own during the Midsummer.

The market could argue that the two horses highlighted in the previous paragraph have tenuous claims to favouritism in today’s feature race. It is a harder task to argue that BRAZIL and SPAIN do not merit to be at the summit of the market for Olympic gold in the men’s football tournament. Both nations have brought strong squads of accomplished footballers amongst whom there are a good number of Champions’ League standard players. BRAZIL have strength in every department and options on the bench. They deserved to beat England, fourth favourites for gold, by at least four goals last night and only a remarkable goalkeeping display prevented such an outcome. If there is a nation to rival BRAZIL in recent years in tournament football it is SPAIN. The second favourites are also strong all over the field and ,as is standard, playing fluid, possession orientated football is a concept with which these young players have been imbued.

Both winning scenarios singularly return an odds on yield. Motivation would be low to pursue such rewards but the second part of the bet ensures that the punter has a very strong hand. It is often the case that the second part of a double bet is weaker than the first but in this case, on all known form, the market has picked the correct teams to be favourites for the Olympic competition.

Horseracing betting : The Coral Eclipse Stakes

07 Jul
July 7, 2012

Horseracing Markets

Back BONFIRE (EW) @8-1

Back MONTEROSSO (EW) @14-1

The first of the major intergenerational clashes of the season has seen an intriguing if not top class field come together. FARHH heads the market largely on the strength of an unlucky in-running effort in the Prince of Wales Stakes. He remains unexposed and largely hard to assess but he would have to be very useful in order to justify his 9-4 quote. It is exceedingly likely that he will trade bigger in-running if he follows the habit of missing the break. It is more than likely that he will have the majority of the field in front of him turning for home. NATHANIEL had been quoted near the head of the market for last year’s St. Leger before making a name for himself over the 12 furlong trip. The vibes are that this drop back in distance is part of a preparation for events later on in the season. He is a very capable individual but with all the warnings around he is likely to drift to a larger price than 3-1.CITYSCAPE has been an admirable and consistent performer of late and is living up to the promise he showed early in his career. He is probably the most suited in the line-up to a yielding surface. Connections, by choice, took him to Ireland last season so he could land a Group Three on desperate ground. CRACKERJACK KING is very difficult to get a handle on having not raced this season. He has suffered only one defeat in his career and there no is objective reason to discount him from the short list of leading contenders.

MONTEROSSO has won a stellar amount of prize money throughout his career, largely due to him winning the well-endowed Dubai World Cup. He was aggressively campaigned throughout his 3 year old career and is clearly a hardy type. BONFIRE leaves the impression that this right handed track could suit him well. He is a horse with gears and also saw out the extended ten furlongs of the Dante Stakes extremely well. He was clearly all at sea on the camber at Epsom which saw him effectively barely have a race in the Derby. It is not hard to imagine him climbing the hill at Sandown under a drive from a jockey that will suit him well.

Euro 2012 betting : Italy vs. Spain

01 Jul
July 1, 2012

Game Stats Markets

Back 2nd half to be highest scoring half @5-4

Back Italy to be caught offside first @4-5

Tactics will be very much in focus in what is a rematch of the opening game from Group C played at the beginning of the tournament. Del Bosque is his own man and will not mind winning ‘ugly’, just as long as the final result is attained. He is likely to persist with the much talked about formation that doesn’t include a typical number 9. Fabregas is likely to continue in the central role. The former Arsenal captain is a mobile, all-round midfielder and could possibly be asked to play a role that involves man-marking Pirlo. Other teams have had halfhearted efforts at equalising Pirlo’s threat but in truth they haven’t had the personnel to affect any such plan. As a result the first half could see both teams cancel each other out for large passages of play. Italy will again look to isolate Balotelli with the least mobile of the opposition centrebacks, in this case, Pique. But only a player of Pirlo’s quality makes this a high percentage ball out of the rear third of the field. Spain will largely play in front of Italy and will look to outflank them, particularly on the left where Iniesta and Alba have developed a good understanding. It will be interesting to see how prepared the Spanish fullbacks are to go on the overlap early in the game. Cassano is the player most likely to be caught offside of the starters on both sides. While Balotelli has yet to be officially found to be in breach of this particular law, he spends a lot of time in line with the last defender.

Player Markets

Back Iniesta to score anytime @4-1

Iniesta has looked like a viable source of goals throughout the tournament and eventhough he is yet to register a hit on target he has amassed 19 efforts at goal. With the help of Alba overlapping on the left wing, Iniesta could find himself able to cut inside on goal. Alternatively, he probably finds running in behind defenders a more natural action than those such as Fabregas and Silva who are more used to playing in central midfield. Anything more than two shots at goal makes the 4-1 available about an Iniesta score an attractive proposition.

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