One-A-Day. Christmas period

December 15, 2014
I guess the title is fairly inaccurate as i don't anticipate a bet every day given how quiet the racing scene is up to Christmas, and due to personal travel and other commitments


MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER Gunshot

One look at the racing for Monday and Tuesday and i didn't expect to have any bets, but ever the opportunist (I'd like to think! :) ), on seeing the Champions League draw for the last 16 a bet immediately caught the eye. At this stage to be fair I've only seen a price from Hills, for the English team to go furthest in the competition. 

While Chelsea will be expected to get past Paris-St-Germain, it's a high risk tie. A firing Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses enough of a threat on his own to make the 4/5 about Chelsea to go furthest distinctly high risk. Yes the Blues will be favourites to get through, but it's no given. As we saw at Newcastle, they can be got at, particularly if they don't take chances early on in a game.

Man City are second in the market at 2/1. This time they won't be expected to get past Messi and co, even though they have a puncher's chance, but Barcelona would be the pick for me. 

Which leaves ARSENAL (7/2) as the Value selection. Suspect from the available options, they would have hand-picked Monaco, and that's who they got. The latter are no mugs, but I'd fancy Arsenal to make it through to the last eight and an 'open' draW

At 7/2 Arsenal look clear pick here. Value winner hopefully!

WEDNESDAY 17TH/THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER

One for each day, put up early due to heavy other commitments. VALUE AT RISK (6/4 Tote; 2.45 Newbury) was a fine third in the Punchestown bumper, not beaten far by Shaneshill. Even though the latter suffered a shock defeat on Sunday, ran with plenty credit, and a reproduction by the selection of that run should be too good for the albeit promising but at a lower level Jack Frost.

For Thursday The Taj and Cooptadi are likely to be popular in their races at Meydan but the latter in particular  might be worth opposing, a mark of 113 based on plenty guesswork and left unchanged despite being well beaten behind Toast of New York last Carnival.

However FAULKNER (Meydan 5.40) looks an exciting prospect in the finale after sluicing up on debut. Albeit that was at Jebel Ali, the horse looked the part beforehand and a mark of 85 is unlikely to prove near enough to stop a winning handicap debut. 
Would not be surprised to see this fella roll up at the Carnival in the New Year if scoring impressively here. Obviously no prices as this is written on Wednesday.

FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER

A decent but very tricky looking day. Willie Mullins wouldn't send Rio Trea sure over for the Ascot bumper lightly, so must think plenty of this one, but looks a strong contest, while at Dundalk, I expect Park Rebel to take the maiden and decent hurdler Dergado is of interest in the finale, but the ONE-A-DAY goes to CHILLIE BILLIE (e/w 15/2 Bet Victor) in what at first glance looked a trickysprint, but well drawn and comes here with a light weight off two sterling efforts behind the well backed Serenity Spa when 3rd (2nd Kimbay and 4th Strategic Heights winners since, the latter giving a line in on main rival tonight Your Pal Tal) and previously behind Whailley.
Monkey that is MuckNBrass runs elsewhere on the card and - if on a going day- is a winner in waiting off 53 after a good run two outings ago, but is equally likely to throw in the towel tamely - caveat emptor if ever there was one!

SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER

No joy yesterday after consecutive winners, and today just one rock solid looking each way bet. Obviously has the Mullins newcomer (point winner and odds on) to contend with, but THREE STARS e/w (3.20 Fairyhouse) has strong credentials and rules experience when a decent 4th to Bordini, another Mullins inmate. Unfancied that day at 25/1, stayed on nicely under tender enough handling to be beaten about 8 lengths at the line, and should strip both fitter and wiser today. The 5/1 with Boylesports looks an e/w bet to nothing.
 

One-A-Day 8-14 December

December 7, 2014
The five horses put up last week produced two winners and three more seconds, so not too far away from the honey pot!

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MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER

Short entry today due to time constraints.

Two of interest, both at Lingfield. STOSUR e/w 9/1 Hills (2.30 ONE-A-DAY SELECTION) ran an absolute blinder when badly wrong at the weights last time at Wolverhampton in a Class two race when a close fourth. There appeared to be no fluke about that as the time was fast, and ...
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One-A-Day Selections 1-7 December

December 1, 2014
Frustrating week last week with a string of placed efforts, and failed to continue the momentum of the previous week, just the one win from six selections, though several 'favourable mentions', such as Marble Statuette and Strategic Heights, obliged.
Prom Meesawat's frustrating failure to birdie any of the last seven holes on Sunday, for example, when those around him put lots of blue on the board, meant he missed a place by just two shots.

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This week, the Mo...
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Selections 24-30 November

November 23, 2014
A good week last week with three winners from the seven selections, including the blog's first Maximum which came at Dundalk, and Stenson landing an 8/1 bet. There were also three seconds, so it was nearly a very good week!

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24TH NOVEMBER

Two of some interest at Wolverhampton are Rutherglen, who suffered a slight setback when about to run in long term target  the Irish Cesarawitch, so would have been fit for that and hopefully ove...
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Selections 17-23 November

November 17, 2014
A mixed first five days for the blog, with a couple of each ways hitting the frame, but the more confident selections being disappointing! Rory Sabbatini mixed two flawless rounds of 66 with two dreadful efforts of 73 and 76, while among the horses, Elusive Laurence's short head defeat at 12/1 was the closest we came to a winner.
Do remember this is an amateur blog please when deciding whether to follow me in on any selections, and thanks for your patience as we look for that elusive winner!

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One-Bet-A-Day Selections 13-16 November

November 13, 2014
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Nice to get the revamped blog underway yesterday with 12/1 e/w selection Elusive Laurence running a huge race, and going down a short head in a wild finish. Obviously the 'W' would have been nicer, but it wasn't quite to be.
Hopefully a few of you though enjoyed the race and made a few bob!

As said in the intro yesterday, the day's best bet won't always be horse racing and today's is the first venture elsewhere. Looked at the racing long and ...
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One-Bet-A-Day. Welcome!

November 12, 2014
Hi

Welcome to my newly revised blog. On an experimental basis until the Christmas holidays, I will be putting up one Sports Bet a day.

A few of your possible questions answered first.

1) I've been punting since the 1980s, so I'd like to think I've built up a bit of experience meantime, and don't just play in horse racing, but other sports including golf, rugby union and football.

2) Most of my bets will be horse racing, but not exclusively. That's particularly the case when we only have fairly a...
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Champion Bumper Preview. Vic... Vic... Victory

March 11, 2014
Champion Bumper Preview. Vic... Vic.. Victory.
WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (A STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE) GRADE 1(CLASS 1) (4-6yo) Winner £34,170 23 runners 2m110y Good To Soft RUK. 5.15 Wednesday.

Outside of the Champion hurdle, this is my favourite race of the week. Appreciate not many will agree, but Bumpers are niche races, followed by relatively few, but a small cult seems to form around those who enjoy this race. 

And my opinion is that this is the best crop in many years. My e...
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meydan 1st March. personal notes and only provisional

February 25, 2014
Due to two Carnival cards this week, notes added here usual site though please visit www.sportsnut.yolasite.com where these comments will be added

2.45

No Bet.

Summary:
Likely favourite here, Plantagenet got the run of the race when a fine third to Elleval last week, the horse loves a fast pace when the front runners come back. Not been as good in small fields historically, so it might pay to consider Mickdaam, didn't show much behind Vercingetorix last time but is a former listed winner here, o...
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Opinion: A reply, and why Scots deserve to be in Six Nations.

February 10, 2014
For anyone who hasn't seen it, The Telegraph's Sports correspondent, Paul Hayward (@_paulhayward on twitter) has written an article suggesting that Scotland should be told to 'Shape up or Ship out' of the Six Nations. The premise is that they are no longer fit to be part of the tournament, in that they do not take it seriously and their stats are dreadful in the first two games of this year's tournament, following years of disappointing results.

Let's get this straight from the start. This ard...
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