We’re halfway through the battle between the British and the Irish and of course the punter and the bookie. The score sheet has been settled and looks pretty much like this:
British: Too busy looking at Mullins
Irish: Too busy looking at Mullins
Punter: Too busy looking at Mullins
Bookie: Too busy looking at Mullins
Did I mention Mullins the champion Irish trainer?
Now with only three winners from 14 races the trainer has still done exceptionally well and both opening races have been taken by the trainer with Vautour and Faugheen. Brilliant victories and both succeeded by the brilliant jockey Ruby Walsh.
He’s up there again today with Felix Yonger who heads the market with R Walsh on board as they bid to take the treble on the three days. SkyBet will be shitting their pants (excuse expletives but it’s true!!) should they do it again as they are refunding stakes on losing wagers should the favourite win the first race of the day. I would love to meet their trading manager and ask him at what point whilst pissed up on a Friday night did he come up with that idea when certainly the first 2 days had such strong favourites.
That, there point then brings me to the point of today’s article. Bookies are becoming ridiculous with their offers and it is with a little clever scouting, possible to make our money go that little bit further. I’m not here to tout offer from offer but it is a seemingly obvious thing for various outfits to promote the plethora of bargains out there. Too bloody right ‘an all.
One of the recent ones I saw was 4/1 about Quevega. Now if I could have got even £10 on Quevega at 4/1 then that would have been one of the smartest bets I’d ever had. Of course Corals won’t let me near them with a barge pole but to bring in new business then they’ll stick their bollocks out right on the line!
So when it comes to the festival there are many things to consider. A careful selection process is of course primary in anyone’s approach but as equally as important is taking advantage of all the offers available out there and making sure that your money is going as far as possible. Even if your stake is returned as a free bet, it’s still a free bet to bet on the next. That’s effectively two bets for the price of one….
You’ll see I’ve got two free bets for today that are for the festival and let’s hope we can have a good one…