Go USA In The Winter Olympics
You can tell it’s a quiet night for football when our headline tip concerns some strange activities on snow and ice. However, it’s that time every four years when we get transfixed by men and women scrubbing the floor with a funny brush as a big stone heads towards a target and other big stones. For many the highlight of the Winter Olympics is not downhill skiing or ice hockey but the weird and wonderful “sport” of curling. From 4.30am tomorrow you can watch the mixed doubles round robin matches and surely that’s worth staying up late for or getting up early. My man on the inside (at the Racing Post) tells me UNITED STATES must be backed at 7/1 to win most medals in this year’s Winter Olympics but the best part for me is the curling.
It’s debatable whether darts is a sport or a pastime but sport is about exertion though others would disagree. There is a campaign to get darts introduced into the Olympics and it certainly requires great skill and concentration. The target for the triple 20 is tiny but the best darts players seem to get “three in the bed” at will. ONE HUNDRED AND EIIIIIGHTY! is a familiar sound when the darts is on and it is heard most often when Michael van Gerwen is at the ochre. One particular pundit calls the Dutch arrers professional the world’s greatest sportsman. That might be over egging his talent but MVG at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to win the Premier League which continues tonight is the bet of the day.
EQUUS SECRETUS Is The Horse To Back At 8/1
There’s £94,000 up for grabs in prize money over the seven races at the jumps meeting at Huntingdon which is a decent figure for a midweek fixture in February. Cheltenham is now the be all and end all and it’s less than five weeks before the meeting that matters most. The best horses are rarely raced against each other outside the four days of the Festival and that’s why few British horses were sent to Ireland for the Dublin Racing Festival. The richest race of the day is the Class 1 novices’ hurdle at Huntingdon (2.15pm). On ratings and form EQUUS SECRETUS is the horse to back at 8/1 with William Hill and then you can settle down to watch some curling in the middle of the night.