Following last weeks revelations regarding spot fixing in football we now learn of another six players who have been arrested on similar charges. We should not be alarmed or surprised by this as you need to understand it’s not match or result fixing but simple spot fixing.
This means betting on red or yellow cards, corners, first player to be booked etc. For example if the player was bribed £10,000 by the fixer it would be impossible to get that type of money on in Britain and spreading it across several bookmakers would be easily noticed. So they place their bets on the vast unregulated Asian betting markets. The money is spread over many countries and with no regulators there is nobody to complain about the fix being applied.
This as we all know is not just common in football but we have seen it in cricket, snooker and many other sports where spot betting is available.
One thing regarding corruption it does not just apply to betting but to all walks of life as we only have to look at politicians, bankers and big business in general. It is something we must all accept however knowing that most of us play the game of life with a straight bat.
As we move towards the end of the year it is very strange to see Manchester Utd well out of contention for the premier Title and at the moment struggling for a Champions League spot.
Now it’s an interesting parallel to when Sir Alex took over in 1986 as they were also in a bad way. The first three years of Fergies reign were a disaster until in 1990 they managed to win the F.A Cup although well down the League table. There were cries of Ferguson out all round Old Trafford until that cup win.
So my advice is show David Moyes some respect and give the guy time to show what he can do. It’s a time of transition and it’s no good listening to the rantings of Ron Atkinson or Roy Keene. After all if they had given Fergie the elbow early doors we would never had seen the great Man Utd teams of the nineties or perhaps the emergence of Becham, Giggs etc.
Right time to get off my soap box and on to the racing scene. I can tell you Bankers Bonus are in cracking form With Karam Albaari winning on Monday at 8/1 and just missing out on a 40/1 double when Street Power was beaten in a photo. Yesterday we also put up Dubai Hills at 3/1 although I admit you didn’t need the brains of Winston Churchill to find that one.
A thing I have noticed is that Banker Bonus are clear top of the Betfan tipster table over the last 6 month period so if you want an inform tipster join now.
Todays Howies Hottie is going in the 2.0 Lingfield which is a 7 furlong handicap. The selection is Seek The Fairland a gelding who seemed to lose its way and has dropped to a very attractive rating. He carries bottom weight in this affair and last time out he showed a lot more dash and in my opinion was unlucky not to take the prize. I feel he has excellent chances of a podium finish and hopefully will take the gold medal.
The Jugpolist trainer Rebecca Curtis – He went off far to quickly when favourite for a selling hurdle and it was no surprise to see him run out of petrol. With a better ride next time he can go close in a low grade race.
Soll trainer Jo Hughes – Giant gelding who ran well on his seasonal debut. He needs softer ground to show his best and I’m sure he will be a lot fitter next time out.
Street Power trainer J.Gask – As mentioned above he cost me a 40/1 double by running into trouble and not getting a clear passage at Lingfield. I have been told the owners are looking to retire the horse but there might be another race in him before that happens.
Uprise trainer G.Margarson – Ran in the same race as Street Power and after being last most of the way he stayed on to good effect in the closing stages. This horse is on a fair rating and I advise you to keep an eye open when he next runs.
Lexis Hero trainer R.Fahey – Only recently joined the yard and ran a good 2nd at Wolverhampton. This trainer can improve horses by miles so watch out for him.
Marciano trainer A.Brown – Again ran in the same race as Lexi but this guy was drawn very wide and was stone last turning for home before running on strongly down the wide outside. With a better draw he should be very competitive next time out.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be luck.