Football: Champions League – Barcelona v Chelsea

Football: Champions League – Barcelona v Chelsea

I am of the opinion that the second leg of the Semi Final at Camp Nou as Barca host Chelsea could be a low scoring game and there seems to be tons of value out there. In previewing this game, running through the current position of Barca being a goal down and preferably for them not conceding a goal in this second leg, added to recent meetings between the two sides, I came to the conclusion that this is very, indeed MOST likely to be a low scoring affair in Spain. I will approach the game from two financial fronts. One as a backer looking at what seems to be a very generous Asian Handicap, and from a trading point of view in the goals markets. A bit of background to my thinking before outlining my financial interest in the game. In the last eight games at the Nou Camp, Barcelona have manged to keep...

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Horse Racing: The John Smith’s Grand National 2012

Easter is upon us and the John Smith’s Grand National is now upon our doorstep. The National Hunt season draws to a close with the final hurrah at Aintree raceourse. We have watched our favourites run all winter and enjoyed a fabulous Cheltenham Festival, now it’s off to Aintree to the most popular race of the year, over the testing (although not as testing, fence wise, as it has been over the years) Grand National fences and course. I run through my shortlist, and come up with a few for consideration. For the full Grand National card, I have for years used trends as opposed to form as the approach to the Grand National. It has served me well, and the full set of trends even outlined the 2010 winner Mon Mome at 1001/, although, I left it out as a French Bred!!!!! I use the same approach for...

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Horse Racing: William Hill Lincoln – Looking to START RIGHT on the 1st Day of the Flat Season

The opening day of the 2012 Flat Season is upon us with the traditional William Hill Lincoln Meeting at Doncaster racecourse. The draw for the William Hill Lincoln is always an interesting factor and the preceding Spring Mile can often give a pointer as to where, if at all, the draw bias might be. These days, the bias is a far less reliable aid in finding winners, even on the flat straight tracks. In recent years we have seen advantages move from one side of a course to another in these straight races. Overall with 14 years of data I have to hand, high just about edge this race but low have ha the best in recent years. I generally use a tactic of taking one from each side for my bets in advance of the Spring Mile. The prices on the winning side of that race tend to tighten up...

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Horse Racing: Classic Race Horse and Champion Sire MONTJEU has died

There are reports this morning that  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner and sire to countless Group 1 winners has died at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. He was put down after suffering  Septicaemia Enjoy again Mick Kinane on Montjeu winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the bridle at Royal Ascot, and then remember what this super stallion has produced in the second video  

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Cheltenham Festival: Review of the Week

Cheltenham Festival: Review of the Week

And so the curtain comes down on a week of highs, lows, celebrations and sorrows. There is no tomorrow now, there is only next year and Cheltenham 2013. A week of expectation as four champions returned to defend their crowns. As it was, just two completed the feat and both, in doing so, became quadruple champions in their division. Quevega returned champion of the girls in the OLBG Mares Hurdle, whilst her nearest rival, Voler De Vadette, avoided her and took on the boys in the World Hurdle and very nearly denied the other four timer on Thursday as Big Bucks overcame the best staying hurdlers to lift the title for an unprecedented fourth time; completing 16 consecutive victories over hurdles and remaining unbeaten in the code. Hurricane Fly and Sizing Europe were unable to defend theirs but went down fighting to new worthy champions. Rock on Ruby, a rare highlight...

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Cheltenham Festival: JCB Triumph Hurdle promises to be a huge Succes

Cheltenham Festival: JCB Triumph Hurdle promises to be a huge Succes

Fatigue is well and truly set in for MOB this week. It is only the adrenelin and anticipation of the final day that actually brings me to wake up. The Triump Hurdle looks likely to set the day up nicely. Never the easiest of races to work out, this year looks to be a little different in that I have it narrowed down to only three that I think can win the race rather than the usual dozen I end up with. Only two training yard are represented in the trio with both Alan Kings Barbury Castle inmates along with Paul Nichols chance. GRUMETI and PEARL SWAN have battled it out up this hill previously in the trial race for this back in January. Whilst Pearl Swan was very impressive being held up by Ruby Walsh coming to challenge Grumeti late on and win a photo finish by a...

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Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup – Who will be the Star of the Long Chase?

Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup – Who will be the Star of the Long Chase?

Reference indeed in the title to the leading lights in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, as Long Run defends his title against the rejuvinated Kauto Star whilst Midnight Chase has set out his stall with an impressive win in the Argento Today, I have struck my bets, or at least begun to get bits matched and placed orders for my Gold Cup bets and the centre all around one runner. I backed my selection for a single pound just a few hours after last seasons race in which I completly discounted Long Run on nothing more than his age. I was reliably informed, as it turned out, that Imperial Commander could not and would not follow up his 2010 victory, and in the abscence of confidence for anything else in the field, picked out one who ran, what to me, looked a promising race. Hence the bet struck the very...

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