Weekend Race Previews uploaded - World Snooker Preview in General Sport, Mark Ball Blog & Premier League Darts (Thurs) uploaded - Scottish National in Ante-Post Focus & Premier League Darts (Weds) uploaded - Andy Richmond's Beating The Bias uploaded
Eurovision didn’t go as at all hoped and it would be have been extra nice had the Lockinge Stakes Ante-Focus Focus each-way recommendation at 20/1, the continually under-rated Euro Charline (second at SP 12/1) had gone one place better but Francesco Molinari still made it a weekend to remember by coming up trumps by winning the Top European market in The Players Championship as recommended before the start of the tournament at 40/1 for a tasty profit on the tournament and the weekend in general.
If you also took my each-way advice on Hideki Matsuyama at the shorter price (22/1) for seven places in the outright market then you would also have had a return as he tied seventh. This means that we have now shown a profit in six of the last seven golf tournaments. The next golf event that I will be covering is the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next week.
As for Eurovision, although we beat the odds handsomely on Russia, they could only finish third. It was a frustrating night all round as my main Top 10 bet (Netherlands) finished eleventh and my interest to finish last (Czech Republic) finished 25th of 26 so only my lay of France for Top 5 came in. I know it’s mainly a bit of fun but maybe the way I look at the event is a little outdated now? I don’t know. I really couldn’t have had the winning entry from Ukraine despite the emotive subject. And how on this earth did five professionals of the UK jury give 12 points to Georgia?!
Before I go into this week’s schedule, a couple of notices
1. If any of you still contact me via my bluebottle email address then please ditch it as they have been in touch recently to say that they are closing down their service next month. I will therefore email all members my new private email address shortly but I do ask that if you want to contact me, it is always best to do so via the website email address of firstname.lastname@example.org so I can keep all my website-related emails in one place.
2. You might remember that I organised giant posters of all the Grand National runners for Aintree Racecourse to be positioned all over the racecourse throughout that three-day meeting? Well, it so happens that I have a number of the Rule The World versions sitting in my office so, if you followed me in and backed him and would like a permanent reminder, then I will post them out on a first-come first-serve basis if you get in touch to tell me that you would like one. Be warned though, you will need wall space of at least 4ft x 3ft! If you would like to see the poster first then type my personal twitter page profile www.twitter.com/sportspunter1 into your web browser and scroll down around half a dozen tweets to view it.
As for this week’s Sport coverage, after showing a profit on the recent Cricket T20 World Cup for us, Paul Smith will return on Wednesday with his preview of the England v Sri Lanka test match and Mike Henderson concludes his coverage of the Premier League Darts which comes to a conclusion with Finals Night at The O2 Arena on Thursday. Also later in the week and after going close with a 40/1 runner-up two weeks ago, Carl Redden will be giving his outright thoughts on the French Open Tennis before giving round-by-round advice once the fortnight’s action begins.
Week 2 of Royal Ascot Ante-Post will be uploaded at 7.00 p.m. tonight where I have a bet lined up, Ante-Post Focus will be uploaded on Wednesday at 1.00 p.m. as usual and is likely to cover the Irish Guineas Meeting and Temple Stakes and the weekly Horses To Follow will be uploaded on Thursday after I’ve got my clubs out for the first time this year. Golfers on the adjacent fairway beware. This could be very ropey.