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  • Alan Pardew & Sam Allardyce. Usual Suspects – the sequel

    By on 29th November 2017

    As someone who undertook his FA coaching badges at the same time as Alan Pardew once told me: “Pardew...

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  • Today I heard a promotional radio trail for the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. A race I have long enjoyed watching. It made me look forward to Christmas. Almost.

    If members look back at a post I wrote for them on November 15th they will see I wrote this about the then available ante-post prices for that race:-

    "Thistlecrack is no back number and, at 4/1, is a decent price. At bigger, each way odds, Bristol de Mai is as big as 20/1. For all the risks about ante-post betting . . .

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    By on 28th November 2017
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  • 25 years of Eric Cantona

    By on 28th November 2017

    25 years ago this weekend Eric Cantona signed for Manchester United. For United fans of a certain generation, he...

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  • My Brentford supporting family were not happy at Loftus Road on Monday night, but I admit to being grateful that QPR scored in injury time to ensure my BTTS (both teams to score) bet paid off. I would have rather QPR would have only scored the once so allowing Brentford to keep all three points.

    Other wins last weekend included another both teams to score pay off, this time the match between Liverpool and Chelsea at odds of 4/7. Along with victories by Bristol City at odds of 17/10, Blackburn at 4/5 and Watford to Win/Draw . . .

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    By on 27th November 2017
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  • Punters of the world unite against the enemy – the bookie

    By on 27th November 2017

    When you work as hard as I do at making an annual profit from betting – and helping others...

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  • Most of those who watch racing for a period of years have their favourite horses. It might be how they look, it could be how much profit they have returned you as a punter, or it may simply be because they clearly love racing and give it a go every time.

    On Saturday some of my favourites are on show, be that at Ascot or Haydock Park. Some are, like me, not getting any younger. It is possible that their best days are behind them. But we love them and we want to see them land one more feature race . . .

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    By on 24th November 2017
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  • It has so far been a season when the unpredicted happens too often for the liking of any punter. Yet again this past midweek we saw a team that sits bottom of their table beat the team at the top of the same division. It is fast becoming the most bizarre season I can recall in recent years. It seems any team can beat any other.

    But that will even out over the course of the season. I find that results tend to become more predictable once we enter the Christmas and New Year period. True form tends to come . . .

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    By on 24th November 2017
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  • There has been a rather tedious row going on in racing circles about wind operations. I was reminded of it during the night when, frankly, I could have done with such an op!

    So often trainers say that their horses race better first time out after a wind op. Should they declare the information before a race, so giving punters information they may find useful? It would be nice, but a wind op does not guarantee an improvement in performance.

    Trainer Nicky Henderson got in trouble for supposedly talking about the health and well being of his Altior to a . . .

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    By on 23rd November 2017
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  • The managerial merry go round is speeding up.

    Tony Pulis the latest top flight boss to be sacked. A man who is well respected by his fellow coaches had made West Brom hard to beat over successive seasons. But the wheels began to come off last season and things have gone from bad to worse this season. A new Chinese club owner saw West Brom swept aside by a very good Chelsea team and decided Pulis had to go.

    It's possible that the players who had played the most important role in keeping the Baggies in the top flight . . .

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    By on 21st November 2017
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  • I've heard plenty of talk already this week regarding the Cheltenham Festival next March and about those feature races that come along before that.

    There is nothing wrong with getting excited about the jumps season hotting up. Next weekend we have the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park. If the weatherman is right it will be run on rain soaked ground.

    On Boxing Day we have the King George at Kempton Park. A race I am really looking forward to.

    But whether you'd want to be betting on races that are six weeks or five months away is open . . .

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    By on 21st November 2017
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