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  • IPL auction - top players - who wants to be a millionaire?

    nellberg1 on 05 Feb at 14:55

    In my previous blog ( www.olbg.com/blogs/post.php?id=410662 ) I set the scene for what the teams already had in terms of retained player, how much budget they had remaining and what kind of players they'd be looking to buy. It's difficult to accurately predict what price tag a player will command at an auction. If only 1 team is interested then they may go for just their reserve price. If 2 teams become involved in a bidding war then prices can balloon quickly. The best example of this was When Tyrone Henderson was bought for $650,000 in 2009, despite a reserve price of $100,000. 2 teams wanted him and he ended up taking home way more than he could have imagined. Rajasthan, the team who bid so strongly to buy him, didn't get such a good deal when Henderson played only…

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  • Winter Derby Trial Trends (Updated 5th Feb)

    Micko70 on 03 Feb at 14:12

    The Winter Derby Trial is run on Lingfield's All Weather track in February every year, and is run over 1m 2f I have looked at the last 10 runnings of the race and looked at the following trends, Age, Weight, Official Rating, Last Time Out, Last Run, Distance & Draw 5 day decs - 0827-4 Brocklebank(10) 7 9-0 Simon Dow 88 6554-2 Captain Cat(28) 7 9-0 Roger Charlton 107 1342- Charles Camoin(56) 8 9-0 Sylvester Kirk 97 3546-3 Complicit(28) 5 9-0 Paul Cole 102 54522- Grendisar(49) 6 9-0 Marco Botti 108 52404- Watersmeet(141) 5 9-0 Mark Johnston 103 0-521 Winterlude(10) 6 9-0 Jennie Candlish 97 45641- Festive Fare(56) 4 8-13 Charlie Appleby 108 113-13 Lamar(21) 5 8-12 James Tate 105 342-14 Mitre Peak(5) 4 8-8 Richard Fahey 80 Age 9 of the last 10 winners were no older than 6 Positives = Complicit, Grendisar, Watersmeet, Winterlude, Festive Fare, Lamar & Mitre Peak Weight 7 of the…

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  • Betfair Hurdle Trends

    Micko70 on 08 Feb at 19:19

    The Betfair Hurdle is run at Newbury Racecourse in February The race is a handicap and also at Grade 3 level and is run over 2 miles I have looked at the last 10 runnings of the race, but have had to go back to 2004 as the race was not run in 2006 & 2009 I have looked at the following trends for the race - Age, Weight, Official Rating, Last Time Out, Last Run, Season Runs, Season Wins & Grade 5 day decs - 81-652 Cheltenian(14) 10 11-12 Philip Hobbs 153 1184-1 Dicosimo(47) 5 11-9 W P Mullins 150 1519-1 War Sound(280) 7 11-7 Philip Hobbs 148 122P-2 Kalkir(27) 5 11-6 W P Mullins 147 1401/0 Ivan Grozny(27) 6 11-4 W P Mullins 145 2-1927 Petite Parisienne(42) 5 11-3 W P Mullins 144 53-322 Qewy(63) 6 11-3 John Ferguson 144 22-846 Fou Et Sage(21) 5 11-2 Dan Skelton 143 01-250…

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  • Have the Bookies Missed a Trick with Exact Goal Betting?

    danbradley on 03 Feb at 20:22

    There are loads of options if, like me, you like to bet on goals in football matches. Compared to betting on match winners it seems more scientific in a way, and we justify betting on such markets as over/under 2.5 goals by looking at the form of the sides as well as their records over the season and find reasons to back either the over or the under. The bookies have access to the same stats that we do, though, and they price up the games accordingly, as well as, of course, giving themselves a nice little margin. There's no doubt it's completely sensible that they offer varying odds in this market - surely it is obvious that a game between West Brom and Swansea is far more likely to be under 2.5 goals than over, just like a game…

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  • Grand National Trends

    Micko70 on 07 Feb at 11:17

    The 2016 running of the Grand National takes place on Saturday 9th April and this year, the race will be run much later than it used to be, with the race scheduled to go off at 5.15pm The race used to be run over 4m 4f, but is now run over 1/2 f less, so the new distance is 4m & 770yds Previously, any horse could enter the National and if they made into the final field of 40 they could run, but times have changed and we now have a qualifying system Now, only horses aged 7yo and upwards can run in the race, these horses must have an official BHA rating of 120 or higher and they must have placed in a recognized chase of 3m, if any horse fails to pass all 3 of these, then they are not eligible…

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  • In Form Trainers - 8 to 14 February 2016

    Robmull on 07 Feb at 12:34

    The purpose of this blog is to highlight trainers in Britain that are currently in good form based on a minimum of 5 winners at a strike rate of 20% or more and have recorded a level stake profit across all of their runners during the last 14 days up to the close of racing on Saturday. In addition, I will endeavour to list where these trainers have horses entered at racecourses over the forthcoming week where the trainer has been profitable to follow since the start of 2012 and will also highlight any jockeys that have been profitable to follow when teaming up with our in form trainers, during 2015/16. There is an old saying that states that success breeds further success and whilst most training stables come in and out of form during the year, it often pays…

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  • The Quarterback Merry-Go-Round in 2016

    Gman84 on 08 Feb at 22:57

    Another NFL season concludes and NFL teams and fans now have their eyes towards the off-season. Ever since 1993 and the introduction of a new collective bargaining agreement which brought in free agency for players the off-season has the ability to offer as much drama as the real games themselves. After a Super Bowl dominated by defenses the ability for a team to have a great pass rush has become even clearer (not that it was in doubt beforehand) but why do you need such a good pass rush? Because the NFL is now a passing league and therefore, every team wants stability and production from the most glamorous and important position in American sports. However, it’s easier said than done. With more demanded from the position and offenses running more pass-oriented offenses finding the right triggerman is hard.…

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