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Ruby Walsh without a winner in 40 rides at the Cheltenham Festival

Jan 29th, 2015 at 15:12 Cheltenham 4 comments

Can this be right? Can we be seriously questioning Ireland's best national Hunt jockey for a generation? AGAIN! Son of Ted, winner of over 2200 national hunt races including 38 at the Cheltenham Festival alone? Holder of two amateur riding titles in Ireland aged just 18/19, and successful at his very first attempt at the Grand national in 2000 on Papillon? The same Ruby Walsh that even after a horrific …

Nicky Henderson 2014/15 Champion Trainer odds

Sep 7th, 2014 at 10:27 Horse Racing 1 comments

With sweeping changes at Ditcheat - now is the time to get on Nicky Henderson to win the 2014/15 Champion Trainers title. Paul Nichols is very much in a rebuilding stage at his stables - with the likes of Tidal Bay and Big Bucks retired his string, whilst the envy of many a trainer doesn't look to have the strength in depth of previous seasons. Gone are the likes of Neptune Collonges, …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - 29, 30, 31st March

Mar 29th, 2014 at 05:51 Strategy 5 comments

That's a bit better Current P&L on every game rated 227/722 (31%) -16.26pts Midweek was not bad, it's wasn't great but it was a huge improvement on the last 2 match days. in fact,it was a 0.02pt loss! VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Midweek Program 25th March

Mar 25th, 2014 at 08:20 Strategy 0 comments

After the week that was! Current P&L on every game rated 215/682 (32%) -16.24pts Again not a great weekend for Valuebank with a second successive week of loss overall taking the P&L into deficit for the first time VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Comeback Required

Mar 20th, 2014 at 07:49 Strategy 0 comments

After the week that was! Current P&L on every game rated 205/635 (31%) +6.43pts What a week for VB - After the weekend every point of profit built up had gone only for midweek games to claw someback VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - 15th March

Mar 15th, 2014 at 09:48 Strategy 3 comments

A little late this week!! Current P&L on every game rated 194/624 (31%) +23.31pts Still knocking around the 31% strike rate and the profit is still thereabouts. The ROI is dropping as little gains have been made in the last 3 weeks 3.7% now VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical …

VALUEBANK on the comeback trail

Mar 5th, 2014 at 22:01 Strategy 2 comments

The ratings go into this week looking to pick up a small loss from last Current P&L on every game rated 171/504 (33.92%) +23.76pts Please note there is a slight adjustment on the figures above, The strike rate is in fact better but the profit figure is unaffected, I had somepoteponed games included in the total games. VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of …

6 things you MUST know before betting at the Cheltenham Festival

Mar 1st, 2014 at 08:26 Cheltenham 1 comments

What probably wont happen, cant happen, is very unlikely to happen at the Cheltenham Festival! My long time colleague Billy121 has already touched on trends and indeed how misleading they might be and has worked out some wonderful figures for them, here I am looking specifically at negative trends to consider for the week!   Just 1 of the last 23 Christmas Hurdle winners has won the Champion Hurdle in the same season My …

Course Form Betting System for the Cheltenham Festival

Feb 27th, 2014 at 08:13 Cheltenham 18 comments

Wouldn't it be nice to have a betting system, so fool-proof as to provide a profit every year at the Festival? The "previous Cheltenham festival form" line is bandied about every year with aplomb in looking for winners and I am certainly not going to dispute that in fact I shall expand on that and suggest that previous form at the course at ANYTIME is just as important and this is …

The best way to Bet and Win at the Cheltenham Festival and How to do it

Feb 26th, 2014 at 22:16 Cheltenham 4 comments

I've won £0000's at the Cheltenham Festival over the years and this is how I've done it. Excuse me for the rather brash and slightly less than modest headline - The idea is to have you read the article and I presume you are this far in. The second reason is that it is true I have indeed done very well at the Cheltenham Festival and there are a close circle of colleagues …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings continue to pile up the profit

Feb 26th, 2014 at 07:29 Strategy 6 comments

The ratings continue to amaze Current P&L on every game rated 157/506 (31.02%) +31.80pts VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided a rating on every football match taking place in the top four division of English football. Indeed this is what it still does …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Feb 22nd, 23rd, 24th February

Feb 19th, 2014 at 16:50 Systems 0 comments

Weekly update for this weekend English League games Current P&L on every game rated 129/402 (32%) +40.60 VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided a rating on every football match taking place in the top four division of English football. Indeed this is what …

Can we find Value in the Champions League Betting?

Feb 16th, 2014 at 18:56 Other Football 2 comments

I have basically come about this blog after pulling myself up about being presumptuous in regard the first legs of the first knock-out stage of the Champions League. In terms in what you might get out of it, I'm afraid it may not be a lot but after the time I spent researching what follows, I was damned of no one was going to get to hear about it! Now I've …

ValueBank Football Ratings - Staking System Development

Feb 12th, 2014 at 07:28 Systems 0 comments

With just under 400 games under the belt now,the development of the rating system continues. I am looking at adding in a staking plan based on the results so far Current P&L on every game covered 120/367 (32.6%) +10.89 VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the …

Low-Risk Laying for Profit at the Cheltenham Festival

Feb 11th, 2014 at 14:50 Cheltenham 6 comments

Most of my best ideas come from a random thought out-of-the-blue. This one was no different. I was actually looking at some in-play odds on football when this sprung to mind... How many 1.01 gubbings have there been at the Cheltenham festival? First of all,the meaning of "gub" Should you be of Scottish decent, this would more akin to a smack in the mouth but in exchange betting terms,whilst the physical pain may …

ValueBank Ratings February 6th, 7th

Feb 7th, 2014 at 21:36 Systems 1 comments

First week of February can be a winner for the Ratings - If the games are on! VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. The system produces a ratings for each possible 1x2 outcome in every English football fixture, and highlights where best odds available offer a degree of …

VALUEBANK RATINGS - Weekend Selections

Feb 1st, 2014 at 08:18 Systems 1 comments

This week, I have some definite selections from the Ratings System VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. The system produces a ratings for each possible 1x2 outcome in every English football fixture, and highlights where best odds available offer a degree of value that is equivalent or greater …

Is Ruby Walsh the Worst Jockey at The Cheltenham Festival?

Jan 29th, 2014 at 19:14 Cheltenham 5 comments

Can this be right? Can we be seriously questioning Ireland's best national Hunt jockey for a generation? Son of Ted, winner of over 2200 national hunt races including 38 at the Cheltenham Festival alone? Holder of two amateur riding titles in Ireland aged just 18/19, and successful at his very first attempt at the Grand national in 2000 on Papillon? The same Ruby Walsh that even after a horrific fall that saw …

Am I Mad to back ANNIE at 6/1 for the Cheltenham Festival?

Jan 29th, 2014 at 16:29 Cheltenham 9 comments

I have backed Annie Power at 6/1 to win at the Cheltenham Festival but not for one of the Championship races! We can get 6/1 [and bigger] for the Champion Hurdle, and just 3/1 at best for the World Hurdle. I have perhaps struck potentially my most inspired Ante Post bet to date but not for either of the above races; let me explain. The Cheltenham Festival Ante Post betting odds market is …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Lower League Focus Going Forward Perhaps?

Jan 28th, 2014 at 07:49 Systems 0 comments

After several days of crunching numbers, comparing and coffee, I have some exciting news!! I've been breaking down the games,the league,the prices, the predictions and the sources. I have been sufficiently enthused through 250 predictions that there is something to be had from this time investment. It's not finished by any means but prior to adding some staking, I think I have found where the focus should be. Predictably, this will come …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Lower League Success Again!

Jan 24th, 2014 at 19:33 Other Football 1 comments

The Ratings continue the profitable thread in the Lower Leagues Another week of profit from the lower leagues as this week I look at the individual performance of the base ratings I use to compile the VALUEBANK Ratings VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. The system produces a ratings …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - A Review

Jan 17th, 2014 at 21:17 Other Football 0 comments

Time to Review the ValueBank Ratings up to date After several weeks, some up some down, it's time to look at the results and assess the effectiveness. There may be some simple rules to apply to find angles going forward VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. The system produces a ratings …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings 10th/11th/12th January

Jan 7th, 2014 at 22:30 Other Football 1 comments

Lots of Value Football Bets this weekend Quite a few games come out as value this weekend after a disjointed new year period. VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. The system produces a ratings for each possible 1x2 outcome in every English football fixture, and highlights where best …

Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham 2014 Clues Christmas 2013

Jan 6th, 2014 at 18:35 Horse Racing 0 comments

Time to catch up with the Christmas action in National Hunt Racing, We see Sprinter Sacre, Hurricane Fly and Bobs Worth all in action   Some big races take place every Christmas and as usual, I shall review them one by one and see if there are any pointers to the spring and in particular Cheltenham Festival in March 15 races in total reviewed we see some of the biggest guns aimed at …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings for 28/29th December

Dec 27th, 2013 at 15:59 Other Football 1 comments

Newcastle and Norwich rated value this weekend: The weekend ratings are ready and we have a prediction for every game, the big numbers are not as numerous as Boxing day. We oppose the Premier League big guns once again, with a couple of value home prices for Newcastle and Norwich against Arsenal and Manchester United. And lower down the league a couple of picks at 4/1 VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings - Boxing Day

Dec 24th, 2013 at 12:12 Other Football 5 comments

Holiday Hope for the Hammers from the Boxing Day matches West Ham get the VALUEBANK vote for boxing day success, along with tough games predicted for Manchester United and Arsenal. The ratings have come up with a League One match that dictates an outcome a MASSIVE four points higher than it should be! VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled …

Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham 2014 Clues (21st December)

Dec 23rd, 2013 at 21:27 Horse Racing 0 comments

As we head toward a busy Christmas program I look at a couple of races from Ascot this weekend Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1)3m 1f (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 5 runners) Going: Soft, Heavy in places Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP 1st 3 Reve de Sivola (FR) Nick Williams 8 11-7 R Johnson 11/5 Made all, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, clear 3 out, reduced lead and hit 2 out, clear again and in command between last 2, left further clear at the last …

VALUEBANK Football Ratings Are Born

Dec 23rd, 2013 at 15:16 Strategy 1 comments

I have decided to give the ratings system a name. After a first week of ratings all games, I am somewhat enthused by what occurred. I shall explain my analysis and go into more detail today before presenting the Boxing day  football fixture ratings From now on I am naming them VALUEBANK FOOTBALL RATINGS As an introduction, if this is the first time you have seen these ratings, [don't worry, you've only …

Creating a Value Betting System for English Football

Dec 20th, 2013 at 18:31 Strategy 9 comments

This article explains how I have used some widely available football ratings to devise a betting system for value betting on English Football I have long been an advocate of the thinking that there is little value in betting on English football given the wealth of knowledge of punters disposal and the relative odds that are now supplied by the compliers and the layers on the betting exchanges - However my …

Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham 2014 Clues (14th/15th December)

Dec 15th, 2013 at 15:27 Horse Racing 0 comments

Double Delight for Twiston-Davies Team The weekend was dominated by the two-day International meeting at Cheltenham and in particular the December Gold Cup and the International Hurdle. Nigel Twiston Davies, took both events, with The New One and Double Ross Below are my weekly round up of the results of the races, the summary and any future pointers we may be able to take from what we witnessed. At the bottom of this …

December Gold Cup Chase from Cheltenham Preview Live on CH4

Dec 10th, 2013 at 17:05 Horse Racing 1 comments

It is time for a return to Cheltenham and the International Meeting, one of the highlights of which is the December Gold Cup. I am taking a brief look at each of the races this weekend and start with the December Gold Cup. Other races being shown on CH4 can be found later in the article First run in 1963 there have been some high flying winners of the Cheltenham December Gold …

Could National Hunt Racing lose runners to the All Weather tracks?

Dec 10th, 2013 at 09:28 Horse Racing 1 comments

Inspired by an article elsewhere, I thought I would bring the question to OLBG. Is there a gulf appearing between the best and second best in National Hunt racing? There are some top class races in national hunt racing now that attract big prizes and few entries. Cases in point in recent days and weeks would be the John Durkan at Punchestown and the Amlin 1965 at Ascot The JD became pretty …

Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham 2014 Clues (7th/8th December)

Dec 8th, 2013 at 09:35 Horse Racing 2 comments

A great weekends racing in the UK and Ireland and I take a look at The Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown and the clash between Hinterland and Grandouet on the same card. Whilst the main action was down at Sandown with the Tingle Creek Chase and the Henry VII Chase, we also had good races from Aintree and the John Durkan at Punchestown on Sunday Sandown Tingle Creek (7th Dec 2013) Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP 1st 6 Sire De …

December Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham 2014 Clues

Dec 7th, 2013 at 16:33 Cheltenham 0 comments

December is done and dusted on the national hunt,January upon us and the Cheltenham Festival 2014 ever closer Again I take a monthly look back on the the main race and any eye catching performances that could lead us to some future winners this season and ultimately those heading to Gloucestershire in march 7th Sandown Tingle Creek Result, video and summary to comes 7th Aintree BetFred Goals Galore Chase Result, video and summary to come 7th …

Best Football 1x2 Betting Odds - Bet Victor v Pinnacle Sports

Dec 7th, 2013 at 13:44 Bookmakers 3 comments

I have made an interesting observation about both Bet Victor and Pinnacle Sports this winter and the respective betting odds on offer. I wanted this year to have separate accounts for my football betting and after much research settled upon BetVictor based on an overall better offering in terms of odds. I did spend a considerable amount of time researching past odds on the leagues I wanted to play and Bet …

World Cup 2014 Draw - Reaction and Betting Odds

Dec 6th, 2013 at 17:37 Other Football 0 comments

The World Cup Finals 2014 draw has taken place at Costa do Sauipe, Brazil on Friday Dec 6 2013 Here I take an immediate look at the draw, the odds and possible bets for the finals. World Cup Finals 2014 Betting Odds Brazil 4.5 Argentina 6.5 Germany 6.5 Spain 7.5 Belgium 17 Holland 21 Italy 23 France 26 Colombia 26 England 26 Uruguay 26 Chile 34 Portugal 34 Russia 81 Bosnia-Herzegovina 151 Ecuador 151 Ivory Coast 151 Switzerland 151 Croatia 151 Ghana 151 Mexico 151 Japan 176 USA 201 Australia 251 South Korea 251 Nigeria 251 Greece 251 Cameroon 301 Iran 751 Algeria 1001 Costa Rica 1001 Honduras 1501   The groups are made up as follows, World Cup Group A Brazil Previous World Cups: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 …

November Big Race Reviews and Cheltenham Festival 2014 Clues

Dec 3rd, 2013 at 19:30 Cheltenham 2 comments

The first real full month of the national Hunt season is in the box and we have several big races to asses the form of. I am looking to review each month as it passes en-route to the Cheltenham Festival Where did runners catch the eye? Where did they need the run? Can we take anything from the form just yet? Early season form can be quite difficult to asses and we will see …

testing

Dec 2nd, 2013 at 20:39 Horse Racing 0 comments

The first real full month of the national Hunt season is in the box and we have several big races to asses the form of. I am looking to review each month as it passes en-route to the Cheltenham Festival Where did runners catch the eye? Where did they need the run? Can we take anything from the form just yet? Early season form can be quite difficult to asses and we will see …

Predicting early Goals in the Lower Leagues of English Football

Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:45 Other Football 0 comments

This is a fairly simple approach to betting on teams to score early in football matches taking place in the lower leagues of English football I know from watching the score on a Saturday afternoon for another approach of backing to lay 0-0 scorelines, that the Premier league especially and the Championship have a high proportion of games where we have to wait some time for the first goal to be …

Mosconi Cup 2013 - USA v Europe Live on SkySports

Nov 29th, 2013 at 17:27 Snooker 0 comments

The 2013 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup is back between - December 2nd - 5th - Las Vegas,   The Mosconi Cup is a 9 ball pool tournament held between Europe and USA each year and has been likened to the Ryder Cup in Golf.   Originally conceived to publicise the game in the UK in 1994, it has become a very serious tournament that is hard fought between two sides of the Atlantic,   In the 18 …

Weekly Euro Football Predictor

Nov 22nd, 2013 at 18:31 Other Football 9 comments

  A collective of opinion of the weekends top European league matches. The idea behind the blog is to get differing opinion on the best bets for the best matches in Europe over the weekend from a panel of experts. Each tipster provides their perception of the way the game will pan out and where the value bet in the mass football markets might be These opinions can be used in any …

Snooker Champion of Champions Live on ITV4

Nov 13th, 2013 at 21:35 Snooker 0 comments

The Champion of Champions Snooker tournament returns to the schedule in November 2013 after no fewer than 33 years. It will be held at the Richoh Arena in Coventry over 6 days from the 19th to 24th November 16 players will fight it out to become the Champion of Champions - A slightly spurious title for the tournament it might be considered but the 16 players represent the winners of the …

Martingale Betting System

Nov 11th, 2013 at 19:03 Strategy 5 comments

The Martingale staking system is both one of the most berated betting systems in the betting world and quite possibly one of the most frequently used.   I have time and time again seen posts in various places on the internet as to the credibility of Progressive Staking plans or other newly illuminated punters that have found the golden egg with the Martingale strategy. The purpose of this blog article is to highlight …

Champion NH Jockey, AP McCoy Landmark Bets

Nov 6th, 2013 at 22:02 Horse Racing 1 comments

Paddy Power have put up some landmark bets for National Hunt Champion Jockey AP McCoy As he reaches his milestone 4000th winner, Paddy Power have decided to offer odds on him reaching certain numbers of winners. Included are: To Beat Lester Piggot's Record of 4,493 Career Wins @4.00 Based on McCoys record over recent season of gaining almost 200 wins per season, it is conceivable this figure could be achieved by the …

Will the Crucible Snooker World Championships go to Asia this year?

Nov 4th, 2013 at 16:26 Snooker 2 comments

Ding Junhui has just won his third ranking final in a row and in doing so has faced an Asian opponent each time - Is there a power shift coming in professional snooker? The final was the third consecutive ranking event to be contested by an all Asian line up and Ding Junghui completed a hat trick of wins in them. He beat Xiao Guodong in the Shanghai Masters in September …

What were the odds of that? Week 2 (Nov 2nd)

Nov 3rd, 2013 at 15:51 Other Football 3 comments

I thought I would take a look at some of the upsets over Saturdays Football Matches, the big odds winners and see if there is any reason why we should have bet them. On to the second week of looking at a retrospective of the game and odds landed and soecifically teams priced 2/1 or more in the English Leagues that would have landed the odds for the speculative, or perhaps, …

7 of the Best Snooker Matches of the 80's & 90's

Oct 29th, 2013 at 21:59 Snooker 2 comments

Here I take a look at some of the very best snooker matches to have taken place during the 1980's and 1990's. It is not an exhaustive list, rather, I would very much invite readers to suggest other classic snooker matches they recall over the years, even those that pre date this list or indeed some from this century! Since being a snooker nut during my formative years and spending many a …

6 Classic Cheltenham Gold Cup Memories

Oct 28th, 2013 at 16:20 Cheltenham 3 comments

The Cheltenham Gold Cup has always been an important race in the National Hunt Calendar and some famous names have crossed the line to rapturous applause and celebration. Here are some memories of some great winners of the blue riband event of jump racing from the Cheltenham Festival throughout the years   ARKLE COMPLETES A HAT-TRICK OF CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP WINS Arkle has  his place in national hunt racing history following three consecutive Gold …

Where will the big football odds winners come this week?

Oct 27th, 2013 at 17:02 Strategy 3 comments

Based on my previous article looking at how the "shocks" of last weeks football league matches occured; here I shall highlight potential big priced football bets for the coming weekend The basis of the approach is simply backing sides to win and lose consecutive matches - not rocket science but something that picked out some good priced winners during my retrospective look in the previous article, Click here to see the …

What were the odds of that!?

Oct 27th, 2013 at 15:23 Strategy 3 comments

I thought I would take a look at some of the upsets over Saturdays Football Matches, the big odds winners and see if there is any reason why we should have bet them. There were not that many results that might be considered shocks in terms of big priced winners on Saturday; the Premier League went relatively to plan and it is not util we get down to the Championship that …