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deswalker

deswalker

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Horseracing fan for many years now, although real life intrudes much too often for my liking nowadays. National Hunt racing is my main area of interest, but I don't get too tribal about all that and love the big festivals on the flat as well... occasionally successful punter... chronic seconditis sufferer. Nottingham Forest fan, although football generally bores me lately. I am much more likely to watch NFL than football now, something which I could not have even conceived a couple of years past. Growing up with a Welsh father, rugby was the only sport to watch as a kid and as a result I'm in the strange position of being a Welsh fan in Rugby Union and English for everything else... no excuses made on that score.

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Diary of a Novice Racehorse Owner - Part 2 (The Debut)

Oct 13th, 2015 at 13:08 Horse Racing 10 comments

(If you missed it, Part 1 of this series can be found ...HERE...) Whoever is in charge of the catering in the Owners and Trainers bar at Newton Abbot racecourse has really got a grasp on the zeitgeist. With the nation going mad for all things Great British Bake Off, it makes perfect sense that the complimentary food available to those turning up before about 3pm consisted of nothing but cake …

Diary of a Novice Racehorse Owner - Part 1

Sep 29th, 2015 at 21:25 Horse Racing 16 comments

She’s got a lovely head hasn’t she? The trainer Jamie says, I assume rhetorically. I squint at the mare in front of me, poking its head out of the stable ruminating thoughtfully, put my head on one side and think of a few adjectives I would use to describe it. Brown? Furry? Certainly there’s an air about the animal that she knows more than me… in the area of making …

Yuletide Review of the Racing Year 2014

Dec 23rd, 2014 at 21:03 Horse Racing 1 comments

‘Tis the season to be jolly... ...and all that guff! The couple of days before Christmas are always a difficult time for the racing fan and punter. No racing to get stuck into, right when you have time to enjoy it as well, and that lingering notion that the cards and going conditions will soon be finalised for a Boxing Day which features racing from no fewer than 12 different venues …

Why Cue Card is a steal at 11/4 for the King George

Nov 27th, 2013 at 21:16 Horse Racing 22 comments

How good is very good? Cue Card, on Saturday, won the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock by 4 ½ lengths. This, I hope, won’t be news to most readers. In doing so he provided the answer to a long standing question about the horse in proving, without question, that he has the stamina (and temperament) to produce his best in races around a 3 mile distance. This may be as …

The Brown Pete Gamble

Nov 16th, 2013 at 17:39 Horse Racing 5 comments

What happened? Its nearly a year since the Brown Pete punt was landed, no doubt paying for the Christmases of Steve Arnold and his associates with the winnings, and possibly several more Christmases to come. For those that don’t know of the race in question and the events surrounding it, the unlikely source of the riches was a lowest of the low Class 7 mile handicap on a Friday evening in …

Tissue Pricing, Part 2 - Why Create a Betting Tissue?

Nov 12th, 2013 at 21:34 Strategy 4 comments

In my first post on this subject... ...HERE... ...I described what an odds tissue is. Gradually I want to get readers forming their own tissues but before that I think it’s worth pointing out why we should do this. A standard traditional approach to betting is to find an outcome of an event that we think will happen, a fancy if you will, and put money on that event occurring. It makes sense …

Tissue Pricing, Part 1 - What is a betting tissue?

Oct 15th, 2013 at 18:50 Strategy 6 comments

Dumb punters are everywhere... ...falling into the same old habits and living more in hope then in expectation. As the poker saying goes “if you don’t know who the patsy is at the table, then you are the patsy”. In sports betting the patsy is the one who is backing their boyhood team blind, sticking favourites into yankee’s without even really looking at the rest of the field, or, often far worse, …

Bluffers Guide to The Grand National

Apr 5th, 2013 at 09:34 Horse Racing 4 comments

You know the type... ...you see them around in sensible, warm clothing and flat caps in the winter months or a well fitting but easily cleaned suit in the summer. They are the racing nerds and they (should that be we) are clearly defined by the glazed expressions (too many late nights reading form), Racing Post (other trade papers are available) brandished in sweaty hand and mumbling about lengths, fillies and …

Six Nations Match bets, Round 4 - England to Rack up a Cricket Score at Twickenham.

Mar 9th, 2013 at 12:29 Rugby Union 1 comments

Introduction Round 3’s results went against me again! After a great start in week 1 I have been rapidly dropping backwards. Never to be deterred by the odd bad patch (form is temporary, all that rubbish), I’m back into the fray to fight it out in the scrum with the bookies. Plenty of eye-gouging and ball-twisting going on here, as I look for the sneaky value in the handicap markets. Scotland …

Six Nations Match bets, Round 3 - Are the French getting angry yet?

Feb 21st, 2013 at 20:04 Rugby Union 4 comments

Introduction So, Round 2’s matches didn’t go my way but England’s hard fought victory over Ireland in Dublin made my 5/2 pre-tournament bet on them to win the whole thing look very solid indeed. Wales ground out a victory over an uninspired France in Paris, and Scotland exploited Italy’s over ambition and won with relative ease at Murrayfield. Onto Round 3, Italy taking on the resurgent Welsh in Rome, England hosting a …

Six Nations Match bets, Round 2 - Decider in Dublin?

Feb 7th, 2013 at 21:19 Rugby Union 1 comments

Introduction Only a week’s break between the first 2 rounds of matches and the three games look tougher calls than last week. England going to Dublin already looks as though it could be a title decider and Scotland and Italy looks another tight one. Should be an informative weekend I think. Scotland v Italy Scotland were somewhat disappointing I thought against England. They were slightly flattered by the scoreline as they were gifted …

Six Nations Match bets, Round 1 - Let battle commence!

Feb 1st, 2013 at 08:32 Rugby Union 2 comments

Introduction I’m going to run through my thoughts on each of the matches for each round of the Six Nations, highlighting what I think are some good looking bets for each match. As I mentioned in my tournament preview post, I am no expert, but I’ve been a fan of the tournament ever since I could hum along to Bread of Heaven, and there might be one or two things in …

Six Nations Betting Preview - England to Build on Autumn Internationals

Jan 27th, 2013 at 10:42 Rugby Union 2 comments

What’s that I see poking through the snow? Can it possibly be the first daff of spring? This can only mean one thing; the Six Nations Rugby Union tournament is just around the corner and I can’t wait (okay it’s still snowing, but once this tournament is over, so will Cheltenham and that makes it spring to me). You can keep the upstart Rugby World Cup (I can’t get interested in …

The Grand National... Lets get this out of the way...

Jan 17th, 2013 at 19:39 Horse Racing 3 comments

Introduction to the Introduction to The National I love the Grand National and last year followed all the entries from the initial declaration stage in an effort to find the winner. I did pretty well to be honest and with a little bit more luck would have been sitting pretty having backed Sunnyhillboy at several stages. The end of the race was thrilling and I profited on it thanks to his …

Dragons Den Idea for Hereford Racecourse

Jan 9th, 2013 at 12:46 Horse Racing 0 comments

So Hereford... ...has been shut down for the foreseeable future but it is going to be maintained in its current condition. Sounds a bit pointless doesn’t it, why are they bothering to maintain it? Well, the reason is because the owner’s (the infamous Arena Racing Company or ARC) lease with the local council still has 17 years to run and as part of the terms of the lease it must be …

Ante-post Cheltenham Clues from the Kempton Winter Festival Boxing Day

Jan 2nd, 2013 at 21:52 Horse Racing 2 comments

River Maigue First up; a mention for the first winner of the day. He won on hurdles debut for Nicky Henderson, no more than pushed out to win by a comfortable 8 lengths over a reasonable field. Henderson won the race last year with Tetlami so this one could well follow the same route to Cheltenham. He needs to do more to justify the 14/1 price for the Supreme though I …

New Year, New Start for Channel 4 Racing

Dec 30th, 2012 at 19:03 Horse Racing 3 comments

Saturday 29th December 2012... ...might not go down in history as a date of much significance to the majority of the country, but to the dedicated viewers of horseracing on Channel 4 it was somewhat the end of an era as the sports coverage is scheduled to get a revamp in the New Year. Alastair Down (universally lauded journalist and nostalgist), John Francombe (sharp, humorous ex-jockey), Mike Cattermole (background noise), Derek …

Boxing Day at Kempton - Strictly non-objective King George preview

Dec 25th, 2012 at 22:00 Horse Racing 2 comments

Introduction Christmas spirits and copious amounts of food have slowed me right down today, in a good way of course, and this has somewhat blunted my enthusiasm for a long write up of the King George. There is a lot of form to cover there and I have been all over this race for a while now so regurgitating the same stuff I’ve been saying on the forum for weeks all …

Boxing Day at Kempton - Christmas Hurdle

Dec 24th, 2012 at 17:36 Horse Racing 0 comments

Introduction The Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle is second only in prestige to the Champion Hurdle for the 2 mile horses over timber. Last year it was actually won twice by Binocular (due to its 2010 postponement to January), beating the Champion Hurdle first and second, Rock on Ruby and Overturn, this time last year. Binocular will not be defending his title here unfortunately and in fact only one of these has …

Boxing Day at Kempton - Feltham Novices Chase

Dec 23rd, 2012 at 18:59 Horse Racing 0 comments

Introduction I think it’s about time I wrote about some racing in these blogs, seeing as how my first 2 posts have just been general whining about periphery issues as opposed to the actual equine athletes and their exploits! I’ll probably be down at Kempton for Boxing Day this year. I was in two minds but the racing looks great, and potentially as competitive as it has been for many years …

Racecourse Closures - a closer look at Arena Racing Company

Dec 19th, 2012 at 19:34 Horse Racing 2 comments

It was very sad... ...to see the closure of two racecourses in Britain this week, as Hereford and Folkestone will both stop staging fixtures at the end of 2012 with roughly similar reasons given for each. For those that don’t know, owners Arena Racing Company (ARC) claim to have effectively been running Hereford at a loss for a while now and have taken the decision to close due to the fact …

Festive Ditcheat Kautogate pantomime - but who's the panto villain?

Dec 16th, 2012 at 10:31 Horse Racing 5 comments

The racing world was clamouring... ...to throw up its collective arms in disbelief this week when it was announced that chasing hero and National Treasure, Kauto Star, was set to be trained for a new career in dressage (or horse dancing as the general @JoeBloggs on Twitter would have it). Additional arms were thrown up with particular speed when the news broke that Paul Nicholls didn’t agree with his stable stars …

Welcome to deswalkers racing blog!

Dec 15th, 2012 at 17:54 Miscellaneous 5 comments

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! As most will know, I have been a regular poster on OLBG for many, many years but I have always avoiding blogging. Due to work commitments as well as general laziness I didn’t feel that I could put my full attention into it. Times have changed, I feel I know enough about racing now to impart some of my wisdom... no giggling at the …