Like most punters, I spend my life in search of the holy grail of betting, the way to make constant (and substantial) profits race after race or match after match, and after 30 years I am still looking – though I have found ways to take smaller sums and pay for the odd holiday here and there, with BETDAQ a major contributor thanks to the back and lay options that mean I can get out when I feel like it (or my bottle goes).

This week I decided I would have a look at “foreign” racing for starters with my cunning plan being that most other BETDAQ punters would have failed to study the form properly, I would get better prices, and then clean up, but as usual in my life it didn’t quite work out that way! Sadly for me, your average BETDAQ punter is far too smart to fall for such obvious tricks and although I did manage to steal prices a little better than SP, the massive variations I had dreamed of were only in my imagination but having made a plan, I stuck with it regardless like a lemming over a cliff. After hesitating mixed in with a bit of I-pad cursing I soon realised that to my horror, I am not the only clued up punter on BETDAQ lol so I decided to focus on the big race from Kenilworth for my oversees punt. Now Kenilworth my sound like it ought to be a greyhound track but it is actually the primary course in Cape Town and on Saturday, there was plenty of money in the market for the J & B Met, the big race of their day, and with a market dominated by the Mike De Kock trained Igugu. Amusingly, her form varies depending on your formbook of choice, with just the one run and one win recorded by a certain well known racing website, and her real six out of six winning streak recorded elsewhere. Convinced your average British punter would be unaware of her true abilities I sat back and let the 2.6 pass me by, waiting for the bigger and better price that was surely just around the corner. Being me, that meant that when I next glanced at my screen it was a mad panic to nick the last of the 2.1 with BETDAQ (why oh why is every punter smarter than me?). Anyway, a decent sized bet was placed and thanks to the Internet I managed to find the race live and sat back to watch the good thing of the day. For most of the race it looked as though no one had told the horse as she was pretty much scrubbed along yet somehow (and I don’t care how!), she appeared on the scene at the last minute to win going away, land the bets of favourite backers on and off course, and bring a rare Saturday smile to the face of yours truly.

My other bets rather let me down (one winner on the football and my biggest punt of the year torpedoed by my home town of Crawley) so overall it was not the best of weeks but a few bits and pieces along the way thanks to the likes of a bit of BETDAQ 2.8 about Sanctuaire for his chasing debut wiped away the tears and left me at level pegging and living to fight another day!

With eager heart that leads me on to this weekend and I fancy a little bit of Rugby action even if I cannot claim to be an aficionado of the game by any stretch of the imagination. I am hoping if not confident that my support of England is based on more than pure patriotism and with the new broom sweeps clean principle after the sacking of Martin Johnson, I expect a fired up side looking to get back some pride after more than enough scandal. With Scotland a shadow of their former selves in recent years, and no real signs of any change to that pattern, the 1.9 with BETDAQ for an England win looks too good to refuse.

Tempting as it was to have a point on Italy at 26.0 to beat France common sense suggests that is just money thrown down the drain and I had better move on to the football though after last week I will be holding back a little and licking my wounds. Norwich have done remarkably well on their return to the top flight but fell apart a little last time against Sunderland, and could be a little shell shocked as they face Bolton Wanderers this Saturday at Carrow Road. Odds of 3.1 for the away team look a touch tempting to me and could be worth a point with the objective being long term profit and not short-term gain. My only other football bet will be on Birmingham who are in peak form even though beating Southampton will not be an easy task. This really is a promotion double header despite the five point/two place difference between the teams, but I am a big fan of manager Chris Hughton and will be rooting for a home win at BETDAQ odds of 2.3 seem worthy of a bet.

This week’s suggested bets (odds correct at the time of writing):

Rugby Union:
3pts ENGLAND to beat Scotland Saturday – BETDAQ odds of 1.85

1pt Win BOLTON to beat Norwich at  BETDAQ odds of 3.1
1pt Win BIRMINGHAM to beat Southampton at BETDAQ odds of 2.3

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