Every punters day invariably falls in to one of three basic scenarios – either a) brilliant (which translates as lots of profitable bets, plans for a holiday, car, whatever fits the budget), b) acceptable (the standard day to be fair – perhaps a small profit or a small loss but not a bad day overall either way), or c) bad dream – nothing performed as expected, your bets were larger than they should have been (with hindsight), and it can’t get much worse.

Thinking outside the box last weekend I managed to create a new fourth category which I shall call d) Total Nightmare – Freddie and Chucky meet Carrie and Damien on Friday the 13th – it was that bad! At the risk of making an even bigger idiot of myself everyone knew Golden Lilac was a good thing on Friday – everyone except the horse that is! Having “stolen” plenty of 2.2 on BETDAQ early in the morning and then walking round with a smug grin on my face imagine my horror as the top French filly never went a yard on the ground to finish a beaten (well, thrashed) ninth of ten, over gen lengths off the winner. What confuses me is that she has own on very soft in the dim and distant past so I would back her again in similar circumstances but all I can add is happy Christmas to all the lucky BETDAQ layers who took plenty of my money I can tell you (for a change)!

Strong Suit ran no sort of race in the July Cup but that was always a risky bet but whatever happened to Wigan in the Rugby League, can anyone out there please explain in words of few syllables as I am new to the sport? I looked up recent meetings between the teams, which included quite a few thrashings (sorry Leeds fans), and to be fair they deserved to win but where is the Stewards Enquiry lol? The form turnaround was so ridiculous that there would be questions in racing and all sorts of silly conspiracy theories but joking aside (and I rarely joke where money is involved), the best team won on the day, just the wrong team in my book.

Football at least dragged out my misery a little longer and the first two of my short priced accumulator duly did the business, leaving me sweating on the Wednesday results to see if I could top up the old BETDAQ account that had taken a bit of a beating over the weekend. Amazingly, and just for once, nothing actually went wrong and the bet was landed, though picking five odds on shots for a silly 2/1 winning bet hardly makes Mr Einstein’s smarter brother, I am sorry to say.

Putting the past behind us (punters are particularly good at that), we have a weekend of action par excellence to look forward to, with just about every sport under the sun covered. Being a financial coward when stepping out of my comfort zone, my British Open Golf bet will be small and more for fun than in expectation of serious profit. Once again I have been reading various opinions for the likes of Gary Player and Colin Montgomerie but all I gained was a headache. Looking at the odds, the BETDAQ 5.8 for Tiger Woods is better than elsewhere (no surprise there), but still doesn’t tempt me, and I prefer a small bet on a bigger priced option – some would call it greed! Bubba Watson is a decent enough golfer but has a brilliant name to boot so at BETDAQ odds of 30.0 as I speak, how can I resist a little each way bet? I have concluded the best way to make money on the golf is to find someone who will make the cut and then lay them back before the start of day three and Bubba is no exception – he is certainly overpriced as he sits three under in joint fourth place as I write.

Next up on my sports list we have Cricket for a change (never have really understood the game, but an opportunity cannot be missed), and the first test between England and South Africa from The Oval. This time I have really done my homework by researching every WEATHER site I can find and it looks like after tomorrow, it is clear skies all the way. Who wins the test becomes irrelevant to me but I ma interested in laying the draw at 1.85 on BETDAQ as surely with a full five days play likely there is bound to be a result either way? Fact is a shade of odds on is just too good to let pass me by, and assuming the Met office aren’t messing around (yet again), then a couple of points seem worth risking?

With football friendlies not on my agenda (for obvious reasons – who knows what teams will be put out), that leads me to horse racing, still my favourite if not my most profitable pastime. This weekend we have racing overload with eight meetings including The Curragh but even I will not be betting in every race. At Ascot the big race of the day is the King George VI Stakes at 4.35pm but a quick glance at the field fills me with race goer admiration and BETDAQ punter horror. It really does look like it could be almost anybody’s race, so I decided to look for the best value and mess about to small stakes. I could wax lyrical about most of then runners who include Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, reigning champion Nathaniel, French Derby winner Reliable Man, St Leger winner Masked Marvel (and runner up Brown Panther), Breeders Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey, and even Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante, so surely one of the best fields assembled for many a year. With a fast pace virtually assured I will be siding with German raider Danedream, the 2011 Arc winner (by five lengths), who can hopefully be forgiven her last start when she finished fourth of four. Returning this season with an easy win in a Group Two at Baden Baden, I think there is a possibility she did not need to be at her best or fittest that day and may have still needed the run at Saint-Cloud, which added to all the negative press I have read (with no evidence to back any of it up), suggest the 11.0 on BETDAQ is worth a point for the highest rated horse in the race.

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

Golf – British Open
1pt Win 1pt Place BUBBA WATSON at BETDAQ Prices of 31.0 the Win and 4.1 the place.

Cricket –First Test England v South Africa
2pts LAY the Draw at BETDAQ odds of 1.85

Horse Racing
1pt Win DANEDREAM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes 4.35pm Ascot Saturday at 11.0 with BETDAQ

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