I know I shouldn’t gloat, nor should I mock the afflicted but I do have to question exactly why people bet with the old fashioned bookmakers when they could use BETDAQ – consistently better prices, and the opportunity to ask for a bigger price if you want to – not something the high street chains are too keen on that I know of lol? A good example (thank goodness) was my golf selection last week when I managed to back Martin Laird in the Canadian Open at odds of 66.0 to win but struggled to lay him back to make a profit, creating a frowny face! Five minutes later and it’s all smiles again after I put in a request on BETDAQ to lay him at 50.0 which was soon accepted and I walked off with a profit regardless of the outcome – and I still don’t even know where he finished (nor care).

Watching the Olympics I have been tempted to have a bet on sports I know nothing about (how good is that Handball?), and with my technology surrounding me I can have more than one event on screen at one time (TV, Ipad, laptop), though being a bloke I am still struggling to multi task before someone reminds me! My ”Lay Usain Bolt” bet now looks very silly but at odds on we didn’t do a whole lot of damage, though I suppose the fact that my bet was snapped up so quickly at short odds does suggest there are BETDAQ punters out there who understand athletics a lot more than I do (which isn’t difficult). We still have a bet running on Brazil to win the men’s football and as they “only” have to play Mexico in the final you could lay off now at a guaranteed profit – but being greedy (and determined to make a punting profit from the home Olympics), I am going to let my bet ride for a change as I will the marathon bet we have outstanding for the weekend.

As for the horses, well I didn’t have a clue last week (some would say I never do), and I am even considering whether to just follow others tips from now on (not really!). I did have three Saturday winners at Goodwood (The Fugue 4.0 on BETDAQ, Steeler 4.8 on BETDAQ and Landaman 2.65 on BETDAQ – all better than starting price I might add and only added to our each way bet on Solar Sky (placed at odds of 6.2), but if I am being honest, my Saturday profits did not add up to my mid week losses! Michelangelo (2.7) was a big loser for me on Tuesday as was Morawij (3.2), Wednesday saw a brief recovery care of Olympic Glory (3.9) who covered my losses on Keene Dancer but it was back to normal with Colour Vision in the Goodwood Cup on Thursday followed by Tales Of Grimm on Friday (great BETDAQ price of 42.0 compared to 25/1 SP, but then again he was out with the washing), but then there is only one Glorious Goodwood a year so I can learn to live with losing a few bets in return for the excitement – and looking at the winners prices I doubt I was the only one!

This weekend I intend to start with the golf again (it’s worked recently), and the USPGA which will have started by the time you read this – which could make me look very silly! Adam Scott was one of a list of considerations and as he started well and obviously likes the course the 21.0 on BETDAQ could yet be good value. Once again, if he gets to the half way stage at a shorter price get out with a profit (no need to be greedy, we have the horses for that), and I am hopeful we can add to recent golfing gains.

Football may need an ante post bet to keep me happy until the normal matches kick off (I don’t trust the Charity Shield), and the 4.0 on BETDAQ for Wolverhampton Wanderers to be promoted looks like a licence to print money. I am no Wolves supporter but the club are very well run and if they do feel the need to sell any of their players it will be with good reason, and I for one will be amazed if they fail to bounce back to the top table for next season.

Back to the horse racing and am I the only one who is not enamoured by the idea of the Shergar Cup? Run at Ascot on Saturday afternoon, it is a team event (Women v Great Britain and Ireland Men v Rest Of The World Men v Europe Men), but I am confused as to how they can ride as a team and still stick within the rules of racing? I am sure they do, and anything that attracts another generation to the races has to be a good thing but as a happy punter, I don’t trust it and it is not for me. Naturally, that limits my racing options but I am really looking forward to watching the Sweet Solera Stakes from Newmarket on Saturday afternoon. Never one to shirk a challenge, this may only be an eight horse field but five of them won last time out, with four of them unbeaten! Running through in race card order, Certify looked good here but that was on soft ground, Dream Maker ought to be outclassed, Fantacise will need to improve considerably, and Momalorka is another who looks out of her depth. Reyaadah could be anything but I am unconvinced by the form of the Charlie Hills yard, Savanna La Mar looks fully exposed, and Sky Lantern looks brave but maybe an inch short of the necessary class. One look at the card will show you that I have talked myself in to a small each way bet on Redressthebalance who has shown the ability to quicken and is definitely going the right way. Her win at Ascot certainly caught my eye and she travelled so well she could be called the winner a furlong from home or more, and if she repeats that run she should prove difficult to keep out of the frame. With no offence intended to trainer Ralph Beckett or jockey Jim Crowley they would not be the first name on most Saturday punters’ lips which could hopefully give us a bigger pride to mess around with.

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

Golf – USPGA
1pt Win ADAM SCOTT at BETDAQ odds of 21.0 with the intention of laying for a profit if his odds shorten as expected

3pts WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS to be promoted from the Championship 2012/13 at BETDAQ odds of 4.0

Horse Racing
1pt Win 1pt Place REDRESSTHEBALANCE 3.35pm Newmarket Saturday

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