The Weekend Wager – And Bet72 Are In It!!

Posted on June 12, 2009 by  

Welcome to this the latest ‘Weekend Wager’ free betting column produced by Mike Bishop from the Secret Betting Club and Money Maker Review service.

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1. Mike Says

One of our goals here at the Secret Betting Club is to help all types of people from any background make money betting and to prove that you don’t need wads of cash to get started either.

To back this up, you may well read the stats we released earlier this week that showed how well many of the affordable tipsters we monitor have performed over the past year. Taking this affordability a step further, it is also well worth looking into the amazing concept that is ‘risk-free betting’ as it’s a great way to build up your betting funds.

‘Risk free betting’ is when the very eager bookmakers shoot themselves in the foot by giving out free bets and bonuses to customers, which we can lock into free profits by being canny. Many of you may already have dabbled with this, but let me encourage you to investigate it further if yet to do so. There are so many loopholes out there that you can easily make between £500 and £1000 in only a relatively short-time if following the right free expert advice.

The king of these offers is Darren Hall from the legendary website. Darren sends us one of his best offers each Friday for the Weekend Wager, but he regularly has risk-free bets coming out of his ears at times! Too many to list in this column, that’s for sure!

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2. The Next Week In Betting

When I said last week I expected at least one shock in the Cricket 20/20 I didn’t quite anticipate it being the Dutch beating our own sorry English team, but it just goes to show how anything can happen in this game. Paul Collingwood’s men are a very mixed bunch and after yesterdays trashing by South Africa they are unbackable, even when as big as 18/1 with Totesport. Sri Lanka are 9/2 third faves with Bet365 and this jumps out at me as value with South Africa faves at just 9/4 with Skybet. We saw how Australia struggled against Sri Lanka’s spinners, especially Ajantha Mendis so if the two meet-up in either the Semi-final or Final I would expect a very close contest indeed.

Tennis will take centre-stage in this country over the next few weeks and expect the Andy Murray bandwagon to gather pace. This will be especially so if he justifies his favouritism in the traditional pre-Wimbledon tournament at Queens. The world number #3 is odds-on to win as the tournament reaches the Quarter-final stage, with the main threat from Andy Roddick who is around 5/2 second fave. The big market though is Wimbledon and there is a major discrepancy between the pricing of Murray by the big UK bookies who mostly go 3/1 and what is on offer at Betfair (6.6 – around 11/2). No doubt that is due to them being wary of the world and his wife having a patriotic punt. Its well worth scouting around the bookies and using odds comparison sites like and if placing any Wimbledon bets.

The big stories Football wise are revolving around the transfer window merry-go-round with the never ending yawn fest that is Ronaldo moving to Real Madrid all set to go through. This and the money that is burning a hole in the pockets at Madrid and other clubs such as Man City, Chelsea et al will no doubt have a major knock-on effect on other transfers and the bookies have been quick to price up a bunch of special markets. You can bet on who will start where next season for everyone ranging from Xabi Alonso to Kenwyne Jones and even how long Jim Magilton stays in a job at QPR. Bearing in mind how trigger-happy the board are at QPR, the 8/11 on him not lasting the season with Skybet looks generous.

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3. Tipping Legends Column

The Tipping Legends are 2 horse racing specialists who both have an in-depth knowledge of the sport and will be supplying a full rundown of some of the weekend’s feature races and betting angles. These guys know their stuff when it comes to racing, ignore at your peril.

Royal Ascot Preview

Next Tuesday sees the start of flat racing’s “Cheltenham” with the 5 day meeting at Royal Ascot. JC and I are providing our customary “Ascot Special” which will cover all 5 days racing. So we have much burning of the midnight oil ahead of us!

I thought it would be interesting to give you some bullet points to consider when looking at some of the prime races on each day. One major point to remember is that big priced winners are unusual at this meeting (Although this year there will probably 3 or 4 at 25/1 now I have highlighted this point!!)

Queen Anne Stakes

– Top stables have monopolised this race in recent years.
– 6 yr olds and upwards have not won this race for 29 years.

Coventry Stakes
– Here is a good pointer, in the last 30 runnings, only 2 winners were beaten in their previous race!

Ascot stakes
– Long Distance race over 2m 4f.  Only look at 4 & 5 yr olds as they have won 12 of the last 15.

Jersey Stakes

– Avoid Group Race winners carrying a penalty as there record is awful.

Royal Hunt Cup
– 4 & 5 yr olds have won 23 of the last 30 runnings.

Norfolk Stakes
– Needs to have been a winner last time and First or Second Favourite.

Ascot Gold Cup
– Ignore horses that have not previously won over 2 miles.

Coronation Stakes
– The vast majority of previous winners had run in the 1000 guineas or the French or Irish 1000 guineas.

Queens Vase
– We can leave out those runners going off at double figure odds.
– 12 of the last 15 winners were in the first 4 in the betting.

Chesham Stakes

– This race has been won by the first 3 in the betting every year in the last 20 years.
– The exception was Helm Bank in 2002 (25/1).

Wokingham Handicap

– This is the 6 furlong sprint which normally has a huge field. Avoid horses drawn in the middle.
– Big weights are OK as 7 of the last 12 winners carried 9st 2lbs or more.

Hope this helps you with your homework!   Good racing.
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4. Herbie Fogg

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The Prix de Diane (Group 1) Chantilly, Sunday 14th June.

Nothing in racing, be it for owners, trainers, jockeys or punters alike, quite chaffs like coming second – especially when circumstances conspire to deny your best effort. This week the inquiry into the running of the Epsom Derby must have wrangled on into the night. They went mob-handed and ended up playing into the hands of the horse with the class to deny them. It’s most unlike the steamroller we’ve seen flatten Group 1 fields around Britain, Ireland and France.

First run from off the shoulder of a searching pace, brushing aside the opposition with a super fit, hard-nosed percentage shot. At times it has made some other highly respected trainers and jockeys look rather tactically out-gunned and it’s been a pet theory of mine that Coolmore have at times been rather punching above their weight – mugging fields and making champions of horses that aren’t necessarily all that special, at least compared to some.

Unlike his namesake, who had it all, Aiden O’Brien has no part in the picking of the future talent he will train. The Northern Dancer bloodline has been mined for all it’s worth, and now the superstars are bobbing up from different directions or evading capture at the sales. My theory goes that eventually the Coolmore team will struggle to maintain a grip on the biggest prizes because they lack the prime ingredient that made it all possible, the sublime talent of Michael Vincent O’Brien.

This year the smooth victory machine has faltered. Johnny is invariably on the wrong one and the tactics feel oddly indecisive and muddled. Something is amiss all right and it has been all season – they don’t know who their best horses are or who to believe in – six declarations for the Derby tells it’s own story; throwing the lot in is hardly the art of training.

It’s possible they rather underestimated Sea The Stars and felt there was a fair chance he would empty out, a few of us did, but it’s a moot point because everything hinged on the assumption that Mr O’Donoghue was of a mind to tear off and commit hari kari for the team. But it certainly didn’t work out like that and one wonders after Chester, if perhaps the unsung veteran had a thought of his own – that he could win. Without the right fractions being set, plan B didn’t look like much of a plan and, well, here we are.

Sea The Stars is a wonderful horse, a truly marvellous specimen and a great tonic for the sport, and there’s no doubting the Coolmore approach has gradually caused others to up their game: Messer’s John Oxx and James Bolger to name but two. But one thing is for sure, the Master of Ballydoyle would not have been impressed.

I don’t know about you but I’m finding it difficult to shake off his loss. For many folk my age two names above all others hold sway in our memories: Lester and Vincent. When your heroes pass on, it’s tough to look at the sport in quite the same way in the knowledge that those days are gone for good. As of course they are, but there it is. What a special man he was.

And then something pulled me up a little. Perhaps, just perhaps, as one star faded a new light began to resonate with the same remarkable assurance, the same uncanny ability to pick and deliver a horse. That man of course is Jean-Claude Rouget. The thing that marks Rouget out is that he doesn’t spend a fortune on his horses, and certainly nothing even remotely akin to the vast figures expended by Godolphin, Coolmore and others. The rising star of French racing is currently hot favourite to be the champion French trainer and all that whilst competing, financially at least, on vastly inferior terms.

This week Tom Segal compared it to the club tennis pro turning up with a wooden racket to win Wimbledon, as impossible on paper as Brian Clough doing what he did at Forest, but in the vast corporate Premiership era. Good fortune can alight anywhere and deliver up a one-off, but this appears to be no fluke. In one season Rouget has saddled the 1-2 in the Pouliches, won the Ispahan and the Alary and then at Chantilly last weekend added the Prix du Jockey Club (trousering two other Group races on his way through the card). Two classics under his belt and now his immediate sights set on a third.

In the French Oaks on Sunday, the word is his filly Stacelita will take all the beating. A filly so good she is already considered viable Arc material and where, perhaps, she may even line up to tackle Sea The Stars. Now that sounds like a race worth watching, in fact some would say precisely the sort of race we are so often denied.

Picking horses and training them is an ephemeral, God-given art when practised by the best of a generation and very few men have laid claim to have it all. If they exist, as we must surely believe they do, or so my theory goes, racing is secure – because the beauty of it is long-term, simply having the biggest cheque book is not enough.

Let’s hope she is everything they say she is.

Stacelita, 2 points win.

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