Sundays are usually a great day for lower profile events and being able to lay a book. It's the German MotoGP all day on Eurosport. I'm not interested in the big race, but the underclasses (125cc and 250cc) give you a great opportunity to lay riders at prices way too short. I won't give away all my secrets, but there are bookies out there trading live to give you a guide for prices, in motorcycling, passing is far more common, and especially if it's wet, then you've got to keep laying the short prices.
The Christmas Hurdle from Leopardstown, a good Grade 2 race during the holiday period. But now it will go into history as the race which brought Betfair down. Over £21m at odds of 29 available on Voler La Vedette in-running - that's a potential liability of over £500m. You might think that's a bit suspicious, something's fishy, especially with the horse starting at a Betfair SP of 2.96. Well, this wasn't a horse being stopped by a jockey either - the bloody horse won! Look at what was matched at 29. Split that in half and multiply by 28 for the actual liability for the layer(s). (Matched amounts always shown as double the backers' stake, never counts the layers' risk). There's no way a Betfair client would have £600m+ in their account. Maybe £20 or even £50m from the massive syndicates who regard(ed) Betfair as safer than any bank, but not £600m. So the error has to be something technical. However, rumour has it, a helpdesk reply (not gospel, natur