Wednesday, 29 April 2009

still in the dark ages in Ireland

It's the Punchestown Festival this week, which if you've never been, is most certainly worth a visit. Only problem is, it's about an hour from Dublin, there are too few places to stay nearby and that one hour drive in Festival week is more likely to turn into three hours on Irish roads.

Two big stories this week - firstly, how earth did Dunguib start at 10/11 today in the Bumper? It touched 2.2 on Betfair and absolutely tanked in. Unbelievably high cruising speed, I really hope he can jump for next season.

The story in tomorrow's Racing Post will be about the pathetic bluff of Irish bookies and the lack of spine from Punchestown racecourse in bowing to their demands. Betfair have spent plenty on sponsorship there this week, with the trailer in attendance and big screens on the in-field showing the live Betfair prices, in direct competition with the 180+% trash that Irish bookies continue to get away with.

First race of the Festival, bookmakers threaten to stand down if the course don't pull the plug on the prices. Has there even been a more hollow threat? It's Festival time, as if all these bookies would miss out on the 'bonanza'. Let them sweat it for one race, and they'd all be back in a hurry, if they even did follow through with it.

Punchestown management showed less spine than Gordon Brown and backed down straight away. So much for honouring a deal with sponsors and understanding exactly what controversy it would bring. Oh well, good luck finding another sponsor then, how many races do the local bookies sponsor? If they continue to serve up 180% markets, and hypocritically all have betting exchange accts at the same time, then they deserve to be shown up as thieves....

It's 2009 - protectionism is long gone and competition is now how the world of business works.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Scot ive just started a new blog on gambling,"Dessie was my Best Mate", and was wondering if you would put up a link to my blog on your site and obviously i would return the favour,my blog is mainly about footy and horses but also have some fun on there as well, my e-mail is frosty@betrite.co.uk.cheers

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  2. The bookies are getting murdered there this week with the results. Its great! Seen the big betfair screens the first day thought fantastic they'll show the in running prices - no such luck! Would have been a good idea, they did flash up a few prices here and there this week but have been picking the horses to do it on like favourites and only on certain races. Instead we have to look at Ruby Walsh at 1.1 for top jockey and Willie Mullins the same for top trainer, thats what has been on the betfair screens all week!

    Anyone with a new credit card, open a betfair account too on course. They have this spin the wheel thing and whatever it lands on they put into your account might get up to a grand. Fair play to them, shame they couldnt use the screen for the right reason.

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