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Denman shows why jumps racing is king in the UK

Went to the races as a paying punter today for the first time in ages. UK racing isn't cheap at the best of times, flat racing doesn't have the excitement most of the year and it's rather cold during jumps season. TV coverage is decent enough if you can't get to the track as often as you'd like. The two main races today at Newbury, the Long Distance Hurdle and the Hennessy showed just why National Hunt racing is miles ahead of flat racing in popularity in the UK & Ireland. Big Buck's is the best staying hurdler in training, he won the top races at Cheltenham and Aintree in his class, and is going around again to repeat the feat. He faced a small, but quality field at level weights and won very, very easily. Special thanks to the bookies who put up 1/2. It is very rare I bet at those odds, but this horse should have been 1/3 at best, so the value had to be taken. The Hennessy is the best handicap chase of the season. Note that key word which some purists dete

how does WA racing justify a higher rate than Victoria?

Western Australia, after copping a caning from the courts over trying to ban Betfair, has now reluctantly agreed to include a gross revenue deal in their racefield fees legislation. Every state now has to introduce some form of fee legislation, as they get charged by every other state for it, with the breakdown of the old gentleman's agreement which let the TABs bet on each other's product in a free contra deal. WA are in the position if being a net importer of racing product, so they are going to have to cover the shortfall somehow. Racing NSW are currently in court doing battle with Betfair and Sportsbet over their attempts at imposing a turnover-based fee, while Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania all went with fees on gross revenue. Victoria, the premier racing state in Australia, set their fee at 10% for the year rising to 15% during the prestige spring carnival. Sounds justified to me. South Aus went with 10% as well. Western Australia to apply retrospective race field

more on the Poland online betting bans

So now the Polish govt have decided to give exemptions on the online betting advertising in Poland to companies investing in sports sponsorship - but with a catch. A rather confused situation this. I imagine a discussion something like this behind closed doors.... "Let's ban all forms of betting unless they have a Polish licence" "Is that a good idea, that only leaves land-based casinos that rob our citizens blind?" "But they pay us lots of taxes" "Well, that's OK then.... What about the sports sponsorships? Unibet, Bwin and other companies pay a lot of money to sponsor sport in Poland, and have legal contracts as well..." "Hmm, we don't want our football clubs to end up like ones in Albania and Latvia that are being investigated for match-fixing... I know, how about we give them an exemption, so they can still spend their money, but reap no benefits from it?" "So you expect these companies to pay hundreds of thousands

Betfair v Racing NSW

This case has been running all week and will continue for a few days yet. Numerous articles about it in the Aus press with Racing NSW gaining some ground (they couldn't really lose much more) and legalese choking proceedings to a very slow grind. One quote from tomorrow's article in the Sydney Morning Herald I wanted to highlight though: Racing NSW argues that the fee should be calculated by turnover because turnover is easier to assess and ''less susceptible to avoidance or manipulation'' than gross revenue. It also argues that turnover is not influenced by the particular business model or business decisions made by the company. Turnover is also preferable to gross revenue because it cannot be manipulated by inducements, rebates or benefits given to valuable customers, Racing NSW argues. Rubbish, there is not one system in the world which is manipulation-proof. On-course bookmakers in Aus have been caught over the years taking bets on a second set of books - s

ice hockey up close

Have been flat out with work and baby-minding over the past week, but managed to slip in a brief trip to Sweden on business. Got to see my first ice hockey game live, it was brilliant! In the red is the home team, Djurgarden, and the visitors, Vastra Frolanda, are in the white. On TV watching the NHL you don't get to appreciate the speed, the stick skills and the quality of the skating. And the home crowd supporters didn't stop singing the whole way through. Great spectacle.

Polish sports clubs and leagues concerned about advertising bans

There have been several stories around in recent weeks about the threat of gambling bans being introduced in Poland, mostly a lot of speculation about what might happen and panicking about complete bans. This latest report centres on advertising and marketing bans which will strip Polish football clubs and the second division of millions of euro. Exclusive: Bwin, Mangas, Unibet sports sponsorship threat Current deals between egaming companies under threat from the law include Expekt’s sponsorship of the Polish national team; BetAtHome’s shirt sponsorship of Wisla Krakow, champions of last year’s Ekstraklasa top league in Polish football; Betclick’s shirt sponsorship of Ekstraklasa team Lech Poznan and Bwin’s role as a principal sponsor of Ekstraklasa team Legia Warszawa. The loss of Unibet’s title sponsorship of the second tier of Polish football, Unibet 1.Liga, could alone cost the Polish National 2nd League €4m a season. The Polish prime minister announced a clampdown on all forms o

Biathlon season is coming, and the Russian drug cheats lose appeal

Just three weeks left until boathlon season starts and long-time readers of my blog will know my fascination with the sport. It really is a brilliant sport for betting in-running, especially the sprint and individual disciplines (there are five different types of races). Once the season gets underway, I'll get into explaining more about it. Feel free to go back into my archives from last winter to read about it. The Winter Olympics are in February, so it's worth learning about it. The two female Russian drug cheats from last season, Albina Akhatova and Yekaterina Iourieva, have lost their appeal against two-year doping bans. CAS dismisses Russian biathletes' doping appeals And so they should have to.

Daily Mail gets excited about some dodgy tennis matches

Wow, big shock here. Where have they been all year? Oh that's right, the big names are coming to town next week, time to drag them all through the mud... Ten more suspect matches At least 10 matches on the men's ATP tour are being investigated by the tennis anti-corruption unit, Sportsmail can today reveal. ... THE security unit at online betting exchange Betfair alone were so alarmed by gambling patterns on at least 10 occasions in 2009 that they referred the matches straight to the sport's authorities. Well the Mail says they can't name them, but I'm prepared to have a guess at the ten. No accusations of guilt here, just stating the fact that the betting patterns on these matches were in desperate need of further attention. Canas v Veic 2/2/09 Istomin v Kim 21/7/09 Crivoi v Istomin 13/7/09 Koellerer v Hernandez 15/6/09 any others to add to the list?

Paddy Power teams up with PMU

Irish betting giant Paddy Power has struck gold with a five-year partnership with French sports betting duopoly PMU. New Paddy Power B2B arm signs landmark deal with France's PMU PADDY POWER HAS MADE a major play for the French market, signing a five-year deal with French duopoly operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), the largest single operator in Europe, via a new Paddy Power business-to-business (B2B) division. ... PMU chief executive and chairman Philippe Germond today said: "This partnership is going to enable PMU to offer sporting bets online under its own brand and retain direct management of its client database. Paddy Power will provide us with its expertise in sports betting. Through this partnership PMU is given the means to be ready for the opening of the online betting market in France next year." Paddy Power's traders will set PMU odds, set risk parameters for each event, bet type and customer and manage PMU’s online promotions from Dublin. Chances are they w

Media giant to buy Bwin?

Found this snippet in my news feed earlier, can't find any more details as C21Media is a subscription site. M6 puts its money on web gambling C21Media - 10 Nov 2009 - 57 minutes ago French broadcaster M6 Group aims to move into online gambling, and is negotiating to acquire poker website Bwin. Never heard of M6 Group before not being French, but it appears they are very big and keen to get involved in the new online gambling regulations to be introduced in France... This article (in French) seems to back it up.

Aus states now competing to license bookmakers

In Australia, the three main zones for corporate bookmakers are the Northern Territory (home of Centrebet, Sportsbet, Sportingbet, IASBet and numerous others), Tasmania (home of Betfair Aus) and the ACT (home of Sportsalive). When I say home, it's at least where their servers are based and a handful of staff - most have marketing and other departments based in Melbourne or Sydney. These three regions, two territories and Australia's smallest state, have little industry to speak of and need businesses in their region for employment, taxes etc. And they also have no deep-seated allegiance to TABs like the bigger states such as Victoria and New South Wales. Internet bookmakers in NT welcome tax change Tasmania recently threw the cat amongst the pigeons by scrapping the local tax on corporate bookmakers and adopting a $250k annual flat fee, a very attractive prospect for major firms turning over hundreds of millions per year. This was brought on by Betfair's five-year licence b

maybe the greatest trading match ever

Lyon 5 - 5 Marseille Not quick enough to get the Betfair graphs, but these were the prices and amounts. Lyon - matched for £170k at 1.10 and below Marseille - matched for over £40k at 1.06 and below Draw - matched for over £50k at 1.07 and below Wow! And if it wasn't for Twitter, I wouldn't have even noticed all the excitement. Managed to get in late and get a nice three-figure green book :)

blunder at Bwin?

Of all the tennis players you could choose to promote betting on the sport, surely Nikolay Davydenko comes at the very bottom??

Black book this horse!

Watch the horse drawn the very outside, Guderian, in the yellow, with black sash and cap. Drew the car park, tries to go forward early, no joy, so gets caught wide the entire trip, looked gone in the straight, and then powered home to get beaten by a lip. The embedded video is too wide for the blog page unfortunately, so you'll have to click here for the video. There must be a decent win in store for this fellow soon.

Cup Day guide

Short comments on the Cup field: # Viewed – flying, don't see any problem with being top weight. # C’est La Guerre – is it 100% fit? Chance if it is. # Fiumicino – big run at Caulfield, bolter chance for the place. # Master O’Reilly – never a fan, will no doubt look like it was unlucky at some stage and fly home # Mourilyan – best of the imports, not keen on the 'needs to be ridden cold' comment from trainer. You don't get that luxury in the Cup. # Roman Emperor – he goes well, price a bit silly over the weekend, should be around 10 # Ista Kareem – will run the distance, slowly. # Crime Scene – UK form not flash, and did little at Geelong. # Munsef – no, has been winning ordinary races in the UK # Zavite – might get the sit from gate 3, if can sit close then could be pushing for third. # Alcopop – great form, on the up etc. But can a bloke who has never ridden at Flemington before and a novice trainer win the big one? Huge story if they do, and I know one of the owners.

The Melbourne Cup 2009

Just over 24hrs to go until the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup. I'm busy doing the form and will have something late in the day (Monday UK time) if anyone wants to follow my tips. It will be broadast all night on ATR, and Betfair Live Video. The Cup is a great race, but remember, for punters, you can win or lose just as much on any other race of the year (unless you bet in tens of thousands), so don't go overboard. The support card is quite handy for a change, hoping to locate some winners earlier in the programme too. For the best formguides, try these: Herald Sun newspaper guide Racenet Racebook and my preference, the Best Bets guide which will cost you $4.40 (click Future Racing, Flemington,Racebook to get it)