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Wimbledon previews

This summer, I've started writing betting previews for the major tennis tournaments at SportingLife, one of the most highly-regarded sports information sites in the UK. I'll be doing daily previews as well as the outrights, which were quite profitable during the French Open.

Wimbledon Men's Singles Preview

Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Preview


Coventry Stakes preview

The race to the breeding barn starts here, with the earliest stallion-maker race of a colt's career in prime time at Royal Ascot. Recent winners making a mark at stud include Caravaggio, The Wow Signal, Dawn Approach, Canford Cliffs and Henrythenavigator.

Unsurprisingly, a Coolmore colt heads the market but is he the best of their four-card hand?



Coventry Stakes
£150,000. Group 2 for 2yos
6 furlongs.
1505 BST, 0005 AEST

Arizona - the latest boom colt from Coolmore who bolted in by 8L in a Curragh maiden three weeks ago. Not convinced there was anything of note behind him but you have to trust that 'the lads' can sort the wheat from the chaff by now - they've won this race eight times. 

Coase - won very easily on soft at Carlisle when seemed to cash in on being on the best ground. Handy enough but not at the level required to succeed here.

Fort Myers - nosed out at Newbury last time when copped interference just as jockeys were getting serious. Knuckled down well after that wh…

Queen Anne Stakes preview

For the second year running, this is a pretty weak edition of the opening race of the week. The trends nerds will highlight that 6yos (and up) haven't won this race since Boris Johnson last kept his word, but it's a) a small sample size amplified by usually being a target for stud prospects, and b) a weak edition. There are holes in all of these, hence a wide open market.

Queen Anne Stakes
Group 1, One Mile. 4yo+, WFA.
£600,000
1430 BST 2330 AEST


Accidental Agent - winner last year at 33/1 after being tipped up by the Racing Post's Paul Kealy. Ran better in this year's Lockinge than in 2018 so who's to say he can't win it again? Would be close to favourite if in one of the major stables.



Barney Roy - won the St James's Palace Stakes in 2017 then was a dud at stud and copped the big snip. Two runs back from long spell, both decent runs but still a few lengths short of his best. Will have been primed for this, capable of returning to his best or even exceeding that…

The new football season can't come soon enough...

No, I haven't gone mad. If you've read enough of my rantings you'll know that I consider football the most over-rated sport on the planet (it's a sport, not the sport), and this wish for August to get here quickly has nothing to do with watching even more of the sport which is live on TV somewhere every minute of every hour of every day of the year.

Something wonderful will happen once the new football season begins - the in-play advertising ban in the UK will commence. Wall-to-wall ads featuring Ray Winston for Bet365, that American comedian for Coral, Dizzee Rascal, Chris Akabusi and that Inbetweeners twat for Ladbrokes, and all the other annoying as hell bookmaker ads during every break in proceedings will be gone, at least during the live broadcast.

I don't think betting advertising should be banned, I just don't want it at complete saturation level. When your 7 and 9yo children can recite the name of at least five different betting firms, it's fairly o…

Investec Derby preview

A rant yesterday seemed to bring the luck with a winning tip in the Oaks so I'd better throw in another one.

Racing has a big problem in the UK. It's becoming irrelevant to the general population, being seen as a sport for the elite, especially a race like this. There are no battlers' syndicates here, no local champions the public can get behind. The John Ryan-trained Hiroshima, who cost 28,000 gns for owner G Smith-Bernal, is as close as it gets. If a horse outside the big stables suddenly developed into a Derby contender but hadn't been entered (or paid up through every entry stage), the cost of a late supplementary entry is £85k, more than winning prizemoney from any of the lead-up trials apart from the Dante (£93k).

How does that enamour itself with the general public and make it a race of the people? We need to see a few automatic qualifier races (Win & You're In) to provide a chance for the golden ticket to the big race. It would boost numbers in those tr…