Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

The Road to Riches Weekend of 5th-6th August

Posted on 4 Aug 2023 11:50 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Newcastle, Newmarket, Salisbury, Windsor and York
  • Football, the start of the Football League season
  • Cricket, the Hundred continues.
  • Rugby Union, 2023 Rugby World Cup Warm up matches
  • Tennis ATP National Bank Open.
  • Golf the Fedex St Jude Championship on the USPGA.

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Free Tip

Cricket The Hundred Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets Saturday 6pm

The Hundred started this week and concludes on the 27th August with a final at Lords. Trent Rockets are the holders having won six of the 8 games on the way to the final last year. In a very short and new format where strategies are very much still in development what the Rockets had that other sides didn’t consistently have last year was a gun top order. Dawid Malan top scored across the league with 377 runs, while Alex Hales (259) and Colin Munro (206) chipped in too. Munro is back as one of the Rockets’ overseas picks, Hales returns and Joe Root will pitch in later on in the competition. Until then, one of the top uncapped English batsmen Sam Hain has joined the side. Lewis Gregory is a very shrewd captain and has already led Somerset to the T20 Blast title this season. The Hundred is designed for big hitters and the Rockets have the best top three in the competition.

Trent began the season 4/1 favourites to repeat their win of last year and best the Southern Brave on Tuesday night to get off to a winning start in a low-ish scoring game in which Hain top scored.

Birmingham Phoenix's chances in the competition could be dependent on the availability of England's Ashes representatives Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ben Duckett although Will Smeed, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone and Dan Mousley are talented young players capable of stepping up. The side has a lack of late order power but a canny looking bowling line up, and just missed out on the knockout stages last year finishing fourth having made the final in the first season.

Birmingham began their campaign on Thursday against the Northern Superchargers, the match was called off midway due to more rain in this non-summer of ours.

Looking at the Trent top order in the Trent Rockets top batsman market we have prevailing prices of: Hales and Malan 3/1 Kohler-Cadmore 15/4 Munro 9/2 Hain 11/2. The Trent Rockets top three should fire sooner rather than later, with a slight preference for the tournament specialist Malan

10 points Dawid Malan top Trent Rockets run scorer at 3/1 Bet365, more firms to follow


Summer Break

As F1 heads to its summer break with nearly a month until the next race the season is particularly one sided. Red Bull has 503 points in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes next with 247  Merc 247. Max Verstappen has won 8 races in a row, and ten overall this season and Red Bull have won 13 races in a row eclipsing the previous best set by McLaren during the Senna/Prost era 35 years ago. Lewis Hamilton meanwhile has not won for 34 races, since the latest regulation changes at the start of the 2022 season.

Recently Toto Wolff stated that the Red Bull is so dominant that it makes the rest of the field look like Formula Two cars.

Formula 1 is in a tough spot. They timed up the hype of Netflix's F1 show perfectly with a super- competitive season in 2021. Since then Red Bull has been winning every race by 20 seconds plus & many new fans in the US are already losing interest. The sport needs to be competitive to keep growing.

It’s important to note though that F1 has always been this way. McLaren (Senna/Prost), Ferrari (Schumacher), Mercedes and Red Bull, etc, have all dominated at one point usually by securing design and engineering advantages after regulation changes, even Jenson Button and Braun did so for the 2009 season when they were well clear of the field. At least with Mercedes from 2014-21 there were two cars going for the title with Hamilton and Rosberg.

With regulation changes F1 teams take risks on their concept & it comes down to who picked the right one. This time Red Bull got it spectacularly right and Mercedes had it right last time but missed on this one & trying to play catch-up.

Replace Red Bull with the dominant force of the time and the issue has always been the same. This time round, F1’s new owners were aware of the impending problem and tried and failed to implement new rules and limit spending to level the playing field. Such was the design advantage of the Red Bull that this did not matter and the next regulation change and the introduction of new teams such as Audi and Porsche is not due until 2026. So what do they try next?

F1 is really just an expensive engineering competition. But it's a challenge to enter new markets, attract fans, and grow revenue when everyone knows the end result.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 29th-30th July

Posted on 26 Jul 2023 16:17 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Newcastle, Newmarket, Salisbury, Windsor and York
  • Cricket, the fifth Ashes Test continues at The Oval
  • Formula One, the Belgian Grand Prix
  • Rugby Union, the final round of the Rugby Championship
  • Tennis ATP Opens in Washington, Los Cabos and Kitzbuehel.
  • Golf the Wyndham Championship on the USPGA.

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Free Tip

Rugby Championship South Africa v Argentina, Saturday 4.05pm Johannesburg

This being a Rugby World Cup Year the 2023 Rugby Championship has a curtailed schedule of three games per team, each team playing the other once rather than twice in other years and is a de facto set of warm up fixtures for France in the Autumn with South Africa especially experimenting in team selection.

For their first game of the tournament, South Africa sent ten of their best players on ahead to New Zealand ahead of the second game and the weakened team beat Australia 43-12 scoring six tries displaying their strength in depth. The first choice side then started poorly in Auckland the week after and were 17-0 down after 20 minutes. They recovered slightly to lose 35-20 but with a genuine feeling to many watching that the side wasn’t fully up to speed nor going through the full range of attacking plans saving those for the World Cup.

Argentina meanwhile hosted the All-Blacks in the first round and lost 41-12 before travelling to Australia a week later and winning an exciting game late on 34-31 despite being far from their best. Argentina’s last three wins are now all away, to New Zealand, England and now Australia, and are a much improved team.

South Africa have been showing signs of playing a more expansive game than is their recent style that led them to 2019 Rugby World Cup victory but are hamstrung in the short term by the absence of starting fly-half Handre Pollard to direct affairs. They have made nine changes for this game.

The Pumas are still missing some key players like Juan Cruz Mallia, Guido Petti and Marcos Kremer, who will all be a big boost once they return, and there are a few areas, like the scrum and defence, where Argentines can undoubtedly improve and South Africa will no doubt look to capitalise on this weekend

South Africa are a whopping 18-19 point favourites for this Johannesburg game. By the time this match is played I am expecting the All Blacks to have won the championship, beating Australia earlier in the day and for Argentina to put up a spirited fight and hopefully cover this big point spread

12 points Argentina +19 at 10/11 William Hill and +18 generally (Evens Bet365)

 


Opportunities

As I write, ahead of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval later this week, the disappointment that two days of Manchester rain prevented England from most likely winning a game they dominated and going into the final match 2-2 remains. However despite being on the wrong side of weather variance, the truth is that had they not missed opportunities to win the first two Tests where their approach veered from the positive to the reckless they might now be at least 2-1 up rather than at best hoping to draw a series in which they cannot regain the Ashes.

Before this series, they had lost only twice and one of those times was by one run in Wellington yet the first part of this series was characterised by careless mistakes. The England management may insist that there is nothing to regret but with the fate of the Ashes now settled it is fair to examine how else they let good positions slip in the first two Tests.

To lose at Edgbaston after dictating play for most of five days was certainly careless. Ultimately a win was squandered in the final session when Australia were eight down with 55 still needed, but there were earlier opportunities to take an even firmer grip on the game. These included Stuart Broad overstepping when he bowled Usman Khawaja 112 runs into his eventual 141 (one of 23 no balls bowled by England, compared with Australia’s eight) and Jonny Bairstow failing to stump Cameron Green and dropping Alex Carey, errors that cost 78. Perhaps most unforgiveable was England’s batting on the fourth day when Root, Bairstow and Harry Brook all got into the forties only to give their wickets away. Australia’s target of 282 should have been more.

The 43-run margin of defeat at Lord’s flattered England, but they should never have got into the position of needing as many as 371 in the fourth innings. They might have dismissed Australia for fewer than 416 had Ollie Pope caught David Warner on 20 (he eventually made 66), but their most egregious play was Pope, Ben Duckett, Root and Brook falling to a short-ball barrage shortly after Lyon had gone down with a series-ending injury. With more composure they might have secured a first-innings lead rather than a deficit of 91

If England win at the Oval and secure a 2-2 draw they can reasonably argue that they have gone toe-to-toe with the world Test champions, and even had the better of them given their superiority in Manchester.

In reality, England are still learning how best to play Bazball. It is telling that they got better with each match of this series; they started too slowly with the ball and too erratically with their batting and catching. They are great value for money, but not yet consistently executing their aggressive plans, and because of that this summer represents a missed opportunity.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 22nd-23rd July

Posted on 19 Jul 2023 10:08 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

 

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Doncaster, Haydock, Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon. Over the jumps at Cartmel and Market Rasen
  • Cricket, the fifth Ashes Test next week at The Oval
  • Formula One, the Hungarian Grand Prix
  • Tennis ATP Opens in Atlanta, Croatia and Hamburg.
  • Golf the 3m Open at TPC Twin Cities on the USPGA.

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Free Tip

Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday 2pm

Ten races into the 2023 season with Red Bull dominating having won all ten races so far and Verstappen nailed on for his third world championship, already 99 points ahead the intrigue on a race by race basis surrounds who will be next best and hitting the podium spots.

In the constructors Championship Mercedes are second with 203 points, Aston Martin 3rd with 181 ahead of Ferrari and McLaren. Mercedes position owes to consistent points scoring from both drivers without ever threatening wins, Aston Martin solely rely on Alonso and Ferrari are inconsistent with poor strategy a problem.

In the last two races McLaren have become a contender for high finishes with in-season upgrades based on the Red Bull design template a huge success to date. Lando Norris finishes 4th in Austria then runner up at Silverstone, Piastri finished fourth in the same race. Meanwhile Aston Martin have fallen back into the pack.  Alonso marked the first six races with five podium finishes and has six podiums in ten races overall but a P7 in Barcelona followed by a P5 in Austria and another seventh placed finish at Silverstone is evidence of other teams catching them up and the nature of the circuits. Spielberg and Silverstone are both fast sweeping circuits whereas the Aston Martin tends to perform better on circuits with a greater number of slower corners where there was a run of these races earlier in the season (Melbourne, Baku, Miami, Monaco in a row where Alonso finished 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 2nd)

This weekend the calendar takes the teams to the Hungaroring, and back to the type of circuit that will suit Aston Martin more, and where Norris has expressed doubts about McLaren. This is what he said after Silverstone:

"We do have a poor car -- and I say poor, I would say pretty terrible in the slow-speed corners, extremely difficult to drive," Norris said after the Silverstone race. I feel if we're getting excited and I accept that, but we're going to go to a couple of tracks coming up where I'm sure people are going to be saying 'what have you done now? Like, how has it got so bad all of a sudden?'

Red-Bull apart, with performance across the rest of the grid so track specific, that provides opportunities away from the winner market race by race. With the winner market these days only paying two places, the Podium market is the place to look.

12 points Fernando Alonso to podium in the Hungarian Grand Prix at 5/4 with Coral/Ladbrokes, 6/5 William Hill, SkyBet


Group of Death

Leicester and Sale have landed a brutal pool draw in next season’s Champions Cup. The English clubs, who cannot play each other in the group stage, face games against the holders, La Rochelle, the runners-up, Leinster, the South African heavyweights Stormers and Stade Français. They will play two matches at home and two away in December and January. European champions Stade Rochelais will kick off their title defence with a blockbuster clash against Leinster in a repeat of last season’s final. The French giants clinched back-to-back titles by beating Leinster in Dublin in June.

Saracens, the Premiership champions, and Bristol, who replaced London Irish after the Exiles went into administration, will tackle Bordeaux-Bègles, Bulls, Lyon and Connacht in Pool 1.

Bath, Champions Cup qualifiers after a dramatic last day of the Premiership season, are in Pool 2 alongside Harlequins. They will take on the newly crowned French champions, Toulouse, plus Racing 92, Ulster and the solitary Welsh representatives, Cardiff.

The past tournament winners Exeter and Northampton are in Pool 3, where they will face fixtures against the United Rugby Championship title holders, Munster, plus Glasgow, Bayonne and Toulon.

With the tournament format restored to the version played pre-COVID, the top four in each group progress to last 16. The Champions Cup final takes place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25th May.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 15th-16th July

Posted on 13 Jul 2023 09:13 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

 

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Chester, Hamilton, Newmarket, Salisbury and York
  • Cricket, the fourth Ashes Test next week at Old Trafford and the T20 Blast Finals day
  • Rugby Union, the Rugby Championship continues, including New Zealand v South Africa this weekend.
  • Tennis Wimbledon concludes.
  • Golf the Open Championship next week at Royal Liverpool.

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Free Tip

Vitality T20 Blast Finals day, Edgbaston Saturday, starting at 11am

This year’s T20 Blast finals day sees all four teams derive from the South group with the semi-final draw as follows:

11am Hampshire v Essex

2.30pm Somerset v Surrey

With the final to be played at 6.45pm. The weather forecast is poor, so they may need the Sunday reserve day and the weather introduces more variance to an already unpredictable format.

Surrey and Essex won away Quarter-finals as underdogs, at Lancashire and Birmingham respectively whilst Somerset and Hampshire confirmed favouritism at home.

Pre-tournament odds for this weekend are as follows:

9/4 Surrey

11/4 Hampshire and Somerset

4/1 Essex

Before I looked at the prices I expected Somerset to be favourites as the most impressive team in the group stages with 12 wins from 14 games. Whilst one of their two losses came at home to Surrey, they are still a formidable outfit with the batting led by young guns Banton, Smeed and Kohler Cadmore whilst in the bowling attack Ben Green and New Zealand quick Matt Henry combined for 51 wickets, now supported by canny spinner Ish Sodhi. They have all bases covered.

Their first challenge is that Surrey are not just a big name team but a big game team. Their performance to win at Old Trafford in the Quarter-Finals, defending 188 with some comfort was brilliant, defeating hosts who had not lost at home in the competition for three years. Players like Sam Curran, Jordan and Narine raised their game and the batting line up now has Jason Roy back to provide yet more firepower. Yet seeing them favourites despite having to play Somerset in the second semi is based in part on name recognition as much as the consistency of performance.

I would expect Hampshire to win the other semi-final, with Essex marginally the weakest of the four teams to have made it through having finished fourth in the South Group and crept into the knockout stages late on.

The value at the prices to win on Saturday is Somerset.

12 points Somerset to win the T20 Blast at 11/4 with BetVictor, 5/2 generslly

 


Closed Shop

A new biennial international rugby tournament featuring the Six Nations and SANZAAR teams is set to start in 2026, with games played each July and November. The tournament will be ring-fenced until 2023 with World Rugby setting up a Tier 2 competition for promotion and relegation.

The elite tournament will include the ten teams from the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship plus and additional two Invitation sides, probably Japan and Fiji.

The announcement of the new “World League” which will take place in alternating years between Lions tours and the World Cup has been met with mixed reviews primarily because of the adverse impact on Tier 2 teams, excluded from the competition and thus likely to play even fewer teams from the top tier in each World Cup cycle, hindering their development and the growth of the game beyond the current powerhouses.

If Fiji are set to be the other team besides Japan that is a big hit to teams such as Samoa and Tonga. Meanwhile the strongest European side outside the Six Nations, Georgia, have little to look forward to apart from winning the Rugby Europe International Championship, effectively the Six Nations 2, each year against teams they are far superior to.

However, for all the criticism the new league is primarily a survival tactic with rugby’s finances ever more precarious. Considering the struggles Wales are currently facing, and those affecting England’s sub-international game from the top down and the decline of South Africa’s domestic scene, the attempt to create a new and secure stream of revenue from broadcasters seems a common sense measure.

Despite all of the global viewpoints addressed above, these unions have no obligation to any party which does not make financial sense. In the current economic climate, the times are tough. This competition is undoubtedly a product of that reality.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 8th-9th July

Posted on 5 Jul 2023 10:16 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Beverly, Carlisle, Haydock, Leicester, Nottingham and Sandown
  • Cricket, the third Ashes Test continues at Headingley and the T20 Blast Quarter Finals
  • Formula One, the British Grand Prix
  • Rugby Union, the Rugby Championship begins
  • Tennis Wimbledon continues
  • Golf the Barbasol Championship on the USPGA and the Scottish Open on the DP World Tour

Free Tip

Vitality T20 Blast Quarter Final Lancashire v Surrey Friday 6.30pm

One of three Quarter Finals being played on Friday night, this between the second placed finisher in the North Group and the third placed finisher in the South Group.

Surrey were in the top two of the South Group for much of the Group stages but faded down the stretch losing four of their last five matches with the issues primarily being able to defend big totals at home, meaning no home Quarter final and this tough trip to Old Trafford. Overall Surrey lost five home Group matches at the high scoring Oval, so perhaps won’t be too disappointed to be away this weekend.

Lancashire meanwhile were consistently one of the best sides in the North Group, winning eight games and post the IPL they have been fielding a batting line up containing Buttler, Livingstone and Salt alongside their top scorer in the competition New Zealand overseas pro Daryl Mitchell and an experienced domestic bowling line up. Outright odds have Lancashire 4/5 favourites

I have two ideas in the player sub-markets. Firstly top Lancashire batsman where understandably enough the favourites are Buttler and Livingstone but my eye was drawn to Buttler’s opening partner Phil Salt, once of Sussex and now of the England T20 team. Salt is a big hitter and his form can be streaky and it’s currently in a sweet spot. He ended the group stages well with a 74* last Sunday following a 50 in the Championship win last midweek over Surrey.

In the Lancashire top bowler market Luke Wood took 17 wickets in the Group stages, he’s a left arm opening bowler that played franchise competitions overseas in the winter and his unorthodox style will be a challenge for Surrey’s hard hitting top order who don’t worry about technique if the pitch is suitable, merely hitting.

8 points Phil Salt top Lancashire batsman at 7/2 with Bet365

8 points Luke Wood top Lancashire bowler at 21/10 with Bet365

Other firms will price in the 24 hours leading up to the game    


Refinery

2-0 down in the Ashes and writing before the start of the Third Test, England have come close to winning both games against a superb opponent. That they haven’t done so is due to a series of unforced errors in both games. As the inferior team, their execution has to be better to get them over the line.

In the Edgbaston Test there was a naivete in the England second innings. One such example was with Jonny Bairstow. England were 200 ahead and five wickets down and with the possibility of setting a commanding target, but one or two wickets away from not doing so. Australia, unlike the teams England roared past in the last twelve months, have had a plan to counter Bazball, putting players on the boundary and accepting that they are going to allow 4-5 runs and over but not wanting to go at 8-9 an over, thus staying within the game and waiting for mistakes knowing that few of the England batsman display patience. 

Bairstow continued to play “big” with no adjustment for the Australian tactics and the game situation. Lyon bowled to him with nine fielders out. Playing slightly within himself for half an hour, the only way he could get out would be bowled or LBW. Cue the Bairstow reverse sweep attempt, caught in front, out LBW and England ended up setting 280 and losing by two wickets.

At Lords England were 188-1 in the first innings and with a realistic shot at a first innings lead. Cue Australia having another tactic to counter the England batsmen, the short ball. Pope, Root and Brook fell to poorly executed hook shots, Brook’s egregiously so and England eventually conceded a first innings lead of nearly 100. The situation demanded consolidation and some conservatism. Instead England kept their foot to the floor and perished. Of course there is no guarantee that a different approach would have succeeded but it felt the better match option in that instance than happy hooking to four boundary fielders with the odds unlikely to be in your favour consistently.

Ultimately of course Australia won despite having the worst of the conditions throughout and being a bowler down for an innings and a half. Only Stokes’ brilliance got England close.

England will say that they trust the process, that they are looking to entertain and rather than changing the approach merely the execution of the shots need to be better. Through four England batting innings in the series so far though, nine unforced dismissals of top seven batsmen suggest that executing high tariff shots against Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood enough not to concede unnecessary wickets is a long shot, especially now they are up against an opponent with plans against them.

“Bazball” and its players need to mature and have different strings to its bow to allow for better risk-reward in match situations.  Ben Stokes has showed signs of this in both games, defending well at times and rotating the strike, many of the younger batsmen haven’t taking the philosophy to extremes where doesn’t consistently pay off against this strong opponent.


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