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The Road to Riches: Weekend 18th-19th April

Posted on 12 Apr 2015 11:20 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, a Premier League and Football League programme together with the FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley.

- Racing, the Scottish Grand National at Ayr (see tip below) and flat meetings at Newbury, Nottingham, Thirsk and Wolverhampton

- Formula One, The Bahrain Grand Prix

- Tennis, the ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monte-Carlo concludes this weekend

- Golf, USPGA Tour: RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and European Tour: Shenzhen International in Shenzhen, China.

- Cricket, the second Test Match of England's Caribbean tour begins in Grenada on Tuesday.

- Rugby Union, the European Challenge cup semi-finals with Clermont-Avergne playing Saracens and Toulon against Leinster


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This week Neil Channing looks at the Scottish Grand National at Ayr (3.45pm) tomorrow

" I suggested a few bets in last week's Grand National to our subscribers but we didn't manage to get even one in the frame this year. The most frustrating one was Al Co who I thought was really well handicapped but who only made it to the 1st fence where he came down. It must have been even more frustrating for trainer Peter Bowen who had targeted the National all year and who must have been looking forward to a big run.

 One of the reasons I liked the horse so much was the fact that he won the Scottish National last year carrying just 5lbs less than he'll carry in the race this year. Another reason was that the stable always comes into form at this time of year. It may turn out to be a good thing for us. The horse galloped away loose for a while but didn't seem to exert himself too much and in this race we know he handles the track and the fences as he won easily enough last year. We also get Sean Bowen riding, which wasn't possible last week and his 3lbs claim is like stealing and more or less cancels out the extra weight.

 A few firms offer 5 places which is way better in this 30-runner race than it was in the 39-runner National last week. I think the 14/1 is very fair value and I'd take 12/1 if it gets Pricewised which I think it may do.

 I'm having 10 Points each-way Al Co at 14/1 1/4 12345 with Bet365 and Betfair Sportsbook."


A look back at the Grand National

AP McCoy's last Grand National, riding Shutthefrontdoor, with him promising to retire on the spot if he won was a major story surrounding last weekend's race. Expectations were for a flood of sentimental money from the general public, with talk in some quarters of the horse going off at 4-1 for the 39 runner race.

At lunchtime Shutthefrontdoor began to shorten from 9-1 and by 3.15pm, an hour before the race, prices shortened across the board, at one stage Hills, Coral, Ladbrokes and Betfred took their prices down to 6-1 whilst a) some firms held at 8-1 and b) the horse was weak on Betfair, backable at 10.0+

This was against a backdrop where the three of the firms mentioned above (on the day of the year where their potential acquisition of customers is greatest) only offered four places each-way in their shops compared to five places online. Maybe this tells us that new shop punters don't return, so there was no need to incentivise to attract them. 

In the hour before the Grand National the 6-1 didn't hold and by 3.45pm it was 8-1 across the board and Rocky Creek briefly went favourite. There was no sign of an avalanche of money depressing the price, though Coral did say in the evening after the race that Shutthefrontdoor was the biggest loser in their book

After 4pm, with the race approaching it was still 8/1. Unsurprisnigly with a parade and 39 runners the race was late off. In the final minute before the race prices fell two whole points to 6/1, whilst drifting to 14.5 on BF, which was you could get on the off. The collapse in the price occurred without any corresponding move out in the rest of the field such that the race book went off with an over-round of 165%

It is fair to say that the Grand National is never a great "value" betting race. Witness the over-rounds in recent years:

2008 147%

2009 146%

2010 155%

2011 155%

2012 152%

2013 148%.

165% represented the highest figure in any year as far back as 2003.

My understanding is that if the shops want to shorten a horse (hedging part of an exposure, say) then their course reps can do so in hard cash on the rails. Here, why not just press the blue button on betfair at double figures?

Ladbrokes said after a recent national that 40% of their shop punters took the starting price. In 2010 the method of calculating Starting prices was change. SPs were determined by SP agents taking a sample of bookmakers' prices, and taking the lowest price among the best third available "to good money" at the off. Now the SP is the lowest price among the top 50 per cent.

This year the very late move in the SP clearly went beyond hedging (which at a late stage would hedge only a fraction of exposures for the big firms anyway) and into something far more questionable. The punters most affected,  the once a year customers in the shops were

a) likely to be on Shutthefrontdoor

b) at some firms limited to four places anyway

c) least likely to realise that the SP fell two points in the last seconds before the race

d) in some cases still don't realise

e) and even some who do probably don't care

The SP system before the Grand National displayed the characteristics of a cartel price-fixing. It's not an open market as it should be and it is done to pay less winnings to punters. The SP system doesn't work as well as it once did because the on-course markets are now so weak.

To add insult to injury of a starting price system that here failed them, for those shop punters offered 4 places, Shutthefrontdoor finished 5th. At least we can't blame the bookmakers for that!

 

Politics: The General Election

Coverage from Richard Prew and Neil Channing on the 2015 General Election markets. They are FREE to read for registered users and can be found HERE

After a 16-1 winner, Nicola Sturgeon, in the first Leaders debate market current analysis includes:

- the "Most Seats" Market

- Party seats markets

- the "Next Government" Market

Next week: Individual Constituency markets


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The Road to Riches: Weekend 11th-12th April

Posted on 5 Apr 2015 10:50 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, a full Premier League (including the Manchester Derby) and Football League programme

- Racing, The Grand National at Aintree the highlight of a schedule that includes Chepstow (NH) and flat meetings at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Newcastle

- Golf, The final two rounds of the US Masters at Augusta

- Formula One, The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

- Tennis, the ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters begins on Sunday in Monaco.

- Cricket, the start of the County Championship and the English domestic season


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This weekend sees the China Grand Prix in Shanghai, a fortnight after Vettel beat both Mercedes to the win in Malaysia, the first time Mercedes had been beaten in a straight fight since the advent of F1’s turbo regulations at the start of 2014. Whilst this column had a winner that weekend with Vettel in the "without Mercedes" market at 6/4, the win over the Mercedes at 16/1 was a major surprise as even though it was clear Ferrari were closing the pace gap to Mercedes everyone under-estimated the Ferrari’s ability to look after their tyres in the heat which meant they were able to make two stops compared to Mercedes’ three and win on strategy as well as pace.

The effect of Vettel's victory has been to change the shape of the betting markets for China. From 16/1 to win last time out, Vettel is now 7/1 and in the without Mercedes market in from 6/4 to 4/7.

Shanghai has one of the longest straights of the season, with long sweeping corners mixed in with tight corners meaning the circuit is "front limited", the opposite of Malaysia. Air temperatures are set to be over 10 degrees colder in Shanghai than was the case at Sepang too. A cooler track which takes less energy out of the tyres points to Mercedes in the ascendancy again.

Ferrari technical director James Allison is also not convinced his team will be able to repeat its Malaysian Grand Prix performance this weekend. After Malaysia, no doubt wanting to temper expectations, he spoke about the differences between the two races and what it meant for his cars and concluded

"I'm fairly sure that we will have our work cut out in China to do anything like as impressive a job as we have done here."

However the improvement Ferrari has made over the winter is undeniable and the extent of the step forward the team has made in both chassis and power unit was flagged up on race day in Melbourne, with Ferrari’s long run pace clear for all to see.  In his previous position at Lotus, Allison produced cars with good mechanical grip (especially sharp front end which suits Raikkonen's style) along with low stress on the tyres. Mercedes still has more overall downforce. I think it’ll be a development race from now on between Mercedes optimising their car for hotter conditions and reduced tyre wear, and Ferrari optimising their car to work better at lower temperatures. I'm very happy that the season ante-post bet Vettel without Mercedes is in great shape

For China in the outright market Hamilton is 1/2 and Rosberg 7/2. As value against the top three Kimi Raikkonen is well worth a look. After hitting trouble in Australia he was shuffled down in mixed weather qualifying in Malaysia, starting 11th and finishing 4th. In practice in China he has shone. Whilst Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in both free practice sessions Raikkonen consistently ran times faster than Rosberg on medium tyres confirming a very competitive long run pace. Raikkonen’s best time was just under six tenths of a second faster than Vettel too.

We wouldn't expect Ferrari to out-qualify Mercedes (Allison after practice "Mercedes have a bit more horsepower & downforce") but they have a fighting chance of mixing it in the race and we're getting an each way price on Kimi. On Friday race-simulation average times on the soft tyre showed Mercedes up to 0.5 seconds a lap quicker than Ferrari, but with times dropping off as quickly as lap 11. The Ferrari was still setting decent times 15 laps in. On the medium tyre, which will be used for the bulk of the race, Mercedes and Ferrari times were almost identical, but Ferrari set them for seven laps longer. So, one could conclude again Mercedes have the pace advantage & Ferrari the upper-hand on tyre usage. What that could mean for race strategy creates the value below:

4 points each way Kimi Raikkonen 10-1 SkyBet (each way 1/3 1,2) (9/1 Sportingbet is next best)

(For those who can access it, 11/8 PaddyPower Raikkonen: Podium is a decent price and a lower variance bet, but i won't put bets up i can't bet myself)


England's Long cricket Summer

The last time England toured the West Indies in 2009, Peter Moores was coach, England were in a Kevin Pietersen crisis but the prevailing sentiment was that the team was only playing the West Indies and an easy win was likely. The captain and coach were both sacked just before the series and England lost the series. That summer England went on to beat the West Indies in the return series at home, clung onto a draw in the first Ashes test in Cardiff and went on to win the Ashes.

This year, you'll get long odds on a repeat. England begin a Caribbean test series with a Alistair Cook and Peter Moores under intense pressure. Paul Downton is no longer Managing Director of England Cricket as of this week, too. Change is once more in the air. However, where in 2009 there was a five-Test tour and then the return series to bed-in a new management team here this time there is no such luxury. England face a hugely tough schedule of 17 tests in the next year: West Indies (a), New Zealand (h), Australia (h), South Africa (a) and Pakistan (a). Even the most optimistic will only see two potential series victories there.

England should win in the West Indies. The Test team is more competitive than their ODI team and the West Indies are both inexperienced particularly in the bowling ranks and disunited, at odds with their administrators and with various players such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine missing at the IPL.

New Zealand are difficult opponents. Their recent form is that they have won four of their last five Tests and have reached the World Cup Final as well. In early season English conditions it won't be easy against Boult, Southee and co 

You'd be a brave person not to expect Australia to win the Ashes convincingly, as a side near its peak and with huge depth in their squad. Steve Smith has become one of the best batsmen in the world, for example and the only concern will be who to leave out from an array of fast bowlers. As it is Johnson, Starc, Harris, Hazlewood and others should have a huge summer.

As for England's possible selections, the cupboard looks a lot barer than the sides they meet this summer. They still have a solid new ball attack in Broad and Anderson but both are getting close to the end of their careers and one wonders what the upcoming schedule means for their longevity. Broad in particular has struggled for form all winter, too. Pacemen such as Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes show intermittent promise, but all three need a big series soon to break through. None look like forming an attack remotely in the class of New Zealand or Australia's. Beyond them bowlers such as Tymal Mills, Steve Finn, Boyd Rankin and Ajmal Shazad are now out of contention. The same for spinners such as Monty Panesar, Danny Briggs, Simon Kerrigan and Scott Borthwick. England have rolled the dice in Caribbean selection with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid.

In the batting line up Cook needs runs. Since 2013 in Test cricket he has 899 runs in 17 matches at an average of under 30, and no centuries. The returning Jonathan Trott is likely to open with him in the Caribbean after a successful A Tour, with Ashley Lyth of Yorkshire waiting in the wings. Gary Ballance was a huge success at No 3 in Test cricket last summer, then had a poor World Cup. After that is a strength of the side with Bell and Root who should both score heavily in the Caribbean and there is the foundation of a batting line up in place for some time to come. 

Ben Stokes is likely to be the first choice all-rounder and has much to prove. Since scoring 120 in Perth on the last Ashes tour, he has made 316 runs in 24 innings in all formats for England, at an average of just 14.4, including a sequence of 0, 5, 5, 4, 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 23 & 2. Despite some sporadic fiery bowling performances, he has a total of just 4 wickets in his last 12 ODIs and T20s, although 4 Tests have brought 17 wickets.

If England lose in the Caribbean, it is hard to see how Alistair Cook could continue as captain and possibly even remain in the side, barring a huge series for him with the bat. Even with a win there, the Summer could be very tough indeed. A less conservative team would cast Cook and Broad loose now and cut their losses, rather than risk Cook going after bad results either in the Caribbean, or after the New Zealand series, which would give a new captain an almost impossible task to turn fortunes around against Australia.

A comfortable 2-0 or 3-0 win in the Caribbean, followed by the heavy defeat of New Zealand and a close Ashes series, with the captain in prime form, seems too preposterous to contemplate right now. The likely reality is a win in the Caribbean, which they are rightly odds-on to achieve, then further changes at the latest at the end of the summer.

 

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The Road to Riches: Weekend 3rd-6th April

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 08:59 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football,  A full Premier League schedule and a double football league programme over Easter weekend.

- Rugby Union, the Quarter finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

- Racing, On Saturday Kempton on the flat and national hunt meetings at Haydock, Newton Abbot and Carlisle. Seven meetings on Easter Monday.

- Tennis, the conclusions of the ATP and WTP Miami Opens in Florida and the start of the ATP US Mens Clay Court Championship in Houston.

- Golf, USPGA Tour: Shell Houston Open, the final tournament before the US Masters next week.


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The 2015 Major League Baseball season starts on Sunday with the first of 162 games per team, and whilst we would normally try to do short-term tips for this column, the ante-post markets for the MLB throw up opportunities. For more details on the structral changes taking place in the MLB, and why that is producing pricing inefficiences, please see the article below this.

In the American League Central division the Chicago White Sox have been rebuilding for several years, and last year their payroll fell to 18th highest in the MLB despite being in one of the league's biggest markets, as they ditched expensive contracts and veteran players from their last strong team departed the club. This gave them the firepower to recruit heavily this off-season and complete their rebuilding process.

Already the team had a top pitcher in Chris Sale, and they recruited All-Star Jeff Samardzija from the A's. Add Jose Quintana and sooner or later top draft pick Carlos Rodon and you have 4 of the 5 man rotation there and ready, and looking extremely promising. The Samardzjia trade was described as follows

"a deal that would send Jeff Samardzija to the South Side -- a trade that would solve Chicago's starting rotation problem, shake up the AL Central and set in motion one of the most impressive offseason makeovers of recent winters."

The rebuilding did not stop with the starting rotation. They re-tooled their bullpen with relievers and closers, notably David Robertson who closed for the Yankees last season and they recruited in infield and outfield, notably via Melky Cabrera for left field

"No team, though, has improved itself more since the end of last season than the White Sox. Having added a top of the rotation starter in his prime (Samardzija), an elite closer (Robertson), an underrated lefty reliever (Zach Duke), an All-Star outfielder (Cabrera), and a grizzled slugger who’s a perfect fit for their ballpark (Adam LaRoche), the White Sox are positioned for a run in 2015, and for the foreseeable future. Asked what AL team has upgraded its roster the most, a rival AL executive said, “I think the White Sox. And in that division, where the Tigers may be taking a step back a little, there’s an opportunity.”

The White Sox finished 18 games behind in the AL Central division last season with a 73-89 record but adding these new pieces to a roster including last year's rookie of the year Jose Abreu they should be right up there this time, hitting deeper through the order, with pitching depth and better defense.

Little of this is factored into prices. Part of this will be their division, which features the powerful Detroit Tigers and the fancied Cleveland Indians as well as the Kansas City Royals who made the World Series last year . Part of this is scepticism that any team will go from 70-75 wins one year to the 85-90 wins required for a division or a wild card.

Vegas currently forecasts the White Sox for 82 wins this season but this is a very congested pack. 19 of the 30 MLB teams are projected to finish with 80-87.5 wins and no American League team is forecast over the top end of this range. Taking last year: The Giants and Royals, wild-card teams both, won just 88 and 89 regular-season games, respectively, but reached the championship round, while all six 90 game-winners watched from home. They key is to getting into the high 80s, getting to the play-offs and then getting hot at the right time.

I am confident enough that a case can be made for the White Sox jumping from 73 wins in 2014 to the playoffs this season

Of course there are risks, this is a six month ante-post bet. The main one for the roster is depth, if key players are injured but that is a risk for any MLB team. We are being offered prices to compenasate though:

5 points win Chicago White Sox to win the American League 14-1 BetVictor

3 points e/w Chicago White Sox to win the World Series 33-1 (each way 1/2 the odds 1,2) BetVictor

 

The 2015 MLB

There are 30 MLB teams split into six divisions, three in the National League and three in the American League. Tere is a 162 game regular season from April until September. Five teams from each league then contest the play-offs, the winners of the two leagues playing in the World Series in October.

To a large extent, all the major US sports are structured to provide competitive balance. This is especially the case in the NFL which has a salary cap and extensive free agency, and a team can go from bottom to top in a short time if it manages and recruits well including the draft.

The MLB has no salary cap, has free agency but also it is unusual to draft a player and see him straight into the majors. Draft picks can spend a long time in the minor leagues particularly if drafted from high school at 18. In addition the MLB has local TV deals on top of the national contracts. If you are in a big market such as New York, LA or Chicago for example regional sports networks can pay a fortune for the TV rights. The Los Angeles Dodgers inked the second largest deal worth $8.35 billion over 25 years with Time Warner Cable last year, to give one instance. If you are in one of the MLB's smaller market cities your deal will be far smaller. The difference this provides to spending power, and much of the money was spent on acquiring free agents, has been marked and of all the US Sports baseball has most resembled "haves" and "havenots" in terms of success and acquiring talent

On Opening day 2014 the LA Dodgers had a payroll of over $235m and a record sixteen teams exceeded $100m.. At the other end of the scale two teams, Houston and Miami, had sub $50m payrolls. Historically been quite unusual for a side to go from bottom to top very quickly: there have been barriers to doing so in acquiring talent, paying it and getting it on the field quickly.

However, competitive balance is key in US Sports and successive MLB commissioners have introduced a number of measures to level the playing field including a luxury tax (penalties for over spending via payroll) and penalties for under-spending. This has had the effect of meaning payrolls across the league are equalising, and so the English premier league effect of it being impossible to beat the richest teams over a season is being reduced

So the high rollers aren’t outspending the second-tier teams to the degree they once did. Nor are the penny-pinchers falling as far behind. The teams at the bottom of the new 2015 payroll rankings are much closer to $100 million than $0, which wasn’t true two years ago. It’s not just the fear of financial penalties that has forced the big and small spenders toward the centre of the payroll range. The local TV contracts have enabled some teams to extend their young players instead of watching them walk and the traditional underdog teams now contain young players who can’t easily be bought.

Some teams are still smarter and more efficient than others, you still have to manage well off the field, and coach well on it but levelling the financial playing field is reducing the variation between teams.

Four teams in last year's payroll bottom six made the playoffs last year. Only three teams in the top six did. The Kansas City Royals made the World Series on a sub $100m payroll. In an era of increasing competitive balance, being a big club in the league doesn’t grant the power to dominate that it once did.

Former commissioner Bud Selig’s introduction of a second wild card spot in each league in 2012 has done wonders for the regular season, as more teams than ever before believe they have a shot at the play-offs, but it has also meant that the World Series participants can more than ever be those clubs that get both hot and lucky at just the right time

The effects of structural changes in the MLB finance and play-off structure since 2012 provide value in ante-post betting via spotting teams that may improve faster than forecasts assume. There’s a good chance that another unlikely World Series winner will be seen in 2015, and the tip above is an attempt to find it.

 

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The Road to Riches: Weekend 28th-29th March

Posted on 22 Mar 2015 12:26 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, UEFA European Championship Qualifying matches and a full football league programme

- Cricket, the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday

- Formula One, the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday

- Rugby Union, the return of Aviva Premiership and Pro-12 games after the dramatic conclusion to the Six Nations

- Racing, flat meetings at Doncaster, Kempton and Chelmsford, national hunt meetings at Stratford and Uttoxeter

- Tennis, ATP and WTP Miami Opens in Florida

- Golf, USPGA Tour: Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. European Tour: Trophee Hassan II, in Agadir, Morocco.


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The Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago didn't set the pulses racing. Mercedes dominated as expected, came home in a 1-2 and routinely lapped Albert Park over a second quicker than their nearest competitor.  Mercedes are now as low as 11/4 to win every race this season.

Mercedes aside, Vettel confirmed the promise of pre-season testing for Ferrari and finished 3rd ahead of Massa who said afterwards "the red car was simply faster" in race pace and that he couldn't mount a sustained challenge to regain his lost podium position. The engine performance for Ferrari represents a big step up from 2014.  Elsewhere Red Bull's Renault power unit is a disappointment for the second year running. Post race Ricciardo said that he thought Red Bull had "slipped two seconds off the pace."

This weekend, in the second of fly-away races at the start of the season, is the Malaysian Grand Prix. Compared to Australia step changes in performance are unlikely (and will remain so until the teams beginning the European season in May). The Far East is a long way away from the test beds, wind tunnels and factories of their teams providing the legwork for the improvements in performance hoped for during a season.

We should expect some trends established in Australia to carry on in Malaysia. Just in case we think things will be too predictable though, Malaysia's race runs in extreme heat and a late-afternoon timeslot, meaning heavy rain is always a possibility given the country’s tropical climate, and that often means safety cars and opportunities for creative strategy.

The clear superiority of Mercedes is obviously the dominant force in outright markets in Formula One betting and as is usually the case in any sport with a clear winner of most races (14/1 bar two in Malaysia) we have to turn to sub-markets to find some value

Firstly, in the outright market each way terms are only 1/3 the odds top 2 apart from a couple of firms offering top 3 but ducking all the outright prices. Realistically we would have to rely on mechanical problems to get any non-Mercedes into the top two. Betting "without Mercedes" gives us a chance. I like this market currently because Formula 1 lacks depth in competitiveness. Red Bull is off the pace and the McLaren is at the back of the pack. The Force Indias are reliable but slow. Lotus and Sauber are improving and Toro Rosso has two talented young drivers, but its a stretch to expect them to hit a podium.

So we are left with Ferrari and Williams. “The Ferraris look great, they really do. It’s surprising to see how good their times are” Hamilton told the media after Friday's practices in Malaysia which saw Ferrari ahead of the field ex-Mercedes. That Ferrari is ahead of Williams at this race is interesting, as we would expect the long straights of Malaysia to favour the Williams with a Mercedes engine. Perhaps there is a caveat that the Ferrari was carrying less fuel. We can strongly suggest though that Vettel is slightly quicker than Raikkonen all other things being equal so the 6/4 about Vettel in the "Malaysian Grand Prix without Mercedes" market looks more than fair

Looking at another sub-market, "Top Six Finish" and relating that through to the pace we saw in Australia. The Lotus team is running a Mercedes engine this year and the improvements from that were seen in the first race weekend. Grosjean and Maldonado ran top ten in second and third practice, qualified in the top ten only 0.2 seconds off the Red Bull and then both failed to complete a lap of the race.

Grosjean was interviewed last week and said

"Our target for the early races is to be regularly in the top 10. We certainly demonstrated that in Albert Park and our race pace simulations were good so if we'd remained in the race we should have finished strongly. There's nothing to suggest this can't be the case in Malaysia and we really want to start scoring points."

Grosjean was 4th in FP1 in Malaysia then suffered engine problems in the second session and is priced at 5/2 to finish top six in Malaysia behind the Williams, Ferrari, Mercedes drivers and Ricciardo in the betting. Reliability is a major risk here but we can also expect attritition from runners in front. Grosjean is far preferred to Maldonado, for whom finishing a race often seems like an achievement in itself.

10 points Sebastian Vettel : 6/4 generally, Malaysian Grand Prix without Mercedes

6 points Romain Grosjean 5/2 generally, Malaysian Grand Prix top Six Finish

 

The racing right

The announcement in last week’s Budget that the government intends to introduce a Racing Right to replace the Levy system, consultation on the scheme only having closed the week before, received a warm response from the racing industry which will administer the system that will see bookmakers pay for the right to bet on British horseracing.

Post budget quotes told us that the racing right was "“the biggest step forward for racing in a generation” and a “welcome and tremendous boost”.

The essence of the racing right is straightforward. Create a right to accept bets, and give it to racing to sell to betting firms increasing the total amount that the bookmakers pay to racing. Currently bookmakers pay 10.75% of their gross profits from their UK horseracing business to racing  (£80m) and, together with media rights and sponsorship the transfer to racing is circa £250m.

Nick Rust, the Ladbrokes director who recently crossed the tracks to become the chief executive of the BHA said that it was common sense to deliver a system that closes a loophole that means all bookmakers licensed by the Gambling Commission now pay tax in Britain but only around half of all bets placed online contribute to the Levy.

Of course, implementing the racing right is going to be far from straightforward. The Association of British Bookmakers said that the scheme is “unworkable" and the Right will face legal challenges both at home and abroad.

Firstly it will give the British Horse Racing Authority the ability to charge their own price for bookmakers to offer bets on British racing, a product on which they have a monopoly. This may attract the attention of the competition authorities. These issues might be mitigated if racing were divided up into separate packages, as we have seen in other sports. It might also be possible to give the Right to individual tracks though whether that is feasible for smaller tracks with limited fixtures is unclear.

Secondly even if British competition authorities approve, the European Commission will be a factor too as this is might be construed as "state aid", a monopoly handed to a body by the government.

Over and above legal challenges there is a further problem with the Racing Right. Horse racing is not that attractive a product for bookmakers, or for punters. It is less and less a product that younger punters want to bet on, viewing figures are down consistently and in an era where they restrict bets easily bookmakers are passing on money to racing because they must, and not because it is necessarily makes financial sense for them to do so. Under the racing right, there will be no incentive for bookmakers to promote racing to their customers. Instead there will be  incentive to steer gamblers towards sports like football, and above all cheap, risk-free gaming products like FOBTs to pay for the increased costs that the racing right brings.

If it costs bookmakers/exchanges higher fixed sums to take bets on races, some may just stop doing so, reducing revenue and presumably increasing the burden on the remaining participants.  The money could come from the pockets of punters as margins widen /commission increases. 

Perhaps racing really thinks bookmakers still can't live without their product.  However is that the case for firms, increasingly operating online and where shop revenues are FOBT led? Would these firms prefer to offer "virtual" horse-racing, other sports and casino products only?

If racing is to realise its full value from the betting public, bookmakers need to be offering it as a product not because they have to, but because they want to. That means looking at the structure of British racing as a product to market, as much as its funding.

 


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Posted on 15 Mar 2015 12:49 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, a full Premier League programme including Liverpool v Manchester United on Snday and the football league programme

- Rugby Union, the final weekend of the 2015 Six Nations with England, Ireland and Wales seperated by points difference going into Saturday's three games

- Racing, national hunt meetings at Newbury, Stratford, Kelso, Bangor and Fontwell Park

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The final weekend of the Six Nations sees the following three games

12pm Italy v Wales

3pm Scotland v Ireland

5pm England v France

After last week's results, England, Ireland and Wales are seperated by points difference at the top of the table

England 6 points +37 points difference

Ireland 6 points +33 points difference

Wales 6 points +12 points difference

France 4 points +22 points difference

So, the order of games is important. Wales will go out against Italy and try and set a target for Ireland, who then have to beat Scotland by enough to surpass that and set a benchmark for England at home in the last game who will know what they need to do to secure the Championship

External factors could play a part too. Good weather in Rome, bad weather in the UK and the points scoring potential of the three teams changes dramatically

Current odds to win the Six Nations are as follows:

England 5/6 Ireland 7/4 Wales 13/2

So who are the likely winners? Lets take a look at each game and reach a conclusion

Italy v Wales

- Wales are 24 point favourites here. At first glance that seems high. On their last four visits to Rome they have only scored two tries in each match, with the last three victories only bringing points differences of 5, 8 and 17. However....

- Italy's 29-0 defeat at home to France was the most abject six nations performance by any team in years. They also only have a six day turnaround before this game having played on Sunday and captain (and one of their few world class players) Parisse is out injured. When this news broke on Thursday, the Welsh Six Nations outright price fell by up to a point.

- Wales meanwhile were brilliant in defence aginst Ireland, recording a six nations record 250 team tackles and at one stage repelling 32 phases of Irish play in their own half

- Wales should win comfortably of course. In their favour, the Italian goal-kicking is the weakest in the competition by a long way. If they don't keep their score ticking over the chances of Wales receiving the required boost to points difference increases

- On the downside, it took an enormous physical effort to win against Ireland, and this match is only a week later. There are key injuries too, including three front row forwards. Whilst the sight of the Italian pack being shunted backwards by the French will be of some comfort, the prospect of a new Welsh front row may mitigate some of the advantage expected.

Scotland v Ireland

- The second quarter of the game aside, where Scotland attacked fluently, Scotland were blown away by England's power and to only lose by 12 was extremely fortunate indeed

- With the way that Ireland squeeze the life out of teams, Scotland could capitulate in this final match. Scotland do not have the size and strength up front and in defence that Wales have.

- As for Ireland, it could be said that they lacked a player with the magic to unlock Wales during those long spells of pressure but you could also argue that from a poor start and 12-0 down, and with Sexton on an off-day, they came back to come very close to drawing the game at the end

- Ireland are 8 point favourites to win in Edinburgh. That looks too low to me

England v France

- As we know points difference is going to prove crucial this weekend, and if England had finished just some of the raft of clear opportunities they created against Scotland, i wouldn't be writing this article. As it is, they squandered most of those chances generated from no less than 12 line breaks and are only four points better off than Ireland now.

- France are traditionally poor travellers (and that includes that they have won just one of their last 10 matches at Twickenham ), and many fancied them to get turned over on a wet day in Rome but the Italian performance was full of missed opportunities and France were gifted kickable penalties too. They too have a six day turnaround from their last match.

- This should be a real arm-wrestle, in part because (one lovely try in Rome apart) the French do not utilise the flair in their back three at all. Under Saint Andre we should expect France to play the percentages and take England on up front. The problem is the kicking game they employ is too inconsistent and the patterns of play are easy to defend. Mistakes such as in Rome, where France committed 20 handling errors, are also part of the problem.

- England are 9 point handicap favourites

Conclusion

England at odds-on are opposable. I tipped Wales pre-tournament in this column and expected the tournament to be decided on points difference, no grand slam. Unfortunately the combination of them winning by 20+ AND one of the other two not moving past them looks unlikely which accounts for them being the 13/2 outsider of three.

The interesting price is Ireland at nearly 2/1. Their style of play matches up really well with Scotland, who they should over-power. Granted we are then hoping for a performance of sorts from France, who if they were a horse would have two timeform squiggles next to their name, but we're getting 7/4 on one, 5/6 the other and only four points in it

Ultimately, I think Ireland will set England the task of beating France by at least 15 points in the final game.

10 points Ireland at 7/4 to win the Six Nations, Ladbrokes and Corals

(please note, at the time of writing Betfair Sportsbook have enhanced their price on Ireland winning the Six Nations to 2-1, maximum stake £25)


At th 2015 Cheltenham Festival Willie Mullins, Ireland's champion trainer, claimed a record eight successes at the meeting. This prompted bookmakers to quote 20-1 about Mullins winning all four festival majors in 2016

Five of Mullins's eight winners are owned by the ex-Barclays Capital investment banker Rich Ricci who, before and after his ousting from the firm in 2013 has invested enormous amounts of his fortune in National Hunt racing, a fortune enhanced by the sale of over £70m in shares prior to his departure.

“I came to horseracing with a lot of baggage,” admits Ricci. “I’ve got a stupid name, I was in an industry people hate and I’m a knuckle head."

An irony, given how much the banking crisis of which Ricci was a public face via the LIBOR scandal in particular affected so many people in the past few years, is that some of those same people affected stood to win significant windfalls last Tuesday if Annie Power had brought home the final leg of the Ricci multiple but the £50-100m estimated liability was of course denied by the mares' fall at the last in the World Hurdle one of the most dramatic sporting moments of the last few years across any sport. Their returns were directly linked to the fortunes of the Ricci horses.

What is clear, from the strength of the Mullins stable and especially the brilliance of Ricci horses such as Faugheen, Vautour and Douvan is that the investment has changed the competitive balance of the top end of the sport for the foreseeable future. This already saw Paul Nicholls deliberately target the big weekend prizes around the country in the weekends before the festival before the Mullins hordes arrived and will only intensify in the years to come

So, with Mullins and Ricci carrying all before them, Friday saw an incredibly competitive looking Gold Cup that saw an extremely unusual outcome. Coneygree was the first novice winner since 1974 and led from start to finish on at best good-to-soft ground and had only jumped fences in public 3 times before the race.

The background to Coneygree is one that screenplay writers will be looking at. Last November at Plumpton, Coneygree was due to run his first race after two years injured. The horse was withdrawn at the start by a vet who said Coneygree showed signs of lameness. The trainer's wife recounted this in the aftermath of the Gold Cup, remembering that her protestations to the vet were met by the response

"He's had two years off, he's not worth anything anyway"

Coneygree's dam, Plaid Maid, cost £3,000 and was bought to give her father, the late Lord Oaksey an interest in his later years. Lord Oaksey bred Coneygree and Carruthers from her.

At the Gold Cup, Coneygree was led up by Lily Bradstock,the trainers daughter who two years ago was unable to walk following a kick from a horse, and had to end her riding career subsequently.

The Mark Bradstock stable only has ten horses, near Leighton Buzzard.

On top of this almost perfect check-list of fairytale elements to the winner's story the horse he beat into second? Djakadam. Trained by Willie Mullins. Owned by Rich Ricci.

I didn't have a penny on Coneygree but I roared it up the hill.

Subsequently Coneygree was given a mark of 172, the highest for any novice chaser over any distance in a century

A victory for racing romantics and a hark back to an era passing us by daily, as the competitive environment of jumps racing changes.

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