Friday, 13 May 2022

Sam Ryder - UK Eurovision - Good luck Spaceman!

Who would believe that we'd actually have a good songs as our Eurovision entry  for once in 2022. Super talented Sam Ryder has certainly knocked the ball out of the park with this catchy and anthemic song, and social media feedback seems to suggest that many around Europe also view it as a favourite of theirs. In the betting odds, perhaps understandably, Ukraine's entry is odds on (2/5), so the outcome may be drifting towards a foregone conclusion, but the UK entry is currently second favourite (6-1), which is certainly at this stage an achievement in its own right. If we manage to put up a good or decent showing points-wise we can't complain, and it'll certainly made a change from the usual languishing in or near last place. Good luck, Sam!

Friday, 6 May 2022

Derby 2022 Preview


At the time of writing, the Derby, which is due off at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022, is less than six weeks away. Even so, with the exception of the Sandown Classic Trial, the traditional Derby trials – 2,000 Guineas, Chester Vase, Lingfield Derby Trial and Dante Stakes – have yet to be contested, so there is still plenty of time for the ante-post picture to change, perhaps dramatically.

Incidentally, the result of the Sandown Classic Trial had only limited impact on the Derby market, with the first three home, Westover, Cash and Goldspur, quoted at 25/1, 20/1 and 50/1. respectively, for the Epsom Classic. Luxembourg, trained by Aidan O'Brien, remains favourite at 3/1, with the Master of Ballydoyle keen to point out that the Camelot colt, who is third-favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, looks 'like he's going to be a middle-distance horse for this year'.

Of course, O'Brien is the leading trainer in the history of the Derby, with eight winners since the turn of the century and also numbers 10/1 co-second favourite, Point Lonsdale, among his remaining 24 entries at this, still early, stage. Beyond the Ballydoyle 'battalions', Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby also holds a strong hand with New London (10/1), Native Trail (12/1) and Walk Of Stars (14/1) all inside the first half a dozen in the ante-post betting market.

The unbeaten Native Trail, who is clear favourite for the 2,000 Guineas after readily winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in mid-April, on his first attempt over a mile, is the one with the obvious 'star quality'. However, his sire, Oasis Dream, was a sprinter and his damsire, Observatory, was a miler, so his stamina for a mile and a half has to be taken on trust.

At much longer odds, Hannibal Barca (50/1) has 2 lengths to find with Luxembourg on their running in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster last October but, like the winner, seems sure to be suited by the step up to middle distances, He was transferred to Joseph O'Brien from Brian Meehan over the winter and looks a sporting wager against some better-fancied rivals.

Thursday, 3 February 2022

Football player transfers

Football transfers are an exciting time for all involved with football with players looking to make the moves to different clubs around the world. Football player transfers are a popular topic to be discussed with a lot of rumours being spread around about what players are moving and to what club. Football transfers are an exciting and fun time just like bingo sites not on gamstop like the ones at CNOG which offers a fun and exciting experience for users as well.

What are football player transfers?

Football player transfers are when a football player moves to a different club due to another team wanting to buy them or the player handing in a transfer request and wanting to leave. Player transfers are a very common thing with there being two transfer windows available each season with one being in the winter and one in the summers and this is where clubs have a set period to make their new football player singings or to sell football players that they no longer want or need.

The transfer windows are an exciting time for all football fans around the world with them wanting to see their teams make new signings to help improve their current team or to sell players that they do no longer want to see playing for their clubs. The winter football player transfer window has just ended with a lot of clubs making new signings to help improve their squads for the rest of the season.

Is there a budget?

There are financial fair play rules put in place by FIFA and other footballing companies to ensure that clubs with more money than others do not sign too many players as it is unfair on teams that have a smaller and lower budget in the league.

There have been clubs in the past that have spent over the budget allowed to them and this has led to them getting a football player transfer ban sometimes for a whole season so they cannot sign new players or sell their players. This has helped to ensure that the league is fair and smaller teams can compete with bigger clubs within the leagues.

With the above information, you should have a better understanding of what football player transfers are and how they are operated and work. The summer window is not far off so make sure to keep your eyes peeled now you know exactly what is happening.

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Welsh Grand National History

Nowadays, the Welsh Grand National is run over 3 miles 6½ furlongs, and 23 fences, at Chepstow Racecourse, which has been its home since 1949. Indeed, in the interests of safety, the official distance was increased by about a furlong as recently as 2019; the start was moved back up the home straight to prevent a downhill 'cavalry charge' into the tight, left-hand bend immediately beyond the winning post.

Traditionally – or, at least, since 1979 – the Welsh Grand National has been scheduled, weather permitting, on the day after Boxing Day. That said, 'weather permitting' is the operative phrase; in the past decade or so, the Welsh Grand National has been postponed until the following January five times because of snow and frost or waterlogging.

The Welsh Grand National was inaugurated in 1895 at Ely Racecourse, to the west of Cardiff, where it remained until 1939. Following the closure of Ely Racecourse and a brief hiatus for World War II, the race was transferred, briefly, to Newport (Caerleon) Racecourse in 1948, before finding a permanent home at Chepstow the following year.

Originally scheduled for Easter Tuesday, in March or April, the Welsh Grand National was moved to February in 1969 and to late December a decade later. Since 1973, the race has been sponsored by long-standing bookmaker Coral, making it the subject of the longest-running sponsorship in National Hunt racing. In 2021, the Welsh Grand National will be run in memory of the late Kim Gingell, the daughter of Somerset trainer Colin Tizzard, who died in May, 2020, at the age of 43 after a short battle with cancer.