Thursday, 15 November 2018

1966: A Year of Sporting Victories

What a year. 

Like the battle of Hastings in 1066, football fans will never forget the year when England won the World Cup 1966. 

As the quote goes: ''They think its all over...'' Kenneth Wolstenholme's commentary on BBC when England beat Germany 4 - 2. 

He said: And here comes Hurst! He's got...

Some people are on the pitch! They think it's all over!

Whatever your fancy, Sun Bets has lots of great offers.   

It is now, it's four!    

I get the feeling we will have to wait until 2066 to see another FIFA World Cup for our beloved football nation. 

Here is a quick summary of other sporting winners in this famous year.

Tennis: Wimbledon 20th June - 2nd July

Manuel Santana wins the men's final. While Billie Jean King wins the women's. 

Grand National 1966 - Aintree

Anlgo wins at odds of 50-1 for trainer Fred Winter, ridden by Tim Norman. A 20-length victory beating Freddie who was runner-up the year before. 

Gold Cup 1966 - Cheltenham 

Almost as well known as England winning the World Cup, equine star Arkle made this a historic Gold Cup winning for the third time in consecutive years. Tom Dreaper trained this amazing nine-year-old for the Dutchess Of Westminster, ridden by Pat Taaffe at odds of 1/10f. 

More Horse Racing 

Flat racing:

The English Triple Crown wasn't achieved. We had to wait until 1970 for Nijinsky to win the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger. He went on to win the Irish Derby just for good measure. 

Who won these races in 1966? 

2000 Guineas - Won by Kashmir trained by Mick Bartholomew, French-trained colt who showed class as two. 

Epsom Derby - Charlottown trained by Towzer Gosden. This bay colt won seven of his ten races but retire at four when disappointing in France. 

St Leger - Readers may remember this class horse - Sodium. This son of Psidium was trained by George Todd at Manton in Wiltshire. Sodium finished fourth behind Charlottown in the Epsom Derby and went on to win the Irish Dery in the same year.  

The Boat Race 1966

A long history of the battle of supremacy for Oxford and Cambridge University. The 112 boat race took place on the 26th  March 1966. A tight competition, Oxford won by three and quarter lengths. Cambridge won the women's race. 

1966 European Athletics Championship 

A couple of English victories of note:

Jim Hogan won the Marathon 2:20:04.06

Lynn Davies won the men's Long Jump 7.98 m  

The only two medals England achieved in these championships. 

July 17th saw American runner Jim Ryun set a new world record in the mile timed 3:51.3 

FA Cup 1966

Football fans enjoyed a battle between two tough sides in this final. Everton went on to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. 

Boxing in 1966

29th March - Muhammed Ali defeats George Chuvalo in 15 rounds on a unanimous decision.

21st May - A fight few UK boxing fans will forget. Henry Cooper deserved to beat Muhammed Ali ( Cassius Clay) in their first fight in 1963 with a left hook in the final seconds. The fight was delayed when Ali's gloves had to be changed after a tear (which was later detailed as a deliberate act by his corner). Cooper was outfought and stopped in the 6th round by a technical knockout in 1966. 

Muhammed Ali had a busy year going on to defeat Brian London by knockout in the third round (6th August)

10th September Ali had a tough fight with Karl Mildenberger with a 12th round TKO. 

He concluded the year retaining his WBC heavyweight title knocking out Cleveland Williams in three rounds. 

What's your favourite sporting year?

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Big Bets at the Casino

Not seen her at the casinoSo you love to bet at the casino. 

I wonder if you change up £50 cash for 50p chips or are you a high roller who likes to have a wedge and doesn't peel off anything less than a BIG NOTE. 

You don't need to go to Montecarlo to see people betting cash like is going out of fashion. While some of us go to the charity shops and thrift stores to find a three-piece suit others go to Savile Row. It's funny that so often the worst dressed punter is the big spender. I imagine they have better things to do than think which tie goes with which shirt. Plain. Stripes. Bow tie. Who wants to be the best-dressed man losing cash off the hip? If you were a chef you would be more cordoned off than cordon bleu. Noir cassoulet!

I guess many people love brick and mortar casinos. Sometimes you just want to sit at home, put your feet up and have a little flutter at this website

So what did you notice the last time you went to the casino? There is plenty going on. Blackjack, roulette, slots, 3-card poker...and a few strange Chinese games I don't know how to play or even what they are called. Funny. I always notice the Chinese punters enjoy a good bet. (Rarely well dressed).

Winning or losing - comes quickly AT THE CASINO.

I have been very lucky at Great Yarmouth. My lucky single number and corner. Clearly, it is just about being lucky. Every number has an equal chance of coming up on the roulette. You wouldn't think so when you see the numbers in an evening. Hot numbers. Cold numbers. A couple of frosty ones stuck in the deep freeze nestled against a random brussel sprout an escapee from last Christmas. Those numbers send shivers down the spine of the eternal optimist: ''It hasn't come up after 5000 spins.'' Yes, it will when you leave the table!

How do I get lucky?

No shamrock, four-leaved clover...rabbit foot sprinkled with moon dust. Although the latter is quite novel.

No. Just my lucky number and corner. How do I find my lucky number? I simply look to see which number has come up a couple of times in the last half hour and stick with that religiously. It's like watching paint dry. However, you need one touch of luck early and you are winning like a popcorn machine that's gone wrong. If nothing much goes right and you have a thirst like you've got lost in the desert - stop playing after losing £30. If you hit on a winner...give it a few more bets and ride your luck. 

The last time I was playing small money and over two nights won £130. I'm not one of these loons who says it's a winning system. There isn't one on fixed odds. The longer you play the more likely you are to lose. That's why you want to play for an hour or two at most. Hope for the best and pray you are lucky. 

Believe it or not, I'm actually winning money at the casino and I must have been over 20 times. 

Good luck. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Your Guide to the Charlie Hall Chase 2018 (3rd November)

Your Guide to the Charlie Hall Chase 2018

The jump season is back! 

The National Hunt season is finally underway with this Saturdays’ Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby typically seen as the first big race of the season. It looks sure to be highly competitive with fallen superstar Thistlecrack heading the market at this early stage. Thistlecrack is looking to regain his former glory after missing the remainder of last season following an injury in King George on Boxing Day. 

Who can forget his fantastic King George win in 2016 on what was his novice season? Whether he can remain to reach those heights again, after a succession of injuries have blighted his career, but Joe Tizzard, who rode Thistlecrack in his very first competitive race back in 2013 (and assistant to father Colin) was this week quoted as saying he “has not missed a beat” in his preparation for the race. It would no doubt be a fantastic achievement if he could rise to former glory. There is certainly no shortage of fans! However, 7/4 is too short for my liking for a horse with a lot of question marks. 

One horse who will definitely want to make it this year is Double Shuffle who was declared for this race last year but missed the race due to unexpected traffic problems. Double Shuffle nearly pulled off a shock in last years King George, going down by only 1 length to eventual Gold cup 2nd Might Bite at odds of 50/1. To me, this horse may perpetually be in the awkward bracket of “Always going to be a high weight in a handicap, therefore, having to run in high-class races, but not quite good enough to threaten the big boys. Early odds of 6/1 certainly don’t appeal to me. 

Gordon Elliot sends 3 across from Ireland with Don Poli, Alpha Des Obeaux & Gold Cup contender Outlander all making the trek sporting the colours of National Hunt heavyweights Gigginstown. Paul Nicholls also saddles two with Black Corton looking to continue it’s impressive progress with Bryony Frost although with both of his horses having an initial price of 6/1, I’d be more interested in his other runner Clan Des Obeaux who I feel has been running at a higher consistent level. 

The one I’m siding with and whom I really feel is one to watch this year is Bristol De Mai from the Nigel Twiston Davies stable. Bristol won this race last year as a prep race before his 57 length demolition in the Betfair Chase. Bristol De Mai is still only a 7-year-old, however, was a late foal and should peak over the next two seasons. I think there’s a lot more to come from the stable star. Owners Simon Munir & Isaac Souede have some racing superstars this season with others including Footpad, We Have A Dream & Terrefort all likely to sport the double green at Cheltenham next year and The Cheltenham Gold Cup is certainly not out of the question for Bristol De Mai. 

The horse runs well fresh and as always the stable has started the season with a healthy return BRISTOL DE MAI has opened at 9/2 which I feel is a fantastic EW proposition as I can’t see it finishing out of the top three provided it receives its favoured soft or heavy ground. Looking ahead the weather for the area is overcast although the course is watering each day and with more rain forecast on Saturday morning – I can see it going off a much shorter price. See the betting here.

Recommendation 5 point ew @ 9/2

Charlie Hall Chase:

Code: National Hunt
Grade: 2 
Age: 5 years + 
Distance: 3m 1f
Jumps: 18

Established: 1969 The Wetherby Pattern Chase 
History: Replaced Emblem Handicap Chase  (named after 1863 Grand National winner Emblem)
Recent History: 1978 Charlie Hall Memorial Wetherby Pattern Chase
Today: Charlie Hall Chase since 1990

Most Successful Horses:

Wayward Lad (1983, 1985)
Celtic Shot (1990, 1991)
Barton Bank (1993, 1995)
One Man (1996, 1997)
See More Business (1999, 2000)
Ollie Magern 2005, 2007)

Most Successful Trainer:

Nigel Twiston-Davies 5 wins - Tipping Tim (1992), Young Hustler (1994), Ollie Magern (2005, 2007) & Bristol De Mai (2017)

Watch last year's race here:

By Michael

Three National Hunt Horses to Follow in 2018/19 Season

Might Bite
It won’t be long until the leading national hunt horses return to the racecourse after their summer break for the 2018/19 campaign. The November meeting at Cheltenham, Tingle Creek at Sandown and King George at Kempton are some of the leading events in the early stages of the season, while all roads then lead to Cheltenham for the Festival in March. 

Here is a look at five horses to follow during the new season which could help it become a profitable national hunt campaign for you as a punter.

Might Bite

Might Bite had to settle for second place last season in the Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Native River in what was his first attempt at the Blue Riband event of the meeting. Nicky Henderson’s chaser proved across the campaign though, that he is one of the leading horses in the UK and Ireland in the 3m division as he had success in the Grade One King George VI Chase and Aintree Bowl during the Grand National meeting. Might Bite is 6/1 to win the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup which may prove to be a big price if he lands some of the major races before the Festival. There are doubts about the fitness of many of his rivals ahead of the new campaign and he will be into his second season in the open-age category, therefore he should be able to lean on his experience to good effect.

Le Prezian 

Le Prezian was a regular in the big handicap chases at Cheltenham last season and he got his reward for a consistent campaign as he won the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup. The seven-year-old is sure to return for the Cheltenham meeting in November where he is will be one of the favourites in the betting to land the feature race on the Saturday. Le Prezian finished third in the 2m4f contest in 2017 but he is improving all the time so could be the one to beat this time around at a course he does so well at. It is difficult to say what his target will be in March as connections bid for back-to-back Festival wins, however, as we have seen with horses in the past, those who have won at the meeting have gone on to prevail there again further down the line.

Samcro Cheltenham Festival 2019

One of the star novice hurdlers in the 2017/18 national hunt season was Samcro who is trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott. The Irish horse won his first four races of the campaign, including the Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Unfortunately, the season ended on a disappointing note for Samcro as he fell in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle back in April. That error three hurdles from home should not put a dark cloud over what was an excellent campaign for the novice. The big test will be against the older horses this season and he does prove himself, he could earn himself a shot at the Champion Hurdle in March at the Festival.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Remember Peter Winkworth? I Do...

Peter Winkworth Horse Owner, Trainer & Breeder
The title of this post...

I guess there are many, many...many, Peter Winkworth's in the world. 

I've calculated there are 510 in the United Kingdom!

I'm joking, of course. However, I am a fan of Peter Winkworth who, these days, is known as a racehorse owner. I know he breeds a number of thoroughbred racehorses, too. Readers may remember that not so many years ago he was a racehorse trainer.    

I was sad the day he retired from training because he was a very good handler and I used to make the most of his two-year-olds which often went very well at huge prices on their second start.   

Anyway, time moves on. He's still a great man in my estimations because he knows his horses. 

My niche within this sport of kings is two-year-old racing. Well, guess what I noticed today? Talk about an open-ended question, hey. 

3:00 Nottingham - 

EBF Stallions Oath Restricted Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Sire And Dam Restricted Race) (Div II)

Surfman. I know what you're thinking...who or what is surfman? Is it about a man surfing? No! It's a two-year-old horse owned (surprise, surprise) by Mr Winkworth (Peter).  

This bay colt is a son of Kingman out of a Group 3 winning mare who was in training back in 2008 by the man himself. In fact, Shimmering Surf may have won just once in thirteen starts but total prize winnings over £100,000 detail a smart performer. In addition, she achieved an official rating of 107. Sadly, the mare died in 2017 at the age of 10.  

Surfman, bred by Winkworth, was the last of the mare's offspring. Interesting to note that he was sent through the sale's ring and fetched 140,000 guineas. 

Looking at this bay colt today, he is a big, strong horse. Varian has done a good job getting him ready for his debut over today's distance of 1m 1/2f. Backed from 6-1 - 9-2, connections clearly fancied this February foal to go well. He didn't disappoint finishing a worthy third place losing by a head and a neck. 

I really like the look of this colt. He has size and substance. There's no doubt he was ring rusty, inexperienced but showed an equal measure of ability. 

Just like the good, old days, I'm sure Peter was hoping for a winning debut. But you can bet he will be even more determined to see a win on Surfman's second start. 

A great reminder that even though so much changes in horse racing - often little changes at all.  

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Betting Like It's 1984

How many times have you searched Google for winning racing tips? 

What did you find? 

You may have found a number of successful websites including one of ours called Eric Winner. The trouble with so many punters is that they are not looking for long-term profits but an instant return on investment. Nothing wrong with that thought. In fact, it is something that all gamblers, bettors, investors would love to have in their armoury.  

Reading the literature to many ''Get Rich Quick'' schemes you kind of notice the fancy font that's highlighted in bold.   

I guess many people are not really looking for a gamble at all. Just a way of pretty much guaranteeing that they will win. 

Would you like a crystal ball?

Now you are probably reading that last sentence thinking I am making fun of the situation that so many gamblers find themselves. Who can tell the future? 

However, all investments are basically trying to foretell the future. If only I could see five minutes into the future! For starters, I would win Lotto. That would be a cool million or so even on a bad Saturday night. I guess if we could do that we would be hoping we could choose when we had that five minutes just to take advantage of the Euro Lottery for a £100M. 

Sadly, we can't see into the future. Well, not just yet. 

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You've seen the film Groundhog Day?  Re-living the same day time after time, in the hope of making it to a  

I have found a novel approach to gambling which is very much like a cross between Groundhog Day with a touch of uncertainty, but giving enough confidence that you should make a profit. 


Here's an interesting question. Would you like to know which horse is likely (ideally definitely as we are talking Groundhogs here) to be backed? 

You are watching the betting pretty much sure Joe Bloggs racing in the 4:20 Wolverhampton is going to be backed. Substantially backed. 

It would be like knowing the future. Wouldn't you like to know how to do that?

You won't believe this...

I'm going to tell you how to do it for free.


Well, you may never have considered that non-runners are very interesting. Frustrating. Yes. You notice a non-runner when eight runners turn to seven and your each-way bet comes third. Bloody non-runners. 

However, these non-runners are like a goldmine.I know you have a puzzled look on your face. You're thinking I've either been drinking grandpa's medicine or taken a knock to the head or wallet. 

They are a goldmine!!!!!!!!!

Here's what you are looking for. A non-runner which is heavily backed. It's as simple as that. Because you can pretty much guarantee the same horse, running at a similar level will be backed next start. I've seen it happen time after time. Obviously, you need to be betting on the exchanges to make a profit or hold a juicy no-lose gamble. But it is a glimpse into the future without the need for a time machine or crystal ball. 

Don't believe it works? Watch and you will see. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Psychology can improve your betting performance

The Power of Psychology
Psychology: the study of behaviour and mind. To many, this offshoot of philosophy is akin to witchcraft. Others, it is just common sense. While for the majority: ''mumbo jumbo''. 

The strange thing about psychology is that we know it works. There have been studies which show when you walk into a supermarket, we walk so many paces before stopping, turning, and look around. You've probably done it a thousand times and never thought about it. It's walking, you stopped, so what! 

That's why someone had the brainwave of making sure the isles, offers or security guard (joke) are seemingly waiting at the right place to get you to buy. 

It begs the question, how many other things work like that? It is worrying to some extent as you may find yourself buying things, saying yes to someone who five minutes ago gave you a free pen, or liking someone or something that in ways always repulsed you before. You just put it down to being Friday! 

The power of psychology. Neuromarketing. Mumbo jumbo. 

Have you ever watched a TV advert and thought 'what's that all about'. McDonald's with its catchy whistle. Tapping into all those difference senses so you when you want a burger, you find yourself in their queue ''Cheeseburger, please!''. 

You robot! 

I guess we are a little fearful of the unknown. What's happening to me? I went to the shops to buy a packet of sweets and returned with a vacuum cleaner.

What are those bookmakers are doing with all this witchcraft? 

If you open a new account, we will give you 10/1 that Chelsea beat Whatever United! I see it somewhere else 5/4. 

But what about all those subtle things. You go in the bookies and someone asks if you want a cup of tea. Milk. Sugar. (How much did that cost me?)

I studied psychology and gained a degree a number of years ago. Social psychology is intriguing because it finds ways of tapping into the human condition to get you buying. Why is one salesman so much better than the rest of the team? If you studied this person you would identify how and why.

But how does this all related to an individual like you or me making psychology work for us to be a better gambler or win more money?

The key to finding winners is , in many ways, watching, taking note, and understanding winners. For instance, one aspect which often reveals bigger odds (value) is the contrast theory. Basically, if one horse beats another, many punters, bookmakers, layers will fancy the same result if they oppose each other at a later date. I know there may be changing variables such as weight, going, distance etc. However, it has been proven that people often assess the likelihood of the previous winner as having a greater chance of victory than it does. Meaning that the favourite is often under priced whereas the beaten horse is actually value at bigger odds.

Just stop for a moment, and consider how many other aspect of psychology could be at play when you bet.