The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 4th Feb’17)
Last weekend’s featured race proved to be elusive on the winner front after More Bucks fell and Singlefarmpayment who had been creeping closer was unfortunately brought down 5 from home. The eventual winner, Royal Vacation, looks to be heading to the Cheltenham Festival with connections mentioning the RSA Chase after his impressive win at the track.
You can’t win them all, in fact our Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman, drew a blank at the Cheltenham meeting but his approach of tackling the better quality races, wherever they are run, ultimately proved to be profitable once again thanks to weekend winners such as Mia’s Storm (adv EW 16/1), Upsilon Bleu (adv 7/1) and Tonto’s Spirit (adv EW 16/1).
You can find out more about Nick’s methods in this interesting video.
For the coming weekend the Insiders Club Big Race Coverage features the Irish Grand National Trial over at Punchestown on Sunday so by way of a change for a flutter on Saturday we have an interesting football piece which was recently published in the Members Report, over to Liam:-
Football Punting – Goals Down Under
If, like me, you will literally give any football match shown on television a quick look (and you have access to BT Sport), then you are bound to have come across the A League in Australia. The standard leaves a lot to be desired, but those Aussies sure serve up plenty of entertainment.
Melbourne City and Perth Glory are currently fourth and fifth in the table – two teams that do not look like mounting a championship challenge, nor do they appear to be under threat of relegation. But what they do provide is goals, and lots of them. They are a dream for the both teams to score market.
At the time of writing the two sides have contested 12 league matches, and they and their opposition have both found the net in 10 of them. So, it was no surprise when they faced off on December 27th, the game ended in a 3-3 draw – certainly more entertaining than I expect Southampton and Leicester to be later this month.
Two other teams that you probably know much more about that are worth backing in this particular market are Werder Bremen and Valencia. Both teams have scored in 14 of 16 matches involving the German side, while for the Spaniards it’s 13 from 15 – both comfortably over 85%.
Long story short, a weekly both teams to score accumulator including matches involving Melbourne City, Perth Glory, Werder Bremen and Valencia is likely to pay out more often that it does not.
This weekend the above highlighted teams are playing as follows:
(0850) Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City (Btts – Gen 1/2)
(1100) Perth Glory v Newcastle (Btts – Gen 1/2)
(1945) Valencia v Eibar (Btts – Gen 4/6)
(1430) Augsburg v Werder Bremen (Btts – Gen 4/5)
Now using the generally available odds the 4 leg acca combining each match “both teams to score – Yes” works out at a shade over 11/2 (Decimal 6.76) or you could play it as 4 trebles and 1 acca at split stakes. For the latter if 3 of the 4 come in you won’t be far off covering your outlay. Decision time….be bold or play it safer? Your call!!
Of course it wouldn’t be a regular weekend without a few Saturday snippets from the Big Race Guru himself so click here to read on and grab some of Nicks free selections:-
Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 4th Feb
This might take some getting if the ground remains heavy so I am going with a couple at big prices, who act on the ground, get the trip and have proven stamina. First up is Desert Sensation for Dr Richard Newland. He has 5 lengths to find with Rolling Dylan but is 5lbs better off so there should not be much between them. Ballyculla has been chasing for the last few seasons but is well handicapped on his old hurdles form and he gets a feather weight with a 7lb claimer on board.
Ballyculla @25/1 (EW 1/5 odds, 4 places, Sky/PP)
Desert Sensation @9/1 Gen
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