Punchestown Day 2 & Alan Potts Blog uploaded - Punchestown Festival Day 1 uploaded - Weekend Race Previews uploaded - World Snooker Preview in General Sport, Mark Ball Blog & Premier League Darts (Thurs) uploaded - Scottish National in Ante-Post Focus uploaded
A big well done to Ciaran Meagher who had a terrific Open Championship for us.
Not only did Ciaran recommend Jordan Spieth at 16/1 to win the title but also advised Matthew Southgate at a very tasty 45/1 to be the Top English player and Richie Ramsay at 4/1 (his biggest advised stake of the tournament) to be the Top Scottish player, who both won their respective categories. You can read his reasoning for those selections in the ‘View Example’ copy in the right-hand menu of the home page. In addition, his each-way plays on Marc Leishman at 50/1 in the outright market and Ernie Els in the Top South African at 18/1 returned dividends. Overall his recommendations returned 118.5 points from 25.8 points stakes, thus further increasing his profits on his advices for us in his first season writing for pauljoneshorseracing.com.
As for my Open recommendations, they too returned a profit courtesy of my 66/1 each-way pick, Matt Kuchar, finishing second, having also been suggested each-way at 22/1 in the Top USA market. My final day advice of Rafa Cabrera Bello to make the Top 5 at 9/2 also proved to be good advice. I have to say that I was extremely hopeful of the full 66/1 payout when Spieth took 17½ minutes to play his third shot on the 13th hole having rode more than his fair share of good luck earlier in the round, but there were no complaints from thereafter as he was exceptional over the final five holes finding that extra gear that Kuchar just doesn’t possess.
Ciaran is on his holiday for a couple of weeks so I’ll be covering the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that starts on August 3rd and then we’ll both be previewing the final Major of the season, the USPGA Championship the following week.
No fortnight summer holiday for me this year as I’m taking myself off to the Breeders’ Cup instead for the first time (what the heck happened to Arrogate on Saturday night?) which will then only leave the Melbourne Cup as a race meeting I am very keen to tick off the list. Therefore it is likely to be 11 days in California at a quiet time of the year for the website leading up to the start of The Jumps Season Service. It is four times cheaper to gain general admission to the Breeders’ Cup than for Royal Ascot I may add! I will be keeping on top of everything website related during that trip including the NFL season. I might even try to take in a game or, at worse, a stadium guide tour. I’m thinking Candlestick Park.
However, I am taking myself off to Spain for a few days later this week but am all wi-fi’d up in my apartment to write Ante-Post Focus on Wednesday as well as uploading Paul Smith’s preview of the Third Test Match between England and South Africa. Horses to Follow will be uploaded on Thursday and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day on Friday. I’ll also be uploading Mike Henderson’s round by round coverage of the World Matchplay Darts.
The following week is all about Glorious Goodwood where I will be previewing all five days. In between Goodwood and the York Ebor Festival, and then York and the Doncaster St Leger Meeting, I will be breaking the back of my new book (on punting mentality and guidelines) which, when finally completed, will be posted to all website members hopefully before Christmas. I might pop up a chapter of two (of around 50) as one of the blogs to give a little taster of what to expect. The book will not be for sale, just given away to website members.