Stan Hey: 6-5 against

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There is such a glut of betting in the coming weeks that it will have to be spread over two columns. Not much appeals this weekend, unless you can bet the exacta in the Boat Race. So, fast-forward to the Masters which starts on 10 April, because there are more known unknowns about this than next week's Grand National.

It is estimated that it takes the average Masters winner six attempts before succeeding: Tiger Woods took three, Seve Ballesteros four and Jack Nicklaus five, which shows what a unique challenge Augusta presents. Take Adam Scott – hugely-talented but yet to shoot sub-70.

The best stats, apart from those of Woods, belong to Retief Goosen – in the last six years he has finished second, tied second, and tied third twice. His close second in the WGC CA Championship showed he is back to form. The bookies are cutting The Goose like mad but Ladbrokes still go 33-1, at which we will have £10 to win.

The other two ante-post picks are Korea's KJ Choi (£5 each-way, 40-1 generally) and Justin Rose (£5 each-way, 40-1 generally). Choi is in form and was third in the 2004 Masters. Rose did well on his debut, tied 22nd in 2004, and in last year's big chill he came fifth. The course may suit. I'll pick a Yank next week.

Last week's wagers

Smokey Oakey landed the Lincoln at 10-1 (backed at 9-1) so there was 45 quid's worth of happiness to offset the misery of Liverpool's defeat (£10 lost) at Manchester United. We also blew a tenner on Arsenal at Chelsea. New Zealand, with more "rabbits" than Malta in their batting, lost the series (£10 gone) – but gained a star in Tim Southee. Does he have an English granny?