Stan Hey: 6-5 Against
Saturday 20 June 2009
At the moment England exited the World Twenty20 one of my back teeth fell out recreating the pain that Paul Collingwood's team were feeling. Though not superstitious I thought this was punishment for betting unpatriotically, something that all punters will have to consider this weekend.
The first South Africa-Lions Test kicks off today and "smash-mouth" rugby is inevitable. Despite the Lions' tour wins, the bookies offer little support, with the Springboks odds-on, around 4-11, and the Lions as big as 9-4 with Paddy Power. South Africa are evens for a 3-0 series win. Yet the first Test may be the Lions' best chance of a win – they're match-fit and have their best XV. South Africa haven't played for a while. £10 win Lions.
Flying the flag tomorrow will be Jenson Button, with the British GP seemingly at his mercy – he was already 10-11 with Betfred before practice started, and with the Brawn-Mercedes reigning supreme, it should be a home run for Button, provided the FOTA/FIA bitching doesn't interfere.
Wimbledon will surge with optimism for Andy Murray but this can be a burden. But in tennis momentum is all, so Murray could deny Roger Federer his Sampras-beating grand slam – £10 win, 3-1 Paddy Power; a tenner also on Serena Williams (5-2 generally) as it's her turn. Maybe I can afford a trip to the dentist?
*Score from Royal Ascot so far: one winner; one third; one non-runner; plus an 8-1 win by, er, my ante-post bet for the Derby. Happy days.
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