•Can ‘baby’ Binocular Smash Tradition at Cheltenham?|
There are a handful of tried and tested champions who will go all out at the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in March but in a startling break with tradition, bookmakers are pinning the hopes and dreams of thousands of punters on a veritable baby claiming the title of the elitist of hurdle races in the UK.
A four-year-old bay gelding of French birth, the indefatigable Binocular, has claimed all the attention recently by outgunning two other top contenders for the Cheltenham Festival honours -...
•Paul Nicholls and the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2009
The Analysis of Greatness
The premier feature race of the Cheltenham festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup and trainer ‘supremo’ Paul Nicholls is clearly on a mission. As with last year, three of the leading steeds, as far as the bookmakers are concerned, are Nicholls’ prodigies!
Denman, Kauto Star and Neptune Collognes have all been carefully coaxed and cajoled by the leading National Hunt trainer of his generation and all have proved their value over and over again to the young man who...
•Poker’s Brand New Trend – Personalised Million Dollar Poker Challenges
The game of poker continues to evolve on almost a daily basis and this year the shift seems to be coming from the pros themselves who may be finding the big tournaments a bit of a bore these days.
A dearth of consummate heads-up combat
Online poker guru, Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, is clearly fed up with the dearth of consummate heads-up combat online and has taken it upon himself to cast out one of the richest lures on the poker planet!
Dwan, who has a propensity to playing high stakes poker games...
•Who is the World’s Greatest Current Cricket Captain?
The Race for the Hot Seat
With the balance of power inextricably moving away from ‘down under’, it is going to be a most exciting season for cricket pundits and players the world over. The all mighty Australians have been beaten by not one but two emerging giants and the race is finally on for the number one spot in test cricket.
Baggy Greens’ dominance of world cricket is finally over
For well over a decade the game of cricket has lost some of its lustre, primarily because of the total...
•Kevin Pietersen Under the Spotlight
It’s going to be interesting to see how fast the British press turn on England captain, Kevin Pietersen, after his team’s drubbing by India in the ODI’s and the recent loss of the first test.
Early signs of discontent
There are already signs of deep discontent at Pietersen’s captaincy in both the media and by some of England’s former cricketing heroes, including Sir Ian Botham, who was particularly unimpressed by England’s slow batting leading up to the declaration.
•Andy Murray’s March Into History
Andy Murray has had a magical start to the 2009 season and if he can continue the form that witnessed him smashing a number of local and international records in 2008, there is little doubt the controversial Scot will mount a grand slam podium any day now to claim the highest honour in professional tennis.
Bookmakers offering odds on Murray’s grand slam hopes
Such is the excitement of a prospective grand slam title for the long-suffering British fans, top flight sports bookmakers are offering...
•Is Poker Entertainment?
The latest edition of the WSOP witnessed all sorts of dramatic changes to both the schedule of events and the way in which the dying moments of the final table were portrayed on television.
Spectator sport of the future?
The entertainment moguls have recognised the value of poker and have clearly earmarked it as a possible spectator sport of the future – but aren’t they simply hijacking the entire industry for the financial benefit of a few?
The genuine poker fraternity must be getting...
•The Biggest EURO Upsets
Let’s face it. While many tout the FIFA World Cup as the greatest sports tournament in the world, even the most rabid football fanatic has to admit that it’s hardly the most open or competitive. Only seven teams have won the tournament in over 70 years of competition. In fact, smaller football playing countries have about as much chance of winning the World Cup as poor, principled, ethical patriots have of winning the US presidential elections.
Which may explain why Europe is currently being...