Monday, 16 January 2012

No joy at Wolverhampton, Light delight at Meydan, a thumping bet in Dancing on Ice?...........Blog now available.........................

Kieren took up his ride at Wolverhampton today after missing his three mounts on Sunday. He had no joy on Warnesford for George Baker and it's always a tricky period booking rides when your jockey is flying back and forth to Dubai.

Meydan is Friday and Saturday this week so Kieren won't be at Lingfield on Saturday or Kempton on Sunday. Compensation awaits, though, because he has picked up the plum ride on useful Rhythm Of Light for Tom Dascombe in the Cape Verdi on Friday.

Dascombe has turned to Kieren, as he did for Brown Panther in the St Leger, for this Group 2 event. The filly has twice finished runner-up in two Group 2 events. Dascombe is going to be a major force soon and it a major fillip for him to use Kieren.

Making money from betting doesn't necessarily have to come from horses. Indeed, two of my biggest draws last year came through backing Barcelona in the Champions' League and Sam Attwater to win Dancing On Ice.

DOI is the only reality show where the best person in the event invariably scores. There hasn't been a surprise winner since its inception and there looks a standout again this time.

Matthew Wolfenden, the actor from Emmerdale, has the same traits as Attwater. He is a good-looking fellow from a soap, has a dance background and was a potential Olympic gymnast before breaking his arm. Oh, and he can skate!!

Hollyoaks actress Jorge Porter, as was Laura Hamilton last year, is the only viable alternative. Wolfenden, who scored better than Attwater in the first show, is trading at 2.46 on Betfair. He will trade much lower next week.

It's often said that people you meet in life guide you pathway to your eventual destination. I learnt plenty from Bobby Moore when he was manager at Southend (1984) before a broken leg ended that dream and I learnt to cook under Gary Rhodes (1998).

How I wish, therefore, my path had crossed with legendary American Ron Jeremy - c'est la vie

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