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  1. I think it is going to be hard to be bullish about anything whilst Covid is disrupting football so much. I'm hoping that clubs are more likely to get out of league games than they were FA Trophy matches as there were some teams who kept Covid issues very quiet with Enfield only managed two subs against Eastleigh for example. The other issue we are going to have is that training will have been disrupted with those who have had Covid regardless of how ill they were. I have 8 bets over Sunday and Monday. Aldershot v Woking I'm always slightly wary of getting involved in a derby match especially one that is as big as this, but Woking have been off the boil for a while now and they couldn't even beat an understrength Yeovil side in the FA Trophy last week. Aldershot meanwhile have won 4 out of their last 5 in the league and although they were a bit fortunate to overcome Kingstonian in the Trophy last week it did at least keep the good run going. There isn't a huge amount in the price but I think there is enough to warrant a bet on the home side. Torquay v Yeovil I still don't really know how Torquay managed to beat Stockport in their last league game, but what I will say is they do seem to have stepped up their performances against the better sides in the division. This was backed up by the fact they went to Tonbridge and lost 2-1 in the FA Trophy despite the fact the victors had a weakened team out. As mentioned above Yeovil came from a goal down to beat Woking, in the league they are unbeaten in 7 and of course they have the FA Cup 3rd Round to look forward to. They haven't always been the best side in those games, but they keep getting results and I certainly think they are too big a price here as there isn't much between these two at all. AFC Telford v Chester (National League North) Steve Watson was announced as the new Chester manager on Thursday and I think he can get 3 points in his first match in charge. For me they are a better side than their hosts on paper and Telford haven't really improved for their new manager. They had a very winnable game at home to Guiesley on Tuesday and yet they were pretty poor in a 1-0 defeat. I'd make Chester slight favourites here so there is value in the price. Curzon Ashton v Southport (National League North) To be fair to the home side they are proving hard to beat having drawn 5 of their last 9 league games, but they have only won once in that spell, although it was against Fylde. As I wrote on Tuesday ahead of the called off game against Kettering, Southport are flying at the moment and although not as big value as they were on Tuesday they are value again to pick up another 3 points. Chelmsford v Braintree (National League South) An Essex derby between two of the poorer sides in the division, but there are certainly more signs of life in the away side at the moment and I don't see why they are such a big price. No league wins in 9 now for the home side and they have only managed to draw against two other sides around them in the table, Tonbridge and Billericay, in their last 2 games. Braintree have only lost to Havant in their last 4 league games, managing a win against Tonbridge and two draws in the time. I suspect it will probably be a game low on quality, but Braintree should certainly be much closer to Chelmsford in the betting and hopefully they can edge it for us. Horsham v Lewes (Isthmian Premier) The Horsham manager is one of the bosses to have come out and said how badly Covid has affected his side, but they want to play the games as they are desperate for the season not to be null and voided which is completely understandable. He mentioned he might be able to have a training session on Thursday, but that would only have 6 or 7 players and the players haven't kicked a ball since they played a County Cup game against Hastings on the 14th. As good form as they are in that is hardly ideal going into a tough game against a good side. Lewes can throw in the odd stinker as mentioned in the preview below, but they are a side who should end up in the play-offs and they hold the advantage here for me given Horsham's issues. Potters Bar v Hornchurch (Isthmian Premier) Hornchurch have been in good form in recent weeks having lost just two of their last 8 league games. They were against Worthing and Enfield as well so two of the toughest games in the division. They have crept into the play-off picture and I think they will have too much for their hosts who have mainly struggled of late. Potters Bar did manage to beat Lewes 5-1 recently although that was a game to forget for their opponents and I think their other 3 of their last 4 games shows where they are actually at right now. They lost those 3 games and in their last 2 they have conceded 4 both times. One of those defeats was to bottom side Leatherhead as well so it is the away side who are value to win this. Wimborne v Salisbury (Southern Premier South) Another example of how hard it is at the moment to fully know what is happening at each club is the fact the Salisbury, who of course was one of the bets last week, only had 12 available players for the game against Poole. The fact they led twice and then drew 2-2 is of great credit, but I also think it shows how Poole aren't in a strong position at the moment. Wimborne did us a huge favourite on the other-hand last week when they beat Gosport and it showed how much they are improving at the moment. This is potentially a tricker game for them, but the bookies have not surprisingly not caught up with the fact that Wimborne have strengthened and they are worth backing again for me. Aldershot 1pt @ 6/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral (take up to 5/4) Yeovil 1pt @ 13/5 with Bet365 (take up to 15/8) Chester 1pt @ 8/5 with Betfred (take up to 11/8) Southport 1pt @ 2/1 with William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfair (take up to 6/4) Braintree 1pt @ 9/4 with William Hill (take up to 7/4) Lewes 1pt @ 7/5 with William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfair and Bet365 (take up to 11/8) Hornchurch 1pt @ 5/4 with William Hill and Bet365 Wimborne 1pt @ 21/10 with Paddy Power and Betfair
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  2. ralphie7

    Quick System

    Saturday 25/12/2021 No Racing Happy Christmas everyone Stay Safe
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  3. CzechPunter

    Tennis Off-Season

    Merry Christmas everyone!
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  4. I'm on 3.10 wet WINDSOR AVENUE e/w @ 8/1 think it will go very close have had a decent bet on it and a small rfc with Debece who i see as the main danger. Good Luck All
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  5. fd1972uk

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Xmas.
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  6. twinny

    Quick System

    Hi Ralphie,all the best to you and your family m8,have a lovely xmas and all the best for 2022,and to all the other punters happy Christmas all
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  7. The English and Scottish League matches are (currently) scheduled for this weekend but there are no European matches. Additionally there's a second batch of matches scheduled for 28th/29th/30th which includes some Portuguese Liga ones. As it seems likely that more games will fall to postponements I'd like to give as much choice as possible so I'm going to give the option of both sets of matches and the Portuguese ones for this game week. I will need you to indicate clearly which game you are picking as many teams will appear twice. Preferably use Team A v Team B format and quote the odds to make it completely clear. If you only show one team name and no distinguishing odds I will default the bet to the first game that team plays. You are allowed to pick the same team for both its matches in your combination if you wish. For this week there will be no penalty for a 'no show'. If you prefer not to play this week, for instance if you normally pick from the European matches and would rather not risk your bank with unfamiliar matches, you are under no risk of elimination from the competition. Deadline is Sunday even if you are picking from the second batch of games. Hope this is OK for you all. I'm keen to get a week in whilst it is feasible in case we end up with a firebreak week. Wish me luck settling the bets! Happy Christmas to everyone! ? ? ?
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  8. Five quality contests on ITV on Boxing Day with the centre piece the King George V Chase. The ground is currently on the slow side of good with a mixed forecast so the ground maybe heading towards soft. Kempton 1.20 A competitive looking 2m 4F 110yds novices’ handicap chase has attracted 8 runners. Nicky Henderson saddles a brace of runners here with slight preference for Bothwell Bridge ahead of Mister Coffey who both should have a future at the game over the bigger obstacles. Bottom weight Killer Kane hails from the Colin Tizzard camp and is not out of this as he is still lightly raced and has been dropped a further coupe of pounds for his Exeter effort but the horse I like here is the Paul Nicholls trained Danny Kirwan who put some disappointing hurdle runs behind him when finally getting his chance to jump a fence at Cheltenham in October. He did a few things wrong then but still finished off his race well to chase down Annual Invictus to be beaten 3L. The form has been boosted since and off of the same handicap mark can take this contest with Harry Cobden riding for his boss on what the stable are hoping will be a memorable day for them. DANNY KIRWAN 2 points win @ 7/2 Ladbrokes/Coral Kempton 1.55 Only 4 go to post for this year’s renewal of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and it looks a match to me between Lucinda Russell’s promising Ahoy Senor and Paul Nicholl’s Bravemansgame. Official ratings have the latter 3lb superior to the Somerset challenger with Ahoy Senor having taken his scalp at Aintree in the Spring over hurdles although that maybe mis-leading as Nicholl’s charge looks a much better chaser than hurdler. No novice has impressed me more than Bravemansgame’s two fencing victory’s this season at Newton Abbot and Haydock where he impressed with his fluent jumping in dispatching decent yardsticks in Fusil Raffles and Itchy Feet comfortably. It may well come down to jumping and jockeyship and for those reasons I’m firmly with Bravemansgame against Ahoy Senor. BRAVEMANSGAME 4 points win @ 5/6 William Hill Wetherby 2.10 The Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase is run over three miles of the Yorkshire track and this year we have a field of 10 runners. Favourite Silver Hallmark was pulled out in the morning of the Racing Post Gold cup due to the ground not being soft enough and conditions should suit a lot better here. He has a massive chance although there are others with coins including 2018 winner Lake View Lad and 2019 winner Top Ville Ben. The biggest danger however to my selection is the Sandy Thomson trained Empire Steel who wasn’t disgraced first time up at Haydock in November when chasing home Strictlyadancer. SILVER HALLMARK 2 points win @ 10/3 Bet365 Kempton 2.30 Only 5 go to post for the Christmas Hurdle including 2019 winner Epatante who got turned over in this last year when a 1/5 chance by Silver Streak who unfortunately lost his life last week. Nicky Henderson’s 7 year old mare,who won the Champion Hurdle in 2020, dead heated on her re-appearance at Newcastle with Not So Sleepy in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Hughie Morrison’s 9 year old takes her on again today on the same terms. There really shouldn’t be much between them but at the odds the play has to be Not So Sleepy with Jonathan Burke retaining the ride. Tritonic is out quickly following a good victory at Ascot a week ago but does have 13lb to find with the two principals whilst Soaring Glory may not be suited by a small field as proved when beaten last time out at a shade of odds on at Newbury. NOT SO SLEEPY 2 points win @ 3/1 Betfred Kempton 3.05 A stellar renewal of the King George VI Chase run over three miles of the Sunbury course. Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls has a terrific record in the race winning it an amazing 12 times with the great Kauto Star winning five if those. He saddles three this year in last years winner Frodo’s who may have got an easy lead then, outsider and 4th last year Saint Calvados who’s debuting for the Nicholls team and the 2018 and 2019 winner Clan Des Obeaux who ran a bit flat last season. The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner from March Minella Indo trained by Henry De Bromhead is also here and although 5L behind Frodon at Down Royal on his re-appearance can now be expected to turn the tables with that run behind him. Nicky Henderson runs Chantry House a novice winner at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals last season to add further spice to an excellent renewal. Willie Mullins sends over Asterion Forlonge who has stamina to prove but I have to stick with King George maestro Paul Nicholls and go with Clan Des Obeaux. CLAN DES OBEAUX 2 points win @ 3/1 Bet365
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  9. KEMPTON 1.20 KEMPTON 1.55 KEMPTON 2.30 KEMPTON 3.05 WETHERBY 2.10
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  10. Some Boxing Day picks - prices william hill Fontwell 1157 - 8 Thelasthighking 3/1 2nd 1232 - 6 The Tin Miner 11/2 3rd 1527 - 1 Global Agreement 10/3 2nd Huntingdon 1206 - 2 Flexi Furlough 3/1 2nd 1347 - 9 Get Prepared 11/2 Unplaced Kempton 1245 - 1 Paso Doble 7/2 NON RUNNER 1320 - 1 Sebastopol 8/1 Unplaced 1430 - 2 Not So Sleepy 11/4 Unplaced 1505 - 1 Asterion Forlonge 13/2 Fell 1540 - 1 Earlofthecotswolds 11/2 Unplaced Market Rasen 1415 - 5 Powerstown Park 11/2 Unplaced Sedgefield 1145 - 4 Tiger Jet 9/2 Unplaced 1435 - 3 Oscars Leader 10/3 Unplaced 1510 - 7 Scallywags 9/2 Unplaced Wetherby 1152 - 5 Grey Atlantic Way 8/1 Unplaced 1300 - 2 Drumconnor Lad 7/2 Unplaced 1410 - 10 Debece 11/2 NON RUNNER Wincanton 1328 - 12 Rhebus Road 9/2 NON RUNNER 1513 - 7 Foxboro 5/1 2nd 1545 - 9 How Will I Know 9/2 3rd Wolverhampton 1425 - 7 Debit Card 10/1 Unplaced 1500 - 2 Judicial 11/4 Unplaced Down Royal 1213 - 3 Sundrenched 12/1 Unplaced 1503 - 9 Stand Up And Fight 9/4 Unplaced Leopardstown 1200 - 2 Dartington 9/1 4th 1345 - 6 Lucky Tenner 20/1 Unplaced 1455 - 1 Exit Poll 11/1 2nd Limerick 1225 - 16 Happywifehappylife 3/1 4th 1408 - 10 Cute Cherry 4/1 Unplaced 1515 - 1 Northern Love 7/1 Unplaced
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  11. NH selection Kempton 1.55 BRAVEMANSGAME 10/11
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  12. Boxing Day KEMPTON 1.20 - Danny Kirwan KEMPTON 1.55 - Bravemansgame KEMPTON 2.30 - Tritonic KEMPTON 3.05 - Frodon WETHERBY 2.10 - Empire Steel Good luck everyone!
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  13. Kemp 1.20 - 1 Sebastopol Res: 2 Mister Coffey Kemp 1.55 - 4 Tea Clipper Res: 3 Kiltealy Briggs Weth 2.10 - 10 Debece Res: 5 Good Boy Bobby Kemp 2.30 - 2 Not So Sleepy Res: 3 Soaring Glory Kemp 3.05 - 1 Asterion Forlonge Res: 3 Clan Des Obeaux
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  14. yes like William Navegaon Gate looked lazy on the flat, so will watch with interest his jumping career...no sign of any market confidence yet [8-1] though is up against a 1-3 hotpot
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  15. The Brigadier

    Merry Christmas

    I just wanted to wish all forumites a very Merry Christmas and most importantly a healthy New Year. I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings this year and lets hope we can all find a winner or three over the Festive season. My Boxing Day thoughts are already up and my horse racing tips (available on the 'Racing Tips' link above are available daily from 6PM onwards normally (Boxing Day's will be up tomorrow). The Brigadier
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  16. Application sent in, I'll let you all know as soon as I know if we get a place
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  17. Nigwilliam

    USA Racing

    Merry Xmas Todd. I'll certainly have one now.
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  18. Cheers Helen. Thanks for all the admin work and the continued financial support from Punters Lounge. My favourite game of the week.
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  19. Next best thing.. Novice Hurdle at Fontwell on Boxing Day Quirky course for a quirky horse!! Something made NTW pay 21k for him.!
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  20. Yes, Sir Puntalot was right, it was just a temporary measure. I've been using them since they've returned and I'm glad they're back on the scene. We need the exchanges for there to be a credible and sustainable future for betting in the regulated gambling market. Matchbook have looked to fill the void left by Pinnacle in the UK gambling market and really punters should be supporting them. They're a decent alternative to Betfair Exchange albeit with less liquid markets. I use both. It should also be noted that Matchbook have now upgraded customer fund protection to the highest level (for UK and Ireland customers) which puts them on par with Betfair and Smarkets at the time of writing this: https://smartbettingclub.com/blog/bookmaker-fund-safety-july2021-update/ Money is a vote guys so use Betfair Exchange, Matchbook and Smarkets whenever possible. They're important platforms for people who are serious about betting. Matchbook also post regular betting discussion videos on their youtube channel so check it out and if you find it helpful don't forget to like, comment and subscribe as it helps them to raise their profile: https://www.youtube.com/c/TeamMatchbook Long live the exchanges, long live the lounge.
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