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You name it, wherever there’s a buzz there’s Bluebottle. Makes a thorough nuisance of himself, any sporting event, anybody connected with it, Bluebottle’s all over it. No flies on him though, his information’s good and doesn't mind how much how much he has to shift through to get it. Watch him, he’s been and gone before you have a chance to swat him. 

Today's tip


Useful efforts in two bumpers last year and has made a promising start to life over hurdles with sound placed performances at Ludlow and more predominately at Wincanton last time out. The feature of that race at the west country venue was the strong pace that eventually decimated the field in the latter stages, so the fact that Oliver Sherwood's charge was one of the few that managed to cope with the sound tempo augurs well for his future prospects. Although beaten the best part of 20 lengths, he still came out well on the figures and considering it was his first run of the campaign, it's safe to assume he should come on nicely for the run. Interestingly, the winner of that hot contest, It's A Close Call, is entered in a Grade 2 event at Cheltenham at the weekend, so using Paul Nicholls' inmate as a guide, it could well be that the son of Golan has the potential to be extremely well treated off a mark of just 103 for his handicap debut. With no excuses on accounts of ground, track and trainer form, Mr Cardle rates an fantastic value bet at his top morning price to test the theory that the Wincanton race is a sound piece of form. 


Although the main selection today runs two hours later, we get a chance to test the water with that Wincanton race when Emma Lavelle's opens the batting in the opening novice hurdle. The son of Beneficial's performance that day can be upgraded as he was on the sharp end from the word go and even though he faces similar tough competition this afternoon in the shape of Southfield Vic and Upsanddowns, his speed figures suggests he should easily hold his own. 


Charlie Appleby's charge had the reputation for not being the most straightforward of conveyances until the fitting of a pair of blinkers and a drop in trip worked the oracle on his most latest outing over tonight's C&D 15 days ago. Quickening up in impression fashion in the latter stages, the son of Dansili covered the last three furlongs in an amazing 33.8 - dipping below the magical 34.0 barrier which is very rarely broken at the Sunbury venue. Providing he settles into a nice early rhythm, he should have too many gears for today's rivals based on the findings of his latest performance.  

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Letitia Le Coq

This girl plays fast and loose – banned from kissing on the lips by any tennis pro. Frequently not far away from a court, she plays the international circuit and the players. Sipping her Napoleon brandy but never getting her lips wet, pearls of wisdom are never far away. Tennis, Formula 1, Strictly, X Factor, wherever there’s a star there’s a bet. Let’s lick it up, Sweetie.  

Today's tip
Six men and five women have won Strictly since the first series ten years ago but the betting points to the ladies equalling it up once the final dance has been done on the 2014 running of the BBC blockbuster.

Six men and five women have won Strictly since the first series ten years ago but the betting points to the ladies equalling it up once the final dance has been done on the 2014 running of the BBC blockbuster. 

Two pop stars top the odds with Pixie Lott clear favourite and Frankie Bridge not far apart in the Betfair market.  
But a bloke splits the two and the early preference would be to chance a few pennies on a chap or two as we look to establish an ante post book. 

There are a few things you want on your side when searching for a potential Strictly winner - clearly they must have the moves, but will ideally start the series with some room for growth. Last year's runner-up Natalie Gumede arrived on the show at near professional level whereas eventual winner Abbey Clancy suffered ups and downs as she developed her dance floor skills. The public liked that. 

Likeability will take a contestant far, as will an engaging relationship with their pro partner - witness Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton making the final last year, and Kara Tointon winning it as her romance with Artem Chingvintsev blossomed. 

So who is going to wow us this year and where does the early betting value lie? Here's our guide to the 15 contenders going for the Glitter Ball trophy this year. 

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon
Odds: 100/30 Ladbrokes
Famous for? Pop star with a string of no 1s and a million-selling debut album. 
Chances: Big, very big. Let's face it, she'll definitely know how to dance. Chemistry with  her partner will be key, but the odds are tight so we'll leave her be for the meantime. 

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute
Odds: 9/2 Betfred
Famous for? Formerly a Scottish rugby union international, Evans' career was finished by a serious neck injury. He's now a model. Way back in the midst of time he was a member of pop band Twen2y4Se7en (no, me neither)
Chances: My early idea of the winner. A back story that'll move the crowds combined with catwalk looks and presumably some moves up his sequinned sleeve after his dalliance with pop fame. A major contender. 

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton
Odds: 11/2 Betvictor
Famous for? Being a pop star in girl group, The Saturdays, and being married to ex-England footballer Wayne Bridge. 
Chances: Similarly big to those of Miss Lott. Those years spent in The Saturdays mean Frankie will definitely be able to shimmy. If she connects with her partner and the public she'll surely make the final.    

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff
Odds: 7/1 Betfair
Famous for? Another former pop star, Webbe spent five years in early Noughties boy band Blue. 
Chances: This man has definitely got the moves and has already had a Strictly experience, scoring 36 points in a 2011 Christmas special. A dad, too, if Webbe gets a bit of love from the fans he could go far. Of interest. 

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
Odds: 13/2 Skybet 
Famous for? The first TV Presenter on the list, Flack is best known for having once dated One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, but has hosted many a show that I have never seen. She certainly knows her way around the reality television jungle having hosted spin-off shows for I'm A Celeb, X Factor and Big Brother. 
Chances: The 34-year-old is a winner of Dancing On Wheels, a BBC3 show, so she will be able to navigate the dancefloor. All about the likeability and chemistry with her partner. 

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer
Odds: 14/1 Ladbrokes 
Famous for? Came to our attention in TOWIE and subsequently won I'm A Celebrity (2011). Now a Heart FM DJ. 
Chances: This Essex man is reality TV royalty so must be respected, but we'll have a watch of his moves first as Wright claims to have never danced before. If he's flat-footed you can write him off. 

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole
Odds: 33/1 Bet365
Famous for? Actress. If you watch Casualty you'll know scouser Sarker who plays Dr Zoe Hanna. I don't so I don't know her. 
Chances: Your guess is as good as mine, but the market has moved for her since opening, Sarker opening at 36.0 but backed in to a low of 13.0. Let's check her ballroom ability before chancing any money though. 

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan
Odds: 20/1 Ladbrokes
Famous for? The presenter of  'Deadly 60', muscly adventurer Backshall is usually found jousting with snakes, bears and spiders in manly fashion as he educates on the most dangerous beasts in the wild world. 
Chances: This judo black belt looks after himself so will appeal to a large amount of Strictly fans. He talks a good game, too, so let's keep a close eye on early dances and take a big odds punt if he shows promise. 

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke
Odds 25/1 Paddy Power
Famous for? Judy steered Andy Murray's early career and is arguably responsible for his climb to the top of the tennis world
Chances: Slim. Being brutally honest, winners are generally younger that Judy so she'll have to show exceptional dance floor moves or fall hopelessly in love with her partner. She will be a highly determined contestant though.

Jake Wood and Janetta Manrara
Odds: 33/1 Betfred
Famous for? Wood is the latest Eastenders 'hard man' (or is it 'bad boy'?), known in the ultra-depressing soap opera as Max Branning. 
Chances: Low. Very likely to do a 'Sid Owen' - Albert Square's Ricky Butcher was booted out of 2012 Strictly in week four. 

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton
Odds: 66/1  Ladbrokes
Famous for? A Radio 1 DJ for more than 15 years
Chances: Many will recognise the voice but not the face, so Scott's battle - beyond mastering his paso doble - is connecting with the audience. Will add just a little dash of camp to proceedings, which some viewers will doubtless enjoy. 

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan McManus
Odds: 80/1 Coral
Famous for? The real life wife of Mrs Brown himself, Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer is Cathy Brown in the TV show and film. 
Chances: Hopes for the show are 'to have a lot of fun and hopefully learn to dance', and that doesn't sound too promising. 

Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec
Odds: 66/1 Coral
Famous for? After appearing in Big Brother in 2002, Hammond has tucked into a frankly unhealthy amount of reality TV shows including Celebrity Fit Club. Now the celebrity reporter on This Morning.
Chances: Let's be frank, Hammond is a big woman, and was quoted in The Mirror as saying she can only dance for one minute at a time. The history of the show suggests she won't go too deep. 

Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani - Poor Aliona , Tony Jacklin last year , first out and will go early this - somebody doesn't  like her !
Odds: 100/1 Ladbrokes
Famous for? Ever watched Masterchef? Then you'll know Wallace, who appears to host every incarnation of the big food reality show. 
Chances: Unlike the big man's waistline after filming a series of Masterchef, exceedingly slim.

Tim Wonnacott  and Natalie Lowe
Odds: 100/1 Paddy Power
Famous for?  Racking up hours and hours and hours of daytime TV coverage as host of Bargain Hunt. We will all have seen Wonnacott's bespectacled, moustachioed mug at some point in our lives.   
Chances: Potential Dark Horse – will not go out first.

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The Cruncher

This guys’ a bore – stats stats stats stats …. Gave up academia long ago, makes betting pay. Asian handicaps, sectional timing, probability. Weight for age, raindrops, dosage, distance. Clear the way Cruncher.  

Today's tip

Anyone who took 10/11 about Europe on the eve of the USPGA Championship will be feeling chipper as they are now a best priced 4/6 and I still think that price is on the big side containing four of the five top ranked players in the world and playing at home where they are undefeated for 21 years in what is forecast to be fairly windy conditions unlikely to appeal to the visitors. I couldn’t put anyone off taking 4/6 but instead I prefer Europe to win -1.5 points at 6/5 against an American team without Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson and many of whom are currently struggling for form. I won’t be moving from my TV for three days so will have plenty of bets to keep up my interest if it looks like a runaway win for Europe and here are what I have placed so far.

I don’t have a strong view on Top European Points Scorer as I suspect no player will play all five rubbers but the Top American Points Scorer market is much more interesting and Rickie Fowler heads the market at 6/1 based on top 5 positions in all Majors this season. The fact remains, however, he has only won one PGA Tour event in his career which only underlines how weak this US team is. The Americans like to spread their team around more than Europe so no one plays less than three times so I fancy taking a chance on an outsider and Zach Johnson strikes me as very much overpriced at 16/1 in four places to each-way stakes and rates the best value bet of this year’s Ryder Cup. His accuracy off the tee should mean he plays both foursomes matches and at least one four-ball game if he forges a successful partnership and, with a record of 6 wins, 4 losses and one half, this gritty competitor with one of the best short-game skills in the event has the best record in this event of their 12 man team who have played in more than one Ryder Cup. How he is double the price of Jim Furyk who has lost almost twice as many matches as he has won is a mystery. I can Johnson being well tipped up in this market when the big previews come out so that 16/1 may not last.

I think Stephen Gallacher is overpriced at 9/2 to be the Top European Wildcard in a three-horse race with Poulter and Westwood. Poulter is favourite at Evens given he lives for these three days and, as yet, has never failed to deliver but Gallacher can count on the home Scottish support on a course that he has won a PGA Tour event on so he will be given chances to play by Paul McGinley rather than sitting in the shadows. Westwood will surely be handed the Senior role of partnering a rookie given his experience, maybe even Gallacher but I hope not for the sake of this bet. I’d have Gallacher nearer a 3/1 shot in this market and shorter than Westwood who, give his age and form this season, might only get three games. Poulter is likely to up his game for theses three days but after a season affected by injury niggles, he will need to.

Jordan Spieth heads the Top Debutant market but he is not in the same form as earlier in the season so looks too tight to me at 5/2 in a six-man contest and I want to be with a European anyway as it’s tough for rookies on away soil. I have already made the case for Stephen Gallacher as Top European Wildcard so at 6/1 I like his odds but will dutch with Jamie Donaldson at 9/2 as Top Debutant as he is in better form than Victor Dubuisson.

As I am not convinced that Spieth will be at his best, in a three-horse race that also includes Patrick Read, I would prefer to take a chance on Jimmy Walker to be Top American Rookie at 15/8 who played well in The Open in July on his previous trip to these shores.

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Colonel Bustard

Old school but moves in the right circles, ever one to tap his nose knowingly in the direction of the turf. Always the colonial, can be found in in the old Empire’s finest cricket grounds, snorting with the odd team coach or umpire. Never one to trust a man who doesn't tipple, he knows how to spot a man who does. Well in at all the clubs; take note of any racing, cricket, rugby or golf nugget that may come our way. Bang On! 

Today's tip
Looking for a reason to get away from all the Pietersen nonsense, I can gladly switch to Sky Sports 2 at 9.55am on Wednesday to watch India take on the West Indies in a one day series.
India are huge favourites with a series win of 4-1 at 6/4 generally; 5-0 is not out of the question at 3/1 [Winner].
As far as series top run scorers go:
India :
Kohli is priced to regain form at 3/1 [Coral/Paddy Power]; Rahane is 7/2 [BetFred/Stan James] but I'll pick Dhawan at 4/1 [generally]
West Indies :
Darren Bravo & Lendl Simmons are at 7/2 [generally] but my choice, in what may be a losing battle, is Dwayn Smith at 9/2 [Paddy Power/Stan James]
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