It shouldn’t be difficult to watch away racing
It’s still a cause of annoyance how difficult it can be to watch away meetings at a racecourse.
Newbury’s Challow Hurdle fixture is a case in point, with the Berkshire track’s racecard carrying the colours for the day’s second meeting at Doncster, at which the MansionBet Handicap Chase was of particular interest, with a Racing Hub tipped runner quite fancied.
Three TV screens in one of the annual members’ facilities were showing only replays/winner’s presentations from Newbury. It was the same with all the screens in the expansive Long Room Bar and also the ground floor bar of the Berkshire Stand.
It would seem that Tote screens, where once you could watch away meetings albeit the pictures were someway short of HD, now only show fancy cards and data, with live action apparantly not available.
I had to settle for the single screen in the crowded William Hill betting shop to catch the last half of the race, where Treackle Tart obliged at 12/1.
Whether or not it’s down to Newbury being a RacingTV track and Doncaster covered by At The Races being the reason but the race, which was also on ITV, should have been widely available for those of use who want to see racing from other courses.
It wasn’t a problem in the Owners and Trainers Bar, where one trainer suddenly remembered he’d got a runner at Donny when it came on screen, and it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone else at Newbury or at any racecourse.
Who else knew?
Talking of the Racing Hub tipping a decent priced winner at Doncaster, it also picked out Champ for the Challow Hurdle, as the day’s nap. It was also the horse-by-horse Focus Verdict and one of four winning TV Selections – a haul that was happily flagged-up on our Twitter account.
Someone with more time on their hands than is perhaps good for them replied to the Tweet on Champ’s victory with “BOOOOOM. WHO ELSE KNEW?”. Sure, Champ had been backed off the boards, but when it was posted as the day’s nap the evening before it was available at 6/4, and was better than that when the race’s horse-by-horse Verdict was published earlier in the afternoon.
So, to our friend whose mission in life is “exposing bullsh*t tipsters”, The Racing Hub content is entirely free to view, and The Racing Hub Daily Tip is never an odds-on shot when posted the evening before the race, although it may well be subsequently backed into a short price.
Happily, Champ’s win was followed up the next day with a 5/2 winning Racing Hub Daily Tip, Meroob, advised at 3/1.
It doesn’t justify “BOOOOOM!”, more of a “not bad”, even if we say so ourselves.