Golf guru a Bjorn winner
Our golf tipster David John capped another fine weekend for the Betting Zone with 33/1 winner Thomas Bjorn.
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The Danish golfer was our man's sole pick in the outright market for the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City and he eventually won by two shots from Sergio Garcia.
John wrote in his preview: "Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els are all past winners of the Nedbank and in the mix as well but my eye is drawn a little further down the list to Thomas Bjorn and I do feel he could get involved at 33/1.
"I have never been the biggest fan of the Dane but your appreciation of a player constantly evolves and there is little doubt he has been playing a high level in terms of quality and consistency.
"2013 saw him back on top of the podium in Switzerland on the way to 10th place in the Race To Dubai before he headed to Australia to claim an excellent second in the World Cup behind Jason Day at Royal Melbourne.
"We have seen a little purple patch for Danish golf lately with a win for Morten Madsen and a resurgent display from Soren Hansen and with Bjorn being the flagbearer for many years, I am sure he will spark off those efforts a little bit more.
"This will be his third appearance at Sun City having finished third in 2000 and T8 a year later and although it has been a long time between drinks in terms of making a return here, Bjorn boasts a strong enough profile to appeal."
That was certainly the case as the great Dane shot a superb closing-round 65 to lift the trophy.
John landed more profits with his NFL preview making another 5.5 points, while there was also snooker success.
Our tipster Jeff Anderson put up Neil Robertson at 8/1 at the start of the UK Championship and he duly won Sunday's final, beaing Mark Selby 10-7.
Meanwhile, our Value Bet columnist Ben Linfoot did it again on Saturday - nailing a 20/1 winner at Aintree in the Becher Chase.
Our expert put up Chance Du Roy at 20/1 in his preview on Friday and the horse duly delivered 24 hours later, having been backed in to an official starting price of 12/1.
And if that wasn't enough, Linfoot's other pick, Baby Run, finished runner-up. The tote Exacta - a pool bet where punters must select first two home - paid a dividend of £271.10.
It took Value Bet's profits for 2013 up to a magnificent 135.5 points.
Our man wrote:
"With 24 runners (I can't remember a more competitive Becher) I want another one onside and the one that appeals the most is Philip Hobbs' CHANCE DU ROY at 20s.
"He looks a very well-handicapped horse given he's dropped 15lb to 135 in his last four races and though there is a reason for that, his spin around these fences in the Topham two starts ago wasn't too bad (ninth of 29).
"That suggests that these fences can reignite his spark now he has dropped to his lowest mark since he won at Chepstow in January 2011 and this is a track he likes given he was runner-up to Always Waining in the 2012 Topham (off 148).
"His last win came at Haydock in March of last year off a rating of 143, so he clearly has a very good chance at the weights.
"The major question mark with him is the trip given the only time he's raced over three miles was when he flopped at Cheltenham on his last start in April.
"However, I'm inclined to think that Prestbury Park is just not his track and the trip could actually help him when looking at how outpaced he has been in recent outings."
Spot-on advice, we're sure you'll agree.
Other winners to come from the column this year include:
York Glory at 18/1 in the Wokingham Stakes
Sky Lantern at 10/1 in the 1000 Guineas
Levitate at 40/1 in the Lincoln
Danchai at 20/1 in the John Smith's Cup
Make sure you check out the column (usually published on a Friday), the next edition of which will be published this coming week for Cheltenham's International meeting.
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