BOZmail 27th SEPTEMBER – the 2020 home of the BOZmail

Welcome to the BOZmail service including the daily LESS IS MORE bet &

Daily coverage of The 2020 French Open Women’s Tennis tournament @ ROLAND GARROS (Live on ITV 4)


BOZmail 2020 cycle : 2020 overall score = +26.7174 points



Currently stands at : 25.3621 points (+5.3621 points)



Currently stands at : 30.3408 points (+22.3408 points)



Currently stands at : 5.1635 points (+0.1635 points)


SPECIAL ROYAL ASCOT fixed odds bets = (-0.554 points)


Post Lockdown Litmus Test Bozbets = (+0.085 points)


Local Track Factor Section = (-0.68 points)



LIM 2020 Strike rates: Lays 81/114 = 71.05%  Backs : 21/70 = 30%


No UK NH racing on Sunday and a chance to focus exclusively on Day 1 of the tennis @ Roland Garros and Live on ITV 4. (see below)

Just watched the farcical start to the Hiconic race. Got to take that on the chin. Looks like he might have got beat anyways as Soldier on Parade has indeed improved whilst Hiconic has gone over. Can be scratched from to follow list. Cautious stake proved wise as ever as unreliable September form reared its head again.


1st:  +0.196  (+0.196) Lay @ 3.55

2nd: NO BET

3rd:  -0.345  (-0.149) Lay @ 3.3

4th: NO BET

5th: NO BET

6th:  +0.1764 (+0.0274) Lay @ 1.84

7th: NO BET

8th:  -0.1         (-0.0726) Back @ 12.0

9th:  +0.3234 (+0.2508) Back @ 3.2

10th: NO BET

11th: NO BET

12th: -0.465 (-0.2142) Lay @ 2.86

13th: NO BET

14th: NO BET

15th: +0.4441 (+0.2299) Lay @ 2.2 : Back @ 3.45

16th: NO BET

17th: +0.098  (+0.3279) Lay @ 1.8 : Back @ 14.0

18th: NO BET

19th: +0.4042 (+0.7321) Back @ 3.75

20th: +0.098  (+0.8301) Lay @ 2.4 : Back @ 16.0

21st:  -0.31    (+0.5201) Lay @ 2.3 : Back @ 6.0


23rd: NO BET

24th: +0.147 (+0.6671) Lay @ 3.0

25th: +0.098 (+0.7651) Lay @ 2.86 : Back @ 55.0

26th:  -0.15   (+0.6151) Back @ 2.0



You won’t be surprised to hear that 2020 at Roland Garros is going to be a very strange year. 1000 crowd allowed in each day and taking place in September/October rather than the usual May/June with all that implies in the way of a damp and moist clay surface rather than the more normal baking hot underfoot conditions. “ The courts feel very heavy “ says screaming hot favourite Simona Halep who sidestepped Flushing Meadows on health grounds and is met with similar here as three of her main opponents for current No.1 player in the world – Bianca Andrescu, Naomi Osaka & defending champion Ashleigh Barty are all absent.

It is impossible to know which way it will go in terms of suiting the normal strong clay players or not. Suiting the class player or not. There is a perception in the tennis world that the French Open does not favour betting outsiders and indeed it has only been won twice since the second world war by players outside the top 20.Francesca Schiavone in 2010 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2017. The BOZ tipped both. Schiavone before the tournament began. I do consider it a tournament for outsiders for whilst only two winners in that time, countless outsiders have made final. Playing on clay catches a lot of players out. It really is a different game on the surface. Maria Sharapova exemplified that. She won here twice but it took her over ten years to adapt her game to prevail on the surface. Current re-rising star Victoria Azarenka – twice a slam champ – traditionally plays abysmally here. Likewise Naomi Osaka who has decided to sit it out rather than attempt to regain her world number one status after the sterling win in the US.

To say it is a quirky surface normally is an understatement. The moon ball and the drop shot work here. Schiavone won by adopting the grass player’s serve and volley into her game. She’d never used it in her singles play before nor since but memorably totally undid Samantha Stosur with it in the 2010 final. Playing on clay is usually a case of baseline rallies. But Ostapenko also subverted that by playing her grass game against Halep in the 2017 final. A match I’ll never forget. She has struggled to regain that form ever since but she is back here for 2020 and that’s good news for trading in play on the tennis fans. She is the queen of the yoyo game. I shall be trading every one of her efforts. There is also her potential successor too. Nineteen year old Pole Iga Swiatek who made last 16 in 2019 and is a similar head case! She has a very tough first round match against last year’s finalist (another outsider to make it to the last two) Marketa Vondrousova. That might be a mouthwatering classic.

Much to enjoy. My betting strategy for the event is unsurprisingly a case of cautious wait and see. Need to watch and see the first two rounds to try and assess which way it may go. A bloodbath for the seeds is possible. But the tennis scholars are correct in stating that class normally outs at The Garros same as everywhere. Halep could easily cakewalk it coming in on the back of a 14 match winning streak and titles in both Prague and Rome warm ups. At 3.95, she is very short and the normal lay in the portfolio approach but I’ll delay that a round or two to see what I think when I see how she copes with that ‘heavy court’ aspect. Might nullify her advantage. Might not. Serena is a long 14.5. She has won here but it is far from her ideal surface. Will she like the damp clay? You’d have thought not. She will be a lay somewhere along the way I’d have thought.  

First round however is sticking to the back score system which has come up with three bankers – none of whom look certs but make for a fascinatingly priced treble.

Heather Watson’s inclusion is a serious surprise and that 5.5 on her to win one game as opposed to the 3.95 on Halep to win seven could be interesting! We shall see.

I’ll follow the value as always. And enjoy trading the yoyo that Jelena almost always provides. She is 1.29 to beat Madison Brengle which is a hilarious price really. Sure, on her 2017 form here and of course she can beat the middle rankers in straight sets when her game and head are totally in the zone, but how many times have we seen that in the past two years? And when she won here in 2017 every match but one was a three setter. She came back from a set down in four. That’s how it is with her. And in the warm up, she lost to Hibino which would suggest she is far from her in the zone self. Marion Bartoli is coaching her now. Another of my favourites from the past and another out of the box head case who can win when it all falls right. I can’t wait for things to get underway on Sunday. A rollercoaster ride awaits. Follow the value as always and enjoy!! 



Monica Puig to beat Sara Errani @ 2.32

Svetlana Kuznetsova to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova @ 1.67

Heather Watson to beat Fiona Ferro @ 5.5

How best to bet the above? Singles occurs as two winners from three will return as profit but they are identified system bankers so the treble has to be contemplated I think. Doubles likewise. It centres around the fact that Heather Watson has twice bested young French wannabe Fiona Ferro but is 5.5 because of her current health and form. Not been doing well. She is a feisty fighter though when she wants to be and you may remember that Wimbledon encounter when she had a top of her game Serena seriously on the ropes. So it is a maybe if she wants it and her game holds up. I leave her in the mix. The other two are no more certain. Errani is an ex-finalist and an absolute clay specialist who has never been able to make any ground against those that can play through her. Puig is one of those and stands 4-0 on their back score. But this is women’s tennis! The value might lie with Errani (not now prices have changed – Puig was originally 1.66) who has qualified to play from a lowly current ranking and sure knows how to manipulate these courts. Damp clay might suit her. More fascinating stuff in Kuznetsova v Pavlyuchenkova in the battle of the old Russian war horses. 6-3 to the past champion but Pavly does know how to beat her too. Value lies there with the outsider too. But these are system bankers and past prevalence in the head to heads does have a 75% success rate in women’s and men’s tennis. It implies they know how to impose the superior game and reliable in general for betting purpose. I wouldn’t put anyone off trading instead mind! These are not three matches to have your mortgage on!

I am playing fixed odds doubles and trebles mainly because of Heather’s presence.

I’d like to see her bring home the odds. May also back the singles as trades however. That’s how fascinating the French Open can be!

3 x 0.05pt WIN DOUBLES – 1 x 0.05pt WIN TREBLE . Total Spend = 0.2pts 

First round trades or value bets against the book:

0.1pt BACK Shaui Zhang to beat Madison Keys @ 3.2

0.1pt BACK Misaki Doi to beat Petra Martic @ 6.2

0.1pt BACK Jessica Pegula to beat Aryna Sabalenka @ 3.05

0.1pt BACK Daria Gavrilova to beat Dayana Yastremska @ 4.6

1 pt LAY Jelena Ostapenko v Madison Brengle @ 1.3   

The lay on Ostapenko is the nap. Those yoyo trade games where you back each player as she holds the dominance and switch as it changes each time during the match are where the real profits in tennis betting (any betting?) can be made. Ostapenko’s price is very short so no huge liability or loss if she does play one of her rare straight set dominant matches. Brengle is not a clay surface player so that is a maybe. She comes in good form from the US however and won’t need to do much to set the Ostapenko collywobbles a quivering!

Of the others, I love the way the terrier that is Misaki Doi plays. No-one better at court coverage and damp clay might suit her. She took a set off Osaka at Flushing Meadows you’ll remember. Martic might play through but is also a hot and cold performer who can quickly get into the doldrums about her game when being challenged. The Martic v Ostapenko match at 2019 Edgbaston was the yoyo match of all time! Doi is a value price at 6.0.

Keys isn’t a clay player nor Sabalenka either although both could serve to victory on their day. Gavrilova comes back from a long absence and is a similar player to Doi. All low groundstrokes and leg speed. Might upset the emerging class of Yastremska.

There is betting value in all five of the above and distinct potential for yoyo trading possibility also.

Outrights Portfolio:

0.1pt BACK Patricia Maria Tig @ 450.0   

That’s my stab at a longshot outright winner before the tournament begins. And it is a stab. I shall develop the portfolio more as we go on. The player in question is very left field but a recent mother and won her first WTA title in the run up. Absolute clay courter who plays sublime drop shot spin and moonball tennis. Could easily be played through by the power brigade but my idea – without knowing – of someone whom the seriously damp courts might suit. I’m expecting to see some slow tennis from what they are saying and she may be a master of that. Current form is good and the motherhood bit might be a mental inspirer. It has worked for Azarenka and Serena too. If she wins 2020 Roland Garros, I shall claim it as my greatest tip ever!

There won’t be another tipster in the world proposing her I fancy. Just as there wasn’t when Schiavone won! Tig’s draw looks ok. First game she can win and then some sticky young clay courters whom she may or may not out think. Then Muguruza and Sabalenka in the top half of her quarter. Will need her guile against them. But we’ll see. It is a hunch and once every five years or so, one of these comes off!!

Remember that in the portfolio as in all trading, the advice is get the best price that you can and hedge as appropriate and when preferential odds are offered. That applies to all portfolio betting too remembering that outright markets stay live whilst matches are on and huge swings in price occur. That is how Osaka became a winner for the portfolio at the US. And no middle of the night vigilance required here!


BOZmail 2020 – Horses to follow on the flat:



Battleground – Entered for Newmarket (Oct 10)

Royal Air Force – Entered in the 2021 Derby (June 5)


Custard The Dragon 



BOZmail 2020 – NH Horses to follow (Part Two):

Sangha River 

Captain Tom Cat 

Saint Sam (FR)

Pisgah Pike 

Young Wolf 


Soldier of Love 

Lady Bowes(soft) 

Captain Zebo

Defi Sacre

Sporting Press 

Samsons Reach 

Leoncavallo – Entered in the Cesarewitch (Oct 10)

Longhouse Sale 

Oscar Rose 

She’s a Rocca(heavy)

Charm Offensive


Baby Jane

Caius Marcius 

Calum Gilhooly

The Butcher Said


Return Ticket(flat track)

Redford Road

Not That Fuisse(good/good to soft)

Carroll’s Milan



2-45 MARKET RASEN – PISGAH PIKE @ 10/1 – 0.15pt BACK – 2nd

Backed @ 16.0 : Hedged 0.2pt @ 11.0 & 10pt @ 1.01 : P/L = +9.849pts

And of course you did get something to inspire the gung ho. He had the race won with half a furlong to go. I was still standing to win £25 from my pre race so I bunged a tenner at the infamous Betfair room 1.01 and wallop. You get a grand for losing a race. I still made fifteen quid if he’d hung on. An even money winner turned into a 65.6/1 winner in old style gambling terms. With even money if it won and just under a grand if it lost. You see why I advocate trading these days?

I’ve waited all year for that. Most of last year as well. First 1.01 I’ve landed since Dashing Willoughby at Newbury……. 21st September 2018! (just had to look it up) September again?!!!!!!!

So now I’m wondering if there is something in that.

I get that there will be those of you who didn’t land it. I know also that those who have been with me a while now have landed it. When you get your head round trading, you do. I said it was a distinct trading opportunity and that I didn’t think it would win. Both correct. Yet we add nearly thirty per cent on to our annual score in one fell swoop. And with the tennis trades to start tomorrow. Some of you have communicated in the past few days that you dislike the trading aspect of The BOZmail and that it’s not for you. I get that and I respect that of course. I am still gambler at heart too. But a gambler who has seen that when you spot a good horse, there is always a chance to win bigger now when it loses than when it wins. Second one this year. Muker wasn’t a 1.01 and only finished a distant third. He wasn’t quite in the Pisgah Pike class!

Pisgah Pike is better than I gave him credit for. He was getting weight but ran a mighty race for a novice.He stays on the list. His inexperience did show with how he flattened the last two hurdles. It was seeing that inspired me to act on the 1.01. I knew I had the capacity but you do get caught up in trying to cheer him home until you get that true trader’s head way of watching racing into you. It was there. I forgot in that split second after having the bet matched that I was then shouting for him to lose. I literally still wanted him to win. The sport versus the betting. My youngest son was with me and had to ask why I’d shouted for him to hang on. I had to admit I didn’t consciously know I had!

 Well done if you did like me and managed to keep your trader head together in the heat of the moment. Not actually sure I did!

Now straight from that to the chance of an Ostapenko trade yoyo tennis match. Suddenly, things are looking up!


LIM Monthly Scores:

February: + 1.3496 points

March      : + 1.5866 points


April         : – 0.1733 points

May          : – 0.8359 points


June         : + 0.0428 points

July          : + 0.8046 points  

August    :  +1.9726 points   (+4.747 points)


The BOZmail golden rules:

1/ Try to look where others do not.

2/ Make sure your selections are as good as you can get them(the boz’s job here)

3/ Get your staking right (up when confident – down when less so or when managing bank)

4/ Do all in your power to get best price available(whether that be using price comparison sites or using partial staking techniques on the exchanges when unsure which way a price might go. Be careful not to take exchange ‘silly prices’ if you are going in early on a lay price or if a specified low lay tissue price goes on a significant drift. Always check bookmaker tissue prices first to get a guide on what to expect from the market if it is not yet properly formed on the exchanges. The recommendation is always to secure a price (if possible) when actually placing the lay bet. Your discretion based on personal form study and watching the markets develop also encouraged to ensure you maximise returns.The staking advices are a general rather than rigid dictate – mainly for the less experienced and those not able to spend time watching markets develop and practising the optimum betting time skill. Remember also that a lay price available at a significantly lower level than stated on the sheet offers opportunity to increase lay stake without increasing calculated safe lay liability. This can be a key profit optimising tool in the long term if your form study agrees with that published by The Boz.

5/ Always keep in mind the long term ‘importance of  breaking even’ philosophy and practice. This is very much used by The Boz in his staking advices and is recommended in your betting practices – especially during the down spells – in order to maintain a healthy and consistent bank.

6/ Always remember the BOZ does traditionally suffer from Murphys Law. If he expresses his opinion but states that he won’t be betting on it himself and isn’t making it an official tip, remember that historically these can be his best advices! The 2019 Grand National opinion expressed paid a £2,260-93 tricast for a £60 (£1×60) permed stake (five selections). 

7/ Never accept an overall loss. This has been the BOZ’s mantra for 22 years. The year the BOZmail posts an overall loss is the year he packs in.

“I play cautiously and strategically with bank management always in mind.”  Boz 

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