The election of Tsipras’ government in January on promises to end austerity and block “fire-sales” cast doubt on the future of Greece’s privatizations plan.
“HRADF…invited the successful bidder, OPAP ?nvestments Ltd, to sign the concession contract on April 24,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.
Privatizations have been a key demand of the country’s international lenders.
In a reform list sent to the creditors last month, Athens estimated privatization revenues of 1.5 billion euros this year.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Keith Weir)
It has also said that it favors joint ventures and wants the state to keep a minimum stake in its assets to boost social security funding and protect workers’ labor rights.
Betting on horse racing in Greece had been run by a state-owned group.
Greece has a series of ongoing tenders for the divestment of state assets, including the sale of a 67 percent stake in its biggest port Piraeus and the lease of a bundle of 14 regional airports to a joint venture led by German airport operator Fraport (FRAG.DE).
The government has made clear that it will honor all existing contracts.
ATHENS Greece’s privatization agency (HRADF) has invited OPAP (OPAr.AT) to sign a deal next week to acquire the country’s sole license for horse racing betting, the first state asset sale to be completed by the new leftist-led coalition government.
The agency announced in March it would proceed with the sale of the exclusive betting rights to OPAP, the country’s dominant gambling firm, which won the license last year after offering 40 million euros ($43.26 million).
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters on Thursday that state assets were one of the thorny issues in talks with the EU/IMF creditors assessing whether the cash-strapped country can get further bailout aid
Despite the fact that these big late bets are often based on superior insider information and/or information products the general public does not have access too, it has been statistically proven that they predict success at about the same rate as the public. These types of bets can make a horse a favorite in a short time. Long gone are the days when a trainer would work a horse up to 10 times out of the gate and seven furlongs in company before staring in a six furlong race.
Many of the owners are biased in favor of their own horse to start with, followed by jockeys, trainers, jockey agents and exercise riders. There are ther races!
With three different and often misinformed groups influencing the odds at various stages of the process leading up to post time, it pays to do your homework and wait for the odds to work in your favor. These hot tips can come from anyone including trainers, jockeys, exercise riders, owners, grooms, clockers, and hotwalkers. You can find out more on his website,www.bettingthehorsesonline.com
The most profitable approach is not only to become a proficient handicapper, but also to become adept at creating your own odds line.
You will occasionally see certain trainers who have operated at a 10 percent win clip for their entire careers. They are winning because of veterinarians and not because of their horse training! I suggest that you do not consider them a so called hot tip!
Many horse bettors and racetrack workers will often assume that a hot tip from someone who works at the track (jockey, trainer, owner, etc) is a good thing. Owners are also influenced by trainers who are trying some new medication or equipment on a horse, but you are better off looking at the program yourself for equipment changes. A hot tip from someone in the supposely know can spread like wild fire until it makes its way to the betting windows. If you have not yet placed a bet, I suggest th you simply skip the race.
Another so called inside tip is when you are told to place a bet on a first time starter who has been working well.
Many trainers nowadays give their horses as few as three gate works before entering them in race, and you will rarely see a workout longer than six furlongs on a first-time starter. Now all of a sudden, they are winning 30 to 40 percent or higher. In fact, more often than not, they can be a disaster. If you think these proven losers have all of a sudden become master horsemen and exceptional horse trainers; you are mistaken. These tips are not usually hot. Besides the fact that the tipsters have generally not considered the other horses in the race, the trainer usually will not have the horse ready to go the distance in an actual race. These trainers get hot for a few seasons and disappear into oblivion. They may know their horse is feeling good, but they fail to take into account the competition in the race.
Many horse bettors like to watch for the big money bets that occasionally flow into the mutuel pools just before post time. But why?
Mainly because the people who create the hot tips are concerned only with their own horse without consideration for the other horses in race.
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Richard Bleuze provides articles and information on the sport of horse betting. Thus, they tell all their close friends, who in turn tell everyone else, until all the connected money shows up at the windows. Owners take advice from trainers, who in turn are influenced by jockeys and exercise riders. Many of owners think that because their exercise rider or jockey tells them that their horse worked exceptionally well, that the horse will win. It is a money thing!
Every year, the Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs. Refers to the fact that if they lose, they may be jumping off the nearest bridge.
When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, the bigger your hat, the better. The average jockey is 5?4? and weighs just 112 pounds.
Race Day — May 2
Ladies usually wear dresses in light colors or pastels. Scott Fitzgerald used the location as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in the Great Gatsby, and the Old Seelbach Bar has some of the best bourbon in town. The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” and as you watch the powerful thoroughbred’s speeding around the track, you’ll certainly know why. Many love the party atmosphere you get from standing in the infield.
Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge
If you can’t get tickets to the big show, there are viewing parties all over Louisville, and most bars will be showing the big race. Here are a couple of favorites.
And if you just want to stumble upon something great, 4 Street Live! has a variety of bars and restaurants guaranteed to be showing the race.
On your mark, get set … On Derby day there will surely be some colorful characters in the hotel lobby.
Lingo you should know
If you’re not a horse racing aficionado but want to look like you know the ropes, here’s a dummy-proof guide to the Kentucky Derby.
Thoroughbred: The horses that run in the Derby. As for the men, they tend to wear seersucker suits or brightly colored pants.
. More than 100,000 people attend the event, making it one of most popular horse races in American horse-racing society.
Where to Watch
Mint juleps are made with bourbon, mint, and a kick.
Not only is Galt House the oldest hotel in Louisville, it also has beautiful waterfront views. Pacquiao fight, the hotel is hosting a watch party.
Where to Stay
What to wear
This is the one time of year when you can wear a hat like this and not end up on a worst-dressed list.
This authentically restored, early 1900s bar features an expansive bourbon collection and cocktails made from scratch.
Longines Kentucky Oaks — Friday, May 1
It wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without a mint julep in your hands. From feathers to ribbon and bows, anything goes.
Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, the Seelbach Hilton exudes southern charm. The doors open at 8 a.m., and spectators can start placing their bets at 10 a.m. Chances are the bar will be crowded during the derby, so get there early if you want a good seat.
Before the Race
Show bet: A wager on a horse to finish third of better.
Exacta/perfecta: A wager on two specific horses to cross the finish line in first and second place in exact order.
To get people revved up for the big race on Saturday, Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Oaks race the day before the big event. All modern thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to three stallions originally brought to England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Spectators are also encouraged to wear pink in honor of the feminine vibe and as a way to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer prevention. Grab a glass of wine, snack on some food, listen to live music and speculate about which horse will take home the trophy.
Old Seelbach Bar
Place bet: A wager on a horse to finish first or second.
In addition to the 57-foot-long bar, this lounge also boasts plenty of screens to watch the race. It’s standing room only, but general admission guests can bring in food items, chairs, and blankets. The Taste of Derby brings together award-winning chefs from regional restaurants who prepare everything from seafood to barbecue. They are known for their athleticism and agility.
Galt House Hotel
Jockey: The man who rides the horse. If you’re looking for a place to watch the Mayweather vs. General admission tickets are available for $55. Beyond making the obvious fashion statement, wearing a colorful hat is said to bring good luck. Instead of large male thoroughbreds, this race features 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies (young female horses). go! The Kentucky Derby takes place every year on the first Saturday in May and is the culmination of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby festival. It is also commonly referred to as the “Run for the Roses.” This year there are 20 contenders for the top prize.
Bluegrass dominance: A term acknowledging that 75 percent of Kentucky Derby winners were bred in Kentucky.
Seelbach Hilton Louisville
The Kentucky Derby may last only two minutes, but in Louisville, it’s a monthlong celebration with more than 70 events, including parties and concerts. Every year more than 100,000 spectators from around the world show up for the race, wearing their colorful hats and sipping bourbon.
What to Drink
Taste of Derby — Thursday, April 30
This is your chance to mingle with horse racing celebrities while sampling some of the best food in Kentucky. For more than 100 years, the bourbon-based drink has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs, and during Derby weekend, the venue plans to serve more than 120,000 of the cocktails.
Bridge jumper: A person who bets an unusually large sum on a single horse