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Ascot plays host to a mouth-watering clash between Betway Champion Chase hopefuls Un De Sceaux and Sire De Grugy in Saturday's Sodexo Clarence House Chase (3.00pm). Some bookmakers go as short as 4/7 about the former who is on the comeback trail after falling on his seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown. It seems strange to have [...]
Things have changed an awful lot at Upton Park in the last couple of years. In January 2014 Manchester City beat a hapless West Ham 9-0 on aggregate in the League Cup semi-finals, with the Hammers stuck near the bottom of the Premier League. As they prepare to welcome City again on Saturday, Slaven Bilic’s [...]
Ascot hosts an intriguing card on Friday afternoon. Alan King will be hoping that Yanworth continues his unbeaten record over hurdles in the Supreme Novices’ Trial (1.55pm). However, with just the four rivals he’s going to be very short indeed. The conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle (3.05pm) features a really interesting contender in WOODFORD ISLAND, who makes the [...]
Trainer Harry Fry saddled the well-fancied Activial to finish third in last season’s Ladbroke Hurdle (3.35pm) and the market suggests that the talented young trainer can go a couple of places better on Saturday. In-form Fry opted not to give Activial a prep race 12 months ago, but this time brings a race-fit and unexposed [...]
When Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth sealed promotion to the Premier League in May, the visit of Manchester United would have been one of the first fixtures Cherries fans looked out for. Howe’s men come into Saturday's clash full of belief that they can beat the drop, especially after their eye-catching victory at Chelsea last time out. United, [...]
The biggest betting race of the weekend is the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Saturday 1.50pm) which features plenty of those that ran in last month’s Paddy Power Gold Cup. Annacotty did this column a favour in that race, but this is a very hard double to pull off. Buywise is respected, as he will surely win a big [...]
Will Manchester City come to regret not taking charge of the Premier League title race in its formative stages? They sit top but the heights they’ve hit in their nine wins from 14 have been undermined by some shaky performances. Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost at home to West Ham, were torn apart by Tottenham, and [...]
Few Newcastle fans will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of facing Liverpool on Sunday. Since their uplifting 6-2 defeat of Norwich six games ago, the Magpies have shipped 11 goals and scored just two. The five they conceded to Crystal Palace last time out were hardly a fillip either. Little wonder, then, that [...]
The build-up to the 2016 Grand National begins at Aintree on Saturday afternoon with the Becher Chase (1.40pm) run over the famous spruce-topped fences. Even though this race is over a mile and a quarter less than the National itself, it’s still set to be a stamina-sapping slog as the ground is already soft, with a [...]
The Tingle Creek (3.00pm) was robbed of its star performer when Willie Mullins’ high class chaser Un De Sceaux was ruled out on Wednesday. It’s a real shame that he won’t line up, although, as he was 4/7, the race is a much more attractive betting proposition. He is now a best-priced 7/4 favourite for the [...]
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