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Newmarket: 14.10; 14.20; 14.50 and 15.25.
Ayr: 13.00 and 15.15.
Curragh: 15.20 (Guineas).
At Newmarket, watch out for Henry Candy's Spliff in the Coral
Sprint Handicap (15.25). He has been well backed when winning
his last two starts, and appeared to have plenty in hand when
coming off the pace to win at Salisbury's, last time out. The
trainer does well with sprinters, and this progressive sort
looks one to follow this season. On the same card Peak To Creek
can reap some compensation for missing the 2000 Guineas with
a temperature by lifting the Charles II Stakes. A prolific winner
last season when winning half of his twelve starts, he proved
he had trained, when third to subsequent Guineas winner Haafhd
in the Craven Stakes last time out.
In this Saturday's Irish 2000 Guineas, the stage is set for
a big run from Azamour after his excellent third in the English
version at Newmarket earlier this month. Providing he gets the
good ground he needs, he is expected to confirm placings with
Grey Swallow, who was a length away in fourth at Newmarket.
Azamour finished as well as anything that day on what was only
his third run of his life, and can be expected to come on for
Attraction will be all the rage for the Irish 1000 Guineas
(not part of the 4/1 offer) on Sunday, after her emphatic win
at Newmarket. No filly has ever completed the Newmarket-Curragh
Guineas double, however. Connections of Secret Charm, fifth
in the big race after a troubled run, are quite hopeful of reversing
the form with the winner. Slow to come to hand this season,
Secret Charm has thrived since the race and a big run is expected.
Victoria Cup, Ascot
|Sa May 22 - 14.45 BST (BBC)
Polar Bear looks to have good claims in the feature race at Ascot
on Saturday. However, the draw is going to play an important part
in what is likely to be a big field, with low numbers having a
massive advantage at the last meeting here. If the ground were
to dry out then don't rule out the high drawn horses, the best
advice being to watch the effect of the draw on previous races.
Polar Bear caught the eye when third on his appearance at Lingfield
a fortnight ago, and still looks to have plenty of improvement
Silver Bowl, Haydock
|Saturday May 22 - 14.30 BST (BBC)
Zonus is the one to have on your side here after showing good
handicap form on his last two starts. He came home fourth in a
red hot handicap at Newbury – African Dream (1st), Red Lancer
(2nd) and Gatwick (3rd) have all won since – and was then
a fast finishing second in a decent race at Chester last time
out. Chester winner, Oasis Star, is likely to re-oppose on Saturday,
but the slightly longer trip and more galloping track will be
to the advantage of Zonus.
Tour Golf, The Colonial
|starts Th May 20 - 13.00 BST
Sergio Garcia has spent much of the last two seasons wrestling
with his game, but there have been signs recently that things
were beginning to drop into place, and last week's Byron Nelson
win underlines the fact that he is now back at the highest level
where he belongs. There may still be improvement to come, especially
with the flat stick – only 66th in putting among the 80
qualifiers last week – but when you are hitting over 80%
of the greens in regulation you can get away with nearly thirty
putts per round! Since 1970 a player has won consecutive events
on Tour 41 times, including Vijay Singh this season and Kenny
Perry who took this event last year before going back to back
at Memorial, so it would not be a great surprise to see Garcia
follow-up this week. Shigeki Maruyama can also be expected to
shine this week. His five Colonial starts have resulted in four
top-20 finishes and no missed cuts, while his game is in good
nick judging on a 66-66 finish in the Byron. Also watch out for
native Texan Harrison Frazar who was tied for ninth here last
year - his best performance since being placed fourth on his Colonial
debut back in 1998.
bet365 pre-tournament prices … Mickelson
6/1, Love 12/1, Garcia 16/1, Weir 22/1, Maruyama 33/1, Frazar
125/1. Each way ¼ odds, 18.104.22.168.5. Bet In-Running subject
to TV coverage
Tour golf, Deutsche Bank Open
|starts early Th May 20 – 10:30 BST
With Tiger having the week off, the mantle of favouritism falls
on Ernie Els, and on a course suited to the longer hitters he
could well justify it. Massively in form, he is undoubtedly the
man to beat, but this could be the week that young Justin Rose
wins his first tournament for two years. Rose has already shown
a liking for this course when only a shot off a play-off the last
time the tournament was played here back in 2017. He has been
playing with a growing maturity in the States this season, leading
the Masters field for two days, followed-up with a 5th and a 7th
place in recent weeks. This US style course should be ideal, while
he will also be keen to take advantage of the huge prize money
on offer this week in his quest for an automatic Ryder Cup place.
It is interesting that PGA tour veteran Nick Price makes the journey
over rather than playing Colonial. Only a shot off a place last
week in 6th – the fate of many a good each way bet –
he made the frame on his only visit to this course back in1999.
bet365 pre-tournament prices … Els 11/2, Clarke 12/1,
Harrington 14/1, Goosen 16/1, Rose 20/1, Price 33/1. Each way
¼ odds, 22.214.171.124.5. Bet in-running subject to TV coverage.
Cup Final - Man Utd v Millwall
|Sa May 22 - 15.00 BST ko, (Sky)
There is no doubting the gulf in class between the two teams and,
although there have been giant-killing acts in the Finals before
– Sunderland in 1973 and West Ham in 1980 – it is
hard to imagine anything other than a win for the Red Devils.
A case could have been made for Millwall if they had come into
the Final with any momentum, but their win against already relegated
Bradford on Saturday was their first in eight games. United's
record in the Cup is exemplary, winning the trophy a record ten
times, being victorious on each occasion they have reached the
final, and conceding only in the 1993 showpiece.
At the shortish odds, a play on the United/United half time/full
time result at 8/11 makes sense, with a 2-0 (6/1) or 3-1 (9/1)
result the most likely score. Paul Scholes, on the scoresheet
when United last appeared in the final against Newcastle in
1999, could easily repeat the dose here at odds of 6/1.
bet365 match odds … United 2/7, Draw 4/1, Millwall 15/2.
Cup Final - Dunfermline v Celtic
|Sa - May 22 - 15.00 BST ko, (Sky)
A similar scoreline looks likely north of the border, where the
short match odds don't appeal, so a play on our correct score
market looks the best option. With two goals in his final game
at Parkhead last weekend, Henrik Larsson can again deliver the
goods before he leaves the SPL.
Take Celtic to win 2-0 (6/1) and 3-0 (9/1), combined with Larsson
to score first in a Scorecast – 12/1 and 18/1 respectively!
bet365 match odds … Dunfermline 15/2, Draw 4/1, Celtic
Bet both the above games In-Running, where our markets will
include: Total Goals; Match Winner; Next Goal; Next Card; Total
Corners; Total Bookings; and Correct Score.
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