Compton Mill to strike at Lingfield

Lingfield Park stages the first of two all-weather meetings on Tuesday with the action set to get under way at 2.00 with a seven-furlong maiden. Compton Mill The clear form choice has to be Hughie Morrison’s Compton Mill, a son of Compton Place out of a the Midyan mare Classic Millennium. His dam won eight races over a mile and a half and beyond so it was not surprise to… Read More »

Far West can score on fencing debut

The top National Hunt stables are starting to introduce their better quality horses and Exeter has attracted two high-class novice chasers on Tuesday. Far West Paul Nicholls has his usual strong team of novices this season and Far West makes his chasing bow in the 3.10 race. The French import finished runner-up to the ill-fated Our Conor in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2013 after winning four consecutive hurdle races… Read More »

Petra Kvitova set for flying start

Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova is many people’s idea of the main threat to Serena Williams at the WTA Finals in Singapore this week. Petra Kvitova The Czech star is a former winner of this event and arrives here in tremendous form. She won in Wuhan and was beaten in the final in Beijing by Sharapova to complete a very successful Asian swing. Her first group match is against Agnieszka Radwanska… Read More »

Sharapova faces tough start in Singapore 

Maria Sharapova is one of the favourites to win the WTA Finals after a fantastic season that has seen her move to number 2 in the world. If she were to win all five of her matches this week she would even claim the top spot from Serena Williams. Maria Sharapova Before the Russian can contemplate such lofty ambitions, she must first overcome a tricky opening encounter with a much-improved… Read More »

Halep to avenge Wimbledon defeat 

Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard are making their debuts in the WTA Finals this week and will be keen to get off to a winning start. They clash in the opening group match on Monday in a repeat of the Wimbledon semi-final. Simona Halep Halep was struggling with an injury when losing that encounter 7-5, 6-2 and had previously beaten Bouchard in Indian Wells. In truth, neither player has managed… Read More »

Wozniacki the value bet in WTA Finals

The top eight ladies in the world are contesting the WTA Finals in Singapore this week. Serena Williams Coming at the end of a very long season, predicting the outcome of this event is no easy task. Several of the main contenders have struggled with injuries and ill-health on the tour recently. Another factor to consider is the new DecoTurf Portable surface so there could be some upsets this week.… Read More »

Dark Wave can make a splash at Pontefract

Pontefract stages a very competitive eight-race card on Monday with the going expected to be soft. Dark Wave The card begins with a 13-runner nursery handicap over a mile and Dark Wave is seeking to complete a hat-trick for Ed Walker. The chestnut son of Zebedee is already a favourite with Aussiebet followers having been tipped at 10-1 before winning at Kempton last time. Dark Wave showed very little in… Read More »

Di Maria to strike first for United

The £150million invested in new players by Manchester United during the summer is starting to pay off with Louis van Gaal’s team now in sixth place in the Premiership. On Monday they travel to the midlands to face West Brom who are currently fourteenth but only three points behind United. Manchester United For all of their vast array of attacking options, Man United are not exactly rolling over teams. They… Read More »

Bikini catches the eye after Chester run

Andrew Balding’s stable has enjoyed a successful second half of the season and he can and stable jockey David Probert have another likely prospect in Bikini Island at Bath on Sunday. Bikini Island The daughter of Dynaformer out of a Spinning World mare made no show in a hood on her debut at Salisbury in June but has improved in both subsequent outings. She was a fair third to Almashooqa… Read More »