Halep good value to win WTA Finals

The stunning victory of Romania’s Simona Halep over Serena Williams in the group matches has certainly been the big talking point at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Simona Halep Halep has been cut to 4.50 by bet365 with Williams remaining favourite following her 6-1, 6-1 win over Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Considering that the world number 1 managed to win just two games against Halep, there seems to be a glaring… Read More »

King set to boost Convey classic claims

Sir Michael Stoute’s Convey earned quotes for next year’s classics after winning by five lengths on his racecourse debut at Kempton earlier this month. The colt is currently priced at 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas and the same price for the Epsom Derby next summer. The form is put to the test in the opening race at Newbury on Friday when runner-up King To Be reappears for Richard Hannon. King… Read More »

Figment has sound claims at Doncaster

The 2.20 race on Doncaster’s card on Friday is the second division of the one-mile maiden for two-year-old fillies. Figment Previous form is in short supply here but John Gosden’s Figment created a favourable impression when fourth on her debut at Newcastle last month. She is by Acclamation out of a Machiavellian mare and was not particularly fancied first time out, easing out to 10-1. She was slowly away in… Read More »

Yarrow to step up from promising debut

Doncaster’s two-day meeting gets under way on Friday with some typically competitive end-of-season racing. Yarrow The 1.50 race is a two-year-old maiden over a mile and stamina will be important with the going on the soft side of good. Sir Michael Stoute introduced his Sea The Stars filly Yarrow at Kempton earlier this month and she ran a race full of promise. Bustled along early by Ryan Moore, she gradually… Read More »

Buffering can deny Rupee in Manikato Stakes

Moonee Valley features the $3million Cox Plate on Saturday but the supporting card also includes the $1million Manikato Stakes. The first four horses from the recent Moir Stakes are set to take each other on again and Sportsbet are offering a stakes refund if your horse finishes second. Buffering With only a short-head and the same separating the first three in the Moir, this has the makings of a real… Read More »

Daaree to complete hat-trick at Kempton

Godolphin have had a disappointing season in Europe, only claiming their first Group 1 race last week at Newmarket with Charming Spirit. Sheikh Mohammed’s operation will be looking to close out the year in style with the Breeders’ Cup and the Melbourne Cup fast approaching. In the meantime, there are plenty of smaller fish to fry and the progressive Daaree is seeking a hat-trick at Kempton on Thursday evening. Daaree… Read More »

Halep to end Ivanovic challenge

The stunning defeat of Serena Williams on Wednesday has left her group wide open. The world number one must now beat Eugenie Bouchard on Friday while Ana Ivanovic will play Halep who already has two victories. Simona Halep As I mentioned in my tournament preview, Halep looked tempting at odds of 13.0 but her recent form had not been convincing. Earlier in the season she would have been a lot… Read More »

Serena Williams clings to WTA Title hopes

Serena Williams suffered an embarrassing 6-0, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Simona Halep on Wednesday to blow the WTA Finals wide open. The world number one had looked in good form when beating Ana Ivanovic in straight sets in her opening game but must now defeat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard to book her semi-final place. Serena Williams Most form pundits were left scratching their heads after Williams completely surrendered to… Read More »

Stats point to Sharapova in straight sets

Few would have predicted that Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova would be meeting in their second match at the WTA Finals with both needing a victory to keep their hopes alive. Maria Sharapova Ranked two and three in the world, both players had seemingly arrived here in good form and were second and third favourites to take the title. With Serena Williams having been thrashed by Simona Halep in her… Read More »

Radwanska can book semi-final place

The WTA Finals in Singapore continue on Thursday with Agnieszka Radwanska facing Caroline Wozniacki, both winners of their opening matches. Caroline Wozniacki The match between Wozniacki and Sharapova has been the best contest of the tournament so far. The Russian was arguably favourite to win the group but could not complete one of her famous fight-backs against a determined Wozniacki. The Dane had upset Sharapova at the US Open and she… Read More »