Dawalan to outstay rivals at Musselburgh

The final race at Musselburgh on Sunday is the three-mile Pertemps Handicap Hurdle qualifier with a field of 12 set to face the starter. Dawalan The likely favourite is Nicky Henderson’s Dawalan, a French-bred gelding by Azamour out of a Miswaki mare. The five-year-old was a smart juvenile, winning twice at Newbury before being beaten by Pass Muster at Kempton. Henderson elected to by-pass the Triumph Hurdle in favour of… Read More »

El Namoose can book Cheltenham ticket

Musselburgh stages its Cheltenham festival trials’ day on Sunday with an eight-race card starting at 1.00pm. Some Plan There are only four runners for the opening novices’ hurdle but Some Plan brings some impressive form from his last run at Cheltenham. The seven-year-old son of Winged Love got off the mark at Southwell in November when beating King’s Odyssey by two lengths. He had been headed briefly between the last… Read More »

Saints to continue fine run against Swansea

Southampton sit in fourth position in the Premier League with 42 points after 22 games, the best in the club’s history in the top flight. Despite an FA Cup defeat against Crystal Palace, the Saints are still in fine form and welcome Swansea to St Mary’s on Sunday in the late kick-off. Southampton The Saints have won seven of their 11 home games but recent injuries have certainly made things… Read More »

Cazorla can fire Gunners to victory

Arsenal are at home to Aston Villa on Sunday in the first of two Premiership games. Arsenal The Gunners were stunned by a 3-1 defeat the last time Villa played at the Emirates. The two sides have gone in very different directions since. Arsenal’s recent form has been impressive with 11 wins in 14 matches. They have also been scoring freely, hitting the target at least twice in all but… Read More »

Djokovic to clinch fifth Australian Open title

World number one Novak Djokovic will face Britain’s Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday after another epic five-set clash with Stanislav Wawrinka. Djokovic had not dropped a set in Melbourne this year prior to the semi-final but was involved in another see-saw match against the reigning champion. Novak Djokovic The two had each been on the losing side in five sets here, Djokovic winning 12-10… Read More »

Pain Au Chocolat looks sweet at Sandown

The pick of the National Hunt racing in the UK on Saturday comes from Sandown with seven races starting at 12.40. The going on the chase course is good to soft, good in places while it is soft, good to soft in places on the hurdles course. Pain Au Chocolat The opening race is a two mile hurdle for four-year-olds and looks like a good opportunity for Alan King’s Pain… Read More »

Global Power can rule in West Wales National

The heavy going at Ffos Las on Saturday will make the Betway West Wales National extremely testing. The three and a half mile contest has attracted a field of ten runners on Welsh Champion Hurdle day and is due off at 2.40. Smiles For Miles David Pipe and Tom Scudamore team up with the progressive Smiles For Miles, the winner of three handicaps already this season. The seven-year-old son of… Read More »

Foryourinformation can star in Welsh Champion

The Welsh Champion Hurdle is the feature race at Ffos Las on Saturday with 14 runners declared for the two and a half mile handicap at 2.05. Silsol The race is no longer a level weights contest but has still produced Cheltenham winners in recent years. The winner in 2013 went on to win the Coral Cup while the runner-up in last year’s race claimed the same staying handicap at… Read More »

Souriyan to get punters off to a flyer at Ffos Las

It’s Welsh Champion Hurdle day at Ffos Las with a seven-race card getting under way at 12.55. The going is reported to be heavy for a meeting that also includes the West Wales National. Souriyan Punters could get off to a flying start in the opening race with the Jamie Snowden-trained Souriyan, a four-year-old bred at His Highness The Aga Khan’s Stud. He is by Alhaarth out of a Red… Read More »