Australia set fair for International Stakes

The highlight of the opening day of the York Ebor Festival is the Group 1 International Stakes at 3.40. Australia The odds-on favourite is Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom and Irish Derby winner Australia. The son of Galileo was heavily backed throughout the spring as reports of exceptional home gallops filtered through. O’Brien heaped praise on the chestnut and he started 5-2 second favourite for the 2000 Guineas in May. He was… Read More »

Kingston Hill too classy for York rivals

The Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at 3.05 at York on Wednesday has attracted a field of ten runners. Kingston Hill The market leader is Epsom Derby runner-up Kingston Hill who has the assistance of leading jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle. The grey put up a gallant effort to get within a length and a quarter of Australia in the Derby and that form puts him well ahead on… Read More »

Basateen fancied for Acomb Stakes

Wednesday’s Acomb Stakes is the first Group race action of the week at the York Ebor Festival. This looks a high-class renewal of the Group 3 two-year-old contest over seven furlongs with several of the runners holding classic entries. Basateen Richard Hannon has a high opinion of his Teofilo colt Basateen, an impressive eight-length winner at Doncaster last month. He made a promising debut when third to stable companion Lexington… Read More »

Bogart aims for repeat win at York

The York Ebor meeting gets under way on Wednesday with a typically competitive card opening at 1.55 with a five-furlong sprint handicap. Bogart It could be a case of “Play it again, Sam” if the punters are correct. There has been a strong market move for last year’s winner Bogart, backed early at as high as 34.0. The five-year-old is trained by Kevin Ryan and has shown very little in… Read More »

Robredo can land Winston-Salem title

The Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina provides a final opportunity for players to hit form before next week’s US Open. John Isner The big names are missing and John Isner finds himself 3.0 favourite, almost by default. It is true that he has won on both of his previous visits but the big-serving American has not been firing on cylinders lately. His victory in Atlanta was followed by mediocre displays… Read More »

Wozniacki to continue hot streak in New Haven

The Connecticut Open is a particular favourite for the Danish star Caroline Wozniacki. She has won the event on four previous occasions and arrives here in terrific form. Caroline Wozniacki Only Serena Williams has got in her way since Wimbledon and she looks to be enjoying her tennis again after a couple of spell in the doldrums. She was taken to three sets in her opening match at New Haven… Read More »

Fisher the value bet at Czech Masters

Marc Warren (tipped at 29.0) gave us a handsome profit at The Made In Denmark tournament last weekend. The European Tour now moves on to Prague for The Czech Masters. The tournament takes place at the Albatross Golf Resort, a new venue that has been used on the Ladies Tour in previous years. The Ryder Cup is uppermost in the minds of Joost Luiten, Stephen Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson as… Read More »

Garcia for deserved success in The Barclays

Webb Simpson had to settle for tied fifth at the Wyndham Championship last weekend with Martin Laird back in fourteenth. Both players raised hopes of a nice pay-out but couldn’t quite find the low rounds needed over the final two days. Webb Simpson The FedEx Cup playoffs now move on to New Jersey with The Barclays. The venue is the Ridgewood Country Club, the scene of Matt Kuchar’s victory over… Read More »

Maribor a tough assignment for Celtic

Celtic find themselves re-instated in the Champions League in bizarre circumstances. Legia Warsaw fielded an ineligible player for the closing four minutes of the second leg playoff match and Celtic were awarded a 3-0 victory as a result. That meant that a 6-1 aggregate score became 4-4 with Celtic progressing on the away goals rule. Celtic They now get a second bite at the cherry with a playoff against Maribor… Read More »

Arsenal to take control in Turkey

Arsene Wenger’s job at the Emirates Stadium was probably saved by his fine record of keeping Arsenal in the Champions League as much as it was by their FA Cup success. The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware by defeating Hull at Wembley in May and have already added the Community Shield to the trophy cabinet. Champions League They may have beaten a below par Manchester City but the… Read More »