Wizard can start magic day for Henderson

Kempton stages a National Hunt card on Monday starting at 12.35 and it looks like being a rewarding day for Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson. West Wizard He saddles eight runners and could easily come away with three or more winners starting with the odds-on West Wizard in the opening race. The five-year-old has always been held in high regard and made his debut here in a bumper in March 2013.… Read More »

Saints to extend winning run at Villa Park

Southampton travel to Villa Park on Monday hoping to extend their winning run to six at the expense of struggling Aston Villa. Southampton Saints can close to within four points of leaders Chelsea if they can claim another victory. Most pundits were convinced that Ronald Koeman’s team would be nearer the bottom of the table than the top following a turbulent summer. Instead, they have put together an incredible run… Read More »

Tigers to provide tough test for Spurs

Hull City welcome Tottenham on Sunday for a match involving two under-achieving teams in the Premiership. Hull City Steve Bruce looked to have got his summer signings spot on but they have now won only once in their last ten matches. They have drawn half of those games and remain a difficult side to beat and are just the sort of opposition that gives Spurs problems this season. In fairness… Read More »

Palace can hold Liverpool to a draw

Liverpool surrendered a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace at the end of last season and with it their Premiership title hopes. The two teams meet in very different circumstances at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Crystal Palace The Eagles have lost four of their last five matches and have only London rivals QPR below them in the table. Palace have struggled since the departure of Tony Pulis and only Leicester and… Read More »

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The Premier League returns on Saturday following the International break. Chelsea resume with a four-point lead over Southampton and eight points clear of champions Manchester City. Chelsea The Blues welcome West Brom to Stamford Bridge on Saturday and will be at virtually full-strength. Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were not fit enough to represent Spain in midweek but are expected to return. Albion have not won at the Bridge for… Read More »

Volnay De Thaix can defy penalty at Haydock

The 2.25 at Haydock on Saturday is the Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle worth over £45,000 to the winner. Volnay De Thaix Nicky Henderson’s Volnay De Thaix heads the weights after an impressive seasonal debut at Huntingdon recently. The French-bred son of Secret Singer carries a 5lbs penalty for that success but he was value for far more than the three and a quarter lengths winning margin. Barry Geraghty was always… Read More »

The New One to underline Champion claims

The 1.50 at Haydock on Saturday is a Class 2 Hurdle for four-year-olds and upwards. It sees the reappearance of the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained The New One who finished third in last season’s Champion Hurdle behind Jezki. The New One The son of King’s Theatre showed himself to be a top-class hurdler when winning the Grade 1 Neptune Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in 2013. Twiston-Davies was convinced that the gelding… Read More »

Morito Du Berlais set to complete hat-trick

It’s top quality National Hunt racing all the way at Haydock on Saturday for Betfair Chase day. A seven-race card gets under way at 12.10 with the featured event due off at 3.00. Morito Du Berlais The 1.15 race is a two and a half mile handicap with the Paul Nicholls-trained Morito Du Berlais bidding to complete a quick hat-trick. The five-year-old struggled in novice events last season but looked… Read More »

Dynaste to rule in Betfair Chase

The Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday is a recognised trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Silviniaco Conti A field of nine are set to go to post for the Grade 1 feature including last year’s Gold Cup third and fourth, The Giant Bolster and Silviniaco Conti. Paul Nicholls had high hopes for Silviniaco Conti going into the festival meeting. He had been the decisive winner of the King George… Read More »