Hull can grab vital win over Sunderland

Hull City welcome fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday night in a game that can justifiably be called a six-pointer. The two sides are fifteenth and sixteenth respectively with just one point separating them. Hull Despite their precarious league position, Hull have won their last two home games and were unlucky not to salvage a point at Stoke last weekend. Coach Steve Bruce may have been guilty of seeking a… Read More »

West Brom to pile pressure on struggling Villa

Aston Villa face midlands rivals West Brom twice in a matter of days this week with Premiership and FA Cup clashes lined up. Aston Villa New Villa boss Tim Sherwood has already admitted that the pressure is on after the Clarets slumped to a seventh successive league defeat at home to Newcastle. Villa are now just one from bottom in 19th place with by far the worst attacking record in… Read More »

Crystal Palace can upset goal-shy Saints

Southampton’s magical season seems to have finally run out of steam with a poor run of form that has seen them drop from third to sixth in the Premiership. On Tuesday night they will be desperate to reverse the trend at home to a resurgent Crystal Palace. Southampton Ronald Koeman’s side have only won two of their last eight league matches at St Mary’s and have not managed a goal… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Kim Muir Challenge Cup

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is the closing race on day 3 of the Cheltenham festival. It is a handicap chase over nearly three and a quarter miles and is restricted to Amateur riders. The race has been used as something of a Grand National trial in recent seasons with Ballabriggs and Sunnyhillboy both winning the race. Easter Day Betting is wide open this year with a huge… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Festival Plate

The Festival Plate, this year sponsored by Brown Advisory & Merriebelle, is a handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on day 3. Monetaire There is no clear market leader at this stage with any one of six horses vying for the position. Among them is David Pipe’s Monetaire, although he is currently only 56 in the weights on 10st 4lbs. He made a couple of serious… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – World Hurdle

The World Hurdle has been part of the Cheltenham festival since 1972. There have been several multiple winners down the years, most recently the mighty Big Buck’s who won it for four consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2012. Other notable winners include three-time winner Inglis Drever and two-time winners Crimson Embers and Baracouda. Saphir Du Rheu Big Buck’s was trained by Paul Nicholls who has two leading candidates this year… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase is the two and a half mile championship race at the Cheltenham festival. The race was introduced in 2005 to provide an alternative for horses that fell between the two-mile Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup distance. Last year’s winner Dynaste misses the festival through injury but 2013 winner Cue Card will be back to try to reclaim his title. Cue Card Colin Tizzard’s nine-year-old has… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Pertemps Hurdle Final

The Pertemps Hurdle Final on the third day of the Cheltenham festival is one of the most competitive handicaps of the meeting. Dawalan Bookmakers are split on what should start favourite but trainer Nicky Henderson has several leading candidates. Call The Cops emerged as a late contender when beating Waltz Darling by an easy five lengths at Doncaster last weekend. He is still lightly-raced and went into several notebooks when… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – JLT Novices’ Chase

The opening race on day 3 of the Cheltenham festival is the JLT Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles. Vautour It is no surprise to see yet another Willie Mullins-trained favourite in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Vautour. The six-year-old son of Robin Des Champs followed up at Punchestown last May before switching to the bigger obstacles at the start of the new season. He beat Clarcam… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Champion Bumper

The final race on day 2 of the Cheltenham festival is the Champion Bumper, a National Hunt flat race over two miles. These races are confined to horses that have not raced on the flat and were originally used as schooling for National Hunt bred animals. The Champion Bumper became part of the festival in 1992 and has been won by several top class performers. Dato Star, Florida Pearl, Dunguib,… Read More »