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Irish St Leger
Horse racing

Curragh Group races on Sunday

We’re well used to seeing Aidan O’Brien’s horses winning Curragh Group races. His yard is in form and he has runners in all three Group 2 contests there in Sunday. But he may have to play second fiddle this time. Instead, jockey Colin Keane could be the man to follow. Aidan O’Brien’s horses win plenty of Curragh Group races. However, he may have to play second fiddle in Sunday’s three Group 2 contests. Instead, jockey Colin Keane could be the

Horse racing

Monmouth’s Big Day is Saturday

Monmouth Park in New Jersey hosts a big day of stakes races on Saturday. Seven 3-year-olds line up in the Grade 1 Haskell over 1 1/8 miles. The race looks between the first two in the betting. Favorite Authentic is the only graded stakes winner in the field. He won the Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita in March. Last month he finished second over this trip to the very good Honor A. P. in the Santa Anita Derby.

Darley July Cup
Horse racing

Prize money issue back on agenda

British horse racing resumed on the first day of June. It came as no surprise when a row broke out on prize money levels within two weeks of the restart. On 11 June the Horsemen’s Group revealed they had sought legal advice over racecourses’ “unlawful” decision to cease executive contributions to prize money. Then the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) complained that racecourses’ decision not to contribute to the prize money pot was “a clear unfairness”. It’s a vexed issue that’s

Horse racing

Keeneland’s Blue Grass is Saturday’s Highlight

Keeneland usually hosts meetings in April and October. This year will be different. A special five-day meeting from July 8-12 includes most of the major stakes races that are traditionally run at the spring meeting. They include Keeneland’s Kentucky Derby prep, the Blue Grass, to be run on Saturday, eight weeks before the rescheduled Run for the Roses. Swiss Skydiver is looking to become the first filly to win the Blue Grass. She has won her last three starts, at

Horse racing

Day two of July Meeting has emphasis on fillies

The first day of Newmarket’s July Meeting proved a rain-drenched affair, the ground turning from good to soft. That may have a major bearing on day two on Friday, when fillies and mares takes centre stage in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at 2.25 and the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at 4.10. John Gosden holds a strong hand in the Falmouth. He has two of the seven runners, Terebellum and Nazeef. Both did well at Royal Ascot. Terebellum

Horse racing

Newmarket July Meeting and York too

There’s a feast in store for racing fans on Thursday. Three Group 2s, two Groups 3s and a pair of Listed contests, all on ITV4. It’s the Newmarket July Meeting, but not as we know it, plus York’s first one of the year. There’s a feast in store for racing fans on Thursday. Three Group 2s, two Groups 3s and a pair of Listed contests, all on ITV4. It’s the Newmarket July Meeting, but not as we know it, plus

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
Horse racing

Eclipse Stakes cracker at Sandown on Sunday

The Derby and the Oaks may be over but the weekend still has something special to offer. The Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday looks a cracker. Enable has her first race since having an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe snatched from her grasp by Waldgeist in the dying strides. That brought an end to her 12-race winning streak, which included last year’s Eclipse Stakes. Now she bids to become the first dual winner since Halling

Manchester United Live Action
Football

Football Match Previews – 4/5 July 2020

Another weekend of Premier League football action is upon us, with nine games taking place over Saturday and Sunday. As we edge closer to the end of the season, there are still matters to be decided. And some of the fixtures coming up will have a bearing on how the picture looks. Saturday Premier League Football Action Norwich vs Brighton While Brighton’s form has been indifferent of late, Norwich continues on their losing run. We keep thinking their bad form

Horse racing

Met Mile Tops Belmont Saturday Card

The Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile, better known as the Met Mile, is Belmont’s Saturday feature. Eight go in the one-turn event. McKinzie is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Second in this race last year, he then scored in the nine-furlong Whitney at Saratoga. He ended the season runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In his most recent start he won the Grade 2 Triple Bend over seven furlongs at Santa Anita. Second favorite Vekoma won his last two starts, both

Investec Epsom Derby 2017 4.30pm ITV
Horse racing

Kameko bids to add Derby to Guineas triumph

It’s many years since the winners of both Guineas races were aimed at the Epsom Classics. But that’s what’s happening in this strangest of years. Love looks to follow her 1,000 Guineas success in the Oaks, while Kameko bids to add the Derby to his 2,000 Guineas triumph.  Will Kameko stay Epsom’s mile and a half? He has stamina to prove when he runs beyond a mile for the first time. Only two Guineas winners have gone on to win

Oaks
Horse racing

Can Love conquer all in Epsom Oaks?

Love bids to follow up her 1,000 Guineas triumph in the Oaks at Epsom on Saturday. A total of 48 fillies have completed the Classic double, the most recent being Minding in 2016. Can Love find a way to join them? Love’s trainer Aidan O’Brien also runs Ribblesdale Stakes second and third Ennistymon and Passion. O’Brien has won the Oaks seven times, the most recent being Together Forever in 2018. An eighth victory would put him level with Alec Taylor,

English Football 2020 Previews and Thoughts
Football

Football Match Previews – 1/2/3 July 2020

There’s plenty of football to come before the weekend programme begins, with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday packed full of exciting fixtures. We’ve taken a look at the games in store and given our thoughts on what could happen. Wednesday Night Football There are four fixtures in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, and for us, the results are clear cut. Arsenal faces a Norwich side who are all but down, and as bad as the Gunners can be; they will

NBA
Basketball

Five “seeding games” to look forward to in the NBA bubble

While it is easy to skip ahead and focus on the potential NBA playoff matchups when the season resumes in Orlando, there are sure to be some thrilling moments in the final games of the regular season (eight for each of the 22 teams heading into the bubble) before we get to the postseason. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks appear locks to finish with the number one seeds in their respective conferences, but almost everything else is up

MLB
Baseball

Breaking down the big subplots for the 2020 MLB season: Part 2

As we edge closer to the 60-game MLB season, we are walking through some of the biggest subplots for the 2020 season. Rule change #1 – a designated hitter (DH) in all games One of the big rule changes for the 2020 is the addition of the designated hitter in the National League, bringing it in line with the American League. This tweak is a long time coming and avoids the strange World Series scenario where a DH drops in

Football Match Previews - 29/30 June 2020
Football

Football Match Previews – 29/30 June 2020

We’re heading into another week of action across multiple competitions in English football. The start of the week has some exciting fixtures in store for us, with games in the Premier League, Championship and the FA Cup. And, we’re going to give you the lowdown on what to expect. Monday Night Football Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Burnley The clash between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park is an intriguing one. Palace are enjoying a good season and

Baseball

Breaking down the big subplots for the 2020 MLB season: Part 1

Finally, there is reason for optimism for baseball fans, with a 60-game MLB season on the horizon, barring any new setbacks. The shortened schedule likely impacts a number of the preseason conclusions drawn back in February, but there is still a steady flow of storylines to get excited about as we head into another attempt at Spring Training. Over the coming weeks, we will walk through some of the biggest subplots for the 2020 season, along with previews for each

Liverpool Premier League Winners 2019-2020
Football

Liverpool Premier League Winners 2019-2020

The result at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night saw Liverpool secure their first Premier League crown with seven games to spare. Jurgen Klopp’s side is enjoying a remarkable season, which is the result of the progress made and the work put in since the German’s arrival at Anfield in 2015. Champions Of Europe Liverpool, current champions of Europe, bagged the title with last season’s Premier League winners Manchester City twenty-three points adrift in second. In thirty-one games, Klopp’s men have

Horse racing

Sunday racing coverage on ITV4

The late start to this year’s Flat racing season means the sport is playing catch-up. Thus, there’s a Sunday racing bonus on ITV4, with nine races from Windsor, Newmarket and the Curragh. Newmarket has two Listed events, the Empress Fillies’ Stakes at 2.45 and the Fred Archer Stakes at 4.30. Both have seven runners but look awkward betting contests. The 6f Empress, for two-year-olds, sees the quick return of Albany Stakes fourth Undertake. On a strict form line, she has

Baseball

Baseball is around the corner after MLB confirms 60-game season

Though the road to setting up a shortened 2020 MLB season was anything but smooth, we can finally turn our attention to the on-field action after weeks of negotiations between owners and players. A 60-game season has been approved, with the usual ten playoff spots, and July 24 has been mentioned as a revised Opening Day. In the meantime, teams will be scrambling to firm up training camp dates for the start of July while trying to figure out how

FA Cup and Premier League Football Action
Football

Football Match Previews – 27/28 June 2020

We’re heading into another action-packed weekend full of English football, much to the delight of viewers. The Premier League and Championship league games will take place. As will several FA Cup fixtures as well. So, let’s see what could be in store. Saturday Football Action Premier League The only Premier League fixture taking place on Saturday sees Aston Villa host Wolves at Villa Park. Villa battled back to secure a point at Newcastle midweek, to add to the one they

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