Sporting Life Best Bets of the Day
Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's sporting action, including football, racing, tennis and golf.
Thursday's Best Sporting Bets
The handicapper raised Bragging 10lb after her demolition job over a strong field at Newmarket in just her fourth start but even a mark of 97 shouldn't prevent another victory for Sir Michael Stoute's filly in the final race of the day at York.
Tottenham are looking to make the Europa League Group stage for the fourth season in a row. To do so they need to beat the Cypriot underdogs AEL Limassol who have yet to face an English side in competitive football. Erik Lamela is a man on a mission looking to prove his worth after a difficult first season at White Hart and is likely to feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI tonight..
With four winners from four selections at the Wyndham, we can afford to take a chance in round one of The Barclays and the vote goes to Andrew Svododa. Born and raised in nearby New York, Svoboda also studied at St John’s University so he’s going to have the full support of the raucous crowds in New Jersey. The same may not be said of Ian Poulter, a stateside villain due to his Ryder Cup heroics, but more concerning is the Englishman’s form with a pair of missed cuts back in Britain preceding finishes of 52nd and 59th across Firestone and the PGA. Poulter is neither striking the ball well nor putting as he usually does and while I think he’ll find enough to be a key part of the European side at Gleneagles, for now he looks a bad favourite. Carl Pettersson completes the three-ball and looks the chief threat to Svoboda, but his form has levelled off somewhat and with Svoboda having opened up with rounds of 67 in each of his last two events, he looks the value call here.
James Ward is the last Briton left in the US Open qualifying draw after he cruised into the second round with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Aldin Setkin last night and I fancy him to breeze past Vincent Millot in straight sets this evening. The pair have only met once before in a quarter-final of a hard court event in Lexington last month which Ward was leading 7-6 6-4 before the Frenchman retired. At a world ranking of 131, Ward is placed 33 potitions higher than his opponent and will be eager to keep the flag flying for GB following yesterday's exits of Dan Evans and Daniel Smethurst.
Derbyshire must win their final Royal London One-Day Cup match to stand a chance of snatching fourth spot - and a place in the quarter-finals - at the expense of Leicestershire, who visit Lancashire today, although it's expected to be a tough game against Gloucestershire. The visitors have won four and lost just one of their seven games (the other two fell victim to the weather) but with a place in the last eight assured, you can't help but feel they might take their foot off the gas slightly.
Over at Hove this evening, six heats of the Coral Brighton Belle take centre stage and improving bitch Roxholme Dream (T4) rates banker material in the third instalment at 8.34. Unbeaten in two starts on these shores including success in a hot Wimbledon 480 Ladies final recently, the daughter of Timor Blue clocked a calculated 29.75 in a solo trial over the course and distance on Sunday and should prove too good for the returning Butts Mott, recent course scorers Droopys Field and Paradise Abbey and interesting newcomer Jaytee Persia