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 and tennis.
Wednesday's Best Sporting Bets
Charlie Appleby's horses have been running well in the last week with six winners from 16 runners complemented by two seconds and two thirds in the same period. He isn't renowned for a stunning strike-rate at Bath, he's had just one winner there from nine goes in his fledgling career, but the Godolphin handler can improve those numbers this afternoon with Dubai Hadeia in the Dribuild Ltd Fillies' Handicap. The daughter of Dubawi showed very little in three maidens, but improved on those efforts when stepped up to 10 furlongs and unleashed in a handicap for the first time last run at Newmarket. She did it well that day from a subsequent winner and has only gone up 4lb for her efforts. Cam Hardie's 5lb claim more than alleviates that burden and after a 40-day break she looks the one to be on. At around 15/8 she won't make us rich, but she looks very solid and gets the nap vote.
Another 'new era' begins for England and Wayne Rooney can lead his side to victory against Norway, whose form of late makes the home side look banker material at 4/9. There are one or two concerns for Roy Hodgson but the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson continue to impress at club level and can help England to a comfortable win. Our money will then roll onto France who look value to beat Spain, who are going through a period of transition with stars on the way out and new ones still learning their trade. Ian Ogg
Be wary of the hype. Follow the UK coverage of the US Open and you will be told how much better Murray is playing. However, think back to the French Open and Wimbledon and you will have heard almost exactly the same thing. At both events, when the quality level really rose, the Briton folded, being beaten out of sight by Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov respectively. With Djokovic having put form concerns behind him, I can see something similar unfolding here. Djokovic is a pretty heavy favourite and if anyone if going to claim a comfortable set victory at some point in the match it would appear likely to be the Serb. Murray will need to keep things pretty tight to prevail in the market and although he did play well against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday, he was massively helped out by the Frenchman faltering at big moments. I very much doubt Djokovic will help out in the same way and I take him to cover the game handicap. Andy Schooler
The Totepool East Anglian Derby gets underway with eight heats at Yarmouth this evening and an excellent field has been assembled for the Category One event. Charlie Lister loves this competition, lifting the trophy on 10 occasions since 1990, and the legendary handler can get on the scoresheet with Southern Mesut (T1) in heat two at 7.37. The speedy son of Ballymac Maeve built on some smart trials at the seaside track when landing a hot trial stakes last week and he can blaze a trail on the rails with the slow-starting Sidaz Pedro next door.