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.
Thursday's Best Sporting Bets
A winner in heavy ground on her first start for Johnny Murtagh, any rain that falls through the day will hold no fears for her. Things haven't really panned our for the Mount Nelson filly on either of her last two starts in Group Two and Group One company but this does represent a decent opportunity to put her head in front again. (Ian Ogg)
Nacer Chadli scored twice in Tottenham's 4-0 thrashing of QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday and looks to be performing well under Mauricio Pochettino's attacking style of play. Goals don't seem to be hard to come by at Spurs this season - Emmanuel Adebayor is finding form and even defender Eric Dier has two goals to his name already. Harry Kane, who scored the winner in the first leg of this tie, is expected to feature with Roberto Soldado out due to injury. AEL Limassol put up a good fight in the first leg, scoring first and holding the lead for 60 minutes, but I can only see tonight's game going one way and I expect an easy home win for Spurs. (Adam France)
Hull wasted chances in last week's first leg and have work to do to qualify against their Belgian opponents. However, Lokeren don't travel well and have yet to score away from home in their domestic league, so Steve Bruce's side still have an excellent chance to progress. Given that they also struggle in the final third with a lack of support from midfield, a 1-0 win and extra-time appeals as comfortably the most likely option here. (Ben Coley)
In need of boosting the bank, I'm going for a bigger price today and this looks a fair one. The German is a player who is in and out but he's shown he can rise to the big occasion this season with wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Raonic himself on his record. That win over Raonic came on grass in Halle and it is notable that Gojowczyk held serve throughout. He's been serving well at Flushing Meadows where he came through qualifying and then banged down 18 aces in a comfortable first-round win. With Raonic having the best serve in the game and also not being the greatest returner, a first-set tie-break could well be on the cards. That can be backed at 5/2 but I'll take the 4/1 about it being won by Raonic, after all he has won nine of his 10 breakers during the current hardcourt swing. Andy Schooler
The Coral Brighton Belle semi-finals feature at Hove this evening, live on RPGTV, and Butts Mott (T1) can book her place in next week's final in the second instalment at 9.06. Patricia Cowdrill's likable daughter of Archaton Pine was having her first run since beating Jaytee Jules in the Angel Of The North Oaks final last October when finishing a neck second to the reopposing Droopys Field in last week's heats, and she's expected to reverse that form with that run under her belt. The September 2010 greyhound won 10 races on the spin last year, including the aforementioned Category Two triumph at the Byker circuit, and she's expected to win the early pace battle to the corner in her semi.