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, golf, tennis and rugby league.
Friday's Best Sporting Bets
It could be that in time Tupi's second to Highland Reel in the Vintage Stakes is considered a very worthy piece of form indeed. Aidan O'Brien's colt is second-favourite for the 2000 Guineas and market leader for the Derby and the son of Galileo is one of the most appealing ante-post Classic prospects at this stage. That Tupi got within two-and-a-quarter lengths of him was a good effort, especially as he stayed on well inside the final furlong once Richard Hughes asked for maximum effort. He beat the rest comfortably and was a tad unlucky next time in France when promoted from third to second in the stewards' room after being hampered. Tonight he gets a good chance to add to his maiden success as the extra furlong he tackles for the first time in the EBF Stallions Stonehenge Stakes really looks as though it will play to his strengths. On top of this he's a clear form choice and looks well worth chancing at around 11/4 for the yard that have won this race in four of the last five years. (Ben Linfoot)
After the glory of Wembley in last weekend's Challenge Cup final, Leeds may well struggle to get back up for their next Super League match against a St Helens side who have had a week break. The emotional and physical drain can stop teams in their tracks and I actually think Saints can win outright let alone with the six-point start on the handicap. (Ian Millward)
Both Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg are looking to pick up their first points of the Bundesliga season this evening. Dortmund lost 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day whilst Augsburg lost 2-0 away at Hoffenheim. Dortmund will be looking to make a statement tonight to the other contenders in the league, and coach Jurgen Klopp has never failed to win at least one of his two opening games. Klopp is likely to play a front three consisting of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ciro Immobile and Marco Reus that is likely to put fear in the hearts of the Augsburg defence. Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus is ice-cold in front of goal and will want his team to bounce back from a disappointing start so will be pushing for goals tonight. (Adam France)
Regular readers will know I’m keen on Venus Williams going deep into this tournament and I can’t see Errani posing too much of a threat here. She’s had real trouble against the power players in the past with her powder-puff serve particularly vulnerable. The Italian’s record against Venus does not give her much hope; in three previous meetings, she has never won more than three games in a set. Given those meetings have all been within the last three years – with the most relevant being a 6-3 6-0 humbling on this DecoTurf surface in Cincinnati in 2012 – it’s not something that can be easily dismissed. In terms of form, Montreal finalist Venus also holds the trump cards with Errani having struggled for wins since moving off the clay. She has won two rounds here but the class level is about to rise significantly. I’m surprised that you can get 5/6 about a straight-sets win and confident this bet can add to the profits gained from yesterday’s winner. For those seeking a juicier price, at almost 3/1 Andrea Petkovic may offer some value against Caroline Wozniacki. (Andy Schooler)
Moore’s missed cut at The Barclays came at the wrong time as he tries to nudge his way into the US Ryder Cup side, but TPC Boston is an ideal platform for one last push even if he’s expected to come up short. The 31-year-old has twice finished tenth in his last three visits to the course having played in every renewal of the Deutsche Bank since 2006, but it’s his performances in the first round which really catch the eye. In two of the last four years he’s opened up with a round of 64, he shot 68 in 2011, 67 in 2008, 65 in 2007 and 66 last year. In fact, his scoring average in round one is 67 – over three shots better than his overall average at the course – so clearly something about this rare Friday start suits him. Today’s opponents are Harris English and Brian Harman, two friends from college who shouldn’t be underestimated. However, English has gone off the boil of late while Harman has a poor record here and is still adjusting to life as a PGA Tour winner. Anything around his first-round average will surely do for Moore, who may even get away with shooting par. The more speculative punter might also try him at 50s to lead after round one.
Seamus Cahill's dog by Milldean Panther and Bebo Babe was withdrawn lame from the Sussex Cup at the semi-final stage last month, but a recent solo trial over the 400m trip here in 23.95 (+10) confirms his current well-being and he's an exciting prospect stepping up to six bends for the first time.