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 and tennis.
Saturday's Best Sporting Bets
Most of the leading contenders will be hoping for some rain but that doesn't apply to KINGSGATE NATIVE. He found only Sole Power too good on fast ground in the Palace House at Newmarket earlier in the year and a repeat of that should see him bang there at the finish. (Man On The Spot)
Last time, at Ascot, he won a 10-furlong handicap in good style from a bunch of horses that have been running well this season, including John Smith's Cup runner-up Zain Eagle and five other horses that had all won at some point this calendar year. He travelled through the race extremely well and stayed on strongly to the line in the manner of a horse that was enjoying his optimum conditions - namely a stiff 10 furlongs at a right-handed track on ground with a bit of dig in it. It's of no surprise, then, that Hills has looked to Sandown for this horse's next port of call and he could do with a victory, too, in order to ensure himself a place in the Cambridgeshire, his main autumn target. (Ben Linfoot)
Norwich have won four matches in a row and are a great shout at even-money for another victory when Bournemouth travel to Carrow Road in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon. But considering Bournemouth are among the most prolific sides up front so far this season, we're going to be a little bit bolder and tip the Canaries to win with both teams finding the net which is available at 3/1. With all this in mind you should also put this match in your 'both teams to score' accas this weekend. (Chris Hammer)
The Black Cats have drawn both Premier League games so far (and won 3-0 in the League Cup at Birmingham) but have put in lively performances against West Brom and Manchester United which will encourage the club's fans. The same can't be said of QPR, who have looked poor so far in their three defeats in all competitions and that's why you have to side with the visitors at Loftus Road. (Andy Schooler)
Kohlschreiber has beaten Isner in each of the last two US Opens and he looks a decent price to complete the hat-trick here. Isner’s US Open record is a pretty poor one for a home player with such a weapon – the fearsome serve earning him plenty of free points. Neither has he been in great form with several early exits during the hardcourt swing. Admittedly, he has yet to drop a set but has played no-one of note and the obvious deficiencies in his return game are shown to some extent by the fact that he’s played three tie-breaks already. Kohlschreiber will offer much more of a threat in this match. Five of their six matches have gone to a final set (Kohlschreiber won the other in four) which shows the German is more than capable of dealing with Isner’s serve. An added bonus is that the match is being played on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, which usually plays a bit slower than the main Ashe court. If he can win a few big points, probably in a tie-break or two, he can bring home the bacon here.
Local hope Bradley is a an obvious favourite up against Gary Woodland and John Senden but he should justify his quote after an excellent start at TPC Boston. This is a player who has the dual pressure of playing in front of his home fans and trying to do enough to make Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup team but if Friday’s effort is anything to go by, he is well up to the task. He produced a masterclass on how to hit the golf ball long and straight from the tee and managed to knock in a few putts as well on the way to a 65 so a zoned-in Bradley looks well worth following once again.
Gripping Stuff (T2) is the youngest of the six veterans in the Wimbledon 480 Seniors at 9.15 and could be the one to latch on to. The August 2010 greyhound encountered all sorts of traffic problems when clad in white here seven days ago and he’s more than capable of bettering that performance based on his determined A1 success in 28.68 here in April.