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 cricket.
Tuesday's Best Sporting Bets
The three-year-old has only had four races in his life, three of them this year, and his best effort came at Salisbury last time when he ran on nicely into fourth over 10 furlongs. Since then he's been gelded and that operation, along with the step up in trip to a mile and a half, could well help him defy an opening handicap mark of 75. The rain has fallen at Ffos Las but he has form on soft ground too while his trainer Ralph Beckett has a fine record at this course with horses three years and older and can boast a strike-rate of 36 per cent with those representatives in the last five years.
Gareth Bale will be the star attraction tonight when Real Madrid face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff and he'll be eager to delight the Welsh fans and bring more silverware to the Bernabeu. He's proved he can perform in the biggest of games and when you consider he'll be joined by World Cup sensation James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the startling line-up, it's hard to see anything other than a Real Madrid win.
One of the most eye-catching matches at today's Cincinnati Masters sees Maria Sharapova taking on American rising star Madison Keys, who booked her place in the second round with an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over Alize Cornet yesterday. The big-hitting 19-year-old gave Sabine Lisicki a run for her money at last week's Rogers Cup and we feel she can also take Sharapova to three sets tonight. The Russian suffered a surprise early exit to Carla Suarez Navarro in Montreal last week but we expect her to do enough to battle through as she prepares for a title tilt at the US Open.
Surrey are still without a win in the Royal London One-Day Cup as they prop up the Group B table heading into today's clash at Warwickshire but we think skipper Vikram Solanki is well worth a bet to score most runs for his team. Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan is unsurprisingly favourite in the market considering he's scored 201 runs in four innings but Solanaki has managed a more than respectable 164, including a best of 83, and will be keen to lead from the front to get their campaign up and running.
Elaine Parker's Three Steps To Victory finalist was desperately unlucky when leading everywhere but the line last week but she can gain compensation dropping back to 500m for this assignment at Sheffield this evening. The daughter of Droopys Scolari has the early pace to get away from her rivals and won't be for stopping over this four-bend trip.
- All prices correct at time of publication (1125 BST on 12/08/2014)