Sporting Life Best Bets of the Day
Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's sporting action, including golf, racing and tennis.
Monday's Best Sporting Bets
Ryan Moore's standout opportunity at Brighton is on Light Of Asia in the NFU Mutual Brighton & Hove Handicap at 16.00 and he gets the Nap vote. Ed Dunlop's lightly-raced three-year-old has been running consistently well and the application of blinkers and the services of Moore could be the edge he needs. The faster ground is in his favour and he's been running to a level around his mark of 70 unlike most of his rivals. (Ben Linfoot)
The final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship is fascinatingly poised and it's hard to disagree with the outright market - Rory McIlroy, two off the pace, has become the man to beat. He's 4/9 to beat Chris Kirk in their two-ball but even at 12/5, there's no great temptation to back Kirk, one of several Americans who need to win for any hope of a Ryder Cup spot. The layers marginally favour Billy Horschel over Russell Henley and I just about agree with that, and to be honest it's hard to pick out an outstanding match bet. Kevin Streelman has hit more fairways and greens than Seung-yul Noh and is putting better, so he's tempting at odds-against but we have Noh on-side in the outright market and the hope is he's good enough to place at a massive price. So I've settled on Charl Schwartzel who looks very fair at evens to beat Graham DeLaet. Schwartzel is second in final-round scoring average (leader Peter Malnati has only played in five final rounds) and while I'm a fan of DeLaet, evens about the South African is probably a shade big given their respective achievements and abilities. Schwartzel was four shots better in the final round of the US PGA and I'd make him odds-on. (Ben Coley)
Kohlschreiber rewarded our faith a couple of days ago with victory over the big-serving John Isner but now faces a different test. However, the German is a player who has given Djokovic problems in the past and I’m backing him to win a set in this last-16 clash. The top seed has not been tested yet and appears to be in fine form. However, I’m not convinced that the problems that beset him in the warm-up events are entirely solved and this will be by far his toughest match of the tournament so far. If there are still chinks in the Djokovic armour, they are likely to be exposed here. Kohlschreiber has taken at least a set off Djokovic in all bar their very first meeting, a run which takes in a clash in Rome earlier this season, as well as their last meeting on a hardcourt which went to 7-6 in the third. (Andy Schooler)
Coolavanny Lass (T4) rates banker material in heat two of the Stadium Bookmakers 480m Trophy at 8.52. Charlie Lister's improving bitch by Ace Hi Rumble and Oneco Vixen could only manage fifth in a warm Caffreys Standard Trophy final over 500m last week, but she got within a neck of last year's All England Cup champion Calzaghe Davy when last sighted over the shorter four-bend distance three starts back and this looks a real opening for the August 2012 greyhound.