Sporting Life Best Bets of the Day
Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's action, including football, racing, greyhounds and tennis.
Monday's Best Sporting Bets
The herriotworld.com Handicap at Thirsk offers a good chance for ICY BLUE to get back in the winner's circle this afternoon. Richard Whitaker's gelding hasn't won on turf since a victory at Thirsk in the August of 2011, so at least we know he has previous at this time of year at this track. That win was off a mark of 61 and he races off a 1lb lower this afternoon with Joe Fanning on board for the second consecutive race. His last run came at Pontefract over a mile where he ran well, but he lost a couple of places in the final furlong after taking up the lead two out. Fanning should be able to get him a bit of cover in this bigger field and delay his challenge until late in the piece. He's handicapped to go close, the cut in the ground is not a concern and we know he's running pretty well. It's a competitive heat, but nothing sticks out as obviously ahead of the handicapper and a small each-way bet on the son of Iceman is advised. (Ben Linfoot)
Chelsea have started the last two seasons by claiming 2-0 victories and a win to nil for the Blues is the most likely outcome at Turf Moor. Chelsea’s defence remains impressive, whether its Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois who get the nod to start in goal, and its hard to see Burnley’s attack posing too many questions. The Clarets are also hindered by the loss of Sam Vokes for the early part of the campaign after his partnership with Danny Ings was so devastating in the Championship. Chelsea can be expected to get the job done tonight in convincing fashion. (Nick Hext)
American Robby Ginepri has reached the last 32 in the last two events he has played on hard courts in the past month, the Cincinnati Masters and the Citi Open in Washington where losing to Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych respectively was certainly no disgrace. Ginepri has three singles career titles to his name and two have come on hard courts so I can see him getting through against Frenchman Paul Henri Mathieu at the Winston-Salem Open – the final event before next week’s US Open. Mathieu’s last and only outing on the hard courts this season was in the Cincinnati Masters just over a week ago where he was beaten in the second qualifying round by Briton James Ward. He is very much a clay-court specialist and I think Ginepri’s better current form and preference for hard courts will see him through. (Simon Crawford)
The Newcastle raider was most impressive in justifying even-money favouritism in the Caffreys Puppy Classic heats last week and the son of Cashen Legend can confirm that promising all-the-way success in a smart 29.82.