Sporting Life pick out five betting highlights for the week ahead

Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed
Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed

Every week throughout the year, Sporting Life will pick out five highlights so you never miss a beat.

Our writers will provide all of the key information such as TV channels and kick-off times, plus the latest odds from Sky Bet and, finally, their own unmissable verdict.

We continue with five sporting highlights for the week ahead.

Racing - BetVictor Gold Cup

When: Tuesday

Where: Cheltenham

TV: ITV & Racing TV

The BetVictor Gold Cup is the first big betting heat of the National Hunt season and Slate House is set to start favourite for the Tizzard team. He’s already won at Prestbury Park this campaign, thumping his rivals in a Grade Two novice chase at the Showcase Meeting, and remains completely unexposed over fences.

Saint Calvados was another winner at that opening fixture at Prestbury Park and he’s been pointed here ever since.

Spiritofthegames is a fascinating runner for the Skelton team but the one they all have to beat might be Sirruh Du Luc.

He won all four starts over fences last term, including the Brown Advisory & Marriebelle Stable Plate at the Festival. He’s nine pounds higher here and clearly needs a personal best but we haven’t seen the best of him yet.

Darts - Grand Slam of Darts

When: All week

Where: Wolverhampton

TV: Sky Sports

The 12th staging of the Grand Slam of Darts is under way, with Gerwyn Price bidding to defend the title he so controversially won in a heated final with Gary Anderson 12 months ago.

A field of 32 players, featuring eight representatives from the BDO, are split into eight groups of four players for the round-robin phase, with the top two players from each group then progressing to the knockout stage.

Each day there will be daily match-by-match predictions and accas from our darts expert Chris Hammer as well as reports and highlights each evening.

Golf - Nedbank Challenge and Mayakoba Classic

When: Thursday to Sunday

Where: Sun City and Mexico

There’s wall-to-wall golf coverage for UK fans this week as the Nedbank Challenge and Mayakoba Classic run from Thursday morning to Sunday night.

The Nedbank, held at the gorgeous Sun City, has again attracted a quality field and it includes Lee Westwood following his emotional success a year ago.

With coverage from 7am, that event takes us through to the start of play in Mexico where the field for the Mayakoba is stronger than in previous years - despite Rickie Fowler’s withdrawal.

Watch out for Abraham Ancer, who next month will become the first Mexican to play in the Presidents Cup and will be fancied by many to warm up in style in his national championship.

Our previews will be live by lunchtime Tuesday with play to begin early on Thursday.guaranteed to throw up some storylines.

Snooker - Northern Ireland Open

When: Monday to Sunday

Where: Belfast

TV: Eurosport

The snooker circus heads to Belfast for the Northern Ireland Open where defending champion Judd Trump will be keen to continue in his impressive start to the new campaign.

Trump got the better of Ronnie O'Sullivan in last year's final and the latter returns to Belfast in desperate need of ranking of points in his bid to qualify for the Coral Series later in the season.

Big home hope Mark Allen has a surprisingly modest record in an event he would dearly love to win but he has been knocking hard on the door of late and will surely claim some silverware soon while the likes of John Higgins and Mark Selby are other big names to look out for in the coming days.

Racing - Unibet Morgiana Hurdle

When: Saturday

Where: Punchestown

TV: Racing TV

Early Champion Hurdle clues will be on offer at Punchestown on Saturday with the Grade One Unibet Morgiana Hurdle.

This race has a rich history with an illustrious roll of honour, Hurricane Fly taking the prize back to Willie Mullins' County Carlow base three years in a row between 2012 and 2014, and the same stable stable look set to dominate again on Saturday.

The betting is likely to be dominated by Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero Klassical Dream who will be making his first start of the new season having carried all before him last term in a campaign that saw him go unbeaten in four starts.

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