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RACING

David Ord

John Gosden’s four-year-old has to concede weight all-round in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Handicap but appeals as the sort to rate significantly higher than his current mark of 90 in the near future. He won on his first start in a handicap at Wolverhampton last time, from 87, and impressed with the way he went through the race that day. He’s been a slow-learner and still showed signs of greenness there but is in the right hands and he could prove a cut above these as the penny begins to drop.

Matt Brocklebank

We all get a bit excited about the potential superstar colts at this stage of the season but you can’t beat Group One form when it comes to the Classic trials and Great Scot is in danger of being seriously underestimated ahead of the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

He and Boitron are the only runners in the field with top-class experience and it’s Tom Dascombe’s horse who sets the benchmark based on his fine fifth to Magna Grecia in the Vertem Futurity Stakes at Doncaster at the end of October. Beaten only a length and a quarter on Town Moor, he was far too keen for his own good early on can probably be marked up a shade given how the race panned out.

Prior to that, he’d won three of his four starts, including a one-length defeat of subsequent Breeders’ Cup winner Line Of Duty at Haydock, while his only other defeat came when beaten a head by recent Derby springer Al Hilalee in third at Deauville. The strength of his form from day one is right up there and given how hard he pulled at Doncaster, dropping back to seven furlongs shouldn’t prove a problem at all – he is 2-2 over the trip as things stand. Easy ground also suits the son of Requinto and with Dascombe’s runners in good shape at the start of the season, everything looks in place for a huge run from Great Scot.

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Oli Bell

Dancing Vega - 3.10 Newbury

Created a huge impression when winning on her only start at two and has reportedly been pleasing Ralph Beckett this spring. Can take this en-route to a Classic campaign in the coming weeks and months.

Simon Holt

The Nicky Richards-trained gelding has put together some good efforts this season and, with the exception of a poor jumping round at Newcastle, has tended to finish off strongly at distances of around three miles.

This was never more eye-catching than when he rushed home from the final fence at Haydock (good) in November, failing by half a length to catch last year's third Vintage Clouds, and the fitting of cheekpieces for the first time seemed to sharpen him up at Carlisle last month when he accounted for Jepeck on heavy ground.

A course winner over hurdles first time out, Takingrisks seems ground versatile, has crept into the handicap off 10st1lb and his rider Sean Quinlan is enjoying by far the best season of his career.


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FOOTBALL

George Pitts - Saturday Premier League

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The Cottagers have improved under Parker, but have been poor in front of their own fans at Craven Cottage.

The hosts have conceded at least two in their last 13 matches and Everton have kept five clean sheets in six while scoring at least two in their last three away matches. With Everton still have something to fight for, they can coast to victory in west London and 2/1 on the handicap provides plenty of appeal.

In Hasenhuttl's seven Premier League wins, six of them have seen Southampton score at least two goals and four of them have been on home turf. The return of striker Danny Ings should give them a nice boost, too.

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Paul Higham - Tottenham v Huddersfield

Huddersfield aren't exactly prolific - they've got four goals in their last ten away games and three of those came at West Ham! With that in mind, and given that Spurs are more than decent at the back then it should be a regulation win to nil.

Tom Cardnuff - EFL

One man who can capitalise on Millwall's potential aerial dominance is Jake Cooper. The defender is a target at set-pieces due to his size and that's why he has had direct involvement in eleven goals this season.

He'll be a handful for the likes of John Egan and Chris Basham, with one of those two likely to man mark him on corners, and I'd say that he has the edge in terms of aerial battles over any of the United defence.

We can also see Cooper's impact at set-pieces through the stats. His 53 shots is the third-highest in this Millwall team.

Reading have picked up points in three of their last four games. Alongside that, their home form has been more than impressive, with just one defeat in their last seven.

Brentford have hit a bit of a brick wall in recent weeks and their slim hopes of a potential promotion have faded away. Thomas Frank's Bees have little to play for here, and that will play into Reading's hands.

Brentford's away form doesn't make for pretty reading either, highlighting how they are a side who do rely on home comforts. While they are the fourth-best home side in England's second-tier, they are the fifth-worst away with just 14 points gained from a possible 60.

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CRICKET

Richard Mann - IPL

Jos Buttler top Rajasthan Royals batsman at 5/2

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler enjoyed a wonderful tournament in the IPL last year and has been in good touch so far this term, making 199 runs at an average of 33.16, including promising knocks of 37 and 23 in his last two outings. Buttler looked in fine touch in that most recent innings, stroking three consecutive boundaries until losing his shape and offering a catch to extra cover.

He looks close to a big score and with the Royals coming here with plenty to prove, I expect Buttler to lead from the front and top the visitors' run charts with the 5/2 freely available well worth taking.

Kings XI Punjab to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at 10/11

I can't see a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore turning their fortunes around any time soon and Kings XI Punjab are strongly fancied to continue their promising start to IPL 2019.

Despite falling foul of a brutal Keiron Pollard innings earlier in the week, Kings XI have still won four times from their opening seven matches with the likes of KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and David Miller forming a formidable batting line-up.

Rahul has been in fine touch in recent weeks and should continue to flourish as he tries to force his way back into India's plans for the Cricket World Cup, while he has been well supported by a generally serviceable bowling Kings XI bowling attack.

Kings XI looks a solid all-round side now and then 10/11 available for them to beat a floundering RCB outfit appears very fair.



FORMULA ONE

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Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas set the pace in China in practice

There have only been four drivers not classified across the two completed races to date in 2019: three in Australia and one in Bahrain. And the Chinese Grand Prix last year saw all 20 drivers complete the 90 per cent of the winner's total distance needed to be deemed classified finishers.

The previous season saw only 15 of the 20 starters at this event run the required distance, but in 2016 we again saw a full complement of 22 finishers.

The Shanghai International Circuit features a long straight but is not regarded as especially punishing on machinery.

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