Catch up on a busy weekend of sport with the Sporting Life Weekend Review, which includes links to all the major sports stories.
Two horses dominated the horse racing headlines on Saturday and the pair find themselves 8/1 joint-favourites (at best prices) for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas now the dust has settled on their performances.
Too Darn Hot stole the show at Sandown with an excellent victory in the Solario Stakes and, while last year’s winner Masar went on to Derby glory (for which Too Darn Hot is the 6/1 favourite at Sky Bet) his Newmarket credentials have not gone unnoticed.
Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns maintained his unbeaten record with victory in the Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh to share Guineas favouritism with John Gosden’s Sandown hero.
Sent off the 1/3 favourite, he didn’t give backers a moment’s worry with a taking victory under the trainer’s son, Donnacha.
The Ballydoyle trainer said: "You'd have to be very happy. It was lovely to come back here on a lovely bit of ground. He would have learned more today as he followed horses, so that was great. Donnacha was very happy with him.
"He travels very strong and has a lot of speed. I couldn't be happier. You'd be delighted to see the last furlong. He got there and opened up then.
"At least now going to the Middle Park he's after having two runs and he should have enough experience. We'll look forward to that now.”
Indeed, as we hit September, the autumn group races for juveniles are at the forefront of many racing fans’ minds at what is an enjoyable time of the year.
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Although juveniles are the future, veterans give plenty to the game and an example of that came in the Beverley Bullet on Saturday when the wonderful Take Cover blasted to his second success in the race at the age of 11.
Stall nine was the worry for David Griffiths’ charge but he was swiftly out of the gate, in contrast to main market rival Final Venture, and quickly grabbed the rail.
From there he was in little danger, the 3/1 joint-favourite running on strongly inside the final furlong to score by a length-and-a-quarter.
Perhaps the old boy should have a bar named after him, as one Twitter user quipped….
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- Fifty overseas contenders for Melbourne Cup
- James Doyle to diet for Sea Of Class Arc ride
- Ruth Carr stalwart Sovereign Debt retires
Liverpool and Chelsea kept up their perfect starts to the Premier League season with victories in Saturday afternoon's action.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds wrapped up a 2-1 win over Leicester in the early kick-off, although they were made to work for it and looked to be in trouble when they gifted a goal to the opposition.
Goalkeeper Alisson dithered on Virgil Van Dyke's poor back pass to allow Kelechi Iheanacho to steal the ball and cross for Rachid Ghezzal to score.
"It was a 'reading the play' mistake by me," Alisson told ESPN Brasil.
"I didn't receive that good of a pass, we talked about that in the locker room, I spoke to Virgil, it wasn't that good of a pass.
"I also had all the conditions to kick the ball away and tried to keep playing, keep the possession. Everyone analyses the games. Obviously, I won't be stupid to make the same mistake."
Chelsea meanwhile, secured a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard.
Liverpool sit top of the standings on goal difference, with their +8 one better than Chelsea in second.
Our Sky Bet Championship round-up discusses Stoke continuing to struggle as they were beaten by West Brom, while Leeds still sit top of the standings with a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough.
It was a first Old Firm derby for Steven Gerrard, and despite plenty of new faces, the contest followed a similar pattern as Celtic emerged victorious thanks to Olivier Ntcham's second-half strike.
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- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola stressed he did not have a problem with Leroy Sane's attitude
- Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer
- Charlie Nicholas' UEFA Champions League draw verdict
Matt Wallace pressed his claims for a Ryder Cup wild card with a fourth European Tour victory in 19 months in the final qualifying event in Silkeborg.
Wallace birdied five of his last six holes to finish 19 under par and get into an all-English four-man play-off with Lee Westwood, Steven Brown and Jonathan Thomson at the Made in Denmark event.
The quartet returned to the 18th for a sudden-death play-off and Brown piled the pressure on his opponents with an approach to three feet, but Wallace hit his to seven feet and both made birdie, while Westwood and Thomson were eliminated with pars.
Wallace and Brown headed back to the 18th and Wallace produced an even better approach to set up a winning birdie from four feet as European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn looked on.
Wallace in one of a number of options for the wild card spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team, and Sporting Life's golf expert Ben Coley looked at some of those names who could be involved.
Lewis Hamilton stunned the Ferrari crowd with a remarkable victory at the Italian Grand Prix following a late move on Kimi Raikkonen, and an opening-lap collision with Sebastian Vettel.
Pole-sitter Raikkonen, a winning 8/1 tip for our F1 Insider, looked set to win his first race in more than five years, and Ferrari's first at their homeland since 2010, but Hamilton executed a brilliant pass on the Finn with just eight laps remaining.
Vettel, who fell to last after his coming together with Hamilton, recovered to finish fourth, but the German is now 30 points behind his championship rival. Valtteri Bottas completed the podium places.
Vettel was at his commanding best seven days ago to win in Belgium, but he was on the back foot from the start here after his critical collision with Hamilton.
Moeen Ali finally broke India's resistance as England sealed the Specsavers series with a 60-run win over India after a titanic struggle in Southampton.
The world's number one team pushed England into the penultimate evening of the fourth Test, thanks to a century fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51).
But Moeen (four for 71) took his match haul to nine wickets, and India lost four for 13 soon after tea to give England an unassailable 3-1 lead with one match to play.
India's target, one they have exceeded just once in their history to win outside Asia, was 245 after England were bowled out for 271 in their second innings.
Kohli, especially, and Rahane made Joe Root sweat, but Moeen eventually dismissed both, on an increasingly helpful pitch, in a total of 184 all out.
Some say it's been a tougher season than usual for Michael van Gerwen but he still managed to pick up a 17th title of 2018 at the weekend.
He dropped just seven legs across his five matches at the German Darts Championship - and six of those came in the final against James Wilson!
The world number two posted a tournament average of 103.56 as he thrashed Cristo Reyes (6-0), Martin Schindler (6-0), Dave Chisnall (6-1) and Joe Cullen (7-0) prior to his hard-fought clash with the player nicknamed Lethal Biscuit.
Nevertheless, the most eye-catching performance came from Chizzy a day earlier as he smashed the record European Tour average in his emphatic 6-0 whitewash win over Mark Webster in round two.
The St Helens ace posted a magnificent 118.66 average, firing in five 180s and missing just five attempts at double as he began his quest to win the £135,000 event.
Chisnall surpassed the previous record European Tour average of 117.94 which was hit by Michael van Gerwen against Gary Anderson in the final of the 2015 German Darts Championship.