Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Saturday 29th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 -Leicester 2.20pm – Totescoop6 Play Today Handicap

Time To Exceed – 11/10 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Leicester 2.55pm -Totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Novice Stakes

Never Back Down – 4/9 – 10pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 – Leicester 4.40pm – Toteexacta Pick The 1st & 2nd Handicap

Favourite Royal – 4/1 – 2pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 -Leicester 5.10pm -Totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Maiden Stakes

Oasis Charm – 2/1 – 3pt stake (EW)


Never Back Down finished 2nd on debut when running well but losing out to Godolphin’s Sound and Silence by 1/2 a length at Newmarket 11 days ago. The money came for Never Back Down at Newmarket so the colt was clearly going well at home. Connections were very pleased with the outing and Hugo Palmer’s 2 year old colt will improve and will be the one to beat.

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Horse Racing Preview – Punchestown, Sandown, Doncaster – 29th April 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from Punchestown, Ripon, Doncaster, Sandown and Haydock, with 7 selections across the meetings. Disappointed with the string of places yesterday, two winners though to add to the week.

The racing from Sandown and Punchestown will resolve both trainers’ titles up for grabs, Nicholls v Henderson and Mullins v Elliott.


13.50 Sandown – Bet365 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (16f)

Do not be surprised to see multiple entries from both Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson yards as they go head to head for the trainer title. Seven Barrows look likely to prevail and have a fairly strong contender in the first with Call Me Lord who makes his debut for the trainer and what a berry stage to do it at Sandown.

The four-year-old looks a very progressive type after good wins in France up-to two and a half miles, he has been given a stiff mark of 135 though which is not that generous enough to exploit, but with the current rain forecasted he looks the one to beat.

Paul Nicholls has Dolos entered who has a vast amount of experience at this level, but most of his better form has been around the novice ranks, beaten off 132 at Ascot proves he is probably within the grasp of the handicap on what level of form he has shown.

So, the first race I actually do not fancy any of the main contenders, I have opted for Seamus Mullins Landin who ran at both festivals when competing in Grade 1 company. Leading up to those big steps in class he was consistent around the juvenile ranks placed on two occasions this year at Warwick. His opening handicap mark of 130 looks to give him a solid chance of at least running well in this.

Landin : 1pt each way @ 12/1 (BOG)

14.25 Sandown – Bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2)

Without being detrimental towards two top trainers but they are really digging from their stars of old with Josses Hill who taking on a trip that looks beyond him, Vibrato Valtat has not won between the flags for 18 months and Art Mauresque would have to improve 14lb before even considering.

So that narrows the field down to two, Menorah and Traffic Fluide. At least Menorah won this race last year when beating Valseur Lido. With three of his four follow up runs he was placed which included a runner spot in last year’s Charlie Hall Chase and third in the long distance hurdle. He might be the ripe old age of 12, but is a sound jumper which has seen him never falling in his career.

Gary Moore’s Traffic Fluide just might be a little young taking on these big guns. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves his chance like the rest of the field, ran a cracker at Aintree when third to Fox Norton in the Melling Chase, the winner has taken the scalp of the mighty Un De Sceaux at this festival.

A winner over two miles around Sandown when competing around the novice ranks, he has a few years on his side here, a nice prospect and only seven years old. but he will learn again from this race that he has plenty of time to thrive next year.

Menorah : 2pt Win @ 2/1 (BOG)

14.35 Punchestown – Dooley Insurances Cross Country Chase (24f)

As we tend to follow Edna Bolger blind in these events, it has not been plain sailing this season, her stars of old are getting just that; old, but one in the locker is Love Rory. Course and distance winner three years ago has seen him decline, but he is still well treated and never runs a bad race around here.

Ran here two days ago over a longer trip when finishing fourth and will be interesting to see if he takes his chances here. But I would expect Ballyboker Bridge to add to his course and distance win last year when beating quite a few of these.

Since then he has run creditable behind Cantlow two times and had beaten Colour Squadron very easily this year at the course. He also holds his nearest adversary from Cheltenham.

Ballyboker Bridge : 2pt win @ 9/4 (BOG)

14.40 Haydock  – Best Odds Guaranteed At 188bet Handicap (7f)

Richard Hannon’s Oh This Is Us should be most definitely exploiting his good draw in stall 1. He has kicked off his season well since returning from Dubai with just being denied at Doncaster in the Lincoln.

It’s a race that has found out handicapped horses, but he thrived when going on to win at Bath just holding on by a neck. It’s the best of races and with an entry in this year’s Queen Anne he is a very well thought of individual. If anything can foil him this might come from Twin Appeal who drew well clear at Musselburgh fourteen days ago, has to contend with a 4lb rise, if the selection has a day off he looks best of the field without him.

Oh This Is Us : 2pt win @ 3/1 (BOG)

17.25 Doncaster – Fine and Country Newcomers Maiden Stakes (5f)

I would like to think Richard Faheys juveniles are not that forward despite Darkanna costing just over 200K. She is bred for speed being by Dark Angel out of Jadanna/Mujahid, she should just on pedigree be too hot to handle, good to see Paul Hanagan back in the Fahey camp more often.

Big danger will no doubt come from Roger Varian’s Dahik, the juveniles from the yard have been what I would say forward compared to last year’s batch.

Darkanna : 2pt Win @ 5/2 (BOG)

17.40 Ripon – Traditional Family Funday Sunday 21st May Handicap  (0-85)

This looks between the top two in the market being Washed and the selection Logi. The former will represent Robert Cowell’s yard, penny dropped really well when coming on from a poor debut run on the all-weather when winning at Catterick on his final start as a juvenile.

Handicap debut which looks poor by the standard and is one to keep on the right side of with Luke Morris in the plate, but I am with David Barron’s Logi who had a far busier juvenile campaign. Not wasting any time getting off the mark when winning at Wolverhampton when beating Jack the Truth by three and a half lengths.

Struggled over 6f here when seventh and this step back to 5f should see both Kodiac youngsters go well over the optimum trip with the slight push towards Logi who looks better drawn of the pair.

Logi : 2pt win @ 4/1 (BOG)

18.10 Punchestown – (PRO/AM) I.N.H.Flat (16f)

What a day yesterday for Patrick Mullins when taking both Grade 1’s, but back to reality and a bumper in which he rides winners for fun and I expect him to give a good account with Sparky Stowaway.

He is well related to a chase winner, with Dam a bumper winner and should make his presence felt here for Thomas Mullins. Dangers look to come from Martin Brassil’s You Raise Me Up who has a great pedigree through Presenting / Supreme Leader and swings my views slightly being a big fan of both sires.

The Shearers Wife represents Gordon Elliott, again nicely bred newcomer by Beneficial through blood line of Pistolet Bleu, but I think will come on after this outing.

You Raised Me Up : 1pt each way @ 9/1 (BOG)


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Cardiff City vs Newcastle United - Match Preview

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – Match Preview –

Skybet Championship, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff 7.45pm


Newcastle travel to South Wales this Friday to keep their hunt going for the Sky Bet Championship title. Rafa Benitez’ men secured promotion back to the Premier League earlier this week with a 4-1 win over Preston North End. They’ll be searching for another three points as they aim to chase down league leaders, Brighton and Hove Albion.

Cardiff are currently occupying 13th in the league standings, 14 points from the drop zone. Cardiff had a goalless draw in their last outing in the Sky Bet Championship against relegation strugglers Wigan. Cardiff will now be playing for pride in their final two matches of the season with no silverware or play-offs in sight for the Bluebirds.

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Allan McGregor will return for the Bluebirds after missing out on the 0-0 draw with Wigan over illness.

Another boost for Cardiff, as Kenneth Zohore is back and fit to play after being rested for the last match. Zohore has 11 goals in all competitions this season; making him Cardiff’s top scorer.

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Newcastle manager, Rafa Benitez has confirmed there will be several changes in personnel for his side. Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita, Grant Hanley, Jesus Gamez and Matt Ritchie have all been rested for Friday’s match-up due to a heavy work load and minor injuries. With plenty of key defenders missing, could this see Newcastle struggle at the back?

Skybet To Score –  Cardiff to score 2+ goals – 2/1

Some more unwelcome news for the Toon Army, as Dwight Gayle is still side-lined with a hamstring injury. However, Newcastle haven’t struggled for goals in his absence as Ayoze Perez scored two in their 4-1 win over Preston North End earlier this week.

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With Cardiff having very little to play for other than pride and Newcastle still scraping at the feet of league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, it’s hard to see Newcastle not picking up three points. Newcastle have scored 80 goals in the Championship campaign so far and Cardiff have conceded 59, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the ball hit the back of the Cardiff net a few times.

Skybet Full Time Result – Newcastle to win in 90mins – 23/20

Newcastle will look to keep their off – field antics away from the spotlight on Friday evening, as the club has found their stadium and head offices raided by HMRC under suspicion of tax fraud. Benitez has stated it is business as usual for the players despite the messy situation.

Cardiff have the home advantage, a factor that has proved ever so key this season in the Championship. With that alongside Newcastle’s extensive list of absentees, Cardiff will feel they can burst Newcastle’s bubble and hand the title to Brighton and Hove Albion this Friday with a home win.


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Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Friday 28th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Doncaster 1.40pm – 188Bet Handicap

Eldritch – 6/4 – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Doncaster 2.10pm -188 First Goals Wins At 188Bet Handicap (Div 1)

Tadaawol – 5/2 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 – Sandown 2.55pm – Bet365 Classic Trial (group 3)

Monarch’s Glen – 5/6 – 5 pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Huntingdon 4.40pm -Boxing Betting At 188bet Maiden Hurdle

Burning Heat – 11/8 – 3pt stake


Monarch’s Glen ended last year with a win over 1m1f at Goodwood and has the chance to make this a double for Sir Michael Stoute as he won this race last year with Midterm. Monarch’s Glen ran well on his re appearance when winning at Kempton over 1m3f, showing a great turn of foot. Dangers could be Cunco and Fraankus, who have both been running creditably.

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Horse Racing Preview – Punchestown, Sandown, Chepstow – 28th April 2017

Our horse racing preview comes from four meetings today, Doncaster. Sandown, Punchestown and Chepstow. Another weekend arrives and another feast of racing with the highlight being the Sandown card which will decide the outcome of the national hunt trainers title which at present looks to be going to Seven Barrows. Firstly, on to Friday and again some excellent racing to take on board.


15.20 Doncaster  – Maiden Fillies Stakes (6f)

Godolphin again have another well represented filly on show in Desert Rain, the daughter of Invincible Spirit was beaten at odds on – on debut at Kempton Park three weeks ago when unable to real in a much fitter opponent.

I’ve watched the race a couple of times to see if she has the ability to come on for that debut run, her action looked short with a little tendency to hang slightly, but I would not be surprised to see her improve from that run and land this.

Two that could definitely mix it up against her is Richard Hannon’s Harbour Grey and Clive Cox’s Crafty Madam. The latter finished fourth on her only juvenile start at Leicester which has not been the best of maidens with only the one winner coming in from the batch. However, Harbour Grey could be the main danger to the selection.

She was behind a useful type in Cercie D’Or from the Gosden yard. The pair were clear of the third and she should come on for that run.

Desert Rain : 2pt Win @ 7/4 (BOG)

15.55 Doncaster – Best Odds Guaranteed At 188bet Handicap (0-90)

Rich and Famous was denied a win on debut last week on the blog, his second to Roger Varian’s Victory Angel should bring him on. but I do have reservations that he was not that straight forward and will probably take another run to get him spot on to record his first success.

Roger Varian has another nice-looking type in this with Ekhtiyaar who got off the mark at the second time of asking at Yarmourh. The son of Bated Breathe who was a useful sprinter in his time should be hard to beat now handicapping off a respected mark of 85, but again I think he could be vulnerable to the selection.

Holmswood also got off the mark at the second attempt when winning on the all-weather at Kempton, that form got franked yesterday when the third Ataaq hacked up at Beverley by seven lengths.

His opening mark now in Handicaps of 84 should see him go close. Another of interest is Johnson-Houghton’s Accidental Agent who notched up two wins as a juvenile at Chepstow and on his last run taking a twenty six field auction stakes race at Newmarket. He just might not get the cover he requires here in this smaller field.

Holmswood : 1pt each way @ 7/1 (BOG)

16.05 Sandown – Handicap (0-100)

A competitive sprint where we see Mark Johnston’s Queen in Waiting at the head of the market. She got off the mark at the second attempt on the all-weather at Chelmsford as a juvenile.

The transition went well when winning on season reappearance at Wolverhampton winning as liked when making all in a 0-85 handicap. This is a marginal step up in class and would probably have to set her own fractions in the race from the front end, but might find things tough to stay there.

Jumira Bridge was impressive when hacking up at Brighton two weeks ago and will make her handicap debut, the third Andalusite recently won a classified stakes race at Brighton easily.

Partitia could be anything for Sir Michael Stoute, she did herself justice as a juvenile notching up wins at Chester and Newbury and was not hardly done when fifth in pattern company at Ayr on her last run as a juvenile. I think she will need the run and even though some think stall 10 is a negative I actually think if she gets across early, she can go close under Moore.

Jumira Bridge : 2pt win @ 11/4 (BOG)

17.30 Punchestown – Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

Vroum Vroum Mag will be looking to change her luck here after being surprisingly beaten in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham. With no Apples Jade here she has the chance of taking on the boys here in what looks an open renewal.

Henry de Bromheads Petit Mouchoir added this year’s Irish Champion Hurdle to his resume when beating a small field, but Nicholas Canyon was a faller that day when travelling well, you can see that when beating Uknowhatimeanharry by over four lengths, that form was reversed yesterday with the latter holding on to land the Irish Stayers equivalent by a nostril.

He has something to find with the selection this afternoon from Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle in My Tent or Yours, he reminds me of Youmzain from the flat who finished runner up in the Arc, you wonder now at the age of ten if he can land a race like this. Personally, he owes connections nothing with four champion Hurdle runner up spots on his resume and I think he would be a welcoming winner this afternoon as he has the class to prevail.

Third in this last year when behind Vroum Vroum Mag, he does have to find a bit against the filly having to give her weight once more. You could not find fault when five lengths behind Buveur D’Air in the Aintree Hurdle who had already bested My Tent Or Yours at Cheltenham and increased that form. He’s just an unlucky type that seems to bump into world stars and has to settle for the bridesmaid spot on many occasions in his career. Even though he always finds one or two too good, at 6/1 he looks a solid each way bet to nothing with 1-2-3 on offer.

The definite danger though to all is Arctic Fire for Willie Mullins, with Ruby retained to ride Vroum Vroum Mag this is a big opportunity for Paul Townend to pick up this race. Runner up to the mighty Faugheen in 2015, he showed his potential when landing this year’s County Hurdle when holding on in a thrilling finish to just deny L’Ami’Serge by the narrowest margins.

Second to Faugheen again in the Irish renewal back in January he has definitely taken his chances with Faugheen absent and he looks the one to beat, but I would not put you off backing My Tent or Yours without the favourite or just each way as he will no doubt make his presence felt with a late run.

Arctic Fire : 2pt Win @ 5/1 (BOG)

18.05 Punchestown – Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novices Hurdle (Grade 1)

I would be very surprised if my banker was turned over here in Finian’s Oscar. Colin Tizzard sent his star to Aintree when competing in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices Hurdle and boy was he impressive when winning by three lengths over Captain Forez who ran a blinder.

The ground looked good -good to soft yesterday which is not going to inconvenience him in the slightest, this will be the icing on the cake for the Potts if he hacks up here and rightly should.

Let’s Dance landed some sizeable bets when winning the Dawn Run at Cheltenham, back in fifth was Asthuria who has franked the form when he landed the 7.15 easily on the card last night. My only question is with only racing twelve days ago has this come far too soon?

This year’s Grade 1 Lawlor’s Hotel Novices Hurdle winner Death Duty was probably unlucky to get rid of Brian Cooper who for me has not shone this season at all. but he drops back to 20f today which should benefit his chances, Brian Cooper retains the ride for Gigginstown Stud.

I am finding it hard to get the selection beaten this evening, with the power in the saddle I actually think he will put these to the sword in good style.

Finian’s Oscar : 3pt Win @ 15/8 (BOG)

18.40 Punchestown – Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase (24.4f)

Edna Bolger’s prolific course winner On The Fringe is attempting to win this race for the fourth time, he was very below par at Aintree when pulling up in the Foxhunters, but overlooking that he has to be taken seriously once more, around 9/4 – 5/2 to land this looks generous enough.

Balnaslow was unlucky not to land this year’s Foxhunters at Aintree going behind by one and three quarter lengths to Dineur. There’s not much between him and On The Fringe from Cheltenham with just three parts of a length separating them. I would like to think that form can be reversed again.

One at a price here could be Declan Queally’s Minella For Value who is closely matched with On The Fringe and Balnsalow from their Cheltenham encounter. There is just a length between the three.

Minella For Value : 2pts each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

19.00 Chepstow – Dunraven Bowl Novices Hunter Chase (23.4)

Indian Leader represents Mickey Bowen who landed this year’s Foxhunters with Dineur and has another likeable type here. He is making his debut this afternoon around the chase circuit and was not disgraced on his only start in a bumper last season when finishing fifth at Fontwell over 17.4f, a big significant step up in trip. but from a trainer that seems to know how to produce them at this level.

Dangers look to come from Spencer moon and Moral Hazard. The latter is probably the least exposed runner in the race. Runner up on his race course debut at Worcester when trained by Rebecca Menzies, sold on and has been competing around the p2p circuit for Beverley Thomas.

A final appearance was seen at Taunton three weeks ago when finishing runner up over 23f, the jockey was Sarah Davies-Thomas who will ride Moral Hazard. Spencer Moon is 0-11 and has not looked like a win is imminent, has failed to impress on both starts at the Welsh track which included last of seven last time out.

Indian Leader : 1pt each way @ 11/2 (BOG)

19.35 Chepstow – Sun Trade Windows Handicap Chase (0-100)

Phangio has been very frustrating to back with the two times I have put the Matt Shepperd runner forward. He has looked like winning then finds nothing off the bridle, considering he has been double figure prices on his past four runs, they must know something as he has been put in as the 2/1 favourite to land this race.

Now he is a course and distance winner when landing a 0-115 handicap chase last November, also on his return to the course, ran well again when runner up in a 0-105 over course and distance. This is another drop in class which obviously is getting his big chance of notching up his second career win if could enough.

Charlie Mon was giving 2lb to Phangio last time for a short head defeat, they meet on the same terms, but I would like to think Phangio can hold the form now young Stan Shepperd is back on board.

Phangio : 2pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)


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Manchester City v Manchester United Match Preview

Manchester City v Manchester United Match Preview – 27th April 2017 
FA Premier League, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 8pm


The Manchester Derby has added importance as both the red and the blue of the city contest for a Champions League place.

Both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are in their first season as managers of their respective clubs and have experienced underwhelming campaigns thus far.

Beaten 2-1 in extra-time in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal; City will now end the season trophy-less – this will be the first time a team managed by Guardiola will have done so. There were massive expectations when the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager came to the club but after a strong start, winning the first 10 games in all competitions, inconsistency has been costly.

Manchester United are currently on a 23 game unbeaten streak in the league and avoiding defeat will equal the club’s record of 24. Despite this; United’s 2016/17 has been blighted by notorious home draws. Mourinho’s side have claimed silverware though; the Portuguese manager’s fourth EFL Cup after defeating Southampton 3-2 in a thrilling final. United are also still competing in the Europa League with a semi-final clash against Spanish outfit Celta Vigo next week and could claim a Champions League spot through the avenue of winning the tournament.

Chelsea and Spurs are in a seemingly two-horse race for the title, leaving any two from City, Liverpool, United and Arsenal to battle for the remaining Champions League places.

The Red Devils are currently in 5th place on 63 points, a point behind City in 4th place and three behind Liverpool in 3rd – however both Manchester sides have played 32 games, two less than the Merseysiders. Arsenal are further back in 7th but with three games in hand on 6th place Everton and are still expected to challenge until the end.

Marcus Rashford will lead the line against rivals Man City

Marcus Rashford will lead the line against rivals Man City Photo Credit:

Players to Watch
This fixture last year was decided by a well-taken Marcus Rashford goal as the Red Devils came away with the spoils in a 1-0 victory. This season the forward hasn’t quite reached the same heights in terms of goal-scoring but the England international is a constant threat with his pace, direct play and ability to glide past opposition defenders. In the 2-0 victory over Chelsea recently; Rashford played brilliantly – capping his performance with a goal and more than justified Mourinho’s faith in starting him. More of the same will have the City defence fearful.

Man City captain Kompany will look to keep Rashford quiet in the Derby

Man City captain Kompany will look to keep Rashford quiet in the Derby

There is no player currently at Manchester City who is missed more in absence than Vincent Kompany. The Belgian central defender is a captain who leads by example on the pitch and irreplaceable when not plagued by unfortunate injuries. He has a mixed history against City’s local rivals, involving everything from scoring to being sent off – but after his latest return from injury is undoubtedly a key player in repressing United attacks and dragging City over the line in a battle.

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Manchester City are fearful that star man Sergio Aguero will be unavailable after being substituted with a knock in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday after opening the scoring. David Silva who is pivotal for City, was also substituted in that same match and is a doubt. John Stones, Fernandinho, and Bacary Sagna are all battling for fitness too. The positive news is that Gabriel Jesus will be looking for his first Premier League appearance since breaking a bone in his foot after a hurricane start to life in English football.

Paul Pogba is a doubt after being forced off in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Burnley. Both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be big misses after United confirmed the pair are out for the season with knee ligament damage. Additionally, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata are all still out with their respective long-term injuries.


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Betway Darts Premier League Week 13

Betway – Darts Premier League – Week 13 – 27th April 2017

As the Betway Darts Premier League Finals at the O2 Arena draw ever closer, the race for the top 4 spots is heating up. Thursday 27th April sees the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, play host to Night 13 of the Betway Premier League Darts. The night will see Michael Van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis play twice, with Mighty Mike looking to continue his red-hot form after defeating fellow countryman, Raymond van Barneveld, 7-2 last week.

Adrian Lewis will be looking to bounce back after an inconsistent run of form. After igniting the Liverpool crowd two weeks ago with yet another Premier League nine darter and a 7-4 win over van Barneveld, the 32-year-old capitulated on the checkouts last week; hitting only three of his 12 checkout chances and losing 7-3 to 7th placed, Dave Chisnall.

Fixture List-

Betway Darts Premier League – James Wade vs Adrian Lewis

James Wade will look to keep his Premier League finals dream alive in what could be a season defining match with Adrian Lewis. The Machine will have some confidence approaching the match, as he beat Lewis 7-4 earlier this season with a wonderful display of darts. It’s hard to see Wade getting past Lewis however, who often turns up the heat on his opponent at this stage of the season; with maximums and high checkouts.

Skybet – Match Treble – Adrian Lewis to win the match and hit the highest match checkout and score more 180’s than Wade- 5/2


Betway Darts Premier League – Dave Chisnall vs Michael van Gerwen

Dave Chisnall illustrated his fighting spirit last week with two monumental victories over Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. However, Chisnall faces his toughest opponent in the league this Thursday. Chisnall leads the league for 180s, a factor that not only makes him a bookies nightmare but also a tough opponent for anyone to face. Michael van Gerwen has gone from strength to strength and continues to dominate the PDC circuit, it’s tough to see van Gerwen not getting a win here.

Skybet – Match Double – Michael van Gerwen to win the match and hit the highest match checkout 4/6

Taylor and Wright face off tonight in Birmingham

Taylor and Wright face off tonight in Birmingham Photo credit:

Betway Darts Premier League – Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Taylor will be looking to close the gap on Wright in 2nd, sitting one place and two points below Snakebite in the table. Wright has been in majestic form this season, having won the UK Open earlier this year; his first televised title. Taylor will have the upper hand on his opponent however, having beaten him both times they’ve met in 2017. It’s the closest match-up of the night, fine margins will decide this one.

Skybet – Match Result – Draw7/2

Betway Darts Premier League – Gary Anderson vs Raymond van Barneveld

Anderson and van Barneveld face off in a crucial match, both the Scotsman and the Dutchman are on 14 points and are occupying 4th and 5th in the table; Gary edging above Raymond on leg difference. This game should produce the entertainment it promises on paper, and should also provide plenty of 180s. van Barneveld has averaged 4.08 180s this season and Anderson has averaged 3.5, wouldn’t be surprising to see plenty of maximums from these two on Thursday.

Skybet – Total 180’s – Over (7.5) – 5/6

Lewis and van Gerwen take each other on tonight as they both play two matches

Lewis and van Gerwen take each other on tonight as they both play two matches Photo Credit:

Betway Darts Premier League – Adrian Lewis vs Michael van Gerwen

The power hitting of these two always creates a fast-paced, entertaining match of darts. The two drew earlier in the Premier League campaign, however more is at stake in this match. Van Gerwen is heavy favourite for this match-up; as he always is however Lewis is capable of challenging van Gerwen. A lot could be riding on this match, with results earlier in the night possibly affecting league positions. Both van Gerwen and Lewis are renowned for their high checkout scoring and so expect no different this time around.

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Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Thursday 27th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Taunton 1.50pm – Anna Warrington Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle

Mr Caffrey – 3/1 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 – Taunton 3.25pm – Dave Criddle Travel Handicap Hurdle

Volpone Jelois – 9/4 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Beverley 4.25pm -Alan McGuinness And Robin Lunness Memorial Handicap

Gaelic Tiger – 13/8 – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Chelmsford 5.55pm -Knight Group Maiden Stakes

Historic Event – Evens – 3pt stake


Mr Caffrey finished 3rd to Prince Mahler at Ffos Las 11 days ago and the winner was 4 and 1/2 lengths ahead. Prince Mahler races off 7lb higher today and Prince Caffrey should be able to turn the tables here, especially with the improvement made with blinkers on last time out. TJ O’Brien takes the ride for trainer John Flint.

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Horse Racing Preview – Perth, Beverley, Punchestown and Market Rasen – 27th April 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from Beverley, Perth, Punchestown and Market Rasen. Two nice winning favourites gave the blog two more winners for the week. I was not disappointed with Someday’s run as to be fair, looked in need of the outing yesterday after missing Cheltenham, also pulled very hard throughout a race that was definitely not run to suit.


13.40 Beverley – Westwood Handicap (0-75) (5f)

Michael Easterby’s handicappers have been in fine fettle this season, the yards entry here is Bosham. The course and distance winner won here on this card last year off a mark of 73, going on to run poorly at Haydock when stepped into 0-85 company.

Over the past five months he has been competing on the all-weather which has seen no signs of a win due soon, but deserved respect now back on turf and course. Lucky Beggar looked to have found a new lease of life when runner up at Redcar last week.

Despite a useful sprinter on his day, it’s just off putting that his last win came almost three years ago when winning a 0-110 at Newbury, will have to build on his recent second to thrive here as on his main form he is way ahead of the handicap.

One I am willing to have a small play on is John Wainwright’s Tick the Boxes, who is also another that has a declined turf form of 1-11 which stretches back three years. If he could actually put his all-weather form to turf he would not be entered in this category.

Only just managed to hold on in a claimer at Gosforth park two runs back and failed to follow up at Southwell two weeks later when beaten a head. It’s just one of those selections that should be entering equations around these poor races.

Tick the Boxes : 1pt each way @ 12/1 (BOG)

14.00 Perth – Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Courses Novices Hurdle (16.2f)

Nicky Henderson looks on the brink of landing the trainers title over the next week and saddles a hot pot here in Top Ville Ben who was looking to make it 3/4 over hurdles when coming to grief at Chepstow under today’s pilot.

His last two runs have seen him out, I am not really convinced he will handle Perth, looking vulnerable and a tendency to make mistakes he could be worth taking him on with James Moffatt’s Golden Town. The once Godolphin trained flat performer commanded a reasonably winning mark of 96 on the turf.

Since joining Moffatt’s set up I think he has done himself justice with some creditable efforts at Musselburgh, being placed on two occasions. They became bold with him when having a crack at Graded level at Haydock in a Supreme trial.

They must think a lot of him to even consider they would have run him in the Supreme Hurdle if he had not pulled up at Haydock, but he was a 100/1 shot that day so optimistic more than positive. I can’t see why he won’t give another good account of himself here even though taking on a well backed Henderson hotpot who does make mistakes.

Golden Town : 1pt each way @ 9/2 (BOG)

15.05 Perth – Lindsay’s  Handicap Hurdle (0-100)

Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox rides my selection in the 3.05 on Mash Potato. The ex Michael Dods inmate and now with Noel Kelly in Ireland, has taken his time to get in front between the flags, almost 21 months, but did it nicely when winning with something in hand at Uttoxeter when beating better graded horses.

His last run probably brought him up into the mid nineties, but the handicapper has been lenient enough to assess him off 89 this afternoon which really should be exploiting. Sports Barrow has to be feared the most now dropping back in trip. Paddy Brennan takes the mount for Colin McBratney.

Mash Potato : 2pt win @ 4/1 (BOG)

15.35 Perth  – Congratulations to Brian Hughes From Stobart Chase (Novices Limited Handicap)

Would it not be ironic if Brian Hughes won this on Malcolm Jefferson’s Spiculas. The eight-year-old missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 through injury, but returned after a 15 month break when finishing second in a 0-120.

Beaten favourite on his next two runs around 0-120 class made you wonder if the handicapper had already managed to grip him. He bumped into my selection for this race, Ryalex, who he beat to one and three quarter lengths when conceding over a stone at the weights.

Spiculas will have to concede another two pound which gives Ryalex a chance to get closer than their Carlisle encounter. The selection was runner on the card 12 months ago beaten fourteen lengths in a maiden contest under the same sponsors, the drying ground should help his cause this afternoon.

Ryalex : 1pt each way @ 15/2 (BOG)

18.40 Punchestown – Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1) (16f)

I have been trying to get this Willie Mullins Great Field beaten this evening. The useful French hurdler made his debut for the new surroundings when winning the Foxrock Cup at Lepoardstown when defeating Draco of Aiden O’Brien’s.

Sent straight to the Cheltenham festival last season which saw him pull up in the County Hurdle. Since taken chasing he has thrived no end which included landing a Listed chase at Thurles last month. With only two defeats in his career it looks like he just has to turn up and he wins, but he is prone to jumping errors under pressure and I am hoping Edna Bolgers Ballyoisin can take him on.

He is another that tends to make unnecessary jumping errors which has seen him fail twice in a short career which included behind Bell D’Arca in the Grade 3 Flyingbolt Novice Chase. I actually thought if for not of the error he would have gone very close to win the race. Jumping is the name of the game and if both Ballyoisin and Great Field fail to put in a solid round of jumping Gordon Elliott’s Bell D’Arca will be there to pick up the pieces.

Ballyoisin : 1pt each way @ 7/1 (BOG)

20.00 Market Rasen – 32Red On The App Store Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat (16.6f)

It will be interesting to see how well the Dunguib related Peculiar Places goes on debut for Irish trainer Ronald O’Leary. A 35,000 purchase as a three-year-old has landed on O’Leary’s yard.

Nicely bred by Presenting out of Blue Louisiana is deservedly respected this afternoon, Tom Scudamore has been booked which is eye-catching in itself.

Infinite Sun is another that has to be market checked after outclassed in a Listed bumper at Newbury which saw fifth place finisher champion bumper runner Western Ryder reversing the course and distance win of Infinite Sun.

The third Sneaky Feeling has won twice over hurdles and finished eighth in a Graded 2 hurdles race at the January Cheltenham meeting. I would expect another big return to the course that saw him win first time under rules.

David Elsworth’s Country’n’Western has not shown himself for eighteen months when winning what looked a reasonable bumper at Carlisle. In fact, he humiliated his opposition by fifteen lengths and has elected to run here over tomorrow’s Perth bumper.

It’s a tough one with Infinite Sun returning to a course he scored his first success, Country’n’Western has to be taken on trust that Elsworth has him spot on this afternoon for a race course re-appearance after 18 months, Peculiar Places is very interesting especially with the booking of Tom Scudamore who just swings my decision.

Peculiar Places : 1pt each way @ 9/2 (BOG)



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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview – 26th April 2017
FA Premier League, Selhurst Park, London, 8pm


Following a disappointing weekend, Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Selhurst Park to take on a recently-very dangerous Crystal Palace team on Wednesday evening. No team in the Premier League is in better form than Tottenham, winners of their last seven league games, who will be looking to keep their diminishing title hopes alive against a Crystal Palace side that has beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in the month of April to pull 7 points above Swansea in the final relegation position. Without doubt, Palace will be looking to add to their impressive month and to avenge Spurs’ 1-0 win at White Hart lane in August.


Team News

Both teams come into the match without much news on the injury-front. Tottenham left back Danny Rose has resumed first-team training but is unlikely to feature, while Harry Winks, Erik Lamela are unavailable for the rest of the season. Sporadically-used substitutes Cameron Carter-Vickers and Michel Vorm are also unavailable for Spurs. Palace will be without centre back James Tompkins who was injured during Sunday’s game against Liverpool and he may miss the rest of the season, but will welcome back defender Mamadou Sakho who missed the Liverpool game against his parent club.

Sam Allardyce will also be in the unpleasant position of trying to balance his squad for the midweek game as on Saturday, The Eagles take on Burnley and having lost four of their six games playing on four or less days’ rest, changes could be prominent as Allardyce has hinted that there could well be big changes from the squad that beat Liverpool on Sunday. This would be welcoming news to Pochettino and Tottenham.

Benteke scoring against Swansea City

Benteke scoring against Swansea City Photo Credit:

Players to Watch

Crystal Palace have not scored a league goal against Tottenham since 2015, but Christian Benteke has 3 in his last 2 games and will certainly be looking to add to that form on Wednesday against a very stingy Tottenham back-3 that have given up the fewest goals in the Premier league this season. Benteke may also be looking to justify his manager’s comments this week regarding Allardyce’s unwillingness to swap Benteke for Spur’s striker Harry Kane. Additionally, former Spur’s winger Andros Townsend could also look to strike a blow against his former club’s title chances after netting earlier this month against Arsenal.


Kyle-Walker looks to provide a goal threat with his speed and crossing ability Photo Credit:

After being curiously dropped for the FA Cup Semifinal, Kyle Walker is expected to return to the starting eleven against Crystal Palace. Walker has performed outstandingly this season, fully deserving being named in the PFA Team of the Year this week. look for him to test the patchy Crystal Palace defence with his lightning-fast runs and accurate crosses.


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