Even though Great Britain have won the Rugby League World Cup three times England have never won the trophy. Beating Australia in their own back yard may be beyond them but England can go all the way and appear in the final in Brisbane at the start of December. They open the tournament against Australia on Friday morning and should be backed with a start of 16 points on the handicap at 10/11 with Ladbrokes. Australia are the better side but not by that much.
With no football to speak off tonight you will have to stay up late for the banker sporting bet of the day. Miami are at Baltimore in the NFL and the match starts at 1.25 early on Friday morning. It’s hardly the fixture to stop a nation or provide entertainment for poor sleepers but backing MIAMI +3 at 10/11 with William Hill could compensate for the lack of shut eye. In fact the visitors could win the match but backing them with a start provides some insurance.
One of my few winners at the Cheltenham Festival this year was Fayonagh in the bumper. The horse gave the field a head start and came from last to first in the final two furlongs. She was in my notebook for all the novice hurdles next March but sadly Fayonagh had a fatal accident on the gallops and is now running around the racecourse in the sky. The horse could have been anything but we’ll never know.
The show goes on and racing is taking place today at one of my favourite tracks. Ludlow is the epitome of the minor meeting and the course is in a farming area and miles away from a big city. That does not detract from the racing even though its more bread and butter than quality. Since the start of the 2013/14 jumps season Dan Skelton has the best strike rate of trainers with runners today. When he sends horses to the Shropshire track one in four wins. He can enhance that record with HATCHER in the first (1.55pm) who must be backed at 5/4 with Betfred.