Today’s Sports Betting Preview – By Rick Elliott
After the World Cup, Wimbledon tennis, Open golf and Royal Ascot one of the biggest sporting events of the day takes place in Hull. In the pantheon of local derbies across the world the Super League fixture between the city’s rugby league teams would not be top of the list. Tonight’s local dust up has nothing at stake because Hull have made the Super 8’s and Hull KR cannot finish in the top eight. Rovers have lost the last seven derbies and are big outsiders in this fixture. Hull lost 72-10 to Wakefield last week and they cannot finish in the top four. Winning the match looks beyond them but HULL KR + 14 is the bet at Evens with Betfair.
Bernhard Langer (5 under) won the first round three ball in the Senior Open beating Miguel Angel Jimenez (4 under) and Tom Watson (3 under). The German is the best player in older generation golf and made the cut in the Open Championship at Carnoustie last week. Watson won five Opens but never won a title at St. Andrews which is one of his regrets. He has made a good start on the course in the Senior version. However, LANGER is the defending champion and has course form so can outscore Jimenez and Watson again today and that outcome is 21/20 with bet365.
Chris Froome seems to have given up the ghost in the pursuit of Geraint Thomas in the Tour de France. The four times winner has suggested he will now try to help his Sky colleague win the greatest bike race in the world for the first time. Thomas has ridden for himself this year and been free of the role in assisting Froome. Today is a brutal mountain stage and Froome may try to break from the rest of the field to help his mate. Winning the Tour again looks beyond him but FROOME can be backed at 25/1 with Ladbrokes to win Stage 19.
Ascot offers over £200,000 in prize money on the first day of the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes meeting today. Cracksman needs some rain to take part in tomorrow’s Group 1 contest but I don’t like his chances. The richest race at the track today is the Listed race for fillies and mares at 3.35pm. Three-year-olds get an 8 pounds allowance of the older horse. That should give PREENING a great chance and the horse can be backed at 7/2 with William Hill with to win the one mile race.