A Thursday in October would not usually be a port of call to find clues for the Cheltenham Festival but Punchestown stages a jumps meeting today that could provide pointers to the races that matter most next March. Samcro fetched the biggest amount in the sales ring at of the Grand National meeting in 2016. The horse has shown vast potential in bumpers and runs over hurdles for the first time today. SAMCRO is the standout bet at Punchestown (2.05pm) so must be the banker in your accas at 1/4 with Ladbrokes.
Death Duty disappointed as favourite over hurdles at Cheltenham this year and has now been sent novice chasing. The horse is odds-on to win in that sphere in Ireland today. However, on ratings Woodland Opera is not too far behind the favourite and looks the value option. He has more experience over fences so WOODLAND OPERA is the horse to back at 11/4 with William Hill. The Irish Daily Star Chase already has a championship feel to it and MINELLA ROCCO can confirm Cheltenham Gold Cup form (2nd to Sizing John) by winning at 15/8 with bet365.
It must be a culture shock for Arsene Wenger to be working on a Thursday night. It’s always been midweek Champions League football for the Arsenal manager but now he is enjoying the delights of the Europa League. Arsenal are odds-on to beat Red Star Belgrade on the road but the leaders of the league in Serbia can avoid defeat and the DRAW looks the best bet which can be backed at 27/10 with Coral.
Ronald Koeman is the big favourite to be the next manager in the Premier League to lose his job. His Everton side are low in confidence so a tricky home tie has come at the wrong time. Everton have conceded in 10 of their last 11 matches and Lyon‘s defence is not the safest. Predicting the match result looks difficult so the best option is to back both teams to score at 8/13 with William Hill. A loss but could mean curtains for Koeman but Everton can avoid defeat at Goodison Park tonight.