We are now at a strange stage of the horse racing year in the UK between the two major jumps meetings and the start of the turf Flat season and the first major handicap. There is a four week gap between the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meeting and the Lincoln Handicap takes place at Doncaster on Saturday.
The National and Lincoln form the spring double and only one jockey has won both races but that will never happen in the modern era. TOTAL RECALL fell in the Gold Cup and is now the joint favourite for the National with Blaklion at 10/1 with Ladbrokes. The Lincoln is a one mile cavalry charge for which ADDEYBB is the favourite at 7/1 with William Hill so the favourites ‘Spring Double’ pays 87/1.
The US Masters is the only major championship Rory McIlroy has never won. He needs to win a Green Jacket to become just the sixth player in the history of the sport to complete the career Grand Slam. Things have not gone to plan for McIlroy after a three month absence due to injury. However, the former world number one was imperious on the back nine of the Arnold Palmer Invitational which he won by three shots. MCILROY is the favourite for the WGC Match Play this week but more significantly now 8/1 with Betfair and the new favourite to win the Masters.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the snooker world champions five times and when he is in the mood is easily the best player in the sport. Thse4s days he doesn’t put himself under pressure and a relaxed Ronnie plays his best snooker. The Players Championship brings together the best 16 players over the last year and Mark Selby is the number one seed. If the event goes to form Selby and O’SULLIVAN will meet in the final and the latter is the favourite to win the event at 9/4 with bet365.
It’s a quite week for football with no major fixture in the Premier League until the weekend or the Champions League. The FA Cup is now at the last four stage, we are down to the last 8 in the Champions League and Manchester City have the Premier League in the bag. ENGLAND are 14/1 with Coral to win the World Cup in Russia… if they compete!