ITV has made a decent start as the sole free-to-view broadcaster of British racing and they are back where it all started on January 1st because they are covering four races from the International Meeting at Cheltenham. The Festival in March is the Olympics of National Hunt racing so today’s fixture could be compared to the Commonwealth Games. There is a smattering of superstars of the sport and it’s still a big occasion but not quite the pinnacle when every horse that is every horse takes part. Finding winners is still devilishly difficult at the headquarters of jumps racing.
Sport Is Full Of Acts Of Valour Which Must Be A Tip!
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained double of The New One and Splash Of Ginge in the feature races pays over 31/1 with William Hill. The former is trying to win the International Hurdle for a record breaking fourth time while his stable mate is looking to add the Caviar Caspian Gold Cup to the BetVictor Handicap Chase and become just the fourth horse to win both Cheltenham pre-Christmas handicap chases in the same season. At Doncaster precocious young horses are running in one of the hottest juvenile hurdles of the season at 2.45pm. ACT OF VALOUR could win today and be at Cheltenham in March to run in the four-year-old championship when today’s odds of 11/8 with Ladbrokes could appear to be a massive steal.
The late televised match brings together an unstoppable Manchester City and Tottenham who have flattered to deceive. If City record a 16th Premier League win in succession they will be 21 points ahead of a team who were seen as title contenders. Leicester City are now looking like a decent outfit and can beat Crystal Palace at home today in the early live match. The side will never replicate the golden 2015/16 season when they were the biggest priced winner of a sporting event when they won the Premier League. The 17/20 for LEICESTER to beat Palace is still a decent bet but they will never be 5,000/1 to win anything again.
There are six first round matches in the PDC World Championship in darts today. Michael Van Gerwen is in the running to be the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year but darts is a minority sport. Surprisingly the six contenders shortlisted do not include Sergio Garcia who finally won a major at the Masters Tournament. ROGER FEDERER must be a certainty to win the award after becoming Wimbledon champion again in the summer.