It’s Cambridge And Moore For Me This Year
The meaningless nature of international breaks for friendlies is summed up by today’s main football action. Northern Ireland play South Korea at home while punters have no betting opportunities on matches in the Premier League. The other main televised match is Luton against Barnet in League 2 or you can bet on Tranmere versus Eastleigh in the National League. England meanwhile have organised friendlies against Holland and Italy and neither have qualified for the World Cup. ENGLAND are 18/1 with bet365 to be the world champions for the second time but there won’t be any clues from these fixtures.
With such a paucity of football for betting at least we have one of the most celebrated two-runner races in sport. It’s the final of University boat racing today and the finalists this year are Oxford and Cambridge! Not sure if I can deal with the anticipation and excitement leading up to the race at 4.30pm. Apparently Oxford have lost one of their best oarsmen under suspicious circumstances. It’s CAMBRIDGE’s turn this year but you won’t get rich backing them at 4/11 with William Hill.
The Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster is the first major race of the turf Flat season and first leg of the Spring Double completed by the Grand National in three weeks. On this day last year Ryan Moore rode the first three winners at Doncaster but was beaten by a head in the Lincoln, an outcome that reportedly saved bookmakers a £40 million payout. The bets on Moore were beginning to have the momentum of Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent Seven at Ascot in 1996 but the bookies got Moore beat in the Lincoln but only just. Today he rides FIRE BRIGADE in the race and the horse is the joint favourite with Lord Glitters at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.