India Will Have Conditions That Suit At Edgbaston
India are statistically the best Test team in the world and England are fifth in the standings for the five day format of the game. After the phoney war of the One Day Internationals and T20 matches today sees the start of a Test series over five matches. The positive nature of limited overs cricket has permeated the longest version of the game so early finishes could be a feature of the series and matches may not extend to the fifth day. Conditions will favour INDIA for the rest of the summer and at Edgbaston for the First Test which the visitors can win at 9/4 with William Hill.
It seems incongruous that a race track near a small harbour city on the west coast of Ireland should stage one of the richest handicap chases of the season. The Galway Plate has a prize fund of €250,000 which dwarfs the money on offer for the biggest handicap chases of the season in Britain and only the Grand National is worth more. The leading trainers in Ireland are well represented and nine of the 22 runners are trained by Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliott. However, British raider Harry Fry may have the answer. On form and ratings DRUMCLIFF, the only UK runner, could claim the top prize and that outcome is 16/1 with Paddy Power.
The highlight of the second day of Glorious Goodwood is the Sussex Stakes. The race is a Group 1 contest for colts, geldings and fillies aged three and older over one mile. Horses from the Classic year carry seven pounds less than the older generation and that concession could be key in today’s race. Four of the 8 declared runners are aged three and the two market leaders are from that age group. Without Parole and Expert Eye both impressed at Royal Ascot but one of the older horses could have been underestimated. LIGHTNING SPEAR has the experience at the highest level to cause an upset and the horse is 10/1 with bet365 to win the Sussex Stakes.