Laurina Is The Banker Of The Bankers
Cue Card won the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010 aged four and today is not a totally forlorn hope to win the Ryanair Chase. No horse has won separate races at the meeting with an eight year gap. Cue Card never got the job done in the Gold Cup and today Un De Sceaux could spoil the party. Last year’s winner won’t have the sidelined Ruby Walsh on board but has the best recent form in the race. However, its not the heart ruling the head to suggest at the relative prices you should be backing CUE CARD at 13/2 with bet365 to win the Ryanair Chase.
Sam Spinner has the best form this year in the context of the Stayers’ Hurdle but the odds and favouritism look questionable. The horse was visually impressive at Haydock and looked an outstanding stayer when winning the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. The form looks rock solid because Unowahtimeanharry and Lil Rockerfeller were soundly beaten. The two horses made the frame when the sadly departed Nichols Canyon won the staying hurdler’s championship last season and are back for more today. YANWORTH started favourite for the Champions Hurdle last season but wasn’t fast enough for the race but can win the stayers’ and that outcome is 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
One of the consequences of a four day festival is more races for mares and their novices’ hurdle takes place today. Willie Mullins has won the first two runinngs and has a great chance to win the third one today. Marias Benefit has won good races in the division this season but for some Laurina is the banker of the bankers and defeat is out of the question. The horse has won her two races in Ireland with Mullins on heavy ground. The ratings, form and trends point to LAURINA delivering and the best morning price is 8/13 with William Hill.
Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League and keep Arsene Wenger in his job for another year. They were on an awful run of form before beating AC Milan in Italy in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Milan have met English clubs away from home 16 times and won just one of those fixtures. Even though ARSENAL don’t need to push for a victory they must be backed at 21/20 with Betfair to win this match.