Players go out in two balls in reverse Race To Dubai order for the first round of the DP World Tour Championship. The last group of Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood tee off at 8.40am UK time so their round will be well under way when you receive today’s Newsletter. However, there is still time to take advantage of a potential money spinner. The breeze in Dubai is stronger in the afternoon so players in the last few groups can be opposed in the outright betting and the first round leader market.
Roger Federer is the odds-on favourite to win the ATP World Tour Finals and 1/5 with Paddy Power to beat Marin Cilic today. Rafael Nadal withdrew after his first match and Federer has qualified for the semi-finals. Cilic is already out so the match is difficult to call as motivation will be key. The other group match brings together Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock and the winner progresses to the semi-finals. ZVEREV is the best young player in the world and is the bet at 4/7 with William Hill to beat Sock tonight.
The vagaries of horse racing were displayed yesterday when Yanworth fell at odds of 2/9 in a novices’ chase at Exeter. Meanwhile at Bangor Born Legend came in at 16/1 having being advised at 40/1 in the morning by our Each Way Hits service. Somebody obviously knew something because Born Legend won easily with a stone in hand. The favourite had drifted like the proverbial barge and the winner could have prevailed with me on board. There could be another betting nugget running today.
Contented won’t be returned at anything like 16/1 but looks a big price to win the 1.35pm race at Taunton. The horse has a good Flat pedigree and ran well in his first hurdle race. In Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson he has a trainer and rider who know the time of day. Taunton is quite handy for the horse’s stable and CONTENTED looks a cut above the other runners in today’s race so should be backed at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.