Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga have secured their places at the ATP tennis Finals. The former won his second title in successive weeks by beating Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors Championships. This was a great win for Del Potro, coming as it did in Federer’s back yard and at a tournament where he has enjoyed considerable success.
Del Potro and Tsonga are joined by Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych at the O2 Arena. That group of players seem certain to be focusing on the World Tour Finals and not this week’s Masters event in Paris, as peak performance is imperative against the best players in the world.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was the shortest priced player for Paris who had yet to qualify for the Tour Finals. He was next in line with two places up for grabs but several players could still have taken his place. Janko Tipsarevic and Nicolas Almagro can still qualify. Ace Betting Club will be providing daily recommendations for the season finale.
Twelve months ago Camelot won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and was duly installed as the winter favourite for the 2000 Guineas. The Irish trained horse won the first classic of the season with something in hand but then ran to its peak in winning the Derby in June.
The horse was entered for the St Leger in an attempt to be the first winner of the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970. There was a keen sense of anticlimax when Camelot ran below his best at Doncaster and was beaten by Encke.
Camelot then finished seventh in the Prix de l’Arc de Triopmphe and so the horse’s season ended in a disappointment despite success in two Classics. Aiden O’Brien is still convinced this is the best he has trained so Camelo’’s four year old career could confirm that impression.
Kingsbarns is the next horse from the Ballydoyle production line to figure prominently in Derby betting, this time for the 2013 renewal. The horse won the same Racing Post Trophy that Camelot contested a year ago. Some judges felt his was a better performance as the opposition was superior than in Camelot’s race.
Kingsbarns next run could even be in the 2000 Guineas as connections may feel a preparatory race is not required. The horse has won the most significant classic trials as a two-year-old and will go into winter quarters as a horse that has the potential to win next year’s Derby.
Dawn Approach appeared to be the two year old with most classic potential before Kingsbarns ran at Doncaster. Dawn Approach’s form appears to be better so it seems contradictory that Kingsbarns is a shorter price for the Derby. However, Aiden O’Brien has proven that he can train Derby winners that showed some potential during their juvenile year.
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Ace Betting Club