One of the most intriguing elements of the League One playoffs this season has been the “past Premier League clubs fallen on hard times” narrative. Last night, Sunderland knocked Portsmouth out and became the first confirmed finalist, while tonight they could be joined by Charlton Athletic. Seasoned top-flight watchers will remember Charlton as the side who always used to perform way above ...Read more
The London Gold Cup Handicap which takes place on Lockinge day at Newbury this Saturday (15:00) is a 1m 2f contest for three-year-old colts which has been won in the past by some subsequent top class performers. They include the Sir Michael Stoute trained Cannock Chase, who triumphed in 2014 before going on on to land a Group 3 at Royal Ascot next time up. He also landed the Grade 1 Cana...Read more
The feature race on a cracking card at Newbury on Saturday is the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes (15:40), a 1m contest for horses aged four years or older which has a prestigious roll of honour. Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien saddled Rhododendron to last the spoils 12 months ago, and saddles two in this year's renewal in the shape of I Can Fly and Le Brivido. The latter is the clear pick of...Read more
To say the last few years have been unkind to Sunderland would be putting it very mildly indeed. From a side that could, on its day, turn over even the top sides in the Premier League, the Black Cats turned very suddenly into a disastrous example of what mismanagement can do to a club. Two consecutive relegations took them from facing Manchester City twice a season and regular derbies with ...Read more
The feature race on the final day of York's Dante Festival on Friday is the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (15:00) - a 1m 6f contest for four-year-olds and upwards. Ispolini is a progressive sort, so looks decent value at 11/2 with William Hill to land the spoils and provide leading owners Godolphin with a sixth winner of the race. This Charlie Applenty trained four-year-old has only had nine ...Read more
With Aston Villa having nailed down one of the places in the Championship play-off final, the second spot will be confirmed tonight when Leeds take on Derby. The Lilywhites are massive favourites to progress - odds of 1/10 are typical with most bookies - thanks to a 1-0 win at Pride Park on Saturday. However, Marcelo Bielsa will not be counting his chickens; a single-goal margin can be turn...Read more
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