While the world is going potty about The Open this weekend, we are still continuing our attempt to make Good To Grand ‘get in the hole’.
We’ve felt a bit like Rory McIlroy at the 2011 Masters a lately trying to land this grand, but we all know how that one turned out after!
This week’s effort is more staked than McIlroy’s wallet as it brings in action from the GAA Championship, racing from Newbury and a mega pre-season clash in football.
As always we’ve picked a fantastic fivefold for our customers to drive into and we hope it will get you right into the swing this weekend.
Fittingly we start our adventure at the brand spanking new home of Cork GAA as Tipperary and Clare go into battle in the All-Ireland Hurling quarter-final at Paírc Uí Chaoimh. The Premier County are our pick here, they’ve shot the lights out in the average of 32.33 points per game in the Championship and The Banner just can’t compete with that as they sit on just 24.5 points per game in their outings.
Magical Memory dazzled and got some confidence back when winning at Haydock last time out. We fancy the Charlie Hills-trained grey to go again under Frankie Dettori at Newbury on Saturday at 3pm.
Moving to Gaelic Football, Donegal v Galway may be the biggest thing to hit Sligo since Shane Filan. We can’t ignore the pummelling the Tribesmen surprising took from Roscommon though and we believe a battle-hardened Donegal outfit can cover the (-1.0) handicap in this one.
Rounding out Saturday is the late night friendly clash of giants, pitting Juventus against Barcelona at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Both sides have struggled as much as Andy Murray’s hip in the transfer market of late and we reckon this one will peter out to the one thing Americans love more than anything, a draw.
We end Good to Grand back where we started on Sunday, as Wexford and Waterford meet at Paírc Uí Chaoimh to fight it out for the last remaining All-Ireland semi-final spot. Both sides will mirror each other with sweeper systems, but The Déise may have peaked with that extra time victory over Kilkenny and we’re betting it will be another great day for the Yellowbellies.
£10 RETURNS £1,103
- Tipperary to beat Clare – 1/4
- Magical Memory to romp home in the 3pm Hackwood Stakes at Newbury – 3/1
- Donegal (-1.0) v Galway – 10/11
- Juventus and Barcelona to draw – 12/5
- Wexford (+1.0) v Waterford – 12/5
* All prices correct at time of posting.