It’s that wonderful time of the week again when we try to see if we can land a grand in our hand from a £10.
Our results of late have been about as good as Theresa May’s election numbers, but with Jeremy Corbyn-like enthusiasm we’ll plough on until we find something ‘strong and stable’.
In order to avoid a coalition of chaos in our bets, we’ve delved deep into the markets and come up with a manifesto for the sporting weekend that we think will land us your vote.
First off, the British and Irish Lions have struggled more than Arsenal in the transfer market and we don’t think that will that will change against the Maori early on Saturday morning in New Zealand. They might not play too often, but the Maori haven’t lost against a test side since 2003, so Gatland’s buys may have their work cut out for them.
Ardad (Sandown 2.40pm) dined at the top table last year winning the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster, before the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye proved a step too far. He disappointed at Chester on soft ground on his seasonal debut last time, but if back to his best, can return to the winning groove at a fair price for John Gosden and William Buick.
Next on the hit list is the opening game of the Confederations Cup and we’re expecting Russia to batter New Zealand… on the pitch of course! The All-Whites have lost their last two games on the spin and Russia have netted seven times in their last three games, so we believe they’ll easily cover the (-1.0) handicap.
Moving to the world of Gaelic Football and we fancy Kildare to claim the spoils when they meet rivals Meath in the Leinster Football semi-final. The Lillywhites were promoted to Division 1 of the National League earlier in the season and looked ultra-impressive beating Laois last time out.
Finally, to top off our bet we’re picking European Champions Portugal to have Mexico sipping sorrowful Cervezas after their Confederations Cup meeting on Sunday. The Portuguese have been hotter than their summers of late, winning their two games 3-0 and 4-0 respectively.
- New Zealand Maori to maul the British and Irish Lions – 13/8
- Ardad to capture Saturday’s 2.40pm at Sandown – 9/2
- Russia (-1.0) v New Zealand – 10/11
- Kildare to down Meath – 10/11
- Portugal to beat Mexico – Evens
* All prices correct at time of posting.