Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Champion Hurdle Tips

Today’s biggest sporting action centres around a town in Gloucestershire, England as the Cheltenham Festival for 2010 gets underway today. We’ll be previewing day one’s biggest race – the Champion Hurdle – as well as the two games being played in the Champions League tonight in this article.

Champion Hurdle:

The Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the first day of the Cheltenham Festival and the most prestigious hurdle race run all season. It is open to horses aged four years old and upwards, and is always run at a fast and furious pace.

According to the current odds with the winner of the 2009 Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Go Native is the favourite to win the race at 4/1. He is clear of his nearest challengers Solwhit at 6/1 with joint third favourites Binocular and 2009 Champion Hurdle winner Punjabi at odds of 7/1.

Head of PR at, Chris Shillington has this to say:

“All the statistics point to Solwhit as the most likely winner at 6/1 on Extrabet however Go Native still has all the public money at 18/5. Admittedly there are some injury worries however what's for sure is that no clever punters are on Binocular at 7/1. Talking of clever punters the whispers are that Starluck at 12/1 could be the surprise in the pack with last year's winner Punjabi has done little wrong to be considered at 7/1.”

In the preview of the Champion Hurdle posted on February 12th we recommended that punters back Medermit each way at 14/1. His price has now dropped to 8/1 and each way would get you 2/1 on a top three finish for him at this price. Recommends: Back Solwhit to win the race @ 6/1 and back Medermit each way @ 8/1.

Champions League Tips:

Chelsea v Inter Milan:

After the first leg of this tie at the San Siro last week Inter Milan hold a 2-1 advantage. However, Chelsea have lost just once at home in their last forty-four fixtures, winning thirty-five of those matches. The loss came at the hands of Manchester City two weeks ago and the main reason behind the loss was the fact that Petr Cech was out injured and his replacement, Hilario, was just not good enough. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at things, Hilario is now out injured and this means that third choice ‘keeper Ross Turnbull will be thrown into the spotlight against the Italian champions. He performed admirably against West Ham at the weekend, but Inter Milan and their array of attacking players are something completely different. That said, Inter are not performing on the road at the moment and were beaten 3-1 by mid-table side Catania on Friday night. With Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge this game will have plenty of talking points, but who will win? Recommends: Back Chelsea to qualify @ 8/11 and back Didier Drogba to score anytime @ 4/5 with William Hill.

Sevilla v CSKA Moscow:

After getting the away goal in a 1-1 draw in Moscow in the first leg of this tie Sevilla will feel that they will be able to progress to the next round of the Champions League in front of their home fans. The Spanish side are undefeated in five home games, winning three and drawing two. They have also only conceded two goals in those five matches. CSKA have only played three games in 2010 and their league campaign only kicked off this weekend. They have drawn one, lost one and won one in 2010, however the last seven away Champions League games that CSKA have played have had over 2.5 goals in them with both sides scoring. I can see that trend continuing in this game. Recommends: Back over 2.5 goals @ evens with both sides to score @ 11/10 with William Hill.

By Antony Jordan,

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