Saturday 23 September 2017

Do the double

Wayne Bailey

SOCCER:

Manchester United are 3/4 to win the Premier League, but a look back through their record this season reveals that they have won just two out of nine away games, a statistic that has got to be a concern for Alex Ferguson. United head to Tottenham tomorrow and while Spurs' record in this fixture isn't something to write home about, they've played some exciting football this season under Harry Redknapp and can land the double-chance bet (win or draw), at around 8/15.

HORSE RACING:

I'm always cautious when it comes to backing Kauto Star, but if Timeform's handicappers have called it correctly, he should have some 26lbs in hand in this afternoon's rearranged King George VI Chase at Kempton; if we were to make this race fair on his nearest rivals, Kauto would have to carry nearly two stone around the Surrey venue just to give them an equal chance. But it's a level weights race, so barring a poor round of jumping, the Paul Nicholls-trained 11-year-old should win this race for a record fifth time. His record around Kempton reads 1, 1, 1, 1 and he's max bet material for me, priced around 4/6.

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