Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 20 July 2017

Do the double

Horse racing

You won't get rich backing him at 4/9, but Celestial Halo looks the proverbial good thing in this afternoon's Grade Two Stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock (1.45). With 16lb in hand on official ratings, he should have the measure of his four rivals, the strongest of which is 7/2 shot Marsh Warbler. Torphichen trades at around 8/1 but the selection beat him in a handicap at Newbury on New Year's Eve and under these conditions, there's no evidence to suggest the placings will be reversed.

In their last five games, Celtic have scored an average of two goals per game and you'd have to fancy them to knock a few past St Mirren in the SPL this afternoon. At 2/5, the Hoops' straight win odds are a little too short, so instead I'm going to take Boylesports up on their 'over 2.5 goals' offer, which is available at 5/6.

Irish Independent

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