Friday 22 September 2017

Do the double

Wayne Bailey

Soccer

The fact that fellow Group C members Spain and Italy are now in the final makes Ireland's dismal performance at Euro 2012 a little bit easier to take, but I'm not yet convinced that Italy are the real deal and you'd have to say that Spain have more strength in depth. They are 6/5 to win in 90 minutes but, with a realistic chance of a draw, the safest option is to back Spain to lift the trophy at 4/7.

Racing

Though he normally races at six furlongs, I'm hoping the step back up to seven for Hoof It won't stretch him too much in the John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes at Newmarket (3.35). He was a little disappointing on his seasonal debut at York last month, but he put in a solid season last term and is taken to get back to winning ways, priced around 11/10.

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