Monday 25 September 2017

do the double

Wayne Bailey

WORLD CUP

Before the tournament began, I suggested that Diego Maradona could be a liability to the Argentinian team, given his eccentric behaviour in recent years, but I must now admit that his style seems to be working and the South Americans have become real contenders in the outright win market. Germany too are looking good and their hammering of a poor England side has given them a strong confidence-boost going into the quarter-finals. This afternoon's match between the two countries looks fascinating but the stand-out bet for me here is the 5/6 for both teams to score (Betfred & StanJames).

HORSE RACING

Respect is given to Roger Charlton's Genki, which managed to run with credit in his latest starts at Newmarket and Ascot despite being given a poor draw on both occasions. The 2009 Stewards' Cup winner wears blinkers for the first time here and my mole in Wiltshire tells me that the six-year-old is expected to run a good deal better than his odds of 4/1 suggest (4.35 Haydock).

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