Sport Horse Racing

Friday 20 April 2018

Dorans' has each-way appeal

Johnny Ward

DORANSFIRTH finally got off the mark at Kilbeggan just over a week ago and can follow up at Galway this afternoon.

This well-built mare, trained in Ballygar by David Kelly, has generally been very consistent over hurdles and seems to have gotten off lightly for her breakthrough success. Such was the commanding nature of her victory, one might have expected the mare to have gone up around 10 pounds in the handicap.

Instead, she is only burdened with six extra pounds this afternoon and with Keith Clarke again claiming off her, she should go close in the Ryan Event Cleaners Handicap Hurdle. The race is interesting in the sense that top weight Dream Champion -- which had generally, like Doransfirth, found winning very difficult -- is bidding for a hat-trick.

Tony Martin's son of Fraam has excelled of late under Ruby Walsh, winning under a penalty in a hack canter at Bellewstown midweek. However, Martin said post-race that the gelding would not take up his Galway engagement today, so it is interesting that he has been declared.

He is obviously well-in, but he should help make the selection a backable price. Moreover, 20 runners have been declared but few could be given much of a chance. At around 7/1, Doransfirth makes each-way appeal.

After her easy Kilbeggan success, Kelly opined that two miles and three furlongs was probably her ideal trip, but she should have no issue going a furlong further today. The hope is that her cosy win will help her confidence and she should travel well in today's big field -- the faster they go, the better her chance.


Doransfirth at Galway,

0.5pt each-way at best morning odds

PLENTY of punters have an aversion to ante-post betting, purely because of a lack of patience. But you should never be in a rush to win money; nor should you be put off by having to wait to do so.

Accordingly, the anomalies that are frequently presented by the Champions League group stages draw last longer than they should, before the bookmakers belatedly take evasive action.

There was a time when English teams were up against it in Europe but generally that is no longer the case and Arsenal's fluent style of football is very much suited by playing continental sides. It will be a big surprise if they cannot take care of Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting de Braga and FK Partizan and quotes of 1/4 and 2/7 about them winning the group with a couple of firms are understandable.

Victor Chandler, who go best price about quite a few of the favourites, are a standout 1/2 and this looks a bit big, if you can stomach the wait before collecting.


Arsenal to win Group H of Champions League

3pts at 1/2 (VC)

ONE of the favourites do, however, look worthy of opposition. Internazionale face into an uncertain season, as they improved hugely under Jose Mourinho but are now managed by his ideological opposite in Rafael Benitez.

Moreover, they could have been dealt a better hand in the Champions League draw. Tottenham are on the way up under Harry Redknapp and will relish the challenge of facing the Milanese, who were quite poor in their Super Cup reverse on Friday evening against Atletico Madrid.

Inter performed well above expectations to win the Champions League last season, but the team they have is really not much stronger than Tottenham's. Moreover, Werder Bremen have a live chance of topping the group too, so Inter should probably be around evens to do so.

Paddy Power recorded exceptional six-month profits for a reason, just like they offer 4/5 Inter for a reason. You can lay them at that price on Betfair


Lay Internazionale to win Group A of Champions League

2pts at 1.8 (1.6pt liability, Betfair)


Profit to a €10 stake: €230.72

Still running: €80

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