Stan Hey: 6-5 Against
Sink profits not putts with Saints this weekend
Saturday 02 October 2010
On any given weekend, a vintage handicap, a play-off final, a top Premier League game, and the most esteemed horse race of the season would be more than enough to fill punters' boots or bookies' satchels.
But today's Cambridgeshire, tonight's Super League Grand Final between St Helens and Wigan, tomorrow's Chelsea-Arsenal game, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, will all have to play not so much second fiddle as fifth acoustic triangle to the Ryder Cup, where the grisly conditions have only added to the compelling tension.
Even so, a few minutes can be spared for today's Cambridgeshire over 1m 1f, with 35 runners ploughing up Newmarket's bleak straight. John Gosden's Nationalism is the 7-2 favourite but the stable's lightly-raced Taqleed, could be better value – £5 each-way, 12-1 Ladbrokes.
The golf may still be playing into the dusk on the Usk by the time the Super League Grand Final kicks off at Old Trafford, with two teams separated not by an ocean but the East Lancs Road.
St Helens have lost the last three finals to Leeds so at least have the consolation of new opponents. Wigan won the League Leaders Shield but Saints have looked marginally more convincing in the play-offs, and as I went to school near St Helens, they get the vote – £10 win, 11-8 Blue Square.
Chelsea should out-muscle Arsenal – £10 win 3-4, Paddy Power (Sky are offering a split-screen football/golf presentation) – while autumn rain may decide the Arc's outcome, so the Prix Vermeille second, Plumania, could enjoy the slog – £5 each way, at 25-1.
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