Stan Hey: 6-5 against
Saturday 23 August 2008
Shortly after the Racing Post, bearing the headline "All Systems Go", appeared under the door of my hotel room last Tuesday morning a "ticker" on Sky Sports revealed that the first day of York's Ebor meeting had been abandoned. The sinking feeling spilt over from the waterlogged course. But the weirdest legacy of the washout was slinking home with an intact betting wedge, un-lost money as it were. So where does the dough go now?
The first opportunity comes with two major races "saved" from York, the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon, and the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at Goodwood.
Happily, the Derby hero New Approach and King George VI winner Duke Of Marmalade stand their ground for the International. I fancied New Approach last Tuesday with soft ground and weight in his favour. But Newmarket is Good to Firm which swings it the Duke's way – £20 win. In the Voltigeur I'll stick with Meydan City, £10 each-way.
Tomorrow's European Grand Prix offers a puzzle with a new street-circuit in Valencia, so Monaco form may be one way of solving it. Lewis Hamilton does well there but, with Ferrari and McLaren eyeballing each other, somebody else might nip in – like the street specialist Fernando Alonso (£5ew at 25-1 with Coral).
Monday sees the start of the US Open tennis, Roger Federer's last hope of a Grand Slam trophy this season. But he even lost in the singles at the Olympics, so you would want bigger than Ladbrokes' 5-2 to back him. Novak Djokovic £10 win (3-1 Ladbrokes), David Ferrer (£5 ew, 80-1), and Ana Ivanovic £5 win (7-1) get the money – or what's left of it.
* Our season-long football bets, recommended last week, are in play and though Chelsea look fine, and Northampton are OK, I'm worried by Norwich and Lincoln. And, er, scarred by York.
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