Archive for March 30th, 2015

Southwell Speed Figures – 31 March 2015

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We had considered previewing Exeter for today’s daily speed figures, but each race is pretty crowded. Instead, though, we look to Southwell Racecourse on Tuesday 31 March. Ahead of today’s races, the conditions are rated as standard with the weather cloudy and windy.

The first race to jump out at us is the 15:25 Handicap, which will feature eight four-year-olds. From those eight runners, Bond Fastrac has been identified by the Racing Post as the quickest with an 83 rating. Just behind, though, is Foie Gras with an 81 rating. Meanwhile, 11/4 favourite Spowarticus is rated close behind with 79.

Immediately after, we are next looking at the 16:00 Handicap. A total of nine runners have declared for this race open to four-year-olds or older. At present, the clear quickest is outsider Cathedral (20/1) with an 84 rating. That is eight points higher than the 76 of Apollo Eleven (7/1) and Samtu (10/3).

Home Nations Win in Euro 2016 Qualifying

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The football results from yesterday gave us a rare outcome to celebrate, with Scotland marking the fourth home weekend victory of the weekend (27-29 March 2015). More often than not, there is a weak link that does not manage to win.

Starting with England’s win on Friday night, the Three Lions racked up yet another comfortable victory by beating Lithuania 4-0. Harry Kane came on as a sub and scored his first international goal.

From the Saturday games, Gareth Bale starred in a 3-0 win over Israel by netting twice. Moving on to Sunday, Kyle Lafferty scored twice for Northern Ireland in a 2-1 win at home against Finland.

Last of all Scotland, made it four from four for the home nations with a 6:1 score line over Gibraltar. After Gibraltar levelled in the 19th minute, Scotland never looked back. Steven Fletcher bagged a hat trick on the evening.

Ascot Horse Racing Results – 29 March 2015

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Royal Ascot will not be getting underway until 16 June 2015, but that does not mean a lack of racing for the prestigious course. In fact, we have some UK horse racing results and payouts to share from Sunday 29 March. On an overcast day with drizzle, the going was good to soft.

Special Agent won the first race at 7/4 in the 14:00 Maiden Hurdle, beating joint-favourite Vintage Vinnie in third. In the 14:30 Novices Chase, Puffin Billy stole victory at 5/4 ahead of the favoured Thomas Crapper at 11/10.

Lil Rockerfeller generated a rewarding payout by winning at 9/1 in the 15:05 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Un Ace then secure another win for the favourites at 11/4 in the 15:40 Novices Handicap.

Creevytennant (9/2) won the 16:10 Handicap Chase, while Morito Du Berlais (13/8) won the 16:45 Jockeys Handicap Hurdle and Calgary Bay won the 17:15 Hunters Chase