Archive for April, 2015

Lingfield Park Horse Racing Naps – 1 May 2015

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Lingfield Park has today’s best slate of horse races in England. On the first day of May, the English racing schedule is surprisingly quiet. For a helping hand, we are sharing a horse racing nap of the day from Sky Sports. The going will be standard because Lingfield Park has a consistent Polytrack surface.

Race-goers are looking to the high-profile 17:15 Handicap as the most important race of the day, as it features the biggest prize fund at £7,250. Pearl Noir has been earmarked as the most likely prospect to win it at odds of 7/2, but the five-year-old has only won once in its past six races.

At nine years old, Desert Strike is a more mature option compared to the inexperienced Pearl Noir. On recent form, Pearl Noir has won two of its last six races and will yield odds of around 9/2.

Chelsea Clinch Leicester City Victory

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Chelsea brought Leicester City’s four-game winning streak to an inevitable end on Wednesday night (29 April), all but securing the Premier League title for the Blues. Four games remain and Chelsea are 13 points ahead of Man City and Arsenal. Of course, the Gunners do still have a game in hand, but that will likely prove academic.

Although Leicester’s loss was inevitable in the UK football results last night, there was a surprise in the manner of the result. The Foxes had actually managed to take a 1-0 lead into the break after scoring just before halftime. However, Didier Drogba quickly equalised after the break to restore order.

John Terry then scored with his right from a corner in the 79th minute, putting Chelsea 2-1 up. Ramires then assured the Blues of all three points by adding a third in the 83rd minute. Chelsea can now clinch the league with a win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Ascot Horse Racing Results – 29 April 2015

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After a cloudy start to Wednesday, the sun later emerged to brighten the day at Ascot Racecourse. The going was good to firm (firm in places), inspiring some quick finishes. Here is your brief roundup of Ascot’s UK horse racing results from Wednesday (29 April).

Log Out Island started proceedings in winning fashion, securing the 14:25 Conditions Stakes at 9/2 in front of Handytalk at 7/1. Sperry was the second winner of the day at 4/1 in the 15:00 Stakes, with Touchline finishing second at 8/1. Mizzou gave punters another 4/1 winner after clinching the 15:30 Stakes.

Limato was the first favourite of the day to win, doing so at 6/4 in the 16:05 Stakes. That was followed by a 7/2 win for Moohaarib in 16:35 Stakes. Directorship completed Ascot’s race schedule by winning at 8/1 in the 17:10 handicap, leaving the more highly favoured Duelling Dragon to finish third at 4/1.

Redcar Daily Speed Figures – 30 April 2015

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A fresh selection of UK horse racing speed ratings are released daily by the Racing Post. For Wednesday 30 April, we look to the speed ratings for Yorkshire’s Redcar Racecourse. The going should be good to firm, with wind and showers expected throughout the afternoon.

Although seeded first for the Class 4 15:20 Handicap, Monsieur Chevalier is firmly in the middle of the pack when it comes to speed ratings. The eight-year-old Tom Eaves-ridden horse will enter the race with a 76 rating.

Two Moons and Shahdaroba are just behind with ratings of 78 and 77, respectively. However, Monsieur Chevalier has won three of its past six races, so there is proven pedigree.

The highest rating of 95 has been credited Bow and Arrow, which will be ridden by Graham Lee. Although placed seventh from the nine runners, Bow and Arrow could be an interesting outsider having won its last two races.

Nottingham Racecourse Results – 28 April 2015

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Sunny spells were enjoyed at Nottingham Racecourse on Tuesday (28 April), where the going was good to firm. First to triumph in the UK horse racing results yesterday was 8/1 Down to Earth, winning ahead of Lord Reason at 14/1 in the 14:15 Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Best Kept earned a first win for the favourites by clinching the 14:45 Handicap, leaving 9/2 Artful Prince to finish second. Azagul followed that with a 3/1 win in the 15:15 Fillies Handicap. The 5/4 favourite Isabella Bird could only manage third.

Stormin Tom reward backers with a sizeable 12/1 win in the 15:45 Handicap, crossing the line before 11/1 Bakht a Rawan. Steve Rogers then delivered another favourite winner at 3/1 in the 16:15 Handicap.

Winner of the sixth and final race of the afternoon was the 3/1 favourite Star Fire in the 16:50 Handicap. William Twiston-Davies rode the winner to finish before 5/1 Mountain Man.

Liverpool Blow Champions League in Hull City Loss

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Liverpool blew an opportunity to maintain their Champions League challenge in the UK football results last night (Tuesday 28 April). Entering last weekend, Liverpool knew that they could be at least three points closer to Man Utd if they won both games.

Of course, the weekend did not start off well when Liverpool had to accept a 0-0 draw away at West Brom. Fortunately for manager Brendan Rodgers, though, Man Utd would lose 3-0 to Everton on Sunday.

That gave Liverpool an opportunity to win against Hull City on Tuesday to move four points behind Man Utd. However, Liverpool lost 1-0 away to Hull on Tuesday night and the gap remains at seven points. Man Utd are all but assured of Champions League qualification.

Liverpool held 69% possession and had nine shots on target in a game where Hull defender Michael Dawson headed the winning goal from a corner after 36 minutes.

Valencia Targeting Champions League Qualification

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Outside of title-chasers Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atlético Madrid, an interesting battle is underway for the final Champions League qualifying spot in La Liga. Valencia currently hold fourth place, while Europa League holders Sevilla occupy fifth.

From yesterday’s matches (Monday 27 April), Valencia took a major stride forward by beating Granada 4-0 at home and moving two points clear of Sevilla. At present, five games remain in the La Liga season.

Valencia are in prime position to extend their advantage in this weekend’s La Liga games. Los Che will play in a winnable home game against struggling Eibar. Meanwhile, Sevilla play at home against Champions League holders Real Madrid.

After going through a multimillion-pound takeover last summer, Champions League qualification is the number one priority for Valencia. Los Che will be unable to attract exciting new talent in the next transfer window if they fall short this season.

Ayr Horse Racing Results – 27 April 2015

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Conditions quickly changed to be good to firm after the first race yesterday (Monday 27 April) at Ayr Racecourse. Rain showers appeared throughout the day, but the weather did not prevent any races from running.

Red Tycoon began the schedule by winning at 3/1 in the 13:50 Maiden Stakes, followed by a 9/1 win for Junky in the 14:25 Handicap. A win then came for Margrets Gift at 9/2 in the 15:00 Handicap.

Favourite Al Khan won at 9/4 in the 15:30 Handicap, after which Cono Zur won at 9/1 in the Handicap. Hydrant claimed the 16:35 Handicap at 3/1 ahead of the favoured Silver Duke at 5/2.

The final race of the day saw Chilworth Bells win with odds of 4/1 in the 17:05 Handicap. Seraffimo provided value as an each-way finisher at 33/1, with Moon Arc coming third 10/1. Monday was a poor day at Ayr for backing favourites in UK horse racing results.

Ascot Horse Racing Nap of the Day – 29 April 2015

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Mid-June is when Royal Ascot will take place. Before then, however, there are many more races to enjoy at Ascot Racecourse. Today, for instance, there is a particularly enticing race scheduled. Sky Sports has identified a decent prospect for the horse racing nap of the day. The going should be good to firm (firm in places).

The highest profile race of the day is easily the 16:05 Stakes. A total of 13 runners will be competing to win their owners a share of the £80,000 prize fund. From the three-year-old runners, it is Limato that has been picked out as favourite at 6/4.

Those odds are relatively short odds for a field of 13. In fact, the next closest horse is the 5/1 Tendu. Beacon and Strath Burn are next up, with both receiving odds of 8/1. To recap Limato’s record, the Irish horse has been trained to win four victories from four outings by H Candy.

Wetherby Horse Racing Results – 26 April 2015

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Wetherby Racecourse is situated within close reach of Leeds, giving the course a regular flow of horse racing fans coming to visit. In the UK horse racing results yesterday (Sunday 26 April), they had eight races to watch. The going was good (good to firm in places).

In Focus started the day as an 11/1 winner in the 14:00 Handicap, followed by a 16/1 win for Great Fun in the 14:35 Maiden Stakes. The odds then shortened for 3/1 winner Mount Tahan in the 15:05 Maiden Stakes.

A win then came for Corona Borealis at 7/1 in the 15:35 Handicap, which was followed by a long-shot victory from Lady Lekki at 20/1 in the 14:10 Maiden Auction Stakes.

Ridge Ranger was the winner of the 16:40 Fillies Handicap at 16/1, while favourite Snappy Guest won at 3/1 in the 17:15 Handicap. Moccasin was the final victor at 8/1 in the 17:45 Handicap.