Archive for April 17th, 2015

Napoli Shock in Europa League – 16 April 2015


European club competitions can throw up some highly unexpected results. A team like Wolfsburg can be riding high as the second-placed team in the Bundesliga, yet Napoli will come to their ground and hand them a devastating 4-1 defeat, such is the nature of football.

The yesterday match results from the Europa League on Thursday were largely unsurprising, so it was bizarre to see Napoli lead Wolfsburg 4-0 in their home ground before surrendering a late consolation goal in the 80th minute.

Sevilla earned the only other victory of the evening in beating Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 at home, but that away goal will be a concern for the second leg.

In the first of two draws, Dynamo Kiev vs. Fiorentina finished 1-1. La Viola will be pleased to have an away goal for the second leg. Finally, Club Bruges and Dnipro bored fans into submission with a scoreless draw.

Newmarket Results and Payouts – 16 April 2015


Fine conditions greeted the crowd who attended Newmarket on Thursday in search of rewarding UK horse racing results and payouts. For the most part, the going was good to firm (good in places).

Kurland came up big-time by winning at long odds of 8/1 in the 13:45 Maiden Fillies Stakes. Winter House kept the favourite at bay again in the 14:20 Wood Ditton Stakes by winning at 9/2.

Cape Clear Island then seized the honour of longest odds winner at 14/1 in the 14:55 3-Y-O Trophy. Astaire would win the next race (15:30 Abernant Stakes) at 9/2.

Kool Company would deliver another lucrative outsider winner at 14/1 in the 16:05 Craven Stakes. French Navy then won as the first and only favourite of the day at 3/1 in the 16:40 Stud Book Earl of Sefton Stakes.

Ceaseless won the penultimate 17:10 Maiden Fillies Stakes at 6/1, with Dissolution claiming the 17:40 Mandarin at 4/1.

AP McCoy Final Races at Ayr Racecourse – 18 April 2015


AP McCoy was unable to win the Grand National 2015, which means that we have a few more races to savour from one of the horse racing’s finest-ever jockeys. The outrageously successful Irishman will make his final appearance at Ayr Racecourse today (Saturday 18 April), when the going will be good (good to soft in places).

In a busy schedule of eight races, it is the 14:35 QTS Champion Hurdle that we look to as the first hotly contested race of the day. Coincidently, that is a race that McCoy will be competing in. To preview his chances, we are taking a quick glance at the latest UK horse racing speed ratings from the Racing Post.

For this race, McCoy will ride the eight-year-old Sea Lord at a rating of 130. A concern for McCoy, though, will be that Richard Johnson is riding the 157-rated Cheltenian. Violet Dancer is also rated at 157 for the race.