Archive for June, 2015

Pontefract Racecourse Results – 29 June 2015

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The UK is entering a heat wave this week, which ensured fine and dry conditions for Pontefract Racecourse on Monday. Dry weather meant that the going was good to firm (good in places) for all seven races.

Your roundup of the UK horse racing results yesterday begins with a victory for 9/2 prospect Qibtee in the 14:30 Handicap. Age Of Empire then fought off 6/4 favourite Gold Medallion to win at 13/8 in the 15:00 Stakes.

Another Royal managed to upset 15/8 favourite Sleeping Apache to clinch the 15:30 Handicap at 9/2. Stepping up next was 7/2 Gran Canaria Queen in the 16:00 Fillies Handicap.

Entering the back half of the afternoon, Ingleby Hollow managed to win at 14/1 in the 16:30 Handicap. Paint The Star proved its star quality by winning at 15/8 in the 17:00 Stakes, with Piccadilly Jim winning at 11/4 in the 17:30 Handicap.

Chile to Play in 2015 Copa America Final

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For a nation of their footballing heritage, it is surprising for many when they discover Chile have never won the Copa America. Soon, though, that could all change for La Roja after beating Peru 2-1 in their semi-final encounter late on Monday night.

None of the football results from yesterday could compete with the magnitude of 2015 Copa America hosts Chile attempting to make it to the final of the tournament that they are currently hosting.

Chile have played admirably in the knockout stages, realising the importance of winning games rather than always playing free-flowing attacking football. In fact, Chile looked decidedly nervy even after Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring on 42 minutes.

Moving into the second half, Chile then conceded an equaliser when Gary Medel scored a damaging own goal on 60 minutes. Fortunately for the Inter Milan defender, Vargas stepped up again. But this time the Napoli forward scored a scintillating long shot to win the game after 64 minutes.

Bath Daily Speed Figures – 1 July 2015

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Bath is the next course to feature in our horse racing previews. Tucked away in the wilds of Somerset, this charming course will play host to seven races on Wednesday (1 July). Expect the going to be firm if the weather remains dry.

After checking out the latest daily speed figures from the Racing Post, it would appear that You’re My Cracker is a decent prospect for the 18:35 Handicap. The three-year-old has a 74 rating complemented by one victory and three second-place finishes in its past five races.

An honour later, Wordiness looks like a fine prospect with its 67 rating. The seven-year-old is one of the older horses from the seven runners, yet is the best in terms of form. Adam Kirby will ride a horse that has two wins in its last four. The other races saw Wordiness finish in second and third.

Copa America 2015 Quarter-finals Results

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The semi-finals of the Copa America 2015 have now been decided after Saturday’s matches. Chile will take on Peru on Tuesday, while Argentina will play Paraguay on Wednesday.

Argentina played Colombia first on Saturday, but 120 minutes were not long enough to give fans any goals. Despite attacking talent playing on both sides, nobody proved decisive enough to score. In the end, Argentina managed to emerge triumphant with a 5-4 victory on penalties.

Next up in yesterday’s matches, Brazil also played out a draw. Dunga’s team finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, but were unable to win in extra time. After penalties, Brazil were forced to exit after a 4-3 defeat.

Brazil had dominated possession with a 59% share. However, that only equated to six total attempts and three on target. Paraguay did much more with much less possession, mustering six shots on target after putting up 11 total attempts.

Hamilton Park Horse Racing Naps – 30 June 2015

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Tuesday afternoon is set to be a busy meeting up at Hamilton Park, considering there will be seven races taking place. The turf has softened in recent days, so expect the going to be good to soft (good in places). As a preview, it is time to check out the current free horse racing naps from Sky Sports.

Coming fourth in the schedule is the most lucrative race of the afternoon: the 15:45 EBF Stallions Soba Conditions Stakes. Seven horses are entered to compete for a share of the £16,000 prize fund on behalf of their owners.

Move In Time has been identified as the clear favourite at 11/8 after winning twice and finishing second three times in its past five races, but competition could come from 9/4 prospect Spinatrix. Pipers Note should also compete at 7/2, having won three times in its last four outings.

Windsor Horse Racing Results – 28 June 2015

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Rain poured down on Windsor Racecourse before the action began on Sunday afternoon, but the going remained good. Horse racing fans were treated to seven competitive races.

First up in our roundup of UK horse racing results was a victory for 8/1 Rosslare in the 14:20 Maiden Fillies Stakes. Kassbaan popped up next to win at 2/1 in the 14:50 Handicap.

Whatdoiwantthatfor became the first favourite to win at 8/11 in the 15:25 Conditions Stakes. Argus then managed to win at 5/2 in the 16:00 Handicap, holding off the challenge of 7/4 favourite Keble.

A win then came for 5/2 prospect Secret Art in the 16:35 Handicap. Hard To Handel emerged next as an 11/4 winner in the 17:05 Handicap, leaving 5/2 favourite Big Chill behind in second place. Finishing off the day, Well Painted earned a win as 9/4 favourite in the 17:35 Handicap.

Hamilton Horse Racing Results – 25 June 2015

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A trip north of the border on Thursday (25 June) would have taken race-goers to Hamilton Park, where seven races were hosted from 18:10 onwards. Overcast weather quickly led to rain after the third race, with the going changing from good to good to soft.

Paris Snow won first as 13/8 favourite in the UK horse racing results, clinching the 18:10 Handicap. Martini Times then beat off completion from 9/4 favourite Force Awakens to win the 18:40 Maiden Auction Stakes.

Striding Out lived up to its name by securing victory in the 19:10 as 8/11 favourite. Lil Sophella was then first of two-straight winners in the 19:40 Fillies Handicap, with Flash City following up courtesy of a win in the 20:10 Handicap.

Coming next, Under Approval emerged as an 8/1 winner in the 20:40 Handicap ahead of 2/1 favourite Emily Davison. Finishing the day, Spirit Of Zeb then won as a 9/1 favourite in the 21:10 Handicap.

Doncaster Horse Racing Speed Ratings – 27 June 2015

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Saturday 27 June brings another quality horse racing meeting to Doncaster. Seven races will unfold during the evening action, which is due to begin just after 6pm. Partly cloudy weather is expected, which should result in the going being good to firm.

Doncaster’s centrepiece of the evening will be the 20:45 Handicap, which is a Class 4 race open to horses of four or older. A total of nine runners are currently set to battle for supremacy. The following UK horse racing speed ratings come courtesy of the Racing Post.

Best Kept has the highest rating at 89, and is a winner of two from 12 in its career. Coming next is Victoire De Lyphar with an 87 rating, having won seven from 54. Showboating has a slightly worse rating in third at 82, as a winner of seven 76. Here, the youthful option would be to go with Best Kept.

Bolivia Crumble at the Hands of Peru

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Bolivia and Peru easily played one of the stand-out games of the 2015 Copa America. In a year when Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay have disappointed, it took Peru to give us a game worthy of the quarter-finals.

In a sparse list of yesterday match results, Peru’s 3-1 victory over Bolivia will demand attention. Bolivia felt good about their chances on Thursday, but that all changed when Peru broke through their defensive 5-3-2 formation early.

José Paolo Guerrero is a striker who never fulfilled his potential in a career that began with Bayern Munich, but the 31-year-old did not disappointment when he opened the scoring for Peru after 20 minutes.

Another goal then came from Guerrero after 23 minutes before he completed his hat-trick after 74 minutes. By the time Bolivia scored on 84 minutes, it was little more than consolation goal. Peru now advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America 2015.

Chile Beat Uruguay in Hot-tempered Affair

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Chile have advanced to the semi-finals of the 2015 Copa America after defeating Uruguay 1-0 in a match that yielded two red cards for the losers and current holders. Uruguay have been subpar for the entire tournament, and that did not change on Wednesday (24 June).

Uruguay are a much worse team without Luis Suárez, who is still absent from international due to his ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup. The loss of the world-class forward simply cannot be replaced by PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

In the football results from yesterday, this one especially stands out because of Uruguayan red cards for Edinson Cavani on 62 minutes and Jorge Fucile on 87 minutes.

Uruguay played with an extremely defensive approach, content to only create six chances compared to Chile’s 15. However, Chile eventually scored their winning goal through Mauricio Isla after 80 minutes. Chile’s reward is a place in the semi-finals.