This weekend is always a tricky one in the world of horse racing. Most of the top National Hunt trainers have already got their horses ready for a crack at the Cheltenham Festival which runs the risk of some low quality contests at the meetings taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s Imperial Cup day on Saturday at Sandown Park. The feature race is good enough to entice punters to the Surrey course on its own but it’s not the only quality action on the day. The Matchbook VIP Novices’ Hurdle (registered as the European Breeders Fund Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final) is well worth closer attention from a betting perspective.
Football fans have a real treat in store this weekend. ‘Rivalry Weekend’, as Sky Sports have termed it, sees some of the biggest derbies in British football take place with the first Premier League action provided by Manchester United versus Liverpool.
It’s just a few short weeks away before the best players on the planet descend on Augusta National but before they do, many of them will be competing at this week’s Valspar Championship. Held at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbour, Florida, the Valspar is viewed as one of the key warm up events for the Masters.
Whatever happens in the future, Chris Hughton will have a special place in Brighton and Hove Albion’s history as the man who guided the team into the Premier League for the first time. However, last year’s promotion did not mark the first time that the Seagulls have played in the top flight.