It’s that time of year where punters are starting to think about the Grand National. We’re still almost three months away from the big race at Aintree but the trials for the National have already started in earnest.
The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race to predict. In 2015, few people were talking up the chances of Many Clouds but many of those who saw Oliver Sherwood’s charge win the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham had a piece of the 25/1 that the bookies were offering about him at Aintree.
Manchester City had to work much harder to book their place in the final of the Carabao Cup than Pep Guardiola wanted. The City manager was hopeful his players could put the tie beyond reach for Bristol City in the first leg at the Etihad. It was not to be as the Robins turned in an excellent performance and were unfortunate to lose 2-1.
Tommy Fleetwood rose to the top of a very strong field in Abu Dhabi last week to get his year off to the perfect start. The Englishman proved that last season was no fluke by beating some of the best players in the world and he’s trying it again this week in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
When Jose Mourinho was appointed as the new manager of Man Utd his task was simple to articulate but much more difficult to achieve.