The attention of horse racing fans will be turned towards Sandown on Saturday. The Coral-Eclipse will get most of the headlines but there is much more than just one quality race on the card. We’ve already got an in-depth preview of the big Group 1 race which sees the Classics Generation go up against their elders but now is the time to look for more value bets in both the Coral Charge and the Coral Challenge.
The Irish Open continues to improve in stature. It’s not that long ago that the tournament was struggling to maintain a place on the European Tour but this week it becomes the third of the Tour’s new Rolex Series. The tournament, which is hosted by Rory McIlroy’s charitable foundation, has also been moved in the schedule this year to the week before the Scottish Open. The thought process is that providing two weeks of links golf before the Open will attract some of the world’s best golfers and with Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose competing alongside the tournament host, it seems to have worked.
As we get closer to the height of the British summer the flat racing season continues to provide top quality racing. The pick of this week’s action comes courtesy of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes which is run at Sandown Park.
The Greenbrier Classic makes a very welcome return to the PGA Tour this week. The Greenbrier has slowly been increasing in popularity with players and fans alike but horrendous floods hit West Virginia just two weeks before the 2016 renewal which left Old White TPC under three feet of mud in places. It was impossible for the tournament to take place and it’s taken huge effort and expense to renovate the course and get the infrastructure in place to get this week’s tournament on.
After beating the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in their first test in Auckland, New Zealand were the clear favourites to secure the series with a win in the second test in Wellington last week. But it was not to be for the All Blacks. The Lions made the most of Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half sending off for a shoulder charge and won a thrilling match 24-21. That sets up the return to Eden Park wonderfully as it’s winner takes all for this thoroughly entertaining Lions Tour.