We’ve got a bumper cross-sport acca for this weekend, including a mixture of Racing, Football and Formula 1. It includes our pick for the Irish 2000 Guineas, two of the key Premier League games and our tip for the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Mighty Ulysses (Saturday 2:35 Haydock – Silver Bowl Handicap)
John & Thady Gosden’s MIGHTY ULYSSES should be far too good for the rest in the Silver Bowl Handicap. He is the class horse in the race and his 101 rating is clear of anything else, with the next best being Outgate, rated 93.
After finishing fifth in the Blue Riband Trial on reappearance over an unsuitable 1m 2f, the drop back to a mile trip next time out showed him in his best light. He could have been called the winner a long way out, finishing over four lengths clear of second placed Devoted Poet and a further eight and a half lengths clear of First Ruler.
His challengers here aren’t in the same league as him currently, with perhaps the unbeaten Whoputfiftyinyou giving him his biggest test, but Mighty Ulysses should be able to prove his class here and win convincingly before going on to bigger and better things in the future.
Native Trail (Saturday 3:20 Curragh – Irish 2000 Guineas)
Realistically it was only the draw that cost NATIVE TRAIL victory in the 2000 Guineas, where stablemate Coroebus had the plum draw and just edged him out. Other than that, Native Trail has been unstoppable, including winning two Group 1’s as a juvenile last season.
No other horse in this field has come close to winning a Group 1, which just shows the clear gulf in class between Native Trail and the rest. His sole visit to Ireland came at the Curragh back in September, where he ran out a convincing winner in the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
Quite simply, there is nothing in the field that should come close to Native Trail, and he can deservedly get back to winning ways here.
Charles Leclerc To Win (Sunday 2pm Spanish Grand Prix)
Red Bull look to be on a title trajectory after seeing off reliability issues which hampered them in the opening rounds. However, CHARLES LECLERC remains at the top of the pile by 19 points heading into Barcelona and Ferrari are set to bring their first major update in a bid to wrestle back the initiative.
The Prancing Horses were down on their rivals in both tyre degradation and straight line speed in Miami, but their Spain package should help them make up ground at a circuit which suits the F1-75 better. The sunny outlook should also play into Ferrari’s hands. If Leclerc can put his crash at the Monaco Historic behind him, there’s every chance he can extend his championship lead over Max Verstappen come Sunday.
Liverpool To Win To Nil (Sunday 4pm Premier League)
LIVERPOOL are still in with a shout of landing a historic quadruple, but will need to win against Wolves and hope Man City slip up at home to Aston Villa. The chances are Liverpool will be far too strong for Wolves here, and with the second meanest defence in the league we’re banking on them not conceding in the process.
The reds have won five of the last six head-to-heads to nil, including the reverse fixture back in December 1-0, where Wolves only managed one shot on target in the whole game. Add to that the fact Liverpool have kept clean sheets in five of their last six Premier League matches and Anfield, and Wolves have failed to score in three of their last five away matches – you can start to see our reasoning behind backing Liverpool to win to nil!
It would be a bit of a shock if Man City did slip up against Villa, but Liverpool will be determined to make the most of any slip up, and with Wolves having nothing left to play for, Jurgen Klopp’s side can run out convincing winners here.
Tottenham To Win + Son To Score (Sunday 4pm Premier League)
Having looked to have missed out on top 4 just a few weeks ago, TOTTENHAM have put together a run of three wins in their last four games (with the other being a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool) to put themselves in pole position for a Champions League spot going into the final game of the season.
They face an already relegated Norwich side who five of their last six matches. Antonio Conte’s side ran out cosy 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in December, with their top scorer HEUNG-MIN SON netting in the victory. The talismanic South Korean has had his best season to date in front of goal, with 21 goals so far this season. He’s just one goal behind Mo Salah, and with the Egyptian being a doubt for their game, Son has a huge opportunity to win the golden boot.
His Spurs teammates will be desperate to secure that top 4 spot with victory here, and if they can help Son score a couple in the process you can guarantee they’ll be keen to give him the supply he needs.
*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 9:30am Friday 20th May*
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