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What a weekend of sport we have in store!

We’ve picked out five tips for the key events this weekend to make up a HUGE 436/1 acca, featuring:

  • US Open tip
  • PDC World Cup tip
  • Gallagher Premiership Final tip
  • Hardwicke Stakes tip
  • Canadian Grand Prix tip

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BROOKS KOEPKA TOP 10 FINISH (US Open – Starts Thursday) 5/1

Brooks Koepka

This is meant as no disrespect to Mito Pereira, who so nearly caused an almighty shock at the PGA Championship last month, but he is, in places, a shorter price to finish in the top 10 of the US Open than BROOKS KOEPKA. That could be made to look frankly ridiculous.

Pereira is on a run of seven consecutive top-30 finishes, which have seen him rise up into the top 50 in the world rankings. However, his major pedigree ends with his T3 at Southern Hills, whereas Koepka reigns supreme among modern golfers in that regard.

His fitness record since 2019 has been very poor and this will be his third tournament in a row which carries major status. He has not put himself on the line during the regular PGA Tour season in recent weeks, but that could serve to have eased any pain in his troublesome knee, wrist and any other ailing body parts he likely has.

This is a man whose recent US Open record reads 1, 1, 2, T4. That tied fourth came after having only played two PGA Tour events since the beginning of the Masters, as well as the PGA Championship, so he is perfectly capable of finding his best golf fresh. Earlier this year, despite still not being 100%, he reached the quarter finals of the World Matchplay and finished third when defending his Phoenix Open title.

At this year’s PGA, he opened with a +5 75 and looked certain to miss the cut, only to shoot one of the lowest rounds of the second day with a 67 to make the weekend. He never featured from that point onwards, but with the extra few weeks off behind him, he remains one of the best players to back in attritional, long-distance tests like the US Open.

With four top five finishes in a row in this event, the prices about him finishing in the top ten are generous to say the least.

AUSTRALIA TO WIN (PDC World Cup – Starts Thursday) 11/1

Simon Whitlock

Wales is set to go off a short-priced favourite to regain the World Cup of Darts that they lost to Scotland in 2022. The Gerwyn Price – Jonny Clayton combination is, without doubt, the strongest of the teams in this competition, but a potential match-up with last year’s finalists Austria in the second round is a banana skin, and although recent Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen won’t be in Frankfurt the Dutch duo of Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode will provide stern opposition if the nations clash at the semi-final stage.

At the other end of the draw, top seeds England will be fancied by many with the excellent recent form of Michael Smith worthy of mention, but they won’t have it easy against the dangerous Czech pairing of Adam Gawlas and Karel Sedlacek in round one, and reigning champions Scotland should await at the quarter-final stage.

It’s the second of this quarter which looks the most interesting, and at a double-figure price, it looks worth chancing AUSTRALIA. The 2012 finalists have an excellent pairing in Damon “The Heat” Heta and Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock, the same combination that succumbed to the Welsh last year. They’re on the opposite side of the draw to that team this time around, with the likes of Lithuania, Sweden and South Africa all unexpected to pose serious problems early in the competition. Belgium is a dangerous quarter-final opponent, but both Heta and Whitlock appear to be playing some decent darts at the minute and if they can build up some momentum early will be a tough test for any of the higher-ranked sides.

LEICESTER (+5 Handicap Market) vs Saracens, Gallagher Premiership Final – Saturday 3pm) 10/11

The top 2 in the regular season meet in the Gallagher Premiership Final – and what a match up this promises to be!

This has the hallmarks of a really nip-and-tuck final. Both sides packed with power and defensive grit, who will look to dominate on the floor and the scrums – it could really be brutal out there at Twickenham.

In rugby play-off scenarios it often pays to look back at the game before a big final, both teams played on Saturday so there is no advantage in terms of rest. However, to the eye it was clear that Saracens had a more physical encounter with a huge Quins pack to contend with. There were plenty of scrapes along the way, in particular Owen Farrell playing bandaged until the end. The 34-17 scoreline somewhat flattered with a 80th minute try.

That encounter is sure to leave a mark, and although Northampton did not roll over against LEICESTER, there wasn’t the rough and tumble of their opponents fixture. Expect Leicester to be the fresher of the two.

The teams are 1-1 this season, both winning at home too, adding to the thinking that this will be tight. Therefore the +5 on Leicester looks a really nice head start and a confident selection. Roll on Saturday!

HURRICANE LANE (Hardwicke Stakes – Saturday 3:40pm) 10/11

Hurricane Lane

We’ve been looking forward to this one all week – the return of HURRICANE LANE. Charlie Appleby’s Frankel colt did his sire proud last year, winning five of his seven races (including three Group 1’s) and he should take the world of beating in the Hardwicke Stakes.  

He rattled in a hat-trick of Group 1 wins last season, winning the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris, before a comfortable victory in the St Leger. He then went to Longchamp for the l’Arc de Triomphe where he met trouble in running on unsuitably heavy ground but still managed to finish third, clear of big-name rivals Adayar and Snowfall.That was just the second time he had tasted defeat, with the other loss coming in the Epsom derby, where he lost both front shoes. So, with excuses for both defeats you can see why he’s such a short price to resume winning ways!

This is the first time he will have stepped out of Group 1 company for over a year, and with the ground set to be in his favour there should be no stopping him starting the season with an emphatic win on Saturday.

Declarations haven’t been announced at the time of writing this, but currently Broome and Third Realm are his closest rivals in the betting, and neither have won a Group 1 race in the UK before. Hurricane Lane finished ahead of Third Realm in the Derby last year, despite losing both of his front shoes! A more likely danger could come from the supplemented Solid Stone, but he is yet to race in Group 1 company so will find this much more difficult than his win in the Huxley Stakes.

In truth, we can’t see any other horse coming close to him here, so he’s an extremely confident bet!

MAX VERSTAPPEN TO WIN (Canadian Grand Prix – Sunday 7pm) 10/11

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmelo, Spain, 23.2.2022, Motorsport: Formula 1 Season 2022, pre-season testing - Max Verstappen (NED), Red Bull Racing RB16B

Red Bull head into the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in buoyant mood after securing their third one-two of 2022 in Baku. Their one-two at Imola in April was Red Bull’s first since 2016, so the fact two have followed so quickly speaks to their dominance this season.

Ferrari continue to be hamstrung by technical issues which could lead to a grid penalty for Charles Leclerc in Montreal, but Red Bull looked too good for the Prancing Horses on the streets of Azerbaijan even before the Monegasque’s race reached a premature end. “We said that Baku and Canada should be circuits that suit us, this has been confirmed here,” said Helmut Marko after Verstappen ended his Baku hoodoo. As the Red Bull chief points out, the Baku success bodes well for the Bulls in Montreal.

MAX VERSTAPPEN (1st) and Sergio Perez (2nd) are sitting pretty at the top of the Drivers Championship, but it’s the Dutchman who gets our verdict. He’s won five of the eight races this season, with his teammate winning just the once. Max Verstappen is yet to win the Canadian Grand Prix, but we’re banking that’s set to change on Sunday.

*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 3pm Wednesday 15th June*