WEDNESDAY: WORLD CUP and ROYAL ASCOT preview
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother cracking day of summer sport. Royal Ascot + World Cup, what a combo!
I ended up with a small profit yesterday thanks to Kingman !!
I thought Brazil v Mexico would be close – but not that close – as readers will know I went for the draw BUT on the Brazil (-1) handicap 🙁
It was a great opening day at Royal Ascot and the heavy hitters were rewarded when Toronado obliged in the opener and of course Kingman later on in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Both never looked like being beaten in all honesty.
Treve will be the banker for many on day two. She was electric when winning the Arc last season and lost little in defeat when narrowly coming up second best against the mighty Cirrus Des Aigles in her comeback race at Longchamp.
If you are looking at getting Treve beaten – then you will be looking mainly at the ground – it seemed to be riding a lot faster yesterday than the official description, judged by the winning times at least. In any event, this looks certain to be the fastest ground she has ever raced over on this, her first start, outside of France.
The football really hots up in Brazil today with defending champions Spain NEEDING the win against Chile.
The Spaniards were left reeling at the hands of the Netherlands in the opening game which saw a 1-1 half-time score converted to 5-1 drumming at full-time.
Chile looked good against Australia in their opener, winning 3-1, and putting the game to bed early on.
This is by no means easy for Spain who are marginally bigger in price than Chile to get out of Group B.
Backers of Spain will take comfort from the fact that Chile have NEVER beaten Spain in 10 previous encounters (drawn two) and don’t forget also that Spain also lost their opening game against Switzerland four years ago before going on to lift the trophy.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Sep 2013 International Spain 2-2 Chile
Sep 2011 International Spain 3-2 Chile
Jun 2010 World Cup Chile 1-2 Spain
Nov 2008 International Spain 3-0 Chile
Sep 1993 International Spain 2-0 Chile
Jul 1981 International Chile 1-1 Spain
Jul 1960 International Chile 1-4 Spain
Jul 1960 International Chile 0-4 Spain
Jul 1952 International Chile 1-2 Spain
Jun 1950 World Cup Spain 2-0 Chile
I’m sticking to the winning formula of yesterday !! Well 2.55 points profit. Hopefully more luck with the football bet today.