Super League – now you’re Talking
The new Betfred Super League season was officially launched in Leeds earlier today, and one exciting new development to emerge was the promise of a new TV programme.
Sky Sports will screen ‘Inside Super League,’ an hour-long show on Wednesday evenings, repeated on Thursday. Big-name guests, interviews, analysis, previews and much more are promised. It will be produced by award-winning film company The City Talking.
The new season swings into action properly next week. There are grown men in the office who can barely contain themselves … take it steady, lads. Nearly there.
Calm before the storm
It’s Cheltenham trials day tomorrow (Sat). Five graded races. All seven of terrific quality and interest. Highlight? Plenty, but for me the Cotswold Chase at 2.25 is a stand-out. Nicky Henderson’s Santini (13/8), Nigel T-D’s Bristol De Mai (9/4)?
Neither of the above? Should be a stormer. Here’s that latest betting;
100 club for Federer
One of, if not the greatest tennis player ever to launch a cross-court backhand, Roger Federer, took his tally of career wins at the Australian Open to an outstanding 100 this afternoon. Yes, that’s not a mistake. Ton-up for the Fed Express.
The Swiss survived a huge challenge to defeat John Millman 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, and subsequently progress to the next round of the competition.
What else can be said to describe the man? I’ve just read that if you won every single tennis match you played at the Aussie Open for 10 years straight, you would have 70 wins. Federer has 100. Consider that for a moment.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the experience scale
And, as if that wasn’t enough entertainment, 15-year-old Coco Guaff stunned defending champion and world number four Naomi Osaka in straight sets, to reach the fourth round. She’s 14/1 to pull off further shocks and lift the women’s singles’ crown.
What a day of contrasts down under in Australia!
Tip-top tip time (try saying that after a glass of shandy)
Wolverhampton stages one of their ever-popular twilight cards tonight, kicking-off at 4.15. Seven races, the lucky last being 7.15.
There’s a cracking novice at 6.15, with John Gosden and Charlie Hills fielding 3-yr-olds of terrific promise – but we’ll go to the 6.45 for tonight’s nap, and Micheal Appleby’s N Over J.
I saw him run at Newcastle the other night, and after an untidy start did well to stay on, finishing just 1 1/2 lengths down in fourth place.
It’s another bargain-basement Class 7, up in trip a tad, and claimer George Rooke takes off a handy 7lbs. He’s around a 7/2 chance, and will do nicely for me, thank you.