With the World Cup kicking off this weekend it will be football fanatics heaven. Pretty much all focus will be on Russia and with that comes a lot of “interest bets” on the matches from folk who rarely bet on football. A great way to make a match more interesting for the casual viewer. The racing might be taking a back seat in most people’s minds but not so here, we’ve put together a few horses to follow this weekend that will hopefully boost your World Cup kitty.
Dan Skelton’s 8-year-old is running at Aintree today at 6:50 in a handicap chase run over three miles on good ground. Its attracted a decent quality field so it should make for good viewing, considering the track and ground we could be in for a very fast run race with jumping being tested at every fence. Petrou will relish todays conditions and is a former winner on the track so a big run is expected. A lightly raced sort who is still learning his trade over the larger obstacles will hopefully get his head in front here and show his trainers positive comments about him are justified. His best run over fences was when he finished runner up to the excellent Rock The Kasbah and had Ballykan in third. If polishing up his jumping he should prove difficult to beat.
We move on to Saturday and the 3:00 at York for our next tip. The Sky Bet Grand Cup is a class 1 Listed race with eight runners entered at the time of writing. Marmelo immediately jumps off the page when you look at this race, Hughie Morrison will be hoping to build on a terrific seasonal reappearance behind the brilliant Vazirabad. A run that will have delighted connections and have everyone involved expecting big things here. The booking of Ryan Moore is a massive plus and is always a tip in it itself. Having been sent off favourite for the Melbourne Cup and finishing ninth, this looks a great opportunity to get back into the winner’s enclosure.
CITRON MAJOR 12/1
Our final tip also runs at York in the 3:35 Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap. A difficult race to find the winner in but in Citron Major we have a very lively contender. Only made his debut in January but has been learning fast. A winner on the all-weather at Newcastle he put in a brilliant run last time out on turf in Ripon. Up a fair bit in the weights but could be still very unexposed and may prove too good here if overcoming his inexperience.