Just a week to go before the start of the English domestic football season and we have opened a Kings Of Europe handicap across the Major European football Leagues.
We are asking who will score the most points in their respective leagues on the handicap and bet 9/1 the field in this 12-runner race: Each club has a handicap as follows (except Barcelona).Also note that the Dutch and German sides play 34 games rather than 38.
Barcelona (scratch), Real Madrid (+4), Man Utd (+10), AC Milan (+11), Chelsea (+12), Inter Milan (+12), Ajax (+16), Lyon (+16), Marseille (+16) , Bayern (+18), PSV Eindhoven (+21), B Dortmund (+23.
There is an excellent race card at Doncaster tomorrow with a fascinating six furlong conditions race; Mac’s Power would be a confident selection but he is more likely to run in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood (below) and I am hopeful of a big run from Winker Watson (2.45).
The selection was a leading juvenile when trained by Peter Chappell-Hyam but was off the track for two years (had an unsuccessful spell at stud!) before a good reappearance at Newcastle last month.
Not beaten too far in the July Cup last time the Mick Channon trained 6-y-o will appreciate the drop in class and he merits a sporting selection.
There is a competitive 10f handicap later in the card and last year’s C&D winner Bourne (3.55) ran a career best in the Old Newton Cup last time and whilst this drop back in trip is not sure to suit (holds an Ebor entry) the 5-y-o remains lightly raced and open to further improvement.
Anton Dolin was most progressive before a dreadful run at Newbury last time and whilst he is obviously better than that the finale can go to Man Of God (5.05) runner up here over two-furlongs shorter last time.
As a son of Sadler’s Wells any significant rain would be a help and he is certainly one to consider on softer ground later in the year.
There is also a top-class card from Goodwood with Misty For Me (3.10) the confident selection for the feature race the Group 1 Nassau Stakes.