Saturday Sports Betting Preview: Scottish Sprint Cup, French Open and Tyson Fury
From Musselburgh to Paris via Johannesburg, there's no shortage of sporting action for you to get involved with this Saturday. We've chosen five events that we believe will make great weekend betting events...
Golf - St Jude Classic and Shot Clock Masters, all day
In America, all eyes are on The St Jude classic in Memphis which, Golf columnist Paul Krishnamurty explains, has a history of producing winners at big prices. It's the final tournament before next week's US Open, so a chance for the likes of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to sharpen up their games ahead of the big one at Shinnecock Hills.
Make sure you follow The Punter's in-play blog across the weekend, for up to date news and the best betting angles on the St Jude and the European Tour's Shot Clock Masters in Austria.
Grand Slam Tennis - French Open Women's Final, from 14:00
It's crunch time at Roland Garros. After two weeks on the red stuff, the women's draw has been whittled down to two, as Simona Halep plays Sloane Stephens in the final on Saturday afternoon. World number one Halep starts as favourite but, having lost three previous finals, including last year's final here, she's under pressure to land her first Grand Slam title.
Stephens, on the other hand, faces no such pressure. She won her first last slam last September at Flushing Meadows and has nothing to lose here. She'll relish the occasion and the chance of pulling off a famous upset. Check out the thoughts of our tennis expert Dan Weston for the best bets.
As we edge ever nearer towards Royal Ascot (look out for wall to wall Betting.Betfair coverage of the event which runs 19-23 June), Saturday's ITV racing is more low-key than usual, but it does feature the ultra-competitive Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh at 14:30.
A maximum field of 17 are due to go to post for a race over five furlongs on fast ground that promises to be run at a 'blink and you'll miss it' pace, with the likes of Caspian Prince, and especially El Astronaute, renowned for their front-running styles.
If you're having a bet on the racing this weekend, be sure to take advantage of our brand new offer - money back as cash if your horse goes odds-on but ends up losing (applies to the first race of the day, minimum odds [4.0], T&Cs apply).
International Rugby - South Africa v England, 16:00
After a very disappointing Six Nations, Eddie Jones' England have a lot to prove this summer and the Aussie will be hoping to start the rebuilding in the southern hemisphere this summer. Betting.Betfair columnist Ralph Ellis underlines the scale of the task facing the Red Rose at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, which is why the Boks are odds-on favourites. Of course, Jones, and the likes of new captain Owen Farrell and the returning Danny Ciprani, didn't get to where they are today without proving a few doubters wrong, so are England worth a flutter?
Boxing - Tyson Fury v Sefer Seferi, 22:30
Of course, the real comeback of the weekend will unfold in Manchester where the Tyson Fury story enters a new chapter. Fury is returning from over two years away from boxing to takes on Albanian Sefer Seferi. The massive odds available Seferi indicate that Fury will return with a victory. However, the manner of victory and his performance generally are what will really determine where he goes from here. Fury took the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 but much has changed since then. Fury says he fancies a crack at Anthony Joshua. Whether or not he gets his wish, will depend in part on how Fury performs on Saturday.