Pandora Hughes is back with another weekend treble and she fancies France to get the better of Spain in Sunday's Nations League final...
“Spain started strong when they overcame the European Champions Italy in the semi-final, but they were hanging on at the end, despite having a one-man advantage and they may struggle to keep out the array of attacking talent that France can call on.”
Two of the big names in European football go head-to-head on Sunday with the Nations League trophy up for grabs and France look the best bet.
Spain started strong when they overcame the European Champions Italy in the semi-final, but they were hanging on at the end, despite having a one-man advantage and they may struggle to keep out the array of attacking talent that France can call on.
The World Cup holders showed considerable resilience in coming back from 2-0 down to knock out Belgium in their semi-final and the questionable fitness of Ferran Torres for Spain, as well as the absence of Alvaro Morata, could hand them the advantage here. Back France to triumph in the San Siro.
Sunday's Curragh card is a high-class affair and features a couple of strong Listed events, including this mile race for two-year-old fillies.
Sunset Shiraz has run consistently well in some of the season's top races and has the most impressive form figures here, but even dropped in class to this level, could be vulnerable to some of the less exposed entries.
Jim Bolger's She's Trouble and Aidan O'Brien's Lullaby both come into that category, but I like the look of Tranquil Lady from the JP O'Brien stable. She needed her debut run but was extremely impressive in running away with a maiden last time out, and given her breeding, she will be well suited by the step up in trip.
Despite their prodigious depth of talent, Belgium's 'golden generation' have yet to claim any silverware and they suffered disappointment once again in their Nations League semi-final in the week, losing a 2-0 lead against France.
Even if they were to win this third-place contest, it would not ease the pressure on the players and manager, and motivation could well be a factor here, with more important domestic fixtures coming up for most of the squad.
By contrast, Italy are still basking in the glow of their Euro 2020 success and they showed plenty of fighting spirit in their semi-final, battling back from a 2-0 deficit despite being a man down. They look the more unified and confident of the two teams and with home advantage, they look a good bet to edge this one.
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