The Betting.Betfair cross-sport double heads to Ayr and Brazil this Monday, while Nick Shiambouros has a racing double which has been boosted to 10/3 on the Sportsboook...
"This looks easier and can give the in form Chrisford stable another winner."
Carrigillihy to upset Keeper
Narrowly missed out on the double yesterday when Double Or Bubble went down by a neck.
Carrigillihy is taken to cause the mild upset in this handicap.
On his latest start at Pontefract last month he put in a much improved effort when beating Tropical Cyclone. He pulled clear of his rivals inside the final furlong, and was geared down to score with plenty in hand.
Things are a little tougher with a penalty to contend with, but clearly has more to offer. The obvious danger is Keeper who was most impressive at Brighton last month. The 2.89/5 on the Sportsbook is about right.
Makashi to take finale
Makashi should open his account in this maiden.
He was well beaten on handicap debut when finishing down the field behind Elvrika at Haydock last month. He did not get the run of the race, and this run is best forgotten.
He is best judged on his previous effort when finishing a close second to Bashosh in a competitive Novice Stakes. This looks easier and can give the in form Chrisford stable another winner. At present he is trading at 2.255/4 on the Sportsbook.
John can land closing sprint handicap
We have a very competitive sprint handicap to end the card at Ayr on Monday and hopefully the forecast rain materialises north of the border - it certainly did in England over the weekend - in the hope that John Kirkup returns to winning ways over a course and distance he is very familiar with.
Trainer Michael Dods has been in fine form in the last week, winning with two and being placed with another three of his last eight runners, and his 6yo sprinter arrives here on the back of his best performance of the season so far when finishing runner-up in a similar contest at Haydock last time. He's likely to need the rain to fall, but back at a venue where he's won twice before, and with the blinkers back on, John Kirkup is fancied to return to winning ways this afternoon.
Go for goals in Copa America semi-final
After the wonderful entertainment served up at Euro 2020 only hardcore football fans will have been staying up until the early hours to watch the Copa America, but those who have will be well aware that Brazil have been in fine form so far, winning four of their five games played (drew the other, a dead rubber game), scoring 11 goals in the process.
Brazil's group games averaged exactly three goals per game, and yet you felt Tite's men hadn't really come out of second gear. They thrashed tonight's semi-final opponents Peru 4-0 in the group stage, and while we can expect this clash to be slightly closer we should still expect plenty of goals. Peru's group games also averaged exactly three goals per game, and in their quarter-final match they served up a six-goal thriller. Over 2.5 Goals looks a decent bet then at 4/5 in a one-off knock-out game.
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