The Paddy Power Open meeting gets underway at Cheltenham this afternoon with three days of top-class racing in store. David Pipe has told Paddy Power punters that Dynaste (1.15) is one of his best chances of the meeting while the Racing Post’s Pricewise has tipped up Astracad (1.50) in the 2m Handicap Chase.
There’s plenty of quality racing for punters to get stuck into ahead of Saturday’s feature the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Paddy’s famous Money-Back specials will see all losing single stakes refunded if your selection finishes second to a Ruby Walsh-ridden winner at the Open Meeting (T&C’s apply).
The rest of Friday’s action comes from Lingfield, Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Dundalk.
Arsene Wenger is sweating on Theo Walcott’s availability ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby clash against Spurs at the Emirates. Walcott – who missed England’s 4-2 defeat against Sweden in which Zlatan Ibrahimovich scored four including this wonder-goal – faces a late fitness test if he is to make Saturday’s early-afternoon kick-off.
The Gunners’ manager also revealed that he tried to get the Swede on trial when he was 16 – but Ibrahimovich opted for Ajax instead.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has made himself a hostage to fortune by saying that Tottenham can finish ahead of Arsenal in the league for the first time since 1995. No pressure then.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea have been getting admiring glances from afar as Atletico’s Madrid Falcao praised the reigning Champions League winners and said he would welcome the challenge of the Premier League. The Blues face a tricky away tie to a resurgent West Brom on Saturday.
Dutch ace Michael van Gerwen ended Phil Taylor’s challenge for the Grand Slam of Darts in no uncertain fashion turning off ‘The Power’ 10-5 last night. The 23-year-old will now meet Scott Waites in the quarter-finals who beat Robert Thornton 10-8.
Dean Winstanley tackles ‘The Artist’ Kevin Painter after he saw off Arron Monk while Painter did for Mervyn King’s title aspirations 10-5.
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