Friday, 13 May 2022
Friday, 6 May 2022
Incidentally, the result of the Sandown Classic Trial had only limited impact on the Derby market, with the first three home, Westover, Cash and Goldspur, quoted at 25/1, 20/1 and 50/1. respectively, for the Epsom Classic. Luxembourg, trained by Aidan O'Brien, remains favourite at 3/1, with the Master of Ballydoyle keen to point out that the Camelot colt, who is third-favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, looks 'like he's going to be a middle-distance horse for this year'.
Of course, O'Brien is the leading trainer in the history of the Derby, with eight winners since the turn of the century and also numbers 10/1 co-second favourite, Point Lonsdale, among his remaining 24 entries at this, still early, stage. Beyond the Ballydoyle 'battalions', Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby also holds a strong hand with New London (10/1), Native Trail (12/1) and Walk Of Stars (14/1) all inside the first half a dozen in the ante-post betting market.
The unbeaten Native Trail, who is clear favourite for the 2,000 Guineas after readily winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in mid-April, on his first attempt over a mile, is the one with the obvious 'star quality'. However, his sire, Oasis Dream, was a sprinter and his damsire, Observatory, was a miler, so his stamina for a mile and a half has to be taken on trust.
At much longer odds, Hannibal Barca (50/1) has 2 lengths to find with Luxembourg on their running in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster last October but, like the winner, seems sure to be suited by the step up to middle distances, He was transferred to Joseph O'Brien from Brian Meehan over the winter and looks a sporting wager against some better-fancied rivals.
Sunday, 3 April 2022
Thursday, 3 February 2022
What are football player transfers?
Football player transfers are when a football player moves to a different club due to another team wanting to buy them or the player handing in a transfer request and wanting to leave. Player transfers are a very common thing with there being two transfer windows available each season with one being in the winter and one in the summers and this is where clubs have a set period to make their new football player singings or to sell football players that they no longer want or need.
The transfer windows are an exciting time for all football fans around the world with them wanting to see their teams make new signings to help improve their current team or to sell players that they do no longer want to see playing for their clubs. The winter football player transfer window has just ended with a lot of clubs making new signings to help improve their squads for the rest of the season.
Is there a budget?
There are financial fair play rules put in place by FIFA and other footballing companies to ensure that clubs with more money than others do not sign too many players as it is unfair on teams that have a smaller and lower budget in the league.
There have been clubs in the past that have spent over the budget allowed to them and this has led to them getting a football player transfer ban sometimes for a whole season so they cannot sign new players or sell their players. This has helped to ensure that the league is fair and smaller teams can compete with bigger clubs within the leagues.
With the above information, you should have a better understanding of what football player transfers are and how they are operated and work. The summer window is not far off so make sure to keep your eyes peeled now you know exactly what is happening.
Saturday, 4 December 2021
Traditionally – or, at least, since 1979 – the Welsh Grand National has been scheduled, weather permitting, on the day after Boxing Day. That said, 'weather permitting' is the operative phrase; in the past decade or so, the Welsh Grand National has been postponed until the following January five times because of snow and frost or waterlogging.
The Welsh Grand National was inaugurated in 1895 at Ely Racecourse, to the west of Cardiff, where it remained until 1939. Following the closure of Ely Racecourse and a brief hiatus for World War II, the race was transferred, briefly, to Newport (Caerleon) Racecourse in 1948, before finding a permanent home at Chepstow the following year.
Originally scheduled for Easter Tuesday, in March or April, the Welsh Grand National was moved to February in 1969 and to late December a decade later. Since 1973, the race has been sponsored by long-standing bookmaker Coral, making it the subject of the longest-running sponsorship in National Hunt racing. In 2021, the Welsh Grand National will be run in memory of the late Kim Gingell, the daughter of Somerset trainer Colin Tizzard, who died in May, 2020, at the age of 43 after a short battle with cancer.