Another great sporting year ahead, folks. Not as busy as last year, but a lot of quality and the PG has come up with its Top Ten Bets for 2013. Let’s hope it’s a good one.
10: We head to the Champions League and even though the vultures are circling in Madrid over Jose Mourinho, we think he will silence his critics with another Champions League success with REAL MADRID (4/1). And then, as usual, he’ll leave for pastures new, reeking of the sweet smell of success.
9: The All Ireland Football Championship is our next port of call and are we are banking on KERRY (9/2) to restore former glory and recapture the Sam Maguire in the face of stiff competition, from Donegal and Cork in particular.
8: It’s off to New Orleans for Superbowl 47 in February and we believe we are looking at a final between the Denver Broncos (11/4) and the Green Bay Packers (9/1). We expect the Broncos to take the glory.
7: Cheltenham 2013 in March and it’s hard to ignore JEZKI (5/1) who had a great Christmas and the Jessica Harrington-trained horse looks a massive player in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
6: Now for the flat and the unbeaten DAWN APPROACH (7/2) will take all the beating in the 2000 Guineas in May after joining the Godolphin operation. He looks the type who will train on from his two-year-old days when he racked up five wins out of five.
5: After taking Europe’s top trophy last year, CHELSEA find themselves relegated to the Europa League – or the ITV4 Cup as we Arsenal fans call it. At 5/1, the Londoners could be value as Rafa Benitez will play his strongest team in the knock-out stages.
4: Back to Cheltenham 2013 and it’s off to the RSA Chase where DYNASTE (5/2) looks like the new Desert Orchid, judging by his three impressive wins over fences and he will take all the beating come the spring.
3: It’s the start of a Nicky Henderson Top 3, folks, but we’re not including his superstar Sprinter Sacre, who at 1/2 is too short for us in the Champion Chase. It’s value we are looking for and so DARLAN (4/1) for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham makes the PG shortlist after an impressive Christmas Hurdle win at Kempton on his seasonal debut, after which he tumbled from 10s to 4s.
2: Still at Cheltenham for our No.2 bet of 2013 and OSCAR WHISKEY (6/1) ticks all the right boxes for the World Hurdle. He’s the big bet after the mighty Big Buck’s was ruled out with injury and we feel that the Nicky Henderson could have a massive last day at the Festival.
THE PG No1 BET FOR 2013 is:-
What else but the Cheltenham Gold Cup for our No.1 bet of 2013? It’s wide open this year, make no mistake about that, and BOBS WORTH leads betting markets at 3/1 after that Hennessy romp. On that run alone he will take some stopping, with Grand Crus the each-way bet at 25s.