ONE THING THE RECENT CRICKET WORLD CUP TAUGHT ME IS THAT one-day cricket has changed in whatever format, either 50 overs or in the case of the current IPL (Indian Premier League) 20 overs per side. And the exploits of the New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum is indicative of the simple fact that if you are prepared to take the attack to the bowling side and savagely despatch the ball to all corners of the sub-continent, you are going to post a mighty score. On that basis the ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE who are hovering between 4/1 and 9/2 (dependent on when you read this) are my confident selection to plunder this year’s IPL. Their batting lineup boasts the following: Firstly opening the batting is the frighteningly aggressive West Indian Chris Gayle. In at No. 4 is the even more frighteningly aggressive South African cricket captain A. B. De Villiers.
If you remember their exploits in Australia I need to say no more. They are augmented and the cement in their batting line-up is the elegant Vihrat Kohli who is the most stylish of the Indians. I just can’t believe that in any one-off match (and therefore they have to qualify for the semi-finals) those three batsmen cannot chase down any target. So take the odds now and enjoy the spectacle.
Away from cricket and to my first love of horse racing, I saw a remarkable performance in a trial recently by ZAWRAQ at Leopardstown. His knowledgeable trainer, Dermot Weld who knows his onions from his shallots, stated that he believes the colt’s best trip will be over the Derby trip, rather than the 2000 Guineas (already entered) and I think we will next see him in one of the Derby trials during May. Back him now at around 8/1 for the Derby in June.
Finally, our deadlines this month mean that you will still be able to back my previously advised two fancies for the Guineas and they are, to reiterate, GLENEAGLES and BELARDO for the 2000 and HIGH CELEBRITY for for the fillies equivalent at the beginning of May. They are still available at 4/1, 16/1 and 7/1 respectively.
With the General Election on May 7, please check out April’s column for my tips regarding that outcome.
I don’t want to crow but…regular readers of this column will note the headline act in my February column and also anybody reading the March issue will also note the following:
AUSTRALIA TO WIN THE CRICKET WORLD CUP 5/2 ✔
AUSTRALASIA TO WIN THE CRICKET WORLD CUP 11/8 ✔
A. B. DE VILLIERS TOP BATSMAN 3rd at 25/1 ✔
FAUGHEEN TO WIN THE CHAMPION HURDLE 7/2* ✔
DOUVAN TO WIN AT CHELTENHAM 2/1 ✔
SAINT ARE TO WIN THE GRAND NATIONAL 2nd at 33/1 ✔
IRELAND TO WIN THE PRESTBURY CUP 3/1 ✔
AND STILL IN THE RUNNING ARE
FIORENTINA, BAYERN MUNICH AND ARSENAL.
So until next month when we will focus more clearly on the Epsom Derby and The Oaks together with the Open Golf Championship, good punting…
* at advised price (December 2014)