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Arc Preview: UK mob-handed in Paris showpiece

Posted on | September 21, 2017 | No Comments

With less than two weeks to go until one of the key flat racing highlights of the 2017 international calendar, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place at Chantilly on Sunday 1st October.

For the layman, ‘The Arc’ as its affectionately known, is a Group 1 race over one mile and four furlongs, that brings together some of the finest equine talents from all over the globe, and is widely regarded as Europe’s most prestigious horse race. The Arc offers the chance for the finest three-year-olds of the current season an opportunity to take on older rivals in a ‘battle of the ages’ to determine ultimate supremacy.

Some of the true greats of racing’s recent past have taken glory in the French capital in the last twenty years including Montjeu, Sinndar, Sea The Stars, along with home superstar, Treve being a double winner back in 2013/14. Irish raider, Found took the honours last year for Aiden O’Brien as the four-year-old claimed the event in dramatic fashion.

Red hot

The current ante post hot favourite is Enable, trained by John Gosden, who has carried all before her so far in 2017. The three-year-old filly shot to stardom at Epsom by overcoming odds-on jolly Rhododendron in the English Oaks. A five-length destruction of the O’Brien hotpot showed that owner Khalid Abdullah had a potential superstar on his hands. Enable was next seen at the Curragh in the Irish Oaks and sauntered to another victory of similar distance.

It seemed quite unlikely at the time but Gosden decided to turn out Enable just two weeks after the Curragh victory and face her elders in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The decision was proven to be shrewd as the filly slammed the field by four and a half lengths. Enable’s last outing saw her claim the Yorkshire Oaks at York in yet another facile win. The current best price for the star filly of her generation is 11/10 for The Arc, and from what she has already shown, it would take a brave punter to back against her.

Potential rival

Recent reports have suggested that Sir Michael Stoute is aiming his star colt, Ulysses at The Arc. The four-year old was left trailing in Enable’s wake in the King George at Ascot. The good news for Stoute and connections of the horse is that Ulysses will have a six-pound weight pull for a four and a half-length defeat on their rival if they both line up at Chantilly. Ulysses has returned to the winners’ enclosure since Ascot by taking the Juddmonte International Stakes at York back in August. A two-length win over Churchill may suggest the son of Galileo is still improving – and that makes the inclusion of Ulysses a very interesting prospect at around 8/1 for the Paris showpiece.

Home hope

Leading French hope Zarak has to overcome an upcoming gallop test to prove his fitness ahead of a potential tilt at The Arc. Currently best-priced at 16/1, four-year-old colt Zarak, owned by the Aga Khan has had a break since winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the beginning of July. Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre knows exactly what it takes to train an Arc winner, with Dalakhani (2003) and Zarkava (2008) as past proof of his talent to produce one for the big day. Zarak proved his own stamina on his latest start after stepping up in trip to The Arc distance by staying on strongly to win by two lengths, but has plenty to find on official ratings with Enable.

Others to consider

Aiden O’Brien saddled the first three home in last year’s Arc, and the Irish super-trainer is likely to have several options for this year’s race. Highland Reel and Order Of St George, second and third behind Found last year, are on course to race in the Arc again, with Winter, Seventh Heaven and recent St Leger winner, Capri all mooted as potential options. Whoever O’Brien decides to choose, you can be assured that some, if not all, will have a live chance on race day.

German hopes will surely rest on Dschingis Secret, who has recent course form at Chantilly by taking the Group 2 Prix Foy in early September, and the four-year old can be currently had at 14/1. Japanese raider, Satono Diamond finished in fourth place behind Dschingis Secret, and was pushed out by bookmakers to 20/1 for The Arc, but cannot be totally ruled out of consideration after its first run since May.

Best Sports Themed Slot Games

Posted on | August 31, 2017 | No Comments

Sports themed slot games always impresses sports enthusiasts as they come in different themes and with different paylines. These types of slot games give you the impression that you are taking part in your favourite sports game, or if you are not much into sports, you can learn new things. The graphics, soundtrack and great experience which these games provide are enough to lure you into playing these best sports themed slots!

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Gold Trophy 2 Slots

Gold Trophy 2 slots has been themed on the leisure of most businessmen, Golf. Consisting of 5 reels and 20 paylines, this slot game has been created by Play’n Go. On the background of this slot game, you will find a sunny weather, well-trimmed course, trees, lakes and some birds flying in the clear sky. Painted in gold, the reels show these symbols: golf carts, putting greens, golf balls, red flags, golf holes and golden jackets. While the symbols are rolling, you will feel lost in the background as the sound of golf balls being hit can be heard. This game has a lot of potential as it comes with features like Free Spins Round, Gamble Bonus and Wilds. A combination of 5-of-a-kind wilds can award up to 5000 coins!

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Who will replace Neymar at Barcelona?

Posted on | August 12, 2017 | No Comments

Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG surprised every football fan and not only.

PSG activated the player’s transfer release clause of €222 million and brought Neymar to Parc des Princes. The transfer represents the world record fee by far as the previous record was held by Manchester United’s Pauld Pogba(€105 million).

With those €222 millions the initial budget has increased significantly and now Ernesto Valverde has enough money to strengthen all the departments. According to latest casino betting offers Barcelona have identified four targets that would strengthen the team for the new season.

The first player on their list is central defender Inigo Martinez. Even if Real Sociedad are not willing to sell the player, Barcelona might opt to pay the release clause which is supposed to be around €32 million. The Spanish defender is one of the most important players at Sociedad and Valverde is confident that he will also became an important player at Barcelona.

The second player on Barcelona’s list is Jean Mickael Seri. The Ivory Coast midfielder has had an tremendous rise in the last year. Nice brought him in 2015 from Pacos and since then he became an important player for the French team. Nice finished 3rd in the French league last season and the Ivorian midfielder played an important part. The deal would be around €40 million a sum that is considered acceptable by the Spanish giants.

The 3rd player on their list is Ousmane Dembele. The 20 years old French attacker was a target for Barcelona also last year but in the end the player chose Dortmund as he considered that he would have more chances to play and grow his game.

After a season in which he played 49 games, scored 10 goals and 18 assists, the Catalans are considering him a player capable of replacing Neymar. Even if Dortmund are expecting around €150 millions on him it is believed that the clubs will reach an agreement before the transfer period ends.

The 4th on the list, and maybe the most important, is Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool who is Neymar’s coleague at Brazial national squad. If Barcelona would manage to buy Coutinho that would have an impact also on the market as the Brazilian is one of the best players in Premier League and not only.

Liverpool is not willing to let their star leave the club and already refused 2 offers from Barcelona. The last offer was around €100 millions and even if Barcelona is willing to increase their offer Jurgen Klopp is determined to refuse all the offers.

There are more players of Barcelona list but these are the main names and Ernesto Valverde is confident that he can stop Real Madrid domination in Primera Division and Champions League if all these transfers would succeed.

Will Sanchez leave Arsenal this summer?

Posted on | August 5, 2017 | No Comments

Alexis Sanchez is one of the most hunted football players this summer. The Chilean international rejected the new contract offered by Arsenal and is determined to leave the club after only 3 years.

The current contract expires in 2018 and even if Arsene Wenger tried to convince him to sign a new deal numerous times he rejected all the attempts. Even more he announced the club about his intention to leave the club when the current deal expires.Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, refused to let him go even if he might lose him for free next summer.

Last year was the biggest disappointment for Alexis when the club failed to qualify for Champions League after finishing 5th in the Premier League. The 28 years old striker declared that he wants to win trophies and feels that he cannot achieve that with Arsenal.

All major clubs are monitoring his situation but according to betfair review PSG and Manchester City are the most interested in signing him. PSG made a few bids for the Chilean but all were rejected by Arsenal board. It remains to see if the French giants are still interested on him after signing Neymar from Barcelona for €222 millions, the record fee.

Probably Manchester City have the biggest chances now and Guardiola could reunite with his former player. It remains to see if they will rise their offer in order to have him this summer or will wait until in January when the player can negotiate with any club without club permission.

Paddy Power Rugby: The myth behind the Webb Ellis Cup

Posted on | July 14, 2017 | No Comments

When the winners of the Rugby World Cup are crowned at the Yokohoma Stadium in the 2019 Japan games they will raise in the Webb Ellis Cup in celebration (as well as the rugby betting fans who guess correcty), named after the boy who famously invented the game on the playing fields of Rugby School.

Although a wonderful and enduring tale, the Webb-Ellis myth is sadly not supported by historical evidence.

Legend has it that Webb-Ellis, a “foundationer” at the public school was educated for free because he lived in the Warwickshire town, cheated during the game of football by catching a ball and running with it in 1823. He was 16 at the time, and instantly gave birth to a new sport. Catching the ball was allowed under the school’s own rules of the game (soccer rules were not agreed on until 1863) but running was not.

His teacher were supposedly so impressed with what was later described as his “fine disregard for the rules of football” that they embraced his innovation.

But no contemporary account of Webb Ellis’s famous act actually exists. He was never acclaimed as the inventor of the game during his lifetime (and seem to have given it up after leaving school, instead taking up cricket which he played at Oxford University). When he dies in 1872 at the age of 65, he was recognised for his achievements as a clergyman not his connection to sport.

Incredibly, the first time he was named as the inventor of Rugby came four years after his death, and more than 50 years after his famous game.

Rugby, like soccer, evolved from a mod of football games that had been popular since the medieval period, and may even have had its roots in a game called Harpastum, played by the Roman, in which the object was to carry a feather-filled leather ball over the opponents’ goal line.

Forms of what we now know as soccer and games similar to rugby had been played in public schools, decades before Webb Ellis’s time.

However, there is a solid link that the Rugby School did invent what is now the third most popular sport in the United Kingdom. It was the pupils at the school who first wrote down an agreed set of rule for the game in 1845.

Five things you never knew about the Webb Ellis Cup

1) The trophy is gilded in silver and stands at 38 centimetres. It is supported by two cast scroll handles. On one handle there is the head of a satyr, on the other there is the head of a nymph. On the face of the trophy, the words “International Rugby Football Board” and “The Webb Ellis Cup” are engraved on it.1) The trophy is gilded in silver and stands at 38 centimetres. It is supported by two cast scroll handles. On one handle there is the head of a satyr, on the other there is the head of a nymph. On the face of the trophy, the words “International Rugby Football Board” and “The Webb Ellis Cup” are engraved on it.

2) The cup was crafted at Garrad’s workshop and was commissioned by the International Rugby Board (IRB), then the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB). The cup was modelled on a 1906 trophy made by Carrington and Co. of London, cup which was of Victorian design of a 1740 cup by Paul de Lamerie

3) Australian journalists quickly nick-named the cup ‘Billy’ and in 1991 launched a campaign called Bring Billy Back Home’, having hosted the tournament but lost at the semi-final stage in the 1987 gamed. To make it even worse, the Wallabies beat England that year where the subsequently ‘Brought Billy Home’.

4) From the 1st of December 2006 until the 6th of January 2007, the Webb Ellis Cup was on display at the Rugby Museum in Rugby, England to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Webb Ellis – the boy who apparently broke the rules by playing football with his hands; and changed the course of sporting history forever.

5) England is the only northern hemisphere team to have lifted the cup (so far…)

Should Fifa introduce video replay?

Posted on | August 18, 2010 | No Comments

The video replay one of the most discussed topic in football in the recent years.

Everyone expects from the referees to be perfect, or at least to reduce the mistakes during the games but it looks that this is a very hard task to do. So everyone tries to find solutions, and Fifa is pressed from all sides to come with an alternative.

In the first phase Fifa tried the system with 6 referees, tested it in Europa League, but even this solution doesn’t seem to be better. There were also speculations that the ball should contain a chip to signal when the ball passes the line of the goal but the solutions is not well seen by the specialists.

So at the moment it looks like the only viable solution is the video replay.Regarding the video replay the opinions are divided with a plus for it. Fifa is pressed to take a decision especially after the World Cup mistakes, when some of them proved to be crucial.

So after rugby, basketball, tennis or american football we might have video replays also in football. This decision would bring advantages but not only.

At advantages we can mention fewer mistakes that can decide games and fewer scandals. On the other side the spirit and the charm of the game would suffer.  Imagine for example a game show with a similar setup – a Who Wants To Be Millionaire Online Game for example would take so long and become boring. Also the game could have more than 10 minutes of additional time which could determine the players to lose their patience  awaiting for the verdict, the fluidity of the game could also suffer.

The final decision will be taken in November but there are chances for a positive answer.

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