Top 5 Contenders in the Kentucky Derby 2022

Top 5 Contenders in the Kentucky Derby 2022 The Kentucky Derby is almost here and will be held on May 7, 2022. Of course, the Derby will always take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. However, this year’s Derby should be fascinating because it marks the return of spectators.

After over two years of being held without spectators due to the pandemic, the Derby is finally welcoming back everyone without restrictions on Saturday. As a result, we can expect about 150,000 people to attend the event.

If you’re looking to bet on this year’s Derby, here are the top five contenders to look out for.

Mo Donegal

Mo Donegal lost the position draw. He’s positioned at number one, getting the dreaded rail. This talented son of Uncle Mo is one of the three entries for Todd Pletcher and was last seen on March 9 in the Wood Memorial.

Mo Donegal won that race by just a neck, cementing his place in the Kentucky Derby. The horse’s odds are 10-1 and could give Donegal Racing (owners) an opportunity for their Derby win.

The horse’s running style is closer, which means the horse likes to race near the lead. And that’s often a recipe for disaster in a 20-horse field like the Kentucky Derby. One of the big reasons is that there are so many horses in the race. So if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get boxed in or pushed wide around turns.

The other reason is that the Derby is run at a mile and a quarter. That’s a long way, and often, horses race on or near the lead tire in the stretch. So while Mo Donegal has talent, he’ll need to overcome some obstacles if he wants to win the Kentucky Derby.

Epicenter

One of the top contenders for the 2022 kentucky derby is Epicenter. According to the morning lines, Epicenter is one of the favorites, and that’s not surprising given his impressive resume in the field.

The horse comes off a back-to-back Grade II win, including the last in the Louisiana Derby. That race has almost the same distance as the Kentucky Derby. Nevertheless, trainer Steve Asmussen believes in the horse’s abilities, saying that he has “unlimited potential.”

Epicenter is positioned at post number three and has 7-2 odds. It’s exciting to see what this horse can do in the Derby. So far, he’s shown a lot of promise and is one to watch out for.

Zandon

Zandon is the co-favorite for the 148th Run for the Roses. He’s heading to the Derby off a win in the Blue Grass Stakes, earning a career-best Equibase speed figure of 107.

The horse is a surprise to be in the Derby field as the names above him on the morning line have been Derby contenders for months. Zandon was given little chance to make the field when he entered the Blue Grass, but he ran a terrific race to finish first.

There’ll be a tight race between the top three-morning line choices. But if the Zandon can run anywhere close to his Blue Grass effort, he’ll be a serious contender come Saturday afternoon.

Messier

The son of Empire Maker, Messier is another horse to watch out for in the Kentucky Derby this May 7. Named after Mark Messier (NHL legend), the horse will attempt to deliver the same way his namesake did back then. The horse is owned by a syndicate of enthusiasts, one of which has a connection to Mark Messier himself.

The horse drew post position number six and had an 8-1 odds. Messier is the number three betting choice, coming behind Epicenter. With pedigree, running style, and speed, the colt is set to win the Derby this year.

While he may not be the favorite, don’t count Messier out just yet. This horse has plenty of potential. So, be sure to keep an eye on him on May 7. Who knows, he might be the one to take home the roses this year.

White Abarrio

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. hopes to make his first Kentucky Derby a winning one with White Abarrio. The horse is coming off with a solid win in the Florida Derby, earning 10-1 odds.

White Abarrio will be up against some stiff competition, including the likes of Epicenter. But Joseph is confident in his horse’s abilities, which his impressive racing resume can prove. White Abarrio has won four of his five starts.

As you can see, White Abarrio has what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby. He’s got the talent and the experience. So be sure to keep an eye on him on Saturday, May 7.

Takeaway

The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, and this year’s race will be even better with the return of spectators. Over 150,000 people are expected to attend the event, so that it will be a great spect

Who is the most successful jockey in the history of Royal Ascot?

Who is the most successful jockey in the history of Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot is one of the most celebrated meetings in British horseracing. It’s considered to be the pinnacle of the UK’s flat racing season, bringing together the best thoroughbred stayers and flat racing jockeys across the continent.

There are some jockeys who are simply born to prevail around Ascot. Success at Royal Ascot is a sure-fire way for jockeys to secure immortality in UK horseracing. With so much on the line, the most successful jockeys at Royal Ascot prove themselves to be riders for the big occasion.

Within this article, we explore the most successful jockey of all time at this historic meeting, as well as those hot on his heels looking to break his duck.

Introducing Royal Ascot’s All-Time Most Successful Jockey – Lester Piggott

Iconic jockey Lester Piggott retired in 1985 as the undisputed king of Royal Ascot. Piggott is widely considered to be the finest flat racing jockey in the history of the sport. With no less than 4,493 career wins to his name, Piggott was no stranger to the winner’s enclosure in races throughout the country.

He was a regular feature at Royal Ascot’s winner’s enclosure too – that much is certain. Piggott racked up an almighty 116 race wins during Royal Ascot meetings.

This is an even bigger feat than you might think. Piggott raced when Royal Ascot was staged over just four days rather than five. Furthermore, the racecards had just six races per day instead of seven.

Ahead of the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, a statue to commemorate Piggott’s success at Ascot was revealed in his honour. It’s one of nine life-size statues of Piggott located across multiple flat racecourses in the UK – all of which were hand-sculpted by William Newton.

Who is the most successful jockey in the history of Royal Ascot?

Away from Royal Ascot, Piggott racked up a host of wins in the so-called British Classics. He is a nine-time winner of the Epsom Derby and a five-time winner of Newmarket’s 2000 Guineas. He was also named Champion Jockey of the UK flat racing season a record 11 times.

Lester Piggott’s Closest Challenger

There is one active jockey that’s often been compared with Piggott. Veteran Italian jockey Frankie Dettori has long been likened to Piggott, for both his racing style and durability on the course.

Dettori is looking to emulate Piggott by racing well into his 50s and the similarities continue in their Royal Ascot performances. Dettori is a history-maker in many ways at this meeting. In 1996, he stole the show by winning all seven races in a single card during British Champions’ Day at Royal Ascot.

Dettori has won the Ascot Gold Cup an incredible eight times in his career to date. His first came way back in 1992 aboard Drum Taps, while his most recent was in 2020 as part of a hat-trick of successive Gold Cup wins on Stradivarius between 2018 and 2020.

The Ascot Gold Cup is one of several prestigious Group 1 races held throughout the five-day Royal Ascot event. The Gold Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes tend to have the biggest heritage and pull among racegoers, with most Royal Ascot free bet offers used on these headline races, without people having to risk too much of their own money.

Dettori has won an impressive 74 times at Royal Ascot, with his 2021 victory in the Queen Anne Stakes moving him second in the list of all-time winners at Royal Ascot. The enigmatic Italian overtook the late Pat Eddery in the process, but he still has a long way to go to eclipse the achievements of Piggott.

It’s highly unlikely that Dettori will ever come close to Piggott’s record. With retirement surely only a couple of years away for him, racking up 42 more Royal Ascot wins in the time he has left would be a near-impossible feat.

The Most Popular Sports to bet on in the UK

The Most Popular Sports to bet on in the UK The UK has a reputation for both loving sports and taking a relaxed attitude to betting on them. Here are some of the top sports that Britons love to bet on.

Rugby

Rugby is actually two sports in the UK as there are Union and League variations. While both use the peculiar egg-shaped ball (it’s better for carrying and throwing than the spherical variety preferred by football) there are some rule differences. In addition, rugby can range from being a low-scoring slog (especially in muddy conditions) to a high-scoring game with points scored within seconds of kick off. This means a points market in rugby can be more of a challenge than in some other sports.

On the League side (mostly popular in the north) the main competition is the Super League, with the annual domestic tournament coming in the form of the Challenge Cup. Note that the top of the Super League does not determine the winner, this is instead conferred on the winner of the play-offs which involve the top six teams at the end of the regular season. Unusually, the league is mostly English but does have French sides in Toulouse Olympique and Catalans Dragons.

Union is more internationally popular hence this being the format used in the more watched version of the World Cup and the Six Nations tournament (an annual event involving England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy). The top division of domestic rugby union is Premiership Rugby, and its clubs can also participate in the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Take Advantage of Special Offers

No football player would turn down a penalty, and likewise, bettors should avail themselves of special offers, whether these are free bets for sports or the top UK no deposit casino bonuses. These free offers are still available and are ideal for both experienced casino gamers and newcomers who want to find out if casino games are to their liking. The major advantage is that no deposit promos mean you can win real cash but there’s no risk of loss as no deposit is needed. This makes them perfect for testing casino games and finding out if they tickle your fancy, or if you’d prefer not to play them anymore.

Football

The leading light in the British sporting firmament is undoubtedly football (soccer to Americans), which is far and away the most popular sport in the country with fans from across the population. This enormous support has helped to make the EPL (English Premier League) the biggest national football league on the planet, with not only tens of millions of British fans but widespread support in countries and continents far away.

This interest also corresponds to betting behaviour, with bookies responding to it by creating literally hundreds of markets on every single Premier League match. This includes basic categories such as win/lose/draw and handicap markets through to a huge number of over/under goal markets, specials, and even the ability with many sportsbooks to request specific betting opportunities. In addition, title betting offers the chance to wager not only on who will claim the overall league victory but also who might be runner-up or finish in the top 4. In addition to the league, there’s the domestic FA Cup as well, and the Champions League always draws a betting crowd.

While most of the betting in the UK on football focuses on the EPL for obvious reasons, there is also significant wagering on the Championship, the second tier of English football. Another avenue of betting often travelled down is that of overseas top-flight leagues, with Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, and the Bundesliga of Germany proving highly appealing. These other European leagues are well-liked due to a combination of top-quality action and minimal time zone differences that make viewing matches significantly easier than leagues further afield.

Cricket

Cricket has a history dating back to Tudor England and remains one of the top sports in the UK to this day. A byword for gentlemanly behaviour, it’s worth noting the ladies’ games are increasingly watched too. While having a strong cultural affinity in England, cricket, like rugby, was also successfully exported to many of the Empire’s colonies and retains popularity among many former colonies to this day (most obviously India).

The leading domestic competition in the UK is the County Championship featuring eighteen county clubs (one from Wales, the rest English). The particular intricacy of cricket, which can have tests lasting days and multi-test series, makes it perfect for a wide range of detailed markets, from the number of wides and no balls to precise scoring predictions.

Formula 1

Formula 1 is unusual in that it’s a truly international sport but, at the same time, much of its heart is British. A majority of teams are clustered together in one corner of England, English is the primary language of the sport, and British success has made it the leading nation in terms of title victories (due in no small part to Lewis Hamilton, in addition to Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Jackie Stewart, and so on).

Modern Formula 1 is constantly changing its regulations to take account of scientific advancement and the political Zeitgeist, and that helps to act as a balance and prevent a team from enjoying success forever. That’s certainly been the case in 2022, which has seen Lewis Hamilton shift from title contender to also-ran and being left in the shade of his teammate. As part of the European core audience of the sport, most events are on at a convenient time for British viewers, who currently have three drivers (Lando Norris and George Russell, alongside Lewis Hamilton) to cheer on. It can also be especially good for fans of live betting, as red flags, crashes, safety cars, and unexpected rain showers can all play havoc with predictions and turn a race on its head.

Britons have invented most of the sports on this list, and contribute a lot to F1, so it’s no surprise these are the most popular sports for betting in the UK.

How long was Don Revie England manager, and who now manages England?

How long was Don Revie England manager, and who now manages England? All told, Donald ‘Don’ Revie was England manager for a total of 1,104 days, or 3 years, 8 days. He was appointed on July 4, 1974, replacing ‘caretaker’ manager Joe Mercer, who had been in charge for seven games following the sacking of Alf Ramsey, which became public knowledge in late April. Revie enjoyed a successful first year, with England winning the British Home Championship in 1974/75 and three of their first four games in European Championship Qualifying. However, a 2-1 defeat by Czechoslovakia in Bratislava in October, 1975, followed by a 1-1 draw with Portugal three weeks later, meant England failed to qualify for the 1976 European Championships.

By the time July, 1977 rolled around, England were in a precarious position in World Cup Qualifying, having already lost 2-0 to Italy in Rome the previous November, and Revie decided to jump ship. The Football Association (FA) refused to accept his resignation so, instead, he made his feelings plain in a paid exclusive with the ‘Daily Mail’ and timed his resignation letter to arrive at Lancaster Gate after the newspaper had been published. It was revealed that Revie had negotiated a contract, worth £1.36 million over four years, to become manager of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and, furthermore, had done so while still England manager. He was promptly sacked – his tenure officially coming to an end on July 11, 1977 – and the FA initially sought to ban him from English football for ten years, although the ruling was subsequently overturned.

Fast forward to the modern day, and England is led by a former player (Gareth Southgate) who has rejuvenated both the national passion for the team and also confidence in the players. Though his own England career had its ups and downs he was capped an impressive 57 times for England which goes some way to informing you of who pivotal he was to the team. Those into football and always searching for different picks for soccer may well have bet on a number of England games led by the man.  Always something of a thinker compared to many, it was no surprise when he decided to pursue the role of manager, but I doubt even in his wildest dreams did he realise how close to glory it would take him (and there is still time yet to cement his legacy yet further).

Cutting his teeth in management at Middlesbrough from 2006 – 2009 , Southgate soon moved on to management the England under 21s and it wasn’t until 2016 following the exit of Sam Allardyce (after accusations that he was attempting to use the position for dubious financial gain) that he was given the opportunity to manage the national team. In that position his record speaks for itself; the first manager since Bobby Robson to reach a World Cup semi final with an England squad. Just two years later England reached the final of the Euros. Indeed it was the first final they’ve been in since England’s World Cup winning days of 1966. Some have claimed ‘easy run’, but you still have to beat what is in front of you and that’s far from a formality. A penalty failure while in the England shirt became a painful aspect of his own career, and England left the Euros 2020 final against Italy in the same way, but now Qatar 2022 provides an opportunity for Southgate and a competent England team to impress on the world stage and leave their names in the history books.

While England fans can sometimes be a negative bunch, viewing anything other than a long awaited final win as failure, most reasonable people appreciate the calm, considered and cerebral approach that Southgate has brought to the team and the successes that have come with that. They’re currently 5th in the FIFA World Rankings (behind Brazil, Belgium, France and Argentina). It’s no surprise then that he received the honour of an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the 2019 New Year Honours. Well deserved.

 

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