Please see below an overview of the sport that is taking place this week.
On a day where one of Horse Racing’s true greats, Enable, has been retired – the build to Champions Day at Ascot begins. One of the biggest meetings on the flat and the finale to a ‘different’ season sees *four* Group One’s and a Group two on an action-packed six-race card. This is the last chance for flat lovers to see some of the highest quality flat racing in the UK this year and will be immensely popular with racing fans. The main races of the day on Saturday are highlighted below:
13:20 – Long Distance Cup (Class 1) (Group 2)
13:55 – Sprint Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)
14:30 – Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)
15:05 – The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)
15:40 – Champion Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1)
There are also some interesting National Hunt horses beginning their season this week as the jumps season now kicks into full swing, Darver Star takes to the bigger obstacles at Punchestown tomorrow in what is the most interesting of the runners this week and it will be fascinating to see how Gavin Cromwell’s horse takes to fences after a wonderful third in last year’s Champion Hurdle.
Sporting events Update 13/10/20 Soccer:
Domestic competitions return this weekend (Hurray!!!) with some fantastic head to heads due to be played throughout the elite of Europe.
Here’s a look at some of the top fixtures:
17th October – Napoli vs Atalanta
17th October – Inter vs Milan
17th October – Real Madrid vs Cadiz
17th October – Getafe vs Barcelona
17th October – Hoffenheim vs Dortmund
17th October – Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayern
The IPL never stops, we are now over half-way through the wonderful tournament and it continues to throw up some wonderful stories, most recently the Jofra Archer and David Warner saga. For those unaware – Jofra tweeted Xbox asking how many wickets he needs in the IPL for a new console, they replied “Just one, David Warner” – they finally met yesterday and Jof fulfilled his side of the agreement by bowling him for 48!
Anyway, the IPL continues to be popular in India, Bangladesh, UK, Australia and New Jersey.
If you haven’t seen Joaquin Buckley’s KO yet from Saturday night, give him a Google and see what he did to Impa Kasanganay.
Another Fight Night takes place this weekend before the big one arrives on the 25th October, Khabib vs Gaethje – more on that next week though.
It really feels like the big fights are popping up a lot more frequently and on Saturday night we are going to be treated to a possible Fight of the Year contender. Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez step into the ring together and will fight for the WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Titles. For those unaware, this is an absolute corker of a fight, Loma is the seasoned, once-in-a-lifetime, world class fighter coming up against one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, Lopez.
Loma won a world title in just his *second* professional fight and is renowned around the world for his incredible ring craft and boxing skills, Lopez loves a knockout and a celebration to go with it – it’s a massive shame there won’t be fans there to witness something special but one thing is for sure – boxing fans will be invested in this massively.
It’s the final of the World Grand Prix tonight as Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Gerwyn Price in Coventry. Van Duijvenbode has already made history in the event by becoming the first debutant to reach the final and will be looking to go one step further tonight by beating arguably the greatest darts player on the planet right now in Gerwyn Price. The Dutchman came into the tournament as a 200/1 outsider and is now only 3/1 to lift the trophy.
The English Open begins this week as the world’s top players compete to win one of the Home Nations Series. In this short format surprises often come aplenty and the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Judd Trump will need to be on their guard to avoid an early exit.
There are three games still to play in gameweek 5 even after all the drama from the weekend with the Buccaneers being stunned by the Bears and the Raiders dominating the Chiefs. The NFL is seeing a lot of interest in Canada, Mexico and New Jersey.