AS far as betting opportunities go Saturday could be one of the biggest days we've had for quite a while.
There are three games from the Belarus league with three home teams big favourites with the treble paying round about 6-4 with McBookie.
And while we should have been looking forward to the Grand National instead the focus will be on the Virtual Grand National live on ITV.
And don't forget to have a go on the pools which are enjoying a resurgence.
I'm not big on racing but I always have an Aintree bet and I'll be doing so again with profits from losing bets going to NHS charities.
In 2018 Tiger Roll won both the virtual race and the actual Grand National then in 2019 the computer-generated version predicted three of the top finishers including Tiger Roll.
The favourite is 5-1 with William Hill and others and having rarely won on any race I might as well have a go here.
If the info fed into the computer is all correct then it will win and it would be apt if Any Second Now, 10-1 with Betfred, finishes second. You can of course have an eeach-way bet with most firms paying one-fifth the odds for a top-five place.
Third in the betting is Burrows Saint at 12-1 with Definitly Red 14-1 and Walking In The Mill 16s.
Kimberlite Candy and Magic of Light are next in the betting and both look good ew punts.
The Tom Lacey-trained gelding Kimberlite Candy is an eight-year-old (the same age as three of the last five winners) and recently took the Warwick Classic Chase by 10 lengths.
A strong-finishing second in the Becher Chase on this course last December will stand him in good stead, together with a handy weight and no clear ground dependency.
The Belarus League continues and one of the best-known teams are BATE Borisov due to their past exploits in the Champions League.
Kirill Alshevsky’s men, however, have lost their opening two games and will be doubly determined when promoted Rukh Brest visit today.
BATE are expected to make amends for their shaky start and are a best 1-3 at bet365.
Rukh were formed just four years ago and this is the first meeting between the clubs. On paper there's a huge gap and I'm on BATE -1 at evens with McBookie.
Shakhytor are also a short price at home to Nemad Grodno – a side they've beaten four in a row at home with an aggregate of 11-10.
A treble on BATE, Shakhytor and Dinamo Brest pays 6-4 at bet365 and will be popular with big hitters.
I posted my poolss picks earlier but I've listed them again – online deadline is 2.55pm.
Good luck if you have a bet today – and let's hope the NHS Charities make what they deserve.
Virtual Grand National Tips
- Tiger Roll 5-1
- Kimberlite Candy ew 16-1
- Shakytor (1.30pm)
- BATE (3.30pm)
- Dinamo Brest (5.30pm)
- (6-4, McBookie, bet365)
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