Arsenal will host Leicester on Sunday night in a tasty affair, with the fixture often delivering goals.
It’s Sod’s Law that the one week a journeyman who has failed to score in 232 attempts manages to hold it all together for the first time is the week he consigns your 14-1 punt to second place.
That’s what happened when 80-1 shot Jason Kokrak conquered his demons to beat Xander Schauffele entirely on merit in the CJ Cup in Las Vegas and if anyone cracked it was Schauffele running up a bogey six near the end of a gripping debut for new PGA Tour venue Shadow Creek.
Kokrak will attempt to back up that overdue breakthrough at this week’s ZOZO Championship which, like the CJ Cup, has had to move from Asia to the USA because of Covid travel restrictions.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural ZOZO in Japan last October on his first start after yet another knee surgery two months earlier, beating local hero Hideki Matsuyama by three for the 82nd victory that equalled Sam Snead’s PGA Tour haul, set in 1965. Tiger actually played two holes with the legendary Snead when he was six.
The lofty positions held by the racecourses at Ascot, Epsom, Newbury and Newmarket in the racing life of the Queen are regularly well documented. In contrast, the significance of leafy Fontwell Park, the partially figure-of-eight jumps track nestling beside the main Chichester-to-Worthing road in West Sussex, is spoken of less often. But it was here that Her Majesty tasted the first of her 1,011 (and counting) British successes.
The year was 1949, and the horse Monaveen. He was owned in partnership with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, and prepared by Peter Cazalet, subsequently the Queen Mother’s principal trainer, at Fairlawne in Kent. With Princess Elizabeth present to watch, jockey Tony Grantham rode the eight-year-old to victory against two opponents. One of whom was trained by “Towser” Gosden, father of John, in the Chichester Handicap Chase.
You should always expect the unexpected in sport, even when the miracles of 2019 are staring you down.
Gunner B, Le Moss, Ardross, Bosra Sham... Henry Cecil sent out so many stars to deliver equine excellence at Royal Ascot. However, it’s hard to believe there can have been a performance at racing’s most prestigious meeting that gave him more satisfaction than Frankel’s astonishing victory in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes.