Sports Doubles : Saturday July 21st

21 Jul
July 21, 2012

Sports Doubles

Back Nathaniel and Sea Moon to win the King George in doubles with Brazil and Spain to win the Football Olympic Gold

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has drawn the field that the race’s status deserves. It remains one of the key pattern races for potential top grade stallions and there are those in the field that fit a suitable profile. NATHANIEL derservedly enhanced his reputation when winning the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown earlier in the month recording his first top level victory over ten furlongs. A mile and a half has always been his metier and the fact that he was pacey enough to win over the shorter trip hints at improvement. He was already good enough to lift this prize last year. SEA MOON has clearly had this race on his agenda since the beginning of the season and was authoritative enough in winning at the Royal meeting. He can not have captured the betting public’s imagination at that point seeing as he was allowed to go off at a starting price of 3-1 for a group 2. He has plenty of ability and his consistency is admirable. There are other dangers as could be expected for such a coveted prize but the two aforementioned contenders seem to come into their own during the Midsummer.

The market could argue that the two horses highlighted in the previous paragraph have tenuous claims to favouritism in today’s feature race. It is a harder task to argue that BRAZIL and SPAIN do not merit to be at the summit of the market for Olympic gold in the men’s football tournament. Both nations have brought strong squads of accomplished footballers amongst whom there are a good number of Champions’ League standard players. BRAZIL have strength in every department and options on the bench. They deserved to beat England, fourth favourites for gold, by at least four goals last night and only a remarkable goalkeeping display prevented such an outcome. If there is a nation to rival BRAZIL in recent years in tournament football it is SPAIN. The second favourites are also strong all over the field and ,as is standard, playing fluid, possession orientated football is a concept with which these young players have been imbued.

Both winning scenarios singularly return an odds on yield. Motivation would be low to pursue such rewards but the second part of the bet ensures that the punter has a very strong hand. It is often the case that the second part of a double bet is weaker than the first but in this case, on all known form, the market has picked the correct teams to be favourites for the Olympic competition.

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