Wow that was a rollercoaster week for my Easyodds followers!
We had the high of Rogue Force winning at Kempton - what a run - then rank outsider Sam Burns leading the Genesis Invitational until the closing holes at the Riviera Country Club. Boy, we nearly had the cake, the icing and the cherry on top!
But we certainly did with Rogue Force - so well done all at Rogues Gallery Racing.
It was breakfast time here in LA - so you can picture the scene. There were coco pops and shredded wheat - three of course - flying all over the gaff as commentator John Hunt called Rogue Force across the line in front with Jack Mitchell in the saddle.
Naturally, being in LA, I was in a high-powered meeting at the time with a bunch of top film producers - I was mopping up milk and dusting down coco pops and bits of bacon from expensive suits worn by Spielberg, Scorsese, Bruckheimer and Tarantino.
Okay, maybe not - but I would’ve given the chance!
Anyway, Jack played a blinder with another fantastic ride, but hats off to all at Tom Clover’s Newmarket Stables. Rogue Force is going from strength to strength and should give us plenty of fun going forward - especially for the turf season.
Earlier in the day The Guvnor ran another decent race, this time at Wolverhampton, and will also have learned plenty.
It was a funny sort of race and could easily have been a false start - and jockey Sean Levey did well to stay on. Catch his interview with the Rogues Gallery team afterwards - great work incidentally - and it’s clear The Guvnor will improve again.
Well done Sean and, as always, keep up with all the news via www.roguesgalleryracing.com and @roguesracing_ on Twitter.
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Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee
Let’s go to the golf and it was torture for supporters of our fancy Sam Burns in those last few holes in the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera.
Tiger Woods hosted it and it was fantastic final round for the neutral. Sam Burns played great for 72 holes really when you think he played in a three-ball with DJ and Matt Fitzpatrick. He beat those two, but not Max Homa and Tony Finau unfortunately.
Well played Maxie, who beat Finau in a playoff to land something of a local success. He’s an LA boy and was in tears afterwards, but keep an eye out on Sam Burns. He’ll still be hurting now, but the young man’s time will come, mark my words.
So to this week’s action on the course - and the world’s leading players head to Florida for the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession GC.
This is a Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin-designed course and kicks off a four-week Florida-fest for the PGA Tour which includes the upcoming Players Championship.
But do you know why The Concession is named as it is? Well it dates back to the 1969 Ryder Cup when Jack conceded a two-foot putt to Tony - thus ensuing the first tie in Ryder Cup history. It was a fantastic act of sportsmanship.
Patrick Reed won this event last year when it was staged, as it usually is, in Mexico. Covid rules have forced the switch to Florida and that should suit Bryson De Chambeau, who has a decent record at The Concession.
But is Big Bad Bryson playing well enough at the moment? He’ll love the par fives there, but I’m not so sure. No, Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee this week are Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland, who both finished well at Riviera, plus Tommy Fleetwood.
Let’s have it.
Vinnie’s Football Preview
It’s a busy week for football with both Premier League and Champions League action.
I’m going with both Chelsea and Man City to win their UCL matches against Atletico and Monchengladbach. City look different gear just now and Tuchel’s no-nonsense approach should suit the Blues in Europe.
Subbing the sub at Southampton on Saturday shows Mr TT can be ruthless as well as media-friendly and I reckon Chelsea can come through this two-legger against the Spaniards. Likewise City against the Germans.
As for the Premier League, I’m sticking with Leeds to have a good week. They play Southampton on Tuesday and Aston Villa at the weekend - and both are winnable games.
Check out my predictions below - and let’s win together!
Good news from the UK about lockdown easing - but come on guys, let’s get the kids out there playing sport again ASAP.
Grassroots sports have been left behind - and that’s another gripe - but it’s not right kids clubs and teams are having to wait. If the boys and girls are back at school, let’s get them back on the field of play for their teams. They’re outdoors and safe.
And OPEN the golf clubs FFS.
If ever a sport was made for socially distanced leisure then it’s golf! How can it be right for six cyclists to tear down the road in single file but two golfers on either side of the fairway can’t have a game. It’s f****** bonkers.
Sort it out.
Vinnie’s Best Bets
Let’s see how many winners we can get this week, boys and girls. Let @easyodds know on Twitter if you’re backing any of them.
Premier League Tips
Leeds United v Southampton - LEEDS WIN
Manchester City v West Ham United - MAN CITY WIN
West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion BRIGHTON WIN
Leeds United v Aston Villa LEEDS WIN
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers WOLVES WIN
Crystal Palace v Fulham FULHAM WIN
Leicester City v Arsenal LEICESTER WIN
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley DRAW
Chelsea v Manchester United CHELSEA WIN
Sheffield United v Liverpool LIVERPOOL WIN
Everton v Southampton LIVERPOOL WIN
WGC-Workday Championship Tips
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