Lord can hit the Board at York

William Hill ambassador Nick Luck looks over the best of this weekend’s racing from York and Sandown, and picks out his best bets.

York, Saturday

Lord Melbourne is the pick at 8/1 in the TV opener at York (1:50pm) on Saturday, where William Hill have a Top Price Guarantee. Only having his second start for Ralph Beckett, he shaped extremely promisingly on his stable debut at Epsom, when repeatedly denied a clear run. On balance, this race is less competitive, he should move forward for the step up in distance and has a vastly experienced jockey on board.

Boardman is the selection at 9/1 in the seven furlong handicap (2:25pm). He was a pretty useful performer in his pomp, and has really slipped down the weights. There was however a deal more encouragement in his most recent start at Chester and track and ground suit ideally.

Salt Bay is worth one more chance at 5/1 in the Grand Cup (3:00pm). He posted an outstanding effort on his comeback at Newbury and his subsequent start may have come too quickly. A little more give in the ground and a genuine test of stamina could well bring about a better performance. Either way, this is an easier race and he is the top rated.

Elmonjed could be the answer to the big sprint (3:35pm). Nothing went right for him here last time when racing apart from the field and appearing to lose his application halfway through the race. He did consent to run on, however, and cheekpieces may help him, so he’s worth chancing at 7/1.

Sandown, Saturday

Farasi Lane is a sporting pick at 14/1 to land the first televised race (2:05pm) at Sandown Park. He has taken his form to a different level for his new trainer this season and is only two pounds higher than when successful in quite taking style at Kempton earlier in the year. His previous run on turf this season was moderate, but he appeared not to handle the track at Newmarket and should be fine here.

Dawn Charger is another at a big price (11/1) to be interested in at Sandown, in the Listed Scurry Stakes (2:40pm). She had some really smart form as a two-year-old, including when not beaten far in the Albany at Royal Ascot. The angle here is a return to better ground, the plum draw and a drop back in trip to five furlongs.

Sunday Recap: Players hit it out of the park

With baseball’s ACLS getting underway yesterday and plenty of gridiron action too, there was tons of excitement to go around on Sunday.  Yet if you’re more than just a spectator, ACR Poker was the place to be.

Read all about it in our October 15th Sunday Recap.

$150,000 GTD Euro Special
European players and early risers didn’t waste any time yesterday.  Our $150K GTD tourney featured 764 players and a final prize pool of $152,800.  In all, 97 players got paid.  The top three:

  1. rollingdrone -> $30,786
  2. WherelsMyJuice -> $22,407
  3. OleJohn -> $16,357

$300,000 GTD Warm Up
Our $300K Warm Up was warmer than expected with 3,061 entries.  The final prize pool in this popular $109 buy-in tournament was a fiery $306,100.  Props to the 383 players who took home cash, especially the top three:

  1. chickenpastry -> $43,094
  2. 1JokeSicker -> $39,544
  3. PLotential -> $25,378

$200,000 GTD Sunday Special 
With 1,069 total entries, Sunday’s $200K unlimited re-entry tourney was about as special as you might expect. 136 players got paid in this $215 buy-in event, which had a final prize pool of $213,800.  The top three:

  1. germanclown -> $41,501
  2. cayaoAJU -> $30,233
  3. Kaumzutaken77-> $22,070

$500,000 Sunday High Roller
1,009 entrants played in Sunday’s $500K GTD tourney. When it was all said and done, the final prize pool hit an impressive $605,400 in this $630 buy-in tourney, which had 123 paid places. The top three:

  1. RainerTheRoh-> $117,132
  2. LelijkeHond -> $85,847
  3. bbernardinho-> $62,668

$200,000 GTD PKO
Our $200K progressive knockout tourney had a total of 1,085 entries playing for $217,000, including $108,500 in bounties. This $215 buy-in tournament had 136 paid places, but even more players earned cash bounties.  Your top three:

  1. skioni -> $15,703 + $13,524 bounty
  2. Mittri -> $15,702 + $4,181 bounty
  3. Nitustery -> $11,400 + $1,182 bounty