There was some brilliant racing at Newbury on Friday. Sprinter Sacre looked like a monster in the Game Spirit and is now down to 2.37 on Betdaq to win the Arkle. I said last week that Montbazon, along with Noble Prince, were my ante-post fancies for Cheltenham and I was delighted to see him win and shorten up to 12.5 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Another horse I fancy for the Festival is Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase and I expect him to win the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot tomorrow. There’s great racing all over the country with trials galore including one for the Champion Hurdle at Wincanton and Grand National at Haydock (our old friend Giles Cross must have a great chance), with all angles covered on Betdaq.

The FA Cup doesn’t really light my punting fire though is welcome respite after a mad week followed by another crazy Premier League weekend. Hot on the heels of Harry being cleared and Fabio quitting, came all the drama at Old Trafford, Mick McCarthy’s departure and the possible return of Carlos Tevez.

I was at Villa Park on Super Sunday to see the leaders overcome a tame Aston Villa performance. For 89 minutes it was the easiest 1-0 you will ever see, yet City drifted a fraction to 1.66 on Betdaq to win the Premier League title.

That’s because of what happened at Old Trafford 24 hours earlier. Away from the Luis Suarez story that grabbed all the headlines, that was a massive three points for Manchester United and a familiar pattern seems to be emerging: United look set to come good at the business end of a Premier League season. As Dwight Yorke explained on Sunday’s show, the champions are finally finding their form and rhythm at just the right time. Add to that their experience and ‘know-how’ when it comes to a title run-in plus Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary mind games, and Roberto Mancini and his City team are in for a real test. It’s no wonder Manchester United shortened to 2.76 on the Daq retain their title.

Arsenal are 2.59 to finish in the top four, which is the shortest price they have been for a long time to finish in that position (Chelsea are 2.08). However, this is Arsenal and it’s a brave punter that backs them at that price as this team makes nothing look simple or does anything the easy way. You also worry about how much damage the humbling in Milan on Wednesday will have done. This weekend’s FA Cup tie is now massive for Arsenal as their fans must be fearing a repeat of last season’s collapse.

I was very pleased to hear this week that I am on the shortlist of six for the SJA Sports Broadcaster of the Year. It’s a huge honour to be named alongside the likes of Michael Atherton but imagine I’d be a big price on Betdaq to win it!

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