Ray Flanagan with Sunday selections
Great Hall (14-1) was a recommended winner yesterday
Racing- Curragh-5.10 Aared and Mr Ormsby
Aared has not built on his early season Naas win which by coincidence was also the Sunday of a major golf event-the US Masters. Has good overall handicap form though to his name and could bounce back here.
Mr Ormsby representing a stable in-form comes into the contest on the back of a good run at Killarney. From the foot of the weights he could have a say.
Golf- Pga Championship-Justin Thomas
A difficult one to decide who will win the years final major with Round 3 characterised by poor shots from almost all the leading players. I will take a chance with Justin Thomas, who played pretty solidly all day yesterday and crucially is a player who does not mind winning judging by his three tour victories earlier in the season.
The Kentucky native can be erratic also at times but he is improving and he ought to have learned plenty from his recent US Open experience where he imploded on the final day. Two behind the leaders at the start of play is an ideal position for him and to my mind he could be the player top go out and shoot a low 60s round today.He is streaky and on his day can go low with his bold attacking style.
Hurling-Cork V Waterford
The second semi final brings together a resurgent Cork against the nearly men of Waterford. Cork understandably are hot favourites after three top performances beating Tipperary, Waterford and Clare and their fast wristy hurlers can be hard to live with. Comparing them to horses, Cork are a horse who travel easily on the bridle through a race where as Waterford are grinders who take a bit of pushing through a race but finish strong.
Waterford though made the mistake of going 15 on 15 with them in the Munster Semi- they are not good enough to play Cork at this type of game. McGrath will have learned the lessons from that I feel and is likely to pack the defence today with the aim of stifling the more skilful Cork team.
There is no denying De Burca’s suspension is a huge loss to Waterford yet they are battle hardened campaigners and for them to function it is really all about their defensive system rather than any individual players.
Galway funnily enough, I think would rather play Cork in the final, but I have a feeling it will be the men in white that they will face.
A tight game in-store this afternoon, Waterford to grind out a win possibly by one point.
Man of Match- Austin Gleeson
I would have concerns about this market after last weeks decision but if Waterford win, chances are there is a strong possibility Gleeson will get the award. This all-action player is the heartbeat of the Waterford team and having played below-par in their previous meeting, I feel he will really impact the game today.
1 pt win-Aared-5.10 Curragh-15-2 Ladbrokes
1 pt win-Mr Ormsby-5.10 Curragh-9-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Justin Thomas-UsPGA- 11-2 William Hill
2 pts win-Waterford-6-4 P Power (Draw no bet)
3 pts Austin Gleeson to be Man of Match-7-1 P Power
1 pt -Waterford to win and not concede a goal-6-1 P Power