The Four-Timer: Hurling, rugby, racing and Robin
The Four-Timer is due a change of luck, right? Try to turn a tenner into €650 with these four selections this weekend.
Cork to beat Waterford (2/5)
It’s the first game in anger since Jimmy Barry-Murphy returned to the job, it’s at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and it’s against a Waterford side without two of the main architects of their good days in recent years, the departed manager Davy Fitzgerald and the rested star man John Mullane. 2/5 might not look like a great price, but it’s a 40 per cent return on investment. Where else will you get that in 70 minutes?
Aurelien Rougerie to score a try at any time (Scotland v France @ 3/1)
There ain’t many better centres in world rugby than Rougerie. He’s been around a fair few years at this stage, but on the evidence of last autumn’s World Cup and the opening match of the Six Nations against Italy a few weeks back, he looks as good as ever. With the selection of Mike Blair and Greig Laidlaw at half back and Stuart Hogg at full back, the Scots look very attack-minded this weekend. That could result in an open game with a few tries, and Rougerie looks a nice price to land another one.
Michel Le Bon (Racing Plus Chase @ around 9/2)
From the stable of champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Michel Le Bon is a real enigma. He won a Grade 2 novice chase on his first time over fences, then spent two years on the sidelines before being thrown in at the deep end for the Hennessy at Newbury before Christmas. He’s clearly very highly thought of by a trainer who knows a good horse when he sees one, and he could be the one to get the better of a good but by no means world-beating field in the Racing Plus Chase.
Robin van Persie to score against Spurs at any time (11/10)
Van Persie is approaching his longest goal drought of the season after failing to find the net against Sunderland (twice) and Milan. Arsenal are back at home this weekend, taking on their now superior local rivals and van Persie has scored seven in his last four appearances at the Emirates. That’ll do for us.
Should this ludicrously ambitious four-fold accumulator come off, a tenner would almost instantaneously turn into €645. Give or take a euro or two.