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Weekend Sport Preview — 11 May: Horse Racing, Golf and Rugby

Chester Races and more sport this weekend

Sport to savour this weekend? We'll be keeping an eye on the top contenders and underdogs alike across these three events...

Horse racing: The Chester Cup

On Friday, we'll be watching the Chester Cup, which could provide some clues as to which horses will perform well at the Epsom Derby and The Oaks next month. Falcon Eight is among the top contenders, having won the race in 2021 and finishing fifth in 2022. he'll be ridden by Ryan Moore, who replaces Frankie Dettori. Other notable challengers include Rajinsky and Zoffee.

Dominic Ffrench Davis' horse Call My Bluff is another one to watch. The four-time turf winner is coming off a strong start to the season and is a major player at 7/1.

Bascule could be a surprise contender — he comes in at a big price (20/1 with some bookmakers), so could be worth an each-way punt.

How to watch: The Chester Cup - Friday, 1.10pm, ITV4,  

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LIV Golf - Tulsa

This weekend, LIV Golf arrives in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the sixth event of the season. Local favourite Talor Gooch, currently dominating the leaderboard, is the one to watch after securing back-to-back wins in Adelaide and Singapore. Despite the odds against winning three consecutive events, Gooch's red-hot form and the support of an enthusiastic crowd are sure to bolster his chances. Adding intrigue to the competition, LIV Golf organisers have paired Gooch with two-time major winner Johnson, a decision that could lead to some on-course fireworks. The 31-year-old Gooch left Johnson's team, the 4Aces Golf Club to join Bubba Watson's RangeGoats GC during the offseason, a move that left his former captain unimpressed.

Meanwhile, British golfers, including Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, are facing potential jeopardy as they struggle in the rankings. Under the new LIV Golf League format, players who finish lower than 24th in the standings at the end of the season risk being cut from the competition.

How to watch: Friday to Sunday on the LIV Golf Plus App

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Gallagher Premiership Semi-Finals

We're down to the business end of the Gallagher Premiership season, and this weekend sees the semi-finals. First up, on Saturday, Saracens face Northampton Saints at StoneX Stadium, before Sale Sharks take on Leicester Tigers at the Salford City Stadium. Both matches will be live on BT Sport.

Saracens finished five points clear of Sale at the top of the regular season table and have been dominant at home this term. They also have an impressive semi-final history. But Saints' 38-29 win over Sarries at Franklin's Gardens in April gives them something to build on. 

Meanwhile, Salford City Stadium hosts its first-ever Premiership semi-final as Sale Sharks face Leicester Tigers. Sale have been in good form of late, winning their last four games, including an impressive 35-24 triumph over Sarries. Meanwhile, Leicester's 7-match winning streak came to an end at home to Harlequins in their last outing. The Sharks hold the advantage in recent head-to-head encounters, but the Tigers will be eager to make their mark in their fourteenth semi-final appearance.

How to watch: 
Saracens v Northampton - Saturday, 3.30pm, live on BT Sport
Sale v Leicester - Sunday, 3pm, live on BT Sport

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