PUNTERS hunting quick-fire bankers on today’s 11-race card at Caymanas Park should be wary of the two obvious choices – FORTUNEONEHUNDRED in the 1000-metre round opening event and RAISING THE BAR in the nightcap at 1100 metres.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has not trained on the track since turning for home with a two-length lead in the Diamond Mile on December 5. Tumbling to $550,000 claiming from grade one, where he campaigned most of last year, suggests something has gone amiss in the last 70 days since the talented United States-bred last raced.Even on an off day, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED should easily put away his six rivals, especially at the minimum distance. However, punters are advised to tread carefully in the opening event by backing up their bets with sound horses such as DWAYNE STAR, ITALIANO and speedy COME DANCE WITH ME.Similar to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, RAISING THE BAR has taken a shocking drop in class from non-winners-of-four to the second-lowest claiming level, a $250,000 tag.It should be noted that RAISING THE BAR, a renowned speedster, has been slowly into stride in his two races this year. First, it was January 9 at 1500 metres, followed by January 31 at 1000 metres straight.In neither of those races did the four-year-old filly recover, even briefly, to show some speed. In addition, she has been sparingly trained, which makes her suspect against horses who she should easily put away.Options to RAISING THE BAR are consistent INFANTRY OFFICER and CLASSICAL TRAIN, who’s hunting a double, carrying 48.0 kilos, but up in class.HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIALMeanwhile, ACTION MAN should prove too quick for his eight rivals in the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial.Omar Walker partners ACTION MAN, who heads the scale at 56.0 kilos. However, the four-year-old colt is not too heavy to take charge of the event coming off the final turn.Included in the nine-horse field are five fillies, none of whom can match ACTION MAN for speed. His other three rivals, two geldings and a colt, have neither the form nor speed to deny him following his strong third-place run behind DWAYNE STAR at 1000 metres straight on January 31.Partnered by apprentice Bebeto Harvey last time out, ACTION MAN disputed the lead with LEGAL ACCOUNT from the start before DWAYNE STAR closed in mid-track to overhaul both a half furlong out.DWAYNE STAR had reported for that race with solid runs under his girth, finishing no more than five lengths behind winners such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, TARANIS, ROYAL ASSAULT and BRAWN in four consecutive races.The filly DINNER BY SEVEN has some speed, but was well beaten by ACTION MAN in their last three meetings.The two expected closers, COMMANDING AVIATOR and TURBO MACHINE CAT, are recent graduates to non-winners-of-three, having both beaten non-winners-of-two in the last two weeks.
3 Liverpool will play their first-pre season match on Saturday – at the same time as England face Sweden.New additions Naby Keita and Fabinho are set to start against Chester as Jurgen Klopp kicks off his preparations for the 2018/19 campaign. huge blow Latest Liverpool news The Bank of America Stadium Charlotte is the home of NFL side the Carolina Panthers England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury What is the International Champions Cup? It is a pre-season tournament that will see 18 of Europe’s top clubs take part at various venues across the United States, Europe and Asia. All eight of the teams that competed in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals will take part. Teams will play three matches and only one champion will emerge based on topping the league table. It begins on July 20 and ends on August 11. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Thursday, July 26: Manchester City v Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford) 1.05am KOSaturday, July 28: Manchester United v Liverpool (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor) 10.05pm KOSaturday, August 4: Liverpool v Napoli (Aviva Stadium, Dublin) – 6pm KOTuesday, August 7: Liverpool v Torino (Anfield) – 7.30pm KO predicted silverware possible standings REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures They will then face another League Two side, Bury, before a clash at Ewood Park against Championship opposition, Blackburn Rovers.Liverpool will then jet off to America to take part in the International Champions Cup, playing matches in North Carolina, New Jersey and Michigan.They will come up against some familiar faces, going head-to-head against Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund, Premier League champions Manchester City and bitter rivals Manchester United. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool will play Tranmere at Prenton Park 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Klopp will be without a number of players for the next few weeks, including Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson, due to their World Cup exploits.That could be good news for younger players at the club as they get the chance to enhance their claims for first-team selection.Liverpool will play nine games before they kick off their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 11.Who are Liverpool playing in pre-season?The Reds will first face National League North side Chester on Saturday, July 7 at the Swansway Chester Stadium.Four days later, they will head down the road to Prenton Park to take on League Two side Tranmere Rovers. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence RANKED After almost a fortnight in America, the squad will then travel back to Europe to take on Napoli, managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium before concluding their friendly schedule with their first pre-season game at Anfield in four years; Torino will provide the opposition.Full Liverpool pre-season schedule:Saturday, July 7: Chester v Liverpool (Swansway Chester Stadium) – 3pm KOWednesday, July 11: Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool (Prenton Park) – 7.30pm KOSaturday, July 14: Bury v Liverpool (Gigg Lane) – 3pm KOThursday, July 19: Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool (Ewood Park) – 7.45pm KOSunday, July 22: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte) 9.05pm KO Jurgen Klopp has got 26 Liverpool players back for pre-season training 3 REVEALED shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won