William Hill Horse Racing: June Sports Preview – World Cup and much, much more

June is going to be a month to remember in sport, with the major highlight the 2014 World Cup in Brazil starting on June 12th.

32 of the world’s best teams head to the most successful nation in the history of the tournament looking to bring the most famous trophy in football back to their country. Follow every kick of the World Cup at William Hill.

The World Cup is the main event this June, but there are a plethora of other major events to look forward to if there’s not enough football.

The Tennis at Roland Garros for the French Open ends in early June, but there is not much rest for the top players in the world as they head to the hallowed turf of Wimbledon to play in the third major tournament of the year.

It’s a fantastic month for Horse Racing fans, with the Epsom Oaks and Derby on the first weekend in June, followed a couple of weeks later by a week of top class Flat racing at Royal Ascot. There’s also the Northumberland Plate and Irish Derby at the end of the month. Across the pond California Chrome aims to win the Triple Crown with victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Golf fans can look forward to the second major of the season as the US Open takes place at Pinehurst. Justin Rose aims to defend the title he won last year, but it will be by far from an easy task.

Sri Lanka’s tour of England continues with two Test Matches during June as the Three Lions prepare for the longer series against India in July.

Rugby Union’s Summer Internationals will offer plenty of early World Cup clues as England play three Tests against New Zealand, Wales play South Africa twice, Scotland trot the globe with matches against USA, Canada, Argentina and South Africa, and Ireland face two matches against Argentina.

The Formula 1 season continues with the Canadian and Austrian Grand Prix’s. Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship and can extend his lead during June.

The two-wheeled action is equally good with Moto GP having races in Italy, Catalonia and Netherlands. Marc Marquez does look unbeatable at the moment.

State Of Origin games are some of the biggest in Australian Rugby League and the second match of the series takes place in Sydney, as New South Wales aim to win their first series since 2005.

In the UK, the Rugby League Challenge Cup reaches the quarter-final stage, with every team left looking to emulate last season’s winners Wigan Warriors.

It promises to be an enthralling month of sport, with unforgettable moments in the World Cup what we are looking forward to the most.


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William Hill Horse Racing: May sports preview – a month of finals

The Heineken Cup final, the FA Cup final and the Champions League final are the highlights of what promises to be a fantastic month of sporting action, as we build up towards the main event of the summer in Brazil.

Working through the month, the first ‘final’ is the Football League regular season finale on Saturday 3, where a few promotion and relegation places are still be decided.

The action really hots up after that though in the football world, the weekend after is the final day of the Premier League and as it stands we could be even set to beat that dramatic last-gasp victory of Man City’s two years ago, and of course the relegation battle could be just as tense with all three spots still to be decided.

Arsenal and Hull are to contest the FA Cup final the following weekend, with Dundee Utd and St Johnstone battling it out in the William Hill Scottish Cup final on the same day.

There’s also the Europa League final and all the Football League play-off finals to look forward to in and around the same time.

The first, and second, of the English Classics take place at the start of May with the eyes of the racing world descending on Newmarket for the 2000 and 1000 Guineas, while over the pond is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Other big meetings are at Punchestown, the Dante Meeting at York, and the Curragh for the Irish 2000 and 1000 Guineas, with major races also featured this month are the Victoria Cup at Ascot and Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes.

May also sees the start of the William Hill Greyhound Derby, with Charlie Lister looking to enhance his already legendary reputation with a whole host of runners to choose from.

The snooker season comes to a close with the final of the World Championship at the Crucible, with Ronnie O’Sullivan strongly fancied to claim another title as he edges towards Stephen Hendry’s all-time record.

In the final weekend of the month we see the second tennis Grand Slam of the year at the French Open, with Rafael Nadal having some surprise results, Novak Djokovic struggling for fitness and Andy Murray not at his best on clay we could be in for a new name on the trophy this year.

Golf has the ‘fifth major’ at TPC Sawgrass with the PLAYERS Championship – always a special occasion at the picturesque Ponte Vedra Beach, the world’s top players will again hope to capitalise on Tiger Woods’ struggles as he bids to defend his crown.

The first Spring Classic of the year takes place in the cycling world in the shape of the Giro d’Italia, but due to the physical demands of the sport it often lacks the world class field that assembles at the Tour de France.

The Formula 1 season resumes with Grand Prix of Spain in Catalunya and the Grand Prix of Monaco; it’s looking rosy for Lewis Hamilton at present but there’s a long way to go and the likes of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will still feel they can challenge.

It’s the Magic Weekend in the Super League, with several huge matches taking place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The latest instalment of the State of Origin also starts in May, which is always a brilliantly fought occasion.

County Cricket is in full swing and the international season will also run alongside it with Twenty20s and ODIs against Sri Lanka for the new-look England team to negotiate, the Indian Premier League also continues throughout the month.

In rugby union we’ll also see the final of the European Challenge Cup and the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.

The playoffs are in full swing in the States with the Stanley Cup and the NBA Championships heading towards their respective finals, which should be decided by the end of May.

There’s some massive fights taking place during May, with Floyd Mayweather’s bout with Marcos Maidana generating all the interest in Vegas, with Amir Khan on the undercard, but in the UK it’s all about Carl Froch v George Groves II – set to be one of the biggest fights in British history at a packed Wembley Stadium.

Michael van Gerwen will look to defend his crown in the Premier League Darts, but his great countryman Raymond van Barneveld and of course Phil Taylor might have something to say about that.

Britain’s Got Talent is the highlight of the Reality TV offering, but we’ll offer regular betting opportunities in-between episodes to whet your appetite.


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William Hill Horse Racing: William Hill’s Grand National Sweepstake Kit

The 2014 Grand National is almost here, so as you prepare for the World’s Greatest Race, the HOME of Betting is making it easier for your and your friends or colleeagues to get that all-important sweepstake together.

We have a handy list of runners and colours to help you track your selection, whether in the shop or watching at home. Click here to view our runners list.

We also have a cut out list of runners to help you track your sweepstake. Click here to view our cut-out list.

Remember whether you fancy Teaforthree as favourite, or another 66/1 winner, you get Best Odds Guaranteed and Non-Runner Money Back with William Hill – the HOME of Betting.

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William Hill Horse Racing: Make the most of our Aintree Festival Happy Hours

On the first two days of the Aintree Festival, Grand Opening Day and Ladies Day, between midday and 1pm we will be offering enhanced prices on 4 horses, each one for a 15 minute period.

The Aintree Festival is one of the biggest jumps meetings around and plenty of the top horses will be running at the famous Liverpool track.

We have every angle covered for the Grand National Meeting, with prices available on every race, place and specials markets, reviews, previews and tips from the best in the business, including Champion Jockey AP McCoy!

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