Horse racing fans had been without any British action for 76 days, before Newcastle hosted their all-weather card on Monday to signal the resumption.
After receiving over 400 entries for the 10-race card, it was Zodiakos who won the opening contest by holding off his stablemate and 4/1 shot Al Ozzdi.
The Roger Fell-charge, ridden by Jimmy Sullivan, went off at 22/1 and won by a neck after a thrilling finish in the closing stages of the 1m 5y handicap.
All racing eyes will be focused on Newmarket this coming weekend, with the racing HQ playing host to the 2000 and 1000 Guineas on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Pinatubo is the red-hot
5/6* favourite to claim success in the 2000 Guineas, with the Godolphin three-year-old unbeaten in his six starts to date, and trainer Charlie Appleby is confident the colt can bring him his first Guineas success.
There are 15 runners set to go to post for the 1000 Guineas at 15:35 on Sunday. The Roger Charlton-trained Quadrilateral is the ante-post favourite (
9/4), while Aidan O’Brien’s Love (
9/2) is another thought to have a big chance.
However, our racing tipster suggest a longer-odds prediction to win on Sunday.
Bundesliga Action Heats Up
The only midweek fixture in the Bundesliga saw Werder Bremen plunge further into the relegation mire, after a 0-3 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Things don’t get any easier for second-from-bottom Werder, who play host to European hopefuls Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Germany’s game of the weekend takes place on Saturday afternoon, when Bayern Munich look to take another step towards the title.
Hansi Flick’s men need just three more wins to make sure of being crowned champions again, but face a tough-looking trip to the BayArena to face a Bayer Leverkusen side that have already beaten Bayern this term.
9/2), who have a top-four finish in their sights, won 1-2 against the Bavarian giants back in November and took the honours in this corresponding fixture last season.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund (
4/11) will hope for a slip up and then look to take advantage on Saturday evening, when they play host to Hertha Berlin.
Snooker Returns to Action
Meanwhile, snooker has also made much-anticipated return to action this week, with Milton Keynes the venue for the Championship League.
The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Mark Selby have been amongst the big names taking part in the tournament – which concludes on June 11.
Current world champion Trump impressed with three wins from three to top Group 1, while Neil Robertson, a former Crucible winner, starts his campaign on Sunday. The Australian is the
20/67 favourite to win Group 16, which also includes Ken Doherty, Kurt Maflin and Ashley Carty.
Live Greyhound Racing at MansionBet
Finally, Greyhound racing also made its return in the UK this week, having been forced to take an enforced break in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The action has returned to dog tracks across Britain, including the likes of Monmore, Perry Barr and Crayford and don’t forget you can follow all live greyhound races from the UK with Live Streaming from MansionBet.
(*All odds quoted correct at time of writing)