Trump is among the favourites to win the 2012 World Snooker Championship and Fergal O’Brien was unable to live with the number five seed in this tournament, something which has seen the Bristol potter shorten to 11/2 (Betfred free bets).
The 22-year-old will play Stuart Bingham or Mark King in the next round before a potential quarter final against Ronnie O’Sullivan or Mark Williams, something which could produce fireworks.
O’Sullivan looked out of sorts when he last played Trump, although his victory at the German Masters suggested there is life in the old dog yet and perhaps we will see an interested Ronnie take to the baize for this tournament.
The Rocket is 7/1 (Boylesports bookmaker) to win in Newport and the Londonder is starting to hit his stride ahead of April when the world’s best players will descend on The Crucible to compete for the biggest prize in snooker.
John Higgins is the number one seed for the Welsh Open and he has a potentially tricky opener against Liang Wenbo who will be desperate to get through to the last sixteen and play Ding Junhui. The Scot is 8/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to go all the way, although some will fancy Ding at odds of 9/1 (Ladbrokes) after his demolition job on Mark Davis.
On the basis that Higgins / Ding and Trump / Williams / O’Sullivan are all going to eliminate each other, it could be worth looking at backing players from other parts of the draw and Stephen Maguire catches the eye at odds of 14/1.
The Scot seems to be enjoying a renaissance with the cue at the moment and he whitewashed Shaun Murphy and John Higgins en route to the German Masters final before losing to O’Sullivan.
Maguire should comfortably beat Adam Wicheard in his last 32 game before playing Matthew Stevens or Barry Hawkins and he could give punters a good run for their money.
The second quarter looks very competitive thanks to the inclusion of Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy, although the Australian is the player who is fancied to justify his fourth seeding and 9/1 look decent odds.