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March 11th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Jockey Tony McCoy, the 2010 Sports Personality of the Year and OBE will be a big feature of 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting. Some punters like to pick out horses because of form, some like to just back jockeys for their wagers and AP McCoy, who has won just about every major race that there is to win, will be one of the high profile jockeys in the saddle at Prestbury Park again.
The multiple-time Champion Jockey has a long history at the Cheltenham Festival, including two Gold Cup wins, one with Mr Mulligan and most recently in Synchronised in 2012. The Arkle, the Champion Bumper, the Champion Hurdle (three times) the Queen Mother, the RSA, the Ryanair chase and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle titles have all been won (among others) by AP McCoy at Cheltenham.
Online betting site Boylesports are running a great 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting promotion with a focus on McCoy.
Back a selection in any race at the Festival and if your selection finishes second to an AP McCoy-ridden winner, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet. The maximum return is up to £100. Superb coverage on one of the top jockeys and new customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
March 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Well, Bobs Worth keeps getting shortened in the market, and is now running as 7/4 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. This may be a bit of a predictable Gold Cup, as trainer Nicky Henderson looks to land back to back wins in the Blue Riband race with Bobs Worth. It was a stroll for him at Cheltenham last year, with Barry Geraghty leading him home by seven lengths over second placed Sir Des Champs and Long Run back in third.
Bobs Worth had a big workout in Lambourn recently, to keep him well on schedule for his title defence in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Barry Geraghty will once again be on the saddle for Bobs Worth, who is likely to run away with this one at a canter. Bobs Worth was last out at Leopardstown at the end of December, taking a win in the Lexus Chase over First Lieutenant.
The fact that he has taken such strong favouritism is down to what could be perceived as frailties in his closest challengers.
That is where the key to figuring out who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014 will lie. Sir Bobs Worth has the staying power, even if he comes off the bridle and will work and work and work on his own to get to the line first. That could be a telling factor because the work that Silviniaco Conti will put in will likely see him firmly in the top three, but after travelling well, may not have the legs to close it out, certainly not in a head to head duel with Bobs Worth if it comes down to it.
Silviniaco Conti, who fell three out in last year’s renewal, has taken around 13% of the Cheltenham Gold Cup market compared to the 31% taken by Bobs Worth. It is a telling stat, and the 3/1 on Silviniaco Conti tells a bigger picture. His victory in the King George VI Chase though will have punters on his back.
It really is going to be a scrap for spoils of third most likely then. You will have the good, solid jumping of Captain Chris who probably makes a decent Place Market option for your Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, while The Giant Bolster is likely to be in the mix as well.
The Giant Bolster enjoys Cheltenham a lot and had two runs out there in January, weakening a couple out on January 1st in the Rewards4racing Handicap Hurdle before delivering a win over the 6/4 favourite Rocky Creek in the Argento Chase. He showed some slower, controlled jumping, putting in a strong finish there. The Giant Bolster took fourth in last year’s Gold Cup, weakening a couple out after tracking well in the race
So while you have good chasers in The Giant Bolster, Captain Chris and the threats of Last Instalment and First Lieutenant coming in, none of them, on form should be able to prevent Bobs Worth from winning back to back Gold Cups.
It is to Nicky Henderson’s Triolo D’alene who could be the dark horse in the pack for a good each way bet here. Working with Bobs Worth in training, Henderson has been impressed by the high class horse, who was last out at Newbury last December, taking a near three length win over Rocky Creek. He could make a stunning Cheltenham debut.
2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds
Bobs Worth 7/4, Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Last Instalment 7/1, First Lieutenant 10/1, Triolo D’Alene 12/1, Captain Chris 14/1, The Giant Bolster 16/1, On His Own 25/1
Online betting site Boylesports are running a festival long promotion, offering some insurance should any of your selections finish second to an AP McCoy ridden winner. If that happens at any race during the 2014 Cheltenham festival, Boylesports will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
March 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Most of the action for 2014 Arkle betting has been focused on Champagne Fever. The Willie Mullins-trained novice looks a strong title shot in this one. All the stars are pretty much aligned for what is arguably the strongest novice that Mullins is taking to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival with him. Champagne Fever has the credentials and knows the feeling of being in the winners’ circle at Cheltenham, having landed the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper title before.
At the end of the day, it is that experience of winning at Prestbury Park that should put him in good standing to pick up his third Cheltenham Festival win. Nine of the last 10 winners of the Arkle have either won or placed at the Cheltenham Festival before, so that stat works heavily in his favour. He was beaten last time out though, finishing third and fourteen and a half lengths back of Defy Logic at Leopardstown on Boxing Day last year.
But part of Champagne Fever’s shortening to the head of the Arkle betting market was defeat in January for Defy Logic and Felix Younger, as well as Rock On Ruby missing out on a scheduled run at Doncaster because of the ground. Mullins decided to keep Felix Younger out of the Arkle, moving him across to the JLT. Champagne Fever was due for a run out in February at the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase by Mullins decided to just send him straight to the Arkle because of concerns about conditions. Campagne Fever had also been pencilled in to run at the Dr PJ Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown, but passed on that Grade I race too.
None of that has stopped him shortening still further, in at 5/2 with Boylesports in 2014 Arkle Betting. Rock on Ruby (9/2) is heading to Cheltenham as well with a lack of races under his belt this season. He has had just the two trips, opening the season with a win at Plumpton, and there were concerns over putting him out in February at Doncaster. But they did and he landed an easy ten length win in literally a two horse race over Mr Mole. It was more of a training exercise than anything over the jumps. Rock On Ruby took second place at Cheltenham last year in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly. He has a fine Cheltenham record for his owners.
Jockey Bryan Cooper rode Trifolium (5/1) to an impressive win at the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) back in January. It was massively impressive win, which saw firm favourite Defy Logic only manage a fifth after breaking a blood vessel, and Trifolium took a nine length win over second placed Felix Younger. The result saw the bookies absolutely slash odds on him after being as far out as 20/1 at one point. The impressively controlled and calculated race at Leopardstown puts him in with a great shot.
Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets was impressive too in his second run over fences last year at the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase. He went out again in Newbury in February, finishing second behind Module, after not having anything left in the tank to challenge the winner.
2014 Arkle Trophy Betting Odds at Boylesports
Champagne Fever 5/2, Rock On Ruby 9/2, Trifolium 5/1, Dodging Bullets 5/1, Felix Younger 8/1, Valdez 8/1, Grandouet 12/1, Hinterland 12/1, Ted Veale 20/1, Bar 25/1
2014 Arkle Betting Tip: Like Trifolium’s chances of getting in the picture here and big value for an each way shot at worst. Champagne Fever is the one to beat though, but Trifolium could get close.
Online betting site Boylesports are focusing on AP McCoy for a great Cheltenham Festival 2014 betting promotion. If your selection in any race at the Festival finishes second to horse with AP McCoy in the saddle, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
February 25th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The PGA Tour gets back to stroke play this week after all the excitement of the WGC Accenture Match Play over the weekend. It is Honda Classic golf betting up for grabs this week as the Tour hits the east coast in Florida. The PGA National was the most difficult course of the season during 2013 and players are going to have find their form out of the gate early on this one. Chances may be at a premium but there is a high quality field in attendance, waiting to tame it.
Rory McIlroy is running as narrow 8/1 favourite in the field, and tees off as a previous winner back in 2010. He has been in great shape recently and looking like he can have a powerful season again. McIlroy heads to PGA National with five consecutive top 10’s in stroke play. So great form and at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish market, well worth a punt there.
Tiger Woods was a close second to McIlroy here in 2012, but his current form can’t stand up to that of McIlroy. Woods hasn’t seen himself in a top ten finish now in his last four starts. Nothing really to suggest that he’s going to turn that around here, but of course you can never count him out. He is up at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish Market, which just adds more weight really to backing McIlroy instead.
Online betting site Boylesports are running a Money Back Special surrounding the two big guns in the field. Back a selection in the outright market and if your player finishes second to Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods then they will refund your lost stake as a free bet. New customers registering an account with the bookie can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.
All sorts of value through the deep field in this one, and given the mean nature of the course, would stick to Top Ten golf betting. Charl Schwartzel has performed consistently well at the tournament, with two top tens in his last two starts here. Took a top ten recently at Riviera as well to suggest that he’s in with a shout here. Graeme McDowell is in hot form with the putter and could make a charge as well this week, as he looks full of confidence.
Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and even Lee Westwood could all make solid cases here as well. It’s a high quality field scrapping for scraps on a tough course. It adds up to it being a thrilling prospect for viewers and bettors over the weekend.
Online betting site Coral also are running a Money back Special for the Honda Classic betting. Get a pre-tournament bet down in the outright winner market and if you’re backed selection finished 2nd (to anyone) then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £25. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet as well when signing up with Coral.
2014 Honda Classic Golf Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 8/1, Tiger Woods 9/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Charl Schwartzel 20/1, Sergio Garcia 22/1, Graeme McDowell 22/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, Zach Johnson 25/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Keegan Bradley 30/1, Hideki Matsuyama 35/1, Rickie Fowler 35/1
Paddy Power are offering something a little different for Honda Classic betting as they are paying out to an extra place this week. The highly popular bookie are going with pay outs on the first six places for the tournament, so fantastic coverage if you are looking at each way bets this week. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet when registering with Paddy Power.
February 19th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There is some great golf betting action to enjoy this week as the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship swings back into action. The one v one knockout tournament offers thrills and spills all the way and it takes a special mentality to be able to pull through this one. The unpredictability of the tournament makes for some fantastic betting options this week in the outright market.
It is a tough, tough market to call though because usual stroke play form can pretty much be thrown out of the window. That is why you are going to see exaggerated prices this week, and you are probably going to be looking at much better value around in Bracket Winner markets this week which should be a little easier to narrow down.
WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Odds at Paddy Power
Rory McIlroy 12/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Jason Day 20/1, Henrik Stenson 22/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Jordan Spieth 25/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1, Ian Poulter 33/1
Better still is shooting for match betting throughout the tournament because there are so many match ups to come and far better value for less risk. Looking at some of the main protagonists in the field of 64, Rory McIlroy has been in great shape since last November and he finished runner up here back in 2012. Tough draw but carrying good form and outright tournament favourite this week at a price of 12/1.
McIlroy is favoured at 4/1 to win the Hogan Bracket ahead of Sergio Garcia 6/1, Ian Poulter 8/1, Charl Schwartzel 8/1, Jimmy Walkers 12/1, Bar 14./1
After a third place finish last season, Australia’s Jason Day is trading well, and winner on the PGA Tour last week, Dustin Johnson is also showing up well. Surprisingly Johnson to the semi finals here last season because he hadn’t ever shown up in the match play tournament before. Still, in tip top shape early in the new season and will have his backers. Henrik Stenson, the 2007 is in the mix as well, but his match play win didn’t come at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain. It’s a long course and so big hitters may come into play here.
Jason Day and Henrik Stenson are joint favourites in the Jones Bracket at odds of 4/1, with Webb Simpson 7/1, Steve Stricker 12/1, Brandt Snedeker 121, Bar 14/1
There are some good match play specialists like Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell to look out for as well, and they too will have their backers too through match betting.
In the Player bracket, Jordan Spieth is narrow favourite at 5/1, with Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose hot on his heels at 6/1, Luke Donald and Ryan Moore at 8/1, bar 12/1
At the head of the Snead bracket, Dustin Johnson is trading at 4/1 favourite, with Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson at 6/1 just behind him.
There are a couple of great promotions around this week, starting with Paddy Power who are offering superb coverage. If your selection in match betting is leading through 12 holes, but then fails to win the match, then Paddy Power will refund your losing bet on that selection. That could prove to be some great insurance throughout the tournament and well worth taking a shot at.
Over at Boylesports, they have gone in a little bit of a different direction. Tensions are naturally going to be high and it takes quite a bit of mental steel to pull through in a one v one situation like this. It could be heartbreaking to see your backed match selection lose out on extra holes. Boylesports are offering a Money Back special on match bets if your player does lose in Extra holes.
February 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There is a familiar looking line up at the Northern Trust Open this week on the PGA Tour, it’s pretty much looking at the same crop of players at the head of the market as you were last week at Pebble Beach. John merrick is the reigning champion but really not on the radar for your golf betting this week as he is out at around a 90/1 shot.
So who are the big names in the mix at the head of the field this week? Dustin Johnson is leading the way at a price of 14/1. He posted a share of second place at Pebble Beach last week, carding a 66 on Sunday to finish one stroke back of Jimmy Walker, who just about hung in there.
Online betting site Boylesports are running a Money Back Special for your golf betting this week and it is all about Johnson. Back a selection in the outright winner market if they end up finishing second to Johnson, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake for you. Boylesports also offer up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus for new customers.
Jimmy Walker, who should have cruised to the title at Pebble Beach, but wobbled badly with a 74 in the final round, is priced at 18/1 with Boylesports for this one. Still, that is third title of the season after winning the Frys.com Open and the Sony Open. It is probably worth covering him in the Top Ten Market for this one, because his effort on Sunday will have been draining.
Hunter Mahan, who finished 6th last week at Pebble Beach and Jordan Spieth who took a share of fourth are both good value options again this week, both worth considering in the top ten or the Place Market. However, they are both also worth an each way punt with Paddy Power this week, who are paying out to six places at the Northern Trust Open, providing some extra great coverage.
Northern Trust Open Golf Betting Odds at Boylesports
Dustin Johnson 14/1, Webb Simpson 18/1, Hunter Mahan 18/1, Jimmy Walker 18/1, Jordan Spieth 20/1, Graham Delaet 20/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Bill Haas 28/1, Keegan Bradley 28/1, Bubba Watson 28/1
February 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Sunday’s match of France v Italy betting in the RBS Six Nations should be a bit of a foregone conclusion. The French, after their victory against England in Paris on the opening weekend, will be heavy favourites to post a win over the Italians. After opening up an early lead against the English last weekend, France were run ragged by England in the second half, unable to live with the attacking pace and power that was thrown at them. A late touchdown from Gael Fichou saved their blushes in a 26-24 win.
There should be different challenges coming their way on Sunday, as the Italians are likely to keep a closed shop and try and disrupt the French game as much as possible. The French defence certainly won’t be tested as much, and that could give their backs some license to open up in the second half. Les Bleus will also be out for a bit of revenge after losing 23-18 in Rome during last season’s Six Nations.
The French have won their last eight in a row on home soil against Italy though, and they’ll be heavily backed to do it again. They do look a little better than last season, and after beating one of the main contenders for the Six Nations crown last week, they have something big to build on. Italy did themselves quite proud in Cardiff as they really threw down a challenge to reigning champions Wales. Granted, Wales were very sloppy and made far too many mistakes, but Italy pushed hard, particularly at the end of the first half and at the start of the second. They had their chances to make the match even closer really, but still, winning consistently looks a long way to go for them. Still, they did enough good stuff to have some renewed confidence in Paris. Italy have lost sixteen straight away games in the Six Nations, winning once on the road since 2000.
In the head to head between the two sides, France hold a massive 32-3 lead. However, Italy have won two of the last three encounters, but they were both in Italy. France have averaged 29.49 points per game against Italy, while the Italians have averaged 10.89 per game. That is a margin of 18.6 difference between the two on average and about the right mark to look at in a handicap bet. France -19 handicap is trading at 10/11 with online bookmaker Boylesports.
France v Italy Six Nations Betting Odds At Boylesports
France 1/50, Italy 16/1, Draw 66/1
There is a good Six Nations betting promotion running at online betting site Boylesports for the duration of the championship this year. Back a selection in match outrights in any Six Nations match, and if your team is winning at half time but then goes on to lose the match, the bookmaker will refund your lost stake for you. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
February 4th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf betting is taking centre stage this week on the PGA Tour, as the popular tournament again draws a good clutch of top players. This is a three course affair, going over Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Each player will tee off on each course before the cut after 54 holes of action and heading up the field is Jason Day who is streaking quite well at the moment, especially after carding a share of second at Torrey Pines recently. Has never missed the cut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, grabbing two sixth place finishes from four attempts.
Four time Champion Phil Mickelson is out again, even though there were clear signs that he was struggling with a bad back last week. He’ll be taking a rest after this one. Has been in pretty good shape, but you just wonder about how well his back is going to hold up. He has history, being the all-time money leader at the tournament, and online bookmaker Boylesports are running a Money Back Special concerning him. If your selection in the outright market happens to finish in second place behind Phil Mickelson this week, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet.
Other big guns in the field are Hunter Mahan, who finished second in the tournament back in 2011 and comes in off the back of a fourth in Scottsdale last week; Graeme McDowell, who returns to the scene of his 2010 US Open win and is trending well at the moment; Jordan Spieth who is making just his second appearance at Pebble Beach and Dustin Johnson. Johnson is a two-time AT&T Champion (2009, 2010) and has carded two other top tens in his six visits to the event.
Can’t quite decide on who to back this week perhaps? The Place Market is always great value to shoot for, as well as each way bets. Paddy Power are paying out to six places in a golf betting promotion this week at Pebble Beach, and the offer applies to bets placed on the tournament outrights, before the start of the action. New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
February 4th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Action on the European PGA Tour turns to South Africa as the Joburg Open betting swings into action. Heading up the field is home grown talent Charl Schwartzel who is running as strong 4/1 favourite in the outright winner market with online betting site Boylesports.
Schwartzel will be back out in action after a four week break and he knows his way around the Joburg Open having won it twice before in 2010 and 2011. Schwartzel always makes a pretty solid wager on home soil, and he has played in his home country four times already on the 2014 Race To Dubai, having posted three top ten finishes along with a T15 at the Volvo Golf Champions.
So he will be well rested and has to be a good option for your golf betting this week, even in the Place Market. Schwartzel was quick to let the press know that he has been out practicing at the course and has been shooting low scores as well.
It’s all about South Africans at the head of the field of Joburg Open betting, because defending champion Richard Sterne is in the mix at 16/1. Sterne finished seven shots clear of Schwartzel last year, and is also looking to card his third win at the tournament. So big incentives for both of these this week, and they have been drawn together for the first two days as well, so they could drive each other on. Sterne set a record 27 under par aggregate total on his way out the prize last season. He will be looking for this one to really kick start his season.
There is a good golf betting promotion running at online betting site Boylesports against this week, as they are running a Money Back Special. Back a selection in the outright winner market, and if your player finishes second to Charl Schwartzel in the Joburg Open, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake for you. Nice coverage and new customers registering an account with online betting site Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
Joburg Open Winner Betting Odds at Boylesports
Charl Schwartzel 4/1, George Coetzee 11/1, Richard Sterne 20/1, Thomas Aiken 20/1, Danny Willett 33/1, Hennie Otto 35/1, Ross Fisher 25/1, Steve Webster 35/1, Roberto Rock 40/1
January 29th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf betting will take centre stage this week as there is the big Rory McIlroy v Tiger Woods showdown. At least that is what the bookmakers are predicting, as the two big guns in the field are trading shortly priced at the head of the field.
To kick things off with, Rory McIlroy should have heavy backing here as every time he has contested this one, he has finished in the top ten. So punters will be expecting him to go well here and he has his game going pretty well at the moment, carding a T2 finish at the HSBC Golf Championship. He is also a past winner of the Omega Dubai desert Classic, taking the title back in 2009.
But Tiger Woods is out and he is looking for his third title at the event. Woods though had a tough time of things at the Farmers Insurance Open last week, a tournament which has has had a great affinity with in his career. He finished down in T80 after shooting a 79 in the third round. His last win at the Dubai Desert Classic was in 2008, following up on his 2006 victory.
So it is that duo who will be dominating the betting market this week and online betting site Boylesports have another great promotion running for your golf wagers. If your backed selection in the outright market finishes in second place to either Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, then you will get your lost stake refunded. New customers registering an accounts with online betting site Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
Pretty good coverage because there are other big threats in the field, with Henrik Stenson in particular looking to get back to winning ways. Also making up a strong line up is the likes of Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Bjorn, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, along with 2012 winner Rafa Cabrera Bello.
2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Golf Betting Odds at Boylesports
Rory McIlroy 7/2, Tiger Woods 6/1, Henrik Stenson 9/1, Rafael Cabrera Bello 22/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 22/1, Joost LUiten 33/1, Peter Hanson 40/1, Thomas Bjorn 40/1, Branden Grace 40/1