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22nd December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Synchronised will go off as favourite for the Welsh National horse racing betting on December 27th at Chepstow. The defending Welsh National champion was spared from top weight in the race, just by 1lb though, with the top weight instead going to Hey Big Spender. Synchronised will set off on the quest to win back to back Welsh Nationals, and if achieved, will become the first ever horse to win the same race in the same season. Punters will probably remember, like the King George VI Chase, the Welsh National was held over last year to be ran at the start of this year, and it was Synchronised who put on a show of force over the three mile, five and a half furlong, Grade 3 race. While Synchronised is favouring the betting, the general feel is that he really hasn’t been targeted for this, and that a run at the Lexus is going to be more to his favour. So that means, while Synchronised is generally trading at around 6/1 in 2011 Welsh National betting, there are some good options behind him.
Because of the heavier weight burden, Hey Big Spender is really drifting in the odds, but is going to be well worth a an each way shot we feel in Welsh National horse racing betting. It really hasn’t seem to distract him from winning by carrying top weight in races before, and is a proven handicap winner. There is a lot of endurance and power in Hey Big Spender, and trainer Colin Tizzard is really talking up the horse’s chances despite what the bookies are making of his charge. The long race should be ideal for Hey Big Spender, who should have the ability to outlast a lot of the field. Tizzard believes that the Welsh National has always been a perfect target for Hey Big Spender, who ran very well at Newcastle at the end of November, taking a top weight win there.
Carruthers is reportedly in very good shape as well, and the Hennessey Gold Cup Chase (handicap) Grade 3 winner back at the end of November, who beat out Planet of Sound has to be worth considering as well. Word is from the stables, that he is in even better shape that before the successful trip to Newbury. Giles Cross is second favourite in the Welsh National Ante Post horse racing betting at the moment. Trained by Victor Dartnall, Giles Cross ran a good race at Chepstow at the start of the year in the previous renewal of the Welsh National, coming in second to Synchronised on that occasions, but a good run at Fontwell in mid November will have raised his stock for another crack at the Welsh National.
The field looks pretty competitive for the 2011 Welsh National betting, with interest heading towards the likes of Galaxy Rock, Viking Blond and Le Beau Bai. It all adds up to some fantastic ante post prices around at the moment to pay heed to. Hey Big Spender is hard to look past at the moment, because that is tremendous value right out there for him to at least place. Well worth looking at. It we were going to pick out a winner here, then our Welsh National betting tip would be on Carruthers after his Hennessey efforts.
2011 Welsh National Betting Odds
Synchronised: 7/1 at Ladbrokes
Giles Cross: 8/1 at Bet365
Carruthers: 10/1 at SkyBet
Galaxy Rock: 11/1 at Boylesports
Viking Blond: 12/1 at Ladbrokes
Le Beau Bai: 14/1 at Bet365
As De Fer: 14/1 at Ladbrokes
Cappa Bleu: 16/1 at Stan James
Hey Big Spender: 16/1 at Victor Chandler
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23rd July 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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5th May 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
The fillies go in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6th a prelude to the famous old Kentucky Derby on Sunday. All of the action takes place at the Churchill Down, and the Oaks offers up a nice million dollars for the winner after the purse was doubled this year. Who are we looking at in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks betting? Well, the majority of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks betting is leaning towards Joyful Victory. The trainer, Larry Jones has won the Kentucky Oaks a couple of times before, so knows all about this race. This is the 137th running of the Oak, and Joyful Victory looks to be a pretty sound bet. She is a stunning looking horse, not that that makes any difference for your betting, but the grey filly really will stand out in Louisville for one reason or another. The draw for the Oaks has placed Joyful Victory in stall one though, not the ideal place where she would want to be, but shouldn‘t hamper her chances too much. Still, she looks ready and comes to the race in very good shape and goes with Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith in the saddle. Joyful Victory has been improving so much, she is going to take some stopping. The filly has stormed through victories in her last three races, and she may only be favourite now because R Heat Lightning was pulled from the race because of injury, it doesn’t take anything away from what this three year old is capable of.
The biggest threat could well come from the awesomely named Kathmanblu, who come from a strong jockey and trainer partnership for the season. Kathmanblu is no stranger to stakes victories, and is well worth taking a look at for value. Has been a winner at Churchill Downs before as well, where she romped to an eight and a half length victory. The filly is another one who has been improving a lot over the season. Would also take a solid look at Plum Pretty as well, as trainer Bob Baffert has landed an Oaks before, and this is a filly with a heck of a lot of speed in the tank. Plum Pretty and Summer Soiree could be among the early pace setters, but watch for Joyful Victory to sit in behind the leaders and wait for her chance. That is also where Kathmanblu will go from. That is why you will really want to be looking at those two for your 2011 Kentucky Oak betting. The field is pretty deep and there are some strong challengers down the list, but the 1 and 1/8 mile race looks set to be another good pay day for Joyful Victory after her strong victories at the Honeybee and Fantasy. This is a Grade I race though for her now, but all the signs from the Joyful Victory camp looks as if she is ready for this step up. The pace could be quick this year, but as long as she is tracking around mid pack then she will have enough in the tank to take this race. Would stick with Joyful Victory in your 2011 Kentucky Oaks betting, with Kathmanblu looking a very strong each way bet.
Kentucky Oaks Outright Winner Betting Odds
Joyful Victory: 5/2 at Boylesports
Zazu: 9/2 at Paddy Power
Kathmanblu: 11/2 at Bet365
Plum Pretty: 6/1 at Bet365
Summer Soiree: 6/1 at Bet365
Lilacs and Lace: 16/1 at Paddy Power
Her Smile: 16/1 at Paddy Power
Daisy Devine: 20/1 at Bet365
3rd May 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
After winning the 2000 Guineas in such strong fashion, the unbeaten Frankel looked to be heading to the Epsom Derby to defend his unbeaten record, however, Henry Cecil has announced that Frankel won’t be in the race. Immediately after Frankel had stormed home in the 2000 Guineas, there was a flood of punters backing the unbeaten miler to take on the Epsom field and win. However, the main concerns which kept Frankel’s Antepost price for the 2001 Epsom Derby a little healthier than one would expect, was the fact that he is untested over the longer distance. The big question about Frankel’s Derby chances, was over him having to go the extra distance of the extra half mile. The owner and stables have agreed that Frankel is not going to be experimented with at the moment, and because they are not going to rush him into a longer race before the Derby, they have withdrawn him from the card. The unbeaten colt would have been the star attraction in the Triple Crown race, but instead switches to the St James’s Palace Stakes which goes over the familiar mile. That is Fankel’s ideal distance and the moment, and realistically there is no need to push him just at the moment.
So where does that leave your 2011 Epsom Derby Antepost betting? Well, it leaves World Domination as the new outright favourite. After Frankel’s withdrawal, the price on World Domination has been trimmed a little bit. World Domination is the inexperienced bet, but is a horse which shows immense potential. However, you may need to keep an eye on him in the Dante first because that will show just how ready he is, after impressing so much in his maiden victory at Newbury. However, Carlton House, owned by none other than The Queen, will go as our tip here. The insider news is very positive from the stables, and is looking as if the schooling for the Epsom Derby is going perfectly. Carlton Houses’ last run was at Newbury in October of last year, which produced a very impressive nine lengths victory over Yaseer. With Frankel out of the picture, it is looking like a duel between World Domination and Carlton House at the moment. Both are inexperienced, but both have a lot of positives about their future. Just like the feel of Carlton House a little bit more, so would get some early Antepost betting down right now for the 2001 Epsom Derby while the prices are still strong.
Selected 2011 Epsom Derby Antepost Betting Odds
World Domination: 9/2 at Bet365
Carlton house: 11/2 at Totesport
Seville: 8/1 at Bet365
Recital: 14/1 at Paddy Power
Native Khan: 16/1 at Victor Chandler
Sea Moon: 16/1 at Bet365
Vadamar: 16/1at Boylesports
1st May 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Well, it was on the cards, but not many predicted the margin of victory with which Frankel won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. Henry Cecil’s unbeaten star, completely obliterated the field, winning by six lengths in the end in Saturday’s feature race. The 2000 Guineas was the first of the Classics, so now all eyes will turn to the Epsom Derby on the first weekend of June. Bookmakers have been tinkering with Frankel Derby betting odds already after his impressive showing at Newmarket. At online bookmaker SportingBet, Frankel is now trading at 7/2 after having his odds trimmed after looking so dominant. The hype was in place as he hit Newmarket to defend his unbeaten record in his career, and he just didn’t look back from the half way point of the race. Jockey Tom Queally did another fantastic job in the saddle and now the next target will be the 2011 Derby. There are hints that he will put another appearance in before that, but while bookmakers are trimming the odds, punters are now really going to question the credentials of Henry Cecil’s Frankel. The first thing to consider here for the Epsom Derby ante post betting on Frankel, is that he is still good value and should be taken now. Hovering around that 3/1 mark really begs the question over how he may go at Epsom. Bookmakers realise that this may be a tougher task for Frankel and are holding their ground in trading at no shorter than 7/2 because, as good of a miler as Frankel is, does he have the staying power to get around the Epsom track under pressure? The Derby goes over 1 mile and four furlongs, and does have what it takes to go just that much further? That is the main question over Frankel’s credentials for the Derby. Still, camps are divided a little bit. Backers will wonder just how Frankel is going to lose at the moment. After having his odds trimmed, Frankel is now trading as clear outright favourite, ahead of World Domination who can be taken for 6/1 at Paddy Power, and then you look back to the sparky Carlton House (who is getting good recognition for his training and conditioning) at 7/1 with Paddy Power also.
29th April 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
We will have seen what Frankel had to offer in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday at Newmarket, before the running of the 1000 Guineas on Sunday at Newmarket. This is the fillies only version of the 2000 Guineas and makes up the second horse racing Classic of the season. The featured horse here is Moonlight Cloud who is currently trading at 9/2 with Bet365. The French runner makes for a very strong bet here, and with the French going so well in the race over the past few years, Moonlight Cloud 1000 Guineas betting will stand strong. She looks pretty impressive in full flight and has landed three wins out of four races, most recently on April 11th with a two length win over Helleborine out in France. Very interested by her in this race, and should go well. The conditions under foot are not going to be a concern, but if it is fast ground, then it is unlikely anyone else in the field is going to be able to catch her over the Newmarket course. Would have no hesitation in backing Moonlight Cloud 1000 Guineas betting strongly, but as always, there are always a couple of interesting other punts to weigh up. A feature weekend of Frankel and Moonlight Cloud taking the opening two Classics of the year is really on the cards here.
There is an interesting duo in the chasing pack, Memory (11/2 at Bet365) and Misty for Me (8/1 at SportingBet). At Curragh last August, Misty for Me blitzed Memory, and pushed Laughing Lashes into second place too. Misty for Me then backed that up with a win over Helleborine as well in October, and has not been seen since. For our 1000 Guineas betting, Misty for Me looks extremely good value and could put up a strong challenge. As for Memory, would not fully count her out either, because until that sixth place finish at Curragh, she had won all three of her previous race, so should put in a better showing. Misty For Me’s performances against Laughing Lashes is also something interesting to take into consideration, because they faced each other twice last August at Curragh, with both of them winning a race by a length over the other. That makes Laughing Lashes worth looking at too, along with Hooray, who we will pick out here as our tip. Hooray has landed three wins in her last three races now, and has climbed up a few points in the official rating. Ran a strong race at Newmarket to beat Rimth by four and a half lengths in October, so has history at the course. Currently trading at 9/1 with SportingBet, she is on the bubble a bit, but can certainly on her day should be able to run Moonlight Cloud close, so that makes her our 1000 Guineas betting tip. Looking down the list, the class and odds of Moonlight Cloud 1000 Guineas betting really does stand out. Going off a decent Antepost price at the moment, so would look for a big impression from her on Sunday.
Selected 1000 Guineas Betting
Moonlight Cloud: 9/2 at Bet365
Havant: 11/2 at Paddy Power
Memory: 11/2 at Bet365
Misty for Me: 8/1 at Boylesports
Hooray: 9/1 at Paddy Power
Laughing Lashes: 11/1 at SportingBet
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29th April 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
The Classics get underway this weekend at Newmarket, with the 2000 Guineas running on Saturday, and the 1000 Guineas getting underway on Sunday. It’s a busy bank holiday of horse racing and these are the feature races of the weekend. The Classics are a series of five flat races, the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks, the Epsom Derby and the St Leger Stakes. The 2,000 Guineas is for Colts and Fillies, and starts off the Classics (and along with the Derby and the St Leger Stakes makes up the Triple Crown), so eyes will be on the 3.10 at Newmarket on Saturday and all eyes will be watching the highly rated Frankel. This is some horse and Frankel 2000 Guineas betting at the moment says it all. The Henry Cecil trained colt has won his last five outings, with the most recent a comfortable victory at Newbury over Excelebration a couple of weeks ago. That simply means that the three year old has nailed five wins in five flat starts. Frankel goes as outright favourite, and frankly (pun intended) it is hard to bet against him. There are a couple of tempters in the field to get behind, but Antepost favourite Frankel just looks to be the sensible strong bet. Frankel is currently trading at 4/7 with Boylesports in 2000 Guineas Betting and a look at his course record sees two wins for him already in his short career at Newmarket. Possibly the most awesome thing about Frankel is that there is still room for improvement and he can get even better. Frankel usually gets off to a slow start, but once he does hit the front then you can pretty much wrap up the race with his pace and most importantly, his staying power. While Frankel 2000 Guineas betting is drawing a lot of attention, the pressure mounts with each race as he defends his unbeaten record. Frankel has currently taken 41% of all outright bets on the race, which is pretty impressive and everything about him just looks right. Preparation (wasn’t 100% fit for his last race, which he still won anyway), and looks as if he is going to go all the way.
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Where are the most likely challengers going to come from? Well we’re going to look at Roderic O’Connor here. Roderic O’Connor came in second behind Frankel in October last year at Newmarket, and picked up a good win in Saint Cloud just a couple of weeks after that. Probably the strongest of the challengers, and trading at 9/1 with Stan James at the moment, looks a solid each bet at the least. Not sure if Roderic O’Connor can beat Frankel in a straight footrace, but if there is a mistake from the favourite, then Roderic O’Connor is the most likely candidate to punish it. Needs to hold straight though, as is a bit prone to drifting. The other main challenge will likely be the one from Pathfork, who is currently a decent bet for 13/2 at Paddy Power. Like Frankel, Pathfork has an unbeaten record to defend, winning all three appearances of a young career. Showed great mettle and staying power when holding off Casamento at Curragh. That is the only course the Mrs John Harrington trained charge has ran at though. Still, should put in a good running for the race. Truthfully, the likes of Casamento and Fury are only showing interest as each way bets in 2000 Guineas betting, mostly because they look beatable. So, stick with Frankel 2000 Guineas betting because he remains the horse to beat. There should be profit on him, but as a tip, look at Roderic O’Connor for a good place finish due to value.
Selected 2000 Guineas Betting Odds
Frankel: 4/7 at Boylesports
Pathfork: 13/2 at Paddy Power
Roderic O’Connor: 9/1 at Stan James
Casamento: 12/1 at Bet365
Fury: 16/1 at SkyBet
Native Khan: 16/1 at Totesport
Saamidd: 28/1 at SportingBet
4th April 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
The 2011 Grand National hits the starting line on Saturday, April 9th at 4.15pm, and the prestigious Steeplechase will once again draw plenty of attraction from both hardened and causal punters. It is easy to forget sometimes that the Grand National is part of a great three day festival at Aintree, and after the thrills and spills of the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year, top level horse racing is rampant at the moment, with the Dubai World Cup and the Derby Day in the US part of a busy month or so. The Merseyside marathon is such a huge draw, from the avid punter who has sat down and studied form for the last three months, to those fancying a dabble in the office sweepstakes. First of all, some important news, is that Synchronised, who won the Welsh National, has been withdrawn, along with Midnight Chase. That is to add to the likes of Ballytrim, Notre Pere and Nedzer’s Return to name a few other absentees. But no point focusing on who is not going to win the big race because they aren’t even at the starting line, instead we can take a long hard look at outright favourite The Midnight Club. The entrant, trained by Willie Mullins ran in a victory at the Grade 2 Bobbyjo Chase back in February, and now The Midnight Club has taken over the reins as market leader for the steeplechase, thanks to the news that Ruby Walsh would be in the saddle.
The extra takings coming across the board on The Midnight Club, has put a bit of clear daylight between the chaser and co joint ante post betting favourite What A Friend. While both were hovering around 10/1 for some time, the move for the Ruby Walsh mount now means that What A Friend is back at around 12/1 with Blue Square at the moment. Still, that is a pretty good price to take, and plenty of value there for one of the main front runners for the Grand National. This is Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse, if that is going to influence your betting on the Grand National in any way shape or form. What A Friend is trained by Paul Nicholls and will be ridden by the promising Daryl Jacob, who put in some performances in the saddle at Cheltenham recently, when he ran What A Friend home fourth in the Gold Cup, and landed a winner in the Triumph Hurdle on the back of Zarkandar. There has been quite a bit of trading interest on What A Friend, but not quite as convinced about the duo at the Grand National, although he has a reputation as being a safe jumper. One stat working against Fergie’s horse is that only one eight year old in the last seventeen renewals has managed a win.
A better looking wager will go on Backstage, who could give trainer Gordon Elliott his second Grand National Winner after his success with Silver Birch in 2007. A young trainer, Elliott seems to have a knack of getting the best out of horses which other stables have given up on, such as the case with Silver Birch, who Paul Nicholls had previously let go. Backstage is certainly a much improved horse, but you will need to watch the going with Backstage, as if it continues to be too soft following rain, he may not have legs to get home first. Didn’t go very well in his last outing in conditions which didn’t suit him at all. A little unorthodox, but would make for a fantastic follow up for Elliott after Silver Birch. Was going well last year in the race until he hit a spot of bother at the 20th, but it was all good experience. French horses generally don’t have the long run stamina, because there is no need to prime horses for major runs in their home country, where races max out around the 3 mile mark. Still, that aside, worth a punt at 12/1 at Bet365.
Oscar Time looks to be a very interesting betting option at the 2011 Grand National, simply because of amateur Sam Whaley Cohen in the saddle. Oscar Time ran home behind Blueseacracker at the Irish Grand National, giving his backers good confidence ahead of the ride at Aintree. Waley-Cohen was of course on the back of Long Run when the youngster starred in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, and the Irish trained horse could really make a decent showing here. Oscar Time (14/1 at BetFair) has a little ground to make up after being beaten by The Midnight Club at Fairyhouse’s Bobbyjo Chase, and Oscar Time does not look to fussy about the ground he goes on, so look for a fast start from him and then to carry. We can’t look at the 2011 Grand National without looking for AP McCoy. After fourteen failed attempts, the Champion Jockey finally nailed a big win the National last year when he led Don’t Push It to the tape first. However, with Don’t Push It hovering around 16/1 at SportingBet, he is back in the ante post betting because of the top weight he is carrying. AP McCoy’s ride has been assigned 11st 5lb, a whole five pounds heavier than he was in last year’s race. This will probably work against Don’t Push It in the long run, as no horse has won the National for over thirty years carrying more than 11st 5lb. In the big picture, it looks as if overcoming that top weight will probably keep him out of the winners circle. The bookies will be happy about that, after McCoy’s surprise winner last year cost bookmakers around £20 million in last year’s race.
One other name of note who could make an impact is Niche Market, who has been drifting around the odds. Generally he has drifted out, which could be a good thing if you back him in an ante post betting at the moment, because he has been a market leader over the past year for the race. Currently trading at 18/1 with Victor Chandler, Niche Market, who has been assigned 10st 13lb, makes a great Grand National outside betting tip here, and well worth a shot at an each way bet. After Ruby Walsh passed up the opportunity, Harry Skelton will skip into the saddle for the ride. Really fancy a good run from Niche Market and good value on him makes for a decent pull.
Here is the break down of some of the front runners who we are focusing on here, along with some important stats and trends that you may want to look out for.
Don’t Push It, Age 10, 11st 10lb, Ireland
What a Friend, Age 8, 11st 6lb
Niche Market, Age 10, 10st 13lb, Ireland
The Midnight Club, Age 10, 10st 12lb, Ireland
Backstage, Age 9, 10st 12lb, France
Oscar Time, Age 10, 10st 9lb, Ireland
- It has been forty years since a who had had not previously won over 3 miles to win The Grand National
- Experience in bigger fields has led to 17 of the last 19 National winners being previous winners in fields of a dozen competitors or more
- Avoid younger horses. 8 year olds are about the minimum threshold here, any younger than that, you can literally rule them out.
- 13 of the last 21 Grand National winners have been aged 10 or older
- French horses (Mon Mome in 2009 aside) generally lack stamina and distance experience for this epic. France has produced just one winner in over a hundred years.
- Look for a runner who definitely has won over 3 miles before over the jumps in their career.
- Look for Grand National experience, as seven of the last ten winners had already had a run at the famous fences before.
- Look for career experience as well, each and everyone of the last ten winners had notched up at least ten runs over the jumps before winning the National.
Selected 2011 Grand National Outright Betting Odds
The Midnight Club: 9/1 at 888Sport
Backstage: 12/1 at Bet365
What A Friend: 12/1 at Blue Square
Oscar Time: 14/1 at BetFair
Silver By Nature: 16/1 at Totesport
Ballabriggs: 16/1 at Stan James
Don’t Push It: 16/1 at SportingBet
Big Fella Thanks: 16/1 at Victor Chandler
Niche Market: 18/1 at William Hill
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21st January 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
With the Cheltenham Festival heading our way before you know it, horse racing is one of the biggest betting markets for online bookmakers. It is everywhere, every day and most online bookmakers will provide you with the day’s racing from the UK and across the world. If you enjoy having a flutter on the horses, then you can pretty much find a race any time of any day, watch live streams of them, and even if there are no live races running then you can find some virtual racing to keep yourself entertained. The services for horse racing which online bookmakers offer, naturally varies from one provider to another. Finding one to suit you can make the whole experience incredibly enjoyable, and for those of you punters who like your horse racing feature packed, then a trip to 888Sport will certainly satiate all of your needs. What this popular online bookmaker really deliver, is a top flight horse racing portal through their incredibly in depth icard. The 888Sport icard is a separate section of the online bookmaker’s website, and one totally dedicated to bringing the punter the best horse racing action possible.
Call up the 888Sport icard and you will see the immediate impact of doing your horse racing betting there. You will see the day’s race cards coming up in a perfectly organized way, and you can visit any race off any card, or you can go and look at the course information. Click on the picture of a course and you’ll find the address, contact information with phone, email and website, plus the direction of how to get there as well as the admission price. In their cool graphic way, the course is laid out for you, the direction of the track, plus all the locations of the hazards. It is excellently presented, plus you will get a list of results from that course as well, stretching back a few months, which is quite handy if you bet predominantly by course. On the landing page of the 888Sport icard, there is also, in addition to the day’s meetings, a quick predictor, showing the expected winner of the next three races, plus a link to the latest horse racing news. This is a great intro to horse racing betting, and the main tabbed sections allow you to switch between the race cards and results themselves, along with the courses, statistics, news link and more. There is also information based for Travellers (those horses who have travelled the furthest distance) and Steamers (the horses of the day which are being backed the most).
But, getting to the business end of the 888Sport, by clicking on a race, you get to see the power of the 888Sport icard even more. Call up a race card and you again will see the course info, as well as useful information about the draw advantage. What you will be presented with in terms of the race card, is the list of runners (naturally) along with brief form (with a link to get the full form), weight, jockey/trainer and official rating of the horse. This is all presented very clearly, so you are not going to miss anything, all across the 888Sport icard you will find everything very clear, with so many nice little touches. Besides the race card itself, there is further useful information with the previous year’s race result and a brilliant little treasure in the Head to Head. This sits beneath the race card, and it brings up any relevant information about whether any of the runners in the race have come together in previous races. This is a wonderful little feature and is great for quick references.
But here comes one of the best, and perhaps coolest feature of the 888Sport icard. The predictor. This isn’t just a little piece of text giving a tip of who may win, this is a full graphical representation of everything. When you call up a race card, you will get the predictor (unless you turn it off) and basically a horse race will be run for you. Each horse in the race has a little animated graphic of a horse next to it, and the race will be ran based on form. It will show you who is expected to win the race, and by how much of a distance, and it is great, all based on winning form. What really makes this feature stand out, is that you can predict the race from a Place Form, Going or Jockey/Trainer combo perspective. This will show that certain factors may chance the outcome of the race, and distances between first and second may be smaller than first though. This really gives a fantastic visual view of the possible outcome, and it really can help your betting on the horse racing, and it can’t come highly recommended enough.
888Sport’s horse racing icard, really is worth taking some time to look at. When you join up with the online bookmaker, you will get a £20 no risk free bet. This is just a nice welcome offer, and is perfect for getting started with the highly popular bookmaker. What they really do well on top of their icard, is their sports betting promotions, which they constantly roll out. For example, if you place the 888th bet of the day on the 888Sport website, you will receive a free bet on your account, to the value of your stake. So if that bet was a £50, you get a free £50 bet just for your stake being the 888th of the day at the website. This has a limit of £888 (obviously) so if you fall lucky, then you can get yourself a nice reward. Check out their promotions page and see what they offer to enhance your regular sports betting, on top of their extremely competitive prices. There is a good in play betting service to enjoy, but to back up the awesomeness of the 888Sport icard, you can also watch live streams of horse racing with the bookie. All in all it is a great package and really should be considered for your next flutter.
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22nd December 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
The King George VI Chase is the highlight showpiece of the Boxing Day horse racing festivities. This is just part of the great Winter Festival at Kempton, featuring a host of Grade I races. This is about now half way through the season for the jumps, and the prestige surrounding this classic chase, can only really be surpassed by the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The King George VI Chase sees the runners go over a right handed 3m course and some famous names have landed the title more than once of the years, with Kicking King, See More Business and Desert Orchid some of the most famous names on the list. Current champion Kauto Star goes for his fifth King George, after Ruby Walsh rode him home first last year. That was the fourth consecutive victory for Kauto Star, in a race which has always been epitomised by the sight of the famous grey, Desert Orchid romping home. 2010 sees the 60th running of the Chase, with the William Hill Winter Festival being one of the most attended meetings of the year.
The Kempton track, in particular the King George VI Chase plays up to speed. There really is no biding your time in the King George VI Chase, there is the necessity to cruise round at high speed as well as having immaculate timing over the jumps. Trainer Paul Nicholls has the chance to record an unique five in a row with Kauto Star, surpassing all of the greats which have gone before. Kauto Star, a two times winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup will naturally start as favourite, and with Imperial Commander out of the picture for the feature race, gelding Kauto Star will naturally take heavy backing in the run up to the start. You should be able to still pick up a decent shout of Evens on him at the moment, with some Antepost betting at your online bookmaker. Looking over the card (which will be no more than 14 runners), he is the outright class act in the field, and will be hard to touch due to his rankings. Are there any worthwhile prices to consider betting against the great champion? Of course there is. In horse racing betting, just as with any other sport, you just never know. Falls happen, form dips when unexpected and strange things happen.
Here is a guide to your King George VI Chase Antepost Betting
Simply outstanding, there is no other word for him. Just a quick glance over his form will tell you where to put your money. Five wins out of his last six runs, two of them at Kempton, two of them at Cheltenham, and we know what races those were in. The horse can make himself a bit of history, as Kauto Star would surpass Desert Orchid’s four wins in the race. Always looks superlative and he will be the one to beat in the race. Had a good warm up at the beginning of December, finishing four lengths clear of Sizing Europe, one of the rivals for the King George VI Chase. Kauto Star simply has the jumping power, the stamina and most of all the speed, and is so well built for this race it will be hard to take him down. This is something of a unique style of race and you need the entire package to pull it off. Time and time again the partnership of Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star have proven to be just far too good, but there is a twist in the tale for this year. Walsh will not be in the saddle, as he is still nursing a broken leg. Instead the deputising jockey of Noel Fehily will be there. Still, you have to think that it will take some kind of luck for one of the other to prevent him from winning the King George VI Chase for the fifth time.
Is being touted as the one who can finally end Kauto Stair’s run, however this is youngster compared to the experience of Kauto Star, and that could be the one thing which pushes him back. If you are talking about raw talent, then Long Run has it, and has been showing remarkably well during only his second season of steeplechase. Long Run showed well at Kempton last year in the Grade 1 Feltham Chase (which is the undercard for the King George VI Chase), finishing a massive thirteen lengths clear of his nearest rival. The only question remains is whether the time is right for the pretender to surpass the king. He may just be a year or two away from being able to take Kauto Star on toe-to-toe, but while the followers of Kauto Star see still that old magic in the ten year old, the five year old Long Run is breathing down his neck. Ran in third in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham in mid November, four lengths back of the winner. If Kauto Star slips, then Long Run could be in the spotlight. In a field without Kauto Star in it, you would be leaning towards Long Run. This will be a serious test of how far he has come along though, because his finishing time over the track last year, was well back of that posted by Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase. Can he push on for that extra stride of pace and not disrupt his jumping rhythm? Incidentally, no five year old has ever won the race either.
He comes the Irish challenger for the race, who has to break the ignominy of finishing second, which he has done in his last six outings. The eight year old has been the bridesmaid over the past couple of years, but hasn’t quite come through with the big proposal to take the tape. Another thing which could just push him back in the final outcome, will be an issue of stamina, having never gone over this length of course before. Having to do that for the first time and keep up with the speed of Kauto Star, is a big ask. Eight of the last ten King George VI Chase winners had all won over the distance before. A quick sizing up of the odds really sums up the chances of the rest of the runners in this field. No, there is no Imperial Commander, but the early indications is that this is still going to be a two horse race, with Kauto Star ultimately shining through. Forpadydeplasterer, there is potential, but potential alone isn’t enough to win the King George VI Chase.
Trainer Nicky Henderson looks the best bet to usurp Kauto Star in this race. Henderson has three runners in the race, with Riverside Theatre, Long Run and Burton Port. Long Run looks to have the best chance of them all though. Henderson has 53 winners from 182 runners at Kempton, and when you weigh up that strike rate really, it isn’t bad at all. But Riverside Theatre, who did win at Kempton on November 1st with Barry Geraghty in the saddle, is a good talent, and looks as if Kempton suits him. That’s four wins from four runs at Kempton now. All of Henderson’s entrants here are in the second season of Chase, and with none of them really having shone in the race before, it is tough to see them closing the gap. A steady performer, but you have to look at Henderson’s Long Run as being the one with the most potential to push Kauto Star.
The other Irish entrant, who has been beaten in the races he has gone in when stepping out of novice company. However, looks as if he is well suited to the race, but need to break out of the tough second year Chaser company to win his first race. Again, should be one of the chasing pack, but ultimately and also-ran. Well beaten by Kauto Star already this season.
History is working against the odds of Nacarat running home first. Each of the last ten winners of the King George VI Chase have all had a Grade 1 victory under their belt, something which Nacart does not have. Finished a couple of lengths behind Planet of Sound at Haydock in December, and is just one of the chasing pack which really is not expected to show that well near the front.
Out there in the odds, but may just be worth looking at for reaching each way. His one big moment came in beating War of Attrition at Punchestown in April at the Punchestown Gold Cup, and came in almost ten lengths back of Imperial Commander at Haydock at the end of November. That is something to judge him by, because if Imperial Commander was in this race and challenging Kauto Star, instead of being held back for the defence of his Cheltenham Gold Cup, Planet of Sound wouldn’t get near the front two. Has experience, but not of the real quality to take this race by the scruff of the neck. Could get in the mix with a good run, and may just be worth a second look on the day.
A great outsider tip. Well worth a little each way flutter. Has had a pretty good year, and the nine year old has good experience in the race. Albertas Run finished second to Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase two years ago, but really showed his worth at the beginning of the year, winning Grade I races at Cheltenham and Aintree. The victory at Aintree saw him finish around three lengths clear of Forpadydeplasterer. Ridden by Sports Personality of the Year A. P. McCoy, you know he will be ridden well, and the only thing which is perhaps keeping him out in the odds, is his fall last time out on November 20th. If he gets up from that and runs to his full potential, he could be in the mix for a top three finish. At this price, not one to really refuse looking at.
Burton Port: 20/1 at SkyBet
What A Friend: 33/1 at Totesport
The Nightingale: 40/1 at Bet365
Madison Du Berlais: 40/1 at SkyBet
Noland: 66/1 at SportingBet
Ollie Magern: 200/1 at Bet365