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It is horse racing and the unexpected happens. It can be cruel to just miss out on a winner and it can be a cruel betting experience if your selection just doesn’t get a good run on the day. Thankfully there is a great insurance on offer at online betting site Sky Bet who will give your lost stake back as a free bet if you lose in the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Just place a bet on the 1.30 at Cheltenham for any of the four days of the Festival and if your horse loses, then Sky Bet will refund all win singles and the win part of each-way singles as a free bet up to £25 within 24 hours per qualifying race.

Day One – Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle

Day Two – Neptune Novices Hurdle

Day Three – JLT Novices Chase

Day Four – Triumph Hurdle

So that means you could have a shot at Altior for example in Tuesday’s Supreme Novices Chase, who is going as 4/1 second favourite behind 9/4 shot Min. If he was to end up not winning then you would get your stake back from the bookmaker, so the offer gives you a shot a perhaps having a good gamble on a longer priced runner, while offering protection if you are putting a stack on the outright favorite. Sky Bet are also non runner no bet and best odds guaranteed at the Festival!

17th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Cheltenham Festival

Friday sees the latest renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the jewel in the crown of chasing. It is one of the most famous races in the world and one that every trainer, jockey and owner dreams of winning. The same can be said of many a punter. The race itself goes over 3 miles and two and a half furlongs and therefore not only is it a test of jumping ability, it all about endurance and stamina as well.

Heading up the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting market is Don Cossack who has a great record in Grade 1 races over the fences. Gordon Elliott’s charge was won 11 of 18 starts over the fences including the Punchestown Gold Cup last year. He has been storming along in Grade 1 races over the last year having beaten the likes of Cue Card, Djakadam and Rocky Creek. He did take a tumble in the King George VI Chase over Kempton, but a testament to how good he is, he got back up just a couple of weeks later and posted a Grade 2 in in Ireland.

So his routine didn’t look too upset by that fall at Kempton last December and he probably would have gotten the better of Cue Card again had he stayed afloat. He has the staying power to go the distance but his record at Cheltenham isn’t a special one He fell in the RSA Chase in his first appearance and then he didn’t have the speed to put the win on the board in the Ryanair last year, but it is his extended staying power which will see him more suited to the enduring Cheltenham Gold Cup where he is a price of 3/1.


So it is a healthy competitive market this year for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, that’s for sure, because you have Djakadam at 7/2, then Cue Card and Don Poli at 4/1 each. Djakadam landed a second place finish for Willie Mullins at least year’s Gold Cup, but if history tells us anything about the Gold Cup, it is avoid those who placed in the race the previous year. He doesn’t have a record to stack up against that of Don Cossack having only four wins from 9 outings over the fences and not having beaten anyone of any real consequence. Also, his track record at Cheltenham, where he has fallen in two of this three previous appearances, doesn’t exactly scream of him being bankable.

Cue Card looks back on top of his game after winning the King George, the Charlie Hall and the Betfair Chase. That’s the kind of form that you want to see from a charge heading into the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He should be well in the mix to place on Friday and he likes to get himself out to the front and avoid trouble. Does he have the stamina though to hold out in the end to get across the line first? That’s the biggest question mark about him. Colin Tizzard has done a great job of getting him back to near his best after his health problems, but has he done too much this season and already peaked?

So with a few question marks floating around of the front runners in the market, it leaves Don Poli with big appeal. The biggest asset that he would have to winning this is the participation of Cue Card. If Cue Card does get out in front like he enjoys doing and picks up the pace of the race, that will suit Don Poli to a tee. Don Poli won last season’s RSA Chase and has won all but one of his goes over the fences and was a notable winner in the Lexus Chase at Leapordstown. He may not have looked all that impressive as a well rounded package this season and while he does have the pace in him, he can look a little lazy and not call on all of it. But it’s there, so if it is a quick race, he can hang and he certainly has stamina in abundance, having has won twice before up the Cheltenham hill.


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The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 is a pretty deep field because you can’t totally dismisses the chances of Smad Place and Road To Riches. Smad Place certainly has the pace and may well push Cue Card for the setting of the pace in the race, but ultimately he may not have the required stamina to hang in there to the finish. Road To Riches was impressive in last season’s Gold Cup and if he can replicate that form (something he hasn’t done this season) then he could get back in the mix for a place finish.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Odds

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

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17th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival


Well the Cheltenham Festival 2016 is well under way but there is still plenty more action to come and online betting site Betfred have some great promotions up and running that may help you enhance your experience on betting for the rest of the Festival.

The bookmaker are going Best Odds Guaranteed for the Festival from here on out. That means that you can be assured that even if your selection lines up at a bigger starting price than what you had backed it at, you will get paid out at the bigger odds if it wins. This offer is available from 6pm the day before all UK and Irish racing.

On top of that, Betfred are offering at least one Extra Place Race every day as well, so look out for that enhancement as well, along with select Supreme Odds offers!

To celebrate the Cheltenham Festival, Betfred are going with a Money Back Special on all Handicaps at the Festival as well. So for example on Wednesday, you will be covered in the 2.50 and the 4.50 at Cheltenham, where they will refund your stake as a free bet up to the maximum value of £25 if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd ot the SP favourite.

There is also a great welcome bonus sign up offer for new customers for the Cheltenham Festival as well. Place 10 or more on your first wager with the highly rated bookmaker and you will receive £30 in free bets back. So for example you could have a wager on Un De Sceaux in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and if by some miracle he didn’t win, then you would still get your free bets to use on the rest of the day’s racing!

16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Free Bets & Promotions

There are a couple of great offers up and running for the Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting this week at online betting site Smart Live Gaming. It is the biggest horse racing meeting in the UK and with 28 races held across the four days, it is a punter’s Heaven! Of course, with so much betting to do you want to have some great offers on your side to enhance your Cheltenham 2016 betting experience.

Smart Live Gaming are offering Money Back on ALL seconds at the Festival this year. That’s right, just get a wager down on any of the races at the Cheltenham Festival this week and if your selection finishes second, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet from the bookmaker.

The maximum refund to come back is to the value of a £20 free bet. If you do pick up a consolation free bet to cushion the blow of a near miss in the outright market, then you will get credited with the free bet just after the close of the day’s racing and that free bet in turn, must be used by midnight the same evening on the football.

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16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bet Victor

How do you fancy calling the shots on your Cheltenham Gold Cup odds? Well that is what you can now do at bookmaker BetVictor who have launched their new Lengthen The Odds feature in time for the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

With the new feature, punters looking at horse racing betting with BetVictor can now enhance the odds on their selection, giving them some great control over their bets. This is a tremendously innovative new offering from BetVictor, breaking new ground on the horse racing betting industry. It means that there will no longer be unattractive short priced favourites.

The launch of Lengthen the Odds, allows punters to back their selected horse, for example in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016, at longer odds with each price increment requiring that horse to win by a greater distance.

How this will work for example, is a horse priced at 11/10 can be backed at the increased price of 6/4 but must be first past the post by at least two lengths in order for the customer to collect, with bigger prizes on offer for larger margins of victory.

BetVictor said the functionality, which is available on all UK races, meant odds-on favourites were now “a thing of the past”, while the product was also likely to boost turnover in otherwise uncompetitive betting heats.

Eoin Ryan, BetVictor head of sportsbook product, said the innovation reflected the operator’s dedication to providing customers with an “intuitive betting experience”.

“We have a number of new product improvements in the pipeline but are really excited by the potential of Lengthen The Odds; there will never be another odds-on favourite at BetVictor,” Ryan said.

The operator is now the sponsor of the BetVictor Gold Cup, having replaced Paddy Power since becoming an Authorised Betting Partner in February and having recently put pen to paper on a three year deal to sponsor the feature race at Cheltenham’s The Open meeting in November.

16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Cheltenham Festival

It’s the question on everyone’s lips and the line up for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup makes that an even more difficult question to answer, because there is a deep field running. The top four are practically inseparable and there are question marks over all of them as well, making things particularly interesting for the latest renewal of the Blue Riband race of chasing. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a test of endurance, about the grit to get up that hill to the finish at Prestbury Park. Who has the pace and stamina to do it this time around?

Last year outsider novice Coneygree took a shock win, the first novice for forty years to land the top prize in chasing. However, it’s reasonable enough to avoid the long shots for the renewal, because that was a once in a blue moon type of result. The field is packed for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 with the top four running from a price of 3/1 through to 9/2. That’s four strong contenders then which are being headed up by Don Cossack who is a 3/1 favourite to go out and and the big impression at Prestbury Park.

But there are doubts about him because he has failed to impressive in his past two runs at Cheltenham, which isn’t a great indicator. He is a great stayer, world class in that department and last season at the Cheltenham Festival his lack of speed was shown up in the Ryanair and in his previous trip to the Gloucestershire track, he took a fall in the RSA when he was travelling along nicely. While he has that world class touch about him, he’s still not the most conceiving, certainly not at the shortest price in the field.


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Who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016?

We are going to put our eggs in the basket of Don Poli, trained by Willie Mullins. The big factor here is that it probably isn’t going to matter too much what kind of race it is on Friday. If it is a slower slog fest then Don Poli is fine with the stamina showing and if it is quicker, than he has the pace to get up there at the end, based on his endurance. He has won twice up the Cheltenham hill in his career and that could be a telling factor on the day. What also may help him along is the presence of Cue Card and Smad Place.

Cue Card and Smad Place are front runners who like to get out and set their own pace in the race. So if one, or both of them start picking up the pace in the race, then that is something which would play into the wheelhouse of Don Poli. He can travel well at the quicker pace and still have enough in the tank to get up the hill to the finish where you have question marks about Cue Card and Djakadam being able to pull that out of the bag.

You only have to look back to the RSA Chase last year to see the kind of speed that Don Poli has in him. He even surprised jockey Bryan Cooper. The one hesitation about Don Poli is that he can appear lazy and it often looks like he has something in reserve and something is holding him back in unleashing his full speed. But the Cheltenham Gold Cup looks perfect for him at the moment and it could be a trip where he absolutely flourishes.


At a price of 9/2 out at Paddy Power, there is value all over Don Poli in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting. Djakadam doesn’t really have the form or this history to suggest that he should be at a shorter price than Don Poli that’s for sure and it could come down to a battle of stamina up the hill between Don Poli and the staying power of Don Cossack and that would be a brilliant finish. The quicker the pace in the race, the better off Don Poli is likely to be.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Odds

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Prediction

It is Don Poli all the way for us in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting. A little understated he has been in the build up, but if he doesn’t get lazy and actually delivers the unbridled pace that he has, then he take the win here in a field which is wide open. Watch if Cue Card gets out in front, because he could pull Don Poli to victory in the race.

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16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival


The first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival is always highly anticipated. Everyone wants to get the day of horse racing betting off to a great start of course and so that is why there is always big action in the opening markets of the day. You want to come out of the gates as fast as your selection in the big race!

Four days of Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting of course to come again, which means four opening races. Day One has the much anticipated Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where Min is leading the charge at 2/1. Then on Day Two you have the Neptune Novices opening the action with Yanworth running as even money favorite.

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival sees Bristol De Mai, Outlander and More of That in a tight battle for supremacy in the JLT Novices and then on Friday the action all beings again at Prestbury Park with the Triumph Hurdle.

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16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival

Paddy Power

Another big runner at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Colin Tizzard as he has Thistlecrack lined up for the World Hurdle. Thistlecrack has long held favouritism in the outright market and this is a horse which has come on leaps and bounds over the last season, arguably more so than any other horse around.

He has two Grade 1 wins under his belt and both of the have been yy significant distances as well. He won the JT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December last year by eight lengths and then put a twelve length win on the board at Cheltenham in the Cleeve Hurdle in the Festival Trials. He looks to be head and shoulders above the rest of the field and it would be a surprise to many if his Grade 1 winning streak didn’t continue.

Open an account with Paddy Power and take 5/1 enhanced odds on Thistlecrack to win the World Hurdle 2016.

Not only that, there is insurance to take as well because if he finishes second in the race then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet!

This is a new customer exclusive from Paddy Power and so you can follow our promotional links and register an account with them. Then after doing that, you can get a your FIRST BET down on the account of up to a maximum of £10 on Thistlecrack to win the World Hurdle on Thursday 17th of March at the enhanced price on site. If the bet wins then you will get paid out at the regular odds and then receive free bets to bring you up to the enhanced odds.

15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Cheltenham Festival

It is always great to look back at trends when you are eyeing up your betting in a big race. Friday brings around the endurance test that is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival and the jewel in the crown of British chasing. While everyone will have their individual opinions on who is going to go out and land the title, we are going to take a neutral look at some of the trends that have shown up in the recent history (the last eighteen renewals) of the Cheltenham Gold Cup to try and help you narrow the field in your betting.

So we are looking at data collected from every Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1997 and are focusing the results on what it means when put up against the front runners for this year’s renewal, Don Cossack, Djakadam, Cue Card and Don Poli.

Age of Gold Cup Winners

Basically the rule of thumb here is that you can count out any runner who has hit double figures. Only 5% of Gold Cup winners have been 10 years old and no-one older than that has ever gotten their hands on the title since 1997. The most successful age category that has won the big race has been eight and nine year olds, each going with a 33% win percentage in the time period we are looking at. Eight year olds just have the edge overall because they have edged things in place finishes over nine year olds.

Cue Card – 10 years old
Don Cossack – 9 years old
Don Poli – 7 years old
Djakadam – 7 years old

Winning Odds of Gold Cup Winners

Another interesting aspect to look at here for Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting. Not there is one this year, but you would be avoiding any odds-on favourites. There has been just the one odds-on winner in the last eighteen editions of the race, so skip that completely. The biggest value has always been found in the range between 13/2 and 8/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup market. That bracket of prices has returned 27% of winners in the last eighteen renewals. Following behind that, each with a 16% success rate have been between 13/8 and 9/4, Between 5/2 and 4/1, and Between 14/1 and 20/1.


So if you stick in the middle of all that in the 13/2 and 8/1 range you are likely to be in the right ball park. Interestingly this year of course, all four of the front runners are no bigger than 4/1 so the likelihood is that you are going to be picking a winner from the 5/2 and 4/1 bracket. However, if you do want to go with the biggest 13/2 and 8/1 bracket you’ll have a hard time, because no-one is at that range unless things change drastically closer to the SP.

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

Previous Run Record

You generally will feel more confident about your chances of landing a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner if you are backing a horse which is in some kind of form. There is a decent trend running in Cheltenham Gold Cup results over the last eighteen renewals where the winner has doubled up with a win in their race prior to the Gold Cup.

Actually 61% of winners in the last 18 renewals of the Cheltenham Gold were winners in their immediate race prior to it. Horses which finished second and third in their race prior to taking their place in a Gold Cup line up pretty much have failed to make any kind of mark on the outcome of the Gold Cup. Only 11% of horses who were second in their race before the Gold Cup went on to actually win the Gold Cup.

Of the big four in the running for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016, three of them won on their last run, which again, shows that it is expected to be pretty tight on Friday.

Last results
Don Cossack – win
Cue Card – win
Don Poli – win
Djakadam – faller

Runs This Season

Of course, it is a little hard to base form from just the one race (looking at the category above). Instead it is worth looking at the bigger picture of overall from this season. There has been no winner in the last eighteen Gold Cups who made the race their seasonal maiden. You are looking at the five-race mark for the season to find the optimal range of winners of a Gold Cup. That seems to the golden mark to suggest that a horse is in prime peak for Prestbury Park.

Don Cossack – Four runs
Cue Card – Three runs
Don Poli – Two runs
Djakadam – Two runs

As you can see none of the main contenders this year have hit the five race mark this season, with Don Poli and Djakadam racking up just the two runs. The stats pertaining than to these, suggests that Don Cossack with his four runs should be a lock for a place finish as four and five prior races this season looks optimal for a place finish at the Gold Cup. The lack of runs from the others actually looks to be evening out the field, with runners with two and three prior runs in the season before the Gold Cup have both produced 7% of winners.


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When it comes to key races before the Gold Cup, fourteen of the last fifteen winners of the Gold Cup (Coneygree screwing the records up last year) have ran in either the King George of the Lexus Chase during the season.

Don Cossack – King George (faller)
Cue Card – King George (winner)
Don Poli – Lexus Chase (winner)
Djakadam – Neither

The Cheltenham Negative Trend

This is a great stat, but not perhaps if you were thinking of throwing some money at either Djakadam or Road To Riches who finished second and third respectively in last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. In the last 33 years of the Cheltenham Gold Cup only one winner had placed in the previous year’s Gold Cup. That is one winner since the 1983 running of the race.

Form Tip Guide

The edge looks to be with Don Poli. He has won five of his six previous runs over the fences and took that good win in the Lexus Chase this season. He won last year’s RSA Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle the year before that, when he showed his pace. That makes him two from two up the hill at the Cheltenham Festival and the aggregate winning distance from his five chase wins is sixteen lengths. This is a real workhorse and should have the stamina and the pace to outlast and find just that little more up the hill.

Bet Victor have been running a brilliant promotion for the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and it continues on. If your selection in any race at the Festival happens to come home second to a Willie Mullins-trained winner then the bookmaker will refund your losing win stake with a free bet up to the value of £25. Register an account with Bet Victor and celam a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus from them too!

15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival

William Hill

Well, will Willie Mullins be the star trainer of the day again in the day of the Cheltenham Festival? He was last year when he bagged four winners on the Tuesday action and he has a great shot of landing another four twelve months later. If he does, then William Hill will refund losing stakes on every race!

You can get up to £100 Money Back in FREE BETS on every race on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival (Tuesday 15th March), if the following Willie Mullins trained horses all win:

Min (1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle),

Douvan (2:10 Arkle),

Annie Power (3:30 Champion Hurdle)

Vroum Vroum Mag (4:10 Mares Hurdle)

So it could be a big day of racing for Mullins and a big day for punters as well.

William Hill Money Back Special on all Day 1 Races if Mullins’ big 4 all win. The offer applies to win or each way singles on the race winner market of any Tuesday Cheltenham Race which is placed from 1pm through to 1.30 pm on that day. The maximum refund is £100 in free bets per customer, per race.

If you have placed multiple bets on a race then the stakes will be cumulated and paid as one free bet refund per race. The calculation of the free bet per race is the value of the total stake minus any returns. So for example if you have placed £150 in singles in the Supreme Novices and you get £50 returns, you will get a free bet amount of £100.

15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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