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Horse racing punters will already be thinking forward to The Cheltenham Festival 2015 and online betting site Paddy Power are offering up free bets for the latest renewal of the famous festival.

With 26 races to come again at the festival, including the likes of the Ryanair Chase, Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, Arkle Challenge Trophy, Champion Hurdle, World Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the big one of course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, betting opportunities are going to be plentiful.

However, between now and the start of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, there is plenty of horse racing betting action to come from across the UK, and you can enjoy your Cheltenham Festival build up by picking up some free bets thanks to online bookmaker Paddy Power’s Cheltenham Bank Builder again.

Place 5 bets of £5 or more on horse racing on any Saturday until March 7th and Paddy Power will give you a free £5 bet to use on the Cheltenham Festival any day you qualify!

There is even more horse racing value available with the bookmaker on all UK & Irish Horse Racing! They run guaranteed prices everyday on all UK & Irish Horse Racing. So if you take a price on a horse and the Starting Price (SP) is bigger, Paddy Power will pay you out at the bigger odds! So, for example if you take 3/1 and your horse wins with an SP of 4/1, they will pay you 4/1. If you take 3/1 and your horse wins with an SP of 2/1, they will still pay you 3/1

25th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Ma Filleule may be more value in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting odds than the actual odds slapped on her back for the feature race. Ma Filleule is right out at 40/1 at Bet365 for Gold Cup 2015 betting, but piques quite a bit of interest in the latest renewal of Gold Cup betting. The comparison between Ma Filleule and Gold Cup challenger Holywell are there to see.

Holywell who is right in a 14/1 and producing a significant difference between the two,  beat Ma Filleule to the punch in last season’s renewal of the Baylis and Harding at the Cheltenham Festival. It is likely that Ma Filleule will get a decent shot of coming out on tops if they do oppose each other in 2015 Gold Cup betting, because Ma Filleule could be running with a 5lb advantage over Holywell.

A sign of improvement, and a significant one at that, was made at the Grand National meeting last season at Aintree. Following the Cheltenham Festival, Ma Filleule went on to secure the Topham Chase on Merseyside and that is the kind of form that could translate over into another decent showing at Cheltenham this season. The geldings in the Gold Cup 2015 field may have to give up 7lb to her.

Detractors will cite her outings this season, runs which won’t have raised her Gold Cup stock any. But the notable run against Road To Riches at Down Royal looked more as if she was simply not up to the requirement fitness levels at the start of the season, than any hint of a lack of underlying quality to perform at the Blue Riband race at Cheltenham this season. Again, finishing stamina came into question in her second run, out at Aintree, where it’s been hinted that a lack of jumps down the final stretch put her at a disadvantage.

Can she overcome and deliver superb each way value in Gold Cup 2015 betting at online bookmaker Bet365? It will be her first challenge at the distance.  Ma Filleule is up for entry in the Ryanair along with a Gold Cup entry this year, so it may yet pan out at as stronger Ryanair challenger instead.

Thankfully, Ma Filleule is still worth a Gold Cup bet with Non-Runner No bet insurance available at online betting site Bet365. Bet365 are also offering best odds guaranteed on the Gold Cup and the other three Championship races at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. If the starting price ends up being greater than the price you took on a selection, then you will be paid out at the larger odds thanks to the coverage.

Ante post Gold Cup 2015 Betting Odds

Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Road To Riches 8/1, Holywell 12/1,Lord Windermere 12/1,  Djakdam 14/1, Bobs Worth 16/1, Many Clouds 16/1, Boston Bob 16/1, Shutthefrontdoor 16/1,On His Own 16/1,  Dynaste 18/1, Carlingford Lough 18/1, bar 22/1

23rd January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Silviniaco Conti will be one of the heaviest backed entrants at the Cheltenham Festival 2015, as he heads up ante post betting on the Gold Cup.  Silviniaco Conti is firm favourite in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting, head and shoulders above the rest of the field at a price of 3/1 with online betting site Bet365.

With wins already during the winter at the King George and the Betfair Chase, he will probably get backed into an even shorter starting price. What will further enforce and odds-trim on Silvia Conti Gold Cup odds, is the fact that the main challengers in the field for the latest renewal, haven’t been laying down any serious form to suggest that they will get close to the favourite.

Road to Riches is the most likely challenger to Silvanio Conti, but even then, the 8/1 second favourite in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting, isn’t carrying the kind of winter form to match up to that of the market leader. The eight year old, leading Irish hope for the March 13 feature race, won the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown at the end of December. Following the run, there was a change in plans as trainer Noel Meade revealed that he will go straight to the Gold Cup. But the fact that punters haven’t been flooding towards his status to topple Silviniaco Conti is telling.

With punters likely to have trouble splitting the difference between the likes of other showers Lord Windermere, Bobs Worth, Boston Bob, Many Clouds and Holywell, it is the latter which will probably pique the most interest in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting.

Holywell is a previous winner at the Cheltenham Festival, having landed the Pertemps Final and the Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase. Form hasn’t been on the sides of the Jonjo O’Neill trained charge this season though, with a third place at Carlisle at the start of November (won by Many Clouds) and then some poor jumping at Aintree in December unseated jockey Richie McLernon. But that turnaround in poor early season form, belies the real talent that is there, highlight by four wins on the bounce at the start of 2014, which included the Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. In an evenly matched challenging field to the supremacy of Silviniaco Conti, Holywell looks the best each-way antepost value to have a shot at.

2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Road To Riches 8/1, Holywell 12/1, Lord Windermere 12/1, Bobs Worth 16/1, Boston Bob 16/1, Many Clouds 161/1, Shutthefrontdoor 16/1, Bar 18/1

There are best odds guaranteed available at online bookmaker Bet365 for your horse racing betting at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. This means that if the starting price ends up being higher than the odds that you took, then Bet365 will pay you out at the bigger odds. The bookmaker is also running non-runner no bet coverage of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, if your selection fails to line up.

22nd January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Bookmaker News

Chelmsford City opened the doors for its first meeting on Sunday, ushering in a new dawn for Birth Racing. After six years standing empty as the former Great Leighs course was closed after going into administration, new life has been breathed into the venue thanks to a new consortium, headed by Betfred boss Fred Done.

The track in Essex, which is all-weather, hosted a seven-race card in front an invited audience of 800. This was just something of a ceremonial launch and the general public will get to enjoy Chelmsford City when the doors are opened to the general public on January 22nd.

“We’ve got more than 50 fixtures in our first year,” said course managing director Phil Spiers on BBC Radio 4.

“We’re delighted we’ve managed to get it ready and are looking forward to it.”

Bookmaker reaction was pretty solid, yet cautiously optimistic. Paddy Power said: “Turnover was slightly down on the equivalent all-weather card at Wolves on this day last year, but bearing in mind punters are betting on a new track where any biases are completely unknown, we’d have to be pleased with the figures which bode well for the future.”

Betfred though did report that the opening fixture at Chelmsford was a success with punters, spokesman Andrew Griffiths saying: “Punters lapped up the action at Chelmsford City and it was easily our busiest meeting of the day.  There’s clearly an appetite for good quality all-weather racing and it’s very encouraging for the future.”

12th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Cheltenham Festival Betting

There is a tremendous price of 16/1 in a special offer from online bookmaker Ladbrokes for Cheltenham 2015 betting. This great offer is focusing on the three feature Novices’ hurdles at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and the chance that Willie Mullins has of landing the three races of the Supreme Novices, Neptune and Albert Bartlett winners.

A look at the Cheltenham 2015 ante post prices at online bookmaker Ladbrokes will quickly paint the picture that the offer presents a lot of value. Mullins has favorites going in two of the three races, thanks to the presence of Douvan in the Supreme Novices and the Neptune. Douvan is a 4/1 shot and 7/1 quote in the respective races for the Cheltenham Festival.

The closest mark to Douvan in the Supreme Novices’ ante post is Alvisino Ville at 9/1, the only entrant alongside Douvan in single figures, while in the Neptune, Tells Us More is a 10/1 shot behind Donovan’s 7/1 fancy.

The exception in the three races, where Mullins can’t boast the ante post favourite, is in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, with Gordon Elliott’s No More Heroes a 6/1 favourite quote there. But numbers in the race are on the side of Mullins, as he has strong challengers in Black Hercules, Tell Us More, Shaneshill and Milsean can all be snapped up between 10/1 and 1/4 1 in the field.

So the 16/1 quote doesn’t look all that unrealistic for Mullins to land a clean sweep of the novices’ hurdles at Cheltenham 2015 don’t look to be that unrealistic. Check out online bookmaker Ladbrokes for more Cheltenham 2015 specials and ante post betting, like the 5/4 quote on Faugheen to land the Champion Hurdle, and a special price of 16/1 on him winning the next three renewals of the Champion Hurdle.

New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Ladbrokes can get up to a free £25 bet by registering with this link. After registering, just bet on a listed Premier League football match with them and then get up to £25 in a matched free bet.

5th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Paddy Power

There is a horse racing free bet bonus promotion to enjoy at online betting site Paddy Power for December 23rd and 24th as a Christmas warm up.

Place 3 or more bets of £10 or more on any International Horse Racing in one day and Paddy Power will give you a free £10 bet to use on any races on the 26th.

Boxing Day of course is a big day of racing with the King George VI Chase taking centre stage, where a battle between Silviniaco Conti (5/2 favourite) and young upstart Champagne Fever (7/2) is expected to go down

The Christmas Hurdle, the Racing Post Novice Chase, the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle and the Kauto Star Novices Chase are all going off on Friday.

Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/5 or higher and there is a maximum of one free bet per customer per day.


22nd December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Betfair Betting

Friday, December 26th will see the annual renewal of the famous King George VI Chase. This is probably going to be the race of the festive period because there is a massive battle at the head of the market.

Five of the nine runners from last year’s race are back in the lineup for the 2014 edition, and it is Silviniaco Conti who is out to defend his title after seeing off Cue Card twelve months ago. It is Silviniaco Conti who is leading the form and the outright market at sponsors Betfair where he can be backed at a 3.6 quote.

But it is one of the newcomers to the race which is attracting a lot of the headline. Champagne Fever is looking to become the leading staying chaser by landing viceroy in the King George VI Chase. While Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card have had prior experience of the Kempton feature race, this is new ground for Champagne Fever. This is the wonder kid, having already landed a Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Champagne Fever came oh so very close to landing the Arkle as well in the spring.

So much backing has Champagne Fever received in King George VI Chase betting that, he can be backed at 5.0 second favourite. Quite a statement about the perceived threat that he is going to lay down. While he looks a natural stayer, this is the first time that he has been out to three miles.

Last year’s third place runner Al Ferof can be backed at 8.2, with some question marks over his ability to sustain a firm challenge over three miles. Another of last year’s runner is at 11.5, with Menorah hunting with current form that he could get closer to the prize this time around, is also a 10.1 shot alongside Cue Card.

Cue Card has a lot to prove, because he certainly hasn’t been the horse that he once was. He was agonisingly edged out in last year’s Boxing Day renewal by Silviniaco Conti. With fourth place finishes in the Haldon Gold Cup and the Haydocks Betfair Chase, he hasn’t proven anything upon his return to action this year, but trainer Colin Tizzard is certain that he is tip top physical shape.

King George VI Chase Betting Odds at Betfair

Sivliniaco Conti 3.6, Champagne Fever 4.5, Al Ferof 8.0, Menorah 10, Cue Card 10, Dynaste 11

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18th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Betfair Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Eyes will soon be turning towards the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, as the major festival grabs all the horse racing headlines and spotlight early in the new year.

Another thrilling, heart stopping four days of thunderous horse racing action will be coming from the Gloucestershire course, and it all starts on Tuesday, March 10th with the 1.30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f).

The first feature race will be the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f) on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday with the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m), Thursday’s running of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m) and of course, the renewal of one of the most famous races in the world,  the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2 1/2f).

Who will win at Cheltenham 2015?

Some big names will be in attendance across the course of the festival, and you can head to online betting site Skybet right now and take a great ante post Cheltenham 2015 betting look at who may be tasting glory at the festival.

Annie Power is 10/11 shot to win a race at the meeting, and is a 4-6 shot at the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, which is a race won six times by her now-retired stablemate Quevega. Annie Power’s only career defeat came at last year’s Festival, running in second to More Of That in the World Hurdle.

More of That can be backed at a quote of 10/3 to pick up a win at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, with other strong favourites at online betting site Skybet to get a win at Prestbury Park in March are Vautour at 7/4 and Faugheen 2/1.

Think Hurricane Fly will be back to taste some Cheltenham glory at 12/1? Or Cue Card at 8/1?

So without getting all race-specific for your ante post Cheltenham 2015 betting, you can take a shot at some of the more likely winners in the To Win At The 2015 Cheltenham festival market on offer at Skybet.

Online betting site Skybet offer Best Odds Guaranteed, which means that if you’ve taken a price on a horse and your selection wins or places at a bigger Starting Price (SP), Skybet guarantee to pay you at the bigger odds.

17th December 2014 / Lee - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Bookmaker News

There was a big winner at online betting site Betfred during the week as a Magistrate from Ramsbottom, who landed the six-fold accumulator on the horses.

Punter David Lawrence, 58, successfully nailed six winners in his bet after staking £16 with Betfred, with Monetaire’s victory at Newbury clinching the set.

Mr Lawrence said: “I’ve been playing the Scoop6 for years and it still hasn’t quite settled in that I’ve managed to win it.

“I was quite surprised I was the only winner on the day. It’s a great feeling knowing I was the top tipster in the country.

I’ve won the Place Fund a few times, which people forget often pays well, and had the first five winners about 15 years ago before missing out on the last leg in a photo-finish.”

The JP and his wife were personally invited by betting chain magnate Fred Done at a weekend meeting at Aintree.

A Totepool spokesman said: “We are delighted another small staking customer has won.”


12th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Bookmaker News

A £5 million prize-money boost is on its way to British Horse racing, after bookmakers William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred teamed up with the Levy Board and the BHA to decide upon how the additional voluntary contribution fund, which was agreed upon last year, will be spent.

The AVC, agreed upon between racing and bookmakers, comes as an additional contribution on top of the forced levy deal. The input from the AVC was supposed to start happening from April 1st, 2014, but there were delays because the two sides engaged in protracted negotiations as to how the money would be used.

From the 13 months running from December 1st, £5 million will be injected into the prize-money pools of horse racing, to try and boost competitiveness and the overall future finances of the sport. Making up the £5 million is £4.5m from the first portion of the four-year £18m deal which was signed last year, and a further £500,000 from the Levy Board.

The prize money will be issued through two channels. A total of £4.2 million will go towards the extended place prize-money, with eligible class 2 races paying to eighth place and class 3-to-6 races paying to sixth place. A Sunday bonus scheme will also come into play.

BHA chief executive Paul Bittar said: “It is essential for the long-term prosperity of the sport that the racing product that we deliver is attractive to both domestic and international customers.

“It is for this reason we recently announced a series of race-planning initiatives to tackle the issue of small-field races, and why it was agreed from the outset between racing and betting that this was the correct use for the AVC fund. We are thankful to the four firms for their commitment in this regard.

“Racing and betting are symbiotic industries, and at the heart of this agreement was the philosophy we are better off aligning our efforts to make the racing product more compelling and competitive, year-round.

“We hope this targeted investment ensures the contribution to this scheme by the four bookmakers generates returns to the racing and betting industry that outweigh the level of investment.”

A joint statement from the four bookmakers involved, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred, added: “We look forward to measuring the success of these changes during the course of next year.”

29th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

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