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A lot of punters will be familiar with the Lucky 15 wager, which gets a lot of use in the world of horse racing betting. The Lucky 15 is a version of a full cover bet with the singles included. The Lucky 15 gets its name from is the fifteen separate bets that the bet consists of (4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold accumulator).

Because of the number of individual bets in a Lucky 15, it means that whatever stake that you want to play will be multiplied by 15. So if you wanted a £1 Lucky 15 then you would be striking a bet of £15 from your online betting account, say at online bookmaker Paddy Power. While there is an immense amount of coverage from a lucky fifteen, just one selection will guarantee a return, for some it may offer too big of an initial outlay risk.

The Patent Bet, which is available at online betting site Paddy Power offers a pretty good compromise for punters, because it lessens the outlay. The compromise there is of course that there are fewer bets being placed, just seven compared to the Lucky 15. Whereas the Lucky 15 is made up of four selections, the Patent is built from just the three selections. Landing three correct selections is an easier task than banging out four of course.

Because the Patent is also a full cover bet with singles, then the same scenario applies that you will only need one winning selection to guarantee a return to your account. If you were to head over to online betting site Paddy Power and place a Patent then you will be placing three singles, 3 doubles and a trouble, and that can still produce a lot of value for the lesser risk than playing off a Lucky 15.

Really the most of the value coming back from a Lucky 15 is going to come from the payout from the fourfold acca. Of course most bookmakers do offer double the odds payout if just one selection in the Lucky 15 turns up, but that doesn’t decrease the value of the Patent bet.

What you really need to compare the value of the Patent Bet with really the Trixie. The Patent is the next evolution of the Trixie as it is a Trixie Bet with the singles included. For the extra three bets (the three singles) that the Patent includes up from the Trixie Bet, there is a tremendous amount of value on offer.

It is straightforward to place a Patent Bet at online bookmaker Paddy Power. Just pick three selections, in this example, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to all win their matches. At the bottom of the betting slip, there is the Betting Options where you will see the ability to build your selections into a Trixie or a Patent. Bookmakers will also allow you to build bankers into your multiples. A full explanation of Banker Bets can be found here.

Other great features to be found at online betting site Paddy Power are early Cash Out options, live betting and of course their fantastic array of money back specials. New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get a free £50 bet. When you place your first stake with them, they will match it up with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50.

25th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Betting Advice


Online betting site Boylesports have not only continued their sponsorship of the Irish Grand National, but they have made it the most valuable jumps race in Ireland for the 2014-15 National Hunt season after confirmation that they have increased the prize fund for the race.

The 2015 Irish Grand National will go off during the Easter Festival of Racing at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday 6th April 2015 and the prize fund for the steeplechase will be €275,000.

It’s the “Race of the People” that has so far eluded National Hunt champions such as Willie Mullins, Davy Russell and Paul Townend and Boylesports have confirmed their sponsorship of the iconic race for another two years.

The 2014 renewal saw local jockey Barry Geraghty finally succeed in adding the Boylesports Irish Grand National to his long list of honours when he succeeded on the JP McManus-owned and Jonjo O’Neill-trained Shutthefrontdoor. This exciting chaser looks likely to add to his haul in the major chases this season having already won on his seasonal debut at Carlisle last week.

Peter Roe, General Manager at Fairyhouse, said: “We are really excited at the extension of our fabulous partnership with Boylesports who are helping us to really drive the Easter Festival in popularity which has grown so much in recent years again. We are also extremely proud and excited about hosting what is now the most valuable jumps race in Ireland which will really add to the excitement and hopefully bring even greater crowds to our Easter Festival of Racing. We have worked very hard over the past few years to improve our racing and facilities at Fairyhouse which is the home of so many historic races and legendary winners and we very much look forward now to hosting the 2015 Boylesports Irish Grand National.

John Boyle, Chief Executive at Boylesports, added: “We are delighted to extend our Irish Grand National sponsorship at Fairyhouse for the next two years and be associated with Ireland’s most valuable jumps race.

“With the sponsorship extension of the Boylesports IGN and the Irish Greyhound Derby, Boylesports are privileged to be associated with the two most prestigious and valuable events in the Irish sporting calendar.”

Barry Geraghty finally managed to get the title for the first time in his career at the 2014 renewal, landing the win on 8/1 Shutthefrontdoor, in front of a huge crowd of 16,253, which was up nearly eight per cent on the previous year.


22nd November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Horse Racing Betting

There is a three way split at the head of the 2014 Betfair Chase market, with Cue Card, Silviniaco Conti and Dynaste all priced up as 3/1 quotes with online betting site Betfair. The jumps season is well under way now and there is some fantastic action to come before the end of the year, the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday being one of them.

Last year’s winner Cue Card is out to defend his title and trainer Colin Tizzard has suggested that he is going to be the one to beat in the Haydock field, heading up the nine entries. Cue Card had spent almost eleven months on the sidelines and he came out of a recent run at Exeter in the Haldon Gold Cup, finishing fourth but looking commanding two fences from home. That was just the second time in 13 finishes that he has been outside of the first three.

So even though he faltered a bit at the end, Tizzard believes that it was a run which strengthened the horse mentally and physically.

“He was coming back from a near 11-month layoff at Exeter,” Tizzard siad “and was trying to give masses of weight to really exciting two-milers.

“All my horses have been improving for a run this season and I know he has as well. He is a lot tighter and going from Exeter to Haydock worked a treat last year, so hopefully it will be the same this time around.

“Haydock suits him and the race is right up his street. I think he is the one to beat and we are looking forward to it.”

His rival at the head of the 2014 Betfair Chase, Silviano Conti produced a fifth place finish on his return to the track at Wetherby for the Charlie Hall Chase. The Paul Nicholl’s charge looked a bit out of sorts, but there is probably something there to work on still, and Nicholl usually has things right for the big occasion.

David Pipe’s Dynaste is set to appear on Merseyside on the weekend, which will be his first start since a second place finish to Silviniaco Conti at Aintree in the Betfred Bowl back in April. All three can be snapped up around the 3/1 mark with Sponsors Betfair while Tauin du Seuil has been backed in a 6/1 strong dark horse shot in the field.

2014 Betfair Chase Odds

Cue Card 3/1, Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Dynaste 3/1, Taquin Du Seuil 6/1, Menorah 7/1, Harry Topper 14/1, Medermit 16/1, Double Ross 20/1, The Giant Bolster 33/1

19th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Paddy Power

With the new jump season kicking off this weekend, the 2015 Cheltenham Festival will already be on the minds of punters. The markets have been up for the next edition of the famous festival, and there is temptation to get an ante post wager down for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

If you are thinking of having an early bet on the Festival, then online bookmaker Paddy Power have come up with a great offer. There is huge value in taking long prices in ante post wagers, but the drawback to them is that you want to be sure come the time of the bet, that you are going to get a full run for your money. Horses can go off the boil, or get stage fright when it matters most at Cheltenham, decreasing the value of your ante post.

So in order to sweeten the deal of a Cheltenham 2015 ante post bet, from now until the end of December if you place a £20 ante post bet on Cheltenham 2015 Paddy Power give you a free £/€5 bet every time your horse wins.

For example, if you fancy Jezki to go out and retain his Champion Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham festival next year, if you place a £/€20 bet (£€10 each-way) on Jezki (currently 5/1) now for the Champion Hurdle, if he was to go out and beat Hurricane Fly at Punchestown this Sunday, then you have already started to win back your ante-post stake in free £5 bets ON ANY SPORT.

So basically, sticking with Jezki as the example (you can pick any Cheltenham Festival 2015 ante post option of course) whenever Jessica Harrington’s stable star registers a win on the Road to Cheltenham 2015, you will get a free £5 bet.

Value? You bet. Jezki won twice last season between November and March. If he does the same again this year you would already have had half your stake back in free £5 bets on any sport to play with AND still have Jezki running for you on March 10.

14th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The Bet365 Meeting will continue for another few years as the major online bookmaker have decided to continue its sponsorship- of the annual two-day horse racing meeting at Sandown Park Racecourse.

The races during the meeting will also continue to feature the Bet365 name. The big Grade 1 Bet365 Celebration Chase and the Grade 3 Bet365 Gold Cup Steeple Chase are both scheduled to remain part of the event, as are the Bet365 Flat Friday and Bet365 Jump Finale.

“It has been a real pleasure working with Sandown Park, helping to evolve the Bet365 Meeting into one of racing’s signature events,” Bet365’s managing director for gaming, Steve Ibberson, said.

“The time and effort from all those involved in driving the improvements have been considerable and it now stands as a true celebration of racing marking the official end of the Jump season.”

Rupert Trevelyan, London regional director of Sandown Park owner the Jockey Club, added: “Bet365 has shown a real commitment to this meeting for many years – first sponsoring it in 2008.

“This new agreement will take their involvement to ten years by the running of the 2017 meeting, and Sandown Park is immensely grateful for their support.”

1st November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Online bookmaker Titanbet have put pen to paper for their first ever sponsorship deal in UK horse racing. Titanbet have signed a deal with Kempton Park, the Jockey Club Racecourses’ all-weather racetrack.

The deal sees the bookmaker become the sponsor of the three twilight all-weather races to be held at Kempton this season. Online betting site Titanbet got its first taste of the deal on October 7th, the first of the three meetings, with the next two to come on October 21st and November 4th.

As part of the deal, there is a boon to Titanbet account holders as well, who will have free entry to each race, and race-goers to the track will be offered a number of special sign-up and money-back promotions as well.

Richard Jacques, regional head of marketing, London, for the Jockey Club, said the group was “thrilled that has agreed a deal with Jockey Club Racecourses at Kempton Park and we look forward to developing a longer term association as they expand in the UK.”

Russell Yershon, spokesman for, added: “Horse racing forms an important part in our product offering and partnering with Kempton Park gives us excellent brand visibility as we look to grow our market share in the UK. Investing in sponsorship helps our key objectives and it’s great to be able to give something back to the fabulous sport.”


18th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


On Saturday, October 18th, the richest day in British racing will get under starters orders as the culmination of the Champions Series takes place. In order to grab yourself some of the best value around from the Ascot meeting, head over to online betting site Bet365.

The Bet365 Price Promise applies to all Channel 4 televised races, which means that you will be guaranteed the best price that you can get your hands on. The prices at Bet365 are updated from 10 am each day at the bookmaker, so there isn’t any risk of missing out on value.

Punters can also grab the opportunity to pick up free bets through Bet365’s Channel 4/1 offer. If you back a winner at a price of 4/1 or greater in any televised race on Channel 4, the bookmaker will give you a risk free bet (matched to the value of your original winning stake) to be used on the next live Channel 4 race. If that risk free bet wins, guess what, you’ll pick up yet another free bet to use on the next live Channel 4 race.

Best Odds Guaranteed applies to every race, every day at online bookmaker bet365. So when you place your bet, take the price on your selection and if the SP is bigger, you will be paid out at the bigger odds.

New customers can get a free £50 bet through their On The Move Bonus which comes when placing a first bet through a mobile or tablet device. On top of that there is up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus from the bookmaker who will match the initial deposit on your account.

14th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Paddy Power

The final Classic of the Flat Season, the St Leger goes off at 3.50pm at Doncaster on Saturday and to celebrate the end of season flourish, online betting site Paddy Power are running a big money back special for the race.

More often than not in horse racing betting, you are torn between two choices, generally the favourite and the more valuable second favourite. But with the promotion up for the St Leger, you don’t have to worry about backing your judgements, because you will get the win single part of your bet back, if your selection finishes second or third in the race.

Ante-post favourite Kingston Hill has been given the green light from trainer Roger Varian, the charge will be will heading up the field to face the starter at Doncaster. Kingston Hill is trading as 11/4 favourite with online bookmaker Paddy Power after being confirmed for the race. But will the ground be too quick?

Newmarket trainer John Gosden has won the St Leger three times since 2007 and his Romsdal, disappointed in the King George at Ascot, but was just three lengths off the Epsom Derby behind Australia. Could be value in a dabble there at a price of 6/1, should he be back at his best.

Richard Hannon’s Windshear, a 7/1 shot, hasn’t been out of the first two in seven races now, coming in a neck behind Saturday’s rival Snow Sky (5/1) in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood over 1m 4f. Check out the latest odds for St Leger betting at online bookmaker Paddy Power, who also offer best odds guaranteed.

13th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The Scoop6 rollover finally went on the weekend, with eight tickets each picking up a share of £1,342,599 from the win pool. After the prize pot had broken records with successive rollovers, among the eight winners were three small-staking punters, who each became millionaires with just a £2 stake on the Scoop6.

After twelve rollover weeks on the horse racing bet, after the fifth leg of Saturday’s action, which saw Johnny Cavagin win the 3:25 at Catterick Bridge, there were 122 tickets going forward to the sixth and final leg.

It was victory for the Alan King-trained Chatez in the Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock which landed the big win for eight tickets.

That’s not the end of it for those eight, as each winning ticket is eligible to play for the bonus fund next Saturday, which stands at a further £5,481,763.

One of the £2 stake winners was a credit controller, originally from Dundee, couldn’t even find his selection, filly March, in the fourth leg of the Scoop6. March had been withdrawn before the race, meaning that the punter’s selection switched to the unnamed favourite, which was the successful Joyeuse.

It was joy for the punter who said: “Obviously I didn’t expect too much from the Scoop6 and looking at that result I thought I’d lost but then I checked and I was absolutely delirious when I’d won.”

Last weekend, Ladbrokes punter Joe McGuire came within a length and a quarter of claiming just short of £7 million for his £8 stake when denied in the last race of six in the bet at Catterick.

The winnings eclipse the previous record for a betting shop success of £1,132,657 by Stuart Boland in 2004, also on the Scoop6.

25th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Horse Racing Betting

Will the saga of the Scoop6 rollover come to an end soon? The seemingly never-ending story continued on Saturday as it rolled over the twelfth weekend on the bounce. There was an agonising tale from the bet this week as one punter with an £8 stake came so close to touching upon the £6.8 million Scoop6 payout. A second place finish though in the final leg saw the opportunity go begging though.

Owners of the Tote, Betfred are estimating that the rollover will mean that the combined pools next weekend could reach a staggering £15 million.

The Scoop6 came close to being won again on Saturday, as three tickets made it to the final leg of the six-race bet. There had, once again, been some long priced winners across the first five legs of the wager (at 20/1, 8/1, 16/1, 6/1 and 14/1), and for three tickets, everything was riding on the final leg.

The deciding race was the 4.00 at Thirsk, with the three tickets covering Escape To Glory, Capaill Liath and Justonefortheroad.

But once again, it was a long-odds winner who crushed the hopes of all three remaining tickets. The closest was Escape To Glory, who had gone off as a 10/1 shot in the 14-runner field, with Capaill Liath and Justonefortheroad at 14/1. But Escape To Glory was held off by the unassuming 16/1 shot Llanarmon Lad.

The £6,874,346 win fund on the Scoop6 had been odds-on to be won after eleven consecutive misses in a row. Before the day’s racing had started, bookmaker Betfred had offered odds of 4-9 that it would be won, with the rollover a 13-8 shot. A huge chunk of the tickets riding on this weekend’s action were shot down in the very first leg, with Front Page News landing a 20/1 shot win in the opener at Newmarket.

Long priced winners on the Scoop6 has been a big feature of the bet over the last few weeks, and a reason why it has remained untouched. This weekend, 8/1 winner Chil The Kite in the second leg, knocked out almost 90,000 of the remaining tickets. With 16/1 shot Coulsty coming home first in the third leg, it left only 283 tickets going forward. At this point Betfred had provided the chance of yet another rollover at odds-on.

However, three units remained on the sixth and final leg of the day, and all eyes were on Thirsk’s 4.00, an unheralded Class 4 mile handicap. It quickly gripped the nation, taking centre stage, despite the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes taking place just moments earlier.

With Llanarmon Lad taking the win ahead of Escape To Glory and Capaill Liath coming home third, it left two of the tickets picking a £1,717.40 on the place fund dividend, but it will have been scant consolation.

Scoop6 tickets remaining after . . .

Leg 1: 96,188

Leg 2: 7,865

Leg 3: 283

Leg 4: 41

Leg 5: 3

Leg 6: 0


17th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

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