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9th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Not too long left now to make your selections for your Grand National 2015 betting. Before the final declaration, there is still plenty of value in prices to be picked up at online bookmaker Paddy Power who are running a valuable promotion of an Extra Place Special for this year’s running of the Grand National. Will it be a fairytale ending for AP McCoy in what will be his final Grand National? Or will there be another long-priced winner at Aintree for the fourth year in a row?
Here we take a look at the main Grand National Runners and Prices 2015
The horse that everyone will be keeping an eye out for, even if he hasn’t been backed. Will AP McCoy be able to win his second Grand National on the back of the outright favourite?
Rocky Creek 9/1
Took fifth place in last year’s Grand National and could go one step further here. A great chaser and has charted nine wins from eleven stats. Favourable handicap for him.
Balthazar King 10/1
Naturally suited to the grinding marathon around Aintree and could have gotten to the finish line first last year. Has everything he needs to land the victory and after missing the Cheltenham Festival, you have to believe that he will close.
The Druids Nephew 12/1
Potentially the best handicapped horse in the field for the Grand National 2015. Flying under the radar a bit but has phenomenal stamina and goes with form after a win at the Cheltenham Festival 2015.
Bookmakers are split here because you can shop around and get him at around 22/1. Has won the Scottish National in the past and hasn’t done much this season to suggest that he’ll pull it out of the bag. The longer odds are more realistic.
First Lieutenant 16/1
Screaming much more value than Godsmejudge at the moment and Nina Carberry has to be in with a great shout of becoming the first female winner of the Grand National. Superbly reliable big race runner and could easily make the top five.
Cause Of Causes 18/1
Will AP McCoy regret passing up Cause Of Causes? A great win in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham has seen him spark into life and will conditions favourable under foot, could be tremendous each way value.
Big appeal in Grand National 2015 betting for Soll, who checks all the right boxes for weight, age and form. He completed last year’s Grand National as well in seventh place and now under David Pipe could well go even better.
Spring Heeled 20/1
Thanks to a win in the 2014 Kim Muir Handicap Chase, a race which has sent other winners onto good form at Aintree, Spring Heeled makes a nice each way shot to back.
Pineau De Re 20/1
The defending champion after causing a bit of an upset last year. Seeing horses land back to back wins in the Grand National is pretty tough. Carrying too much weight as well and is 12 years old which tops him out further.
Royale Knight 20/1
A good chaser pretty much made of the same stock as Pineau De Re. Has won or placed in 13 of 17 chase starts and has never fallen or unseated a rider in his career. Decent dark horse value.
Appealing but perhaps too young to land the Grand National this year. A future winner perhaps, but he does have weight on his side in the handicap. Great runner and a pretty solid chaser with enough potential down the line.
Night In Milan 25/1
Perhaps could get away with being a couple of points shorter in the Grand National 2015 betting market. Age is right, form is right, weight is right and he should be able to lay down a pretty solid challenge.
That of course, out of a 40 horse field is just the tip of the Grand National 2015 betting iceberg. Online betting site Paddy Power are still offering new and existing customers the chance to grab an extra place special on Grand National 2015 betting. That could end up being pretty valuable for your Grand National betting, the bookie paying out to five places in such a big field. But get in quick before the offer expires on the weekend!
4th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
Kicking off on Saturday afternoon, online betting site Bet Victor have launched their great Grand National 2015 betting promotion, which gives value to punters two ways. The running of the famous Aintree race of course is on Saturday, April 11th and heading up the field is Shutthefrontdoor who will have AP McCoy in the saddle, which will be the champion jockey’s final National of his career.
Online betting site Betvictor have gone 6 places and Non Runner No Bet for Grand National 2015 betting, which provides the advantage of not having to worry about leaving a bet until the last minute. You can back a horse early and if they don’t make it to the starting line then you will get your stake refunded.
The big value of grabbing extra places in the Grand National 2015 betting is a superb way to increase your each-way betting options.
As mentioned, Shutthefrontdoor is holding firm at the head of the Grand National market, now in to 6/1, with Balthazar King and Rocky Creek behind at 9/1 after support for The Druids Nephew has waned a little bit over the past few days. Alvarado has been gaining huge support and is in at 16/1 with Bet Victor, while Cheltenham 2015 winner Cause Of Causes, who AP McCoy passed up for the National, has moved in from 20/1 to 16/1 at the moment with Bet Victor.
31st March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
A temporary change in rules will see bookmakers allowed to brandish their logos on Jockey’s breeches. The relaxed rules from the BHA will come into effect on April 1st 2015 and this will be a welcome move for bookmakers, who are heavy supporters of the British Racing scene.
The change to the code of conduct by the BHA will only be a trial run, open for nine months. But during that time, bookmakers will be allowed to compete on equal standing against other firms for an advertising spot on the outer thigh of a jockey’s breeches.
The back of jockey’s breeches will remain sponsored by the Stobart Group, a deal which helps to fund the PJA’s career-ending insurance scheme.
The original BHA rules limited physical sponsorship on a jockey’s person by a bookmaker to a bulk deal of 50 or more riders. Not too surprisingly, there wasn’t one bookmaking firm who snapped up that deal. But a recent proposal from the Professional Jockeys Association will see Jockey’s able to brandish bookmaker logos.
The authority’s director of public affairs and policy, Will Lambe, said: “In approving this proposal the board gave careful consideration to integrity concerns, particularly around perception. We have already permitted individual non-riding promotional deals with bookmakers for two years with no integrity or perception concerns having arisen, while bookmaker branding presence is of course already widespread on British racecourses.”
Each individual proposed deal will still need to be agreed upon by the BHA and will only allow deals with bookmakers who contribute to British racing through the levy or voluntary contributions.
31st March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
AP McCoy, who goes in his last Grand National on April 11th, has confirmed that he will be in the saddle of outright favourite Shutthefrontdoor. The 40 year old champion jockey takes the ride for JP McManus and has taken the ride above the option to go with last year’s Irish National winner over Cause of Causes.
McCoy has said that he will retire from racing if he wins the Grand National 2015 at Aintree, but if not, then his final day will come on April 25th at Sandown.
Shutthefrontdoor has consistently held favouritism at the head of the Grand National 2015 betting market and is running at a quote of 7/1 with online betting site Bet365. The news that it will be McCoy in the saddle saw some big market action on Shutthefrontdoor on Monday, the price on him being trimmed from 8/1 supremacy.
Trained by Jonjo O’Neill, Shutthefrontdoor has only had the six chase starts, but has won nine times from 14 career runs. The fact that he is up at the head of the market, and was before AP McCoy took the ride, does speak volumes about the quality that he possesses. Grand National winners, as history would suggest, usually need to have had around ten chase starts under their belt before landing the Aintree marathon.
He will take at least 11-02 on the day, and while that is pretty heavy compared to what Grand National winner usually have, Shutthefrontdoor is a capable runner with the extra weight. He last run out was at Carlisle at the start of November, taking an eight length win over Vintage star in the Weatherbys Bank Graduation Chase.
The big hype, as expected, is on Shutthefrontdoor because of AP McCoy taking the ride, and no doubt there are a lot of punters throwing money at a romantic bet in hoping that the jockey will bow out in the best fashion possible by winning the race. That will likely shorten the price on Shutthefrontdoor in Grand National 2015 betting even more, so get in while the price just about offers some each way value.
There is best odds guaranteed and non-runner no bet coverage to take for your Grand National 2015 betting at online betting site Bet365. With the markets getting busier for the big Aintree race, Bet365 are also paying out to five places for the event as well and new customers registering an account with the bookmaker can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.
26th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Head on over to online betting site Bet365 and you can snap up some great extra value for your Grand National 2015 betting by taking both best odds guaranteed and non-runner no bet insurance.
On top of that, new customers registering an account with the bookmaker can also get up to a free £200 when registering. Just open an account with the leading online bookmaker and they will match the value of your initial deposit on the new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £200!
That could turn out to be some nice free Grand National 2015 betting cash!
Non-runner no bet on the Grand National 2015 betting at online betting site Bet365 means that you can back a selection at an early price with no concerns about a loss if they don’t make the start of the race. If your selection doesn’t line up for the start of the Grand National 2015, then online betting site Bet365 will give you your stake back.
Best odds guaranteed means that you will be able to get the best price possible on your Grand National selection with Bet365. The bookmaker constantly updates their prices to remain competitive and if your selection starts at a bigger starting price than the quote at which you took them, then Bet365 will pay you out at the bigger odds!
Bet365 have also gone to five places for your each way betting value on Grand National 2015 odds and because of their fantastic Channel 4/1 offer, if you back a 4/1 or bigger priced winner on any televised Channel 4 race, you will earn yourself a free bet to use on the next live Channel 4 race! If that free bet wins at odds of 4/1 or bigger, then you will get another free bet!
Tremendous coverage for your Grand national 2015 betting from online betting site Bet365.
25th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Trained by Paul Nicholls, Rocky Creek has been given an advantage by the handicappers for the Crabbie’s Grand National 2015 and punters have been swarming all over the charge. Rocky Creek has gained support in the ante post market, which has seen the price on him trimmed into a price of 10/1 second favourite behind market leader Shutthefrontdoor with online betting site Bet365.
Rocky Creek impressively won the Bet Bright Chase at Kempton back in February and was among the 74 horses left at the latest forfeit stage for the big race on April 11th. Rocky Creek could have a good 9lb in hand for the race, with the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere heading up the weights for the Grand National 2015 at 11st 10lb.
Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies has been talking up the chances of Rocky Creek in the Grand National and has been working with the nine-year-old ahead of the race. Rocky Creek was mightily impressive when he took the win at Kempton and there is the belief that he could have been given an extra nine pounds for the Grand National 2015 betting.
Rocky Creek has been out three times this season and his Kempton victory was the highlight and a nod towards his Grand National form. He had pulled up in the Hennessey back in November on bad ground, a race which Twiston-Davies is happy enough to just write off completely because of the conditions. His six length win over Le Reve in the Bet Bright Chase at Kempton should see him get positively in the frame for 2015 Grand National betting.
So while Rocky Creek has been challenging the supremacy of Shutthefrontdoor in Grand National 2015 betting, his opponent has been holding firm at the head of the market. A lot of public sentiment has played a part in that most likely, with AP McCoy expected to take the ride of Shutthefrontdoor in what will be his last Grand National ride.
Grand National 2015 betting odds
Shutthefrontdoor 8/1, Rocky Creek 10/1, Balthazar King 12/1, The Druids Nephew 12/1, Cause Of Causes 12/1, Godsmejudge 20/1, Spring Heeled 20/1, Pineau De Re, Soll 22/1, Unioniste 22/1, Alvarado 25/1, Merry King 25/1, Teatree 25/1, Al Co 25/1, 33/1 bar
To boost your Grand National 2015 betting, online betting site Bet365 are Non Runner No Bet for the race, which means that you will get your stake refunded on a selection that fails to make the start of the race. They also offer Best Odds Guaranteed for horseracing and provide live streams from UK Racing. They also offer up the chance of earning a risk-free bet for landing a 4/1 or bigger winner in any Channel 4 or Bet365 feature race.
24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It can be heartbreaking when just one leg of a big wager lets you down. But the realism of the matter is that it does happen, and one Irish punter missed out on a massive Lucky 63 bet over the weekend at Boylesports all because of one leg.
The 30 cent stake on the Lucky 63 (six selections) would have returned a massive payout of around €300,000, but after watching five of the six selections romp home on Sunday, one horse failed him.
It wasn’t a total disaster though as the bet still turned up a huge €32,524.47 for his €18.90 total stake, so the punter was well up in profit. The missing selection from what would have been a phenomenal day of punting was Top Cat Henry who finished second.
A Lucky 63 is a six-selection wager consisting of 63 bets: six singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, six five-folds and a six-fold accumulator. There is a 10% bonus paid on five winners with a 25% bonus paid on six winners.
Liam Glynn, PR Executive at BoyleSports said: “We wish to congratulate the lucky punter from County Meath who just hit the cross bar on Sunday and was just one winner away from winning just under €300K.
“If Top Cat Henry who finished second had managed to win, the bet would have netted just under €300 K and it would be another big pay-out in county Meath following the win of €168K by a punter during Cheltenham week.
24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
No-one has been able to touch the ante-post favouritism of Shutthefrontdoor in Grand National 2015 betting and that will rise further if AP McCoy decides to jump in the saddle for JP McManus. This will be the final time that the Grand National will see AP McCoy and he has said that he will probably quit the sport immediately if he wins the Grand National 2015 instead of waiting to the end of the season to hang up his whip.
McCoy won the Grand National for the first and only time (so far) in 2010 on Don’t Push It and is set to become the champion jockey for the 20th time in a row. He has been linked very heavily to Jonjo O’Neill’s 8/1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor in the National 2015.
But whoever is in the saddle of Shutthefrontdoor, he is up as favourite of the 40 runners going over the 30 Aintree fences, across the four miles three and a half furlong marathon. Shutthefrontdoor has won his last two outings, the most recent being a convincing victory in the Weatherbys Bank graduation Chase back in November at Carlisle. He was scheduled for the Lexus Chase, in December but didn’t make it.
But he is a vastly, and quickly improving charge and his victory in the Irish Grand National confirmed that. Shutthefrontdoor has been allotted 11st 2lb in the handicapping for the Grand National 2015.
Of course though, Grand National betting can often be a crap shoot with the number of obstacles and being caught up in other fallers. The nearest contenders who are shortening towards Shutthefrontdoor in Grand National 2015 betting are Rocky Creek, Balthazar King and The Druids Nephew who are all around the 12/1 mark with online bookmaker Bet365.
Paul Nicholls has been stressing how much Rocky Creek has been specifically targeting the Grand National, and triumphed in the Best Fight Chase towards the end of February, and has been shortening since then towards the head of the market.
Ante post Grand National 2015 betting odds
Shutthefrontdoor 8/1, Rocky Creek 12/1, Balthazar King 12/1, The Druids Nephew 12/1, Cause Of Causes 20/1, Godsmejudge 20/1, Spring Heeled 20/1, 25/1 bar
Online betting site Bet365 run superb non-runner no bet coverage for the Grand National and there are also best odd guaranteed, which means that if the starting price on your selection is higher than the price you took them at, you will be paid out at the higher price! New customers registering an account with online betting site Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.
13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Who will be putting their faith in Silviniaco Conti to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the third time of asking in his career? With a fall and a misguided finish under his belt from his two previous attempts at the Blue Riband race at Cheltenham, does he have all his ducks in a row to lay down a serious claim for the title race this season?
It goes without saying that he does of course and the punters haven’t been afraid to show their support for him, as Silviniaco Conti is at at a price of 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015. It’s a fair price most will presume, and the hype around him is a fever pitch at the moment.
The huge positives over Silviniaco Conti is his performance (up to the final run in) at last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was leading over the last, and the familiarity that trainer Paul Nicholls has put him through during his build up. It’s been a similar route to the Cheltenham Gold Cup as season’s past, and Silviniaco Conti has banked wins at the Betfair Chase and the King George VI Chase this season.
It’s hard to knock that form and the class act in the field is expected to get it right this time around. But there are challengers to the title of course, and that comes in the form of a tightly packed clutch behind Silviniaco Conti who are all around the 9/1 market with online bookmaker Bet365 in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting.
Djakadam has had a huge shift in market support over the past few days, and there is equal support at the moment for Holywell, Many Clouds, Carlingford Lough and Road To Riches. Defending champion Lord Windermere is out at a 12/1 quote. It is hard to split up the contenders, but there two stand out ones in the mix are Road To Riches and Holywell.
Holywell makes tremendous each way value because he has won at the Cheltenham Festival before, having triumphed in the Pertemps Final and the Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase. So the experience on familiar ground is there, and he posted four wins in a row at the turn of 2014 and while his form this season hasn’t been explosive, he could well be peaking at the right time again. Holywell was out at 12/1 at one point in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting.
Road To Riches landed a win at the Lexus trial, a race in which Carlingford Lough finished fifth, and in which On His Own was beaten as well. He has been improving greatly since winning the Galway Plate last summer, in performance which didn’t really mark him down as a Gold Cup contender. But the improving Road To Riches looks in great shape for the season and Noel Meade wouldn’t be putting him in if he didn’t think there was something there.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Predictions
Third time’s a charm as they say and would fully expect the class and power of Silviniaco Conti to nail it this time around. Frankly there isn’t anyone close to his ability to take him down on the day so the only way that he is going to lose is if he beats himself. Look for great each way value from the chasing pack in Road To Riches and the slightly more unpredictable Holywell.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds
Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Djakadam 8/1, Many Clouds 8/1, Holywell 9/1, Carlingford Lough 10/1, Road to Riches 10/1, Conegree 12/1, Lord Windermere 12/1, Bobs Worth 12/1, 18/1 bar.
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13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting market looks pretty open. That is, without heavy favourite Silviniaco Conti in the picture only. But the Paul Nicholls trained charge, who is hoping to make it third time lucky in the Blue Riband race after disappointments in his last two appearances, may not have things all his own way completely anyway.
So picture for a minute the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 market without Silviniaco Conti in it. How do the rest of the challengers line up in terms of betting value? The answer to that would be pretty evenly. If Silviniaco Conti wasn’t lining up, then punters would have a very hard time splitting the rest of the Cheltenham Gold Cup field.
Two of the entrants from a whole clutch of runners from Bobs Worth to Lord Windermere and Many Clouds have stood out more than most though and they are Road To Riches (8/1 at online bookmaker Bet365) and Carlingford Lough at 10/1. In both of them you will have some very good each way value in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting odds with online bookmaker Bet365, who are running their Price Promise and Best Odds Guaranteed for all of the Cheltenham Festival 2015, and both of them bring something very different to the table.
Carlingford Lough, owned by JP McManus, will have AP McCoy in the saddle and people are starting to sit up and take notice. There was a solid win over Foxrock in the Irish Hennessy back in February at Leopardstown, a marked improvement from a poor showing at the course in a fifth place finish behind Road To Riches back in December’s Lexus. Carlingford Lough is improving and has the stamina to stick through the heavy race. The question mark is whether or not he can keep a solid enough pace over the first half of the race to push on.
Noel Meade is sending Road To Riches, an exciting chaser to the Gold Cup and with a trial win at the Lexus on December 28th, holding off On His Own, that is the kind of performance that he should be judged on. It was good enough as a platform to be used to move forward to a potential Gold Cup success, if not this season, then down the line. It is arguable that no-one else in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 field has improved more than Road To Riches has this season. In winning the Galway Plate back in July there wasn’t too much of a hint of him looking like a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender. Now, he is the mix and should be come race day.
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So to the favourite, Silviniaco Conti. A 3/1 favourite with the extended odds on the rest of the field behind him, there shouldn’t be too many questions raised about his challenge. Paul Nicholls is confident that he is in the best form of his life and the rest of the field should be pretty worried. Just about the only blight on Silviniaco Conti copy book is the last two outings in the Gold Cup. With a fall and then having grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory last season after going wandering down the final stretch, those are serious race doubts that could send punters to oppose such firm favouritism.
He is the classiest, most proven horse in the field though and is well worth the money on his back, and some may see the price of 3/1 on him as being just a little big bigger than it should be. He is that good, a classy jumper who rarely puts a foot wrong. With the big win in the King George VI back on Boxing Day, followed by a straight route to the Cheltenham Festival 2015, then Silviniaco Conti is still going to be one of the heaviest backed charges of the entire festival. Pile on top the impressive win at the Betfair Chase then you have a pretty solid option and it is hard to ignore the massive gap between his price at the rest of the field in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 Betting Odds
Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Many Clouds 8/1 , Road To Riches 8/1, Holywell 10/1, Carlingford Lough 10/1, Djakadam 10/1, Lord Windermere 10/1, Coneygree 12/1, Bobs Worth 14/1, Sma Place 16/1, 20/1 bar