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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.

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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

Horse Racing Betting

The Scoop6 could well be heading up to a truly remarkable sum of £10 million next weekend. The amazing streak of rollovers on the big horse racing bet continued after no-one managed to damage the total of £7.4 million sitting in the prize pots ahead of Saturday’s action. It was another remarkable day, with 207 tickets still in the running at the fifth leg, it looked as if the big rollover may actually go.

But then at the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock, the fifth leg of the bet, Ballyglasheen broke the hearts of those still still in the running. Around 192,000 tickets were in play at the start of the six-leg bet and with four legs down and 207 ticket remaining, 12 of the 13 runners in the Swinton Hurdle were covered by the remaining tickets.

The only one that wasn’t was the 25/1 shot Ballyglasheen, and his nail biting victory in a three-way finish to deny Barizan and Vibrato Valtat, who had 29 and 69 units on them respectively, meant that not a single ticket remained going into the last leg.

Early estimates suggest next week’s bet could soar to £10 million with the races split between Thirsk, Newbury and Newmarket.

Scoop6 breakdown

After leg 1: 191,878 tickets

After leg 2: 9,238

After leg 3: 1,348

After leg 4: 207

After leg 5: 0

Totepool spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: ‘The Scoop6 never ceases to amaze – we had a crazy week last week with two 40-1 winners and today Ballyglasheen has come from the clouds.

‘Vibrato Valtat looked nailed on and punters would have thought ‘we’re in here’ but Ballyglasheen spoiled the party.’

11th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting

The remarkable run of the Scoop6 six continues after yet another weekend in producing no winner. Yet another rollover on the bet happened on the weekend, and for one punter it was a dramatic sixth leg. Just one ticket had gone forth to the final race of the day, and had that ticket been backing the winner, it could have landed around £3 million on the win fund.

Heartbreakingly, it wasn’t to be though. But that is as close as anyone has come to winning the Scoop6 in the last couple of weekends.

So now the rollover has taken the win fund and the bonus fund combined up to a massive £7.5 million. The record breaking rollover will see the win fund alone likely stand around the £4.6 million, according to early estimates from online betting site BetFred.

The combined pools were at £5.5 million after last weekend, which failed to produce a winning ticket again. With more and more punters jumping on board with the dream of landing that record breaking fund, it is going to get bigger.

How much longer can it roll over for? The last two weekends you could have taken an odds on price that it was going to be won, but somehow it has still remained intact.

If you have never tried the Scoop6 before, well, this would be the time to do it.

Online betting site Betfred, owner of the Tote, will give all Scoop6 players this Saturday a free £2 bet to use on Sunday. Just stake £2 or more on the Scoop6 at or Betfred Mobile to qualify.

New customers registering an account with popular bookmaker Betfred can get up to a free £25 matched bet as a welcome bonus.

7th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting

Roll on over to online betting site Paddy Power before the renewal of the famous Grand National gets underway on Saturday. The much anticipated race, held at Aintree is one of the most gruelling, demanding and thrilling runs in the Sport of Kings anywhere in the world. Everyone dreams of picking the Grand National winner out the big field, which usually ends up being more of a crap shoot than anything which goes to form.

So extra coverage on the race is going to be valuable and that is what is on offer at online betting site Paddy Power. The highly popular bookmaker are paying out to five places in 2014 Aintree Grand National betting, which makes those each way bets just that little bit more value.

You can of course also get yourself a Free Grand National bet from the bookmaker as well for joining up. New account sign-ups can take advantage of the bookies great £50 free bet offer, which they give out in matching the value of the first stake placed on your new account.

Fantastic value all around for your 2014 Grand National betting odds and who is taking your fancy this year? Will it be the evergreen legs of Tidal Bay trading at 18/1, or the trending Monbeg Dude, former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run or the outright favourite Teaforthree?

That of course is just the tip of the iceberg in Grand National odds, a race which has before thrown up 100/1 winner Mon Mone back in 2008 and last year there was a massive 66/1 winner in the form of Auroras Encore. So it pretty much is just a sweepstakes shot, but the favourites have their place too.

Two of the last six renewals of the Grand National has actually seen the favourite take the line first. In 2008 Comply or Die took a win as 7/1 joint favourite and then two years later Don’t Push It was a 10/1 joint favourite winner of the famous slog. So what does that tell you for your Grand National betting? Anyone in the field pretty much has a chance over.

It has been said that this latest renewal isn’t one of the higher quality fields that has lined up for the running for Grand National Betting. But still, when it comes time to raise the tape and the charges all start thundering down the Aintree track, the thrills and excitement will be heavy, like it is perhaps in no other race. Don’t overlook anyone and the big prices that are on offer in the race, means that you can hedge your bets pretty well across everyone from favourites, to a solid chasing pack, all the way out to those long shots, who in this case would be 125/1 shot Kruzhlinin, with Hunt Ball, Buckers Bridge, One In A Milan, Swing Bill, Twirling Magnet and Golan way at 100/1.

5th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting

Teaforthree has continued to hold ground at the head of 2014 Grand National betting, originally out at 20/1 but now in as 10/1 favourite with online betting site Paddy Power. After finishing third in last year’s renewal and looking strong under foot and in his jumping, his flawless performance has put him at the head of the market and he has pretty much stayed there. A solid run at the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup, where he was pressing for a place finish but fell away at the end, has left the Rebecca Curtis trained ten year old as favourite for the showcase race at the Aintree Festival.

There has been such little movement in the field since back at the start of February, that punters haven’t had to go digging too deeply in picking out an option on who will win the Grand National 2014. It could just be that isn’t a very high quality Grand National this time around and it is perhaps reading as a bit weaker than usual. On top of his eighth placed finish at the Gold Cup, the only other run out for Teaforthree has had this year in preparation was a second at Ascot to Restless Harry in mid February. Still, he looks the best shot in a somewhat shallow field.

Long run’s market action has been significant in the build up, coming in from an early ante post of 25/1 to a current 11/1 shot with Paddy Power. The former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner hasn’t been at his best for some time now, but again, punters have recognised that there is probably value in the experience and proven winning mentality that he has produced before. Again, with him not being that strong, certainly nowhere near his Gold Cup heyday, it is a reflection of the overall status of 2014 Grand National betting, being a bit limited in genuine option.

Tidal Bay, last season’s Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude and Sunnyhillboy are all been floating around the 16/1, Monbeg Dude having seen a lot of drifting and trimming of his odds, while Sunnyhillboy has taken a sharp market cut from 33/1 to his current price. Tidal Bay seems to be running well and took second at the Hennessey back in February, a long way back of Last Instalment. The veteran chaser has been dropped 7lb in his official racing for the running of the £1 million Aintree Grand National.

Triolo d’Alene had been around the sixteen-to-one mark, but has since drifted out to 20/1, but he makes a fascinating proposition in Grand National betting. He has won over the National fences before and he had a decent run out at the 2014 cheltenham Festival, but was hampered in his Gold Cup run. Promising aspects there for him.

Not trading at 20/1 Triolo d’Alene looks a fantastic each way shot alongside Rocky Creek who would have had his nose in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup had it not been for an unfortunate bout of ringworm. The Paul Nicholls trained charge though could make quite the splash on his arrival at Aintree, because there is nothing wrong with jumping and settles in to travel well too. For some he will be just a touch green this year to take on such a big challenge, but does has the making of being a future star in the race. Again, value enough in taking an each way bet.

So who will win the 2014 Grand National? Well the race does seem set and therefore the taking by Teaforthree but it is worth looking at some longer odds. But would look for a Long Run revival to come. He has Sam Waley-Cohen in the saddle and he has shown signs of getting back to his best, in particular at the Betfair Chase. It has been hard to judge where he is really at, but if he was in the peak of his form then he would be top weight. Gunning to be just the third horse to win both the Gold Cup and the Grand National, and skipped Cheltenham this year for Aintree.

2014 Grand National Each Way betting tips:
Long Run, Rocky Creek, Triolo d’Alene

2014 Grand National Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Teaforthree 10/1, Long Run 11/1, Tidal Bay 14/1, Monbeg Dude 16/1, Sunnyhillboy 16/1, Balthazar King 20/1, Triolo D’Alene 20/1, Rocky Creek 20/1, Burton Port 20/1, Pineau De Re 20/1, bar 25/1

Online bookmaker Paddy Power have gone Non Runner, Money Back for the 2014 Grand National and they are also paying out to five places! New customers registering an account with them can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

25th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting

With the excitement of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival done and dusted, there final forfeit stage of the 2014 Grand National betting has just past, so the build up to the next big event is gaining momentum. The 2014 Grand National runs on April 5th at Aintree of course and at this latest stage, there are 73 runners in contention for glory at the moment.

Topping the market is Teaforthree who will be carrying top weight in a weight-adjusted rating of 180. He came home third in last year’s renewal but didn’t put a foot wrong in the race. It was that accomplished run which has put him into a position of favoritism. He did take a run at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, and while he was pressing the leaders well, from about three out, he just didn’t have any extra pace left to challenge in the race and dropped all the way back to eighth.

In ante post Grand National 2014 betting, there has been natural interest in Tidal Bay. The experienced chaser, should he take the win this year, will become just the first teenage winner of the race since Sergeant Murphy took the win back in 1923. History is against Tidal Bay a bit, because there have only been three winners of the race who have been older than twelve, the oldest being Peter Simple in 1853 at 15 years old.

Tidal Bay is a threat and is only 2lb below Teathreeforthree in the 2014 Grand National ratings. He should be a fine fit for the conditions and the trip around Aintree and since joining up with Paul Nicholls back in 2011, he has found top form, including wins at the Lexus Chase and the Bet365 Gold Cup, the latter being won at top weight.

After opening around 25/1 in 2014 Grand National betting, Tidal Bay has been backed right into 16/1 at the final forfeit stage. Former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, after a disappointing term, has just been showing some positive signs again. With him paired up with Sam Waley-Cohen in the saddle, who has posted a great record over the National Fences, should make Long Run a pretty decent each way wager for many.

Some of the notbale absentees at the final forfeit stage included 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own, Seabass and Home Farm.

2014 Grand National Betting Odds at Bet Victor
Teaforthree 10/1, Tidal Bay 16/1, Long Run 18/1, Monbeg Dude 20/1, Rock Creek 25/1, Triolo D’Alene 20/1, Colbert Station 25/1, Burton Port 25/1, Godsmejudge28/1, Mossey Joe 28/1, bar 33/1

Online betting site Bet Victor have gone Non-Runner Free Bet on the 2014 Grand National. The popular bookie is also pay out to six places on this year’s renewal as well. Great extra value for your betting and new customers opening an account with them can get upto a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus too.

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

Paddy Power

Paddy Power are offering unbelievable odds of 7/1 on Bob’s Worth for today’s Cheltenham 2014 Gold Cup!

That price can’t be beaten, so if Bob’s Worth is your selection for the Gold Cup race, don’t hesitate and place your bet right now at Paddy Power!


Paddy Power Cheltenham


How does the Bob’s Worth 7/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup promotion at Paddy Power work?

Just follow these simple steps:

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2. Place your first bet (max £10 stake) by clicking through the
“Bob’s Worth to win 7/1″ button and take the normal price on site for Bob’s worth to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup

3. If Bob’s Worth does win, you’ll be paid out the normal price right away and within 24 hours you will get
the additional amount reflecting the enhanced offer of 7/1!


Paddy Power Cheltenham

Terms & Conditions – BOB’S WORTH TO WIN THE GOLD CUP @ 7/1!!!

  1. Open a new account, place a FIRST BET up to a maximum of £10 on Bob’s Worth to win the Gold Cup on Friday 14th of March at 15.20 at the normal price on site.
    If Bob’s Worth does win, you will be paid based on the normal price and will have the extra amount, bringing the bet up to a 7/1 cumulative payout, added to your account within 24 hours.
  2. The maximum stake for this offer is £/€10.
  3. This offer does not apply to each way bets, it applies to win only.
  4. Applies to singles only, any bets with either selection in a multiple will be settled at the normal price.
  5. Applies to bets placed on the Win market only, does not apply to totes bets, forecasts, match bets or bets at combined odds.
  6. Applies to bets placed before the race only, does not apply to bets placed in running.
  7. Valid for new customers only. Duplicate accounts are not eligible for this promotion.
  8. Customers who come through any website, seo, ppc source aside from this site’s related sites/emails are not eligible for this promotion.
  9. Offer applies to customers based in the UK & Ireland.
  10. Due to the abuse of promotions, customers using Moneybookers or Neteller to deposit will not qualify for this offer.
  11. There is no free bet offered in conjunction with this offer.


13th March 2014 / florian - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

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