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It is the richest day in flat racing from Ascot on Saturday as the action-packed thrills and spills of Champions Day is here. There are some huge races to come including the Champions Sprint Stake and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Champion Stakes themselves which has Jack Hobbs heading up the field as 11/8 favourite.

The day at Ascot starts at 12:45 pm with the British Champions Long Distance Cup. This is a Group 2 race with Agent Murphy and Forgotten Rules going as 6/1 joint favourites, following by Clever Cookie and Flying Officer at 7.1 and then Litigant and Pastor at 8/1 in the 13 horse field.

Place a bet on the 12.45 Ascot (Sat 17th October), and if your selection finishes second, then online betting site Sportingbet will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25. This offer applies to Win singles and the Win part of Each- Way singles only and not on selections in multiple bets. The minimum bet size to qualify is £5 and it applies to the first bet placed on the race.


17th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton’s first race as a licensed jockey may have flown under the radar, but he race at Ripon, the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Riders’ Handicap at the end of August still managed to see a good crowd hang around on the rainy evening to see one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes continue in her new challenge.

Thanks to a sponsorship from online betting site Betfair, Pendleton, who is Britain’s most successful female Olympian is on a mission to ride at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. She has switched saddles from bikes to horses in the challenge, taking up the Sport of Kings as an absolute amatuer and she shone in her first race as a licensed jockey.

She was never expected to win the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Riders’ Handicap and she didn’t, but she came ever so close. She was running on Royal Etiquette as was right in the frame at the death only getting pipped by a head on the 12/1 outside shot.

Her performance, just six months and six days after first getting on a horse, was a swift rebuke to the doubters who have seen her journey as nothing more than a publicity stunt for Betfair.

‘I wouldn’t have got the same chance if I had not won two Olympics and nine world championships,’ said Pendleton. ‘So I’ve put in the leg work in another way. I have jumped the queue but I hope everyone knows I know that and I feel I’m blessed to have this opportunity.

Pendleton’s goal is gain entry to the Foxhunters’ Chase at Cheltenham next spring. Pendleton, smiling through a series of interviews, said: ‘It has been a remarkable journey already. When I set out on the challenge, lots of people said it was impossible.

9th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Betfair


Yes, that headline is correct. On Friday night a punter from County Wexford smashed bookmaker Boylesports for a whopping €157,000 win. It was another bad weekend for the bookmaker who also had to pay out over €10,000 to another Wexford punter who struck gold on a sevenfold football accumulator.

The massive horse racing win came from the last six horse races in Ireland and the UK on Friday evening. With all six selections coming up for the punter it returned what is probably going to be a life changing sum of money. The savvy winner, who has remained anonymous, played a total of a €180 stake across a €1 Lucky 63, 15 €1 Four Folds, 6 €1 Five Folds and a €3 Each Way Accumulator.

On top of that, the punter also had also played three single bets on three of the horses. The bet started off with After Rain winning the 8 p.m. at Killarney at 10/1 and was followed up by Airlie Beach winning the bumper at Kilbeggan under Patrick Mullins.

Brittleton won the 8.05 p.m. at Salisbury followed by three winners at Wolverhampton. Bosham won the 8.20 p.m. at 11/1, Bold Hennie won the 8.50 p.m. at 9/4 and the last leg of the bet was landed when Scurr Mist won the 9.20 p.m. with the punter taking advantage of the 2/1 early price with the horse returning at Evens.

The €3 each way accumulator netted the customer €50,364.28 with the total bet landing the punter an incredible €157,008.34 in total.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson said: ‘Hats off to the Wexford punter who bashed BoyleSports on Friday evening and no doubt they certainly will have a smile on their face for the foreseeable future.

‘There is no point crying over spilt milk and we at BoyleSports would like to congratulate the lucky punter on their savvy selections. August has seen the punters win big with BoyleSports and it’s fair to say that they hold a nice lead as September approaches.

24th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Bookmaker News

There was a huge winner on the horses lastweek after playing a €30 bet and defying the 1258/1 odds that was riding on it. The bet was a fivefold accumulator on the horses from Thursday’s action at Wolverhampton, Worcester and Sandown, placed with Boylesports.

The lucky County Meath punters got things kicked off as Manhattan Skyline won the 2 pm at Wolverhampton having been backed a good early price of 15/8 with Boylesports. There was another early price boost winner in the bet, with Handbell coming home at 10/11 in the 2.30pm also from Wolverhampton.

Wins at Sandown for Tawwaaq and Who Dare Wins were topped off by Club And Trumps at Worcester. Those three ended up drifting to longer odds than their respective early prices, but the punter won’t be complaining about that after they still landed an extra €21,128.55 in special offer returns bringing their total winnings to €37,772.11.

Liam Glynn, Boylesports’ spokesperson said: “We would like to congratulate the Co. Meath punter on their savvy selections as they turned their €30 into a whopping €37,772.11.”

He added “July continues to see Boylesports getting bashed by the punter with this big win following on from a Monaghan customer who turned their Lucky 15 into a whopping €32.8K earlier in the month.”

27th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Horse Racing Betting

After reaching the top of her spot by landing two Olympic gold medals in cycling, Victoria Pendleton, one of Britain’s greatest athletes is getting set for her racing debut this week. Thanks to support from bookmaker Betfair, Pendleton is being mentored by Paul Nicholls and trained by Lawney Hill with her main goal of riding in the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

This was all Betfair’s idea and of it Pendleton said: “When Betfair first approached me about this project, I took one look at it and thought it was crazy – but then I looked again and thought, ‘It’s crazy… but I’d quite like to do it.’

Pendleton is honing her skills at the British Racing School in Newmarket, passing racing assessments in order to meet racing conditions for Cheltenham 2016 with full support from betting site Betfair, who have been following her progress with releases of videos of her.

Pendleton, who won two Olympic gold medals in her career, advised punters “not to back me” but feels confident that she will reach her target of a Cheltenham Festival appearance. There’s a long way to go before that, and Pendleton takes her first ride on the Newbury flat mile in the 5.55 on Thursday, July 2nd. Pendleton said that for her first ride, her only objective was to “ride safely and not to look horribly outclassed as a novice in silks”.

“I’m not going in with the idea that it’s win or bust. I just want it to be cool. There will be plenty of races between now at Cheltenham that I will want to win.

“But even to qualify, and come under starter’s orders at Cheltenham, would be like a win for me.But there are a lot of jumps to clear before we even reach that point – ­qualifying to be a jockey is astonishingly hard.”

30th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Paddy Power

It has been a fantastic week of racing from Royal Ascot and one of the feature races of Friday’s action from Berkshire is the 16:20 Coronation Stakes. Heading up the field of Fillies is Found, who is trading as 11/8 favourite with online betting site Paddy Power.

Found could put an end to Aidan O’Brien’s winless streak in the race and she went well enough in the Irish 1,00 Guineas to expect her to go well on the quick ground at Ascot. The biggest threat to Found is likely to be Lucida, who ran a second in the 1000 Guineas. But it is Found who has been receiving the most support in the Coronation Stakes betting market, her price having been trimmed a fair bit.

New customers at Paddy Power can back Found to win the Coronation Stakes at 12/1 enhanced odds.

That’s a huge price just from the industry average and you aren’t going to find such a big price anywhere else on her. In order to get the enhanced odds, register for a Paddy Power account through our links and place a FIRST BET up to a maximum of £10 on Found to win the Coronation stakes in Royal Ascot on Friday 19th June and select the normal odds on site at the normal price on site.

19th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The star miler of the season has been Gleneagles without a doubt and he is back out against looking for another impressive victory as he takes on the challenge of the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The race is the 4:20 pm offering and Gleneagles is running at a price of 4/7 favourite as an industry average.

He has already shown up big by landing wins in the two Guineas this season and he has looked as if he hasn’t even come close to getting beaten. The wins in the Guineas was so comfortable for him, that it is going to be hard to oppose him at Ascot on Tuesday. Make Believe at 3/1 and Consort at 11/2 really are the other two in the six-horse field which are likely to come up with any kind of challenge to the supremacy of Gleneagles, but even then you are looking at one of those pulling out a special year performance to topple the favourite.

If you are looking at backing Gleneagles then do so at online betting site Coral, as new customers there can back Gleneagles at huge 7/1 enhanced odds to take the win. There is an extra dimension to the promotion as well because you will get a £20 free bet should your bet loses!

This offer is open to new customers only who register an account with Coral through our links. After your first deposit on the account, you will then make your first bet on the account on the enhanced odds offer of 7/1 on Gleneagles to win the St James Palace Stakes. The stake has to be the value of £5 exactly.

16th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


It should be a pretty exciting and fascinating opening to the 2015 Royal Ascot, as there is a great card lining up in the Queen Anne Stakes which gets underway at 2:30 pm. This is the curtain-raiser to the festival and punters always like to get themselves off to a winning start for a festival and this looks as if it will be a solid battle between four challengers at the head of the market.

Solow has held steady as 6/4 favourite with online betting site Skybet for the Queen Anne Stakes and has looked impressive having been dialled back to a mile. While he has been holding favouritism, he is likely to come under some heavy challenges by Able Friend and Night of Thunder in particular in the race. Hong Kong’s Able Friend has a good turn of foot, but not always around the turns. So the fact that the Queen Anne Stakes is a straight race will suit him perfectly and is looking some good value at a quote of 2/1.

Last year’s 2,000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder has received some heavy backing, to the point of being cut into a price of 4/1 with Skybet for the race. That Guineas win saw him beat out Kingman and Australia) and shouldn’t have any issues in the straight mile of the Queen Anne Stakes. The only other runner in the field in single figures is Toormore who is back at an 8/1 quote with Skybet.

Place an outright bet on the Queen Anne Stakes and if your horse loses, then online bookmaker Sky Bet will refund your lost stake as a free bet! So if your horse does no’t win, the bookmaker will refund win singles and the win part of each way singles on your FIRST BET as a free bet up to £25 the same day! Free bets will expire after 2 days of credit so don’t forget to use them.

16th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bookmaker News

Two Punchestown punters took bookmaker Boylesports to the cleaners on Saturday, with the bookie having to shell out some big money. Together, the two separate accumulator wins cost Boylesports €45,000 from the meet.

One of the bets returned over €34,000 from a €5 accumulator and a €1 Lucky 31, which had a total stake of €36.

The selections, which were placed at online betting site Boylesports were Josies Orders in the 2.35 at 5/2, Heathfield in the 3.10 at 6/1, Petite Parisienne in the 4.25 at 7/2, Gallant Oscar in the 5.00 at 9/2 and Sort It Out in the 5.35 at 8/1.

The €5 accumulator returned €21,848.95 alone, but with the €12,727.69 added from the Lucky 31 the online punter walked away with a staggering €34,576.64.

That wasn’t the end of the punishment for BoyleSports, as they took another hit when another punter netted more than €11,000 from a €5 each way accumulator and a €2 Lucky 15.

The selections for the bets, which had total stake of €30, remained the same for both the accumulator and the Lucky 15, they were Heathfield in the 3.10 at 6/1, Petite Parisienne in the 4.25 at 4/1, Gallant Oscar in the 5.00 at 9/2 and Sort It Out in the 5.35 at 13/2.

The accumulator paid out a staggering €6,165.19 and the Lucky 15 netted €4,557.28, which in total returned a whopping €11,178.20.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at BoyleSports, said: “It has been a rough day for BoyleSports with not one but two punters hitting us hard at Punchestown.

“With over €45K paid out between two customers we at BoyleSports are off to lick our wounds. We wish to congratulate both punters on their intuitive selections and hope they enjoy spending their winnings.”

4th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Titanbet are extending their arms in the world of sports sponsorships, as the bookmaker has announced that they have secured a new horse racing sponsorship deal with all-weather track Lingfield Park.

Titanbet will now sponsor three of the course’s meetings on Wednesday 29th April, Thursday 30th April and Friday 1st May 2015. Each of the sponsored days will have seven races on the card, and through Titanbet, race-goers will be able to enjoy special sign-up offers and excellent prices on each.

Titanbet have really pushed heavily into sports sponsorship this year, including the Warwick for the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase and a selection of Kempton Park’s National Hunt meetings. They are planning a number of initiatives to attract new customers in the fiercely competitive market.

Russell Yershon, spokesman for, said: “This deal with Lingfield Park is the latest of a long line of racing sponsorships that has enabled to greatly enhance its presence in the UK. It’s our first agreement with the course and we’re very much looking forward to developing our commercial relationship.”

Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort added: ‘We are delighted to welcome as a new sponsor.  With more than 90 fixtures a year at Lingfield Park – and one of the only courses to offer a mixture of All-Weather, National Hunt and turf flat racing – we are ideally placed to meet the needs of all sponsors.’


28th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

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