On this page you find articles on horse racing and sports betting in general.
March 9th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Online betting site Betfair have launched a great promotion for the opening day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. Punters will be hoping to beat the bookmakers heavily on day one and you can take some fantastic insurance in the Betfair sportsbook for Tuesday’s racing card at Cheltenham.
Head to the bookmaker and opt in to their Cheltenham Day One No Lose Double.
Place a double across any of the seven races on the first day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and if your double bet loses, then the bookie will refund your full stake as a free bet. Great value with the maximum refund in this offer being £10.
Day One of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting on Tuesday, March 11 sees the action all kick off with the thrilling novices’ battle in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, followed by the popular Arkle Trophy. The Championship race and the feature event of the day is the Champion Hurdle, where The New One and Hurricane Fly have been duelling it out for market supremacy.
New customers registering an account with Betfair can also get a fantastic risk free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too, thanks to a generous welcome offer from the bookie.
March 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
The Championship and most-anticipated race of the opening day of 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting, is the running of the Champion Hurdle. The New One, 5/2 joint favourite at Ladbrokes for the race is looking to deliver the goods for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The trainer has been recalling how he missed out with Khyber Kim in 2010, when Binocular came back from nowhere to gallop to victory under Tony McCoy. Twiston-Davies believes that Khyber Kim really won the race, but the phantom Binocular showed up again from out of the blue, having posted three listless performance prior to the run at Cheltenham.
Now Twiston-Davies has another genuine title shot in The New One. He is very easy runner, with some good finishing speed and totally uncomplicated. The slower the race, the more The New One may come into the picture in the running. Why? Because he quickens very well and that should put him in good stead against the great Hurricane Fly. The New One was last out at Kempton back on Boxing Day last year, finishing half a length behind fellow Champion Hurdle shot My Tent Or Yours. Prior to that he took a good seven length win over Zarkandar at Cheltenham on December 14th.
Reigning Champion Hurricane Fly and is looking for his third Champion Hurdle title. There is a thought from his camp that he can get ever better. He landed his 18th Grade 1 win last December but back at the end of last year, bookmakers were still hesitant over his chances at Cheltenham, leaving him out behind The New One and My Tent or Yours. That has all changed again after a win at Leopardstown at the end of January, beating out Our Conor by a length and a half. There is still plenty of strength left in the ten year old and has been getting decent backing for a title defence, standing ground at around of 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Along with Hurricane Fly, Willie Mullins is also covering his bases in the race with Annie Power and Un De Sceaux, the facing a big step up in class. My Tent Or Yours, an early ante post favourite in 2014 Champion Hurdle betting suffered a minor injury scare at the start of March, picking up a puncture on the sole of his foot. Trainer Nicky Henderson remains convinced that all the preparation work has already been done and that he will be 100% ready for the race. My Tent Or Yours took back to back wins at Kempton, beating The New One by half a length at the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day last year, and an easy win as 1/5 odds on favourite back at the course in the Jumpers’ Bumper National Hunt Flat Race. Our Conor has already lost out to Hurricane Fly twice this season, both runs at Leopardstown.
2014 Champion Hurdle Tip: The New One really has the goods to step up to the mark and end Hurricane Fly’s dreams of a third Champion Hurdle win. But even with the injury scare, to My Tent Or Yours, he looks a tremendously valuable each way shot in the field.
2014 Champion Hurdle Betting Odds at Paddy Power
The New One 11/4, Hurricane Fly 11/4, Our Conor 4/1, My Tent Or Yours 9/2, Annie Power 7/1, Jezki 9/1, Un De Sceaux 14/1, Bar 20/1
Online betting site Paddy Power have gone Non Runner No Bet for all of the Championship races at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. So you have insurance on the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup. So place a bet and if your horse doesn’t make it to the race for some reason, then you’ll get your lost stake refunded as a free bet.
March 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Most of the action for 2014 Arkle betting has been focused on Champagne Fever. The Willie Mullins-trained novice looks a strong title shot in this one. All the stars are pretty much aligned for what is arguably the strongest novice that Mullins is taking to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival with him. Champagne Fever has the credentials and knows the feeling of being in the winners’ circle at Cheltenham, having landed the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper title before.
At the end of the day, it is that experience of winning at Prestbury Park that should put him in good standing to pick up his third Cheltenham Festival win. Nine of the last 10 winners of the Arkle have either won or placed at the Cheltenham Festival before, so that stat works heavily in his favour. He was beaten last time out though, finishing third and fourteen and a half lengths back of Defy Logic at Leopardstown on Boxing Day last year.
But part of Champagne Fever’s shortening to the head of the Arkle betting market was defeat in January for Defy Logic and Felix Younger, as well as Rock On Ruby missing out on a scheduled run at Doncaster because of the ground. Mullins decided to keep Felix Younger out of the Arkle, moving him across to the JLT. Champagne Fever was due for a run out in February at the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase by Mullins decided to just send him straight to the Arkle because of concerns about conditions. Campagne Fever had also been pencilled in to run at the Dr PJ Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown, but passed on that Grade I race too.
None of that has stopped him shortening still further, in at 5/2 with Boylesports in 2014 Arkle Betting. Rock on Ruby (9/2) is heading to Cheltenham as well with a lack of races under his belt this season. He has had just the two trips, opening the season with a win at Plumpton, and there were concerns over putting him out in February at Doncaster. But they did and he landed an easy ten length win in literally a two horse race over Mr Mole. It was more of a training exercise than anything over the jumps. Rock On Ruby took second place at Cheltenham last year in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly. He has a fine Cheltenham record for his owners.
Jockey Bryan Cooper rode Trifolium (5/1) to an impressive win at the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) back in January. It was massively impressive win, which saw firm favourite Defy Logic only manage a fifth after breaking a blood vessel, and Trifolium took a nine length win over second placed Felix Younger. The result saw the bookies absolutely slash odds on him after being as far out as 20/1 at one point. The impressively controlled and calculated race at Leopardstown puts him in with a great shot.
Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets was impressive too in his second run over fences last year at the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase. He went out again in Newbury in February, finishing second behind Module, after not having anything left in the tank to challenge the winner.
2014 Arkle Trophy Betting Odds at Boylesports
Champagne Fever 5/2, Rock On Ruby 9/2, Trifolium 5/1, Dodging Bullets 5/1, Felix Younger 8/1, Valdez 8/1, Grandouet 12/1, Hinterland 12/1, Ted Veale 20/1, Bar 25/1
2014 Arkle Betting Tip: Like Trifolium’s chances of getting in the picture here and big value for an each way shot at worst. Champagne Fever is the one to beat though, but Trifolium could get close.
Online betting site Boylesports are focusing on AP McCoy for a great Cheltenham Festival 2014 betting promotion. If your selection in any race at the Festival finishes second to horse with AP McCoy in the saddle, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
March 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the Supreme Novices, as there always is, because it kicks off the Cheltenham Festival and all punters want to get themselves off to a good start at Prestbury Park. Irving is trading as 5/2 favourite and headed up the 29 six-day declarations for the race. The favouritism for the Paul Nicholls-trained Irving was improved after an impressive win at Kempton on February 22nd, landing a five length win over Amore Alato.
Irving has landed four wins from four in hurdles, and has fired off two Grade 2 wins. After the win at the Dovecote, Irving was trimmed from 7/1 down 4/1 but has since shortened more. Back in February, Irving was still trailing the favouritism of the Willie Mullins-trained Grade 1 winner Vautour in the market. But that has shifted dramatically now, with Irving edging at 5/2 over Vautour 3/1.
Nicholls said that Irving has “All the speed in the world and will improve for better ground. Faster ground will also sharpen his jumping. He’s a proper horse.” Irving had been due to run in this season’s Betfair Hurdle but was left out after the heavy ground not suiting him. So he got the run out at Kempton in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle and impressed greatly against the novice company.
Vautour also took a win back in February, landing a first at Leopardstown in the Grade I Deloitte Novice Hurdle. Vautour beat out 9/4 race favourite The Tullow Tank by three lengths in the race, ridden by Ruby Walsh. That’s three wins and two second places over the hurdles now for the 5 year old in his career. He has pretty much held ground in 2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle betting odds.
Splash of Ginge, the Betfair Hurdle winner hasn’t tempted punters after his underdog win, still trading out at around the mark of 20/1 for the race. An impressive win for Wicklow Brave back in early February at Punchestown attracted punters, even though there were a couple of sloppy jumps in the race, his impressive speed still enough for bookmakers to slash his odds for the Supreme Novices, coming from as far out as 14/1 to a current 6/1 shot with sponsors Skybet
Nicky Henderson has Vanitex and Josses Hill in contention, while JP McManus will be represented by Gilgamboa. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices once again brings together the best novice hurdlers from Britain and Ireland, making for a fantastic curtain raiser to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
2014 Supreme Novices Betting Odds at Skybet
Irving 5/2, Vautour 3/1, Wicklow Brave 13/2, Vaniteux 10/1, Gilgamboa 14/1, Josses Hill 14/1, Valseur Lido 14/1, bar 16/1
Online betting site Skybet are running a great promotion for your 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting. If the favourite wins the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival, then the bookmaker will refund losing stakes on that race as a free bet. Great coverage and new customers registering an account with up to £30 worth of free bets.
Supreme Novices Tip: Irving was so impressive in his win at the Dovecote, and his record speaks for itself. He’ll be surrounded by the kind of company that will just accentuate his form further and looks a strong favourite to kick off the festival with.
March 7th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Willie Mullins revealed this week that he is going to keep his strongest novices apart at the Cheltenham Festival, which means now that he could get his hands on all three Grade 1 novices chases at Prestbury Park. Online betting site Ladbrokes have gone Non Runner No Bet on all 27 of the Festival’s races and it may be worth having a look at his entrants for the novice division. His well fancied trio are leading the way in their respective markets.
Ballycasey is a 5/1 shot for Mullins in this one and while he is being fancied in the market, he doesn’t have experience on his side. All of the last 14 winners of the RSA have had at least three runs over the fences, but Ballycasey has had just the two. But redressing the balance a bit, he did win both of those runs, but will his lack of experience over the distance, as well as the race type, be able to stand up to the pressure in the gruelling race? It was reported that the 7 year old fell in a recent exercise.
Champagne Fever will represent the big Mullins hope in the Arkle, and he is a two time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, so knows the feel of being in the winners circle, having taken the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper before. that experience could be crucial in the Arkle, as nine of the last 10 winners of the race have either won or placed before at the Cheltenham Festival. Big shot for glory at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
The fairly new race to the Cheltenham Festival, the JLT has been won by an Irish horse in each of its three previous renewals. Felix Younger is Mullins’ 9/2 shot for the race here, even though it is a step up in distance for him. The 8 year old though has only ever landed one win over the fences.
If you fancy a flutter on Mullins’ strongest novices chasers in 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting, then head to Ladbrokes, for their great coverage with their Non Runner No bet offering on all races and new customers can get up to a free £50 bet.
March 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Online betting site Paddy Power have launched their best offer ever for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The race, like all the Championship races at this year’s event is Non Runner, Money Back with the bookmaker, so plenty of coverage to have a nice ante post shot on any of the markets.
But for the running of the Supreme Novices Hurdle, Paddy Power have gone with a Money Back Special on top as well. The bookmaker will refund stakes on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed horses in the race. That adds some good value to your horse racing betting.
2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle Odds at Paddy Power
Irving 2/1, Vautour 3/1, Wicklow Brave 13/2, Faugheen 7/1, Vaniteux 12/1, Josses Hill 14/1, Valseur Lido 16/1, Western Boy 16/1, Gilgamboa 16/1, Bar 20/1
New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus when joining. The bookmaker will match the value of your initial stake as a free bet to get you started.
February 26th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Cheltenham Festival Betting
With around a fortnight to go until the greatest horse racing festival in the world gets under way, we will take a look at the horses which have been attracting the most backing so far, according to online betting site Paddy Power. Cheltenham 2014 is right around the corner and will you be following the heavy trends here?
Our Conor has been taking some strong backing, and indeed has been one of the most heavily backed horses of the entire Cheltenham Festival. Even though he had gotten beaten by Hurricane Fly at the Irish Champion Hurdle in January, punters have been flocking to Our Conor instead. Why? Because the Irish Champions Hurdle was such a slow race that it played into Hurricane Fly’s favour far much much more, and it should be the other way around at Cheltenham in the opening day’s feature race. Our Conor is up at 8/2, with Hurricane fly 11/4 favourite, followed by The New One at 3/1 and My Tent Or Yours at 9/2.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Well, Sprinter Sacre won’t be out to defend his title, so that has left the field open. Sire De Grugy has taken over favouritism at a decent 2/1, while there has been firm shortening on Arvika Ligeonnaire and Benefficit at 9/2 and 5/1 respectively.
Well the industry has left Big Buck’s as favourite for the World Hurdle, despite only managing a third placed finish at the Cleeve hurdle. Paddy Power pushed out 3/1 best odds on him and held that for a while before moving to 9/4 for the four time champion. If Annie Power does indeed take the World Hurdle and not the Champions Hurdle as expected, then the amount of money coming in to back her and her ever improving form could make her tremendous value. It’s where punters are starting to lean towards.
There hasn’t been much to upset Bobs Worth (7/4) and Silviniaco Conti (3/1) at the head of the Gold Cup Market, and they have taken some steady backing for the Cheltenham Festival since winning the Lexus Chase and the King George VI respectively. Some of the bigger market movers for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting has been Last Instalment who has moved into 7/1 from 25/1 after winning the Irish Hennessy, and Harry Topper has come into 20/1 from 33/1 after victory in the Denman Chase. Paddy Power are running at joint best-price on Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card
Online betting site Paddy Power are running non-runner no bet insurance on all of the Championship races at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. So if you back an early selection and they don’t make it to the starting tape, then you’ll get your lost stake refunded. Paddy Power offer up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus for new customers registering an account with them, matching the value of your initial stake with a free bet.
February 7th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
Online betting exchange Betfair are running a great looking horse racing promotion for Saturday. All eyes will be on Newbury on Saturday, with the running of the Betfair Hurdle and across the day’s action there is some No Lose Double protection for your horse racing betting.
Get a refund if your Newbury double lets you down on Betfair Super Saturday
It is straight forward to get the most out of the wager, just head to Betfair and sign up (if not already done so and take advantage to their risk free £50 first bet too!) and the head to their promotions page and Opt In to the No Lose Double promotion.
Qualifying races are Newbury 13:20, 13:50, 14:25, 15:00, 15:35, 16:10
If your double loses then Betfair will refund your stake up to £10 as a free bet token.
February 4th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Horse Racing Betting
Melodic Rendezvous is heading up the 29 horses which are still in contention for a shot at the Betfair Hurdle on Saturday. The big race at Newbury on Saturday is a highlight of the weekend and trading as favourite in the ante post market is Irish Saint at 7.2 with Betfair.
Irish Saint, trained by Paul Nicholls, is one of three contenders still in contention for Nicholls in the race, potentially going alongside Far West and one time ante post favourite Irving, who is now back at 10.0 behind Irish Saint.
Nicholls said: “Irish Saint is a few pounds well in, Noel Fehily rode him last time and will do again.
“I’m keen to run Irving, but I’d be very concerned about the ground if it’s testing so we’ll see how it pans out. I kept Far West in at the last minute, he has the same owners as Irving and it gives them options if he doesn’t run.”
Further reports from Nicholls this week, suggested that Irving may not get the run because of conditions. Other notable runners in the field are David Pipe’s Greatwood Hurdle winner Dell’ Arca, Philip Hobbs’s Cheltenian and Willie Mullins’ Smashing. Hobbs’s Cheltenian at 9.6 makes a very interesting mark, having missed around two years of action after winning the 2011 Champion Bumper. But a good performances over the Hurdles at Uttoxeter at the back end of December could make him a good each way shot.
Cheltenian’s regular jockey Richard Johnsonsaid: “He’s one of the intended runners. He’s got a light weight and fingers crossed all goes well. He won’t mind the ground and a fast-run race will suit him well.”
2014 Betfair Hurdle Odds at Betfair
Irish Saint 7.2, Iring 10.0, Dell Arca 9.4, Cheltenian 9.6, Rolling Star 9.6, Vendor 13.0, Smashing 15.5, Swing Bowler 17.5, Far West 22.0. Melodic Rendezvous 21.0
January 23rd, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It wasn’t just another ordinary Wednesday in horse racing betting. A massive betting coup was pulled off which some report has cost the British bookmaking industry around £15 million in total. At the centre of the coup is allegedly former trainer Barney Curley, who is renowned gambler. Online betting site Paddy Power reported being struck for £1 million in payouts on the back of a four horse accumulator.
William Hill and Coral also announced that they had suffered big losses to the tunes of £200,000 and £250,000 respectively, while Ladbrokes managed to protect themselves a little bit more after their traders had spotted the big interest trending in and cut their prices in time.
Bet365 were one of the bookmakers hit the hardest as punters snapped up large odds on the four horses involved, with morning odds of 10/1 on Eye Of The Tiger, 6/1 on Seven Summits, 20/1 on Indus Valley and 7/1 on Low Key. All four of them saw plenty of interest from hopeful punters backing the coup.
Bet365 Spokesman Pat Cooney said: “The well-touted gambles brought back painful memories of a similarly successful day on May 10 2010”.
So what was this coup about? It was seeing four horses who had been priced up early as outsiders before their races, all receive tremendously heavy backing by punters, and four of the horses had links in one way or another to Barney Curley, who has hurt bookmakers before like this. In 2010 Curley had been the mastermind behind a coup that netted more than a £1 m. That too involved four horses, three trained by him and one that he had previously owned.
This latest coup was an audacious four fold accumulator on four horses at three different British racecourses on Wednesday. The industry reported that around £2 million in total had been won by gamblers involved in the origins of the gamble.
Overnight, punters could have snapped up odds of 9,000/1 in following the accumulator, while those getting in late on the action would have only taken around odds of seventeen and a half to one on the acca off the back of starting prices.
Frankie Dettori was the one who was supposed to grabbing all of the headlines, as he got back into the saddle after three months or so out with an injury. He had landed a double on his first two races, but even that couldn’t surpass all the attention about the bookmakers getting hit hard by the Curley coup. It’s not too surprisingly really, because all four of the horses had been off the racecourse for periods of between 225 and 700 days.
Eye Of The Tiger stormed to a nine length handicap win at Lingfield, Seven Summits took a handicap hurdle at Catterick Bridge, Indus Valley landed a sprint handicap at Kempton Park and Low Key rounded out the final leg of the best in winning a mile and a half handicap at Kempton. Eye Of The Tiger and Seven Summits were formerly trained by Curley, while Indus Valley is stabled at Newmarket which Curley rents out, and Low Key’s owner-trainer is John Butler, one of Curley’s former assistants.
On Wednesday evening, the British Horseracing Authority said all three winners Flat winners were the subject of inquiries on the racecourse because of improved form. All explanations from connections were noted and routine dope tests carried out. “No rules have been broken,” said their spokesman Robin Mounsey.
“We were aware of, and have been monitoring, the situation. In the cases of those horses who have shown an improvement in form an inquiry was held by the Stipendiary Stewards and all horses were routine tested. It is BHA policy not to comment on specific investigations or speculation surrounding potential investigations however an investigation would only occur if there is any evidence of Rules being breached”.
How the bookies were made to pay
1.30 LINGFIELD Eye of The Tiger, formerly owned and trained by Barney Curley (right), had not run for 481 days. Having his first run for Des Donovan, who used to work for Curley and trains from his yard.
Racing Post forecast 7-1; Starting Price Evens Fav. Won by nine lengths
1.40 CATTERICK Seven Summits, owned and trained by Curley until April 27, now trained by Sophie Leach. Had not run since June.
RP forecast 9-2; SP 9-4F. Won by 1½ lengths
4.25 KEMPTON Indus Valley, trained by Donovan, had not run for 700 days. In his four races for Donovan, had been beaten an aggregate of 104 lengths. Never trained or owned by Curley.
RP forecast 25-1; SP 4-6F. Won by ½ length
6.25 KEMPTON Low Key, trained by Curley’s former assistant, John Butler. Last ran 11 months ago (distant last of seven). Never trained or owned by Curley.
RP forecast 6-1; SP 4-7F. Won by 1 length