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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

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25th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting


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: Bookmaker News

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

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24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

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

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

13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

No-one has been able to make any headway into the firm favouritism of Silviniaco Conti who is 3/1 favourite at Bet365 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015. Punters have been lumping ante post money on him but with his last two outings at the big race being flawed, is there better value elsewhere in the field? Silviniaco Conti has shown form this season, taking a win over Menorah at Haydock in November and then the King George VI triumph on Boxing Day.

You put that together and you probably are looking a generously big price at Silviniaco Conti in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting. But two seasons ago he fell in the Gold Cup and in last year’s renewal, he looked to be shaping so well after being in front after the final jump, only to start drifting off and he got passed when glory was in his sight. Trainer Paul Nicholls has been vociferous in saying that Silviniaco Conti has never been in better form, it may take a brave punter to oppose him.

The ones to oppose him the strongest are going to be Road To Riches and Carlingford Lough. Two very different challengers, the latter an improving chaser who landed the Irish Hennessy over Foxrock. Carlingford Lough will stay and stay in the race, but will have to be nursed around but therein lies the danger of him falling too far back for the second half of the race to pull back into contention. The stamina is there, the jumping is not 100% fluent most of the time, but the grit and the stamina is there to grind one out and with AP McCoy in the saddle, makes for a tempting each way bet at a quote of 10/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

So to Road To Riches who landed an all important win in the Luxus trial, a race where Carlingford Lough finished fifth, and took down Willie Mullins’ On His Own in the process. That was a pretty big mark and if you judge him on that performance, he could land the Blue Riband title in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting. Now in his second year of chasing it has been a steep climb of improvement since winning the Galway Plate back in July. Trainer Noel Meade ‘s pragmatic approach to the big races suggests that that there could be more in the improving Road To Riches than meets the eye. He doesn’t have to get his nose in front, if he’s there or thereabouts in the closing stages, he will lay down a very strong challenge.

Who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015?

Looking at the prices here, Road To Riches could be the one to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015. That is where the value is, and there is enough forward momentum to get behind him, especially with the wobbles that Silviniaco Conti has had at the feature race in the last two editions.

Online betting site Bet365 bring tremendous value to the table for your Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting. There is their feature race promotion which rewards with a free bet if you land a winner of 4/1 odds or bigger. The free bet can be used on the next Bet365 feature race. The bookie also offers Best Odds Guaranteed as well as their Price Promise. New customers registering online can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.

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13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


A lot of money has come in at Ladbrokes for Silencio Conti and his third attempt at landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He will hit the starting line as favourite and probably by some distance as well. But will punters be having a few doubts over his ability to stick the big win after bombing in the last two renewals?

If there are hesitations about Silviniaco Conti in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 then there is some tempting looking value behind him. Many Clouds and Djakadam have received plenty of support to be hovering around the 8/1 mark, and the could be there poised to pounce after Sivlinviaco Conti’s mishaps in the last two blue riband renewals at the Festival.

Maybe you have spotted the value in the dark horses in the field like the promising Road To Riches or stayer Carlingford Lough to make a run for a top three finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015.

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Then for each-Way bets placed to race off at 3.20pm on Friday March 13, Ladbrokes will offer enhanced Each-Way terms of 1/4 odds for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places in the The Cheltenham Gold Cup Race (3.20pm Cheltenham).

13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Paddy Power

It’s been another year in the making, the long, long wait to see if Silvinacio Conti can finally land the Cheltenham Gold Cup after having it in his sights last season. Leading over the final, he started wandering and could only finish a disappointing fourth when he looked to have it in the bag after  falling in 2013.

Those opposing him in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 market haven’t done a lot to really make Silviniaco Conti sweat, and punters seem pretty assured that his class will pay off this time, as he he has consistently held ground as 4/1 favorite. Main challengers like Many Clouds and Djakadam haven’t closed in beyond the 8/1 mark on Silviniaco Conti’s favouritism.

New customers at Paddy Power can take a huge enhanced odds offer of 16/1 on Silviniaco Conti to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015. This a time sensitive new account exclusive so you are going to need to get in there before the big off on Friday afternoon.

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13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Bet Victor

Well, the 5:15pm from Cheltenham on Friday, March 15th may be an emotional affair. Not only does it bring down the curtain on another fantastic Cheltenham Festival but it will also signal the final time that jockey AP McCoy gets in the saddle at the premier jump fixture in the UK. AP McCoy is taking the ride of 9/2 favourite Ned Buntline in the Class 1 A P McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase, yes, the race which has been named after him.

Will AP McCoy be able to land a fitting win the race? It has been such a long and successful career for AP McCoy that most fans would want to see him cross the line first in the race and many punters have probably thrown some romantic wagers at him. But he is on a good ride for the race, with Ned Buntline finishing second in last season’s renewal in what was a quick race, so he is clearly in with a better shot this time around after having been targetting the outing by Noel Meade.

There are challenges behind him of course, led by 16/1 shot Grumeti, 20/1 quote Bellenos and other dangerous floaters like Blood Cotil, Eastlake and Croco Bay. Good looking line up for AP McCoy’s Cheltenham swansong.

If A.P. McCoy wins his final race at Cheltenham, then online betting site Bet Victor will refund all losing bets up to £10.

So there is a bit of insurance to take on the rest of the field, as A.P. McCoy must win the 5.15pm Cheltenham on Ned Buntline on Friday 13th March to qualify for lost stake refunds. Losing bets will be refunded in the form of promo cash and the maximum total free bet is  £10.

13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting


All eyes on the biggest race in the jumps calendar, the Cheltenham Gold Cup of course, which gets its annual renewal on Friday, March 13th. Sure that’s not skipped anyone’s attention and online betting site Bet365 have at tremendous promotion covering the race where you can grab yourself a risk free bet if you pick out the winner at the right price.

Back a winner at odds of 4/1 or greater in any Channel 4 race (or any Bet365 featured race) and you will receive a risk free bet back, matched to the value of your initial winning stake. The free bet can then be used on the next Channel 4/Bet365 Feature race. But the value of the promotion doesn’t stop there.

If you land a winner at odds of 4/1 with the Bet365 risk free bet then you will get another risk free bet for the next Channel 4/Bet365 Featured race! And you can keep going and going with that, just keep landing the long priced winners and you will keep picking up those risk free bets!

Fantastic offer, especially for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 betting where outright favourite Silviniaco Conti is a 4/1 quote, followed by the ever-shortening Djakadam at 13/2 and Many Clouds at 7/1. Carlingford Lough, Holywell, Road To Riches and Coneygree are all around the 10/1 mark.

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13th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

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