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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.

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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.

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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

Horse Racing Betting

It is the final ride of the career for AP McCoy on Saturday as he jumps on the back of Mr Mole at Sandown. The race is the Bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase and trainer Paul Nicholls is keen to give McCoy the ideal send off as the multiple-time Champion Jockey steps away from the sport.

Mr Mole, the seven year old owned by JP McManus has won three of his four starts this season, completing the hat-trick in Newbury’s Game Spirit Chase in February. However, his big run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase saw him blow his lines and fail to impress, but has had specific preparations from Nicholls to get him ready for McCoy’s career send off

“There is nothing I would like more on Saturday than to provide AP McCoy with a winner on his final day in the saddle,” Nicholls told online bookmaker Betfair.

“He has already won on Mr Mole several times and I’ve kept the horse fresh since Cheltenham for the AP McCoy Celebration Chase at Sandown.

“Just imagine the reception he will get if he comes home in front on Mr Mole in the green and gold colours of his greatest supporter JP McManus.

“He (Mr Mole) worked great on Wednesday morning, but then he always does work great.

“He’s in good shape, he’s fresh and well so I’m really looking forward to running him.

“AP got to like him a bit more this year, he’s won three good races on him and he’s been very progressive.

“Saturday is a highly-competitive race and it’s going to be on quick ground but we’re happy with him anyway.”

Mr Mole is joint favourite for the Grade 1 chase on Saturday, running at a price of 7/2 alongside Special Tiara and Sprinter Sacre. So McCoy is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants a fairytale end to his career. The fact that Mr Mole, an improving charge nonetheless, was so lifeless in the Queen Mother that it may send punters to challenger Special Tiara. If the ground holds a little firmer, Special Tiara’s jumping will put him in the frame especially after impressing at Cheltenham in the Queen Mother as he was just about in front over the last, but faded to third.

Trainer Nicky Henderson gives the once great Sprinter Sacre another crack at a chase, but following him pulling up at Prestbury Park last month in the Champion Chase, it’s unlikely that he is going to go too much further in his career. Barry Geraghty misses the ride as well, so Gold Cup winner Nico de Boinville gets the ride.

Bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase Odds

Mr Mole 7/2, Special Tiara 72, Sprinter sacre 7/2, Gods Own 6/1, Somersby 7/1, VIbrato Valtat 9/1, Court Minstrel 16/1

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Saturday’s Channel 4 featured races for the Bet365 promotion are 1.45 Ripon, 2,00 Sandown, 2.20 Haydock, 2.35 Sandown, 3.15 Sandown, 3.50 Sandown, 4.25 Sandown. New customers registering an account with Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus.

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

Paddy Power

Picked your Grand National 2015 betting selection out of the office sweepstakes? Studiously scoured over form guides to make your picks? Closed your eyes and stuck a pin in the race card? However you have come to make your Grand National 2015 selections, it is the big race where each way value is pretty much a must.

The prices are big, as are the field, the distance and the obstacles. It’s a fantastic spectacle and you want to grab as much value as you can from your Grand National 2015 each way betting. Head over to online betting site Paddy Power and take an extra place on the big race, which could prove very valuable at the end of the day.

Imagine your 66/1 shot just creeping into fifth place in the race and the returns that would bring. Now think how heartbreaking it would be if you hadn’t had that extra place coverage?

The Grand National 2015 extra place special is available to both new and existing customers at Paddy Power. Don’t miss out of the big value for the race on Saturday, it could end up landing you some nice returns.

9th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Horse Racing Betting

Here is some Grand National Favourite winners and odds information to help you gauge whether or not Shutthefrontdoor is value at Paddy Power’s 7/1 quote at the head of the field. He has been leading the Grand national 2015 betting market for a long time now and last year’s Irish National winner does have the look of justifying such short odds. The JP McManus tained horse has won three of his six career chases so far and has the form to deliver.

Winning a Grand National though isn’t easy at all, so it’s worth looking at some valuable stats to try and help you cut down the field a little bit. It is generally perceived that the best age for a horse to win the Grand National are ones between 9 and 11 years old. Anything older probably isn’t going to have the legs to make it in such a tough race, while anything younger generally produces too much excitement and unfocused attention from the charge on such a big occasion.

17 of the last twenty winners of the Grand National have been in the bracket of 9 to 11 years old.

Shutthefront door is 8 years old so just on the fringe of that bracket. He does however fit into the right weight range because you really don’t want to be looking at anything bigger than a horse carrying more than 11-03. Anything above that simply takes its toll and it’s not worth looking at a charge to take a win with a big weight.

Of the last 20 Grand Nationals, 18 of the winners have been under 11-03.

7/1 favourite in Grand National 2015 betting, Shutthefrontdoor will go off with 11-02. That’s the top end of the scale for AP McCoy’s ride on Saturday and there are better handicapped horses in the field, notably The Druid’s Nephew, Balthazar King and Rocky Creek. So where does form fit into all of this? Of course if a horse has successfully completed the gruelling Aintree test before, then it does help.

Again the notable names of 9/1 shots Rocky Creek and Balthazar King crop up when it comes to that. The best form that you can take a look at is whether or not a runner has finished in the top four of a 3 mile race on more than one occasion. The less far back you have to go into history to find such finished the better as well. So by using some of those simple, common guides to Grand National betting and applying them to this year’s card, you will probably narrow down the field quite a bit.

Where does that leave us? Well, it makes Shutthefrontdoor less value compared to the challenge of Balthazar King, that’s for sure and you can draw other names into the hat such as Alvarado, Soll and Night In Milan in particular.

Don’t forget our best Grand National 2015 betting tip and that is to place your horse each way, so even if they don’t come home first in such a big race, you can still take some profit.

Online betting site Paddy Power are offering five places for the running of this year’s Grand National. That could even being pretty valuable at the end of the day, simply because of the big prizes on offer in Grand National 2015 betting. Squeeze home fifth, or just hold on for fifth and you should be in good shape. It’s better than trying to squeeze into the top four. The extra place Grand National special offer is open for new and existing Paddy Power customers.


9th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

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

Shutthefrontdoor 7/1
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.

Godsmejudge 16/1
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.

Soll 20/1
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.

Unioniste 20/1
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!


9th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

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.

4th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bookmaker News

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: Bookmaker News

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