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Bookmakers pull out of Poland

Betfair have joined the bookmaker exodus from Poland. New national gambling laws were announced to be coming into effect this week and that has prompted some major players to withdrawal ahead of the deadline. Betfair are the latest to announce that they are leaving the Polish market, with William Hill and Bet365 already having stated that they will be out before the deadline. The new relations in Plan And will mean that operators who aren’t willing to apply for a new licence, which will now include a massive 12% tax on wagering turnover, will have to cease operations there by April 1st, 2017. Operators have been unhappy with the new regulations, claiming that the high rate of tax makes the Polish market unprofitable. Totalizator Sportowy is to remain a monopoly in the country, with complete control over its online gaming market.

Bet365 go Non-Runner No Bet & Best Odds Guaranteed for 2017 Grand National betting

The next big horse racing affair is coming up on April 8th with the Grand National 2017. This is arguably the most famous race in the country and it such a tremendous spectacle with the enormous field taking on the enormous challenge of distance and jumps. Second season chaser Rule The World took the win at Aintree last year. Vieux Lion Rouge is trading as 10/1 ante post outright favourite at Bet365 and of course, the great thing about the Grand National is that there are huge prices because of the total randomness of the race. Favourites fall, stamina is pushed to the limit and those jumps can upset even the most in-form horse around. Online betting site Bet365 have Best Odds Guaranteed for your Grand National 2017 betting, which means that when you place your bet and take the price of your selection but if the SP ends up being bigger than the price you took, then you will get paid out at the bigger odds! This great coverage includes Board Prices, bet365 Early Prices, singles and multiples as well as Showcast bets on all racing where a fixed price is offered. So for example, if you backed Blaklion at 14/1 Early Price and your selection wins at 16/1 then you will be paid out at the 16/1 odds! Grand National 2017 Betting Odds at Bet365 Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1, Deifnitly Red 14/1, Balklion 14/1, Cause of Causes 14/1, One For Arthur 14/1, The Last Samuri 14/1, More of That 18/1, Pleasant Company 18/1, Saphir Du Rheu 18/1, Ucello Conti 18/1, The Young Master 20/1, Foxrock 20/1, Vicente 25/1, Thunder And Roses 25/1, Rogue Angel 33/1, Carlingford Lough 33/1, Highland Lodge 33/1, Tenor Nivernais 33/1, bar 40/1 Not only that they are covering the race with their Non-Runner No Bet coverage which gives you the peace of mind that if your selection doesn’t make it to the start, you will get your money back. So enjoy great Grand national 2017 betting coverage at online betting site Bet365, who also run other great racing products like their Racing Value, Price Promise and they also offer the chance to watch live horse racing as well through their site. Go and register an account with the online betting site and take a 100% matched deposit bonus to get started with!

Europa League Quarter Finals Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Manchester United
The final eight teams are left standing in the UEFA Europa League and the ties for the quarter finals will be played on April 13th and 30th. There is one British interest left in the tournament and that is Manchester United who have landed themselves a draw out in Belgium against Anderlecht. With the surprise fall of Roma in the last round against Lyon, Manchester United have become even stronger favourites at the head of the Europa League betting market. Will Jose Mourinho be able to claim the title for the second time in his career, thereby collecting the only missing major UEFA trophy from Manchester United’s vast collection?

Europa League Quarter Finals Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Manchester United 6/4, Lyon 3/1, Celta Vigo 6/1, Schalke 8/1, Ajax 12/1, Besiktas 16/1, Anderlecht 33/1, Genk 40/1

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Europa League Quarter Finals Betting Preview

Ajax (NED) v Schalke (GER) Both of these have won this tournament before so it is a clash of prior champions. Ajax landed their success in the 1992 season, while Schalke went all the way in the 1997 season. It’s fair to say off the bat that there isn’t a great deal of quality around left in the UEFA Europa League this season with some of the big clubs having fallen by the wayside. Ajax have actually won 12 of 14 previous home matches in Europe against German opposition so that’s a pretty strong record that they have going and they are 11/8 at Bet365 to win the first leg which looks some value. Schalke, who are a mid-table Bundesliga side and nothing more have actually had a solid Europa League campaign, getting past the likes of Nice and Monchengladbach. They have lost one of ten games in the competition this season which is the same record as Ajax have. So this tie is likely to be tight, and it will boil down to who will make the most of their respective home advantage. Schalke look the more likely to deliver and are 8/13 to qualify. Anderlecht (BEL) v Manchester United (ENG) Well the Belgians got the short straw in the quarter final draw for the UEFA Europa League. They have faced Manchester United six times before and from that they hold a W3 L3 record, which actually includes a 10-0 loss against the Red Devils back in the 1956/57 meetings (their record European defeat). Anderlecht’s record in England is shocking, having been to the country 15 times before and losing thirteen of them (D2). So they are winless on the road in England and with United steadily going through the motions in the competition, the Premier League side are red hot favourites here. The last time they went up against Belgian opposition was in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League play offs and they won that 7-1 on aggregate against Club Brugge. United have kept six clean sheets in ten Europa League games this season and they are 11/5 at Bet365 to win the first leg to nil. They are overwhelming favourites at 1/5 to qualify from this tie. Celta Vigo (ESP) v Genk (BEL) This is the first meeting between these two and Celta hold a W0 D2 L0 record from their two previous games against Belgian clubs. The Spaniards have won only half of their ten games in the competitions this season and they have been vulnerable both home and away. However, they have won their last three away games in the competition with clean sheets and that should, at the end of the day, be able to get themselves past Genk in this quarter final tie. This will be Genk's 16th and 17th matches in the competition this season so they have come a long, long way to get to this stage and they have won seven of their eight home games in this year’s tournament (D1). They have been less convincing on the road so that will probably work against them in this first leg which the Spaniards are 2/5 odds on favourite to win. Celta Vigo will probably be able to open up a big enough lead in this first leg to count the Belgians out of the tie before kick off in the second leg. Genk went to Spain in the group stage and conceded five goals against Athletic Club. Lyon (FRA) v Beşiktaş (TUR) This is the first meeting between these two as well and it’s been a long time since Lyon faced Turkish opposition. Not since Champions League group stage matches against Fenerbahce in the 2004/05 season have they faced anyone from Turkey. Lyon pulled off an upset in the land round by seeing off the major threat of Roma and that has seen the price on the French outfit winning the tournament, cut. Suddenly because of that, they look more of a threat and with Besiktas having lost all three of their previous trips to France, Lyon have fired off sixteen goals in ehir four Europa League games this season including a five goal haul on aggregate over Roma. It is unlikely that Besiktas, who have no clean sheet in ten European games this season are going to keep the French side at bay. That having been said, they did land a win out at Napoli in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, but that was their only win in six games. Look for entertaining games to come out of this, but Lyon are justifiable 2/5 odds on favourites to qualify with Bet365 and there is plenty of meat on the bone at 15/8 on Lyon to win and both teams to score in the first leg.

Cheltenham Festival Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Cheltenham Festival
The biggest four days of British Racing is upon us, with the Cheltenham Festival 2017 here. The hype and anticipation is almost done and punters will get to see their selections flying around the Prestbury Park track, all building up to the Blue Riband event that is the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017 being ran on Friday, March 17th. With action packed cards each day and with so many star attractions out looking for glory, this is a horse racing punter’s delight. The history, the passion, the support, the quality racing, it all combines to bring about one of the busiest weeks of betting action in a calendar year. Even the novice punters can’t help but get pulled into the appeal of picking out a winner in prestigious races like the Supreme Novices’, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and of course the Gold Cup itself. There are bragging rights and profits to be claimed from your Cheltenham Festival 2017 betting. Here, take a look at our Cheltenham Festival 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions for our feature races

Supreme Novices - 14th March 2017

This is one of the big attractions in the entire Festival. You have the much hyped Melon at 10/3 William Hill taking on the field. There are stiff challenges from Ballyandy, Bunk Off Early and Crack Mome to name a few. It is going to take something special to stop Melon though, espcially after the withdrawal of Finian's Oscar who looked as if he could turn up a pose a big threat. Melon 10/3, Ballyandy 7/2, Bunk Off Early 15/2, River Wylde 8/1, Crack Mome 12/1, bar 18/1

Arkle - 14th March 2017

Another cracking race here with Altior being one of the heavily backed bankers of Festival. He is a heavy odds on at 2/7 with Bet365 for the win, so our tip is to ride Charbel in the Without Altior market in what is likely to be a one-sided Arkle. Altior 2/7, Charbel 12/1, Royal Caviar 20/1, Cloudy Dream 25/1, Forest Bihan 25/1, bar 28/1

Champion Hurdle - 14th March 2017

Yarnworth goes at the head of the field but he hasn’t done too much to impress backers. So we are going to skip him and put our hat on Brain Power who is a vastly improving handicapper and at a tempting price of 15/2 to sweep the win, he is the value runner in a competitive field. Yanworth 3/1, Buveur D’Air 11/2, Brain Power 15/2, Petit Mouchoir 8/1, Moon Racer 10/1, The New One 14/1, bar 18/1

Mares Hurdle - 14th March 2017

The big threats in the field are Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag. However, Apple's Jade at 5/1 with Bet365 is a better stayer than either of those, while Jers Girl is the big 12/1 each way shot in the field. As for a winner, we are edging the staying power of Apples Jade. Limini 13/8, Vroum Vroum Mag 3/1, Apples Jade 5/1, Jers Girl 12/1, Lifeboat Mona 18/1, bar 28/1

National Hunt Chase - 14th March 2017

A Genie in a Bottle looks the worthy favourite in this one, but he is joined at the head of the betting field by Edwulf. There are concerns about the latter’s jumping so stick with the former at 11/2 at William Hill. A decent each way wager in the National Hunt Chase would be Champers On Ice at 9/1 who is in with a chance. Edwulf 11/2, A Genie In A Bottle 11/2, Beware the Bear 8/1, Champers on Ice 9/1, Arpege Dalene 12/1, bar 14/1

Neptune - 15th March 2017

This could be such an evenly contested race and it is a bit up in the air. Neon Wolf is 15/8 Bet365 favourite for the win, with Barclays tracking at 3/1 just behind. Out of the two we are siding with Neon Wolf who has just surged to the head of the field off the back of impressive runs. Yanworth shouldn’t be far off though. Neon Wolf 15/8, Barcardyss 3/1, Death Duty 7/1, Let's Dance 7/1, Messire Des Obeaux 10/1, Willoughby Court 10/1, bar 12/1

RSA Chase - 15th March 2017

No-one has been able to touch Mite Bight at the head of the RSA Chase market, but we don’t see the value in him ahead of Cheltenham Festival 2017 betting. Not with so many serious contenders in the field going off. We are rolling with American in this one to pack a mighty punch in a wide-open contest Might Bite 4/1, Alpha Des Obeaux 13/2, Acapella Bourgeois 7/1, Whisper 8/1, American 9/1, Bellshill 12/1, Disk 12/1, Royal Vacation 12/1, bar 16/1

Champion Chase - 15th March 2017

The market is bang on the nose for this one with Douvan a massive odds-on favourite. No-one in the field has the quality to stop him winning this race so you are basically looking at the Without Douvan market for value here. We are going to roll with God’s Own to take second place. Douvan 2/7, Fox Norton 8/1, God’s Own 14/1, Special Tiara 20/1, bar 33/1

Champion Bumper  - 15th March 2017

Carter McKay is the one to beat in this one without a shadow of a doubt. This flat race should be a cracker to end day two of Cheltenham 2017. We are going with Western Ryder though who is running great form at the moment and carried extra weight in a second place to Daphne Du Clos at Newbury. At 8/1 Western Ryder is too tempting to skip. Carter McKay 4/1, Someday 8/1, Western Ryder 8/1, Cause Toujours 10/1, Debuchet 12/1, Fayonagh 12/1, bar 16/1

JLT Novices - 16th March 2017

A winner last year in the Neptune, Yorkhill comes in to the Ryanair and looks likely to walk away with the JLT win. He is a clear market favourite here and was one of the most impressive winners at Prestbury Park last year. No-one is likely to lay down as serious enough challenge to his 6/4 Bet365 supremacy. Yorkhill 6/4, Top Notch 4/1, Disko 11/2, Politologue 7/1, Charbel 12/1, Bellshill 16/1, Flying Angel 16/1, bar 25/1.

Ryannair - 16th March 2017

There's only one horse here for us who is going to come away with the Festival trophy and this is Un De Sceaux. The 2015 Arkle winner has the pedigree and will handle the distance because of his superb staying power. Douvan is right there as joint favourite alongside him, but we are backing reigning Tingle Creek and Clarence House champion. Douvan 5/1, Un De Sceaux 5/2, Empire Of Dirt 4/1, Uxizandre 5/1, Sub Lieutenant 8/1, Josses Hill 9/1, bar 14/1

Stayers Hurdle - 16th March 2017

Formerly the World Hurdle of course and the field is wide open for this three mile trip. You ahve Jezki and Unowhwatimeanharry likely going to be the ones scrapping it out for the title. The inactivity of the former though, sends more value to Youknowwhatimeanharry who looks an outstanding horse at his distance. It’s unlikely that the rest of the field will stay with him. Unowhwatimeanharry 11/8, Jezki 7/1, Shanshill 7/1, Vroum Vroum Mag 7/1, Yanworth 8/1, Cole Harden 9/1, Nichols Canyon 10/1, Apples Jade 16/1, Ballyoptic 16/1, bar 18/1

Triumph Hurdle

We are looking forward to this one as everyone looks capable of beating everyone else. Defi Du Seuil at 2/1 favourite with William Hill looks well over rated and Charli Parcs gets our nod at 6/1. If he had gone in the Triumph Hurdle (pulled because of soft ground), Charli Parcs would have been favoured over Defi Du Seuil. That’s says value to us while Landofhopeandglory makes cracking 16/1 each way value. Defi Du Seuil 2/1, Charli Parcs 6/1, Master Blueyes 7/1, Mega Fortune 7/1, Bapaume 10/1, Landofhopeandlgory 16/1, bar 20/1

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Blue Riband race of the Festival and the Djakadam experience at 4/1 William Hill is what tips it for us. He has taken back to back runners up spots at the Gold Cup but he is still improving and can outstay the field in this one. We are looking at the each way value on Bristol De Mai at 20/1 Bet365 to make an impact in the race. Native River 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Djakadam 4/1, Sizing John 10/1, Empire Of Dirt 12/1, Outlander 12/1, More Of That 14/1, Champagne West 16/1, Bristol De Mai 20/1, 25/1 bar

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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2017 Preview & Betting Odds – 15th March 2017

Cheltenham Festival
There is just the one question on everyone’s lips when looking forward to the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival. That question is “can anyone stop Douvan?”. It is a simple question but with Douvan having claimed a Festival title in each of his last two visits to Prestbury Park, he is likely to be the Champion Chaser on Wednesday. This is a special horse and it is going to take something special, something that perhaps none of the challengers in the field quite have enough to produce, to beat Douvan. His hurdling debut actually saw Douvan come home second, but since then over two-mile chasing, no-one has been able to touch him. His progress at Cheltenham has been imposing, having won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle before progressing to the Arkle and he is likely to land his third Festival title on his return. He is on a 13 race winning streak at the moment and remarkably, of all his races in the last two seasons anywhere, no horse finishing second has not been within seven lengths of him. It’s remarkable stuff and little surprise that he is red-hot favourite in the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting 2017 at Bet365. Sprinter Sacre stunned Un De Sceaux in last season’s renewal after having put in a stunning flourish at the end. Fox Norton looks to be pretty much the best of the rest in this one and he is a big price of 7/1 to do so. The Colin Tizzard trainer challenger was a hard worker last season, but all of his efforts managed to return him just the one victory. But he did take a win at Cheltenham in April and he repeated at the course in October as well. He has been out on the sidelines with a minor injury but with three successive wins at Prestbury Park, he at least should be in contention for a top three finish. Ar Mad looks a decent potential candidate to create something special on the day to break into the top three. He was a stylish winner in a Sandown Novices’ Chase last December but you are looking at a big price on him because of an injury and just the one run this season which was a fourth place in the Tingle Creek. Capable of a solid run, but more of one for the future for Gary Moore as a direct replacement for the fading star that is Sire de Grugy. Our big each way shot for the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting 2017 is God’s Own. This is a horse which beat Vautour twice last season and put in a strong run at the Tingle Creek this season. He usually carries some decent season form and was fourth last season in the Champion Chase and has a strong preference for two and a half miles. The only way to look at this race now with Douvan such a strong odds-on favourite, is took look in the Without Douvan market at Bet365 where Fox Norton is a good 9/4 price in God's Own at 3/1.

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2017 Betting Odds

Douvan 1/4, Fox Norton 7/1, God’s Own 12/1, Special Tiara 16/1, Vroum Vroum Mag 16/1, Uxizandre 16/1, bar 33/1

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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2017 Predictions

No-one is likely to even get close to Douvan in this one and that will be little surprise. He is in a class of his own. God’s Own has to be the value shot in the Without Douvan market here, especially after his win over Victor and Simonsig to win the Punchestown Champion Chase. That was a big statement and it suggests that they can follow Douvan home on Wednesday with Fox Norton looking just a little overrated.

RSA Chase 2017 Preview, Preditions & Betting Odds – March 15th, 2017

Cheltenham Festival
Might Bite has been the one taking of the hype in the antepost market for the RSA Chase, arguably one of the most difficult races at the Cheltenham Festival. It is a tough race and it has bred future Gold Cup winners of course such as Arkle and Lord Windermere who had previously taken a win in the RSA Chase. It is always a competitive field out of the RSA Chase and across all the races at the Cheltenham Festival 2017, the RSA may ultimately prove the toughest one to call. Might Bite ran twice in Grade 2 races last season at Cheltenham and disappointed in both. But this season he has been going along much better although in his high profile run in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on December 26th, he was denied his first Grade 1 victory when he took a tumble at the final fence. In his return to action after that, he eased to a victory in nothing more than a mismatch training sessions of a race, but Nicky Henderson's Might Bite may well describe his charges season over the fences as ‘encouraging’. He has proven his quality in lower grade races, but even though Daryl Jacob couldn’t get one final jump out of him at Kempton, it hasn’t stopped punters recognising what he had done in the preceding two-and-three-quarter miles of the race. He was dominant and he has had his admirers because of that, the shortening of odds tells the tale there. But he has never won a Grade 1 race and the RSA Chase is tough and there are some serious challengers in the field and therefore the favourite is worth overlooking in this one. The job of the field was made easier with Coney Island being ruled out and that brings other contenders like Alpha Des Obeaux, American and Bellshill into play. American, trained by Harry Fry looks a fantastic shot in this one and is unbeaten this season. He has looked intimidating and imperious when we have seen him this season and he has the tools to pull this out. The only question would be over his stamina and that four-miler looked a little too long for him. So the reduced three-and-a-half miles in the RSA should suit him just fine and at a price of 9/1 with Bet365 in RSA Chase 2017 betting, his value stacks up. Alpha Des Obeaux put in a great run in the World Hurdle last year, pushing the imperious Thistle Crack for some time. But he has moved over to chasing and hasn’t really adjusted enough to suggest that he is going to manage to make a challenger over the larger obstacles. He has never really looked like a big enough stayer to land a Grade 1 win and probably a top three would be a success in this one. Royal Vacation, who won the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase after Might Bite’s fall there, had actually gone very well against other class opposition in the race to hold second well before benefiting from the leader’s fall. He was a good over the hurdles, but looks even more suited to chasing and the he was three of his six starts this season and hasn’t been out of the top three. He is on the rise and Colin Tizzard should rightly be excited by him. Before the moves for Might Bite, Bellshill was holding antepost favouritism for the RSA and he did beat Coney Island in a Novice Hurdle after finish half a length behind Ballyanly at the Aintree Festival. After a positive opening chase, he was horrendous in his last outing and punters immediately abandoned him. There are others in the field like Whisper and Acapella Bourgeois who could also stun the field. The latter looked impressive in a Grade 2 win this season, but he would need the ground a little on the softer side to perhaps pull it out, but that performance at Navan suggests that he could be there or thereabouts for Nicky Henderson. As for Whisper, he has Grade 1 wins under his belt over the hurdles, but hasn’t been over a three mile chase before and will probably go for the JLT.

RSA Chase 2017 Odds

MIght Bite 3/1, Alpha Des Obeaux 6/1, Acapella Bourgeois 7/1, Whisper 7/1, American 9/1 Royal Vacation 12/1, Bellshill 12/1, Disko 12/1, 16/1 bar

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RSA Chase predictions

It looks well worth skipping over the favourite in his one, certainly at the short price that Might Bite is. American looks like stacks of value for us to pull this one out of the bag in a competitive race and the distance looks right for him. The big each way shot in the field has to be Royal Vacation because you can’t ignore what he did with a heavy handicap in a Class Two at Cheltenham this season.

Ryanair Chase Betting Preview & Odds – 15th March 2017

Cheltenham Festival
It is the big St Patrick's’ Day celebration at Cheltenham 2017 on Thursday and one of the most popular races of the day will be the Ryanair Chase. It is one of the premier races at the festival with the Festival Trophy up for grabs. There is a tinge of sadness about the running of the Ryanair this year because last year’s winner, the great Vautour, lost his life in a training accident this season. With Douvan taking on the challenge of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, former Arkle winner Un De Sceaux (2/1 at Bet365) has been backed into favouritism for this renewal. Un De Sceaux has pedigree of course and is the reigning Tingle Creek and Clarence House title holder and has gone over two and a half miles often enough to hold his own in the Ryanair. Un De Sceaux hasn’t been beaten between 19 and 21.5 furlongs in his career and even though he was given a really tough run at Sandown by Sire De Grugy this season, he stayed on there with the power to get the win and that just throws more weight at his ability to go out and do the extra distance in the Ryanair. It is that supreme staying power which may just make the difference for him. Uxizandre is back for another crack at the Ryanair. The 2015 Ryanair winner has been hampered by injury for a long time but then he made a return at the Clarence House this season. He wasn’t an entity in the early race of course and took a while to find any kind of jumping rhythm. However, it was with notable credit that he managed to pull himself back in the race after trailing at the back for most of it to finish second, five lengths back of Un De Sceaux. Maybe a better start will get him in the picture at Cheltenham. But is that one Ascot comeback race enough to see him stop the favourite? Empire of Dirt has been slowly coming in in price in the Ryanair Chase 2017 betting. That is because of that big heroic showing in January last year at Leopardstown but at Cheltenham as well. He was looking geared towards the Grand National, but instead has been pulled into the Ryanair with a good shot as well. However, he could well get the nod instead to switch over to the depleted Cheltenham Gold Cup challengers that the Gigginstown stables have there because of injuries. He is a great fit for the Ryanair and well worth a shot for a top three finish if he lines up here. There is a big each way price of 20/1 at Bet365 on Taquin Du Seuil, despite him having won over course and distance at Cheltenham three times before in his career, including one of those wins this season as well with a huge weight burden as well. He carried it well to land the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase and was fifth in the season's Lexus Chase. He is going to be more comfortable at this distance in the Ryanair and just about as perfect of an each way shot that you could wish to find in the field. Josses Hill will be looking to put in a good performance after trailing home eighth in last season's Ryanair. He has been going much better this season in his graded outing despite a last place finish a the King George VI Chase. Pretty much a shot in the dark but perhaps too many misses to put a lot of stock in. Sub Lieutenant though has been running cracking early season form with a couple of place finishing in Grade 1 challenges this season and he took a win over Lexus Chase winner Outlander at Down Royal last year. A good runner and no reason why he can’t challenge for a place in the Ryanair.

Ryanair Chase 2017 Betting Odds

Un De Sceaux 2/1, Empire of Dirt 10/3, Uxizandre 4/1, Josses Hill 6/1, Sub Lieutenant 8/1, bar 16/1

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Ryanair Chase 2017 Betting Preview

Everyone looks just a little too short of the quality needed to bring down Un De Sceaux in this one. He is going to have to run a flawless, powerful race though because there are contenders in there who will make him work hard for the victory. Taquin Du Seuil needs an each way flutter on him and out of the pack, Sub Lieutenant could lay down a series run over the distance to get himself in the picture.

Arkle Trophy Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions – 14th March 2017

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Charbel, a 10/1 shot in Arkle Trophy 2017 betting at Bet365 looks good value to return something for punters in the race on March 14th. The Arkle, the race for first season chasers follows the exciting opening of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and last year we saw total dominance issued by Douvan as he streaked away to an impressively easy and expected victory in the race. This season, it is Altior who is expected to follow in Douvan's considerable footsteps and lay down an easy win in the Arkle. But were are looking at Charbel who is the one horse in the field who is looking sharp enough to offer up some kind of challenge to Nicky Henderson's Altior. Charbel landed a great win over Le Prezien (who is also up in the Arkle) in his first chase of the season and Top Notch was in that field as well, another of this year’s Arkle entrants. So that win at Uttoxeter for Charbel gave him a great start to the season and he looked strong among a field of highly rated rivals. Le Prezien and Top Notch may go on to bigger distances instead of the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, but Charbel is staying put at the 2 miles and that makes him great value in the Arkle 2017 betting. Kim Bailey's youngster has faced up against race favourite Altior this season when they were paired in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown in early December. Charbel stuck in there to finish six lengths back of the winner, but that was a run which made him some great each way value for Arkle 2017 betting. Charbel isn’t up to the quality of Altior clearly and for being a progressive two-miler there is quality in him at this distance and if he can bring his A-Game to the Arkle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2017 then he is more than capable of a top three finish. An Altior - Charbel forecast isn’t a bad option in this one but if you can browse around at snap up odds on the Without Altior market for the Arkle 2017 betting, then that is going to offer huge value. Bet365 are offering 5/2 on Charbel without Altior and that’s much better value of course then you are going to find on just running with the favourite in this one. Charbel was out at 16/1 earlier in the ante post and that would have been the time to consider an easy way on him. Other bookmakers who are offering the Without Altior in the Arkle betting this year include SkyBet and Paddy Power. That’s a decent way to go because no-one looks capable of beating Altior at Prestbury Park. Altior is immense, as he showed in his win over favorite Min in the Supreme Novices Hurdle last year at Cheltenham. He has stayed on the novice chasing track instead of jumping to the Champion Hudle and there’s no-one in the Arkle field that gets close to his quality and you can see that in the market odds. Altior remains unbeaten as he goes back to Cheltenham and can deal with the pressures well enough. Altior is fantastic chaser, fluent and quick and with such easy wins this season in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown and at the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton at the back of December, that proved to be the tip of the iceberg in his preps. Nicky Henderson then threw him into the mix against Fox Norton and Dodging Bullets at The Game Spirit Chase at Newbury and Altior smashed the quality rivals by 13 lengths in the race and he just gets better and better each time that he steps out in action. The road ahead for him looks paved with gold and he should dominate as a banker in this one. But look for that value in Charbel to make an understated impact in the race.

Arkle 2017 Betting Odds

Altior 1/4, Yorkhill 3/1, Charbel 8/1, Royal Caviar 14/1, Some Plan 14/1, Cloudy Dream 14/1, Top Notch 14/1, Forest Bihan 15/1, Le Prezien 16/1, Flying Angle 16/1, bar 33/1 Online betting site Bet365 are offering great coverage on Cheltenham 2017 betting. They have gone Non Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed on all the Champion races at the Festival (Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, RYanair Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and the Gold Cup). So there is great coverage there for your horse racing betting and when you open an account with the bookmaker you can claim a 100% matched deposit bonus from them as well!

Barcelona comeback a costly liability for bookmakers

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It will long go down in memory as one of the greatest ever games of football. We are talking about Barcelona’s epic UEFA Champions League comeback effort against PSG this week. Barcelona had put in a shocking performance in Paris for the first leg, coming away with a 4-0 loss and their tails between their legs. It had left PSG a best-priced 1/12 to qualify for the quarter finals because of the dominance that they had shown in the first leg. But this is Barcelona, and if one team in the world could ever have pulled off such a comeback it was them. It was a night at the Nou Camp not even the most optimistic of Barcelona fans or punters would have ever expected and while most bookmakers were hammered by Barcelona’s comeback, Bet365 reported a record-breaking liability on a single match after punters had flocked to back a Barca fightback. A spokesman for the firm said “We do many expensive offers with free bets and the like but taking them away I can’t recall such a heavy defeat on a stand-alone contest,” said Freeth. “Our liabilities were up to a few million before the game with punters backing them from 20-1 into 7-1 to qualify. Our worst scenario in-play was going to be Barcelona pulling off the impossible late on and that’s what we got.” Barcelona had gotten themselves 3-0 up in the second leg, before Edinson Cavani netted what looked to be the salvation for PSG, a vital away goal. It left Barcelona needing three more goals in the last 20 minutes of the game. Both Coral and Paddy Power saw Barca drift out to 100/1 with minutes remaining, but then Neymar netted a quick double before Roberto did the unthinkable and sunk home a cool winner deep into the five minutes of stoppage time that was being played. So with a lot of punters avoiding PSG and just going for Barcelona to qualify on the night at long odds, it proved a costly night for bookmakers up and down the country. Barcelona are new joint 11/4 favourites to win the UEFA Champions League having drifted out to 700 on Betfair’s exchange during the match. “It was a terrible outcome,” said a Coral spokesperson. “It will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in football history but it will be a game bookmakers will want to forget in a hurry as it proved costly. “Barcelona were very popular to qualify before the game and we saw plenty of support in-play to leave us licking our wounds.”