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2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship Odds – Horse Racing

Horse Racing Betting
The 2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship runs this year from May 5 to October 20. I must say, I'm not a fan of partitioning off sections of any bona fide full season for purposes of awarding titles. It's like saying we're not going to count the August of a Premier League season, or matches played in May. I can see the sense in having separate championships for the All-Weather and Turf seasons in the UK but the Flat season proper started with the Lincoln in March and ends with the November Handicap at Doncaster in, funnily enough, November. Why jockeys', and trainers' for that matter, hard work for 10 weeks of the year should count for nought in statistical terms seems grossly unfair, especially for those not tied to big stables or backed by wealthy owners. However, that didn't prevent Silvestre De Sousa from being crowned champion jockey again in 2017, two years after he first won the title. The Brazilian is a freelance nowadays but has refuted claims that he may not have the hunger for a third title bid. Hunger is a phenomenon not uncommon to jockeys in general but it doesn't reapply to De Sousa. His natural weight is around 8st, the minimum for riding on the Flat, and fasting has never been a major part of his regime. The 37-year-old was briefly retained jockey for Godolphin but that proved an unfruitful alliance. He's rediscovered his desire for race-riding since severing connections and will again get plenty of rides this season from old mentor Mark Johnston so it is understandable why bookmakers have installed him as their odds-on favourite to retain his title (1/2 with Betway). To be honest, his only serious rival looks to be Andrea Atzeni (a best 7/1). Born in Sardinia, Atzeni has become the man for the big occasion. Now attached to the Newmarket stables of Roger Varian, he also gets plenty of outside rides. He's 10 years younger than De Sousa and 2018 probably represents his best chance yet to become champion jockey, though only if he applies himself to finding rides up and down the country. There are other more well-known names in the betting to become 2018 Stobart Flat Jockey Champion but Jim Crowley is going to be claimed by his retainer Hamdan al-Maktoum on most occasions and the 2016 champion is 10/1 with Betway to regain his crown. Ryan Moore (a general 14/1) will again divide his time between Ireland and the UK riding for Ballydoyle while William Buick (20/1 with William Hill) is rarely seen riding in the colours of any owner apart from Godolphin, who pick and choose carefully where they send their horses and also employ James Doyle (40/1 with Betway) on a full-time basis.

2018 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship Best Odds

Silvestre De Sousa 1/2, Andrea Atzeni 7/1, Jim Crowley 11/1, Ryan Moore, William Buick and Danny Tudhope 20/1, Oisin Murphy 25/1, Adam Kirby 33/1, James Doyle and Luke Morris 50/1, Paul Hanagan, Joe Fanning and Pat Cosgrave 66/1, Fran Berry, Josephine Gordon, David Egan, Frankie Dettori, PJ McDonald, Jamie Spencer and Kieran Shoemark 100/1

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Racing Post Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 28

Horse Racing Betting
Having already won the Racing Post Trophy on seven occasions, it would be fitting if Aidan O'Brien made history at Doncaster this Saturday. Trainer O'Brien, master of the all-conquering Ballydoyle operation in Ireland, is on the verge of breaking Bobby Frankel's long-standing record of 25 victories in Group or Grade 1 races during a season. He's already equalled the record and has four of the 12 runners in the Racing Post Trophy, the last of the year's races at the highest level in the UK. Failure, however, would not be the end of the record attempt with the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar next week still to come and possible opportunities in Hong Kong. But O'Brien would love to shatter the record as near to home soil as possible and Doncaster's Town Moor has been god to the stable down the years. High Chaparral, Brian Boru, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot have been among Ballydoyle's previous winners in the Racing Post Trophy, run over a mile for two-year-olds. It's been run since 1961 and has gone through various incarnations including the Timeform Gold Cup, Observer Gold Cup and Futurity Stakes. Five winners have gone on to win the following year's Derby so this is still an important trial but the final entries suggest that O'Brien's quartet aren't going to have things all their own way - and then there is the tricky dilemma of deciding which of the four is best suited to the test. Though number one stable jockey Ryan Moore rides the unbeaten Saxon Warrior, past experience tells us that jockey bookings are no guarantee of pecking order when it comes to multiple Ballydoyle entries in big races - this year's Irish Derby immediately springs to mind! Ryan Moore has, in fact, never ridden the winner of the Racing Post Trophy and an additional worry is his trainer's more recent record with two-year-olds at Doncaster - just one of his last 18 entries has won and the stable's overall strike-rate on Town Moor is little better. That said, Saxon Warrior was impressive when winning the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at Naas, though I'm not sure it justified best odds of 15/8 in this Saturday's big race. Stable companions The Pentagon, improving when last seen in July, and Seahenge, third in the Dewhurst Stakes and already a winner at Doncaster, are useful back-up plans and priced up at 9/2 and 12/1 respectively. But Ireland has even stronger hand with Verbal Dexterity, winner of the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last month and bred to stay a mile and further. Jim Bolger has never won the Racing Post Trophy but has a live contender this year. However, we shouldn't ignore the home defence and especially Roaring Lion (7/1 with 10Bet). John Gosden is another top trainer seeking his first win in this end-of-season Group 1 but his colt won the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket last month and is still improving so demands respect. Andrea Atzeni has ridden the last four winners of the Racing Post Trophy so it's a surprise that his mount CHILEAN is 12/1 with several bookmakers, including 10Bet. Martyn Meade, who has enjoyed tremendous success this year with Eminent and Aclaim, trains the son of Iffraaj. The colt gets his speed from his sire and stamina from his dam, a decent middle-distance performer in France. He seems adaptable to going and the manner of his win in a Listed race at Haydock last month was eye-catching. This is obviously another big step up but he looks capable of shocking better-fancied rivals and denying Aidan O'Brien that record, for the time being at least.

Racing Post Trophy Latest Odds

Saxon Warrior 15/8, Verbal Dexterity 7/2, The Pentagon 9/2, Roaring Lion 7/1, Seahenge and Chilean 12/1, Loxley 14/1, Gabr 33/1, Coat Of Arms 66/1, Merlin Magic and Theobald 100/1, Alfa McGuire 150/1
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William Hill St Leger Preview – Horse Racing Betting September 16

Horse Racing Betting
It's the world's oldest classic but the St Leger has had its detractors down the years. No-one can complain about this quality or quantity of this year's line-up at Doncaster, however - one of the best in years.

St Leger History

Aidan O'Brien has won the St Leger four times previously with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005) and Leading Light (2013) - he has four of the 11 runners this year including current joint favourite Capri. He won the Irish Derby at the Curragh in the summer ahead of Cracksman, who has won two Group 2 races since. That's arguably the best form in the race, though O'Brien is also hoping for a good run from Venice Beach, who was second behind Cracksman in the Great Voltigeur at York, which is normally the best trial for the St Leger. The William Hill St Leger is the oldest Classic in the world having first been staged in 1776. The race is named after sportsman and gambler Anthony St Leger, who lived at Park Hill near Doncaster and had the idea of a race for three-year-olds, with colts carrying 8st and fillies 7st 12lb, over two miles. A field of six lined up for the inaugural St Leger with an unnamed filly by Sampson (later called Allabaculia), owned by Prime Minister the Marquess of Rockingham, beating Colonel St Leger's unnamed filly by Trusty. The Classic did not have a title until 1778, when Rockingham proposed that it should carry St Leger's name, and the same year the event moved to the present site on Doncaster's Town Moor, with the first two runnings having been staged on nearby Cantley Common. Trainer/jockey John Mangle, known as 'Crying Jackie' for his habit of bursting into tears when beaten, won it five times in the 18th century. Champion, in 1800, became the first Derby winner to go on to St Leger glory, helping enhance the race's stature. The distance was shortened to one mile, six furlongs and 193 yards in 1813. West Australian became the first winner of the Triple Crown in 1853, a feat that only 14 other horses have achieved since, most recently Nijinsky in 1970. The legendary Ormonde was one of Fred Archer's six St Leger winners. The First World War saw the St Leger run at Newmarket from 1915-1918, while during the Second World War it took place at Thirsk in 1940, Manchester in 1941, Newmarket from 1942-1944 and at York in 1945. The only year the St Leger was not staged was 1939 but it was moved temporarily to Ayr in 1989, when the ground was considered unfit on Town Moor, and to York in 2006 when Doncaster was being redeveloped. Lester Piggott won the Classic eight times but none of his winners was better than the Vincent O'Brien-trained Nijinsky in 1970. Masked Marvel set a new course record in 2011, handing trainer John Gosden a third victory in five years and a fourth in all. Gosden's other successes came courtesy of Shantou (1996), Lucarno (2007) and Arctic Cosmos (2010) and the Newmarket maestro saddles Stradivarius and Coronet this year. Stradivarius is a best 8/1 but has no stamina concerns. He won the Queen's Vase over 1m6f at Ascot and followed up over 2m against top-class stayers in the Goodwood Cup. However, Frankie Dettori had the choice between him and the filly Coronet and has gone for the latter. She's more likely to handle the soft ground and has been unlucky to come up against the brilliant Enable on three occasions this year. In between, she won the Ribblesdale at Ascot so is no forlorn hope at the same general 8/1 as her stable companion. Crystal Ocean has been all the rage since winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, another traditional St Leger trial. He represents Sir Michael Stoute but the veteran Newmarket handler often has a fancied runner in the race and has only won it once before, with Conduit in 2008. The Sea The Stars colt (a best 4/1) should stay the distance and is unlikely to be far away but doesn't have that much in hand over Raheen House, a far more attractive 12/1, on their run together in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Andrea Atzeni has been nicknamed 'Mr Doncaster' as he rides this galloping track as well as anyone. He may get rechristened 'Mr St Leger' if he wins this Saturday's classic on DEFOE. The Italian jockey rode the winner of the great race in both 2014 and 2015. The first of those came on Kingston Hill for trainer Roger Varian and the latter is also responsible for this year's mount. Defoe started off this season in handicaps but has evolved into a top-class middle-distance performer, especially when the word 'soft' features in the going report. He's won all four starts this year but really made everyone sit up and take notice when beating a couple of subsequent winners in a Listed race at Hamilton in July with the proverbial ton in hand. He then took on older horses over 1m5f in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer at Newbury and again won with plenty in hand. The St Leger is clearly another step up in class but he looks more than capable of holding his own with conditions and distance in his favour - the general 9/2 is giving nothing away but he could end up favourite on the day if there is any more rain. William Hill are one of the most well-known bookmakers and have taken over sponsorship of the St Leger for the first time this year.

William Hill St Leger Current Best Odds

Crystal Ocean and Capri (4/1), Defoe (9/2), Coronet and Stradivarius (8/1), Rekindling, Venice Beach and Raheen House (12/1), Count Octave (25/1), Douglas Macarthur (40/1), The Anvil (66/1)
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Racing Post Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 22

Horse Racing Betting
The market vibes proved correct as ante-post favourite Capri was withdrawn at the final declaration stage for Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Aidan O'Brien may be the champion trainer but he doesn't always do himself any favours with the betting public with his comments regarding Capri being, at best, ambiguous prior to the colt's withdrawal. Plenty of punters will have lost their money though, to be fair, they should know by now that nothing is ever set in stone as regards future plans for Ballydoyle's legion of potential classic contenders and O'Brien was always going to run Beresford Stakes second Yucatan at Doncaster.

Racing Post Trophy History and Trends

The Racing Post Trophy was first run in 1961 as the Timeform Gold Cup and has subsequently been known as the Observer Gold Cup (1965-75) and the Futurity Stakes (1976-88, when sponsored by William Hill). It adopted its present name in 1989 when the Racing Post took over sponsorship. The final Group 1 race of the year in the UK, it is run over a mile and for two-year-olds and regarded as an important indicator for the following year's top middle-distance races, including the Epsom Derby. Several have won at Doncaster and gone on to glory at Epsom. Kingston Hill won the race in 2013 and won the St Leger the following year so this is a race from which you can gather plenty of pointers. However, if you're looking for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner, the Dewhurst at Newmarket or the National Stakes at the Curragh are better guides. Despite the 33/1 success of Marcel last year, the market is usually a good guide to the Racing Post Trophy as no winner in the preceding six years had started at bigger odds than 7/2. Most previous winners had already won over at least 7f and most had won over a mile. That doesn't really help this year, however, as only the maiden The Anvil falls outside those margins. The Anvil is one of three O'Brien runners still taking part but all the money this week has been for Yucatan. Two of the previous nine winners had run in the Beresford Stakes previously so you can understand why the Curragh second is a short price (Evens with most bookmakers) - his yard have already won the race seven times. Finn McCool is the third O'Brien runner but he was beaten a long way behind fellow Irish raider Brutal on his debut and looks held by Rivet on collateral form. RIVET has to be the value at his general 11/2 quote, regardless of how Yucatan fares. That looks an each-way bet to nothing as he looked ready for a step up in distance when fifth over 7f in the Dewhurst. He'd won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster previously and beaten Contrapposto earlier at York. Jockey Andrea Atzeni has a fantastic record in the Racing Post Trophy having ridden the last three winners. Raheen House could be overpriced at 18/1 with William Hill given the York winner has a very nice middle-distance pedigree and is from a family of late developers and the following free bet offer is available when you sign up at William Hill via a link here and use the promotional code F20. Deposit, then and place your first bet of at least £10 (at minimum odds of 1.20 which equals to 1/5 in fractional odds). Once your first bet is settled, you will get two free bet tokens of £10. The free bets are valid only for 30 days, so make sure you use them quickly! Full terms and conditions apply, please see full details directly at William Hill.

Racing Post Trophy Current Best Odds

Yucatan (Evs), Rivet (11/2), Salouen and Sir Dancealot (10/1), Contrapposto (14/1), The Anvil (16/1), Raheen House (18/1), Finn McCool (25/1), Brutal and Bay Of Poets (33/1)
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Investec Derby Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting June 6

Horse Racing Betting
Nine colts have gone on to win the Investec Derby after landing the Betfred Dante and it's widely acknowledged as the best trial for the Epsom classic. But plenty have also triumphed at Epsom having been beaten at York and there is no guarantee that Golden Horn will confirm running with Jack Hobbs and ELM PARK this weekend. Connections forked out £75,000 to supplement Golden Horn (7/4 with betway) at Epsom as he wasn't originally entered. Yet breeder and owner Anthony Oppenheimer is still to be convinced that the horse’s stamina will stretch to 1m4f. Before York, Golden Horn was only entered in the French Derby, over 1m2f, and there are legitimate grounds for thinking that both the second and third could reverse the form at Epsom in what is sure to be a truly-run affair. Jack Hobbs, like the favourite, is also trained by John Gosden. He was forced to race wide at York but was travelling as well as the winner approaching the final furlong and, unlike Golden Horn, the extra quarter-mile should suit. He's still improving but is only a general 9/2 at present which is bordering on the edge of each-way value with all major layers going a quarter the odds on the first three for place purposes. I really like Elm Park and have since I saw him gallop from pillar to post to land the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in the autumn. He was beaten six lengths by Golden Horn in the Betfred Dante but trainer Andrew Balding and jockey Andrea Atzeni could hardly contain their delight afterwards, suggesting they had left plenty to work on. Elm Park had, indeed, looked the likely winner halfway up the straight until lack of condition told and he wasn't given a hard time once headed. The 15/2 with BetVictor looks outstanding value as the Phoenix Reach colt will stay every inch of the trip at Epsom and should be able to grab a prominent pitch from stall three - I'm not looking any further for the Investec Derby winner! So what of the others? Ballydoyle has three entered and it would be no surprise if team tactics were employed. The trio including Hans Holbein (16/1 with Paddy Power), who beat subsequent Goodwood winner Storm Of Stars (a general 20/1) in the Chester Vase, Giovanni Canaletto (8/1 with Paddy Power) and Betfred.com Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro (20/1 with Skybet, Stan James and Coral), will all want a fast pace. Criquette Head-Maarek runs Longchamp second Epicuris (a general 20/1), who is a Group 1 winner. But, on a line through Medrano, he appears closely matched with Hans Holbein and Storm The Stars. More interesting is Ken Condon's Success Days. He's won four of his last five starts and scored by 10 lengths last time. At the general 16/1, he could be worth a saver even though he's yet to encounter ground as fast as this.
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Betfred November Handicap Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting November 8

Horse Racing Betting
The Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster has been a bit of a graveyard for favourites down the year, though it's often a fancied horse that lands the spoils. This year's renewal on Town Moor looks the most open for years, a theory emphasised by the fact that we currently have a 10/1 market leader in Mount Logan (10/1 with the sponsors and William Hill). His jockey, Andrea Atzeni, rode the winner of the big race on Racing Post Trophy day at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago and is looking for his own autumn double as the curtain falls on the Flat season on Turf in the UK. But trainer Luca Cumani also has the unexposed Sir Walter Scott in the line-up and has booked champion jockey Richard Hughes to ride. He's a 22/1 chance with BetVictor but will need to improve on this year's efforts if he's to take a hand in the finish. Mount Logan is a three-year-old and the classic generation is well represented this year. Last month's Newmarket winner Farquhar (12/1 with Betfred and William Hill) and Latenightrequest (14/1 with Betfred, BetVictor and Coral) both look interesting. The latter beat Dashing Star (a general 16/1) and penalised Redcar scorer Open Eagle (12/1 with William Hill) over the course and distance of the November Handicap two weeks ago and beat Headline News (16/1 with Betfred and William Hill) at Haydock earlier, though was behind Farquhar at Newmarket. Old Town Boy had Aramist, Esteaming, Ardlui and Kings Bayonet behind when successful at York last month and a 6lb rise in the weights isn't prohibitive. Philip McBride's charge is 12/1 with Skybet and betway. This really does look wide-open, though Ennistown (a general 25/1) and First Mohican (20/1 with Coral) might have too much weight and I'd doubt whether Eurystheus (a general 25/1) and One Pekan (20/1 with Coral) will stay. I do like Mount Logan as he's a progressive type who might be verging on Listed class while I wouldn't put anybody off Communicator at William Hill's 22/1. Andrew Balding's six-year-old gets no respite from the handicapper but has run well in some very tough handicaps and will be staying on in this when plenty have cried enough. PLUTOCRACY is going to be the selection at the general 16/1 in the belief that he's probably capable of winning a race like this off his current mark of 92. He was returning from a lengthy absence when a beaten favourite on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton last month but would have gone close but for meeting trouble in-running. This has probably been the long-term plan as he's only had two runs this year and the booking of Pat Smullen increases confidence that David Lanigan has him spot-on.
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Betfred November Handicap Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting Saturday Nov 9

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Recent history tells us that anything that John Gosden runs in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster deserves the utmost respect and the Newmarket handler has two entered this year. Aiken, a former Group 2 winner, has been highly tried in a light campaign this season and is a 16/1 chance with Coral, Skybet and William Hill but Lahaag may have a better chance of success. He arrives off the back of a recent win on good ground at York and is 8/1 with Coral, Stan James and William Hill but only beat NICHOLASCOPERNICUS by three-quarters-of-a-length and the runner-up is a couple of pounds better off. Ed Walker's charge again ran well over the course and distance of this weekend's race two weeks ago and looks sure to give supporters a run for their money again at a general 12/1. Highland Castle (16/1 with Coral, Skybet and Stan James) finished ahead of the selection last time and is arguably the pick of the weights again. But Nicholascopernicus was given plenty to do that day and it was only inside the final furlong that he began to pick off rivals. Andrea Atzeni will be under orders to have him closer turning for home this weekend and he is the early value as he appears to have the beating of Rio's Rosanna (a general 33/1) and Itlaaq (also a general 33/1). Forgotten Hero showed he stayed the trip over course and distance in September and is a general 14/1. He's only 3lb higher while a case could certainly be made for Communicator on his best form. Widely available at 20/1, he races off a 3lb lower mark than when runner-up in the race last year though this season's efforts have been largely disappointing and he was beaten five lengths by Kiama Bay (33/1 with Coral) when last seen in August. Recent Nottingham winner Twelve Strings (25/1 with Skybet) could play a part off a low weight if the ground turned heavy while Rhombus (16/1 with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill) may prove the best of the three-year-olds but most of the money this week has been for Conduct. William Haggas looks to have trained the six-year-old with this race in mind and the grey, who has only had five career starts, is only a best 7/1. He wasn't beaten far over 1m2f at Doncaster last time but has never raced over the extra and he's just too short in the betting now to take a risk on his stamina in such a competitive affair and Border Legend (12/1 with BetVictor) could also struggle to last home.
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