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Investec Derby 2018 Preview and Odds – Horse Racing Betting June 2

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Epsom Derby History and Trends

Forget Kentucky, the Irish Derby and the Prix du Jockey Club, Epsom's Investec Derby is the original and the best. First run in 1780, a year after the first-ever running of the Oaks on Epsom Downs, the Derby pre-dates the Kentucky Derby by more than a century but would probably have been known as the 'Bunbury' had Lord Derby not won a coin toss with his great friend Sir Charles Bunbury. The latter would have his revenge, however, his Diomed won the first colts' Classic at Epsom while Lord Derby had to wait until 1787 before he saw his colours carried to victory when the previously unraced Sir Peter Teazle scored under Sam Arnull. By the middle of the 19th century, the Derby had established itself as the most important horse race of the year in Britain. Thousands flocked to Epsom Downs by any means possible and it even stopped Parliament business in the first Wednesday in June every year. The switch to a Saturday is a relatively new concept, designed to maximise betting revenue, but the race still draws thousands to Surrey and the roar as the runners hurtle around Tattenham Corner is comparable to most stirring sounds on a British racecourse. There have been some brilliant winners in the last 50 years alone - Sea Bird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Shergar, Nashwan, Generous, Lammtarra, Galileo, High Chaparral, Sea The Stars and Camelot to name but a few. Victory guarantees massive stud fees and immortality.
  • Confined the three-year-old colts, the season's fourth Classic is very much a race for fancied runners. 11 of the last 12 winners have been among the top three in the betting on the day
  • All of the last 12 winners had finished in the first four in their previous run
  • Most of the last dozen winners had run at least three times and won at least twice with one of those victories coming at Group 3 level or higher
  • All but two of the last 12 winners had run in the previous five weeks
  • None of the last 12 winners had run before at Epsom
  • Only two of the last 10 winners have been trained in England, seven have been trained in Ireland with four of the last six trained by Aidan O'Brien
Year Winner Jockey Trainer Odds
2017 Wings Of Eagles Paddy Beggy Aidan O'Brien 40/1
2016 Harzand Pat Smullen John Oxx 13/2
2015 Golden Horn Frankie Dettori John Gosden 13/8 Fav
2014 Australia Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 11/8 Fav
2013 Ruler Of The World Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 7/1
2012 Camelot Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 8/13 Fav
2011 Pour Moi Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre 4/1
2010 Workforce Ryan Moore M Stoute 6/1
2009 Sea The Stars Mick Kinane John Oxx 11/4
2008 New Approach Johnny Murtagh Jim Bolger 5/1
2007 Authorized Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam 5/4 Fav
2006 Sir Percy Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 6/1
2005 Motivator Johnny Murtagh Michael Bell 3/1 Fav
2004 North Light Kieron Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 7/2 JF
2003 Kris Kin Kieron Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 6/1
2002 High Chaparral Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 7/2
2001 Galileo Mick Kinane Aidan O'Brien 11/4 JF
2000 Sindaar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 7/1
The Betfred Dante at York has long been a good trial for the Investec Derby. John Gosden, trainer of Roaring Lion (6/1 with Betbright) plotted the same course with his 2015 winner Golden Horn and there are high hopes that the grey can get closer to SAXON WARRIOR than he did in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. However, Roaring Lion has twice finished behind 2000 Guineas third Masar this season and there seems no reason why the form should be reversed at Epsom given there is no certainty that the Gosden colt will stay 1m4f. Masar looks overpriced at a general 14/1 by comparison but there really seems little point in opposing Saxon Warrior given Aidan O'Brien has pretty much covered every base in the Derby trials this season. His 2000 Guineas winner travelled like a dream at Newmarket considering some 'experts' thought that the mile trip would be too short. Quickening going into the dip at HQ, the Deep Impact colt never looked like being caught. He is bred to stay the distance at Epsom and is very well balanced considering his size so should handle the turns and gradients. BetBright are still offering 8/11 against him extending his unbeaten record and that should attract the big-hitters. Young Rascal (a general 11/1) beat Dee Ex Bee in landing the Chester Vase and could have Al Muffrih as a pace-maker. Hazapour beat Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown and is widely available at 14/1 while French challenger Study Of Man won a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud on only his third start, though had only three rivals and can be backed at 33/1 with William Hill. The Gosden second string, Sevenna Star, is the same odds but he doesn't look built for Epsom and would only be worth considering if the heavens opened.

Investec Derby 2018 Current Ante-Post Odds

Saxon Warrior 8/11, Roaring Lion 6/1, Young Rascal 11/1, Delano Roosevelt and Masar 14/1, Knight To Behold 16/1, The Pentagon 20/1, Rostropovich, Sevenna Star, Dee Ex Bee, Study Of Man and Kew Gardens 33/1, Nelson 40/1, Al Muffrih and Zabriskie 66/1 (Odds correct at 4.15pm May 24)
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Qipco 2000 Guineas Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting May 5

Horse Racing Betting
BetVictor are currently the only bookmaker offering place betting down to fourth place in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and they are currently among those still offering 5/1 about the much-touted Mazar, winner of the Craven Stakes, in the first Classic of 2018.

2000 Guineas History

The 2000 Guineas, now sponsored by Qipco, was first run in 1809. It's name relates to the original purse and it pre-dates the 1000 Guineas, for fillies only, by five years. Along with 1000 Guineas a day later, the 2000 Guineas is run over Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and is the first of the five English Classics, all restricted to three-year-olds – the others being the Derby and Oaks, both over 1m4f at Epsom in early June, plus the extended 1m7f St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster in September. It is also the first leg of the British Triple Crown. Sir Charles Bunbury, who played an important role in the development of British racing including overseeing the extension of the Jockey Club’s authority, was inspired to introduce the two youngest Classics with the first race being won by Wizard, who gained £1,522 for his connections, This year's Qipco 2000 Guineas is worth more than £283,000 to winning connections. The 2000 Guineas is still a good trial for next month's Derby but probably no longer the best. Smolensko, appropriately owned by Sir Charles Bunbury, was the first horse to complete the double when landing both Classics in 1813. Since then, 36 other colts have completed the double, the most recent being Camelot in 2012. Last year's winner, Churchill, won the Irish 2000 Guineas a few weeks later but failed to add further successes. Aidan O’Brien has won the 2000 Guineas on eight previous occasions but it's not always the stable's first string that comes out on top. The first English classic has thrown up its fair share of shock results in recent years with half of the last 12 winners starting at 8/1 or bigger. The previous year's Dewhurst Stakes, run over 7f on the Rowley Mile, is probably still the best trial ahead of the Craven Stakes run at Newmarket in April.

Qipco 2000 Guineas Current Best Odds

Gustav Klimt 5/2, Masar 5/1, Elarqam and Saxon Warrior 6/1, Expert Eye 12/1, Roaring Lion 16/1, James Garfield 20/1, Headway and Tip Two Win 33/1, Rajasinghe, Murillo and Raid 50/1, Nebo 66/1, Cardsharp 100/1 

The annual Ballydoyle conundrum this year features three runners. Punters have fallen in line with Seamie Heffernan's choice Gustav Klimst after he beat two stable companions and the in-form Imaging in a trial at Leopardstown. He beat Nebo in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last July and his breeding suggests he will also be best at around a mile you can understand why he's the general 5/2 favourite, though will need to improve again to overtake Donnacha O'Brien's mount SAXON WARRIOR (6/1 with Ladbrokes).

His trainer has been untypically bullish about the potential of the son of Deep Impact, who is reported to have strengthened up over the winter. He was already an imposing type and, though the Racing Post Trophy he won at Doncaster in the autumn has not been a great trial for the 2000 Guineas in the past, wins in both races is not unprecedented, though Roaring Lion's run behind Masar in the Craven Stakes let the form down.

Elarqam is also unbeaten and defeated Tip Two Win in a Group 3 at York last year. He is a best 6/1 with Betbright to give Mark Johnston a first winner in the race since 1994. James Garfield beat Expert Eye (12/1 with Betbright) and Raid in winning last month's Greenham Stakes at Newbury and may be overpriced at a general 20/1 but there are concerns about the step back up to a mile.

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Horse Racing Analysis and Selections – Coral Scottish Grand National Declared Runners

Horse Racing Betting
The mighty Red Rum is the only horse to have won the Aintree Grand National and Coral Scottish Grand National in the same season and is likely to remain so if the two races continue to be scheduled as close to each other as they are this year. It's just seven days since the Merseyside marathon and it would be asking to much of a chaser who had completed the full 4m4f course at Aintree to be competitive over another (officially) 4m1f at Ayr in such a short space of time. The highlight of the jumps season north of the border is deserving of full attention in any case. It's worth more than ÂŁ122,000 to the winner and was first contested more than 150 years ago, though not in the format now recognised It has been held at Ayr racecourse since 1966 after the Bogside course, which staged the race after the Second World War, closed down. The race often produces a close finish, more so than it's English equivalent, though this year's renewal will do well to match the drama of Aintree this season or the blanket finish of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

Scottish Grand National Trends

  • No horse younger than seven or older than 11 has won in the last 20 years with eight and nine-year-olds generally faring best
  • There are no discernible patterns regarding weight carried however those rated between 131 and 140 have an appreciably better strike rate than other with regard to both winners and placed horses
  • Reigning champion Vicente, also successful in 2016, is a trend-setter as he became the first horse last year to win the Scottish Grand National after failing to complete in his previous outing. Those who have been placed in their last race, or at least finished in the first half-dozen, seem to fare best
  • This is a not race for those chasers who have been around the block more than  a few times. All recent winners had raced no more than 25 times over fences
Vicente bids to become only the fourth horse in history, after Couvrefeu II, Southern Hero and Queen's Taste, to win the Scottish Grand National three times. Paul Nicholls' stayer was due to run in last week's Grand National at Aintree but was withdrawn because of the soft going. Conditions are going to be less testing at Ayr, unless they get more rain than expected on the morning of the race, and he's been lightly raced for his age. Though 6lb higher than last year, connections have probably had this has his long-term target but he's been priced up accordingly at a general 9/1. Joe Farrell (a general 33/1) could run well at those big odds if he settle and stays, but those are big 'ifs'. Regal Flow (a best 25/1) has found a new lease of life at the age of 11. He has won three times this season, including the Midlands Grand National last time when Silsol was only fourth, but has gone up another 10lb. Vintage Clouds and Beware The Bear were third and fourth in a valuable handicap at Cheltenham last month and both come into the reckoning at 11/1 with Betbright  and 20/1 with the sponsors respectively. Ballyoptic (11/1 with Betbright) is still a novice but beat Vintage Clouds in a Grade 2 at Wetherby in February and was then fourth in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. He is much respected as his trainer has already won the race three times. Doing Fine (a general 12/1) is a proven stayer and his yard is back in the groove after a spell in the doldrums so he will have plenty of supporters but Neil Mulholland also saddles THE YOUNG MASTER. Sam Waley-Cohen's mount appears to have been around for ever but it's easy to forget he was only a seven-year-old when he won the bet365 Gold Cup over 3m5f at Sandown two years ago. He's not scaled the same heights since, failing to complete on four occasions, but now races off a 16lb lower mark and there was were encouraging signs at Cheltenham last time following a wind operation. The forecast good going is definitely a big plus and his very experienced amateur rider is still able to claim 3lb which means he will be able to carry the minimum 10st. If he is anywhere near his best, the 16/1 available with many bookmakers is a huge price (odds correct at 2.30pm on April 20).

Coral Scottish Grand National Current Best Odds

Vicente 9/1, Ballyoptic and Vintage Clouds 11/1, Doing Fine and Fagan 12/1, Gold Present and The Young Master 16/1, Henri Parry Morgan , Label Des Obeaux, Beware The Bear, Glencairn View, Sizing Tennessee and Looking Well 20/1, Regal Flow, Cogry and Silsol 25/1, Get On The Yager, Joe Farrell, West Approach, Indy Five, Mysteree and Sizing Codelco 33/1, Benbens 40/1, Fact Of The Matter and Straidnahanna 50/1, Alzammaar, Boa Island, Pearl Swan, Work Du Bretau and Racing Europe 66/1
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Cheltenham Festival Day Two Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 14

Cheltenham Festival
SAMCRO looks a banker in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the start of day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Gordon Elliott resisted the temptation to run his star novice in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle yesterday and probably has another Irish raider, Next Destination, to beat in this lesser contest, though nobody will be getting rich at the current best 8/11. Honours were fairly even between Ireland and the home team on the opening day of The Festival and day two promises to be just as competitive, though Irish eyes should be smiling again after the second race, the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase. This is as much a race for future stayers as yesterday's National Hunt Chase and Presenting Percy has been popular with ante-post punters and is set to go off favourite (currently a best 5/2). He won the Pertemps Final over hurdles last year for Patrick Kelly and has proved just as adept over fences but could find MONALEE a tough opponent. Henry De Bromhead's seven-year-old has always looked a chaser in the making, despite having the speed to finish second in last year's Albert Bartlett over the smaller obstacles. He's won both completed starts over fences, beating today's rivals Al Boum Photo and Dounikos in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time, and the return to 3m is probably a plus - the 7/2 with Betbright looks a bit of value. Bryony Frost has developed a terrific partnership with Black Corton but this may be a step too far for the Paul Nicholls runner.

RSA Insurance Novices' Chase Current Best Odds

Presenting Percy 5/2, Monalee 7/2, Al Boum Photo 7/1, Black Corton and Dounikos 8/1, Elegant Escape 11/1, Ballyoptic 18/1, Bonbon Au Miel 25/1, Allysson Monterg 50/1, Full Irish 100/1 The Coral Cup comes under the 'too hard' category while a late injury scare has dampened enthusiasm for backing ALTIOR at a best 5/4 in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and who's to say which of Willie Mullins' five runners in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper will prove best but TIGER ROLL could be worth an interest in the Glenfarclas Chase over the cross-country fences. Gordon Elliott won the race last year with Cause Of Causes, ridden by Jamie Codd, and that partnership has been backed for a repeat (a general 11/4). But the stable also run Bless the Wings, who has run over the cross-country fences, and Tiger Roll. The latter won the National Hunt Chase at the meeting last year and his run behind Bless The Wings at Cheltenham in December had all the hallmarks of a prep race, though he's now into a general 6/1. The Last Samuri is the potential fly in the ointment but the Aintree specialist will have to adapt quickly to the unique challenge of the obstacles.  
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Betfair Hurdle Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting February 10

Horse Racing Betting
The Betfair Hurdle is a Grade 3 Handicap run over a distance of approximately 2m at Newbury. The race, worth more than ÂŁ88,000 to the winner, is considered among the most prestigious races of its type in the UK racing calendar. It's certainly one of the most vaulable and always attracts a big field with the average number of runners taking part since the turn of the century around 20. A maximum 24 have stood their ground this year and there are also two reserves.

Betfair Hurdle History and Trends

The Betfair Hurdle was first run in 1963, originally at Aintree. The race was first sponsored by drinks maker Schweppes and was known as the Schweppes Gold Trophy. Ryan Price won the first two runnings with Rosyth and trained four of the first five winners of the race. Schweppes’ sponsorship continued until 1986 when it was taken over by Tote Bookmakers (later known as totesport). The race was renamed the Tote Gold Trophy from 1987 to 2004, and the totesport Trophy from 2005 to 2011. Since 2012 the race has been sponsored by Betfair and has assumed its current title. Two winners of the race — Persian War and Make a Stand — subsequently achieved victory in the following month’s Champion Hurdle. Lightly-raced five and six year-olds, in their first or second season jumping, have dominated this prize with that age group responsible for the last 10 winners. All had had no more than 10 career starts over hurdles with five having had no more than four, but three outings over timber is probably the minimum requirement. None of the last 10 winners have carried more than 11st 2lb and only one finished outside the first three in its previous start. Gary Moore has trained three of the last 10 winners and saddles Knockanuss this year.

Betfair Hurdle Current Best Odds

Irish Roe 10/1, Lalor and Jenkins 11/1, Bleu Et Rouge, Kalashnikov, Kayf Grace, Waterlord and Verdana Blue 12/1, Knocknanuss and Silver Streak 14/1, Lough Derg Spirit 16/1, High Bridge and Misterton 20/1, Coeur Blimey, Moon Racer, Poppy Kay and Spiritofthegames 25/1, William H Bonney 28/1, Charli Parcs 33/1, Divin Bere and Project Bluebook 40/1, Zalvados, Nietzsche and Remiluc 50/1 Lalor arrives with similar credentials to last year's winner Ballyandy and has been popular with punters. He was a high-class bumper horse last season but has yet to win over hurdles. However, the late Richard Woollacott held in him high regard and time will tell he's well treated on a mark of 137 on his handicap debut. But, as race time approaches, he's on the drift and is out to a general 11/1. High Bridge (a best 20/1) and Jenkins, the top two in the weights, are both unbeaten at Newbury. The latter carries a penalty but has rediscovered his mojo in recent weeks and James Bowen's claim is a plus - he is also a general 11/1. Spiritofthegames ran a cracking race in the Lanzarote at Kempton having won his two previous starts. The ability to stay further is usually an advantage in this contest and Dan Skelton's gelding may be overpriced at 25/1 with BetBright in first-time cheekpieces. As well as Jenkins, champion trainer Nicky Henderson also runs Charli Parcs, Kayf Grace, Verdana Blue and Lough Derg Spirit. The latter pair may be the pick of that quartet at 12/1 and 16/1 respectively but Amy Murphy thinks the world of KALASHNIKOV, who may have lost his unbeaten record at Sandown last time but would not have been suited by the heavy going and that was a Grade 1. He is another hovering around the 12/1 mark at the time of writing and might be the one to beat. Peter Atkinson is not a trainer one normally associates with valuable handicaps like the Betfair Hurdle but the North Yorkshire trainer has done well with Irish Roe and his mare deserves to take her chance. She's gone up a stone in the weights in the last year but looked as good as ever when just failing to overhaul Maria's Benefit in a Grade 2 at Doncaster two weeks ago. She goes well on Town Moor and this track is similar in nature, though she is a little more exposed than some and is now only a best 10/1 with BetBright.  
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Investec Derby Odds Update – Horse Racing Betting June 3

Horse Racing Betting
All the meaningful trials for next month's Investec Derby have been run and the field is beginning to take shape. But 2000 Guineas winner Churchill will not get the chance to prove his stamina and compete for the Triple Crown - he's due to run in the Irish 2000 Guineas and will probably be kept to a mile.

Investec Derby History and Trends

The first running of the Derby Stakes was at Epsom on May 4th, 1780. But, in those days, it was open to three-year-old colts and fillies and run over a mile. There were nine runners, and although Lord Derby won the toss of the coin to decide the name of the race, it was Sir Charles Bunbury who owned the first winner – Diomed. The Derby distance was extended to a mile and a half in 1784. Towards the end of the 18th century, Derby Day had established itself as not only a major sporting event but also 'The Londoners’ Day Out'. That remains the case with the Downs always packed with viewing platforms at a premium. The 1913 Derby produced the most sensational race in its entire history when a protesting suffragette – Emily Davison – brought down the King’s horse by running onto the course at Tattenham Corner. She was unfortunately killed in the collision. Those near the head of the market have a terrific recent record in the Investec Derby. Five of the last 12 favourites have won and all of the last 12 winners have been among the first three in the betting on the day. None of the previous dozen winners had run at Epsom before so that form line involving Cracksman and Dante winner Permian (who still has to be supplemented for the Derby at the time of writing) may not be wholly reliable. Cracksman, himself, winner of the Derby Trial at Epsom last month, was not an original Derby entry and Permian has already run four times in 2017 - none of the last 12 winners had run more than twice as a three-year-old. Most recent winners had run in the previous five weeks and all but one had won a Group race at some stage of their career. Aidan O'Brien has won three of the last five renewals of the Investec Derby and five times in total. The master of Ballydoyle has a very strong entry this year, despite the likely absence of Churchill. Venice Beach beat stable companions Wings Of Eagles and The Anvil, and Tamleek, in the Chester Vase but only one of the last 12 winners had run over 1m4f previously and he's already run three times this year. Cliffs Of Moher looks a better bet as he'll have learned plenty from his win in the Dee Stakes at Chester but the Derby is a significant step up in class and stablemate DOUGLAS MACARTHUR is more than five times his current odds (25/1 with Betbright). The Galileo colt is making up into a smart three-year-old and, having finished second to Rekindling at Leopardstown on his reappearance, beat the better-fancied Yucatan and Capri in the Derby Trial at the same track. Betbright are something of a relative newcomer to the betting industry but everything that you would expect from a high quality online bookmaker is in place on their site. So to get access to a pretty high quality service and the bookmaker offers up a nice welcome bonus for new customers in the form of a risk free bet, so you have nothing to lose right off the bat. There is a good feel about the site, from the layout through to how easily operated it all is. In order to get started with them, their quick signup process won't slow you down at all. After you have signed up and deposited with them, you get some insurance on your first stake with them as their bonus offer. If you go and bet at least £10 on your first wager on the account, you will get the 50% of it as a free bet, if it loses (max. £50!). You can see the full terms and conditions of the Betbright welcome bonus here. So essentially this is just a risk free bet covering half the opening bet that you make on your account to keep on betting without risking all of your money.  We fancied Eminent in the 2000 Guineas but little went right for Martyn Meade's stable star on the day. Trapped wide, he saw too much daylight and was beaten inside the final quarter-mile. His trainer thinks he'll stay the Derby distance but his breeding suggests otherwise. Best Solution beat Glencadam Glory in the Lingfield Derby Trial but doesn't have the profile of a classic winner.

Investec Derby Current Best Odds

Cliffs Of Moher and Cracksman (9/2), Eminent (7/1), Best Solution (12/1), Permian (14/1), Venice Beach and Yucatan (16/1), Dubai Thunder (20/1), Douglas Macarthur, Waldgeist, Wings Of Eagles, Rekindling and Capri (25/1), Benbati and Best Of Days (33/1), Crowned Eagle and Thunder Snow (40/1), Glencadam Glory, The Anvil and Tamleek (50/1), Salouen and Finn McCool (66/1), Firece Impact (100/1), Pealer (200/1), Diore Lia (1000/1)
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BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting January 1

Horse Racing Betting
Saturday's racing is ending 2016 with a bit of a damp squib but there is a cracking card to look forward to at Cheltenham at the start of 2017, when the ITV cameras take over coverage of UK racing from Channel 4 with some old and new faces. The Grade 2 Betbright Dipper Novices' Chase and Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle are excellent support races to what is likely to be the biggest betting heat on Sunday - the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase. BetBright have close ties with Cheltenham via Executive Chairman Rich Ricci. The former Barclay's CEO has seen his silks become synonymous with National Hunt racing and the Cheltenham Festival in particular. Annie Power, Douvan, Min and countless other top-class jumpers run in the Ricci colours and BetBright have poured plenty of euros into the first fixture of the New Year at Cheltenham in the last two years. BetBright, who are an Irish operator, allow customers to get deep into their sports betting with an extensive sportsbook. They have produced some rapid growth in the industry, even though they are something of a relative newcomer to the game. Everything that you would expect from a high quality online bookmaker is in place on the site and the bookmaker offers up a nice welcome bonus for new customers in the form of a risk free bet, so you have nothing to lose right off the bat. There is a good feel about the site, from the layout through to how easily operated it all is. In order to get started with them, their quick sign-up process won't slow you down at all. After you have signed up and deposited with them, you get some insurance on your first stake with them as their bonus offer. If you go and bet at least £10 on your first wager on the account, you will get the 50% of it as a free bet, if it loses (max. £50!). You can see the full terms and conditions of the BetBright welcome bonus here. The Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase is the third in a series of competitive handicap chases run over 2m4f throughout the season at Cheltenham's big meetings and some old favourites are going into battle again. Village Vic (a best 5/1) has already been placed in the BetVictor Gold Cup and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and won this weekend's race last year. He has another 14lb to carry, however, and connections of last year's second and third - Tenor Nivernais and Top Gamble - will fancy their chances of revenge. Tenor Nivernais (a general 12/1) ran a fine race when third at Ascot on his reappearance, though is probably better going right-handed. QUITE BY CHANCE meets Village Vic on the same terms as when finishing half-a-length behind him last time at Cheltenham but he could probably count himself unlucky having been hampered on the final circuit. He had to recover lost ground so the 7/1 on offer this time could be quite attractive if he gets a trouble-free passage and his yard continue to come up trumps on big race days. As Du Mee easily won the Grand Sefton over the National fences at Aintree last month but really needs some give in the ground and Vaniteux doesn't have the best of records at Cheltenham so Thomas Brown (11/1 with BetVictor) may be best of the rest having failed to handle the mud last time.

BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase Current Best Odds

Village Vic (5/1), Vaniteux (11/2), As De Mee (13/2), Quite By Chance (7/1), Top Gamble and Thomas Brown (11/1), Henri Parry Morgan and Tenor Nivernais (12/1), Shantou Flyer and Foxtail Hill (16/1), Shutthefrontdoor and Thomas Crapper (20/1), Solar Impulse (50/1)
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