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Cheltenham Festival Day Two Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 14

Horse Racing Betting
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.  

Randox Health Grand National 2017 Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting April 8

Horse Racing Betting
There are trends aplenty concerning the Grand National and most have already been covered on our site. My favourite is probably the one that tells us that there has only been one winner in the last 10 years not aged between nine and 11 - that was the eight-year-old Many Clouds two years ago. Only one 12-year-old, Amberleigh House in 2004, has won the great race in the last 20 years. But the Grand National has been more of a bookmakers' benefit than ever before in the last five years with the winners starting at 33/1, 66/1, 25/1, 25/1 and 33/1. Last year's winner, Rule The World, also bucked the trends as his success at Aintree was his first, and his last, over fences, though he did have plenty of experience. Mon Mome was a 100/1 when winning in 2009 and the first winner to start at those odds since the infamous Foinavon race of 1967 - that incident-packed contest will be commemorated in 50th anniversary celebrations this year. It is even harder to believe that it is 40 years since the legendary Red Rum won the first of his three Grand Nationals! It was always the case that a low handicap weight was favoured in the Aintree showpiece but there has been a shift in recent years as the race has successfully attracted a higher calibre of chaser. The handicapper has definitely started to give those situated at the top of the weights more of a chance and three of the last seven winners have carried between 11st 5lb and 11st 9lb. Nowadays, winning form over at least 3m in a race worth at least £12,000 is a useful pointer and the winner has normally had the experience of at least a dozen races over the larger obstacles. Proven stamina is essential as the Grand National is the longest race in the UK racing calendar and its history is littered with nearly horses who have been found wanting in the staying stakes on the long ran up to and beyond the Elbow on the final circuit. Needless to say, you also want to be onside with a runner that will not be scared to take on the big fences. This, of course, is the one race in which those who wouldn't normally be seen within an open tab of an online betting site will have a bet. Many novice punters will be looking for any name that has a personal meaning attached. Others will be reading sites like for clues. It's almost obligatory to back more than one horse, however, so let's put forward a selection from which to choose which might offer a bit of value.
  • THE YOUNG MASTER - only 2lb higher than when successful in last year's bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. Fell in the Becher Chase¬†at Aintree¬†in December but has had a light campaign and looked to be on the way back at Cheltenham last month. Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen has plenty of experience over the National fences and his mount is available at a general 20/1.
  • CAUSE OF CAUSES - is a three-times Cheltenham Festival winner and seems to love competing in big fields. He was eighth in 2015 when only a seven-year-old, has bags of stamina and jumps well on good ground. Another ridden by a very good amateur in Jamie Codd and currently a general 14/1.
  • BLAKLION - makes up for a lack of stature with the heart of a lion. His trainer won the Grand National in 2002 with the eight-year-old Bindaree and has been equally bullish about his challenger this year. Noel Fehily has said he wouldn't swap his mount for any other and he has the class to go close (currently a general 14/1)
  • THUNDER AND ROSES - currently a stand-out 40/1 with Skybet which will look generous if he's able to reproduce the form he showed when beating last year's hero, Rule The World, in the Irish National in 2015. Now¬†in the charge¬†of Rule the World's trainer Mouse Morris and not without a chance if a previous visit to Aintree hasn't soured his enthusiasm.
  • SAPHIR DE RHEU - hasn't quite lived up to expectations over fences given he was a top-class hurdler but maybe this unique test will give the Gold Cup fifth new purpose. The general 20/1 makes some appeal if he lasts the distance.
Important note: for the Grand National, covering the period from Thursday, April 6th at 4pm to Sunday, April 9th at 10am UK time, the standard sports free bets welcome offer at Skybet and all other bookmakers will not be valid, though BetVictor and Betway are both offering six places for each-way betting on the big race.

Randox Health Grand National Forecast Likely Odds

Definitly Red (8/1), One For Arthur and Vieux Lion Rouge (10/1), Blaklion and More Of That (12/1), Cause Of Causes and The Last Samuri (14/1), Pleasant Company, Saphir Du Rheu, The Young Master and Ucello Conti (16/1), Rogue Angel and Vicente (20/1), Highland Lodge and Raz De Maree (25/1), Double Shuffle, Houblon Des Obeaux, Just A Par, Le Mercurey, Measureofmydreams, Perfect Candidate, Roi Des Francs, Saint Are, Tenor Nivernais, Thunder And Roses and Wonderful Charm (33/1), Bishops Road, Doctor Harper, Drop Out Joe, Gas Line Boy, Goodtoknow, Lord Windermere, O'Faolains Boy, Regal Encore, Shantou Flyer, Stellar Notion and Wounded Warrior (50/1), Ballynagour, Cocktails At Dawn and La Vaticane (66/1)

Cheltenham Festival Day Three – Horse Racing Betting March 12

Horse Racing Betting
Willie Mullins, after his magnificent four winners on the first day, only managed one on day two at the Cheltenham Festival. But Don Poli could be a real superstar in the making after galloping to victory in the RSA Chase and is already only a best 7/1 with Betway, Coral, Ladbrokes and Boylesports to win the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He may not always appear keen but, boy, does he have an engine! The star of the show among the training ranks on the second afternoon was Paul Nicholls. The champion trainer saddled three winners with the highlight coming in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with Dodging Bullets. He should arguably have been sent off favourite on his form this season which included victory in the best trial, the Tingle Creek at Sandown. But punters went instead for former champions Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy. The latter could only manage fourth after looking in trouble a long way from home while the former was pulled up with connections fearing a recurrence of the injury which has seen him restricted to only two races in the last 18 months - we may have seen the last of the nine-year-old. Nicholls' other winners were Aux Ptits Son in the Coral Cup and Qualando in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and it's another big day on Thursday for the Ditcheat handler. He has the strongly-fancied Saphir De Rheu (6/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James) and Zarkandar (a general 11/2) in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. I would prefer the former but Whisper could also run a big race at William Hill's 11/1 as he wouldn't be the first to win this after failing to take to fences. He won the Coral Cup at The Festival last year and improved again to land a Grade 1 at Aintree ahead of the frustrating At Fisher's Cross (33/1 with Stan James) and Zarkandar, though Saphir De Rheu did give him weight and a beating in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las earlier. Nicholls would also have a chance with Ptit Zig (9/2 with Paddy Power) in the JLT Novices' Chase but Mullins' Vautour (9/4 with 888sport) looks the one to be on here. Course specialist John's Spirit could be the value bet in the Ryanair Chase at Paddy Power's 11/1 and three tough handicaps make up the rest of the day three card. Edeymi should go very close off bottom weight in the Pertemps Network Final at the general 9/1 - most bookmakers are paying up to fifth place in each-way betting in this one - while a big run from Attaglance in the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate at the general 12/1 is expected. Crack amateur Jamie Codd has already ridden one winner this week and will get the best out of the well-treated The Package in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase - he's a general 14/1.