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Royal Ascot 2018 Top Trainer and Jockey Betting – Horse Racing Odds June 19-23

Horse Racing Betting
There are a number of specials surrounding next week's Royal Ascot. The most popular are traditionally the markets surrounding Top Trainer and Top Jockey, though there are odds-on favourites in both. Aidan O'Brien has been Top Trainer at the Royal meeting for the past four years and a powerful team has been assembled to ensure the master of Ballydoyle takes the lion's share of the prize money again. O'Brien amassed a record tally of 28 Group or Grade 1 winners in 2017 and has already sent out two UK classic winners this season in Saxon Warrior and Forever Together. Rhododendron, U S Navy Flag, Hydrangea and Order Of St George are just a few of the stars that the Irish trainer will be sending over. Coral are among those layers offering 1/2 that O'Brien is top dog again this year but the Cashel-based team is not the only one expecting the winners to flow at Royal Ascot next week. John Gosden will run Cracksman and also has high hopes for the likes of Without Parole, Stream Of Stars, Lah Ti Dar and Stradivarius. The yard has been in cracking form so the general 7/2 will make plenty of appeal. Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team won the Epsom Derby a couple of weeks ago but the operation's leading trainer, Charlie Appleby, is as big as 14/1 to be Top Trainer at Royal Ascot and Sir Michael Stoute is 16/1 in places.

Royal Ascot 2018 Top Trainer Betting

Aidan O'Brien 8/11 John Gosden 7/2 Charlie Appleby 14/1 Sir Michael Stoute 16/1 Mark Johnston 25/1 William Haggas 25/1 Roger Varian 33/1 Wesley Ward 33/1 Clive Cox 50/1 Saeed bin Suroor 50/1 The Top Jockey betting is shaping up to be a match between Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori. Moore holds the record for most number of wins at a single Royal Ascot meeting, riding nine in 2015. He's been Top Jockey at the meeting for the past four seasons but Dettori has won 50 races down the years at Royal Ascot, including that famous 'Magnificent Seven' in 1996. The pair are backed by the two stables that are likely to dominate proceedings so will have plenty of ammunition and are 8/11 (William Hill) and 7/2 (Betway) respectively to top the charts in 2018. Godolphin's retained jockeys, James Doyle and William Buick, are respectively a best 10/1 and 12/1 but you can get 20/1 about Hamdam Al Maktoum's retained jockey Jim Crowley, even though he has a possible plum ride on Battaash in the King's Stand Stakes. Champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa is 33/1 with several bookmakers.

Royal Ascot 2018 Top Jockey Current Best Odds

Ryan Moore 8/11 Frankie Dettori 7/2 James Doyle 10/1 William Buick 12/1 Oisin Murphy 16/1 Jim Crowley 20/1 Adam Kirby 25/1 Andrea Atzeni 33/1 Silvester De Sousa 33/1 Jamie Spencer 40/1 Paul Hanagan 66/1

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)

Investec Oaks Latest News and Odds – Horse Racing Betting June 1

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Twenty one fillies are standing their ground with just over a week to go to the third Classic of the UK Flat season with more than half of the entries trained by Aidan O'Brien, though reports suggest Happily, who was third in the Qipco 1000 Guineas, will likely run in the Tattersall's Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh this weekend. However, Ballydoyle doesn't have the ante-post favourite or any of the current first three in the ante-post betting, even though the stable have won the race six times in total and three times in the last six years.

Investec Oaks Winners in the Last 20 Years

Year    Winner        Jockey               Trainer                 Owner                              Time
1998 Shahtoush Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Nagle / Magnier 2:38.23
1999 Ramruma Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:38.72
2000 Love Divine Richard Quinn Henry Cecil Lordship Stud 2:43.11
2001 Imagine Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Nagle / Magnier 2:36.70
2002 Kazzia Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:44.52
2003 Casual Look Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding William S. Farish III 2:38.07
2004 Ouija Board Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop Earl of Derby 2:35.41
2005 Eswarah Richard Hills Michael Jarvis Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:39.00
2006 Alexandrova Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:37.71
2007 Light Shift Ted Durcan Henry Cecil Niarchos Family 2:40.38
2008 Look Here Seb Sanders Ralph Beckett Julian Richmond-Watson 2:36.89
2009 Sariska Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Lady Bamford 2:35.28
2010 Snow Fairy Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Anamoine Ltd 2:35.77
2011 Dancing Rain Johnny Murtagh William Haggas Martin and Lee Taylor 2:41.73
2012 Was Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:38.68
2013 Talent Richard Hughes Ralph Beckett J Rowsell & M Dixon 2:42.00
2014 Taghrooda Paul Hanagan John Gosden Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:34.89
2015 Qualify Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez 2:37.41
2016 Minding Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:42.66
2017 Enable Frankie Dettori John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 2:34.13

Oaks History

The Oaks, restricted to fillies, if often viewed as inferior to the colts' Classic, The Derby, but it actually pre-dates its more famous relation. It was first run in 1779 and named after the country estate of its founder, the Earl Of Derby. The first winner, Bridget, was owned by the Earl. It's contested over 1m4f at Epsom and is intended to be the middle-distance championship for three-year-old fillies. Last year's winner, Enable, went on to prove herself as the best of her generation when winning the Arc de Triomphe in the autumn and the form is nearly always worth following later in the season. Bye Bye Baby won a Group 3 at the Curragh on her latest start but finished well beaten at Navan earlier when favourite and was behind the much less-exposed Hazel Bay and Sizzling. Magic Wand, who runs in the same colours, improved to beat another O'Brien filly, Forever Together, in the Cheshire Oaks and looks a better bet at 12/1 with William Hill. However, Magical is currently the shortest odds of his trainer's legions (11/1 with Sportingbet) with the step up in distance expected to suit the daughter of Galileo, though she was behind Wild Illusion in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last year. The Godolphin filly brings Classic form into the Oaks having finished an honourable fourth in the 1000 Guineas when just finding 1m on the short side. She is a best 7/1 for the Oaks but the superbly-bred Sea The Stars filly SEA OF CLASS oozed quality when sauntering to victory in the Fillies' Trial at Newbury and is more interesting at 10/1 with 888sport. A direct form line through Arcadian Cat gives William Haggas' charge every chance of beating current 9/4 favourite Lah Ti Dar and the longer distance should bring about even more improvement. That said, the Gosden filly is a real threat having won both races so far in impressive fashion. Injury robbed her full sister, So Mi Dar, of her chance to win the Oaks but it's currently all systems go for the Pretty Polly winner, who looks a high-class prospect.

Investec Oaks Current Best Odds

Lah To Dar 9/4, Wild Illusion 7/1, Sea Of Class 10/1, Magical, Bye Bye Baby and Forever Together 12/1, Perfect Clarity 14/1, Give And Take 16/1, Sun Maiden 20/1, I Can Fly 20/1, Ballet Shoes, Sizzling and Ejtyah 40/1, Flattering and Hazel Bay 50/1, Athena, Mrs Sippy, Broadway and Park Bloom 66/1  

Betfred November Handicap – Horse Racing Betting November 11

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A week later than usual, the curtain comes down on the 2017 Turf Flat season with the Betfred November Handicap, though the jockeys' and trainers' championship is now decided a few weeks earlier. Run over 1m4f at Doncaster, it usually attracts a bumper entry with the 15 that took part the last year being the smallest field in 20 years.

November Handicap History and Trends

The November Handicap can be trace its roots back to 1876. It used to be known as the Manchester November Handicap in those days as it was first run at New Barns, Manchester. Moved to Irwell in Salford in 1902, it was staged at Pontefract during the Second World War but returned to Irwell in 1946 until the track was closed in 1963. The race was transferred to Doncaster in 1964 and has been there ever since, adopting its current shortened title in 1976. There had been a definite swing towards older horses in recent years with four of the last five winners being five or older, though the three-year-old Prize Money bucked that trend last year. Malt Or Mash was the last three-year-old to win before that, in 2007. Litigant was successful off a mark of 106 in 2015 but the previous 29 horses to have been rated 100 or higher had been beaten. In fact, most recent winners have been rated between 89 and 99. One significant trend is that only one of the last six winners has started bigger than 10/1. It's unusual for a winner to have had more than seven runs in the season and most had won over 1m2f or further and to have had a break. Most winners had been in action in September of the same year or later. Though he's now had three runs, ROYAL LINE is still a big baby and takes a while to warm to his task. But this race usually turns into a bit of a slog and that will suit John Gosden's superbly-bred son of Dubawi, who possibly didn't stay 1m6f at Haydock. Considering still untapped potential, the 8/1 with 888sport looks a bit of value. Dance The Dream is 9/1 with 888sport and arrives off the back of a victory at Leicester, where he beat Top Tug (a general 12/1). Towerlands Park is an interesting runner as he was progressive on Polytrack at the end of last year. He ran well on his belated comeback at Newbury, considering he was too keen, and a first try over 1m4f should suit Michael Bell's charge, who runs in the famous Gredley colours worn by St Leger winner User Friendly - he is a 10/1 with several bookmakers. Wild Hacked also makes some appeal at 16/1 with sponsors Betfred.

Betfred November Handicap Current Best Odds

Royal Line 8/1, Dance The Dream 9/1, Saunter and Towerlands Park 10/1, Syphax and Top Tug 12/1, Chelsea Lad, Wild Hacked and Machine Learner 16/1, Euchen Glen and Niblawi 20/1, Al Destoor, Cohesion, Gawdawpalin, Sepal and Sir Chauvelin 25/1, Azari, Eddystone Rock and Minotaur 33/1, Fun Mac, Master The World, Mirsaale and Storm King 40/1

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

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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

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Betting and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 1

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With rain forecast for Chantilly at the weekend, punters have been hedging their bets in Sunday's Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe. There has been significant support for Aidan O'Brien's Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George as the classy stayer looks to improve on last year's third in Europe's richest horse race. He's now only a best 10/1 but ENABLE remains a hot favourite to win her sixth race in a row and her fifth in Group 1 company. John Gosden's brilliant filly is a still available at 10/11 on Betfair and is the one to beat granted luck in-running. Enable has already won almost £1.5million in prize money. She trounced older opposition in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July, including Juddmonte International winner Ulysses and Hardwicke Stakes winner Idaho. Genuine soft going might be a slight concern but it was good to soft at Ascot and she was always travelling comfortably. Ballydoyle has seven of the 20 four-day entries, including exceptional filly Winter and St Leger winner Capri as well as Idaho, who will be trying to reverse Ascot running along with Ulysses. German challenger Dschingis Secret arrives in peak form and win the Prix Foy on Trials Day at Chantilly and he's available at 12/1. Brametot won the French Derby at Chantilly in June but runs over 1m4f for the first time this Sunday and was below par last time at Deauville.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe History

The first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was run on Sunday 3 October, 1920. The inaugural running was won by Comrade, a three-year-old colt owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner's prize was 150,000 francs. In 1935, the event secured state funding by the means of a lottery, which awarded prizes according to the race result and the drawing of lots. The system was first used in 1936, and it continued until 1938. Government funding of the race resumed after WWII in 1949, with money obtained through the Loterie Nationale. Offering a jackpot of 50 million francs, this enabled a rapid increase of the prizes for both the "Arc" and its supporting races. By the 1970s, however, the assistance of the lottery had diminished, and the system was finally discontinued after the 1982 running. Since then the "Arc" has had several sponsors with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) the latest. The list of winners is like a who's who of middle-distance champions but there has only been four home-based winners in the last 10 years with three trained in Ireland, two in the UK and one in Germany - Enable is bidding to become John Gosden's second winner in the great race after Golden Horn's triumph in 2015.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Current Best Odds

Enable (10/11), Ulysses (7/1), Order Of St George (10/1), Dschingis Secret (12/1), Brametot, Winter and Capri (14/1), Zarak and Highland Reel (16/1), Satono Diamond (22/1), Cloth Of Stars (28/1), Cliffs Of Moher (33/1), Seventh Heaven (40/1), Idaho and Silverwave (50/1), Plumatic, One Foot In Heaven, Iquitos and Doha Dream (66/1), Satono Noblesse (200/1)

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Update – Horse Racing Odds

Horse Racing Betting
Trials Day at Chantilly failed to produce any clear market rival to hot favourite Enable in next month's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, even though her stablemate Cracksman was an easy winner of the Qatar Prix Niel. The colt was winning his second Group 2 contest in a row at Chantilly having been unlucky not win at the highest level this year but owner Anthony Oppenheimer poured cold water on the idea that he might be prepared to take on Enable in the Arc. Significantly, you can still get 10/1 with Paddy Power that Cracksman wins France's richest race next month when the three-year-old is as short as 3/1 with other bookmakers. Paddy Power is the biggest Irish bookmaker and are traditionally generous. Enable is a best Evens to win next month's Arc having already won four Group 1 races this year. There are fears that the filly could experience burnout at Chantilly having already had a busy season but rider Frankie Dettori is confident she'll turn up in France in peak condition - if that's the case, she must take all the beating. The much-improve Ulysees is also a best 10/1 while the globe-trotting Highland Reel is 14/1 to go one better than 12 months ago. Zarak is currently the shortest price of the home team.

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Betting Update

Enable (Evens), Cracksman and Ulysees (10/1), Highland Reel (14/1), Order Of St George, Dschingis Secret and Zarak (16/1), Bramatot (16/1), Satono Diamond and Waldgeist (20/1), Eminent, Capri and Jack Hobbs (25/1), Terrakova, Barnet Roy, Cloth Of Stars and Cliffs Of Moher (33/1)

Gigaset International Stakes Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting July 29

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The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Qipco) is no doubt the showpiece at Ascot this Saturday. But dual Oaks winner Enable is likely to start a short-priced favourite for the middle-distance Group 1 and the big betting heat on the card is the preceding Gigaset International Stakes.

Gigaset International Stakes Trends

The Gigaset International Stakes hadn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for fancied horses until Librisa Breeze landed a gamble last year - he was the first favourite to oblige in 10 years on his first run over 7f but did continue the outstanding recent trend which greatly favours four and five-year-olds. No horse aged older than five has won since the turn of the century and only one three-year-old has won in that time - none of the younger generation's two runners this time make much appeal either. None of the last 10 winners have carried more than 9st7lb with eight of those having an official rating between 95 and 104. Proven ability over 7f or further is an absolutely must according to the statistics but the draw gives us no real clues, though only two of the last 13 winners started from a single-figure draw. It's a big day for the John Gosden stable with Enable looking to better her elders in the King George and the stable has two runners in the Gigaset International Stakes. Remarkable, like Enable, will be partnered by Frankie Dettori and is a general 10/1 to go one better than at Newbury last week but JOHNNY BARNES makes more appeal at 33/1 with Ladbrokes. He wasn't far behind his stable companion at Newbury and gave the impression that the race will have brought him forward. He's a former Group 3 winner and likes some give in the ground. Stall 20 will give William Buick plenty of options and the five-year-old offers plenty of value. All new customers via receive a free £50 bet from Ladbrokes. Sign up (using promo code F50), deposit and place your a single bet with a stake of £5 or more to receive a free bet up to £50 bet. Conditions state that free bet will be credited when initial bet has been settled. The stake is not returned on winning free bets and it's only one free bet per customer. The free bet must be used within 7 days, otherwise it will expire. To avail of this free bet all you need to do is register with site via their homepage and deposit your money. Once you place your first single bet, Ladbrokes will match this to the value of the bet. All participants must be 18 or over. Minimum bets are £1 with the maximum stakes will depend on the odds offered. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Ladbrokes. If you are a newcomer and spoilt by choice in online bookmakers, then look no further than here. Ladbrokes offer quality and are one of the most successful bookmakers in the world. Fastnet Tempest has long looked an individual who would benefit from the re-fitting of headgear and he was far from disgraced in the Royal Hunt Cup (when Remarkable was sixth). He shouldn't be be overly inconvenienced by the return to 7f but is vying for favouritism with Makzeem at around 7/1. The latter finished second in the Bunbury Cup consolation race (Fawareeq was third and Swift Approval fourth) at Newmarket and that was only the four-year-old's second run over 7f. There should be more to come for that stable that last won this in 2007.

Gigaset International Stakes Ladbrokes' Current Odds

Fastnet Tempest and Makzeem (7/1), Remarkable and Flaming Spear (10/1),  Viscount Barfield and Gossiping (12/1), Above The Rest and Yuften (16/1), Havre De Paix (18/1), Fawaareq, Squats and Heaven's Guest (20/1), Firmament, Big Time, Jack Dexter, Johnny Barnes, Withernsea and Mijack (25/1), Buckstay (28/1), Family Fortunes, Sir Roderic, Top Score, Burnt Sugar, Mount Tahan and Nicholas T (33/1), Shady McCoy and Swift Approval (40/1), Stamp Hill (50/1)

Champions Day 2016 Preview and Odds – Horse Racing Betting October 15

Horse Racing Betting
While Champions Day at Ascot doesn't bring down the curtain on the UK Flat racing season, it does signal the final weekend of the Jockeys' and Trainers' Championship and is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner. What a meeting from which to draw memories over the months ahead, however! There are four Group 1 races, a Group 2 and a tough handicap in which a sharpened pin may be the best way of finding the winner. With almost ¬£3/4 million in prize money, the Qipco Champion Stakes is just the day's most valuable race. Given the state of the British pound, it's value has decreased for raiders from France and Ireland but four of the 11 runners have still travelled from overseas (three from Ireland and one from France) . Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Found deserved her big-race success in¬†Paris having only found one too good in her previous five runs in Group 1 company. But Chantilly must surely have taken something out of¬†the Ballydoyle filly, who has run three times at Ascot previously without winning.¬†I just can't see her reversing¬†Irish Champion Stakes winner ALMANZOR with Jean-Claude Rouget's colt a deserving¬†13/8 favourite with Paddy Power given he's won his last four, two of them at the highest level over¬†1m2f -¬† recent rain is in his favour. When you become a new customer of Paddy Power via you automatically receive a free ¬£30 bet but this is only activated when you, as a new customer, place a minimum stake of ¬£10 with minimum odds of 1.50 (1/2). When that is done Paddy Power will give you 3 free bets of ¬£10 each (3 x ¬£10). This offer is only valid for new customers. Any possible winnings will be displayed on the betting receipt. This will include the stake but because this is a free offer, the stake will not be returned, only the winnings. This offer can only be used¬†at Paddy Power and only in their sportsbook; it cannot be used in any other part of the Paddy Power website. Although Paddy Power accepts payment from Skrill/Moneybookers and Neteller, they do not accept these methods of payment for this free bet offer. Terms and conditions apply, please see full details directly at Paddy Power. Minding was third behind Almanzor and Found at Leopardstown but hasn't run over a mile since beaten by Jet Setting in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May. The former is only a best 2/1 for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes so the latter is far too big at a general 16/1 but RIBCHESTER may beat both. Richard Fahey has always believed in the Godolphin colt and he's justified that faith, reversing Qipco 2,000 Guineas form with Galileo Gold at Goodwood and Deauville. Like with Almanzor, he'll relish every drop of rain that has fallen on Ascot and can win again at a widely-available 5/2. Even if Aidan O'Brien is out of luck later on, he should already have been celebrating following the British Champions Filles & Mares Stakes as SEVENTH HEAVEN has not stopped improving all year. She didn't handle the course in the Oaks at Epsom but beat Architecture in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh and stayed on too strongly for Found in the Yorkshire Oaks last time. She's a real superstar and can outstay Chantilly winner Speedy Boarding at the general 9/4. Quiet Reflection's only defeat in her last seven came when third behind Limato in the July Cup. She won the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot in June and beat The Tin Man in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock last time so there will be plenty of interest in the 11/4 available for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. However, there is a question mark over the form of her stable at present and¬†there are some cracking sprinters lining up to take her on. Fling machine Mecca's Angel steps up a furlong to take on the younger filly while SHALAA won two Group 1 races as a juvenile and returned from injury to win a Group 3 a shade cosily over course and distance. ¬†If John Gosden's three-year-old has improved for that, he's attractively priced at 11/2 in a couple of places. Francois Rohaut's Signs Of Blessing is no slouch either¬†but was only third behind Twilight Son in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot earlier in the year, though not beaten far.    

Ladbrokes St Leger Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting September 10

Horse Racing Betting
Ladbrokes' sponsorship of the final, and oldest, classic of the UK Flat season comes to an end this year and there appears little prospect of it being extended. Under new British Horse Racing Authority regulations, bookmakers must be a preferred betting partner of the BHA to sponsor races that come under their jurisdiction. Ladbrokes have declined to join the scheme so the St Leger will be looking for a new sponsor next year. All new customers, via, can receive a free £50 bet from Ladbrokes. Sign up (using promo code F50), deposit and place your a single bet with a stake of £5 or more to receive a free bet up to £50 bet. Conditions state that free bet will be credited when initial bet has been settled. The stake is not returned on winning free bets and it's only one free bet per customer. The free bet must be used within 7 days, otherwise it will expire. All you need to do is register with site via their homepage and deposit your money. Once you place your first single bet Ladbrokes will match this to the value of the bet. All participants must be 18 or over. Minimum bets are £1 with the maximum stakes will depend on the odds offered. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Ladbrokes. Incidentally, Ladbrokes are also offering money back as a free bet on losers if Idaho wins - that's some consolation! The St Leger continually strives to match the profile of the Guineas and Derby meetings and has often fallen out of favour. Few colts attempt the Triple Crown of 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger nowadays and those that do often come up short and dent their reputation. In these days of multi-million pound sires and breeding operations, every defeat can affect stud values. But, thankfully, there are some leading trainers who continue to give the St Leger whole-hearted support. One of those is Aidan O'Brien, who will probably be on Town Moor this Saturday even though there is a big meeting at Leopardstown taking place at the same time.

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 three of the nine runners this year including hot favourite Idaho. Laura Mongan will be hoping to make history by becoming the first woman to train the winner of the £700,000 race when she saddles Harbour Law. The Ladbrokes 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. 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 Muntahaa this year. I was at a Cheltenham preview night in Doncaster earlier this week. The expert panel all agreed that Idaho has the best form in the race. He collared pace-making stablemate Housesofparliament in the Great Voltigeur at York and won going away. That race is recognised as the best trial for this and Seamie Heffernan's mount had earlier been placed in both the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby. I've got to be honest, I just can't see beyond IDAHO (a best 4/5 with Betway) but you'll needto stake plenty to make backing him worthwhile. Frankie Dettori was on that expert panel and was one of a few who put forward Ballydoyle's third runner Sword Fighter as an each-way alternative at a best 14/1. Frankie isn't riding at Doncaster this Saturday but knows what he's talking about when it comes to the oldest classic as he rode Conduit to victory in 2008. Sword Fighter beat Harbour Law over 2m in the Queen's Vase at Ascot in June and is a promising stayer who would relish the forecast rain but I can't get interested in Muntahaa, who struggled to win a Listed handicap atChester last time when apparently well handicapped. If I was going to oppose the favourite, Ventura Storm would probably be my choice (20/1 with Betway) as he beat Ormito in Germany in July and followed that up with victory in a Group 3 at Deauville - he's come on in leaps and bounds since well beaten in the French Derby.

St Leger Current Best Odds

Idaho (4/5), Muntahaa (9/2), Housesofparliament (7/1), Sword Fighter (14/1), Ventura Storm (20/1), Harbour Law and Ormito (25/1), Harrison (50/1), The Tartan Spartan (100/1)

Temple Stakes Preview and Odds – Horse Racing Betting May 21

Horse Racing Betting
What a superb weekend of racing we have in store - on both sides of the Irish Sea. Ireland stages its first classics of 2016 with the 2000 Guineas seeing the reappearance of Galileo Gold, our 14/1 tip for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. The favourite that day, Air Force Blue, attempts to redeem his reputation and is one of four Aidan O'Brien runners. There is also top-class racing at Goodwood, York and Haydock in England with the Group 2 Temple Stakes being the feature at the Lancashire track.

Temple Stakes History and Trends

The Temple Stakes was first run in 1965. Originally held at Sandown Park, it was transferred to its present venue in 2008 and remains a valuable trial for next month's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Geoff Wragg's filly Cassandra Go was the last horse to complete the double in 2001. Three-year-olds have a decent record in this sprint considering few have been forward enough to take on their elders. Only one, Kachy, takes his chance this year and he looks to have a bit to find on official ratings - he is a general 16/1, despite having won all three starts over 5f. Only one winner since the turn of the century has been trained outside of the UK. That was Sole Power in 2011 and Eddie Lynam's sprinter is back for more. But he's now nine and recent efforts have suggested he's on a downward curve - he is a best 14/1 this time with bet365, though older sprinters don't fare badly in the Group 2 overall. Nearly all winners had won previously over 5f but only Aeolus (25/1 with bet365) falls outside that category this year. Very few winners hadn't had a run the same year so that's a worry for supporters of Pearl Secret (a best 20/1) and the general 9/4 favourite Mecca's Angel. More rain would have suited Michael Dods' mare, who beat a number of this weekend's rivals when landing the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August. Several of these ran in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last month in which Profitable (9/1 with Coral) came out on top. But WAADY (8/1 with the same firm) started favourite that day and wasn't beaten far, having become a little unbalanced entering the dip on the Rowley Mile. Faster conditions are forecast at Haydock and that will suit John Gosden's colt, who can recoup losses. Muthmir (still available at 13/2) runs in the same colours and demands the utmost respect on last year's form which included victories in a Group 2 at Chantilly and the King George Stakes at Goodwood. But he was behind Mecca's Angel at York and Goldream (a general 14/1) in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp subsequently.

Temple Stakes Current Best Odds

Mecca's Angel (9/4), Muthmir (13/2), Waady (8/1), Profitable (9/1), Goldream and Sole Power (14/1), Kachy (16/1), Take Cover (18/1), Pearl Secret, Move In Time and Sir Maximilian (20/1), Cotai Glory and Steps (25/1), Aeolus (28/1), Justineo (33/1), Iffranesia (100/1)

Racing Post Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 24

Horse Racing Betting
It's a brave man that ignores anything trained by Aidan O'Brien in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. The last Group 1 race of the UK Flat season has been won by O'Brien's Ballydoyle operation on seven previous occasions. Past winners include the likes of Brian Boru, High Chaparral, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot. All four went on to glittering careers with the latter almost completing England's triple crown in 2012 when beaten less than a length in the St Leger at Doncaster. Only the Irish trainer will know if any of his three entries in this year's Racing Post Trophy have been showing the same promise at home. But all three have already produced on the racecourse. Port Douglas won the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last month under Emmet McNamara. Johannes Vermeer has already won a Group 3 at Leopardstown and was only beaten a length-and-a-half when fourth in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp at the start of this month but perhaps O'Brien's best hope of an eighth victory lies with Deauville. The trainer's son Joseph takes the ride on the Galileo colt, who has entries in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas next year as well as the Epsom Derby. He won his first two at Listowel and Leopardstown but was put in his place behind Foundation in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket four weeks ago and John Gosden's unbeaten colt re-opposes on Town Moor. Paddy Power are among several bookmakers offering best odds of Evens on Foundation in their Racing Post Trophy Betting - he was impressive despite racing freely at Newmarket. Deauville is 10/3 with the Dublin-based bookmaker but 7/2 in other places. There has been late money for Mengli Khan, however, with the Nottingham maiden winner now a best 9/1 with betway among others - the latter will give you a free bet equal to your stake if your selection finishes second and is beaten less than a length. Mengli Khan obviously has a lot to find on the evidence so far but the support is significant given that Hugo Palmer's stable has been in such good form lately.

2015 Racing Post Trophy Odds

Evens Foundation, 7/2 Deauville, 7/1 Johannes Vermeer, 8/1 Mengli Khan, 8/1 Tony Curtis, 20/1 Port Douglas, 40/1 Marcel.

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Odds – Horse Racing Betting October 4

Horse Racing Betting
Treve is the darling of Parisian racegoers, who are sure to be swamping the Pari-Mutuel with their support on Sunday ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Criquette Head-Maarek's wonder mare is bidding for an unprecedented hat-trick in the Longchamp showpiece and was made odds-on by most bookmakers after romping to a six-length win in her prep race, the Prix Vermeille, last month. But the confidence has been draining away over the last few days and the five-year-old can now be backed at 11/10 with Paddy Power, 888sport, betway and betfair to rewrite the history books. She is undoubtedly the one to beat on form and has more than vindicated the decision to keep her in training but Paris has been unseasonably warm and dry for well over a week and, with the ground firming up, Treve's prospects are diminishing by the minute even though she looks well drawn in stall eight. A high draw can be a real problem over 1m4f at Longchamp in big fields and Aidan O'Brien's filly Found, stepping up in trip, is out to 25/1 with Coral having been allocated stall 15. Alongside her is her Irish Champion Stakes conqueror Golden Horn, who has already won the Epsom Derby and the Coral-Eclipse this year. He's still only 5/1, however, with most bookmakers despite the fact that his best distance is probably 1m2f. Free Eagle (a general 16/1) is also better over the shorter trip and looks held on Leopardstown running. Golden Horn's trainer John Gosden also runs Eagle Top (a general 50/1), who was only beaten a nose in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July and would have each-way claims on that form while Flintshire (20/1 with several bookmakers) got back to winning ways in a Grade 1 in the States in August and had run Treve to a length-and-a-quarter at Saint-Cloud earlier, reversing Meydan form with Dolniya (a general 40/1). NEW BAY can deny Treve her record with Paddy Power and 888sport's 5/1 well worth an interest. That's an each-way bet to nothing with the latter, who are one of several layers offering one quarter the odds for place purposes. Andre Fabre's French Derby winner relished the step up to 1m4f in the Prix Niel at Longchamp last month, beating Silverwave (80/1 with betway) and Erupt (a general 33/1) under a hands and heels ride from Vincent Cheminaud. He won on good ground as a juvenile so conditions won't be a problem.

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Betting Update – Horse Racing Odds October 4

Horse Racing Betting
Treve has been made a best Evens for an unprecedented hat-trick in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month after a highly-impressive victory in the Qatar Prix Vermeille on Trials Day at Longchamp on Sunday. The French mare, winner of the Arc in each of the last two years, warmed up for the big middle-distance showdown by making amends for her eclipse in the Prix Vermeille last year when only fourth. Bookmakers reacted with typical ruthlessness,¬†with Paddy Power¬†and William Hill both now only offering 4/5 against Criquette Head-Maarek's brilliant¬†five-year-old at Longchamp on October 4th. She's clearly as good as ever after her usual mid-term break and will probably start at very short odds on the day itself when her adoring public get stuck into the Pari-Mutuel - she'll likely take all the beating if turning up in the same mood. New Bay was also a significant mover in the Arc market after winning the Qatar Prix Niel on the same trials card in Paris - the colt is now a general 5/1 second favourite. New Bay won the Prix du Jockey Club at Longchamp in May and his trainer, Andre Fabre, has a terrific record in the Arc. While the three-year-old colt may not have beaten much, the manner of his victory was impressive and he's probably still improving. The UK challenge is likely to be headed by Postponed but he's available at 20/1 with several bookmakers. The King George winner had to be ridden out to land the Qatar Prix Foy on Sunday, though he's the type who only does as much as is required and the likely strong pace in the Arc should suit. Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes winner Golden Horn won't be going to Paris if the ground is soft, however. The Epsom Derby winner lost his unbeaten record¬†to Arabian Queen at York on ground with plenty of give and the latter was easily brushed aside by Treve at the weekend.¬†¬†His target is more likely to be the Champion Stakes at Ascot with John Gosden relying on Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs (10/1 with Paddy Power) instead in Paris - you can still have¬†a bet on Golden Horn at a general 7/1 if you wish.