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Cheltenham Festival Day Three Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 15

Cheltenham Festival
MODUS might be the value in the JLT Novices' Chase, which kicks off day three of the Cheltenham Festival. By his own high standards, Paul Nicholls hasn't had the best of seasons and doesn't have as many entries as normal at this year's Festival. But the former champion trainer believes he's found the right race for his charge, a 156-rated hurdler who travels strongly in his races and normally jumps well (his only defeat over fences came when falling at Exeter). Ditcheat still houses some very classy National Hunt horses and you can get 8/1 against Modus, who has run well at Cheltenham in the past.

JLT Novices' Chase Current Best Odds

Invitation Only 3/1, Terrefort 4/1, Finian's Oscar and Benatar 7/1, Modus 8/1, Shattered Love 17/2, Bigmartre and Snow Falcon 16/1, Kemboy 20/1, West Approach 40/1 Trainer Jedd O'Keeffe has faced some battles of his own in the past and his stable star SAM SPINNER is cast in the same mould. A dream ride for Joe Colliver, the stayer announced his arrival on the big stage when making all in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December, beating a few of his rivals in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle in the process. Costing a mere ¬£12,000, it's a big day for connections as the six-year-old starts favourite for a Grade 1 contest at the Cheltenham Festival but the gelding has become a tough nut to crack when he has his conditions - ground on the heavy side of soft - and can justify a general quote of 4/1 ahead of the more-exposed Festival regulars Supasundae and Yanworth. UN DE SCEAUX and LAURINA can give the Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh combination yet another double in the Ryanair Chase and Trull House Stud Mares' Novice Hurdle respectively but the three handicaps on Thursday's card look less straightforward. That said, Patrick Mullins looks to have a fine chance of his own double on MALL DINI in Fulke Walwyn Challenge Cup Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase. The Irish amateur won Tuesday's National Hunt Chase on Rathvinden and now partners a former Festival winner who was fifth in the race last year under Katie Walsh and has been lightly raced since, though the general 5/1 is giving nothing away. Others with similar claims at bigger odds include Final Nudge (25/1 with William Hill) and Missed Approach, a general 12/1. It's lucky pin time with the regards to the Pertemps Network Final and Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase but DRUMCLIFF is better than he showed last time at Warwick over a trip too short and could reward each-way support at 25/1 with William Hill in the latter.    
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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.  
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Randox Health Grand National Weights and Odds – Horse Racing Betting April 14

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Following the somewhat chaotic announcement of the Grand National weights Blaklion, compared to the incomparable Red Rum by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, remains favourite for April's Aintree showpiece though there has been serious support for Willie Mullins' Total Recall. Willie Mullins' stayer, now only a best 20/1 with Unibet, is unbeaten so far this season. But Blaklion's odds, a general 10/1, will contract further if he wins this Saturday's Grand National Trial at Haydock, which we will be previewing fully in the next 48 hours. Twiston-Davies has won the Grand National twice before and his charge has already jumped twice around Aintree's big fences without making a semblance of a mistake. However, it may not be the fences that stop the nine-year-old. He isn't a big horse and will have to carry at least 11st 6lb. Red Rum, of course, regularly used to carry 12st but he was an anomaly.

Grand National 2018 Weights

1) DEFINITLY RED (IRE) 9 11-10 165 Phil & Julie Martin, Brian Ellison 2) BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 7 11-09 164 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Nigel Twiston-Davies 3) EDWULF 9 11-09 164 J P McManus, Joseph O'Brien IRE 4) OUTLANDER (IRE) 10 11-08 163 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE 5) MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 8 11-07 162 J P McManus, Jonjo O'Neill 6) BLAKLION 9 11-06 161 Simon Such & Gino Paletta, Nigel Twiston-Davies 7) SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) 9 11-05 160 Gigginstown House Stud, Henry de Bromhead IRE 8) ANIBALE FLY (FR) 8 11-04 159 J P McManus, Tony Martin IRE 9) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 10 11-04 159 Paul & Clare Rooney, Kim Bailey 10) MALA BEACH (IRE) 10 11-03 158 Chris Jones, Gordon Elliott IRE 11) VALSEUR LIDO (FR) 9 11-03 158 Gigginstown House Stud, Henry de Bromhead IRE 12) AMERICAN (FR) 8 11-02 157 The Jago Family Partnership, Harry Fry 13) TOTAL RECALL (IRE) 9 11-01 156 Slaneyville Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE 14) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 8 11-00 155 Gigginstown House Stud, Mouse Morris IRE 15) GOLD PRESENT (IRE) 8 11-00 155 John & Barbara Cotton, Nicky Henderson 16) NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE) 9 10-13 154 Chris Jones, Gordon Elliott IRE 17) PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 11 10-13 154 ISL Recruitment, Fergal O'Brien 18) SIZING CODELCO (IRE) 9 10-13 154 Ann & Alan Potts Limited, Colin Tizzard 19) CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 10 10-12 153 J P McManus, Gordon Elliott IRE 20) SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) 8 10-12 153 Carl Hinchy, Richard Hobson 21) CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 12 10-11 152 J P McManus, John Kiely IRE 22) O O SEVEN (IRE) 8 10-11 152 Christopher Hanbury, Nicky Henderson 23) TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 11 10-11 152 Boultbee Brooks Ltd, Venetia Williams 24) GO CONQUER (IRE) 9 10-10 151 Paul & Clare Rooney, Jonjo O'Neill 25) TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR) 8 10-10 151 Galloping On The South Downs Partnership, Gary Moore 26) VICENTE (FR) 9 10-10 151 Trevor Hemmings, Paul Nicholls 27) ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR) 8 10-09 150 Slaneyville Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE 28) RATHVINDEN (IRE) 10 10-09 150 Ronnie Bartlett, Willie Mullins IRE 29) REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 10 10-09 150 J P McManus, Anthony Honeyball 30) TIGER ROLL (IRE) 8 10-09 150 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE 31) VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 9 10-09 150 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent, David Pipe 32) A GENIE IN ABOTTLE (IRE) 7 10-08 149 Gigginstown House Stud, Noel Meade IRE 33) AS DE MEE (FR) 8 10-08 149 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench, Paul Nicholls 34) CHASE THE SPUD 10 10-08 149 Christine Banks, Fergal O'Brien 35) ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE) 8 10-08 149 Diana Whateley, Philip Hobbs 36) SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 10 10-08 149 Quona Thomson, Sandy Thomson 37) WARRIORS TALE 9 10-08 149 Michelle & Dan Macdonald, Paul Nicholls 38) BELLSHILL (IRE) 8 10-07 148 Andrea & Graham Wylie, Willie Mullins IRE 39) FLYING ANGEL (IRE) 7 10-07 148 Rob Rexton, Nigel Twiston-Davies 40) GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 12 10-07 148 The Three Graces, Ian Williams 41) PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 10 10-07 148 Malcolm C Denmark, Willie Mullins IRE 42) THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) 8 10-07 148 SprayClad UK, Colin Tizzard 43) BEEVES (IRE) 11 10-06 147 Paul & Clare Rooney, Jennie Candlish 44) SAINT ARE (FR) 12 10-06 147 David Fox, Tom George 45) UCELLO CONTI (FR) 10 10-06 147 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Gordon Elliott IRE 46) VYTA DU ROC (FR) 9 10-06 147 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Nicky Henderson 47) CAROLE'S DESTRIER 10 10-05 146 Carole Skipworth, Neil Mulholland 48) LONG HOUSE HALL (IRE) 10 10-05 146 Carl Hinchy, Dan Skelton 49) POLIDAM (FR) 9 10-05 146 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, Willie Mullins IRE 50) RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 13 10-05 146 James Swan Gavin Cromwell IRE 51) ABOLITIONIST (IRE) 10 10-04 145 Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman Dr Richard Newland 52) BAIE DES ILES (FR) 7 10-04 145 Zorka Wentworth, Ross O'Sullivan IRE 53) BUYWISE (IRE) 11 10-04 145 T Hywel Jones, Evan Williams 54) CHILDRENS LIST (IRE) 8 10-04 145 Susannah Ricci, Willie Mullins IRE 55) I JUST KNOW (IRE) 8 10-04 145 M B Scholey & the late R H Scholey, Sue Smith 56) MAGGIO (FR) 13 10-04 145 Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont, Patrick Griffin IRE 57) PENDRA (IRE) 10 10-04 145 J P McManus, Charlie Longsdon 58) VIRGILIO (FR) 9 10-04 145 C J Edwards, D Futter, A H Rushworth, Dan Skelton 59) CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) 9 10-03 144 Stuart Coltherd, Stuart Coltherd 60) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 11 10-03 144 Mrs Julian Blackwell, Venetia Williams 61) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 12 10-03 144 Dr Ronan Lambe, Jim Culloty IRE 62) SILSOL (GER) 9 10-03 144 Michelle & Dan Macdonald, Paul Nicholls 63) THIRD INTENTION (IRE) 11 10-03 144 Robert & Sarah Tizzard, Colin Tizzard 64) THREE FACES WEST (IRE) 10 10-03 144 Paul & Clare Rooney, Philip Hobbs 65) WILD WEST WIND (IRE) 9 10-03 144 Simon Clarke, Tom George 66) BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 13 10-02 143 Adrian Butler & S P O'Connor, Gordon Elliott IRE 67) DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) 12 10-02 143 Options O Syndicate, Nigel Twiston-Davies 68) FINAL NUDGE (IRE) 9 10-02 143 Corbett Stud, David Dennis 69) MILANSBAR (IRE) 11 10-02 143 Robert Bothway, Neil King 70) MORNING ASSEMBLY (IRE) 11 10-02 143 Clipper Logistics Group Ltd, Pat Fahy IRE 71) DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE) 8 10-01 142 McGoldrick Racing 3, Sue Smith 72) ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) 11 10-01 142 Gigginstown House Stud, Noel Meade IRE 73) THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 10 10-01 142 Gigginstown House Stud, Mouse Morris IRE 74) SAMETEGAL (FR) 9 10-00 141 John & Barbara Cotton, Paul Nicholls 75) VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) 8 10-00 141 Trevor Hemmings, Sue Smith 76) WALK IN THE MILL (FR) 8 10-00 141 Baroness Harding, Robert Walford 77) GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE) 9 9-12 139 Gigginstown House Stud, Gordon Elliott IRE 78) VIC DE TOUZAINE (FR) 9 9-12 139 Andrew Brooks & G Moore, Venetia Williams 79) VIEUX MORVAN (FR) 9 9-12 139 M L Bloodstock, Joseph O'Brien IRE 80) WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE) 9 9-12 139 Gigginstown House Stud, Noel Meade IRE 81) ARBRE DE VIE (FR) 8 9-11 138 Susannah Ricci, Willie Mullins IRE 82) BALLYALTON (IRE) 11 9-11 138 John Westwood, Ian Williams 83) BONNY KATE (IRE) 8 9-11 138 Patricia Hunt, Noel Meade IRE 84) COGRY 9 9-11 138 Graham & Alison Jelley, Nigel Twiston-Davies 85) MISSED APPROACH (IRE) 8 9-11 138 Alan & Andrew Turner, Warren Greatrex 86) MYSTEREE (IRE) 10 9-11 138 Mrs Lynne Maclennan, Michael Scudamore 87) SIR MANGAN (IRE) 10 9-11 138 Frank McAleavy, Dan Skelton 88) SPLASH OF GINGE 10 9-11 138 John Neild, Nigel Twiston-Davies 89) BRAQUEUR D'OR (FR) 7 9-10 137 Corsellis & Seyfried, Paul Nicholls 90) MINELLA DADDY (IRE) 8 9-10 137 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar, Peter Bowen 91) PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE) 9 9-10 137 Fibbage Syndicate, Willie Mullins IRE 92) RELENTLESS DREAMER (IRE) 9 9-10 137 Nigel Morris, Rebecca Curtis 93) KNOCK HOUSE (IRE) 9 9-09 136 Tim Leslie, Donald McCain 94) THE YOUNG MASTER 9 9-08 135 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters, Neil Mulholland 95) ALFIE SPINNER (IRE) 13 9-06 133 Alan Beard & Brian Beard, Kerry Lee 96) HENRI PARRY MORGAN 10 9-06 133 Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan, Peter Bowen 97) PHIL'S MAGIC (IRE) 8 9-06 133 Lyreen Syndicate, Tony Martin IRE 98) BRAVISSIMO (FR) 7 9-05 132 Susannah Ricci, Willie Mullins IRE 99) DANCING SHADOW (IRE) 9 9-05 132 The Dancing Shadows, Victor Dartnall 100) ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 10 9-05 132 Gigginstown House Stud, Mouse Morris IRE 101) THEBARROWMAN (IRE) 8 9-04 131 D Keys, Adrian Keatley IRE 102) OUT SAM 9 9-03 130 D Charlesworth, Gordon Elliott IRE 103) KRACKATOA KING 10 9-00 127 JC Harrison Lee & T Howard Partnership, Kerry Lee Champion trainer Nicky Henderson is hoping that Gold Present is the chaser that finally wins him that first Grand National. A general 25/1 having won both starts this season at Newbury and Ascot, he did fall in the Topham at Aintree last year however. Otherwise, many of those prominent in the betting are proven over the Grand National fences. The Last Samuri, still 10lb higher than when runner-up in 2016, is a general 20/1 with recent form tied in closely with the likes of Blaklion and recent Cheltenham winner Definitly Red, who started second favourite last year but was hampered in the early stages and eventually pulled up. Brian Ellison's charge is due to carry top weight this time. Last year's second Cause Of Causes is a general 25/1 but, at the weights and current odds, I'd be more interested in another Gordon Elliott-trained runner - General Principle - who has been brought along quietly this season and is available at 100/1 with Unibet. Sue Smith's progressive stayer¬†I Just Know can also be backed at 100/1 with Sportingbet.  
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Ladbrokes Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting December 2

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Ladbrokes Trophy History and Trends

The most important staying chase in the first half of the National Hunt season, the Ladbrokes Trophy was first staged at Cheltenham in 1957. It moved to Newbury in 1960 and has been at the Berkshire course ever since. Jumping superstars Mandarin, Arkle and Denman are the only horses to have won the race more than once and it's hard to believe that it is seven years since the latter defied 11st 12lb to complete his double. Contested over three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs, the race is a true test of jumping ability and staying power and a genuine trial for the Grand National next April - the ill-fated Many Clouds did the double in 2014/15. Bob's Worth won the Hennessy in 2012 and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following spring and this year's renewal looks well up to standard, though it's going to be odd calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy when everyone in racing knows it better as the Hennessy Gold Cup. All of the last five winners have carried at least 11st 1lb and class is becoming increasingly important. Only four of this year's field fall into that category, including 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree. But, apart from Denman in 2009, no winner since the turn of the century has been aged older than nine so the top weight, pulled up on his reappearance at Wetherby, is passed over. Of the last seven winners, only one has had a bigger SP than 10/1. Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both trained the winner three times since 2002 so their combined representatives, numbering four in total, are obviously worth a second look. Henderson's Whisper (a general 8/1) is one of those that fits most trends and he's already won this season, a match at Kempton. But that's earned the gelding a penalty and there may be a few who are better handicapped including stablemate Vyta Du Roc, 12/1 with the sponsors and sure to strip fitter for a pipe-opener over hurdles. Paul Nicholls runs the fast-improving Present Man (a general 16/1) and Braqueur D'or (a general 33/1), but this is a stiff task for both. Willie Mullins won this in 2002 with Be My Royal but no Irish-trained runner has been successful since. However, the yard have Munster National winner Total Recall entered this year and he is currently favourite at 5/1. Stable companion Pleasant Company has less obvious claims but no big chase would be complete without a Gigginstown runner and Noel Meade's A Genie In Abottle is bidding to make three out of three this season under Sean Flanagan. AMERICAN (7/1 with Ladbrokes) didn't make it to Cheltenham or Aintree last season so didn't test himself against the very best but he remains a high-class staying prospect and a further 9lb rise in the weights is fully justified judged by the way he demolished a decent field at Uttoxeter in March. The second has already won this term and earlier victories at Exeter and Warwick have also worked out well. He's entered in both the Welsh National and Cheltenham Gold Cup and they will be realistic targets if he extends his unbeaten record over fences at Newbury. Of those further down the weights, Cheltenham first and second - Cogry and Singlefarmpayment- have attracted support and are a best 20/1 and 7/1 respectively but the former does still take the odd risk at his fences and jumping is paramount around here.

Ladbrokes Trophy Current Best Odds

Total Recall 5/1, American and Singlefarmpayment 7/1, Whisper 8/1, A Genie In Abottle and Vyta Du Roc 12/1, Coneygree 14/1, Present Man and Royal Vacation 16/1, Cogry 20/1, Carole's Destrier, Missed Approach and Pleasant Company 25/1, Label Des Obeaux, Braqueur D'or, Southfield Royale and Potters Legend 33/1, Pilgrims Bay, Bigbadjohn and Double Ross 40/1, Regal Encore 50/1
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Betfred Cesarewitch Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 14

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The first leg of the Autumn Double, the Betfred Cambridgeshire, was won by 50/1 chance Dolphin Vista so good luck to the fortunate few with money running on to this weekend's second leg, the Betfred Cesarewitch. Betfred are ending their sponsorship of UK racing so this is the last year that the two races will bear their name. But it will be a surprise if there aren't other bookmakers queueing up to take over as these are the races that betting firms love to be associated with and promote. The layers should be in full control of a race featuring 30-plus fairly closely-matched handicappers and punters have definitely come of worse in recent years in the Cesarewitch. Betfred are strong supporters of sports, putting sponsorship towards snooker and football. They are a highly popular bookmaker and are able to operate on a user-friendly and fun platform which pulls in other great features like live in-play betting, live sports and the always-popular Tote. Sweet Selection, 12 months ago, was the first winner of the Cesarewitch at single-figure odds since the three-year-old Darley Sun landed a gamble in 2009. There have been two 66/1 winners, two 50/1 winners and a 25/1 winner in the last 10 years. In fact, National Hunt form can be as important as ability on the Flat and this is definitely a race for the out-and-out stayer and jumps trainers fare just as well as their counterparts on the level.

Cesarewitch History and Trends

The Cesarewitch is a run over a distance of 2m2f (3,621 metres) at Newmarket every October. Unusually for such a long distance, the race is run in almost a straight line (there is just one bend after about 1m2f). A unique feature of the Cesarewitch course is that it crosses a county border - the race starts in Cambridgeshire and finishes in Suffolk. It's unusual name is owed to an anglicised version of Tsesarevich, the title of the heir to the throne in Imperial Russia. The race was named in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II), after he donated £300 to the Jockey Club. First run in 1839, it's been a regular fixture in the racing calendar since and is, traditionally, one of the big betting heats of the year. As mentioned earlier, Cesarewitch winners require stamina in abundance. Every winner in the last 20 years had previously won over at least 1m6f, with 14 of the 20 having proven themselves over 2m. However, only five of the last 20 winners won their previous race, though often ran well. A race within the last two months is preferable while 12 of the last 15 winners carried 9st 1lb or less. The draw has no significant impact judged on recent results. There has been significant ante-post support for John Constable, who is now a general 8/1 favourite. He could be very well handicapped if translating his hurdles form to the Flat, though hasn't run on the level in well over three years. Who Dares Wins Who Dares Wins (a best 12/1) is the pick of Alan King's trio and won the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket last month. He finished ahead of Magic Circle and Watersmeet in the Chester Cup in May, though was behind Fun Mac. Time To Study (14/1 with several bookmakers), the only three-year-old in the race, outbattled the luckless Byron Flyer to land the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster and a first try beyond that 1m7f trip is long overdue. There has been good reports about another general 14/1 chance, Endless Acres, and northern raider Dubai Fifty could not be in better form. London Prize (20/1 in places) has had a break but won the Northumberland Plate consolation race at Newcastle in June and has an excellent overall strike-rate. Irish runners do not have a great record in the Cesarewitch but are mob-handed this year, led by Willie Mullins' Leopardstown winner Laws Of Spin (a general 20/1). But he was behind Snow Falcon at Killarney earlier. Landsman is trained by Tony Martin, who won the race with Leg Spinner in 2007. Seamie Heffernan's mount had no luck in-running behind Laws Of Spin at Leopardstown but still wasn't beaten far. His handler is a past master at placing handicappers and the four-year-old wouldn't be running in this if connections didn't think he'd stay. At 40/1 with the sponsors, it's a risk worth taking for each-way purposes but WITHHOLD looks to have been laid out for this by Roger Charlton. Though now only a best 10/1, he was a very good third behind a progressive filly and a subsequent winner (later demoted) at Newbury in his prep race over a trip too short. Successful over 2m at Haydock a year ago, it will be a surprise if he's not in the firing-line under champion-elect Silvestre De Sousa.

Betfred Cesarewitch Current Best Odds

John Constable (8/1), Withhold (10/1), Lagostovegas and Who Dares Wins (12/1), Dubai Fifty, Endless Acres and Time To Study (14/1), Euchen Glen and Swamp Fox (18/1) Laws Of Spin, London Prize, Shrewd and Magic Circle (20/1) Snow Falcon and Byron Flyer (25/1), Aurora Gray, Duke Street, Watersmeet and Fun Mac (33/1), Rolling Maul, Landsman, Star Rider, Swashbuckle, Digeanta, First Mohican and Getback In Paris (40/1), Oceane, Tawdeea, Taws, Arthur McBride, Percy Veer and Friday Night Light (50/1), Frederic and Mirsaale (66/1), Poyle Thomas (80/1), Cape Caster (100/1)
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Cheltenham Day Four Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 17

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The Mullins team was back with a bang on day three of The Festival and have 11 runners on the final day, including Djakadam in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Djakadam was second in the Gold Cup last year, ahead of Irish Cavalier and Smad Place, and only found Coneygree too good in 2015. But Cue Card appeared to be going as well as anything 12 months ago when falling at the third last and he has won three Grade 1 races since. I suppose you could argue that Colin Tizzard's 11-year-old has still truly to prove he stays 3m2f and it's a very long time since a chaser his age won chasing's blue riband but nobody would begrudge him a third Festival success, though the form of his stable is a cause for concern. Paddy Power, however, will lay you 20/1 that Cue Card wins the Gold Cup to a maximum £10 if you are a new customer and you can sign up via our link. With over 170 betting shops in the Republic of Ireland, Paddy Power is the biggest Irish bookmaker and has been making quite an impression in the UK market too. Paddy Power is known for being very friendly to their punters by offering repeated bonuses and daily money back specials. They are known for their social media exploits and they like to invite plenty of excitement about their markets and their products. But even though they are quite showy and bold with all of their promotions, they can back it all up with a very strong product platform, one of the best in-play services around and an extensive sports book. There is a good welcome bonus available too of £30 worth of free bets to enjoy. Cue Card is a best 9/2 for the Gold Cup with stablemate Native River and Djakadam the current 4/1 joint favourites. Native River won valuable handicaps at Newbury and Chepstow this season before landing the Denman Chase, ahead of Bristol De Mai, last month. He jumps well and stays all day so will be prominent and has improved a lot since beaten by Minella Rocco in the National Hunt Chase at last year's Festival, though whether that will be enough to keep his winning run going is anybody's guess. The field will almost certainly be reduced to 13 as Empire Of Dirt ran in yesterday's Ryanair and we'll take a chance on his Leopardstown conqueror SIZING JOHN. The seven-year-old is probably too big at the general 9/1 given he's the one with real untapped potential in the race. There is a question mark over his stamina but the form on his Thurles win earlier this year was franked when second Sub Lieutenant ran second in the Ryanair.

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Current Best Odds

Djakadam and Native River (4/1), Cue Card (9/2), Sizing John (9/1), Outlander (11/1), More Of That (14/1), Empire Of Dirt (16/1), Champagne West (18/1), Minella Rocco (20/1), Bristol De Mai (25/1), Smad Place (50/1), Saphir Du Rheu, Tea For Two and Irish Cavalier (66/1) THE WORLDS END was very impressive over 3m at Haydock last time, giving 7lb to a good yardstick whose form ties in with several of his rivals in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. Tom George's improving young stayer makes plenty of appeal at the general 10/1. NO COMMENT beat last Saturday's Grade 3 Sandown winner Minella Awards at Plumpton in January when conceding 10lb. He runs in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle rather than the Coral Cup and the hint should be taken - he is a stand-out 13/2 with Betway.
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Cheltenham Festival Top Trainer and Jockey Betting – Horse Racing Odds

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Willie Mullins may have had all of Gigginstown's horses removed from Muine Beag but Ireland's champion National Hunt trainer is still sending a powerful team to this year's Cheltenham Festival and is only a general 4/6 to be Top Trainer again.

Cheltenham Festival Top Trainer Best Odds

Willie Mullins (4/6), Nicky Henderson (11/4), Gordon Elliott (5/1), Paul Nicholls (25/1), Harry Fry (33/1), Jessica Harrington (40/1), Alan King (50/1), Colin Tizzard, Dan Skelton, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Philip Hobbs (66/1), David Pipe and Hernry De Bromhead (100/1) Several of Mullins' best horses are missing The Festival, however, and Nicky Henderson could be a threat to his dominance this year. The Royal trainer has leading fancies in several big races, including Altior and Buveur D'Air on the first day, and bookmakers are treading on the side of caution by only offering a best 11/4 on the Lambourn handler upstaging his counterparts across the Irish Sea, including Gordon Elliott (5/1 with 888sport) who has also assembled a big raiding party. 888sport have one of the most attractive Cheltenham special offers for new customers as they are willing to lay Buveur D'Air (a general 9/2 in the betting) at 16/1 to win the Champion Hurdle up to a maximum stake of £10. To register go to 888 sport and click on the 'register now' beside where you would normally place your login details. This will pop up another window, simply fill in the details, click the box stating you are over 18 and you are ready to bet. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at 888 Sport. Extra winnings are placed in the form of free bets and will be credited to your account within 72 hours of your first bet being settled. With Mullins a hot favourite to be Top Trainer again, it's no surprise that stable jockey Ruby Walsh is at the head of the market to be Top Jockey. You can still get 8/11 with Boylesports with Noel Fehily and Mark Walsh next best at a general 8/1. That pair are the ones who will profit from Barry Geraghty's absence and will ride the majority of JP McManus' horses. Bryan Cooper will have the pick of the Gigginstown runners and is 10/1 to be Top Jockey in several places but only 6/1 with Irish bookmaker Boylesports.

Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Best Odds

Ruby Walsh (8/11), Noel Fehily and Mark Walsh (8/1), Bryan Cooper (10/1), Nico De Boinville, Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davies (16/1), Aidan Coleman (20/1), Davy Russell (28/1), Jack Kennedy (33/1), Paul Townend (40/1), Daryl Jacob and Robbie Power (50/1), David Mullins, Jamie Codd and Paddy Brennan (66/1), Tom Scudamore (80/1), Brian Hughes and Harry Skelton (100/1)
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Cheltenham Festival Day Three Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 16

Horse Racing Betting
Douvan's eclipse in yesterday's Queen Mother Champion Chase was an indication that punters should be treading carefully around Willie Mullins' fancied runners at the Cheltenham Festival. Should we, therefore, oppose Yorkhill in the JLT Novices' Chase - the first race on day three? Yorkhill is unbeaten over fences - but so was Douvan! Only a best 6/4 with Stan James to win this Grade 1 prize, there are ground for thinking that those odds offer little in the way of value considering the stable's current tribulations. The seven-year-old did win over hurdles at The Festival last year but he's been novicey over fences so far and this is not a race in which many prisoners are likely to be taken. Disko and Politilogue are both confirmed front-runners and bold jumpers. They will test Yorkhill's mettle and TOP NOTCH might be there to pick up the pieces.

JLT Novices' Chase Current Best Odds

Yorkhil (6/4), Top Notch (4/1), Disko (5/1), Politilogue (6/1), Flying Angel and Kilcrea Vale (20/1), Balko Des Floes (40/1), Baily Cloud (100/1) I must admit I didn't think Nicky Henderson's charge would prove top class over fences after he was beaten at Uttoxeter on his debut.¬† But the winner that day was Charbel, who would have given Altior plenty to think about in the Arkle on Tuesday had he not fallen at the second last. Top Notch has since won three on the bounce, including a Grade 1 at Sandown last month. He was fifth in last year's Champion Hurdle and second in the Triumph Hurdle the year before that so there is no doubting his class and he's a tempting 4/1, also with Stan James. Stan James are one of the leaders in UK online bookmaking, and they generously offer new customers the welcome bonus of free ¬£20 bet. This welcoming offer is a great way to get started with your new Stan James account. Just head to Stan James and fill out the registration form, which is quick and easy to accomplish. Then, when you are all signed up, you make you first bet on your new account with the bookie, and they will match the value of that stake, up to the maximum value of ¬£20. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Stan James. I reckon UNOWHATIMEANHARRY should be odds-on in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle, such as been his dominance in the staying ranks this season. So if you want to back Harry Fry's nine-year-old I'd advise taking the 11/8 currently on offer with BetVictor - jockey Noel Fehily has won the championship races on the first two days of The Festival and is in the mood for a hat-trick (he currently doesn't have a ride in the Gold Cup on Friday). ANOTHER HERO could go close for Jonjo O'Neill Junior in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup which ends the card. He is good value for his 5lb claim and his mount has run very well in possibly tougher handicaps at Ascot and Doncaster this season - he's overpriced at a general 16/1. ROCKLANDER also looks a solid each-way bet in the Pertemps Final at bet365's 25/1. The latter will be paying out on the first five places in this contest.  
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Cheltenham Festival Day One Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 14

Horse Racing Betting
For true horse racing fans, Cheltenham week is the highlight of the year. Millions will be wagered on course, in betting shops and on online betting sites and we'll try to point the way to a bit of value over the four days. Due to the larger amounts staked, the betting market at Cheltenham is normally quite stable as it takes a vast amount of money to shorten a horse's odds. That said, some of the biggest gamblers around target¬†The Festival and¬†every whisper will attract money from somewhere. Day one has the Stan James Champion Hurdle as its centrepiece. Unfortunately, injury has robbed us of several leading contenders and, while the 11 runners are hardly a rag-tag bunch, real quality looks thin on the ground. Yanworth looks favourite almost by default. He has won the Christmas Hurdle and the Elite Hurdle this season, both recognised trials, but has hardly been impressive. His jumping has been sloppy and there are concerns that he'll struggle to lie up with the pace if the ground dries out any further so the general 3/1 makes little appeal. BUVEUR D'AIR was earmarked for a campaign over fences this term but trainer Nicky Henderson has spotted an opportunity with star names missing in the Champion Hurdle and his six-year-old, third in last year's Supreme Novices' at The Festival, is the choice at a general 9/2 (also see 888sport's special offer for new customers). The action gets under way with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle in which all eyes with be on 'talking horse' Melon. A wide-margin winner on his only run over hurdles, the Willie Mullins has been made favourite on the strength of that run. However, stablemate BUNK OFF EARLY has the better form and looks an outstanding bet at 13/2 on Betfair. Use our link for an¬†exclusive free ¬£30 bet. This is different to most other websites whereby your free bet is a matched bet. All you need to do is sign up here, using the code ZSK200 and place your first bet (min. ¬£10) at odds of at least 1.2 (1/5) within 30 days of opening your account. Within 24 hours of your qualifying bet being accepted, you will be offered 3 x ¬£/‚ā¨10 free bets. Exchange bets don't apply as qualifying bets! You can go on the website and sign up straight from there. To get going, open an account, deposit money and then bet and play on the website. Customers must be over 18 in order to fill in the registration form, the use of Neteller, Skrill & Moneybookers eWallets are not eligible for this offer. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Betfair.

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Current Best Odds

Melon (3/1), Ballyandy (7/2), Bunk Off Early (13/2), River Wylde (8/1), Crack Mome (10/1), High Bridge (16/1), Beyond Conceit and Cilaos Emery (20/1), Elgin (28/1), Labaik and Pingshou (50/1), Capital Force and Glaring (66/1), Magna Cartor (100/1) A big field contests the Ultima Handicap Chase so I'll be dividing my stakes in this one. Both THE DRUID'S NEPHEW (a general 10/1) and HOLYWELL (12/1 in several places) are very well treated and look to have been laid out for the race. The former won the contest in 2015 off the same mark and the latter has dropped 5lb since finishing second last year and I can't split the pair.
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bet365 Gold Cup Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting April 23

Horse Racing Betting
The bet365Gold Cup traditionally brings down the curtain on the UK National Hunt season but the Grade 3 handicap chase has been rather overshadowed this year by the race to top the trainers' money list and that's a real shame. While jump fans are interested in whether Paul Nicholls or Willie Mullins comes out on top in their particularly duel, the bet365 Gold Cup is worthy of its own page space and is definitely not a sideshow. There have been some famous winners down the years and 20 stayers will be trying to add their name to the roll of honour this Saturday. Well, technically only 19 as Just A Par won the race 12 months ago and Nicholls also runs ante-post favourite Southfield Theatre. Mullins saddles Sir Des Champs and Measureofmydreams but 16 others aren't trained by either of the chief protagonists.

bet365 Gold Cup History and Trends

The great Desert Orchid won this under 11st 11lb in 1988 and Life Of A Lord, in 1996, carried 11st 9lb to victory. Tidal Bay surpassed both when shouldering 11st 12lb in 2012 but they are the exceptions to the rule that suggests this is generally not a race for those at the top of the handicap. Only six of the last 34 winners have carried more than 11st to success, though big outsiders don't fare particularly well. Only three winners since 1994 have started at bigger odds than 16/1 with a third of the last 15 winners starting at single-figure odds. Those aged nine or younger have a far better strike rate than older chasers when it comes to winners and placed horses. Several of these ran in the Crabbie's Grand National and horses that have been placed in that before have gone on to win at Sandown. But none of the six managed to make the frame with The Druids Nephew jumping poorly before being pulled up. Sir Des Champs fell as did Hadrian's Approach, winner of the bet365 Gold Chase in 2014. Saint Are was another pulled up while Le Reve and Just A Par both finished tailed off. Sam Waley-Cohen claims 3lb and that means that THE YOUNG MASTER falls into the ideal weight range with only 10st 12lb. He seems to have been around for a while but is still only seven and came right back to form in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival when third behind Grade 1 winners Un Temps Pour Tout and Holywell. He's a general 8/1 and looks sure to run well given stamina won't be a problem as he's already won over 3m3f over hurdles. Of the remainder, Carole's Destrier could run well going right-handed again after a poor run at Cheltenham and is a general 12/1. Gold Futures is 25/1 with Coral and also interesting if the ground doesn't deteriorate with Cumbrian trainer Nicky Richards a rare raider on southern tracks.

bet365 Gold Cup Chase Current Best Odds

Southfield Theatre (7/1), The Young Master (8/1), Henri Parry Morgan (9/1), Carole's Destrier (12/1), Measureofmydreams (14/1), The Druids Nephew, Bishops Road, Hadrian's Approach, Theatre Guide and Le Reve (16/1), Sausalito Sunrise and Just A Par (20/1), Dynaste, Sir Des Champs and Gold Futures and Saint Are (25/1), Oscar Rock, Drop Out Joe and Spring Heeled (33/1), Seventh Sky (50/1)
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