17 Mar 2018

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12 Mar 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2018: What's Your Banker?

With the announcement this week that last year’s champion and one of the most backed horses for this year’s Gold Cup race, Sizing John, pulling out of The Festival due to injury it’s left many racing fans left to ponder who they should now back throughout Cheltenham. Had you already backed Sizing John most bookmakers NRNB offers have come into effect and the stake should now be returned for you to use elsewhere.

There is always a worry when betting on the Cheltenham Gold Cup as it’s one of those races where the formbook usually goes out of the window and it’s mostly down to luck, chance and any other adjective backers use when they lose a punt. We decided to look across the rest of the 4 days of The Festival to see what value we could find and where your money would be safest. With this in mind we’ve picked out a selection of horses where it looks to be as a safe money bet as you can find. With Apple’s Jade running in the Mares Hurdle at 16:10 on day one at a price of 4/7, surely she’s not one to be missed.

6 Mar 2018

2018 Grand National – 1000/1 Winner

Grand National 2018
It's time to find that 1000/1 winner!

Sadly, history details that you will never get so lucky betting with a conventional bookmaker. 

However, that doesn't mean you can't win a fortune when your selection jumps the last fence and hangs on to finish numero uno.

It's a hard race. A stiff 4 miles and 2 furlongs. Thirty fences, battling not one circuit but two just in case they wanted a reminder of Becher's Brook or the Chair.

Mud-spattered faces and blood-curdling screams - and that's just punters in the crowd.

Red Rum proved victorious three times in the 1970s. Aldaniti brought grown men to tears. A story made into a film befittingly called Champions. Bob Champion fighting cancer while his trusty gelding - eleven years young - had leg problems that almost ended his career. 1981 told a story of hope over adversity. 

Everyone who loves the National has their own favourite memory. The day you won the greatest race steeplechase in the world. 

You cheered your winner home.

Prize Money

Did you know that the Grand National has total prize money worth over £1m. In fact, the winner gets £500,000. It's hardly surprising Gold Cup contenders (once too snobby visit Aintree) now relish the test. For punters, the National is a chance to win big money. Betting isn't all about losing. Mon Mome won at 100/1 in 2009. It wasn't just trainer Venetia Williams and jockey Liam Treadwell who had a smile on their face. I personally knew someone who won £2000 betting ante-post for £10.

The Randox Health Grand National

14th April - 5:15 Aintree

Horses that won the Grand National at 100/1
  • 1928 – Tipperary Tim 100/1
  • 1929 – Gregalach 100/1
  • 1947 – Caughoo 100/1
  • 1967 – Foinavon 100/1
  • 2009 – Mon Mone 100/1

Recent Winners

Betting on the Grand National isn't for the faint hearted. On the over side of the coin, you can win big money. For example, let's take a look at recent winners.
  • 2012 – Neptunes Collonges 33/1
  • 2013 – Auroras Encore 66/1
  • 2014 – Pineau De Re 25/1
  • 2015 – Many Clouds 25/1
  • 2016 – Rule The World 33/1
  • 2017 – One For Arthur 14/1

''If you had bet £10 each-way on Auroras Encore at 66/1 you would have won £825''

When placing a bet, check out the prices at WilliamHill. There are plenty of big-priced chances with live chances of hitting the frame. Get lucky, you could be holding a betting slip to change your life. If you had bet on the horses to finish first and second last year, you would have won £3300 for £10.

So which horses could go well at huge odds? Now there is a question.

Looking at those high in the handicap we have one horse that could go well.

Outlander 40/1

Trained by Gordon Elliot, who won the National back in 2007 with 33/1 shot Silver Birch. Outlander is a consistent gelding who makes his debut in the ownership of Gigginstown House Stud.

William Hill Ante-post Betting: Blaklion 10/1, Total Recall 11/1, Cause Of Causes 16/1, The Last Samuri 16/1, Definitely Red 20/1, Gold Present 20/1, Minella Rocco, Anibale Fly 25/1. 33/1 Bar.

27 Feb 2018

Can Joe Hart Score at Horse Racing Commentary?

West Ham Go To Commentary School with Richard Hoiles
The Cheltenham Festival is galloping towards us like a wild-eyed horse. 

From the 13th - 16th March Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire, hits the ground running. Four days of 7-race cards. The best thoroughbreds in the land, trainers chomping at the bit, while bookmakers chalk-up prices while scanning an informed crowd. 

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is buzzing with a million volts. 

Lots of people make the Festival the success it is today. Horses, trainers, bookmakers... but whose missing?

Racing commentators. 

Who could forget those dulcet tones of Sir Peter O'Sullevan when Desert Orchid won the Gold Cup back in 1989. That commentary is still so poignant today.

I always love this quote from one happy punter: 

''When Sir Peter O'Sullevan started to say Desert Orchid was beginning to get up it sent shivers down my spine. It was like watching England win the World Cup. I wanted to streak down the road I was so delirious.''   

So where would we be without racing commentators? We would hear the Cheltenham roar and all would go quiet. A race without words. Silence. Not good.

So we have an appreciation of race commentators. I guess there are plenty of race fans who would love to have a chance to call the Gold Cup. Everyone starts somewhere. Even Sir Peter had a quiver in his voice in those formative years learning his trade. 

Who needs commentary school? 

I know for a fact I would need an intensive course. 

Betway set the scene by inviting West Ham stars to try their hand at racing commentary. We know plenty of footballers like a bet but how would they fare spitting out the words in a frantic final furlong? Perhaps this year's Gold Cup is a right old battle between Might Bite and Sizing John. Don't get your colours mixed up, boys.

Well ITV's Racing commentator Richard Hoiles gave Joe Hart, Patric Evra, Mark Noble and James Collins a crash course (literally) to be a top-notch race caller. 

I don't think they will be heading for Cheltenham any time soon but you've got to see these budding talents. There task was to was simple: learn the basics before taking an exam featuring classic Cheltenham betting moment. 

You really need to see this video... 

hile your having a laugh at the West Ham lads, take a look at Betways £30 free bet (for new customers) and think how you might invest this at Cheltenham. Perhaps Un Des Sceaux to win the 2018 Betway Champion Chase at 7/1. 

Read Betway Insider: a blog detailing sporting insight, intelligent comment and informed betting tips. 

Whatever your fancy at Cheltenham. Be lucky. 

24 Feb 2018

Top 5 British Jockeys of All Time

Henry Cecil & Lester Piggott
To be a successful jockey requires an iron discipline. Only few with a big passion for the sports manage to do so. They have to keep low weight and make their horse run as fast as possible. They also have to follow extreme diets before a big race.

Horse racing has always been a popular sport in the UK with a history that dates back to many centuries. It is considered as the second largest spectator sport in Great Britian. The Royal Ascot, the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival are some of the big horse races in the UK.

With the coming month of March, Britian will see the arrival of a great Cheltenham Festival once again. It was revealed this January that 38 entries will be competing for the Gold Cup, which is the most famous race at the Cheltenham Festival. Already there is a great debate going on whether Sizing John will win the Gold Cup or whether Might Bite or Samcro will snatch the cup from the last year's winner. It would be difficult to say with any certainty about the winning prospects of any horse but it is sure to be a great race.

If you are a punter and your enthusiasm for the race is much more than an ordinary person, then the offers at Freebets might interest you. Here you will find everything about Cheltenham betting related so that it be your one-stop shop for the festival. From the finest free bets to great tips and enhanced odds, Freebets can give you all of that here. Whether it is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle or the Stayers Hurdle or the very famous Gold Cup, you will get the odds on all the races of the Cheltenham Festival.

As a punter, you should know that if your horse falls on the racing day you can avail from the money back offer of many bookmakers so that you won't lose your money in vain. While others are giving the Best Odds Guaranteed offer which means that if you take a price and the SP (Starting Price) is bigger, then you will get the pay at the bigger odds. For becoming a smart punter, you should look at all the offers that major bookmakers like Coral, Paddy Power, Betfair and Ladbrokes are offering, so that you can choose the best that suits your needs.

Below are the top 5 british jockeys of all time:

Lester Piggot:

The British jockey Lester Piggot began horse racing at the age of just ten years and winning his first race at 12 years of age. Horse racing was in his blood as both his father and grandfather were brilliant jockeys. During his incredible career, he claimed 4,493 wins making him one of the best jockeys of all time.

He was nicknamed as The Long Fellow because he was very tall for a jockey. He struggled to keep his weight down because of his height. He was the Champion Jockey who started a new style of race riding that was adopted by many all over the world.

Ryan Moore

The name of Ryan Moore in the list of best jockeys is a more recent entry. His father Gary L Moore was also a successful trainer and a jump jockey. His first wins came when he was 16, the time when he was starting to take up racing as a career. Though his mother believed that he might not make it in racing and had much better complete his studies. Ryan Moore however managed to include himself among the best jockeys winning the Champion Jockey for three times along with Champion Apprentice for one time.

Willie Carson:

Willie Carson was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1942. Mostly known as Willie, he won the British Champion Jockey five times. Not only that, he managed to win 17 British Classic Races along with passing the 100 winners in a season for an incredible 23 times. All that adds up to a stunning 3,828 wins that makes him one of the best jockeys of Great Britain.
He was apprenticed to Captain Gerald Arsmstrong in Yorkshire to know about the basics of his trade. His first victory came when he was just twenty years of age in 1962.

Walter Swinburn

Walter Swinburn also came from a horse racing background. He was born in Oxford and his father Wally Swinburn was the first Irish jockey ever who claimed 100 wins in a season.
He was nicknamed as the Choirboy. He continued his career for more than two decades. In the 1981 Epsom Derby, he rode his superstar horse Shergar and won the race by a record breaking ten lengths.

Brough Scott

Brough Scott is the grandson of 'Galloper Jack' Seeley, the war hero of the World War-I. Besides a great jockey, he is also known as a horse racing journalist and a television presenter. He has worked for both Channel 4 and ITV.
Brough Scott has the distinction of riding more than 100 winners which also include the Imperial Cup and the Mandarin Handicap Chase.

22 Feb 2018

Waiting Patiently for 2018 Ryanair Chase

Un Des Sceaux
The Cheltenham Festival 2018. The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy) is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged five years and older. This race run over 2m 5f has seventeen fences. It takes place on the 15th March at 2:50 Cheltenham.

Inaugurated in 2005, this contest takes part on the new, left-handed course.

The most successful horse to have won this race on two occasion is Albertas Run in 2010, 2011.

The most successful jockey with four wins is Ruby Walsh, ranging from 2005 – 2017. The most recent being Un De Sceaux. Willie Mullins has proved victorious in the last two runs with the above mentioned and Vautour in 2016. Other trainers with two wins include: Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O'Neill, Nicky Henderson & David Pipe.

The youngest horse to win this race is Taranis aged six back in 2007. The oldest being ten-year-old Albertas Run (2011), Fondmort (2006) & Our Vic (2008).

2:50 Cheltenham - The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy). Don't miss these Cheltenham betting tips. I'm really looking forward to this race because it has a nice shape. The betting could be key for a few of the big fancies. I know a lot of punters detest taking anything less than 5/1 for each-way wagers.

The leading contenders:

Un Des Sceaux is trained by Willie Mullins, winner of this race in 2017. This French-bred gelding is a son of Denham Red who has won 20 of his 26 races and achieved total prize money over £1m. This ten-year-old kept on ''gamely'' to win this race last year by just under two lengths. It would be a brave layer to push this horse too far in the betting. With odds of 3/1 he could well start favourite. If touching an each-way price (5/1) this could be a dream bet.

It is worth noting that a lot of these horses have a number of entries across the Cheltenham Festival. It is one reason to take care when considering ante-post bets even if the trainer suggests a particular route. Considering Un Des Sceaux won last year at odds of 7/4f (touching 15/8 in places), so it makes sense he will be heading here once more.

Other horses prominent in the betting for Willie Mullins include: Douvan 8/1, Min 10/1, Yorkhill 10/1, Benie Des Dieux, Djakadam 16/1, Killultagh Vic 20/1, Bachasson 20/1 & Bellshill 25/1. It shows how trainers have many strings to their bow and have horse in waiting if change is needed.

Waiting Patiently is trained by Ruth Jefferson. This handler from Norton, North Yorkshire must be excitement personified with this son of Flemensfirth. This seven-year-old bay gelding races in the ownership of Richard Collins. Seven straight wins have seen an official rating from 120 to 156. This progressive gelding added to his lustre beating Cue Card on last start. Bookmakers have this major hope priced at 4/1. If touching odds of 5/1+ I'd jump in with an each-way bet.

Other horses fancied in the betting include:

Fox Norton who hails from Colin Tizzards yard and 6/1 in the betting. Top Notch, trained by Nicky Henderson, at 8/1. Douvan priced at 8/1. Yorkhill, one of a number of talents for Willie Mullins at 10/1. While Mrs S Ricci's charge, Min, at 10/1. Henry De Bromhead will be hopeful with Balko Des Flos priced 12/1 with leading bookmakers.

At the time of writing, 28 horses are entered at this declaration stage which will be significantly reduced leading up to the race. Until you have firm convictions, I would be very careful taking ante-post prices. However, there are opportunities to make the your betting pay and Waiting Patiently could be a fair each-way bet if touching 5/1+.