21 Mar 2018

Colin Tizzard taking Cheltenham Gold Cup form to Aintree

Native River
Horse trainer Colin Tizzard was in dreamland at the Cheltenham Festival. His horse, Native River, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as he outlasted the favourites and shot the trainer into stardom. Tizzard's win has sent the horse racing community abuzz. Some have wondered just who the trainer is and if his horses can continue their form at the Grand National. Horse racing fans wanting to follow Tizzard and his exciting horses can do so, at Sbat as he attempts to win the various races at Grand National this year.

Starting at a price of 5/1, Native River bested the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Might Bite by 4 ½ lengths. Tizzard didn't just train the Gold Cup winner at Cheltenham. Kilbricken Storm won the Spa Novices' Hurdles and landed over £70,000 in prize money.

Tizzard's two wins at Cheltenham give plenty of optimism that he can do the same at Aintree. Tizzard has had previous success at Aintree and the Grand National. In 2017, the horse trainer pulled of an incredible treble thanks to his horses Pingshou, Fox Norton and Ultragold. In particular, Ultragold's performance was one to remember. The horse was a 50/1 shot to win the Topham Chase, which he did in shock fashion.

Following his wins in 2017, Tizzard's career looked to be on an astronomical ascent. His treble was the groundwork, but it wasn't until the Cheltenham Gold Cup that Tizzard's potential as a trainer was fulfilled. Although he is unknown to most casual horse racing fans and has a name not quite as synonymous with British and Irish horse racing as his counterparts, Tizzard is on the cusp of being a major player in the sport.

Tizzard currently has one horse in the running for the Grand National race. Sizing Codelco is 66/1 to win the race. It is an outsider's price for the event. Sizing Codelco did compete at Cheltenham, but the horse pulled up and didn't finish the Ultima Handicap Chase. Depending on the horse's fitness, Sizing Codelco could miss out on the Grand National. It would be a missed chance for Tizzard in the race, but he will have others featured at Aintree during the festival.

Tizzard's success at Cheltenham stopped the assault on all the races by trainers Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins. Tizzard could be the same foil for the two leading horse racing trainers at Aintree, but he may need another shock performance like he got in 2017.

This season hasn't been without problems for Tizzard. Despite his great successes, one of Tizzard's top horses, Thistlecrack, has not been able to race. The horse was ruled out of the 2018 season due to injury. It is Thistlecrack's second major injury of his career, and there are worries that he won't return to run. The horse suffered a stress fracture in his leg, and when it occurred, most believed Tizzard's hopes of winning the Gold Cup were lost. 

However, the trainer overcame the loss of his horse Thistlecrack the cup with Native River. Now with the Grand National approaching, Tizzard could land more prize money and silverware when he takes his horses to Aintree.

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.