6 Feb 2019

Which Horse Trainers Can Win at Big Odds?

One of the greatest aspects of British horse racing is that we don't lack for trainers. 

From one man and his dog (horse) to Richard Hannon with a string of over two-hundred thoroughbreds. It's interesting to consider the worth of a given trainer. In that, I mean, which are most likely to win at big odds. Making the right decision can mean the difference between a winning and losing season. 

Let's say you are going to place a bet with betbrain uk. You need to use your intelligence to bet wisely. So which horse trainers are worth their weight in gold? 

Remember we are talking about horse trainers who can win at big odds. Generally speaking most large stables with vast strings don't win at odds of 33/1. In fact, I have run studies on most and they really have a poor strike rate on their first and second start. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Richard Fahey is one trainer who can do very well with debutantes at huge odds. It is interesting to reason why this happens. You would think bookmakers would be careful because they know he has a wealth of potentially smart two-year-olds. So why do some win a huge odds? I can only assume that some are thought to need the race but natural ability shine through and leads to a win. 

Contrast this with debutantes from Mick Channon. He is very price orientated and very few debutantes win at odds bigger than 10/1. In addition, very few win at bigger odds second start. 

One trainer who is worth following with his two-year-olds on their racecourse bow is Michael Dods. He is a rare talent. He is something of an anomaly because his bigger priced horses actually achieve as much if not more than shorter odds. Over the years, he has seen winners at 66/1, 40/1 & many high double-figure odds. He is one of a select list who can almost be backed blindly on debut to show a profit. Certainly over the last decade that is definitely true.  

In general, smaller trainers have a much greater chance of winning at big odds on debut. However, that is usually because they don't have decent horses in their string. The key to success is finding a smaller trainer who has loyal owners with plenty of money to buy potentially smart juveniles. 

This year, I notice one smaller trainer who has won with a big priced debutant. That is the smallest stable in Newmarket, a lovely lady named Ilka Gansera-Leveque. Amazingly, she may have a dark horse in her stable. I noticed an unnamed two-year-old sired by Frankel. Could this horse win at big odds? Perhaps not, simply because this juvenile is likely to attract some media attention. That is likely to chip away at the starting odds. However, if this horse has got enough ability to win at the first time of asking, it is still likely to be value. 

Horse trainers are often creatures of habit. They usually follow patterns and that includes the price they can win. 

Doing a little bit of research can help identify those who can bring about a shock result. If doing research is too much like hard work, then I'd suggest you follow Michael Dods' debutantes because they often win at huge odds. 

5 Feb 2019

Vintage Clouds Needs Special Display For Sue Smith at Grand National

Vintage Clouds has been a solid performer in the National Hunt in his career, but he will have to produce the performance of a lifetime to win the Grand National. Sue Smith’s charge has been in the running for major crowns throughout his career, although success at the highest level of the sport has eluded him since making his bow in 2014. 

The Irish horse has found a semblance of his best form in the current campaign, notching an impressive victory at Haydock Park. It was a step in the right direction for the bay gelding, but to etch his place in the history of Grand National horse racing, the 25/1 antepost selection will need to be flawless at Aintree in April to join a truly elite list of competitors. 

Vintage Clouds made an impression in the early stages of last season with an impressive win at Aintree in the Interactive Chase. He was a slight outsider for the event, but with Danny Cook in the saddle, he rose to the occasion with a smooth ride to claim the win by 18 lengths. 

Future King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux would defeat the Irish horse in his next outing at the Graduation Chase at Haydock Park by seven lengths, with Smith’s charge just lacking the pace down the stretch to challenge his rival. Although he missed out on the victory, his form was good enough for him to be considered the leading contender for the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. 

Cook took the reins for the event and made a strong start to the contest. The Irish horse appeared to be on track for a charge for the win, but he made a crucial mistake at the 12th fence which disrupted his rhythm. He managed to claw back ground, although it was only good enough for fourth place. 

A second-place finish at Wetherby handed Smith’s charge some momentum ahead of Cheltenham Festival and Ultima Handicap Chase. He was a slight outsider behind Coo Star Sivola for the victory, although once again Vintage Clouds was able to make a good impression in the opening furlongs of the contest. However, he lacked the pace in the crunch down the stretch as Coo Star Sivola and Shantou Flyer battled it out for the win, with the latter edging the race by a neck. The Irish horse still put forward a decent effort to finish in third slightly off the pace of the leading duo.

The eight-year-old still had enough left in the tank to compete in the Scottish Grand National. He was a slight outsider for the event, although he was competitive once the race began making strides in the leading pack. A slight mistake at the 23rd fence knocked him slightly off the pace, and although he was in contention down the stretch, the Irish horse was unable to make ground on 33/1 outsider Joe Farrell, who took the crown ahead of Ballyoptic by the nose. 

Vintage Clouds returned for the new campaign with a win at Haydock Park. On this occasion, the bay gelding did have the pace when it mattered the most to close out the victory ahead of Takingrisks by half-a-length. He had momentum to take into his return to the Welsh Grand National. However, he endured a nightmare display, failing to find his rhythm after a couple of early mistakes. Smith’s charge pulled up shortly after the 17th fence, ending his race. There’s talent in the Irish horse, but whether he has enough to put it all together on the big stage at Aintree is another matter.

2 Feb 2019

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1 Feb 2019

Desert Orchid Gold Cup Winner 1989

Desert Orchid, Gold Cup Winner 1989
The Cheltenham Festival. What does it mean to you? Which race do you love to anticipate, bet & watch? If you are going to bet, then I found this long list of offers available for this year.   

In truth, there are so many horses who have made this iconic race meeting the pinnacle of their career. Name a National Hunt favourite - I bet it won at Prestbury Park. 

As the saying goes: ''Time flies.'' But let's face it, for most readers who placed a winning bet on this special day it's as fresh as yesterday. 

Even after so many years, I wonder what odds you would give when asking this question.

Name a grey horse? 

Desert Orchid. 

Time may fly but nostalgia lives long in the heart and mind. Think back to the days of Desert Orchid. In 1989 ''Dessie'' achieved the ultimate goal when winning the Gold Cup to the voice of a legend in his own right, Sir Peter O'Sullivan. 

His most famous words:

''Desert Orchid is beginning to get up...''

To the cheers of a jubilant crowd, 'Dessie' done it!

One quote from a happy punter exemplified the feeling of a national: 

''It sent shivers down my spine. It was like watching England win the World Cup. I wanted to streak up the road I was so delirious''

What a day.

Do you remember these 3 quotes?

1) After winning the 1989 Gold Cup, jockey, Simon Sherwood said: 

"I've never known a horse so brave. He hated every step of the way in the ground and dug as deep as he could possibly go".  

2) Racing Post:

''The race has been voted the best horse race ever by readers.''

3) Carrying Weight:

''No horse since Desert Orchid has repeatedly and successfully conceded weight to his rivals at the highest level.''

Desert Orchid was born 11th April 1979 in Goadby, Leicestershire. This grey was sired by Grey Desire out of a dam called Flower Child. He was bred by James Burridge who was a part owner with Midge Burridge, Richard Burridge & Simon Bullimore. He was trained by David Elsworth racing seventy times, winning thirty-four, eleven seconds and placed third on eight occasions. His most noted victories included the King George VI Chase four times (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1989) & Irish Grand National (1990). He achieved total prize money of £654,066.

He retired in December 1991. Desert Orchid had his own fan club raising over £40,000 for charities selling ''Dessie'' merchandise and racing calendars.     

Desert Orchid died on 13th November 2006. He was aged 27. His ashes were buried at his beloved Kempton Park Racecourse near his statue.  

28 Jan 2019

Grand National History: Winners, Losers & Those in the Middle

One of the most popular steeplechasers in the world? It has to be the Grand National which takes place at Aintree, Liverpool on Saturday, 6th April 2019. Take advantage of the best odds at bet-grand-national.co.uk 

The National has a history that dates back to the 17th century. There is some uncertainty about winners of earlier races which date to pre-1839. However, the first winner to be acclaimed was named Lottery (1839). Trained by George Dockeray (who won the following year with a horse named Jerry), ridden by Jem Mason. 

This horse led the way for many famous winners and stories that are stranger than fiction. 

Of the most noted winners, we all remember is Red Rum, trained by Ginger McCain. Race fans across the world remember ''Rummy'' being the only horse to taste victory on three occasions: 1973, 1974 &  1977. Such was the jumping skill that he never fell in 100 races on the National Hunt. In fact, he even won [deadheated] over 5f at Aintree when it was open to Flat racing, too. As a fitting tribute, Red Rum is buried at the finishing line at Aintree racecourse. A remarkable horse whose standing as the greatest steeplechaser in the world is unlikely to be challenged. 

As with every good fortune, there is an equal measure of loss. The Grand National is a tough race that has seen just a handful of finishers when the going is very testing. Sometimes even a likely winners ''somehow'' grasps defeat from of the jaws of victory. Even royalty can suffer the misfortune as seen in the Queen Mother's horse Devon Loch, ridden by Dick Francis, who went on to be a famous fictional writer. His real-life tale of Devon Loch still brings much questioning since its running in 1956. 

Devon Lock looked to be the winner when he ''jumped a shadow'' only yards from the finishing line, to land in a muddy heap as E.S.B and his jockey David Dick ran by at odds of 100/7. 

One of the funny stories about finishing in the middle is a jockey rather than a horse. Captain Martin William Becher (1797 - 1864) was a former soldier serving in the Napoleonic Wars and battle of Waterloo. He was also a keen steeplechase jockey taking part in the Grand National on a number of occasions. It was reputed that Becher won the 1836 Grand National but that was later disregarded. However, riding Conrad, a beast of a horse, set his name in the history books for a very different reason. The horse led but upon meeting the first major obstacle - a water jump - refused and Becher went over its head and lay in the brook until all the rivals had thundered over his head. He cursed that he didn't realise how filthy the water tasted without whisky! He remounted and was unseated again at the second water jump. He never rode in the race again but the fence was named after him called Becher's Brook. 

Elitloppet: Sweden’s biggest horseracing event

Elitloppet: Sweden’s biggest horseracing event
Elitloppet, which translates literally to “The Elite Race", is Sweden’s largest annual horse racing event, and one of the most prestigious international trotting events in the world. Taking place in Solvalla since 1952, the invitational Group One harness event is part of the European Grand Circuit and is a big phenomenon in Sweden, drawing crowds of over 50,000 fans every year for the races and surrounding festivities.

Traditionally raced on the last Sunday of May, the Solvalla racetrack also holds special races on Friday and Saturday, with all three days being generally extremely well visited by Swedish and international crowds alike, in what is commonly referred to in Sweden as "The Elitlopp weekend". The Elitlopp is considered by Swedes to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year and is widely watched throughout the country, with viewing parties taking place in practically every Swedish city or town.

Elitloppet is also one of Sweden’s most bet on sporting events. While traditionally Swedes are known for their award-winning casinos and online slots, this is completely eclipsed by betting on horses during the Elitloppet weekend, with record breaking figures being registered at the bookmakers practically every year. 

Last year, Elitloppet weekend drew in over 60,000 visits, approximately one million TV viewers, and 373 million SEK in revenue on ATG's game modes. This year the event will take place between May 25-27th, and the event seems on track to surpass those numbers already. As is customary, the winner being decided through two qualifying races, and subsequently the grand final being celebrated on Sunday May 27th. Each qualifying race will feature eight starters, as will the final race. 

The beginning of a tradition

While Elitloppet might be an established yearly tradition now, when it was first held in 1952 it was intended to be a one-time event. In order to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Solvalla’s racetrack decided to host a huge international race called “Solvallas Jubileumslopp”, or Solvalla’s Jubilee Race. With some of the finest racehorses from all across Europe travelling by train to the Swedish town, the event created high levels of anticipation along horse racing enthusiasts.

In the first edition, the format of the race was different than that which is currently used today. The winner was decided through two heats followed by a race-off, with German horse Permit ultimately being crowned victorious in a riveting race.

The Jubileumslopp was considered by all standards a smashing success, and the Solvalla Race Track decided to hold the event again next year, now under its well-known name of Elitloppet.

Racebooks release the odds

With all participating horses having been released, several different online bookmakers have already dutily posted odds for betting on the event, trying to entice bettors into placing early wagers.

As was to be expected, the favorite to win the event is the Swedish horse Readly Express, at odds of 3.25. Readly Express is one of the best Swedish horses in memory, being crowned the winner of the Grand Prix de l'UET, the Jubilee Cup, the Prix Tenor de Baune, the European Championship for 5 year olds, and the Swedish Championship. However, when he also took home the Grand Prix d'Amérique on the Vincennes Hippodrome in Paris in January - widely considered the world’s toughest tram - it was clear that Readly was something out of the norm and would be considered the favorite in home ground. 

Standout horses Propulsion and Bold Eagle are not far behind either, with odds of 4 each, with the closest competitor after, Twister Bi, lagging behind at odds of 9, making it clear who the favorites to place in the race are. You can check out the odds for all competing horses below:

Highest odds
Readly Express
Bold Eagle
Twister Bi
Cyber Lane
Ringostarr Treb
Belina Josselyn
Ferrari B.R.
Uza Josselyn
Cruzado Dela Noche
Dante Boko
Perfect Spirit
Buzz Mearas
Dd's Hitman
Love Matters
Lionel N.O.
Zenit Brick
Tjacko Zaz
Workout Wonder
Digital Ink
In Vain Sund
Southwind Feji
Elian Web

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