19 Mar 2019

Aintree Betting Tips 2019

Tiger Roll heading to Grand National 2019
The Grand National gets everyone talking and we're here to pick out a few potential horses worth backing. There's three horses which stand out in the current field and it may be worth taking the prices now before declarations are made. 

Before looking into Aintree betting tips, it's best to look at trends to seek out which horses will arguably run best. 

The most winners have had at least 10 chase runs in their career, aged between 8-11, have run at least three times in the current season and have normally run within the last 20-60 days. 

A horse which ticks plenty of those boxes is Willie Mullins' Rathvinden, who is a 33/1 shot to win the National. A former National Hunt Chase winner over four miles at Cheltenham and with plenty of proven stamina, the eleven-year-old can handle all kinds of ground, having won on everything from good to firm to heavy. 

The veteran horse won on his latest run, which was the BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase, beating Gordon Elliott's Alpha Des Obeaux by over three lengths.

Another horse which is an each-way chance this year is Lake View Lad. He has won or placed in 11 of his 12 chase starts, winning both his races this season.  

There are question marks around his stamina, as there are with a lot of horses in this race, but he ran an absolute blinder at the Cheltenham Festival and at 20/1, there's a good opportunity he can at least place. 

Ms Parfois was second in the Midlands Grand National, proving that stamina is not an issue and, with a clean round, there is no reason why Anthony Honeyball's horse won't win. 

Tiger Roll wins at Cheltenham and now goes for the Grand National 2019
Not only was Ms Parfois second in the Midlands Grand National, but she was also the 2018 National Hunt Chase runner-up and a top-five finish looks a great bet. 

At odds of 25/1, Ms Parfois is a serious contender to take Tiger Roll's title and prevent him from being the first horse to win back-to-back National titles since Red Rum in 1974. 

But it is also hard to not look at the race favourite in Tiger Roll, whose Cross Country win at the Cheltenham Festival was simply incredible. He won at a canter by over 20 lengths and, as a result, his odds have been cut to just 5/1 to win his second National. 

If Tiger Roll manages to avoid any trouble and race from the front, he is simply the best horse in the race. 5/1 is one of the shortest odds a horse has ever been for the National but, clearly, the bookmakers do not want to take the risk.

7 Mar 2019

A Guide to Gold Cup Day

A Guide to Gold Cup Day
Every year, the Cheltenham Festival culminates with Gold Cup Day, featuring the biggest race of the festival – the Gold Cup. In Cheltenham Gold Cup betting 2019, it is Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy who are the favourites, with the pair set to enjoy a tight battle for the coveted trophy. 

The final day of the festival sees jockeys and trainers desperately trying to get their horses to win their final races and end the four-day festival on a high. But which races should you look out for on Gold Cup Day? 

Triumph Hurdle

Tiger Roll is arguably the biggest name to have won the Triumph Hurdle when he did so back in 2014. Since then, he has also won the 2018 Grand National, suggesting that whoever wins this race has the potential to go on to bigger and better race victories. 

This year’s favourite is Sir Erec, at a price of evens to win the race, and it’s hardly a surprise he has been given the nod as favourite, given his form so far this season. 

Since the end of August, Sir Erec has raced on five occasions, winning four and finishing third in the other. He’s seen as one of the bankers for this festival, and with his nearest rival in the odds being Fakir Doudairies at a price of 11/2, it’s easy to see why people are backing Sir Erec.

 Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle

When compared to the length of time the Cheltenham Festival has been around, the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle is one of the more recent additions to the event, having first been competed at the 2005 festival. Bobs Worth is the most famous horse to have won this race when he did so back in 2011. He added the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase a year later before claiming the 2013 Gold Cup. 

Unlike the Triumph Hurdle, there is no clear favourite to win the face, but the current odds suggest Lisnagar Oscar is the most likely to win, followed closely by Battleoverdoyen, Birchdale and Commander Of Fleet. 

All fours horses have produced some good results in the early season races and it is very likely that these four will produce a tightly fought contest at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Gold Cup 

The pinnacle of the entire festival, the Gold Cup is the race everyone has their eyes on, and one which can turn good horses into great ones. Previous winners of the Gold Cup include legendary names like Golden Miller, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star

Presenting Percy was the favourite for this year’s Gold Cup for much of the early season, but he is now joint-favourite with Clan Des Obeaux. The former has only raced once so far this season, making it hard to get a read on exactly how prepared he is for the big race. The latter on the other hand has raced three times and looked impressive for the most part. 

Last year’s winner Native River shouldn’t be discounted, but given his early season form, it’ll take something special for him to take home his second consecutive Gold Cup.

Kayley Woollacott: Lalor Ready for the Arkle Novices' Chase

Credit: Betway

25 Feb 2019

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20 Feb 2019

How To Choose A Horse

Many people who are passionate or curious about horse racing actually consider buying a horse themselves. They would love to ride a horse as a workout, or to have a horse for their children to ride on a regular basis. Although having a horse is somewhat unusual, and it also demands investment, there is nothing particularly difficult in that. So, if one can afford a horse, one should know how to choose a good one.

At the same time, if you are looking for people, who are also interested in horses, you can try dating sites. People there are not only searching for love but also from friendship and other types of relations.

Choose a Horse: Step By Step Guide

First of all, you have to decide whether you want a horse exclusively for yourself, exclusively for your children, or you are going to share the horse with somebody else. This is important because you should pick an animal suitable for the size of humans that are going to ride it. So, it is better to buy a pony if only your children will ride it. For adults, there can be variations. 

When picking an animal for adult, firstly, take the one which is at least five times heavier than you are. The point is, heavy rider will injure the horse eventually. If your weight is around 80 kgs, your horse should weight at least 400 kgs. 

Next step is deciding on the height of the animal - for tall people, tall horses are needed. Your feet should not be located much lower than the animal’s belly when you ride it. It is impossible to define whether the height is appropriate or not without sitting on the horse’s back. 

Choose an animal you can actually afford taking proper care of. Buying a steed is only part of the cost; the other costs will be stables, food, veterinarian, etc. At the same time, avoid steeds that are very cheap or given away for free. They may be weak, ill, or very bad-tempered, and you will eventually waste more money trying to manage the situation later. 

You should also assess reasonably your skills in riding, and the extent to which you are ready to develop these skills in the future. If your ultimate goal is to take long walks around the neighbouring forests and fields, choose the corresponding breed for beginner riders. If you would like to learn and participate in races, then a different list of breeds is for your benefit.

One trick of choosing a good animal is to check out its usual stall. If it is damaged and has traces of strikes on it, the horse is unlikely of a moderate temper. Another secret is to try and handle the animal and brush it, on your own. Check if there are any blemishes and marks on the skin - if yes, perhaps the horse was beaten. 

These are the basic recommendations for choosing a horse. If you are still not sure about your skills, address the nearest riding school and ask for assistance.

Antique Retro Slot Machines: Indian Head

Retro slot machines (Jennings)
I don't know about you, but these modern slot machines don't seem a patch on the old antique one-armed bandits of yesteryear. 

To be honest, I don't even understand what these new slots are all about. They feature about one-million winning lines and I'm damned if I can work out what is a win or not until I hear all the bells and whistles and the money increasing on screen. It's such a song and dance that I expect to see Fred Astaire appear from a door in the corner of the room and disappear when the jingle has concluded. 

''Did I really see Fred Astaire doing the light fandango to the tune of Cleopatra slot machine?''

Trust me, if you play those slots long enough, you'll be seeing Mickey Mouse doing the Macarena. 

Anyway, I really shouldn't give slot machines such a hard time because lots of people love them. Even easier when you stay at home and play to your heart's content. Online Casino Deutschland is worth a gander if you fancy finding the best offers and free bets, free spins and you may even glimpse a vision of Sammy Davis Jnr if you play long enough or hit on a massive win that sends you out of this world. 

Back to my antique slots. When I was a child I used to go on holiday to Caister-on-sea, Norfolk. The arcade on the Haven site had lots of new slot machines and arcade games. It was the mid-70s so around the time of Space Invaders. Well, the arcade had a few old slot machines left over from the good old days. A few of the Jennings slot machines. All chrome, smelling of oil, and clunky reels that shuddered when they stopped. The one with the Indian head. 

I'm no expert when it comes to these retro slot machines but even as a seven-year-old child I knew I liked them. There is something magical about a machine made of nuts and bolts which goes beyond all these pixelated screens. The sounds of coins singing against the chrome tough. They may have been twopences but for a youngster, it was like a million bucks. I had many an hour playing on them with my twin brother. They still stick in my mind. The design so beautiful, sturdy but ornate. They had and still have character. 

Today these vintage slot machines are true collector's items. I doubt you would get much change out of a couple of grand. Funny how times change. I can imagine plenty were discarded as the modern stuff arrived. Funny how they are the ones that are still remembered and prized. 

In this modern age where no one can be bothered to move too much. Online casinos have taken place of the brick and mortar equivalent. 

Should gambling be a solitary affair or better with some company? 

The choice is yours.