Horse Racing

Royal Ascot 2017

4 to Watch Tuesday 15:40 King’s Stand Stakes A high quality Group 1 sprint, and probably the pick of the festival’s duo. Signs of Blessing ran at six furlongs last year, but his early speed hinted that five would prove even better. Take him at 7.8 on the Betfair exchange. Wednesday 16:20 Prince of Wales’ Stakes Highland Reel is the tip here, despite arguably being better over 12 furlongs (aren’t we all…). The danger could come from Queen’s Trust who is better than she showed on her first run of the year at York, but the favourite shouldn’t let you down at 3.6 on the Betfair exchange. Thursday 16:20 Ascot Gold Cup If you are planning to take on a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017

Get Right on It Potential stories are aflowing at this Gold Cup, and perhaps none more so than the possibility of Cue Card capping  terrific career with a third win at Cheltenham, and a tenth Grade One in all. Two strong recent victories, at the Betfair and Ascot Chases (the former by some distance) sandwiched a poor performance at the King George. new balance 530 homme soldes But questions will be asked over his stamina – last year, like Paris Saint Germain, falling fatigued three from the end. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Boom Boom. Others will strongly fancy their chances. Djakadam, runner up in the last couple of years to Coneygree and Don Cossack, will hope to this time be the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
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Thursday @ Cheltenham 2017

4 to Watch 13:30 JLT Novices Chase A super-hot favourite in Ruby Walsh’s Yorkhill, but at around 11/8, it is hard to get too excited in what is a strong field. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit For example, Top Notch’s Triumph and Champion Hurdle form mark him out as a horse who could have a run, although the caveat is that he has yet to prove it at a Festival pace over fences. nike air max 2017 heren Flying Angel e/w at 2.44 with Betfair simply requires him to finish in the top half of the field, and that will do us. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen 14:50 Ryanair Steeple Chase Sponsored by Ryanair, you can bet your... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
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Cheltenham 2017 Day 2

4 to Watch 13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle Rave If you fancy spending one race getting right on it in the Guinness Tent, this could be the one. Whilst Neon Wolf will rightly have his fanciers (even at 2.92 with Betfair in a deep field,) we can’t encourage that sort of thing so early in the day. Go for a pee. 14:10 RSA Steeple Chase Alpha des Obeaux was 12/1 for this year’s RSA as long as fifteen months ago, yet in fact, the excitement about him over jumps dates back to March 2014 and a maiden point at Tinahely. But like a young English player at Arsenal, the potential hasn’t kicked on. Still, now at 7.4 with Betfair,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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King George VI 2016 – 2 to Watch

Cue Card vs Thistlecrack In the wake of a most meh selection of Premier League fixtures over the festive period, it could be left to the racing to elicit the most excitement, as Cue Card takes on Thistlecrack – last season’s World Hurdle winner takes on the King George holder, both from the Colin Tizzard stable. For this, we must give thanks on this Christmas, for the Snooks deciding to let their beast have a gallop on the biggest stage, rather than the Novices Chase at Feltham that many would have expected. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw But having looked a dead cert to win here again, Cue Card now faces a stiffer challenge, despite his winning effort in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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The Grand National 2016

4 to Watch The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey) A much improved beast this term, winning two handicaps, including the 3¼m Grimthorpe at Doncaster last month by a pretty impressive ten lengths. Jumped well last time at Aintree, and offering a strong combination of plenty in the tank, and a lightly raced engine this year, he is our tip. Kim Bailey to win a second National, just the 26 years after the first. Paddy Power will offer a nice 10/1 and that is worth a nibble. Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) Last year’s champion, and second to subsequent Gold Cup third-placer Don Poli in listed race at Aintree back in December. Warmed up for this with a smooth victory at Kelso last... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 8th, 2016
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Gold Cup 2016

Don Poli vs Dona Pendleton Dark days indeed, when the Gold Cup itself is no longer the highlight of this afternoon, let alone the entire festival. Whether Vicky Pendleton’s antics are good for the sport or not, will ultimately only be answered down on the course at around 4.12pm, but wouldn’t it just be typical of the old trophy to grab back its share of the limelight with a thrilling race. And the stage is certainly set, for at the very least, a most open one. Parallels could be made with the current Premier League title race in fact, with its openness based on inherent weakness (certainly outside the first three or four in the betting), but let’s not kick... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Grand National 2015

Shut the Front Door Although we are on the eve of Cheltenham, forgive us for looking ahead slightly and focusing on Aintree next month. The favourite, with A.P.McCoy on board will almost certainly be Shutthefrontdoor, a catchphrase popular with the kids, and that could even introduce a few into gambling. Which would be nice. Paddy Power quotes 10s right now, and it should go off as favourite considering its Irish Grand National victory in 2014, part of a haul which significantly included a Novice Chase win at Aintree. But this is the National, where only six favourites have won since 1970, and none since 2010 and Don’t Push It. And who can forget 100/1 Mon Mome coming home in 2009,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Cheltenham 2015 Preview

It’s Mid March which means Horses for courses and there’s no course quite like Cheltenham for a spectacular week of horse racing which will build up in anticipation for the Gold Cup at 3.20pm on Friday. First up on Tuesday, the first day of the festival, we have the Surpreme Novices Hurdle and we’re backing L’ami Serge in what is expected to be a straight battle against Douvan. L’armi Serge has a lofty rating of 157p after a smooth success in the Gerry Feilden – which is often a key contest in looking who can shine come Cheltenham. The negative against our prediction is the fact he was beaten six times in France, but given the sort of form he’s... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Glorious Goodwood 2014

So Good its Glorious Ah Goodwood – a meeting so lovely that one positive adjective just isn’t enough. And here are the tips… Day 1 – Lennox Stakes This Group 2 race over seven furlongs is all about Toormore, the best two year old around in 2013, but who has struggled manfully in recent outings (2000 Guineas and the St James’ Palace Stakes. The sole Group 1 winner in the field, Toormore (2.14) hails from the Richard Hannon yard, who have won this race twice in the past six years (Paco Boy and Strong Suit.) He should fancy this distance more than his other outings at a mile, and he did win over course and distance twelve months ago in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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