Horse Racing

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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Ascot 2014 – 4 to Watch

Something to watch before the World Cup starts Tuesday – St James’s Palace Stakes The 1-2 from the 2,000 Guineas stand out in a small but high-quality field. We fancy Kingman (5/4 with Ladbrokes) as a winner, with the Ascot bend playing right into his hands. Kingman’s long suggested that he could be the best three-year-old miler in Europe. Expect him to prove it on the biggest stage of all. Wednesday – Prince of Wales Stakes Looked at simply, Treve (4/6 with Ladbrokes) is the best horse in the world never mind this race. But this is now different from any other for Treve, because she comes into it on the back of a defeat, which brings a psychological dimension... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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And they’re off…

3 Rules for Betting on The Grand National 2014 1. Forget the hype; at heart, the National remains a long-distance handicap chase Teaforthree (10.5 favourite) is a great jumper, and looked magisterial over the fences when finishing 3rd here last year. He certainly isn’t the value bet, but on his day, he can be brilliant. The favourite is never a popular Aintree punt, but don’t discount it outright just because it’s the National. 2. Consider the Cheltenham handicap. Last year was the first time since 2008 that none of the first four home had last run at the Festival. Do your homework before having a punt. Speaking of which… 3. The Grand National isn’t Eastenders In other words, whilst the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Cheltenham Festival 2014

4 to Watch Tuesday – The Champion Hurdle Run over the minimum two-miles and lower jumps, the Champion Hurdle is the kingmaker for the real National Hunt speedsters Tip – Hurricane Fly 4.4 Hurricane Fly became the first horse since 1975 to win back the Champion Hurdle crown, and now he will attempt to become only the third ever 10-year-old winner of the race. Wednesday – The Queen Mother Champion Chase Run over the same distance as the Champion Hurdle, but with more ferocious jumps, the Champion Chase has been won in the past by equine legends such as Master Minded and Sprinter Sacre. Tip – Sire De Grugy 3.7 Gary Moore’s star has done little wrong this term, hoovering... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
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Glorious Goodwood 2013

Glamorous and as the name says, ‘glorious’ it’s time for the horse racing aficionados to descend on Goodwood for five days of racing in West Sussex. One of the highlights of the flat racing calendar it features two Group One races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes which will definitely be the main attractions. First up, the one-mile Sussex Stakes looks set to be a straight battle between Dawn Approach (6/5 at Bet365) and Toronado (6/4 with Ladbrokes). Open to horses up to five years old, we’ll have a new winner this year after Frankel was victorious in the last two. Dawn Approach leads the head to head 2-0 against Toronado, but was only the victor by a short... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
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Royal Ascot 2013

Horse Racing fans turn their attention to Berkshire this week as the Royal meeting takes place over five days, with the Gold Cup on Thursday being the highlight. With seven Group One races there’s plenty of quality on show and hopefully our tips will help you gallop towards some profit. Our best bet of the first day, comes in the Coventry Stakes at 4.25pm. It could be the story many will want to see if Frankie Dettori can complete his rehabilitation on board Thunder Strike and we think he will. Thunder Strike has won on his last three starts and having handled the unique Epsom track so well, we expect him to go better on this more conventional course. At... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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