Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Time to Keep your Betting Under Control

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) have been a hot topic of conversation with fears for backers and layers alike. The consequences to individuals and the betting industry leading to the Gambling Commission reporting their findings for change. 

Interesting to consider the problem with gambling isn't just about money but time. As Luca Cumani once said: ''You only worry about time when you are in jail.'' 

So what is the problem with time? It is that gambling is now available 24 hours a day. 

''Time multiplied by continuous staking is an equation that can result in a speedy loss of financial resources.''

This is one reason why the Gambling Commission report on FOBT didn't simply concentrate on the maximum bet but setting time limits. This may be a better approach. 

Bookmakers are keep on loyalty scheme cards which will help punters track their betting and make an informed choice whether to carry on. In addition, it would help bookmakers identify problem gamblers. 

It is an interesting point for all gamblers - whether they consider they have a problem or not - to review how they gamble and the consequences of their actions. It gives an opportunity to assess. 

Many online bookmakers now offer the option to set time limits and alarm calls. Whether gamblers will doing this is perhaps a different matter. I would like to know the percentage of players who even use this facility. My guess is that very few do. 

There is little doubt that playing slot (which are known to be one of the most addictive forms of gambling) that a reminder can be used to appear on screen as a ''reality check''. A moment to consider. 

All these aspects of gambling bring focus of self-discipline which is something lacking for the majority of gamblers. Racing Post's betting editor said:  “the more time you have to study horseracing the more likely it is you will have all bases covered when it comes to striking a bet”, he emphasised “my policy is to find the highest-class race of the day with eight or more runners and move on to the next best if I can’t find a bet”. 

He continued: '' “I know most people don’t have that luxury, so the suggestion is to limit how many races you intend to bet on.”

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Goodwood: BHA says Violence 'casts sport in poor light'

Brainless Morons Fight at Goodwood
Fighting talk!

Some people confuse going horse racing with a boxing match. 

Four punters were seriously injured at Goodwood on Saturday when a max brawl broke out involving 50 people in ''multiple altercations''. 

The British Horse Racing Authority said: ''It casts the sport in a poor light''. It most certainly does. Drink-fueled absurdity on a grand scale. 

The BHA and Racecourse Association (RCA) are reviewing the situation while Sussex police are asking for witnesses as part of their investigation. 

All who were injured have been released from hospital. 

"Crowd control, security and alcohol policies are currently the responsibility of the racecourse and their representative body, the Racecourse Association," added the BHA.

"However, the BHA has a duty to take into account all relevant facts and matters when issuing licences. It is our intention to ensure that crowd control and behaviour are considered as part of this review." 

The BHA said it is writing to Goodwood for its assessment of the incident and "what steps they will take as a result." 

It will also contact the RCA "for their views on issues regarding racegoer behaviour more generally".

RCA chief executive Stephen Atkin added: "It is an unwelcome spotlight on the sport, but does not undermine customer feedback that racing is one of the safest sports to visit. 

"It is not a frequent problem, when you have a popular sport and attract large crowds, you do need to be aware of the risk of some unacceptable behaviour from time to time. 

"We will look at the events and whether things could have been done better." 

The RCA already work with racecourses to promote responsible drinking and measures have already been introduced to counter drug use.

Watch this video from Talk Sport as Alan Brazil and Jim White battle about the brawl. 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

A Nation of Gamblers

So you love to gamble. 

I bet I love to gamble more than you. I guess we all know someone who doesn't just bet - they bet! Probably more casino gamblers bet big. It's just an inkling. I have been to the Grosvenor Casino at Yarmouth and a few of the regulars don't hold back. One bloke, Graham, doesn't seem stressed by betting a thousand pound a spin on roulette. Makes my 50p (fun bet) look foolishly poor. In truth, it is the only time I bet for fun because I think it builds bad habits. Opening the floodgates starts with an inch or two. But back to betting. Graham must have had a few days where he didn't feel so jubilant going home. He can't be short of a few quid. Either that, or he has borrowed to the hilt. You never know. 

I remember going to the Grosvenor Casino at Luton and there was an Indian man who seemed even more interesting than Graham. I say more interesting as meaning he bet more money. His wife sat at the roulette table drinking tea and not showing much expression to her husbands substantial losses. It was strange as he seemed even more blank-faced than his trouble and strife. He never took less than £50 notes out of his pocket and when those had gone went to the desk and had about 50 tokens worth £500+. We saw him lose £15,000 in a couple of hours. 

He didn't seem in the slightest bit perturbed. 

They say the biggest gambling takes place in Hong Kong. Happy gamblers at Happy Value and a myriad of betting from the sublime to the ridiculous. 

Who do you know who bets big? 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Your Guide to the Martingale (Betting System)

Is it possible you can use a simple betting system to win money at the casino?

You may have heard of the Martingale Betting System. 

This system originated in France and was popular in the 18th century. In its simplest form it can be seen with a toss of a coin: heads or tails. 

The idea being that the gamblers doubles his bet every time he loses. The first win would see you recover all your previous losses plus with a profit of the original stake. 

For this reason, the Martingale system has been used by players of roulette and betting black or red. 

In theory, this is a guaranteed winner because sooner or later the system will bet on a winning black or red. The trouble is that few gamblers have infinite wealth and also few casino allow you to be over a certain limit. 

For example, look at how quickly your bet increases:

£10, £20, £40, £80, £160, £320, £640, £1280...

In truth, you cannot win because the value remain less than zero with the house edge of zero. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Cheltenham Abandoned

Hot Day
From heavy ground for the Grand National to high temperatures at Cheltenham, we Brits love to talk about the weather. 

To be fair for very good reason. However, the fact that a hot day in the sun is enough to abandon the mares' race at Cheltenham may be a sign of things to come. The welfare of horses is of utmost importance and when the temperatures when up to 25 degrees them track vets were asked to make a decision for the sapping 3m 2f chase. 

On the same card, three horses - running over less distances - had suffered heat stress and vets were concerned runners may well be affected. 

After the ending race, Dame Rose collapsed and died, although connections will need a post-mortem   to establish the facts. 

Trainers had mixed viewed about the abandonment of the race. Donald McCain, Charlie Man & Fergal O'Brien were critical. 

Richard Johnston and Dan Skelton suggests it was the quick change in weather which meant horses were not acclimatized. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The First Woman to Ride a Grand National Winner?

The First Woman to Ride a Grand National Winner?
You don't need me to tell you that the Grand National is almost here. Listen hard and you can hear the name Red Rum whispered with joyful praise. That emotive music score from composer Carl Davis. I really should watch the film Champions detailing the heartfelt story of man and horse: Bob Champion and Aldaniti who proved victorious in 1981. 

The Grand National has so many stories. I mean, most of the fences are named after horses who got lucky (Foinavon) or unfortunate jockeys (Captain Becher) who hid in a ditch after his horse fell. This race is built on stories. 

Who could forget Jenny Pitman the first woman to train a National winner in 1983 when Corbiere stormed home. She won again in 1995 with Royal Athlete at 40/1. 

At some point, it has all happened. 

We know one thing that has never happened but it could do if lady luck has anything to do with the result on 14th April. 

Could we see the first woman to ride a Grand National winner?

If the betting is anything to be believed, this year could be the closest we come to a story which many would consider on a par with the three victories of Red Rum.

Baie Des Iles - the flashy grey mare - has been heavily backed in the betting - slashed to 16/1. Katie Walsh is primed for the biggest race of her life at 5:15 Aintree, Saturday 14th April

Walsh came close to winning in 2012 but this time she could make history. 

Few people remember that it took the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act to make it possible for female jockeys to take part. 

The first female jockey to take part being Charlotte Brew in 1977, riding 200/1 outsider Barony Fort. The duo didn't complete the course after her mounted refused to jump the 26th fence. In fact, it took until 1982 for Geraldine Rees to complete the course in 8th riding Cheers a 66/1 shot. Other notable achievements include Carrie Ford finishing fifth in 2005 on 8/1 second favourite Forest Gunner. 

Katy Walsh has come the closest to winning when third on second-favourite Seabass in 2012.   

Baie Des Iles is trained by Ross O'Sullivan. The seven-year-old grey mare most recently finished third when contesting a race at Punchestown (Ireland) on heavy going. Katie Walsh rode the horse as she has on its last eight runs. Support came for this horse after being priced 50/1 last week.     

Only three grey horses have won the Grand National. 
  • The Lamb (1868, 1871)
  • Nicolause Silver (1961)
  • Neptune Collenges (2012) 

Friday, 30 March 2018

4 Veteran Horses That Could Go Well in the 2018 Grand National

Since 2000, 10 Grand National winners have been aged 10 or over – that suggests older horses fare better in Aintree’s extended 4m 2f handicap marathon. 

This supports a broader trend relating to the world’s greatest steeplechase, which is that there’s no substitute for experience. Five of the first 11 past the post last year were also 10-year-olds and over. 

This year’s renewal on Merseyside promises to be as open as ever. Couple that with the above stats, and it begs the question should punters be looking to back older horses? Taking this veterans angle, here are four horses over the age of 10 that could go well in the 2018 Grand National and may be worth an each-way punt. 

Saint Are

With 2017 winner One For Arthur and runner-up Cause Of Causes both ruled out of Aintree this year, that leaves the third horse past the post Saint Are as the best performer from 12  months ago set to go again. Trained by Tom George since the start of the 2014/15 season, this 12-year-old has had seven career starts over the special Aintree course. 

Saint Are has placed in two Grand Nationals – also back in 2015 when he was second behind the late, great Many Clouds. He has also fallen at the first fence and been pulled up in the race too, but races off the same mark as last year and that gives him claims of making the frame yet again at 50/1 with Paddy Power's Grand National latest odds

Gas Line Boy Last year’s Grand National fifth Gas Line Boy also holds an entry in the Topham Chase over those unique spruce fences during the Aintree Festival. If taking up his engagement in the big race once again, then the 12-year-old gets in off an official rating of 4lb higher than 12 months ago. The Ian Williams trained 12-year-old won the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase held over 2m 5f on the National course. That is the same distance as the Topham, but 33/1 Grand National chance Gas Line Boy has already demonstrated he can handle the marathon trip. 


One For Arthur landed the Classic Chase on route to Grand National glory last season, so Warwick successor Milansbar is another thorough stayer to consider. The Neil King trained 11-year-old doesn’t have any Aintree experience but is set to be partnered by popular rising star jockey Bryony Frost in the big one. While prominent racer Milansbar needs a few more horses to drop out to be sure of a run, he should sneak in off a nice racing weight of 10st 5lb. Although only fifth in the Eider Chase at Newcastle after his Warwick win, he was also second in the Midlands Grand National and these displays over 4m plus show no doubt about Milansbar’s Aintree credentials at 33/1.

Winning the Welsh Grand National as a 13-year-old was hugely impressive from Raz De Maree and connections will be hoping it’s third time lucky at Aintree. Trained in Ireland by Gavin Cromwell, he also finished runner-up to subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River at Chepstow during the previous season.
No 13-year-old has won the Grand National in the postwar era, but 40/1 chance Raz De Maree hasn’t finished outside the first two when completing three of his four starts this campaign. He was unlucky when unseating while avoiding a fallen horse at Aintree last year and Raz De Maree was also eighth back in the 2014 running.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wrong Result Called at Kempton

Kempton photo was wrong
Punters out of pocket as Kempton result is amended in photo-finish farce.

Sometime you win and lose. Others, you lose and win. How can it be possible? Well it can when a photo-finish is called as the result only to be amended afterwards. 

Another down for British racing and punters left feeling they can do little right. 

Even worse when it was an odds-on winner. Friday, 8:45 Kempton. Oregon Gift was incorrectly called the loser in the 1m 4f handicap. However, the result was amended but the original result stands so the odds-on backers lost out while 8/1 shot, Bird For Life, prove a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush for those punters who got lucky. 

The BHA said: '' Clearly the whole team is disappointed to have to correct any race result after the day. It is important that these results are called accurately.
"While it is appropriate that our processes allow us to put this right financially by the owner of the winning horse, we are aware that the betting public are significantly affected by issues such as this owing to the fact that the rules of betting mean that the result called on the day stands for betting purposes. We apologise to everyone affected."

Monday, 26 March 2018

300 Bets Per Second

Sky Bet
It sounds an impressive number of bets. And no, that wasn't me and Eric Winner of an average Saturday.

So who bet 300 times per second? Unsurprisingly, it was the general public over the Cheltenham Festival 2018. This was the news from Sky Bet. They detailed their talents financial gain on the Racing Post: ''Sky Bet figures soar as company revels in Cheltenham Festival bonanza''

What else did they say:
  • Busiest Cheltenham Festival ever
  • Increased customer base to 2 million in last half year
  • Six month group revenue increased by 47% to £339 million

Flint said: "We have just enjoyed our busiest ever Cheltenham, with bet volumes peaking at just over 300 bets per second, so with strong momentum in the first half of the year, we will maintain our focus on investment in talent and technology, delivering innovative and quality products and offers to our customers, leaving us confident that we can deliver further growth."

He said: “It was particularly pleasing to launch a fully integrated safer gambling campaign during the period, and we continue to increase our investment in research, data analysis and capability to provide a safe and responsible gambling environment for our customers."

Flint added: "We support a mandatory research levy, and increased regulation from the Gambling Commission to protect customers that are at risk.

"We also extended our headline sponsorship of the English Football League for an additional five years, taking it through to the 2023-24 season, with responsible gambling at the heart of the agreement."
The firm's employee base also continues to grow with headcount up by 230, mainly at its Yorkshire base.
Flint said: "We are proud of our record of job creation and investment in Yorkshire, with an additional 230 jobs created in the period, as well as our contribution to regional and national taxation. A report by WPI Economics estimates that we contributed over £300m gross value added to the Yorkshire economy in 2016-17, and we plan to continue investing in the region."
Sky Bet also went live with their second international site during the period with skybet.de launching to German sports betting customers.
Flint said: "This business aims to provide the same quality of user experience, range of bets and simplicity to German customers that our UK and Italian customers have come to expect from us."

Friday, 16 March 2018

What You Need To Know Before Betting on Horse Racing

Betting on horses
Horse racing, along with football is the most popular sport in the country in terms of how much money is gambled on it, and this has been the case for many, many decades. What makes horse racing so attractive is the thrill of the race itself, the amount of upsets which can happen at any given race, and the possibility of winning big cash from a single meet.

If you have been thinking about having a dabble with horse racing, there are some things which you are going to need to understand first. Unlike many sporting events, those who bet on horses need to have a real speciality for picking the right horse at the right time, and here are some tips which you’ll need to start moving towards that level.

Form is Everything

Of course there are always races where the favourite falls and the 100/1 long-shot rides home to victory, but in most cases the form guide rings true. First of all it is important that you get the latest insights so you can make the right choice when betting on horse racing, secondly, it is vital that you understand what you are looking for. In horse racing you need to study form with additional factors compared with say football or rugby, as horse races fall into weight classes, they range in lengths, the conditions regularly change too, and with these factors, the possibility of a horse’s success also changes. Make sure that you study how horses have fared in the past, in similar races and conditions to what they will be racing on today. Another factor is how the horse has fared in the past, with the today’s jockey, this can make a huge difference.

Understanding Bets

There are many markets and bet types which you can try out when betting on horses, and it is important that you understand them so that you can bet with success.

Outright - The pick as to who will win and usually will have longer odds than other selections, if the horse wins, so do you, anything but first and you lose.

Each Way - This involves two bets, a bet for the horse to win, and a second bet for the horse to finish 2nd or 3rd. If you place £2.50 each way, the bet value will be £5 and you will win money if the horse finishes in the top 3.

There are also bets like you see in other sporting events such as doubles, trebles and accumulators, but you have to be mighty lucky or very intelligent to pick out 2, 3 or even 4 winners in a single meet.

Horse racing is not as scary as it seems, it comes down to studying the facts, understanding how to read them, and then playing safe with your bets until you have enough experience to be bolshy.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Choose Best Online Site For Grand National Betting sports

Betting on the Grand National 2018
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Top Hennessy Gold Cup winners

Bobs Worth
The Hennessy Gold Cup was first run in 1957 with Mandarin as its first winner. It is run at Newbury over a distance of about 3 miles and 2½ furlongs. During its initial years, it used to be run at Cheltenham and after three years it was transferred to Newbury.

In the UK, the hugely popular Cheltenham Festival is now nearing rapidly with mounting anticipation from all the fans and punters. For four days, the Prestbury Park will witness the best of horse racing from all the best horses in the UK and Ireland.

And just like the top bookmakers will bring the best betting offers for the Cheltenham Festival, freebets will also give you the best Cheltenham betting tips and updates you will not find anywhere else. See what are the changes of Might Bite and Native River for the Gold Cup? How the horses of Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins are faring? You will get all the tips regarding the RSA Chase, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Stayers Hurdle etc. Also you can enjoy all the odds of all the races during the four days of Champion Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick's Day and Gold Cup Day.

Find all the leading bookmakers at one place for all your punting. Avail from the No Runner No Bet offer of Bet365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. Bet365 is the most trusted and forward thinking bookmaker you will find. While Ladbrokes is most popular for its Bet £5 Get up to £50. You might also like to know that Paddy Power is offering the Non Runner No Bet on all 28 races of the Cheltenham Festival. Betfair Free Bets are very simple to claim and they can get up to £100 while William Hill gives £30 in free bets.

1- Mandarin

Mandarin was the first horse to win the 1957 Hennessy Gold Cup when it was staged at Cheltenham. Fulke Walwyn was the trainer of Mandarin.

Besides his first victory, he won four years later as well in 1961 giving his trainer the third victory in just five runnings. Fulke Walwyn would later collect four more titles to become the leading handler in the history of the Hennessy Gold Cup.

2- Arkle

Arkle was called a freak of nature by the famous racing commentator Peter O'Sullevan. In racing, larger weight is considered as a huge impediment for racehorses but Arkle managed to get so many victories despite this disadvantage.

He won three Gold Cups, an Irish National, a King George besides winning several other titles as well. And he got two consecutive victories at the Hennessy Gold Cup to become the only horse to do so in the race's history. He has 212 Timeform rating which is the highest number ever given to a racehorse.

3- Mill House

Mill House was one of the best racehorses of all time in the UK. Although his career became overshadowed by the legendary Arkle, still he was quite a brilliant horse himself.

The season of 1963 was the best season of his career when he won the Hennessy Gold Cup, the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup as well.

His clash with Arkle in the 1964 Gold Cup was one of the most famous races of all time. Mill House lost the race but only by five lengths. He won the Gainsborough Chase for three times and the Whitbread Gold Cup one time. Out of the 34 starts, Mill House managed to win 16 times with 6 seconds and 2 thirds.

4- Denman

Deman was affectionately called as The Tank. His rivalry with Kauto Star in the Gold Cup was hugely famous. However, it was in the Hennessy Gold Cup that he got victories in both 2007 and 2009 to earn himself a great name. Out of his first 15 starts, he managed to win 14 times.

Denman beat the stable-mate Kauto Star in the all important Cheltenham Gold Cup of 2008. It is worth remembering that Kauto Star is the famous racehorse who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup of 2007 and 2009.

5- Bobs Worth

The Nicky Henderson trained Bobs Worth has won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (2011), the RSA Chase (2012) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2013). These wins put him in the ranks of Flyingbolt for registering 3 different victories at consecutive Cheltenham Festivals.

The Hennessy Gold Cup also came his way in 2012 at Newbury.

Monday, 26 February 2018

2018 Ryanair Chase – Wait A Min, It's Un Des Sceaux

Un Des Sceaux
The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy). This Grade 1 National Hunt race is open to horses aged five years and older. Seventeen fences run over 2m 5f. It takes place on day three of the Festival 15th March.

Get ready for this racing spectacular.

2:50 Cheltenham 

This race has a relatively short history compared with the likes of the Gold Cup. We have to go back to 2005 for its inauguration. Thisthatandtother winning for Paul Nicholls, ridden by Ruby Walsh. Readers may remember Taranis won for the same partnership in 2007. This French-bred gelding being the youngest victor at six years of age.

Albertas Run is the most successful horse winning twice in 2010 & 2011 for Jonjo O'Neill and A P McCoy.

Ruby Walsh has found favour in this race with four wins from 2005 – 2017. Un De Sceaux being the most recent winner taking last year's contest in game style. Willie Mullins has won the last two years, Vautour in 2016.

As mentioned, Taranis is the youngest winner, aged six back in 2007. The oldest being ten-year-olds Albertas Run (2011), Fondmort (2006) & Our Vic (2008).

Trainers with two wins in the Ryanair Chase: Nicky Henderson, David Pipe, Paul Nicholls & Jonjo O'Neill.

2:50 Cheltenham - The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy) 

Don't miss these Cheltenham betting tips. Let's take a look at a few major hopes.

Willie Mullins may have a few aces up his sleeve. Certainly, Un Des Sceaux is going to take some stopping after winning this race in 2017. This is a son of Denham Red. A French-bred gelding who has won 20 of his 26 races. Total earning over £1m. That level of prize winnings tells a story. He won ''gamely'' last year by just under two lengths. There isn't any reason to knock this horse who will most likely start favourite. Williamhill are best priced at 3/1. Interesting to see how this horse goes in the betting on the day. If drifting a fraction, would be a steal for each-way punters.

Willie Mullins is such a powerhouse that he has a number of entrants for the Ryanair Chase. This number gives strength and depth but it might be an issue for punters interested in ante-post bets. You don't want to see a non runner.

Mullins has a number of possible runners: Un Des Sceaux 3/1, Douvan 8/1, Min 10/1, Yorkhill 10/1, Benie Des Dieux, Djakadam 16/1, Killultagh Vic 20/1, Bachasson 20/1 & Bellshill 25/1. This army of entrants may well be reason enough to wait until the day to bet.

Waiting Patiently could throw a spanner in the works of Irish fans. Ruth Jefferson trains from Norton, North Yorkshire. She must be dreaming of this son of Flemensfirth. Owned by Richard Collins. This seven-year-old bay gelding has achieved seven straight wins. His official rating 120 to 156. This progressive horse beat Cue Card last time out. William Hill have him priced at 3/1.

Other talents:

Fox Norton. Colin Tizzard's charge had been going great guns until pulling up on his last start. Priced 11/2 with Hills, this eight-year-old has something to prove. Each-way backers could still take an interest.

Willie Mullins trains four entrants for Mrs S Ricci who is no stranger to success at the Festival. Douvan is the best fancied at odds of 8/1. Not seen for almost a year after finishing lame in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Min could be a real danger. This gelding sired by Walk In The Park is a 6/1 shot.

The two other horses to run in these familiar silks are Djakadam (16/1) & Benie Des Dieaux (16/1).

William Hill betting: Un Des Sceaux 3/1, Waiting Patiently 3/1, Fox Norton 11/2, Min 6/1, Douvan 8/1, Top Notch 8/1, York Hill 10/1, Balko Des Flos 9/1. 14/1 Bar.

At the time of writing, 28 horses are still entered for this race. You may reap rewards if a few big names take other engagements. Un Des Sceaux looks a worthy favourite. However, Waiting Patiently and Min could be each-way alternatives. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Three Tips For The 2018 Grand National At Aintree

The Grand National at Aintree is one of the biggest races of the season in the UK and a contest off which punters love to try to find the winner. Due to the make-up of the race - 40 runners who are handicapped to have an equal chance of coming out on top - it poses a great challenge for those placing a bet.
Here are three horses which tick all the right boxes ahead of the 2018 steeplechase and could add their name into history in Merseyside.

Definitly Red

Definitly Red went into the Grand National 2017 as one of the fancied runners in the field, however, unfortunately for his connections, he was pulled up before the ninth fence. A mistake at the sixth obstacle looked to hamper the horse and he never really recovered.

The nine-year-old goes into his second attempt at the 4m2f contest in even better form this time around. Brian Ellison’s runner won the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree back in December, while just last month, he landed the Grade Two Cotswold Chase by eight lengths in a field which included Bristol De Mai and American.
The options over the next couple of months are endless for Definitly Red as his form has been good enough for the horse to take his chance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham and for him to travel across to the Punchestown Festival in Ireland. The Grand National looks the most likely route though and as long as he learns from his mistake in 2017, he should be battling it out at the finish this time around at Aintree.

Total Recall

One of the leading Irish horses set to compete in the Grand National this year is Total Recall who has been faultless this season with three victories in three stars for Irish Champion Trainer Willie Mullins. The nine-year-old moved stables back in September and it has worked for the horse as he has found a huge improvement from the change in scenery.
Mullins has only once won the Grand National as he was successful in 2005 with Hedgehunter. The Irishman has dominated the Cheltenham Festival meeting over the last few years but he will be hoping to improve his record at Aintree when Total Recall lines up in the 40 runner field.
Arguably Total Recall’s best win so far this season came in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Aintree where he scored by a neck ahead of Whisper. He then returned at Leopardstown in a handicap over hurdles to ensure he kept his mark down over fences.
Total Recall is a top price of 20/1 on the Oddchecker comparison page of all the bookmakers betting on the race. His odds are likely to shorten the closer we get to the race as punters like to get behind Mullins’ runners, especially when they have the form behind them like this chaser does.


Vicente lined up in the 2017 Grand National as former Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls’ leading hope, however, his time in the race did not last very long as he came down at the opening fence. Despite that disappointment, connections of their horse got some decent compensation as just weeks later, he won the Scottish Grand National, a victory which would have been unlikely if he wasn’t as fresh as he was due to the failure at Aintree.

His success in the 2017 Scottish Grand National was his second win in the feature race at Ayr. That proves the nine-year-old is very comfortable at long distance races over four miles. The only concern with the horse is that he is prone to the odd mistake over his fences as we saw on his last start at Chepstow where he unseated his jockey, Sam-Twiston Davies.
All Grand National winners get a bit of luck in running at Aintree, whether that is with a clear passage around the track or by recovering from a mistake, therefore, Vicente is worth sticking with as if things do go his way, he is more than good enough to take advantage to give Nicholls his second-ever winner in the race.
Good luck with your bets and remember to take the odds on your selection as most runners in the Grand National are shorter when the runners set off.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Stewards' Inquiry: Place Your Bets

Stewards' Inquiry
Bookmakers love their sayings. 

At Great Yarmouth racecourse, one of the turf accountants plies his trade with the call to eager holidaymakers, bettors and children with an ice cream: ''Money without work.'' Those words seem to hang in the air longer than the routine chatter to a point where I would pay £20 for a moment of his silence. As a matter of principle, I would never bet with a bookie who thought I put so little time, blood, sweat and tears (of joy) into my analysis.

If betting on the races is money without work, I'm not sure what he would say about a photo finish. 

Betting on a photo finish. Is that your kind of bet? They are funny, old wagers. You can see the evidence before you. We know who has won and lost until we hear ''STEWARDS' INQUIRY''. The look of horror on those who have backed the ''winner'' a glimmer of hope for those on the ''second''. Other punters too busy searching the floor for a screwed-up betting ticket because they didn't think much at all. 

Your fate is in the hands of the stewards. I've never seen a steward, well not one who decides which horse is the moral victory. 

''I think that bump just before the finishing line made the difference...'' 

Very few horses have double-barrelled names but stewards do. Or that's the impression I have whether right or wrong. 

Have you ever bet on a stewards' inquiry? What is your thinking behind such a bet? Obviously, you have taken an opinion. But, in truth, you should be betting on the opinion of the stewards because you can shout ''Money without work'' but if you are not in the position of creating the truth you may be in for a surprise. 

Take yesterday's result in the 2:10 Beverley. 

Requinto Dawn was first past the post while Weeton ''second'' lost by a nose and a bump. I say a bump because along with wandering slightly across the course, Requinto Dawn bumped Julie Camacho's horse a yard or two before the line. 

The betting on the exchanges had Requinto Dawn priced 1/6f to keep the race. Pundits on Racing UK seemingly convinced it was going to keep the race. Although the lady on the programme said she would wait for the result as you can never tell...

Lots of punters betting on the favourite to keep the race. Easy money! Money without even thinking about work. 

Oh dear. 

Somehow, somehow, somehow...

The result: Weeton was awarded the race. Plenty of punters shouting double-barrel words.