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How to bet on horse racing

To many who like to bet on sport, betting on horse racing is a big turn-off. It’s shrouded in strange jargon. When they come across the racing page in their daily paper or on their laptop and they struggle to make sense of it. The names of the horses are easy enough but what’s ‘5 11-7’ all about? What does ‘CD’, ‘BF’ or ‘42U-3P7’ next to a horse’s name mean? And what’s a ‘furlong’? This is part of our series

Horse racing

Arkle Chase – the main contenders

Cheltenham’s Arkle Chase is still three months away but so far four main contenders have emerged. Two are from Britain, two from Ireland. Amy Murphy’s Kalashnikov did a good deal right last season. He won the Betfair Hurdle and came second in the Supreme Novices’. But he has the right build for a chaser and is unbeaten in two starts over fences. Yes, they were just minor contests at Warwick and Plumpton but he impressed with his jumping and won

Horse racing

Two-mile chasers – prospects for Cheltenham

Altior is odds on to retain his crown in the two-mile Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March. That’s no surprise given his performance in the Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday. His four-length defeat of Un De Sceaux means he is now unbeaten in 15 starts over hurdles and fences. Un De Sceaux is no mug. He’s a top-class two-mile chaser with seven Grade 1 chase wins to his name including the Arkle and the Ryanair. In April he won the

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Horse racing

Longines Hong Kong International Races on Sunday

This Sunday features the Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin, with four Group 1 contests worth a total of HK$93 million (about £9.3m). This year’s meeting falls a little below its normal high standard. There are no runners from America this time. What’s more, quarantine issues have reduced the Australian challenge to just one horse. There is a strong contingent from Europe and Japan. However, it is worth noting that Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux are the only

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Horse racing

Bar One Racing day at Fairyhouse

There’s a great card at Fairyhouse on Sunday with three Grade 1 contests sponsored by Bar One Racing. The other races are good too, but let’s focus on the three Grade 1s Bar One Racing Royal Bond Hurdle (1.05) Gordon Elliott won this last year with Mengli Khan and runs Commander Of Fleet here. He won the Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown in April and made a winning debut over hurdles at the same course last month. That was over

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Horse racing

Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle – tip for Saturday

This weekend’s big hurdle race is the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle. First run in 1969, its title refers to the nickname of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Its roll call of winners includes most of the great hurdlers of the 1970s. Comedy Of Errors won it three years running. Birds Nest also won it three times. Sea Pigeon won it twice, Night Nurse once. Gaye Brief, Kribensis and Beech Road all won the Fighting Fifth during the 1980s. However, since then

Betfair Chase
Horse racing

Gold Cup shake up following Betfair Chase

What can we make of Saturday’s Betfair Chase result? Was Bristol De Mai that much of a surprise? Where does that put Might Bite’s Gold Cup prospects? And how about those Haydock fences? One thing is clear: Bristol De Mai likes Haydock. If Haydock staged the Gold Cup, he would be the favourite, yet he’s a 20-1 Gold Cup long shot. He’s 50-1 to land the £1 million treble of the Betfair, King George and Gold Cup. That’s because punters

Cheltenham Festival Day 4
Horse racing

Cheltenham 2019 – a guide to the Grade 1 hurdles

The Cheltenham 2019 Festival is still four months away but the last few weeks have given us an early insight into some of the main contenders. The next five or six weeks will see a lot more of them in action. Meanwhile, here are a few hurdlers that may be worth an interest at big prices. Cheltenham 2019 Supreme Novice The ante-post favourite for the Supreme has yet to run in Britain or Ireland. His name is Annamix, he’s trained

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Horse racing

Betfair Chase – Haydock Park Saturday 24th September

Whilst only 5 runners go to post for the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday it is still a high quality field. In my opinion any of the 5 could win the race. Currently heading the market is the Nicky Henderson trained Might Bite.  He suffered his only defeat last season in an enthralling Cheltenham Gold Cup.  He will surely find the going here much more to his liking.  It is anticipated that the going will be Good to Soft which will

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Horse racing

Hong Kong hosts great Sunday card

There are three big races in Hong Kong on Sunday. Sha Tin hosts the Jockey Club Cup, the Jockey Club Sprint and the Jockey Club Mile. All are live on At The Races and Racing UK. In the Cup, Adulation, takes on Pakistan Star, both trained by Tony Cruz. So far this season, Adulation has finished a staying on fifth in a Group 2 over a mile and fourth in a Group 3 at 1,800 metres. Cruz reckons the step

Horse racing

Clonmel Oil Chase is Thursday’s highlight

Thursday’s card at Clonmel features the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase. It is Clonmel’s big race of the year. Some fine chasers have won the Clonmel Oil Chase since its first running in 1992. Imperial Call won in 1995, going on to land the next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Dorans Pride, one of the great crowd pleasers of Irish racing, won the race four years in a row, from 1997 to 2000. Beef Or Salmon won it in 2002 but

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Horse racing

Stride guide is aid to finding winners

How long is a horse’s stride? How many strides does a horse make per second? No idea? Well, now it is possible to find the answer, as Simon Rowlands explains in this month’s Kingsley Klarion, the journal of Mark Johnston Racing. A technology company called Total Performance Data (TPD) has published figures on stride length and frequency. A horse called Daily Trader became the first winner to have his strides measured electronically when landing a mile race at Southwell in

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Badger Ales Trophy is oldest sponsored chase

Wincanton’s Badger Ales Trophy takes place on Saturday. It is Britain’s longest-running sponsored chase. The Hennessy and Whitbread Gold Cups both date from 1957 but those names no longer exist.  Awarded Listed status in 2003, it is thus the oldest chase still run under its original name. The race began as the Badger Brewery Handicap Chase in March 1963. Quick Step II won it that year, trained and ridden by Billy Williams, the father of present day trainer Ian. The

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Newbury holds first jumps card of season

The Flat turf season ends at Doncaster on Saturday, so the jumpers now take centre stage. Newbury holds its first jump card of the season on Thursday. It is worth a look with an eye to the future. Two races stand out. A field of nine go to post for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at 2.25. Paul Nicholls’ Posh Trish is the likely market choice. She won a Listed bumper at Cheltenham last year and made a winning start over

Horse racing

Melbourne Cup can go to British runner

It’s the Race That Stops A Nation in Australia tomorrow. No British-trained horse has ever won the Melbourne Cup but they have gone mighty close many times. It’s our best chance yet this year. Ten of the 24 runners hail from Britain or Ireland, but nine of them fill the top 11 places in the betting. Only two Australian horses are shorter than 25-1. Even so, the Melbourne Cup is a hard race to win and some of the well

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Horse racing

Down Royal stages its biggest chase

Down Royal holds its biggest chase, the JNwine.com Champion Chase on Saturday. The course made news for the wrong reasons last month. Its future was put in doubt after a statement by the track that it would close at the end of the year. Then, in an about turn, Merrion Property Group, who bought Down Royal in 2005, said they planned to run the track from the start of next year and continue racing. The Down Royal two-day Northern Ireland

Horse racing

Montrose Stakes on Newmarket’s last day

There is always an end of term feel to Newmarket’s last day of the year. The weather is often on the bleak side too. Saturday’s card has three Listed contests including the Montrose Stakes for two-year-old fillies over a mile. It takes its name from Caroline, Duchess of Montrose (1818-94). Commonly known as ‘Carrie Red’ due to the colour of her hair, she married the Duke of Montrose when just 17 years old. The Duke of Montrose had no interest

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Bosra Sham Stakes heads Newmarket Friday card

Friday’s Newmarket card has the Bosra Sham Stakes, a Listed race for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs. First run in 2003, it recalls Henry Cecil’s fine filly Bosra Sham, who won seven of her ten races. She won the 1,000 Guineas and the Champion Stakes in 1996 and was voted Europe’s top three-year-old filly. Bosra Sham started odds-on for her last two starts but won neither. She finished third in the 2007 Eclipse Stakes, beaten just over a length by

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Horse racing

Futurity is last Group 1 of the season

Saturday’s Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster is the final Group 1 race of Britain’s Flat racing year. It’s for two-year-olds over one mile. The Futurity has had a number of names since its inception in 1961 as the Timeform Gold Cup. Timeform’s founder, Phil Bull, saw a need for a top-class two-year-old race of more than six furlongs. The Dewhurst Stakes was not then a major race. The Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes were the two big ones. Timeform

Horse racing

Enable – will she win in America?

Will Enable succeed where others have failed? She is due to run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on November 3. However, that race has so far proved a graveyard for Arc winners. None has done the double, so she’ll create history if she wins. But that’s the big word – if. Seven Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners tried to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf. They all failed, so Enable must  do something no other Arc winner

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