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Spread betting not for the faint hearted

It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Sporting Index introduced spread betting to the British betting public. Spread betting began in America in the 1940s. A bookmaker named Charles K McNeill began offering spreads on the outcome of sports matches. However, Sporting Index’s model was quite different. It is is based on stock exchange principles but has been adapted to suit sports markets. Football, golf, cricket, rugby and snooker are perfect sports for spread betting. Horse

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Back before you know it, that’s the jumps season

No sooner has one jumps season finished then it’s back with another. Sandown brought down the curtain on the 2016/17 season but 2017/18 starts tomorrow. Why isn’t there a proper break, even if it’s only a week? Yesterday’s finale at Sandown was great, although I still feel it would be better as a two-day mixed meeting with Flat and jumping on both days. Menorah produced a fine performance to win the Oaksey Chase. Furthermore, it’s good that he has been

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
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Bet365 Gold Cup Sandown Park

National Hunt Finale Saturday sees the finale of the National Hunt season with the Bet365 Gold Cup taking centre stage.  The action takes place at Sandown Park and for the first time this is not a mixed card which is slightly disappointing.  Paul Nicholls still has an outside chance of catching Nicky Henderson in the trainers championship and we shall look at their main hopes in this article a little later. 2 previous winners of the gold Cup are in

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
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Sandown Saturday should still be mixed

Tomorrow’s Sandown Saturday marks the end of the jumps season. Therefore, it is an all jumps card. However, a mixed meeting would be far better. The day used to feature the Whitbread Gold Cup, supported by five Flat races. The late Lord Oaksey called it his favourite day of the year. Even so, there was still room for improvement. Sandown Park got it right when they added another chase and a hurdle race to make it a proper mixed meeting.

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Rich pickings on offer at Punchestown

Following Cheltenham and Aintree, the third spring festival meeting takes place this week at Punchestown and there are more rich pickings on offer. Gordon Elliott still holds a big lead over Willie Mullins in the trainers’ championship but it’s not over yet. It won’t be easy for Mullins but there is enough prize-money at Punchestown to turn things around. He will also need Elliott’s horses to under perform. Mullins trains three of the seven runners in Tuesday’s Champion Novice Hurdle

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Craven Meeting gave tips for future

Last week’s Newmarket Craven Meeting gave tips for the coming months. Godolphin’s Night Circus won Tuesday’s Wood Ditton Stakes. However, I think Godolphin’s other runner, Mark Of Approval, was the best horse in the race. He was awkward leaving the stalls and lost ground at the start but stayed on strongly inside the last furlong. The Feilden Stakes was not a strong one. The winner, Khalidi, trained by John Gosden, ran well enough under Frankie Dettori and won by a

Ayr Scottish Grand National
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Ayr Scottish Grand National Tip

Scottish Grand National Tomorrow sees the Scottish Grand National take place at Ayr.  The race takes place at 3.55pm and is run over 3m 7f.  Whilst it does not have the same allure as the Aintree Grand National a winner is a winner.  Let’s see if we can find it! Paul Nicholls v Nicky Henderson Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both sent up horses with solid intentions of winning the race.  Nicholls needs the prize money to try and

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Scottish Grand National looks wide open

The Scottish Grand National has been held at Ayr since 1966. It used to be at Bogside, 14 miles away. The Earl of Eglinton built Bogside racecourse on part of his Eglinton Park estate. Racing began there in 1808. Dundee staged Scotland’s first  steeplechase in 1824 but Scottish chasing has its roots in Eglinton Park. However, when Lord Eglinton became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, no racing took place at Bogside for 15 years. The Scottish National, originally called the West

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Craven Meeting great for spotting future winners

Newmarket’s Craven Meeting is always full of interest. The maiden races are well worth watching for future winners. The Wood Ditton Stakes, for unraced three-year-olds, opens tomorrow’s card. Jim Crowley rides Elyaasaat, who holds a Derby entry. John Gosden trains Mark Of Approval and Damocles, both of whom should run well. Via Egantia won a maiden at Newmarket in October and should win the conditions stakes at 2.55. He has a 2,000 Guineas entry. History shows that a good horse

Ladbrokes miss Soutwell coverage
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Easter Monday winner in Fakenham’s hunter chase

With seven British meetings tomorrow, searching for an Easter Monday winner may take some time. Fakenham, which was known as West Norfolk Hunt until 1963, is one of the oldest Easter Monday fixtures. Until 1964 it only raced on two days a year, Easter Monday and Whit Monday. Fakenham opened in 1905. Before that, East Winch, a village between Kings Lynn and Swaffham, staged the traditional Easter Monday race meeting. I’ve always liked Fakenham’s Eastern Counties Open Hunters’ Chase for

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Trainers’ complaints at odds with logic

The front page of today’s Racing Post seems to be at odds with logic. It contains a “blast” from trainer Richard Hannon, complaining about poor prize-money levels at Windsor. “The prize-money is bordering on disrespectful to racing professionals,” he said. It follows fellow trainer William Haggas’s complaint about prize-money on offer at Southwell. Interestingly, today Nottingham staged a £40,000 race and got only five runners. There was also a £15,000 conditions race for three-year-olds which had just seven runners. Neither

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Bets count, winners don’t during phony war

Winning bets will be paid out during April, but no matter how many winners a jockey rides on the Flat during the whole of the month, those winners won’t count towards the jockeys’ title. That’s because the ‘official’ Flat seasons runs from the Guineas meeting until British Champions Day. This year’s turf Flat season started on April 1st and finishes on November 11th. However, the jockeys’ title runs between May 6th and October 21st. It’s an absurd situation and serves

Grand National 2017
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Tip of The Day – Aintree Grand National Meeting

Grand National Day tip. Finally we arrive at the day all bookmakers love and loathe, Grand National Day! 40 horses go to post. Whilst some have little or no chance this is one of the most wide open Grand Nationals I can recall in recent history.  The usual suspects head up the front of the market. The value may lie elsewhere, so for my tip I am going to look for a bit of EW value. Paul Nicholls has 5

Aintree Pertemps Hurdle
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Grand National tips aplenty – here are mine

There will be Grand National tips coming out of our ears tomorrow. Unlike last week’s Boat Race, where the result of the four-and-a-half-mile race was in doubt right up to the last four and a quarter miles, the Grand National has a wide-open look. Asked on Racing UK today whether the alterations to the fences had made a difference to the race, Ruby Walsh said the main change was having run-outs and corrals for loose horses. Loose horses slow a

Aintree betting 2017
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Tip of the Day – Day 2 Aintree 2017

After yesterday’s successful Aintree betting 8/1 winning tip, once again we are going to look at the main meeting at Aintree for our tip on Thursday. This time the race the racing is at least more competitive, so we have to be slightly more conservative with our choices.  Therefore I am looking at a horse that has a consistent thread of form. Aintree betting tip day 2. But but for uncharacteristic mistake 2 fences out at Cheltenham in The Champion

Aintree Pertemps Hurdle
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Ante Post betting on Spring Double not what it was

Ante post betting on the Spring Double used to be far bigger. Nowadays, all betting roads after Christmas lead to Cheltenham. However, the start of the Flat was once the main focus during the bleak winter months of January and February. “In the spring a young man’s fancy” used to mean “what do you fancy for the Lincolnshire Handicap?” The ‘Lincoln’ and the Grand National Spring Double once generated massive ante post betting interest. Likewise, the Autumn Double, namely the

Aintree Pertemps Hurdle
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Tip of The Day – 06 April Day 1 Aintree 2017

Day 1 of The Grand National Aintree 2017  meeting sees plenty of so called “certainties” running. We are therefore going to look outside of these for our betting opportunity. Brian Hughes has had the best riding season of his career so far this year.  Currently he stands on 137 winners. Our betting tip. In the 4.40 at Aintree he is riding a horse called Double W’s. This horse can still be picked up at a general 8/1 although it is

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Betting landscape continues to evolve

Today’s Racing Post contains an interesting article on the evolving betting landscape. Bookmakers dodged a bullet when Ryan Moore narrowly failed to win the Lincoln on Saturday. Having ridden the first three winners at Doncaster, Moore would have cost bookmakers anything between £20 million and £40 million had he landed the four-timer on Oh This Is Us. Unsurprisingly, the number of small bets on Moore’s four mounts caused the horse’s odds to collapse from 14/1 in the morning to 7/2

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Doncaster tips and Lincoln Totopoly

There will be plenty of Doncaster tips in tomorrow’s papers. The Lincoln has a wide-open look as usual, although three of the four most fancied horses failed to make the cut. Furthermore, it’s hard to know what effect the draw will have. The Spring Mile will be a guide but there’s been no clear advantage in recent years. The favourite, Yuften, is very short at 100/30 so it’s worth looking elsewhere. Richard Fahey has four runners including Third Time Lucky

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Lincoln betting used to be at Lincoln

Many punters studying the Lincoln betting and form for Saturday’s race won’t know that the Lincoln used to take place at Lincoln itself. Lincoln’s racecourse was called the Carholme and the ‘Lincoln’ was called the Lincolnshire Handicap. The new Flat season began there until moving to Doncaster in 1965. Racing at Lincoln began in 1597 on Lincoln Heath, now part of RAF Waddington, before moving to the Carholme in 1773. Originally called the Lincoln Spring Handicap, it became a one-mile

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