Monday, 28 March 2011

Chief Dan George Preparing Well For National

Chief Dan George one of my outsider selections for glory in the Grand National at Aintree has been mentioned by his trainer Jimmy Moffatt with startling confidence in a recent interview.

Moffatt quipped "This is the first time I’ve had anything to do with the National. He’s an intelligent horse and he won’t do that again (his last start he fell at Cheltenham). I’m ferociously competitive, sometimes to my detriment, but I really feel if I just get this horse to the paddock (at Aintree) I’ll have won."

40-1 is still the best market price of Chief Dan George and considering I already suggested it as a LIVE CONTENDER these comments make him more intriguing for the big one a week on Saturday.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Victoire Pisa - A Japanese Legend is Born

The 2011 Dubai World Cup (Group 1) went to the Japanese this evening as Victoire Pisa tipped by Oddspundit ran an astonishing race to claim the spoils. It was an astute ride on the outsider by the emotional jockey on board Mirco Demuro as he had initially steadied his mount early on to remain dead last in the opening stages. It was only down the back straight that he decided to take the gamble and run around the WHOLE field to take up the pace with fellow Japanese raider Transcend as they approached the final bend.

Meydan Added Selections For World Cup Night

With the Dubai World Cup pick already made public earlier today I am now going to run through the best bets from elsewhere on the card. Three Meydan races are scheduled to be televised LIVE on Channel 4 this afternoon but it is worth bearing in mind that the 3.50 and 4.35 races will only be shown live to British satellite viewers on ATR/Skysports and RUK.

Saturday Racing - Winter Derby and Early Dubai World Cup Thoughts

The Dubai World Cup Meeting at Meydan is the day's feature event and whilst tapeta is not my usual attraction I will be trying my hand at finding the right kind of horse to have a solid try at winning the multi million pound race and Grade 1 glory.

There is also the small matter of the 3.10 Sportingbet Supports Heros Winter Derby (Group 3) riddle at Lingfield to solve and I think I might possibly have found the potential winner so it could be worth reading on as I try hard to put the final day of Cheltenham to bed.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Happy Belated Birthday

Dozey of me to forget as it was myself who started up this blog betting site but it is worth noting that reached the grand old age of ONE yesterday. In that time there have a vast number of uncounted winners (too lazy to keep track of results) and probably a fair few more second places! Hopefully there are many more reaching the frame over the coming twelve months. Sit tight and enjoy the ride!

William Hill Lincoln - Doncaster 2nd April - Antepost

The William Hill Lincoln Handicap is the race that traditionally opens eyes and starts off a new season of flat racing as punters challenge themselves to adjudicate which horse has the profile to win this prestigious one mile event.

Here I will assess the trends, review the best prices and hopefully start off the new flat season in style.

Grand National Betting - 2011 Antepost Preview

The Grand National 2011 at Aintree on Saturday 9 April is not far away and to get the best value an early bet on the race can yield great dividends. Not a single person with eyes could ignore the fact that prices contracted considerably on the day of the race last year as Bookmakers tried to lash out in a friendless way at unwitting inexperienced punters who had failed to ask for the "current odds" when placing their bets.

In this short article I will help guide you through the likely contenders, give you live odds and illustrate the current most noticeable trends associated with the big race itself. They certainly make interesting reading but are certainly no more than a guide!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Down But Not Out

Lightning indeed struck twice in two years for my visit to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup last Friday. Last year I took a gamble and placed bets overnight before my visit on horses who would prefer good ground only for there to be a deluge of rain which was inadequately predicted by the weather people. Having thought I had learned from my mistake I succeeded only to back horses that would prefer softer ground this time around having been given indication by those same forecasters that Cheltenham would be susceptible to between 5mm and 8mm of rainfall on Thursday night. Ultimately they got NONE AT ALL which is similar to what money I had in my wallet at the end of the day. Please do not laugh at this juncture! - Mark

Hopefully anyone reading the blog took notice of my worries regarding the weather and bet safely to not lose too much. I very much enjoyed the festival but going forward to next year I plan to maintain my discipline throughout the meeting and stick to what I am strong at. No more than three bets per day and only betting when I think the race favourite has weaknesses and the odds are easily in my favour.

In the coming weeks I want to improve the blog further and ready it for a successful flat season of fantastic betting. Last season our best flat win was a 55-1 Betfair punt on Bertoliver at Epsom. Hopefully lightning in this case can also strike twice and we can make up for lost ground from Cheltenham!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Cheltenham Day Four - Gold Cup Day Preview

Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival is finally here and as you read this I shall be brushing the cobwebs off my cheap Burtons suit ready for the trek down south in my friends one wing mirrored car. There is nothing quite like arriving at Cheltenham in style!

Yesterday was a disappointment but could have been so very different had 33-1 shot Aimigayle been able to hold on over the final fence and up the hill. Another second place to add to the several already with our wins for the Festival still on a lacklustre total of three (not including Big Bucks because he was a favourite and only a numpty could not have picked that).

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Cheltenham Day Three Preview

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival has arrived and I am still standing. Despite three winners over the first two days we have been blighted by a several near misses and one photo finishing short head 2nd place. The average punter would call this a set of good results but I know full well that I am capable of better and with some better fortune than has bestowed me so far I have optimism that Thursday could possible be the best day of the Festival so far.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Still Have Hope

Day Two completed and overall an unlucky day with two second places and just one winner. The second places came courtesy of the brave Beshabar who looked to be thriving at the top of the hill in the Challenge Cup before being bypassed late on by the classier Chicago Grey. The next race caused me to have palpitations as we were unfortunate in the extreme when Rock On Ruby failed by only a short head having looked all over the winner in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Cheltenham Day Two - A Pundit Preview

After the excitement and adrenalin rush in anticipation of yesterdays actions I woke up this morning feeling much more calm. After contemplating yesterdays satisfactory result of two winners I honestly expected better but there will be many a poor person who read the hype and backed Cue Card or Medermit to lose a fortune so I am just grateful to be on an even keel and still standing as we head into our selection process for a difficult Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Just About Acceptable

Day One is now over and I am satisfied with how it turned out financially. According to my staking plan I have roughly edged out slightly infront on what proved a tough day. Two winners in total including Bensalem who ran a brave race and Sizing Australia who finally came good on the Cross Country course. Both however were not winners for me at increased stakes so the gains only covered the losers that had gone before them and those that followed.

Onwards to Day Two though and my plan is to try and not be too inventive in the Graded races but stick to my gameplan for the handicaps as they yielded decent returns on Day One.

Hopefully everyone betting with me enjoyed the events that unfolded throughout the day. It was interesting to finally know once and for all that Hurricane Fly is a serious horse and not just the best of a bad bunch in Ireland. Check back tomorrow before 11am where I envisage I will be a little more prudent and slightly more intelligent with my selections as I strive to gain a profit before Day Three.

Cheltenham Day One - A Pundit Preview

Day One of the Cheltenham Festival is finally here and a great day can be expected. Whether or not there will be early profits is anyone's guess but I have a vast selection of interesting types already chosen and I am therefore nothing if not hopeful about the chances of ending the day in profit.

I suggest that you do not continue reading if you have no plans to bet because there are quite a few selections to start the meeting with a profit.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Cheltenham Festival - Top Trainer Betting

On the eve of the Festival I have been researching the form and ascertaining my selections for what is a pivotal opening day of the four day meeting. One market I have never previously took notice of is the betting for the Festival Top Trainer award but this year I see value and no longer can I portray it as a pointless investment.

Final Countdown to Cheltenham Festival 2011

We have almost reached the pinnacle of yet another National Hunt season as all runners make their way to the Cheltenham Festival which begins tomorrow and runs until Friday. Four days of classic racing action where there will no doubt be several shocks and unexpected results along the way. I will be making my way to the course on Friday for my own quest for fortune but before then I have three full self-employed working days at home in which I will need to settle down and focus my racing mind on the job in hand.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Winner Justabout - What a Ride Dave Crosse!

Someone pass me a heart rate monitor because I think mine has just imploded as the Crudwell Cup turned out to be an astonishing event. It was scheduled as a probable 12 runner race and due to withdrawals, suspicious antics at the start and a first fence fall only five runners ended up challenging for honours which instantly played tactically into front runner Justabout's hands.

Frustrating Saturday

Saturday gave me some unfortunate luck when Mic's Delight in the opening televised race reached 1.02 inrunning to LOSE in an incredibly tight photograph finish. My final bet of the day Tartan Gigha in the Lincoln Handicap Trial at Wolverhampton was also hard done by when suffering interference thanks to the inept Richard Hughes who squeezed out a rival on his mount to knock the momentum of another four horses in behind. The jockey at fault was thankfully subsequently banned for a few days.

If either of those two selections had of popped in I would have had a nice bankroll for Cheltenham but it was not to be. However there is one bet that I am planning on today that runs in the 4.05 D W Clark Drainage Handicap Chase (For The Crudwell Cup) (CLASS 3).

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Saturday Racing Preview - Sandown - Wolverhampton

The final Saturday of racing before the gigantic succession of Graded and top notch handicap action hits our TV screens comes from Sandown with the added bonus of flat racing on the All Weather from Wolverhampton. The main feature race on a high quality schedule comes in the form of the Imperial Cup where 24 runners will do battle in a hot 2m 110yd contest over hurdles.

Meanwhile at Wolverhampton the Lincoln Handicap Trial takes place and features some very promising runners who could be worth noting for when the turf flat season begins. All in all it looks an interesting day but one admittedly that should prove very difficult.

Friday, 11 March 2011

A Make or Break Week Ahead

Now is the time for me to settle down and relax as I plan my week ahead on the betting front which will include a plethora of racing that I will need to study and hopefully win some nice rewards on.

I imagine I will not have the same luck that bestowed the untouchable Steve Whiteley midweek at Exeter but I will be aiming to earn enough so that when I do attend Cheltenham on Friday all my overnight entertainment expenses are more than taken care of and I can have a great day out courtesy of the layers.

If I can achieve some good fortune tomorrow then I will be off to town to purchase a new suit ready for Gold Cup day and perhaps if I can win the forecasted £700,000 SCOOP 6 Jackpot courtesy of racing at Sandown and Wolverhampton I may just stretch myself to hiring a Limousine to take me south.

We can only dream after all.

Imperial Cup - Early Thoughts - Prince Of Fire

Prince Of Fire - My VALUE Contender.

The Imperial Cup at Sandown is the main race on Saturday's televised card as we shortly head for my week long tilt at finding Cheltenham value in the coming days.

I had a look at length earlier in the week and was entertained at the thought of backing the Irish contender Prince Of Fire who runs in the event for the Charlie Swan stable. Admittedly he fits very little of the regular trends associated with the race but despite the British handicapper being quite strict and upgrading him to an OR of 126 for this event I cannot help but think in the context of this event and with just 10st 3lb to carry Prince Of Fire could very well run a big race!

I will comment further on this selection when I preview Saturday's racing in full tomorrow morning. I am unlikely to be a big player so close to Cheltenham as the racing at such a crucial stage of the season is very tricky to unravel. However I will be aiming to find at least one other bet of interest for the weekend that will hopefully have a value chance of paying out another winning dividend.

Pundit Pointer:


3.00 - Prince Of Fire (1PT WIN @ 29-1 BETFAIR)

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Saturday Preview - Doncaster and Newbury TV Races

Racing today comes from Doncaster and Newbury and considering Cheltenham is just around the corner there is still an abundance of talent on show in my view which makes betting today a totally plausible outcome.

Today I will need to keep my feet on the ground as it could prove to be a pivotal day of the season. A good winner and confidence will be at its upper limit ready for a tilt at Cheltenham a week on Tuesday. A few losers and no seriously impressive runs in defeat this afternoon and my mental state could be affected as ultimately mood swings can alter my logic.

Bets Online Soon


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Meydan Disappointment

The Racing Post website is offline tonight whilst they carry out "essential maintenance" which means I cannot browse through the exciting Meydan card that is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. As I will be working there will unfortunately only be an hour to review and write up about any approachable value selections which in my view is not even enough time to have a confident bet in a single race, let alone five or six of them.

Therefore at best I will update before 1.30PM Thursday afternoon with my best bet on the card but it should be treated with caution in the knowledge that I have had little time to carry out a full analysis on the card overall.

I will not be betting if nothing stands out as I can quite happily wait until weekend or even for Cheltenham now.