Scottish Grand National: Not So Horrid Henri To Land Scottish National Gamble

Scottish Grand National: Not So Horrid Henri To Land Scottish National Gamble

After so very nearly scoring in the Grand National last weekend at 25/1 we go in again against the bookies with the Scottish equivalent at Ayr.  Six contenders are picked out for special attention and three labelled as worth backing. Here are the main protagonists as I see it for what is the fourth biggest betting race of the year in Britain, Ayr’s 4m½f showpiece: Beware The Bear A confirmed stayer who seems to go on more or less any…

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Grand National: Four Against The Field For Grand National Cracker

Grand National: Four Against The Field For Grand National Cracker

Let’s make no bones about it; the world’s most famous race has the feel somewhat of a lottery when the weather is like it is now and quite literally all 40 horses have some sort of chance on the book.  A mention then to ten of them here with a few each-way selections provided which at the prices can hopefully offer us a chance of some decent profit on the National. Alpha Des Obeaux Ireland’s National Hunt crop overall are…

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Topham Handicap Chase: No Horror At Our Theatre On Friday 13th

Topham Handicap Chase: No Horror At Our Theatre On Friday 13th

Day two at Aintree brings us another four Grade 1’s as we build up to the big day on Saturday, however we have a cracking chance of adding some dough to the Grand National betting bank by playing on the Topham Chase.  Here are the main contenders: Ballyalton Ran a cracker at Cheltenham last time but then he so often does; his consistency being a great weapon but also a scourge given that the handicapper knows exactly where he’s at…

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Red Rum Handicap Chase: Take The Overtown Express To Betting Glory At Liverpool

Red Rum Handicap Chase: Take The Overtown Express To Betting Glory At Liverpool

The Grand National festival gets underway on Thursday and alongside a staggering four Grade One races opening up the meeting we have a competitive and valuable two-mile handicap chase to get stuck into.  Here are the key runners and a hint at their respective chances: Bun Doran Just a seven-year-old and one who can get better over fences yet, Tom George’s hope skipped the Cheltenham festival but did run at Kempton last month where he was third in the Silver…

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Lincoln Handicap: Haggas The Chieftan Of The Lincoln Race

Lincoln Handicap: Haggas The Chieftan Of The Lincoln Race

Flat fans finally have something tangible to get excited about with Doncaster’s opening weekend reaching a crescendo at 3.35 on Saturday when the first leg of the Spring Double is run in the shape of the Lincoln Handicap. Some of the UK’s big-hitters send out improving handicappers in an attempt to win the £62,000 pot with William Haggas, Michael Bell, Richard Fahey and David O’Meara all involved. Here are the main contenders: Addeybb Has the overall profile of a horse…

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Midlands Grand National: Beast From The East Not To Deny Western Climate

Midlands Grand National: Beast From The East Not To Deny Western Climate

So long as Uttoxeter passes a morning inspection, Saturday will bring about the Midlands Grand National and it’ll be fascinating to see some more of our Aintree contenders in action in what will be extremely testing conditions. Here are the main contenders along with a précis of their chances. Back To The Thatch Proven in the conditions having been full of running and well in contention in the Eider Chase (4 miles, heavy) when falling at the 16th fence last…

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Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day: North Hill Harvey To Round Off The Festival In Style

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day: North Hill Harvey To Round Off The Festival In Style

Friday is Gold Cup day at Cheltenham but the real interest for the punters is with the three big handicaps and that’s what we are getting stuck into once again here.  We have value selections in the County Hurdle, The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle and the big finale, The Grand Annual. 2.10 Cheltenham (County Hurdle) 2m1f A Hare Breath Not raced since December but goes very well fresh and crucially is still improving over hurdles.  Course, distance and ground…

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Cheltenham Festival St Patrick’s Thursday: Louis To Empty The Bookies’ Pouch On Day Three

Cheltenham Festival St Patrick’s Thursday: Louis To Empty The Bookies’ Pouch On Day Three

The handicaps don’t get any easier at Cheltenham but we three massive ones to get stuck into on day three of the festival.  Here are the main contenders: 2.10 Cheltenham (Pertemps Final) 3m Forza Milan Just behind the selection at Aintree and ran a very similar race last time out at Newbury.  Solid contender, consistent and will undoubtedly be popular for each-way punters. Glenloe Stays really well so shouldn’t struggle in the conditions, not out of the first three this…

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Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day: Time To Show Great Valour In Our Battle With The Bookies

Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day: Time To Show Great Valour In Our Battle With The Bookies

Day two of the festival at Cheltenham sees the new champion chaser crowned but with another potentially short priced winner in the big Grade One affair, we look to the main contenders in the competitive handicaps to give us some value. Coral Cup (2.50 Cheltenham) – 2m5f Burbank Improved plenty to take third at Ascot last time out on soft ground and another step forward is not out of the question here.  Previous best performance was in last year’s festival…

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Cheltenham Festival Champion Day: Barney To Reduce Others To Rubble In Cheltenham Day One Finale

Cheltenham Festival Champion Day: Barney To Reduce Others To Rubble In Cheltenham Day One Finale

Day one of the Cheltenham Festival offers up not only top class Grade One action but also a couple of mouth-watering handicaps for us to get stuck into.  Here we look at the best of the contenders for the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. Ultima Handicap Chase (2.50 Cheltenham) – 3m1f Ramses De Teillee The David Pipe yard has won this race three times in the last 10 years and they have an outstanding chance…

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