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London Gold Cup: Varian And Atzeni To Pair Up For Big Saturday Win Again

London Gold Cup: Varian And Atzeni To Pair Up For Big Saturday Win Again

It’s about quality and not quantity on Saturday as eleven well-bred, improving three-year-olds do battle for the £43,000 prize at Newbury. Dukhan One of very few participants who has already gone over similar conditions, finishing as he did in third behind He’s Amazing at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day. He was sent off favourite then and it could be argued connections expected a little more, however having close form ties with Old Persian and today’s rival Communique it would seem…

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Chester Cup: Grandee To Rule The Roodee

Chester Cup: Grandee To Rule The Roodee

Three days of excellent handicap action to complement the various Derby and Oaks trials come to an end on Friday with the highlight of the afternoon being the valuable Chester Cup. One of the betting highlights of the season, this race has produced some top class staying types capable of going on to Group race success and we may just be about to see another one.  Here are the main contenders as we see it: Dubawi Fifty Karen McLintock stayer…

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Bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase: Step Back To Take A Leap Forward

Bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase: Step Back To Take A Leap Forward

Following Friday’s quality Flat action, Sandown Park hosts the official finale of the 2017/18 National Hunt season on Saturday with the track looking to take out the jumpers in style. The highlight on the card is the super competitive bet365 Gold Cup, carrying an £84,000 first prize and featuring stars such as Blaklion and Cheltenham festival winner Missed Approach.  Here are the main contenders as we see it: Bigbadjohn Won over three miles at Kempton back in February and looks…

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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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