Tuesday 27 December 2016

Cheltenham Festival - Champion Hurdle

This is another top-rated grade one race slotted for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. It admits horses of a minimum four years of get to compete over a distance of two miles and a furlong (3298 m) on the Old Course of the British racing venue.

Horses have galloped in this race since 1927, earning it a place among the longest running events at the festival. The racing association ranks the Champion Hurdle as easily the best race of the opening day. Every time it is run, the viewing stands fill up despite being an opening day fixture.

The record of wins stands at three for an individual horse which is shared by five horses. All record holders swept first honours in consecutive years, with Persian War (68, 69, 70) being the most popular among them. Tim Molony and Ruby Walsh hold a joint jockey record of four wins while Nicky Henderson is the king of trainers with six wins.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Show Us Your Tips!

Whether you just occasionally offer tips to a few mates, run your own betting blog, or are a member of one of the miriad of tipping services out there, it can be hard to get heard over the noise of other tipsters. Sure there are a few long term tips services out there but there's plenty of unsung heroes too, or those just starting out after years of punting on their lonesome.

It can of course be daunting to make the transition from soley considering your own betting bank, to offering betting tips to others. The criticism can come in thick and fast if people start following your selections during a dry spell. Some expect something more akin to Mystic Meg, when in reality the success, or othewise of picking winners, is something that is only fairly ascertained over time. Consistency over weeks and months rather than days is key!

With that in mind, we're going to be taking a fairly positive and productive approach to highlighting tipsters on this blog. Whether a service is new or old, we're happy to give it a look, and to hear from you in your own words. Maybe your tipping tends to focus on value bets, or short odds, or outsiders, accumulators, it's all of interest. We want to hear from you about your own tipping service and will link to your online presence too to that others can get in on the action (whether that's OLBG, Tipstrr or even a blog or private service of your own).

Once you're on our radar, we'll be sure to take a look at your service  or site from time to time and feature updates of your progress. Again, this is going to be a fairly proactive and positive place and so we'll tend to focus on what is going well and for whom, rather than who's 'having a mare'.

So if you'd like your tipster service highlighted on the Tipster Profiles blog, feel free to send a 300- 400 word write up, describing your approach to tipping, what sparked your interest in sports betting, some of the highlights of your betting career (big winners, running runs etc) as well as a link to where people can find out more about your selections! Not only will others have the chance to read up on your approach to racing tips, but as I say we'll be checking in from time to time and updating on your progress.  You can even drop us the odd tip if you're feeling brave or confident with an explanation of why you've chosen it, to give readers a taste of what to expect from you! Cheers!

Saturday 12 November 2016

Cheltenham Festival - Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle

National Hunt’s grade one ranked Baring Bingham Novices’’ Hurdle opens the action on the second day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival horseracing event. The race is a two mile five furlong (4225 m) jump event run on the Old Course. Participating horses have to be four years or older, going over ten hurdles before crossing the finish line.

The race’s name honours the first festival’s organizer. It was introduced at the 1971 festival, when it was won by five-year-old Midsprite.

The  standing records have however been made in recent years. Leading jockey Ruby Walsh won his first Baring Race in 2008 and has gone ahead to win three more since then. In all four wins, Walsh rode Willie Mullins’ trained horses and helped the latter become the leading trainer. The duo last won in 2016 before they were dethroned by the jockey-trainer team of David Bass and Ben Pauling in 2017.

Friday 21 October 2016

Cheltenham Festival - Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Arkle Challenge Trophy is among the classic races that headline the opening day at the annual Cheltenham Festival. Immediately after the Champion Novices’ Hurdle, participating horses of five years and older line up to gallop the two miles (3199 m) of turf on the Old Course. They have to go over 13 fences in the process.

This race usually attracts horses that are angling for the premier Gold Cup in subsequent competitions.

This race has had multiple records set and broken after the turn of the 21st century. Barry Geraghty has had an especially fruitful run in this while, winning in 2002, 2009, 2012 and 2013 to become the leading jockey in this category. Four of Nicky Henderson’s trainer six trainer wins have also come
after 2000. Nicky heads into the 2018 edition as the defending trainer champion after seeing Altior overcome some threatening mistakes to win the 2017 event.

Willie Mullins’ Footpad is however tipped to finish first in this year’s race.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

The Grand National

the grand national

The Randox Health Grand National - April 12th - 14th 2018

Wednesday 14 September 2016

The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival - March 13th - 16th 2018

Saturday 10 September 2016

Thursday 28 April 2016

Cheltenham Festival - Festival Trophy Handicap Chase

Another old race at the Old Course on the opening day of the old festival. There is, however, nothing rusty about this race that forms part of the opening day events at the annual festival. Every year, horses of age five and above line up behind the gates and give the track a galloping as intense as if they were running the Gold cup.

This race is rated grade III by the National Hunt rankings. The ranking should however give no illusions about its quality. Competitors give their all as they round the three miles one furlong (5029 m) of turf in a bid to get the best of the £105,000 purse.

The horse-man team of Un Temps Pour Tout, Tom Scudamore (jockey) and Martin Pipe (trainer) swept both the 2016 and 2017 events to join the record ranks. Temps joined two other horses who have won the race twice, the other record having been set in 1983. The horse will be aged nine in the 2018 event and still in good shape to set a new record.