X Factor Preview: Oppose the odds-on shot

Last updated March 1st, 2016

We are down to the final five and have a red hot 1/2 favourite in the X Factor betting in the ample shape of Sam Bailey, the prison officer from the ‘overs’ category.  more…

Betfair Chase Preview: Tidal rave at 10/1

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Henderson: Sends out Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth

The Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock looks to be the strongest renewal of this race for many years (3pm, Saturday). The top trainers are wheeling out their biggest guns in pursuit of the £200,000 prize fund.

Nicky Henderson’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth heads the market at 9/4 and has Paul Nicholls’ Gold Cup casualty, Silviniaco Conti (5/2) not far behind him. There has been much mention of Bobs Worth being more…

Champion Stakes Preview: Morandi the merrier at 16/1

Last updated January 10th, 2021

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Jean-Claude Rouget: Can land Champion for France

The Champion Stakes is the climax of the UK flat season with £1.3 million on offer. A trio of French challengers line up at 4.05pm at Ascot on Saturday with live hopes of carrying the spoils across the Channel.

Cirrus Des Aigles is the clear favourite at 11/10, bidding to regain the Champion Stakes crown that he lost to Frankel last year. But the jury is out on whether he retains the more…

Cesarewitch Preview: Bet on Henderson hat-trick

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Nicky Henderson: Can land his third Cesarewitch

The Cesarewitch is always an intriguing puzzle for punters. This year 36 horses line up with the hope of winning Europe’s joint richest handicap (3.50pm Newmarket, Saturday).

Ultra consistent four-year-old, Tiger Cliff (9/1) has never been out of the first three in his seven runs. He has proven stamina, coming second in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot over two miles four furlongs. He was beaten by two and a half lengths by Jonjo O’Neill’s Well Sharp and has more…

Arc Preview & Betting Tips: Get 12/1 World domination

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Ryan Moore: can prove Ruler of the Arc

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the highlight of the European flat season. The field of 17 lining up at Longchamp on Sunday (3.15pm) contains talent aplenty, including some from well beyond Europe.

Orfevre is the 2/1 favourite, bidding to become the first Japanese trained horse to take the Arc. Last year he came second by a neck to Carlos Laffon-Parias’ Solemia after having the worst more…

Strictly Come Dancing Betting Tips

Last updated March 1st, 2016

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Clancy: 4/1 to go all the way

The celebrities have only taken to the dance floor once but there are already some major movers in the Strictly Come Dancing betting.  We identify the ones to watch if you want to pick the winner and have food for thought on the first money-making opportunity – who might be the first out.

Strictly fans will know that it is often celebrities who are not at the bottom of the leaderboard after the judges’ scores that find themselves in danger after the viewers’ vote. It tends to be those more…

Cambridgeshire Preview: Tip Top Tonto

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Brian Ellison: Top Notch Cambridgeshire chance

The Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (Saturday, 3.50pm) is always a notoriously tricky 35-runner handicap for punters and this looks to be a particularly challenging renewal.

Both favourites and outsiders have prevailed in the past but favourites have a 25% strike rate over the past 20 years. Brian Ellison’s Top Notch Tonto (14/1) is towards the head of the market after he posted an impressive, unexpected win in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock on September 7. He defied his starting price of 22/1 to give his trainer his first more…

Ayr Gold Cup Preview: Mass appeal at 20/1

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Jack Dexter: bids to defy poor record of topweights

The Ayr Gold Cup (Saturday, 3.50pm) has traditionally been a graveyard for favourites. Only one has prevailed since 1980, David Barron’s Coastal Bluff (3/1) in 1996. This year Jim Goldie’s topweight Jack Dexter is the 8/1 favourite for reasons that are easy to understand.

He won his most recent start, the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes over six furlongs at Newcastle on 29 June. In his more…

St Leger Tips & Preview: Leading Light to shine at Doncaster

Last updated September 14th, 2013

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Joseph O’Brien: Can land the final Classic

The St Leger presents a fascinating challenge for punters on Saturday as it looks to be a particularly open renewal of this final Classic of the season (3.50pm, Doncaster).

David Wachman’s Galileo Rock (9/2) has proved more consistent than the majority of his rivals and looks progressive. He opened his season in the Sandown Classic Trial over one mile and two furlongs in April. He put his best work more…

Haydock Betfred Sprint Cup Preview: May the Force be with you

Last updated September 7th, 2013

lethal forceThe prestigious Betfred Sprint Cup (3.50pm, Saturday) is the highlight at Haydock, attracting the fastest horses aged three or older.

Over the last ten years, favourites have come in three times but two 14/1 shots have also prevailed. The statistics provide no more…

King George Preview & Tips: Go Hell For Leather

Last updated July 27th, 2013

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Bolger: Can land Ascot’s King George

The prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has attracted the highest rated horse in the world (3.50pm, Ascot, Saturday). Corine Barande-Barbe’s Cirrus Des Aigles is rated nearly a stone better than his closest rival in this field of eight. He has understandably been the clear favourite (best priced at 7/4) since news of St Nicholas Abbey’s career-ending injury broke.

If you are dubious about ratings, Cirrus Des Aigles must merit some respect for getting closer to Frankel than any other horse last year. He finished within two lengths of him in the more…

July Cup Preview & Tips: Take bookies by Force

Last updated July 13th, 2013

Cox: trains champion sprinter prospect

The prestigious Group 1 July Cup has attracted an exciting, international field of sprinters with a classy dozen going to post (3.50pm, Newmarket, Saturday).

Richard Fahey’s Mayson may have come in at 20/1 on the heavy going last year but he was a soft ground specialist who was left for dead on sounder surfaces. In the last decade the longest priced winner of the July Cup on good or faster ground was more…

Eclipse Preview: The Fugue On Song

Last updated July 6th, 2013

A select field of seven go to post at Sandown on Saturday (3.50pm) for the Eclipse Stakes. Most of them were in action just two weeks ago, including the 15/8 favourite, Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem. Is it realistic to expect him and many of the other more…

Irish Derby Preview: Lump on Sugar at 9/1

Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Derby winner, Ruler Of The World, returns to the Curragh in a bid to add the Irish Derby to his conquests (6.30pm, Saturday, June 29).  He deserves to be the clear favourite in the field of nine but at a best price of 11/10 with more…

Royal Ascot: Animal Kingdom? It’s War in Queen Anne Stakes

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Aidan O’Brien: Back his animal each-way

The 2013 Queen Anne Stakes (2.30pm, Tuesday, June 18) is set to get Royal Ascot started in style. The American raider, Animal Kingdom, is the hot favourite and the horse that his twelve rivals will have to beat.

Trained in the US by the shrewd, UK-born Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom has amassed prize money of over £5 million for owners, Team Valor. In 2011 he was the surprise winner of the Kentucky Derby and followed up with a second more…

Derby Preview: Moore Can Prove Epsom Ruler

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Ryan Moore: Can win his second Epsom Derby

The favourite and the one that they all have to beat this year is trainer Jim Bolger’s 11/10 shot Dawn Approach. He has already gone one better than his Derby winning sire, New Approach, by bolting up in the 2,000 Guineas. It was his first outing as a three year old and his first attempt at a mile.

At the end of his unbeaten season as a two year old Bolger said on camera that he lacked New Approach’s stamina and might not more…

Epsom Derby Preview: Liberate The Bookies’ Cash At 20/1

Last updated December 10th, 2020

Jim BolgerWith little over 10 days until the Epsom Derby (Saturday, June 1), we take a close look at the ante-post market in search of the best value each-way betting tip.

Dawn Approach (11/10) is a worthy favourite. Of all the Derby Trials, the 2000 Guineas itself appears to be the strongest. The unbeaten son of New Approach, himself a Derby winner for trainer Jim Bolger (pictured), strode clear in the manner of a champion and more importantly of a stayer. He was pulling away from his field, not more…