Juddmonte boosted to £1 million prize money

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York's Juddmonte International, will be worth £1 million for the first time this year for the Ebor meeting. 

Additional funds of £10,000 for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, with both now worth £350,000, while the Betfred Ebor is up £5,000 to £285,000. 

On international rankings, the Juddmonte International is rated the best race in Britain being won by some of the biggest names in the sport with the such as Frankel, Sea The Stars, Australia and Postponed.

In boosting prize-money by £100,000, York is aiming to continue to attract the star names for the contest, which will be run on August 23 this year. 

York chairman and racing manager for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, Teddy Grimthorpe, said: "Attracting the best horses to run in competitive races on the Knavesmire is what we are all about; so I am pleased that the unstinting support from long standing sponsors has allowed us to increase prize-money for our feature races again this year.

"The Juddmonte International will reach a notable landmark demonstrating the generous support of Prince Khalid for a race that I know he cherishes." 

The Juddmonte International received a boost of £50,000 last year as part of a wider prize-money increase across the whole of the Ebor meeting.

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Coroner reports Walter Swinburn died after tragic accident

Swinburn victorious on Shergar
Coroner Dr. Shirley Radcliffe reported: "A tragic accident" resulted in Walter Swinburn losing his life at his London home.

Westminster Coroner's Court detailed, Swinburn's death was attributed to the head injuries he sustained after falling 12 feet from his bathroom window. 

Wally Swinburn's [father], found his 55-year-old son at his Belgravia maisonette. His father theorised that the jockey of 1981 Derby winner Shergar had been left shaken after suffering an epileptic fit. Trying to close a very stiff window, he fell from the sill onto the courtyard below.

Coroner Dr. Shirley Radcliffe expressed her "deep condolences" to the family, and said: "It seems there is little doubt his tragic death was due to an accident." Speaking outside the court, Swinburn's brother Michael said: "As we thought, it was a tragic accident. The whole thing has been a big shock to us. It was a tragic, tragic accident."

God Bless.

Cliffs Of Dover in Doubt for Triumph Hurdle

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JCB Triumph Hurdle fancy, Cliffs Of Dover, is doubtful for Cheltenham, trainer Paul Nicholls revealed on Tuesday. 

Formerly trained by Charlie Hills on the Flat, this son of Canford Cliffs has been a revelation since joining Nicholls, winning six of his last seven outings over hurdles. 

This four-year-old is fancied for the Triumph Hurdle but his participation could be in doubt after taking a knock while schooling. 

Nicholls, who trains the 140 rated gelding for John Cotton and his wife Barbara, said: "I schooled him just before he was going to go to Musselburgh last week and he knocked himself. It might just be a race against time to get him there. If he doesn't come right he might have to go to Aintree."

Better next season 

Nicholls' added: "He's won six - I suppose we've placed him well - but he's a good horse. 

"If we'd known more about him he wouldn't have been beaten at Market Rasen - we rode him wrong that day. He's a good horse and if we can't quite get him right this season for whatever reason he'll be better next season when he'll be a really good hurdler.

"He wants looking after and we could do with a few more like him." 

The CRAZIEST odds to ever come in

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More often than not (usually, a lot more often than not) the football accumulator you spent half an hour pains-takingly putting together on a Saturday morning falls at the first hurdle when an odds-on relegation candidate stuffs one of the Premier League elite in the early kick-off, sending you into a downward spiral.

Leicester were given absolutely no hope of winning the Premier League title in June 2015, listed at odds of 5000-1. To put that into context it was considered more likely for Piers Morgan to become Arsenal manager, the Queen to have the Christmas number 1, Kim Kardashian to become the US president and Dean Gaffney to win an Oscar. DEAN GAFFNEY.

Thankfully the comparisons came nowhere near to coming true, but on 2nd May 2016, Leicester won the English Premier League title. This meant everyone brave enough to put their money where their mouth was at the start of the season were rolling in it. A £10 bet at odds of 5000-1 would have paid out a staggering £50,000!

See below for a selection of the CRAZIEST ever bets to win, with odds that defy belief:

5.) 1,000-1 – During the 2010 African Cup of Nations Mali were 4-0 down against Angola with 11 minutes left on the clock. One punter saw something that nobody else did and risked £5 on a comeback at 1,000-1. Mali scored two goals by the 90th minute and squared up the scoring in injury time. The match ended 4-4, gifting the lucky punter £5,000.

4.) 1,250-1 – Lewis Hamilton has been pretty dominant in F1 for a number of years, few were surprised when he won his first F1 World Championship with McLaren in 2008 having been tipped for greatness from an early age. One lucky punter must have seen the potential first, having spotted Lewis when he was karting at 13 years old. He promptly put £100 on Lewis to win the sport’s most prestigious prize. When Lewis delivered the lucky and mysterious chap walked away with £125,000.

3.) 25,0000-1 – The bookies were so confident that Frankie Dettori wouldn’t win all seven races at Ascot in 1996 they gave odds of 25,000-1 of it happening. On the day Frankie created one of the greatest moments in horse racing history by defying those odds and winning all seven. The only person who came close to being as happy as Frankie that day was probably Darren Yeats of Morecambe. Darren put £59 on the outcome at 25,000-1 and walked away with more than £550,000!

2.) 1,666,666-1 - A man from Staffordshire placed a 30p bet and correctly predicted the winner of the top five English leagues, 3 divisions of Scottish football, Leicester to win the rugby union Premiership and Surrey to win the county cricket championship at 1,666,666-1. His thirty pence stake won him an impressive £500,000.

1.) 2,000,000-1 - In 2008, Fred Craggs from Yorkshire decided to put 50p on an eight-horse accumulator for his 60th birthday. This resulted in what is believed to be the world record odds for a winning bet at 2,000,000-1, winning him a staggering £1,000,000.

Cheltenham to target boobs and boozy beer drinkers

Cheltenham Festival is stepping up security for next month's meeting. The local council is introducing new measures to stamp out boozy drinkers, tickets touts, street sellers and girls who take a fancy to getting their boobs out. 

Traders selling scarves and hats in familiar racing silks [JP McManus, Jean Bishop or Brocade Racing] will be prohibited.

In addition, people handing out promotional material - including flyers, newspapers, stickers, scarves and hats - during the course of the festival week must apply for a permit. 

Cheltenham council and the police will also be cracking down on ticket touts operating on public land and the sale of counterfeit tickets. 

Alongside police, Council officers will issue on-the-spot fines to anybody who refuses to cease heavy boozing if refusing to stop. 

Ian Renton, managing director of Cheltenham, said: "We're very pleased to have a strong relationship with the police and council that has enabled us to work together on the areas around touts, excessive drinking, illegal taxi activity and commercial flyering. 

"We recognise the importance of all parties working together to minimise the disruption to local residents during the festival, while at the same time providing a safe and enjoyable week for our 260,000 customers." 

Taxi activity will be monitored carefully to ensure the safety of the public and that taxi drivers are not unlawfully plying for trade.

Inspector Roddy Gosden of Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "We'll be running increased patrols in the town, particularly during the night-time economy, to help keep people safe and for the first time we'll have a base at the former tourist information centre in the promenade. Members of the public can come and see us there if they have any problems or concerns."

Walking The Blogs, Again. Why Not Tell Your Story?

Very much in the style of the Weekender's article Off Piste, Walking The Blogs gives readers an opportunity to learn about a fellow blogger. The Portfolio Investor [Rowan] has kindly taken the time to forward his views on a number of questions, which truly make great reading. For all bloggers, this is a great opportunity for readers to learn about the person behind the blog and an opportunity to advertise to a wider audience. If you want to tell your own story just send it my way and you can even add a link to your page. 

What inspired you to become a blogger?

When I first became interested in gambling "properly", ie. seeing it as a means to invest money in something that had the potential to provide a good return, there was a blog that I think most who were interested in gambling at the time would be reading every night - JP's blog. I was no exception and I followed JP's fortunes closely and learnt an awful lot whilst doing so. The scale he was gambling at was certainly different to mine, but the principles that guided him always seemed particularly relevant to what I was trying to achieve by following my services. Since JP stopped blogging, I had really missed my nightly read, and then it occurred to me that perhaps I could try to start to fill that gap with The Portfolio Investor. I also realised that writing a blog on a daily basis was a good exercise in discipline and that perhaps it could help others who were running their own portfolios or who were thinking of doing so.

Other than that, I simply enjoy writing. I had always wanted to be a journalist when I was much younger and regret now not following that career path. At least with blogging I don't have to doorstep people who don't want to talk to me!

What is your most memorable racing day(s)?

I have to confess that racing is not a passion of mine as such. I enjoy the sport, take a more than a passing interest in it, but I am in no way a racing expert. I do have one or two personal racing related highlights, however, and top of this tree is the day that Nashwan won the 1989 Derby. I was 17, and it was the day of my History A' level exam. My best friend was also sitting the exam, but after we left the hall I remember us both rushing home to watch on Channel 4. Why was it of such interest? Because about seven months previously, my friend suggested we back it ante post at 8/1. Why? - I still to this day don't know. Divine inspiration perhaps?. Whatever, I remember watching 'Nashers' winning the Guineas and seeing it's price contract, and continue to contract until that fateful day at Epsom when it went off 5/4 favourite. The winnings only amounted to about £160 between us, but at the time it seemed like a small fortune, but what really made the day special was the way in which it won. I can still see Willie Carson in those blue and white silks streaking clear up the straight as if it was yesterday. By the way, both of us flunked that history paper, and that horse is probably to blame.

How would you improve racing?

I'm not really qualified to answer this question properly, but finding some way in which winner-spotting became a little easier would get a thumbs-up from me! For the future of the sport, I do think that the Levy situation must be sorted out so that a decent level of prize money can be provided to some of the lower level tracks. But I guess that is pretty obvious.

Who do you most admire in racing and why?

Nothing original here but AP McCoy is someone I have the utmost admiration for, and not only because like myself, he's a proper Arsenal fan! As I've said, I'm no racing expert, but even I can see that he is a master of his art. I have seen him ride horses and cajole, bully, demand, or persuade them to win a race in a way that you very rarely see any other jockey do. The thing is, though, is that McCoy does it on a daily basis. I also admire anyone who is dedicated in their desire to be a success at whatever it is that they do, and his determination to always be the best is hugely admirable. For sheer guts, though, I think any jump jockey is fully worthy of admiration.

Who is your favourite racehorse of all time?

You may think in light of a previous answer it would be Nashwan, but actually it is a pretty run of the mill handicapper called False Start. Again it was 1989, and I had just turned 18 and was about to embark on a six week holiday to Australia. I had got a job behind a bar as a way of getting some holiday money together, but like many lads of that age, I found saving money a concept that was a little trickier to get to grips with than drinking beer. Put it this way, my holiday fund was a little lower than it ought to have been. Actually, it was £200. Not a lot to cover six weeks.

Anyway, my mate (the same one who found Nashwan) had a fancy for a horse called False Start in a handicap at Newbury. It was July, and it was less than a week before my flight to Oz. Looking back now, it was a stupid thing to do, but my friend's argument for backing False Start was so persuasive, I stuck £150 of my £200 on at 9/4. My previous biggest bet had been a tenner! Now this was in the days before you got pictures in the bookies - it was just radio (SIS) commentary, and I simply couldn't listen. I remember walking the streets for ten minutes with my mate. We didn't talk to each other. We just wandered, aimlessly, our stomachs a knot of tension. I remember now going into the bookies, slightly dazed, searching for the result written in marker pen on a white board. And there it was...I still don't know if it won easily or by a nose - I really must look it up. Ten minutes later we were sitting in my friend's back garden in the sun, sharing out ten-pound notes. What a pair of right Charlies! We thought we were the bees knees.

What is your personal ambition?

To ensure that my own children don't resort to sticking money they can't really afford to lose on their mate's tips before going on the holiday of a lifetime! Seriously though, and this is going to sound twee, but being a good Dad and husband is enough for me now. I don't think Arsene Wenger is going to spot my potential now I'm about to turn 40, put it that way!

Who would you like to be for the day?

Jack Wilshere. Young, supremely talented, and still allowed to be star struck by his team mates.

Best advice given?

To ensure that my betting banks were large enough for each service that I follow so that the inevitable losing runs can be covered and endured without unnecessary extra pressure. It was the Secret Betting Club service that drummed this into me, and I read the comments of so many people on forums complaining about this service or that service and how they can't continue to follow. It then transpires that they are using what are obviously insufficient funds for the level of staking they are adopting. That, and to expect losing runs.

Dream holiday destination?

This is going to sound terribly unambitious, but where we actually go each year is my dream destination. We go to a small fishing village in Devon for the week which possesses a pub, post office, two small sheltered beaches and stunning coastal scenery (and no mobile or internet connection). The kids are happy as larry on the beach, and evening barbecues of sardines literally just caught (you see the boat come in) and a chilled glass of white...there's nothing better. My honeymoon was spent in the Tuscan hills in a villa about 40 miles from Florence. That's a pretty inspiring place to be too.

If you had a dinner party, who would you invite?

Arsene Wenger for obvious reasons - I could spend all night talking football with him, but to offer a variety in terms of the conversation I would also invite Noel Gallagher who in addition to being someone whose talent I admire, would probably have a story or two to tell. And finally my mate Matt, in an attempt to once and for all gain some sort of explanation as to how he could find Nashwan at 8/1 for the 1989 Derby, and Salsabil at 20/1 as an unraced two year old for the 1990 1,000 Guineas, and yet not seem to be able to pick a winner since!

HCE  I would like to thank Rowen for taking the time to make this submission and I think you will all agree it is a great read- really highlighting our sporting goal, interests and the importance of family and friends. 

If you would like to make a submission to Walking The Blog, please contact me at the following email address: jason_coote2000@yahoo.co.uk   

The Gambler's Mindset: Luck

Successful pros like Joe Hachem may seem to have more to smile about, but it's a chicken-and-egg situation. You might not be able to magic up a lottery win, but you can certainly increase your chances of being one of life’s winners. Lucky people smile twice as often as the unlucky, and engage in more eye contact. In our everyday experience it can seem that some people ‘have all the luck’ and others appear to be jinxed.

We can all think of lucky people who seem to be in the right place at the right time, meet the right people, win all the money at the gaming tables and go from one success to another. I recently read a news story on the internet highlighting that luck is indeed about being in the right place at the right time. The story concerned a waitress at a Las Vegas casino who won $362,259 during her lunch break. After playing for 15 minutes, she won the largest slot jackpot payout ever. However, only three months later, her car was hit by a drunk driver who had 17 previous arrests for drunk driving. She was seriously injured and her older sister was killed. This time she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

McGambling’s golden arches

When applied to the world of gambling, our belief in luck has huge political and financial ramifications. Until 1978, Nevada was the only US state where gambling was legal. By 2005, almost all states had a lottery (although ironically not Nevada), and today, casinos have even sprung up on Indian reservations. This ‘domino effect’ phenomenon has been described by media commentators as the ‘McGambling’ and ‘Las Vegasing’ of the US. In short, politicians view legalised gambling and people’s belief in luck as a magic bullet to cure ailing state economies that are motivated by the ‘pathology of hope’. The UK doesn’t appear to be that far behind. Canada also now has a large number of casinos and not just confined to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver; with the business case often trumping the social or moral case when planning decisions arise. Unlike the U.S though there's a lax regulatory regime managing internet casinos with Canadians able to deposit and play quite easily at these types of offshore casino sites.

Given people’s widespread beliefs about luck, there’s been relatively little psychological research on the subject. Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire has spent many years studying luck and believes he’s discovered four principles of luck and knows how to help people improve their good fortune. The results of this work reveal that people aren’t born lucky. Instead, lucky people are unconsciously using four basic principles to create good fortune in their lives. These could also be applied to gambling situations. Wiseman’s research has involved him being with those who define themselves as either lucky or unlucky, and examining the reasons why. Wiseman started by asking randomly chosen UK shoppers whether they had been lucky or unlucky in several different areas of their lives, including their careers, relationships, home life, health and financial matters. Of those adults he surveyed, 50% considered themselves lucky and 16% unlucky. Those lucky or unlucky in one area were more likely to report the same in other areas. Most experienced either consistent good or bad fortune. Professor Wiseman therefore concluded that luck could not simply be the outcome of chance events.

So what do lucky people do that is different from unlucky people? Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities by networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences. Also, lucky people listen to lucky hunches. They make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. For example, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts. Thirdly, lucky people expect good fortune. They are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way. Finally, lucky people turn bad luck into good. They employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.

So can ‘lucky’ people win at gambling without trying? Professor Wiseman tested this proposition by getting 700 people to gamble on the National Lottery. The ‘lucky’ participants were twice as confident of winning as the ‘unlucky’ ones. However, results showed that only 36 participants actually won any money, and these were split evenly between the two groups. The study showed that being lucky doesn’t change the laws of probability!

Luck is a mindset

Research has also shown lucky people use body language and facial expressions that other people find attractive, smiling twice as often as the unlucky and engaging in more eye contact. Also, they’re more likely to have a broad network of friends and take advantage of favourable opportunities. Lucky people view misfortune as shortlived and overcome it quickly. Those who expect to fail may not even try. Lucky people try to achieve their goals even when the odds are against them. Luck isn’t a magical ability or a gift from the gods. It is a mind-set, a way of perceiving and dealing with life. This is something gamblers should know and try to apply to their daily gambling activity.

Read more fascinating gambler psychology stories here: Bet You Buy The Red Car

Professional Gamblers: Jack Ramsden

Jack Ramsden quit his job as a stockbroker in 1980 and since then has had 13 consecutive winning years as a professional punter. His successful punting like so many other professional punters is based around speed figures and race times.

He recently stated I cannot stress too strongly the importance of race times. They bind my whole approach together. There are fewer good times recorded over jumps but everyone seems to know about those horses and they are too short to back. Join our professional gambler newsletter by clicking here

Even cutting out the endless looking up of form books, I still spend two or three hours every day working out my bets. Jack continues, I'm constantly on the look out for the 3/1 chance that starts at 8/1. There are 30 or 40 of them a year and they are there to be seen. At those prices, you don't have to be right all the time! His premise is that while a good horse is capable of doing a bad time, no bad horse is capable of doing a good time.

He is unusual in that he has his own bookmaker, Colin Webster. There relationship is indeed unique, Colin pays Ramsden £5,000 a year for his advice and also has the job of getting his bets on with other bookmakers. Another unusual trait of Jack Ramsden is his liking for the multiple bets. His reasoning is that they are an extension of his policy to go for large prices and he reckons that on 4 occasions he has won over £200,000 on multiple bets.

Another piece of advice from Ramsden is regarding each-way bets. His advice is to ditch them. He states: I analysed my betting a couple of years ago and found that if I had doubled my win stakes instead of having each way bets, I would have been much better off. I think all punters would benefit by cutting out all each-way bets and sticking to singles.

Jack met his wife Lynda Ramsden when she worked at the Epsom yard of John Sutcliffe Snr, where Jack, one of Barry Hills's first owners, had horses. Ramsden was working in the City, but the City wasn't working for him. "I was a pretty useless stockbroker," he admitted. The Couple married in 1977 and then started training racehorses in the Isle of Man. I few years later moving over to England and North Yorkshire where they  trained for many years.

More pro gambler tales:

Dave Nevison

Phill Bull
A Tale Of A Pro Gambler

Thistlecrack to face Cue Card on Boxing Day

Having embarked on a chasing career following his World Hurdle win at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, Thistlecrack has now been handed the opportunity to add to his ever-growing reputation by taking on stablemate Cue Card in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Having won his first three outings for Colin Tizzard, the trainer faced a dilemma as to whether to pit the duo against one another, with Cue Card entering the famous race as the defending champion. Cue Card is hunting his second win of the £1 million steeplechasing Triple Crown, having already claimed victory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November.

With Thistlecrack having already won races at Chepstow, Newbury and Cheltenham in October and November, the duo look set to be among the frontrunners for both the King George VI Chase as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017. With Thistlecrack set to be ridden by Tom Scudamore and Cue Card by Paddy Brennan, there is little to separate the two famous horses among the bookies. With such little to choose between the two, it may be better to try and horse racing game at LadyLucks Casino, with mobile slots becoming more and more popular among punters.

Meanwhile, 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree will miss the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, with trainer Mark Bradstock choosing to withdraw the nine-year-old having underperformed in a recent gallop. Coneygree only returned to action after a year away from the track to finish second to Cue Card at Haydock, although his most recent setback has only served to increase his odds for the Gold Cup next year.

For those of you who are lucky enough to pick a winner in the famous Kind George VI at the end of this year, it may well be worth trying your luck on some of the best mobile slots at Lady Luck, with their casino offering the perfect opportunity to kick the new year off with a bang. Champion trainer Willie Mullins will be hoping to pull off a surprise win on Boxing Day, with Vroum Vroum Mag undoubtedly his best hope at Kempton. With Faugheen also having been ruled out, the likes of Yanworth, The New One and My Tent Or Yours have all been entered for the race, with the King George VI Chase having originally attracted just five entries.

Cheltenham Festival Betting 2017 is underway

The Cheltenham Festival is the focal point of the National Hunt racing season and come the Christmas period and early New Year, action begins for Cheltenham Festival betting 2017 as punters go in search of the early value. 

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday 14th of March and the first day - Champion Hurdle day - is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of racing on the calendar. The day begins with the famous roar for the opening Supreme Novices Hurdle, and progresses to the showpiece Champion Hurdle itself, which will see 2016 champion Annie Power defend her crown in the two mile contest.

Day 2 sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take centre stage, where the Willie Mullins trained Douvan is sure to be a hot favourite to fulfill his destiny and become the two mile steeplechase King. The seven-year-old has been near-flawless through his novice hurdle and chase campaigns to date and is just a very special talent who we should enjoy every time he performs on the track. 

The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle could also see a Willie Mullins horse dominate, with both Vroum Vroum Mag and former Champion Hurdler Faugheen in the picture for top honours in this division, which following the departure of King George and 2016 winner Thistlecrack is now open for a new star to fill his shoes. 

The Ryanair Chase is always a highly competitive Grade 1 chase on St Patrick’s Day Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival, but attentions then turn to the fourth and final day, where the Cheltenham Gold Cup provides the highlight race of the week for fans of National Hunt racing. 

The blue riband steeplechase is a highly charged betting heat and Colin Tizzard has a strong hand with Thistlecrack the favourite backed up by Cue Card and the hugely progressive stayer Native River. 

Willie Mullins will be represented by Valseur Lido and/or Djakadam and you can be sure plenty of dark horses will emerge on the day. Cheltenham Festival betting 2017 is underway, so make sure you keep an eye on the markets for some stand out prices as we build toward March. Bookmakers are always offering enhanced odds prices on the big name horses too, so look out for those and ‘non-runner no bet’ concessions as well. Good luck!