Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hard Times Gambling Tips to Make Money

As the economy worsens and many people find themselves in a downward financial spiral, many will consider trying to win money to solve their economic problems. I've owned and raced horses, handicapped horse races for profit, and counted cards at the blackjack tables in casinos. I've made money at those things, but never got rich and found it to be more work than a regular job. It isn't glamorous or sexy to sit at a blackjack table for hours with drunks trying to tell you how to play your cards and the pit boss eyeing you suspiciously.

There is also nothing fun about walking out of a race track with empty pockets. The truth of the matter is that if you are one of the consumers of gambling, that is, not the casino owner or owner of the race track, then the game is against you from the get go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to quit playing, but I hate to see people risking what little they have trying to get lucky.

If you really want to get lucky, work for the casino or at the race track. I've never worked for a casino but have worked at a race track and I got paid every day no matter who won the race. If none of this has discouraged you or convinced you to quit, here is a little advice that might help.

First and foremost, set limits and know when to quit, especially when you're ahead. At some time in their visit to the casino, almost every gambler has a time when he or she is ahead and yet, most leave a loser. How do you know when to quit? Gambling, like most things in life, is streaky, or cyclical. You will have times when you win a few bets at the horses or hit a jackpot at the slots or a big pot at the poker table.

Nine out of ten gamblers proceed to keep betting and playing and give it all back. The longer you play the more likely you are to lose due to something called churn. Casinos and race tracks love churn. It simply means that each time you bet, the house or track gets a piece of your bet. It may only be a few percentage points in the casino or 20% at the track, but it adds up.

One of the few successful gamblers that I know is a lady who plays trifectas at the horse races. She is one of the cheapest people I know, but she still takes $60 per week and plays the ponies. If she loses it, she goes home and waits until the next week. When she wins, and she does, she usually hits trifectas that pay well. She will take the money and put it in the bank and use it to pay her bills or buy things she couldn't usually afford.

The next week, no matter how much is in the bank account, she only takes $60 and goes back to the track. She loves to handicap and doesn't look at it as the only source of her income. She knows that if she loses, she hasn't lost everything. In other words, there is no big pressure on her to win. She simply does her best to pick good trifecta combinations and then she plays them.

Over the years she has spent quite a bit of money on good books about handicapping and money management, which brings up another important point. Invest in yourself first. An investment in good information that you can use or a good education is the best investment most of us can make. She doesn't gamble with scared money and can stay within her limits.

So when you get hot and find yourself ahead, be realistic and quit. Take whatever you have and call it a day. The race track or casino will be there next week. Use most of the money to pay down that credit card or mortgage and just save enough for your next trip to the track or casino. You will be amazed, if you follow this simple gambling advice at how you cut your losses and maximize your profits.

Author: Bill Peterson

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If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill's horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill's handicapping store.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

6:35 Ripon 2yo Racing Tips (30th May)

Horse racing tips
An EBF Novice Stakes race over 5f on good to firm going. Seven two-year-olds take part: five with racecourse experience and two debutantes from leading trainers.

Rockin Roy proved an easy winner on debut at Beverley when ''kept on strongly'' to beat The Great Heir who won next start when favourite. Archie Watson has done well with his juveniles this season (as he did last). This Irish-bred son of Fast Company looks a sharp breeze-up purchase at £36,000. He has to shoulder a 4lb win penalty for that first victory. By race type, this is a step up in class, which makes life a little harder. In fairness, he won well on debut. I wouldn't be in a rush to bet even money simply because one or two horses may improve. 

One horse who has plenty of pace but fails to get home is Gingersdunthelot. David Loughnane's charge started in the Brocklesby Stakes and outpaced in the Lily Agnes at Chester. Those races take some winning and he will find this a touch easier. However, he is very unlikely to figure here unless a few of these disappoint.  

Ann Duffield has been quiet with her juveniles this year. In fact, just looking at our database this is her first two-year-old to hit the track for 2018. The bookies have Miss Sabina priced 25/1. This daughter of Mayson cost £16,000 at the yearling sales. She wears a hood for this racecourse bow which is a negative. Also, she is the only filly in this line up. This local course for the stable is an ideal starting point. Duffield can win at big prices so not impossible although unlikely. 

Smile A Mile represents Mark Johnston's stable. They have been in excellent form - firing in winners - and this son of Slade Power was probably expected to shine on debut at Newcastle when an odds-on shot (8/11f). Clearly, connections must have been expecting something special. However, they we met with a dismal display when trailing home seventh. Over a month off course, there may have been an issue on debut. The betting should indicate this horse's ability. If strongly fancied it would bring further encouragement. 

Another trainer who doesn't lack for talented two-year-olds is Richard Fahey. A real wizard at getting his juveniles primed for their debut although some do need the run or simply lack ability. Silver Dust is a son of Clodovil and 57,000G yearling purchase. One to note. 

To add to the mix we have Life Of Riley and Mark's Choice who ran in the same race on debut at Hamilton. 

The former is trained by Karl Burke in the ownership of Ontoawinner syndicate. Both need little introduction to talented horses. Life Of Riley was relatively fancied on his racecourse bow. I think when these owners run a debutante at the course it speaks well of their regard. This son of Showcasing wasn't beaten far into fifth place. However, he may have ruined his chance by being much too keen. He was pulling for a couple of furlongs which must have taken the sting out of his tail in the final furlong. It wouldn't be a surprise to see this horse backed. If fancied in the betting, I can see a marked improvement. If weak, it would be a negative. 

Ruth Carr's colt, Mark's Choice, was one place ahead in fourth. He has show promise on both starts and not without a chance here. He was far too keen on debut at Doncaster. However, he was the polar opposite at Hamilton. I couldn't work out whether it was a bad ride or if the horse had his head in the clouds. He was so slow into stride and taking his time running off the pace. There seemed to be no urgency from man nor horse. He moved up with real purpose and drew level with the leaders before tiring in the closing stages. In many ways, it was a decent run because he must have traveled at some pace to even get competitive. It was a strange run. If starting on terms - and staying with the pack - you have to think this colt has some claim.   

Conclusion: An intriguing race. A small field of just seven horse which is a shame for each-way backers. Quite a few of these hold some claims. The favourite could be a talent but has to shoulder the win penalty. This is a step up in class and if one or two of these are improvers, I wouldn't want to be betting levels you devils. Smile A Mile is possibly a fair-class horse. The betting had to be significant on debut. There could have been an issue. If this horse is backed to short odds I would be convinced it has ability. If weak, if is best watched.  Silver Dust could go well for Richard Fahey. Life Of Riley and Mark's Choice definitely catch my eye. I have a feeling Burke's horse could be backed. If fancied in the betting has sound each-way claims. Mark's Choice is a funny one to weigh up. He has something but would want to be off the pace like last time. I would hope this horse drifts to big odds and may be worth a small each-way bet. On balance, this looks a tough race to find a winner because there could be four or five with a fighting chance if things go right. I would have to take a watching brief. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Retired Accountant Wins Big After Tiny Bet

Punter wins a fortune for small bet
Imagine placing a tiny bet of £1 then picking five winning horses in a row on the same day, to net yourself a nice little pay cheque of nearly £60,000.

That’s what happened to Peter Titman when he managed to back all the right horses to race over the line first at York last weekend.

Playing a “Lucky 31” accumulator bet, his initial winnings were £38,901 after the horses El Astronaute, Roaring Lion, Afaak, Main Desire and Waiting for Richie all won their races on Thursday.

To make a Lucky 31 more appealing to punters, customers playing will all receive a fifty percent bonus if they can correctly pick five winners. Whilst each Lucky 31 bet will essentially cost a punter £31, Peter’s remarkable win took his eventual total to a staggering £58,352.

His long term betting pal didn’t make the races

On the day, Titman also believes his gaming luck was possibly increased by the fact his long term pal and betting friend Ian Carr didn’t make the day out as he was attending a hospital appointment.

Mr Titman who hails from Royton near Oldham in Greater Manchester spoke to the Manchester Evening News after his astonishing win and said that:
“I was always good at mental arithmetic and my uncle had me checking not only his, but his mates’ betting slips. I must have been seven or eight years of age but I could do my sums pretty well. At primary school the teachers used to ask my puzzled parents why I knew so much about horse racing and whether they were big gamblers, which they weren’t”

He went on to say that he was always top of the class in Maths at school and had actually at one point considered going into accountancy as a career.

Special win

Peter who is by his own confession a massive huge Oldham Athletic fan, jokingly said that the win was even more special to him because the bet was created by a Manchester United fan!

Laughing, he commented that
“I’m an Oldham fan and we were relegated after failing to match Rochdale’s result on the last day of the season, so taking £58,000 off a big United fan like Fred has cheered me up.”

picked up his winnings at the betting shop near his house and then went on to celebrate his win in his local pub. Then there was a good meal at a local restaurant for some of his friends.

He intends to spend the money on a new computer and will also possibly consider putting some of it towards getting a lovely holiday home in Lanzarote.

He finally added
"I’m just starting to get over our miserable stop-start FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea when we weren’t at the races and then I hear about this. Guess it proves you can always win big from a small stake at Betfred, and at least a very loyal customer is in the money.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A beginner’s guide to betting on Horse Racing

The Winner's Enclosure - Racing Tips & Offers
Sports betting is ever-present these days, with many punters looking to beat the bookies. If you’re looking for the best horse racing tips but aren’t sure where to start, we take you through the best practices when dabbling with horse racing bets. 

If you’re always on the lookout for help picking your bets then you should check out The Winners Enclosure for the best horse racing tips. This site offers free tips as well as previews and reviews of some of the biggest events throughout the racing calendar. As well as keeping you up to date with all the latest racing news that may help to influence your bet-picking. 

No bet or tip is ever a certainty to win of course, so you should only ever bet what you can afford. Betting responsibly should always be put ahead of all else when you’re looking at any sort of bet. 

What sort of bet to go for? 

Horse Racing is perhaps one of the most complex sports to bet on due to the wide variety of bets on offer. This can seem daunting at first but once you get to grips with the various terms and bets it’s relatively straightforward. One of the benefits of using racing tipster sites such as The Winners Enclosure is that they provide an extensive break-down of these terms and bets, as well as offering their own suggested bets for you to back on a daily basis.

Choosing the right bookmaker 

There’s plenty of bookies out there that give great racing offers and bonuses to punters. Most will now offer some sort of sign-up bonus, such as free bets or your first stake returned should it lose. It’s well worth shopping around to find the best odds, The Winners Enclosure have a section on their website dedicated to informing punters of exactly what is on offer from a variety of bookmakers. 

Shopping around can also pay when it comes to finding the best odds. These can of course differ from one bookie to the next, so having a look at a few is well worth it before you place your bet. Some will also offer racing specials such as price boosts, enhancements, paying out more places, or betting through the card offers – where a bet on the first race at a meeting entitles you for free bets for the rest of the day/festival.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Penny Up: Childhood Gambling...

I noticed this article about child gambling. It is the kind of game children play, or did. In these modern times they probably play a tenner-a-time competing on Wii. 

Child gambling. It makes for an interesting debate. So what are your thoughts on how to approach the subject of gambling for your children or views on it in general? 

Are you anti gambling for wee nippers or can they learn a valuable lesson? 

I can remember as a child going to the amusement arcade with my tub of coppers. It was fun at the time and in ways it was a good thing because I can't stand fruit machines now. 

In a world of gambling temptation - for young and old - is it wise to allow children to gamble? Or does stopping them just make it all the more interesting? Life is one endless gamble, hey. I don't fancy your odds of walking on the moon. I am sure many of you can relate to Penny Up, which brings back memories from dare I say it school day fun. I can remember a teacher catching us playing at break time and instead of going mad had a game himself. Oh' the good old days...  

Lesser Known Casino Games: Penny Up

Call it “Penny Up”, “Penny in the Crack”, or “Penny Up the Wall” - it’s all the same game. Take a group of people and toss a penny toward a wall. Whoever gets their penny closest to the wall wins!

Penny Up is the first “real” gambling game most people encounter in their lives. Hey, let’s face it - we all know about poker, betting on sports, and other common gambling games growing up. However, knowing about something and being able to play are two different things. It’s easier to carry a pocketful of pennies for Penny up as opposed to a deck of cards and Poker chips. And we’re pretty sure not many ten year olds are able to place a bet on the horses at the track.

The rules are so easy that a child could understand. Two people will stand next to each other. Both people are the same distance from the wall. Two pennies are tossed and if your penny is the closest you win the loser’s penny. Sometimes the rare “Stander” (a penny on its side) wins double.

Despite the usage of “Penny” in Penny Up, the game can be played with any coin. Toss two dollar coins and the game is still the same. Get closest and you win the other persons coin. Keep in mind that other people besides children can play. It’s just most adults don’t gamble for pennies. In this case, they will bet dollars (pounds, euros, etc) and pitch pennies.

Normally only two people will play at a time since tracking more than two pennies is hard. The game has no set limits - players will play as long as they like (or until the school bell rings in some cases.)

Although many of us enjoyed Penny Up growing up, it has its critics. Many parents and anti-gambling groups see it as a way to groom children for a life of gambling. The arguments for each side are as follows.

The “Nay” group feels “Allowing children to gamble teaches them it’s alright to do so and even encourages them. These children will grow up to be problem gamblers."

The “Yea” group’s viewpoint is: “Teaching children about gambling in a responsible setting removes the mystery and allows parents to educate their children about the pros and cons of gambling.”

Both sides have valid viewpoints and we’re sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle. We don’t want our children running mini casinos in the playground but we also don’t want to make something so forbidden it becomes irresistible.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

4:10 Newmarket Racing Tips (6th May)

Horse racing - Newmarket
Havana Gold Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) over 5f on good going. 

Seven two-year-olds take part: two with racecourse experience.

Hugo Palmer has started this two-year-old season in earnest and Barend Boy ran a cracking race on debut at Leicester. To be fair, this British-bred son of Oasis Dream didn't look like he was going to trouble the leaders when made 9/4f. However, this bay colt really found his stride in the closing furlong and could well have beaten Marie's Diamond if inexperience hadn't proved costly. Palmer has given this youngster an entry for the Lily Agnes but this option looks to have taken preference. With that valuable experience onside, I can see Barend Boy taking some stopping. Should enjoy this stiff finish. 

Mark Johnston has been in pretty good form this early season if not quite achieving the dizzy heights of former seasons. Smile A Mile was made an odds-on shot for his debut at Newcastle but failed to shine. This chestnut son of Slade Power must have been expected to do better. A recent entry for the Lily Agnes Stakes adds to those thoughts. A horse on a recovery mission but one that is likely to show more today. 

Fly The Nest is trained by Charlie Appleby. This March foal cost 200,000 euros at the yearling sales. The stable won this race last year with a debutante so worthy of respect. Godolphin juveniles often make their presence felt at this course. 

A selection of top-class trainers and interesting debutantes.

William Haggas has not had the best start to proceedings with a handful of two-year-olds seen out so far. He managed to find a winner at Yarmouth but a few other prospects have disappointed. He often unleashes a talent at Newmarket although can be a touch unpredictable with debutantes. Fanaar is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum. This son of Dark Angel cost £240,000 at the yearling sales. Interesting. 

Clive Cox is a smart trainer who knows his horses. He can most certainly ready a debutant. He's had a couple of two-year-olds run this season - a winner and runner-up. Conchek is a black son of Lethal Force. He is an 85,000G yearling purchase. The mare, Soar, was a smart horse who raced up to Group 1. She won on debut and finished runner-up on her second start when contesting the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot, going on to win her next two starts at Group 3 and Group 2, respectively. If priced 13/2 & less SP has sound each-way claims. 

Andrew Balding is one of my favourite trainers of two-year-olds. Most seem primed to win on their second start but can win of debut if talented. Oloroso is priced 25/1 which suggests this son of Fast Company isn't expected today. He cost 27,000G at the yearling sales.

Richard Hannon fields Coco Cheval, the only filly in the line up. This chestnut daughter of Kyllachy will need to be pretty smart and primed to depose the colts. She cost 57,00 euros at the yearling sales. The mare didn't achieve anything of note. 

Conclusion: This looks a competitive race. Smile A Mile needs to find much improvement after disappointing on debut at odds-on. However, the betting that day tells the stable were left scratching their head. A recent Lily Agnes entry details they haven't lost hope. I suspect he will go well. I was impressed by Barend Boy on hos first start. This course - with a stiff finish - looks ideal and I would imagine anything that beats him is decent. If pressed, I would make this horse my tip. Fly The Nest cost a lot of money and hails from a stable who usually send their better prospects to compete at Newmarket. Fanaar is another expensive buy. I do like Haggas' juveniles at Newmarket. They can be difficult to predict and often priced to chance. I wouldn't knock this horse. The betting is the best guide to Conchek. If priced 13/2 & less SP is another who will be coming here with some ambition. I would let the betting settle before jumping in just in case it pinpoints one or two weak links. I would have to take a watching brief with just two places for seven runners. A race which will identify a number of future winners.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My Adventure Into Lay Betting: Trying To Miss The Giraffe...

One of my favourite quotes is that even a broken watch is right twice a day. As a gambler I think most of us would like to have a better strike rate! Damn Watch.


Nothing changes, hey. I'm either quiet or you suffer from unending prose. The blog timeline details: spam, nothing, more spam, and My Adventure Into Lay Betting: Trying To Miss The Giraffe. [written 2013]

That latter topic sounds much more interesting. This adventure related to my laying horses to lose. That's two-year-old horses. I don't  understand anything else. Now, I'm not going to talk too much about my approach or the philosophy behind my laying tactics because it is a work in progress and rather boring in its written form. 

I must admit I don't find any form of gambling particularly pleasurable. My reasoning is that I have the odds in my favour. As every speculator will appreciate, that betting slip (in mind if not in hand) often morphs into a stick of dynamite.  The fuse burning too damn quick. Lay betting can feel rather daunting. When you've laid the rag and it's travelling with the zeal of a six-to-four jolly it makes the eyes bulge, the heart race, and your pocket has a kind of lost empty feel. Not very jovial. Well, that's the nature of the beast. Equine. You know, those things the commentator keeps talking about. 

So how did the season go?

Well, I was amazed. I know what you are thinking? Is that a good or bad amazing? I just took a double-take to see if my hand had been blown off. 

For the most part it was amazingly good - with a slight disaster at the finish.

I started small laying juveniles to win five pounds a time. That may seem a pittance but it can be a costly affair if a 20/1 shot has an exceptionally long neck. I'm pretty sure I laid a couple of giraffe this year.Last time I go to the bloody zoo and say what lovely creatures. I'm not against laying a good few horses in the same field. Races would come and go. I'd be winning ten, twenty, fifty pound a race. Everything was going well. Amazingly so. After winning several hundred pounds I considered it was time to lay each horse for twenty pounds. I knew it was a risk but time is money and all that. It made me a little nervous. The  bets ranged from laying favourites to huge outsiders. It can be slightly unnerving to lay a horse which could cost a couple of thousand. I always hope they fall out of the stalls and as fat as a pig. In that moment my potential terror of what could be turns to joy. Righteousness. Being right rather than religious. Obviously, there is good reason why I lay such horses. There is understanding, reason, professionalism. I'm not pinning the tail on the donkey - just trying to find it. However, that doesn't mean any horse cannot win. They do. The beasts. Those chestnut giraffe can be killers. 

To be fair I laid an incredible run of losers. In a matter of months I had turned my five pounds to four thousand. In a sizable field of maidens I would win up to two hundred a race. However, this approach doesn't allow you to just take any old race and wave my stick of dynamite. For starters, on many days there would be a limited number of two-year-old races. Certain race types were ignored.

I had a feeling of confidence.

For a moment I considered however fast that fuse burned if I filled my lungs with joyous - winning - air I could blow away that hellish spark.

On occasions I got my fingers burned. You have to remember that although I follow a professional approach there is something very different about working in practice to paper trailing. Thankfully I wasn't hit by a 100/1 shot. That would have been hard to swallow. But if you lay a bet you should never be surprised if it wins. It is probably sensible to imagine it will blow your socks off. I laid a couple of horses which won at 20/1. Not good. Although from my understanding I wasn't wrong in my approach. Horses win, horses lose, that's how it works. I must admit that in those early months of laying what must have been a hundred plus losers on the trot it all seemed ''amazingly'' straight forward. At the back of my mind (often at the front...and certainly in my pocket) I didn't believe it would last. I didn't expect it to follow a scenic path. I've watched  The Wizard of Oz. You have to meet a scarecrow, tin man, lion and a couple of flying monkeys before you get a chance to melt a green-faced witch and steal her bloody shoes. Although - thinking about it -hadn't she already lost them? 

I hit another couple of winners. A few bets cost a good few hundred. Financially it wasn't a problem but psychologically it was tougher. The next few lay bets made me really need them to lose. With a few winning days under my belt I shrugged off the loss and by a week or two I was back to an all-time high. 

However, little by little I hit a plateau. The four thousand pound mark became a wall. Each time I would climb the ladder to look over the other side I would be beaten to it by a giraffe who stuck out an incredibly long tongue. Sure the thing blew a raspberry before it came into view. I went from four thousand. Three thousand. Back to four thousand. Kicked in the nuts by wilder beast. It was a struggle. I didn't feel the approach was wrong. A few of the decisions come down to a photo finish. Prolonged agony. I realised that I needed a tweak here and there. Knock a few trainers on the head because they had done my brain in. That learning curve felt as though it was tying me up in knots. I'm sure that watch stopped when I wasn't looking.

The end of the two-year-old season was on the horizon and I was looking forward to a rest. One of the last bets was a killer blow. It didn't finish me off but it dampened my spirits which were already low. Of all days. I had been to the funeral of my aunt and switched on the races to see a Luca Cumani debutant which I laid for twenty pounds. The favourite struggled. In turn I had an uneasy feeling...which continued to cause concern. The beast travelled like a gazelle. I gave up trying to work out whether its neck was long or short. Its legs moved fast. It hit the front, cruising Kempton's final bend and lengthened clear into the straight. The loss I had expected materialised costing nearly eight hundred pounds. It wasn't the best of feelings. 

I'll be back next year with my tranquilizer dart.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Legend of Arkle:

Arkle Race Horse
There have been many great horses that have achieved great racing honours. Red Rum won the prestigious Grand National for three times and Best Mate won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times as well. Yet none of them could quite match the appeal of Arkle. Even the people with no interest in racing would know his name and praise his talents. His name still evokes many emotions among the Irish people. Peter O'Sullevan, the famous racing commentator, called him a freak of nature — something unlikely to be seen again.

His jumping was not perfect, still his imperfections only added to his magical personality. His dominance was so complete in the race that the racing authorities in Ireland at that time had to change the handicapping rules because of him.

The Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham Festival is named after him as a way to pay tribute. The Cheltenham Festival is very near now which takes place in the month of March every year. It is the best place for all the punters. That is why a huge conversation is generating about the prospects of different horses. Will the horses of Wille Mullins shine on the field or will it be the horses of Nicky Henderson or Jessica Harrington who will steal the show? These questions are being debated with great intensity among the punters.

Therefore, do not miss the opportunity to cash in on the mega festival which goes on for 4 days. Choose freebets if you want to get the most out of your bucks. For here you will find all the updates, tips and predictions in order to help you with your punting. You can find all the leading bookmakers here from Paddy Power to Ladbrokes to William Hill etc.

So find your free bets for Cheltenham from the top bookmakers. Choose Paddy Power for it is offering Non Runner No Bet along with their offering of £20 Risk Free bet. Chose Betway for its free bets could go up to £30. Or may be you would like the offer of Bet £10 Get £30 of 888Sports. Coral, Betfred and Bet365 are also offering some of the best offers.

After winning the 1963 Broadway Chase, Arkle faced Mill House (the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner) for the first time in the 1963 Hennessy Gold Cup, and he lost that race against Mill House. However, Arkle took his revenge in the Cheltenham Gold Cup of 1964 by beating Mill House by five lengths. It was his first Gold Cup win and it was the last time he was not featured as favourite for a race.

In the next Gold Cup of 1965, he easily defeated Mill House by 20 lengths. And in the 1966 Gold Cup, he grabbed another victory by an outstanding 30 lengths. In that race, he even made an early mistake but his momentum remained steady and he got such a dominating victory. That season of 1965-66, the legendary Arkle remained unbeaten in 5 races.

In the three years; Arkle acheived such a huge racing honour for himself, winning a King George VI Chase and 3 consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups. Besides these wins, he also won the Hennessy Gold Cup, the Irish Grand National, the Whitbread Gold Cup and the Gallagher Gold Cup.

Tragically, Arkle got a serious injury during racing in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. He hit the guard rail resulting in a fractured pedal bone while jumping the open ditch. Even then, the legendary Arkle completed the race and almost won by coming in second.
The injury stopped him from running ever again, although he made enough recovery to get back into training. He became hugely famous in Ireland. Even at one point Arkle for President was written on a Dublin wall. He was simply referred as "Himself".

Monday, April 16, 2018

2:50 Windsor Racing Tips (16th April)

High Class Equine - 2YO Racing Tips
An EBF Novice Stakes over 5f  21y on heavy going. 

Seven two-year-olds debutantes take part at Windsor: five colts and two fillies. Testing going will make this interesting.

Michael Bell doesn't have many early juveniles so it is a fair pointer Artair has something going for him. This bay colt is a son of Kodiac and £55,000 yearling purchase. Well drawn in stall three and positive jockey booking with Jamie Spencer riding. 

Blown By Wind hails from Mark Johnston's stable. They have fielded a couple of juveniles who have been fancied in the betting. Neither won but far from disgraced, giving the impression they would appreciate better ground. This son of Invincible Spirit is well drawn in stall one (if the keep to the near-side rail). This home bred is out of a decent mare who raced just three times: winning on her first and second start, taking the Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3). She was fancied in the 1000 Guineas but was virtually pulled up and never raced again so must have suffered an injury. Definitely a fair type on paper and the stable have a few to measure this ones ability.

Rod Millman has a couple of horses entered. He has unleashed a few of his better juveniles at this course over recent years so worth noting. In general, his juvenile struggle to win on debut. Greyzee is a grey son of Zebedee out of a winning but little mare. He was bought in by the vendor for £10,000. 

Greeley has a wide draw in seven, which may be the best of the lot if jockeys venture to the far side rail, which is often the case of testing ground. This bay colt is a son of Sir Prancealot, who has done pretty well as a new sire these last few years. He cost £18,00 at the yearling sales. 

Mick Channon has led the way with this two-year-olds this season. A Brocklesby Stakes winner who made it two from two in the mud at Bath. Bungle Inthejungle stole a win, while a couple of others have disappointed. One of two fillies, Solesmes is owned by Mick Channon and 3,000G foal. May appreciate further in time. If priced 8/1 or bigger SP, best watched.

Never one to let the grass grown under his feet, David Evans has fielded a number of juveniles this season. He has form horses to assess the ability of his newcomers which is a plus. Awake In Asia is a son of Dragon Pulse and £65,000 yearling purchase. The mare won five times and achieved a highest official rating of 91. The stable send some of their better prospects here and a horse worthy of note especially if well backed.  

Merarini cost just £3,000 at the yearling sales and best watched.  

Conclusion: Not the easiest of races to assess. The betting suggests four have a fighting chance although Millman's pair are not without a hope is fair standard. I would watch the betting for Solesman, a filly against the colts and a cheap purchase. Could drift in the betting. The betting guide will tell the story but even if fancied I would watch. Artair, Blown By Wind and Awake In Asia are most interesting. The betting is the best guide for Awake In Asia. Blown By Wind could go well for Johnston. Artair is interesting being an early horse for Michael Bell. He doesn't have many early types and it could detail a sharp horse with promise. However, I will take a watching brief. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Grand National 2018 - The Housewife's Favourite

Grand National 2018
The housewife's favourite. The Grand National is like no other horse racing. Are you ready for the Grand National 2018?

Aintree racecourse is synonymous with the greatest steeplechase of them all. The Grand National is testing course, especially in the mud. Four miles and two long furlongs: two circuits, 30 fences, following in the footsteps and hoof prints of legends who have both confirmed and defied the odds.

With prize money worth over £1m this is one race owners, trainers and jockeys are desperate to win. For punters, it is a matter of picking a horse that will run a race. Sometimes the best horses win. Red Rum made this race his own in the 1970s. His story lives on in all those who love the Grand National. So many stories of triumph over adversity.

So which horse, jockey or trainer do you fancy? Remember we are talking about betting even if it is the housewife's favourite. The Randox Health Grand National starts at 5:15 Aintree 14th April.

But who win win?

Here are a few trend which might steer you in the right direction or help you avoid a bad day at the office.
  • Most likely winner by age: Grand National winner are usually aged from 8 – 10.
  • Experience horse do best with 10 races or more.
  • An ideal weight is 11st 3lb.
  • Favourites don't have the best record.
  • 5 horses have won at odds of 100/1.
Stake a look at this shortlist?


Nigel Twiston-Davies' has high hopes for this nine-year-old bay Blaklion. This gelding may be heading towards the Gold Cup so spoilt for choice and far from lacking ability. If you are getting a feeling of deja vu, this son of Kafy Tara was favourite for last year's National. Punters were keen on his chances – travelling strongly four fences from home. However, he tired to a crawl in the closing stages but finished a respectable fourth less than ten lengths behind the cheering crowd. Blaklion is 12/1 to take the spoils for this return. If the going keeps decent, he could hold fair each-way claims.

Ante-post betting – Should I Bet Today?

There are pros and cons about betting ante-post. Why would you bet early? Simply because you get much bigger prices if your horses takes part on the day. Well, most of the time. Betting is all about opinions so when you make your selection you might be part of the crowd or not. Sometimes it pays to follow your own instincts. Did you know 5 horses have won at odds of 100/1. Mon Mone won at 100/1 in 2009. Just imagine what price the horse a month before the big day. I can imagine he was 500/1. Bet £10 at 500/1 you'd have won £5000.

Let's get serious about betting on the 2018 Grand National. Blaklion's betting ranges from 10/1 – 14/1 that's why you need to check out WilliamHill. The difference between one bookies odds and another could be a decent wedge. For example, Pleasant Company is 40/1 with Hills while 25/1 with other bookies.

Definitely Red

Brian Ellison's nine-year-old gelding had a disastrous run in last year's National. Priced just 10/1, punters knew their fate when he was badly hampered at Becher's Brook. He never recovered and pulled-up shortly after. Definitely Red has been in excellent form of late but carries much more weight this time round. Hills have this sturdy charge priced at 20/1 and a live chance if having a bit of luck.

Cause Of Causes

Gordon Elliot trains this gelding for leading owner and renowned pro gambler J P McManus. He ran a cracking race in last year's National when runner-up behind One For Arthur at odds of 16/1. His latest effort at Leopardstown when a 33/1 saw him trail home fifty-one lengths behind the winner. That was just a prep race because he was never going to show a jot over 2m 5f. Cause Of Causes is 20/1. A horse with a fighting spirit and if last year is anything to go by could show some form.

Ante-post betting: Blaklion 10/1, Total Recall 10/1, Cause Of Causes 20/1, Definitely Red 20/1, Gold Present 20/1, Minella Rocco 201, The Last Samuri 25/1, Anibale Fly 25/1, Gas Line Boy 33/1, Noble Endeavor 33/1, Vicente.

If betting, horses can win at any price from favourite to 100/1. Well, that's what history has told us. Blaklion, Cause Of Causes and Definitely Red have each-way claims.