Southampton look to get back to winning ways after a run of four Premier League defeats in a row. Can they stop the rot against Premier League champions, Leicester? Our football tipster Ross Casey offers his Premier League betting tips… Southampton v Leicester Tips (Sun, 12:00) OFFER – Get up to a £400 deposit bonus when you sign up with Fanduel. Who are the favourites? With a record of four defeats on the bounce in the Premier League, you may well be surprised to hear that the Saints are odds on favourites to beat the Premier League champions on Sunday. They are a best price of 19/20. However, squeezed amongst the four defeats is a draw away at Norwich and a very impressive 1-0 win over Liverpool in FA Cup and EFL Cup matches, respectively. Leicester come into this match on a poor run themselves as they have picked up just three wins in their last 11 fixtures. They are also winless away from home in the Premier League with seven losses and three draws from 10 games on the road. With that in mind a best price of 18/5 in the full-time result is probably fair value. For all my Premier League tips, head to our football tips page. Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. What’s your recommended bet? For my Southampton v Leicester tips, I will be backing Leicester to win either half at a best price of 9/5. I really like this selection as the Saints have failed to score in their last two Premier League games, have the lowest shot conversion rate of any Premier League side this season and have beaten Leicester just once in their last seven matches. Leicester won their last away match 2-1 at Everton in the FA Cup and proved they can gain a result without Riyad Mahrez who is at the African Cup of Nations, so back them to win either half here. Back Leicester to win either half with a best price of 9/5. Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices! Why use Easyodds to bet on this match? Do you want the best possible chance of winning as much profit as possible? Well, why limit yourself to one bookmaker pricing up the market when you can use us to get the absolute best price? For example, Jamie Vardy scored twice in this fixture last season and he is to score at 11/4 in the anytime goalscorer market which is a better price than the 9/4 price elsewhere! We find you the best value! You can grab any new customer offer in our free bets section to place a wager on this game also. For all of my football tips visit my Twitter account which is @Rosscasey24. Thanks for reading and good luck with your betting this week! For all the latest Premier League odds head to our Premier League betting centre.
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Following Novak Djokovic’s shock exit from the Australian Open, Andy Murray is the stand-alone favourite and a best price of 10/11 to lift the trophy. The Briton has lost five finals in the past seven years in Melbourne, four of them to Djokovic. Nick Kyrgios’s loss to Andrea Seppi caused a storm as the Aussie appeared to make minimal effort once again having surrendered a two set lead. Owen Fulda brings you today’s Aussie Open treble… Download our Easyodds app for best odds, free tips and bonus bets. Australian Open Tips Bernard Tomic vs Dan Evans Tips Tomic To Win @ 3/4 - BET NOW! Briton Dan Evans produced the performance of his career to knock out Marin Cilic in round two, but I’m proudly backing the last-Aussie standing Bernard Tomic to progress! The troubled star has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, but the 27th seed is in some fine form himself. The criticism of Kyrgios has taken some of the limelight off Tomic and his game has benefitted from that. With a partisan crowd behind him, at 3/4 Tomic looks like good value to me. Benoit Paire vs Dominic Thiem Tips Thiem To Win 3-0 @ 8/5 - BET NOW! Number eight seed Dominic Thiem takes on Frenchman Benoit Paire who has only ever reached the fourth round of a major once in his career, at the 2015 US Open. Thiem is one of the most gifted players on the tour and this could be his breakthrough year. I’m backing him to make short work of Paire who’s currently ranked World Number 47, with a straight sets win. I predict Thiem will reach the semis before bowing out to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic. Rafa Nadal vs Alexander Zverev Tips Nadal To Win @ 4/9 - BET NOW! Rafa has been on point in the first two rounds. The leftie hasn’t even dropped a set on his way to this clash with Germany’s Zverev - the youngest player currently in the ATP top 50. Nadal looked sharp and precise in his 6-3 6-1 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis, who is no mug by any means. Nadal is a best price of 47/20 to win in straight sets here but I’d be wary of that bet. While Zverev may up his game against a legend, there’s no way he’s winning this one outright. Get all the best Australian Open odds at our extensive Tennis betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts. Follow Owen on Twitter @OwenSFulda.
Arsenal are back in their usual place of fourth, which is giving social media plenty of entertainment but they are only one point off second going into gameweek 22! Can they pick up three more points against Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday? Our football tipster Ross Casey offers his Premier League betting advice… Arsenal v Burnley Tips (Sun, 14:15) OFFER – Get up to a £400 deposit bonus when you sign up with Fanduel. Who are the favourites? The bookies’ have made Arsenal absolutely massive favourites to win this Premier League fixture with a best price of 2/9 using our odds comparison service. Considering Arsenal have lost just one of their 10 Premier League home games this season, you have to say that is probably a fair price – especially as Burnley have scored just three goals away from home in nine matches. Burnley would be third in the league if the Premier League was purely on home form, but sadly for them it isn’t! Their brilliance at Turf Moor is matched by how poor they are away from home. They are winless, have lost eight of their nine games and scored just three goals in nine matches on the road. For many of those above reasons, the bookies make them an absolutely massive price here at 16/1 to win or 13/2 to manage a draw. Whatever you fancy in the full-time result - make sure you use Easyodds to compare the best Premier League odds available. For all my Premier League tips, head to our football tips page. Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. What’s your recommended bet? For my Arsenal v Burnley tips, I will be backing Alexis Sanchez anytime goalscorer. Olivier Giroud has been the man of the moment for Arsenal of late, but he hobbled off in the 4-0 win over Swansea and is a slight injury doubt for this fixture. Luckily for Arsenal they have this pretty good player who stepped up to the plate called Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international scored against Swansea late on to seal the win and with three goals and two assists in his two previous games against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, you have to fancy him to score again. Against a defence that has conceded 20 goals in nine Premier League away games this season and that have conceded three in both previous Premier League games at the Emirates, I am even more convinced Sanchez can add to his goal tally of 16 this season here. Back Alexis Sanchez in the anytime goalscorer market with a best price of 3/4. Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices! Why use Easyodds to bet on this match? Why limit yourself to one bookmaker pricing up the market when you can use us to get the absolute best price? For example, Andre Gray to score at 9/2 in the anytime goalscorer market is far better than the odds of 3/1 elsewhere! We find you the best value – so don’t settle for less! You can grab any new customer offer in our free bets section to place a wager on this game also. For all of my football tips visit my Twitter account which is @Rosscasey24. Thanks for reading and good luck with your betting this week! For all the latest Premier League odds head to our Premier League betting centre.
“The mighty Heartbreak City runs at Leopardstown in the Coral.ie hurdle. He gave me a cracking day in the Ebor when storming home in front and then went oh so close for me again in the Melbourne Cup but can he do it back over hurdles?” JJ If you don't have a Bet At Home account already click here to get a FREE £20 bet! 3.10 Leopardstown Has there ever been a more obvious plot route than this one with HEARTBREAK CITY (5/2)? He’s trained by master plotter Tony Martin and is ludicrously well handicapped based on his flat exploits this season. But even over hurdles he won with anything in had at Galway when we last saw him. He was slightly hampered going into the last and Donagh Mayler waited patiently for a gap and when it appeared he shot through with consummate ease, he won by a length that day but it probably could have been 10. If he wins here he’ll likely be hammered by the handicapper for Cheltenham but you can be sure he’ll go off a short price for the Coral Cup should he go that way. HEARTBREAK CITY – COMPARE THE ODDS Download our brand new app to bet with your favourite bookies in one place. IOS and Android!
So 32 teams have been whittled down to just four who are in with a chance of lifting the famous Vince Lombardi trophy in Houston, Texas on the 5th of February. Our NFL tipster Owen Fulda brings you his best Super Bowl 51 tips... Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. Super Bowl 51 Tips New England Patriots @ 13/10 - BET NOW - There’s no value in backing the Patriots at this price in my opinion. They are missing Rob Gronkowski who is Tom Brady’s favoured receiver and although that hasn’t hindered them too much up until this point he will be missed in the crunch games. Brady and coach Bill Belichick are a fearsome combination and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them win their second Super Bowl in three years, but at that short price I’m not going to risk it. Green Bay Packers @ 5/1 - BET NOW Green Bay are the best value bet left in the competition in my opinion. What more can be said about Aaron Rodgers that hasn't already been said. Their offense really clicked against the Cowboys and they showed real mettle in OT. On current form you wouldn’t rule them out of clinching a third Super Bowl or even Rodgers himself of claiming the MVP at 9/2 - BET NOW. Pittsburgh Steelers @ 9/2 - BET NOW - The Steelers crushed Miami in their wildcard game and bravely battled past the Chiefs without scroring a touchdown. They have proven playoff credentials. Big Ben thrives in January but at 9/2 the price isn’t long enough to risk backing a time who lost some games this year that they really should’ve won. Le’veon Bell and Antonio Brown racked up over 300 yards of offense between them against the Dolphins, and on their day they’re almost unplayable. Atlanta Falcons @ 11/4 - BET NOW I’m not tempted to back Matt Ryan and the Falcons especially at this relatively short price. They are fortunate to get a bye but are far from infallible at home where they lost to the Chiefs and even the Chargers this year for goodness sake! They’ve proved to be a franchise that struggles under pressure and I'm scepticaL that they'll dispose of the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title. Why use Easyodds to bet on the NFL? You’d be mad not to! Do you want the best possible chance of winning as much profit as possible? Well, why limit yourself to one bookmaker pricing up the market when you can use our service to ensure you get the absolute best price on NFL odds? Get all the best gridiron odds at our extensive NFL betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
The Playoffs never really got going over Wildcard Weekend, but they certainly exploded into life during the Divisional Round. The Falcons eliminated the Seahawks by a big margin as expected and underdogs Pittsburgh Steelers ko’d the Chiefs, as we also tipped. But without a doubt the nail-biter at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T stadium was the game of the weekend. Aaron Rodgers proved once more that he’s arguably the best in the business as he stepped up to throw an amazing pass to set up the Green Bay Packers’ game-winning field-goal, with just three seconds on the clock. Owen Fulda looks ahead to these Conference Finals matches which will produce our two Super Bowl 51 teams... NFL Conference Finals Tips Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons (Sun, 8:05pm) Packers To Win @ 15/8 - BET NOW The Packers were an identical price to beat the Chiefs on the road in the last round and came through in the ‘clutchest’ of clutch situations. With the game seemingly destined for overtime, Aaron Rodgers found his tight end Jared Cook down the sideline. Cook reeled in the crucial catch a split-second before going out of bounds to set up the thrilling field-goal win. The question now is whether they can draw strength from that experience and use it to master the Falcons on their home ground too. While Rodgers was in the zone, he was ably assisted by his offence as well as goal-kicker Mason Crosby. The 32-year-old became the first kicker to make two field goals 50 yards or longer in the final two minutes of a postseason game! Matt Ryan has struggled under pressure in past seasons but he looks a different player this year. The Falcons haven’t reached a Super Bowl since 1998 and they are short favourites at a best price of 10/21. They say defences win Championships and Atlanta will need to find a way to suffocate Rodgers’ plethora of attacking options if they are to prevail. Atlanta won a tight contest between these two teams 33-32 back in October, but Green Bay had won the previous four encounters. In terms of postseason clashes, the Packers lead 2-1 with the most recent a 48-21 demolition in the Georgia dome six years ago. On that day Ryan’s QB rating was literally half that of Rodgers’. Will history repeat itself on Sunday? I believe so. Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots (Mon, 10:40am) Patriots To Win @ 5/12 - BET NOW Sunday’s AFC Championship game is a matchup of NFL royalty. The Patriots and Steelers have appeared in a combined 16 Super Bowls, winning 10 of them, while the winner of this game will be heading to a record ninth Super Bowl. Since 2001, the AFC representative has been either the Pittsburgh or New England 10 times (including this year). Serious dominance. This matchup features two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL: Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, both future Hall of Famers. The Steelers lead an incredibly close fought series 15-14 but I reckon come Monday that it will be all-square at 15 wins each. Even without the 'Gronk' at tight end due to injury, Brady always seems to find a receiver in squeaky-bum circumstances. Patriots legendary coach Bill Belichick was full of praise for the Steelers after their win over Kansas City in which they scored all their points from field goals. “They’re a tremendous offense. Kansas City was able to make some plays in the red area, but I mean they (Pittsburgh) could’ve easily scored up in the 40’s,” he said. Pittsburgh Steelers can be backed at 21/10 for the win at Gillette Stadium. New England will certainly have a plan in place to stop the violent running of Le’veon Bell. The running back gained 170 yards versus the Chiefs and Belichick knows he can’t let that happen against his side. If Pittsburgh’s offensive line can open up lanes for Bell to launch down, he will punish them severely each time. I think the Brady bunch will find a way to reach another Super Bowl, but hopefully someone’s checking that the balls are fully inflated this time! Get all the best gridiron odds at our extensive NFL betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
The Premier League sack race has swung wide open again after Hull boss Mike Phelan was fired last week. With 20 managers possible to be sacked next, the Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is the current favourite for the chop... what will Harry the Hornet think? Premier League Sack Race OFFER – Get a FREE £50 bet when you sign up with Sportingbet. WALTER MAZZARRI @ 6/4 – BET NOW. Watford have won just two game in their last eight and were utterly woeful in their 4-1 home loss against Tottenham. Considering the board sacked Quique Sanchez Flores to everyone's surprise, how much longer will Walter last? SLAVEN BILIC @ 6/1 – BET NOW. With big Andy Carroll back fit, the Hammers have picked up four wins in eight and now Slaven Bilic has drifted out to 6/1 in the Premier League sack race betting market. However, their pitiful performance in the cup did little to impress and some say he has two games to save his job! DAVID MOYES @ 6/1 – BET NOW. Talking of Sunderland, their boss David Moyes was brutally honest about the season ahead at Sunderland when he predicted a relegation battle in August. Whilst it certainly didn’t endear him to the Mackem fans, he was entirely right considering they picked up just two points in their opening 10 games. They have bounced back though, with victories over both Bournemouth, Leicester and Hull. That has made him drift from 4/9 to 6/1 in this market over the past few weeks. CLAUDE PUEL @ 7/1 – BET NOW. Southampton have had an excellent home record this season under Claude Puel, but are struggling to pick up points on the road. Recent results have been far too inconsistent and whilst they have a big injury list, the early Europa League exit has not helped Puel's cause, either. He is now the 8/1 second favourite for the axe. AITOR KARANKA @ 14/1 - BET NOW. Aitor Karanka has hardly got the Boro firing on all cylinders this season. Three wins in 20 is simply not good enough for a side paying big money on new players. The Spaniard could be the next to go at a big price! Those are the top five managers in the next Premier League manager to be sacked betting market – but remember we have the best odds for all 20. For the latest next Manager betting odds head to our football specials betting page. SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
It is the 19th Celebrity Big Brother and they’ve delivered us a strange bunch again for this season; with the premise being ‘All stars’ versus ‘New stars’. Our reality TV man Ross Casey is on hand to run through the contenders... Celebrity Big Brother Tips We have 12 housemates left, so let’s roll through the winners and the likely losers that this series has to offer us... All aboard the banter bus! Celebrity Big Brother Odds James Cosmo @ 2/1 – BET NOW Brave old soul entering the house for this series is Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo. The bookies gave him no chance at the start at 25/1 but he is now favourite at 2/1 as he has kept his quiet dignity whilst all around him people are losing theirs! Calum Best @ 11/2 - BET NOW Calum Best arrives on series 19 of Celebrity Big Brother with a third place already in the bag from the past and holding his mother’s hand. He was likable and affable a few years back in the show and has shown his doting side for his mother, but his people pleasing saw him drift to 5/1 from 11/2. Jedward @ 7/1 - BET NOW Planet Jedward has arrived in the Big Brother house and they have already provided the fun factor! They had gone straight to the top of the market thanks to their infectious personality and humour, but are now 7/1 after showing a bitchy side to themselves not before seen on TV. Speidi @ 10/1 – BET NOW The reality TV power couple caused a real stir last time they were in the house, spectacularly falling out with everyone during their time on the show. You cannot deny they are entertaining TV when they are like that, but this series they have been less than fun with James Jordan stealing their devious limelight. Bianca Gascoigne @ 10/1 – BET NOW At the start of the show I wrote "Bianca Gascoigne will get plenty of sympathy from voters for the plight of her father Paul Gascoigne and if she can reign her party animal ways in just a little and be better-rounded as an individual then I think she can and will do well." She has gone from 20/1 to 10/1 in that time so she sure has! Chloe Ferry @ 12/1 - BET NOW Chloe is an alumni of Geordie Shore and with Scotty T and Charlotte Crosby already both former winners from the same show, it is little surprise the short in stature but loud in volume girl was favourite after entering the house on Friday night. However, her actions since have seen her drift to 12/1. Jessica Cunningham @ 16/1 - BET NOW Jessica Cunningham is off the Apprentice, which I don't watch so I am coming into her personality blind. From what I have seen so far, she seems nice enough and the bookies make her 16/1. Coleen Nolan @ 25/1 – BET NOW Coleen Nolan is a former Celebrity Big Brother runner up so she has every chance of going far again in series 19. She is well liked by the target audience from her appearances on Loose Women and has a good sense of humour which is important on this show. She is clearly game for a laugh too - see her lap dance to Calum but is also struggling with her public perception in the house. Kim Woodburn @ 33/1 – BET NOW Kim Woodburn is not new to reality TV and has no qualms about getting up people's noses so I can see her being up for nomination plenty. Jamie O’Hara @ 40/1 – BET NOW Jamie O'Hara is the millionaire footballer that threw it all away. He is second fiddle to Calum Best at the moment, and seemed to turn his affections for his friend's wife Nicola in the past few episodes. I was surprised he had shortened from 25/1 to 16/1. He is now 40/1 so he has clearly taken a wrong turn! Stacy Francis @ 40/1 – BET NOW Being the first to be ‘edited out’ by the all-star housemates will be a real test of her nerve and if she comes out fighting and gains popularity from it I think it could prove a very good thing she was chosen for it. I personally am really enjoying her eccentricities. Nicola McLean @ 100/1 – BET NOW Her public perception is not great and a gameshow than revolves around a nation’s popularity contest that is not a good thing. Her drunk antics won't sit well with viewers and the way she acts around Kim can come across as very bitchy. For the latest Celebrity Big Brother odds visit our dedicated Celebrity Big Brother Betting centre.
The January transfer window has been fairly quiet so far with more rumours circulating than actual big moves! However, with just two weeks remaining things will be heating up soon. Ross Casey looks at the latest potential transfer news… To get the latest January transfer odds visit our extensive transfers betting centre. January Transfer Betting Tips Dimitri Payet Transfer Odds To Join Marseille @ 2/5 - BET NOW Get the 2/5 odds on price that the West Ham playmaker heads back home to Marseille. Apparently his family have already left England and his children are being registered to schools in France! Memphis Depay Transfer Odds To Stay With Man Utd @ 4/1 - BET NOW I think the 4/1 on offer that Memphis Depay stays put at Man Utd this transfer window is actually really good value. Until United bring someone in to replace him I cannot see Jose Mourinho letting the Dutch international leave the club. That won’t happen until the summer in my opinion and Memphis will continue his role as a squad player at Old Trafford. Diego Costa Transfer Odds To Stay With Chelsea @ 1/7 - BET NOW The Diego Costa saga seems to have come to an end with China looking to restrict the amount of foreign players joining their Super League. I don’t think Costa will be at the Bridge next season but I can say with some degree of certainty he will be around to help Chelsea win the Premier League come February. Jose Fonte Transfer Odds To Join Benfica @ 5/1 - BET NOW I think the 5/1 that Jose Fonte (who put in a transfer request earlier this month to force a move) heads home to Benfica looks a decent bet. The 33 year-old will have a great chance of playing Champions League football next season and will be back in his homeland heading towards retirement after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal. Jermain Defoe Transfer Odds To Stay With Sunderland @ 1/8 - BET NOW Even though it is a very short price of 1/8 the only transfer betting selection to take in this market is to stay at Sunderland. The Black Cats would be absolutely mad to let the former England striker go in January. He is literally the difference between relegation and survival for me. If they keep him then he will score goals for the Black Cats – if he goes who on earth is going to step up to the plate from David Moyes’ squad? Those are my January transfer betting tips, don't forget we offer transfers odds on every transfer window in the calendar year as well as other niche markets in our football specials betting centre.
The 31st African Cup Of Nations takes place starting the 14th January in Gabon and the market is very open. Which teams should you back to make money? Our football tipster Ross Casey offers his betting preview for the tournament! African Cup of Nations Tips Algeria v Tunisia Tips (Thu, 16:00) Algeria To Win @ 7/5 - BET NOW Algeria dropped points in their 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe in their opening game, but they should put Tunisia to bed today. Mahrez scored twice in that game and if he is on song, they should be on the the scoresheet plenty - they have netted eight goals in their last two matches! Senegal v Zimbabwe Tips (Thu, 19:00) Sadio Mane Anytime @ 13/8 - BET NOW Sadio Mane was key when Senegal won their opening match of the tournament and against a side that conceded twice in their first game, I fancy the Liverpool man to strike again! African Cup of Nations Odds This Ivory Coast generation of footballers are seemingly destined for their second African Cup of Nations victory in two years – a competition until 2015 which they had not won since 1992. They have been drawn in a fairly easy group for the standards they set themselves and a quarter-final epic clash with Ghana looks an almost certainty! Michel Dussuyer’s Ivory Coast have a host of attacking options and should have the firepower to reach the latter stages of this competition – but they are not the only side capable of winning the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Let’s take a look at each of the 16 teams competing in Gabon this month and see their positives and negatives, along with their latest African Nations Cup betting odds. IVORY COAST @ 5/1 – BET NOW Ivory Coast are the current holders of the African Cup of Nations and whilst a lot of the old heads are no longer in the squad (Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Romaric and Didier Drogba to name a few) they have been boosted by the inclusion of the in-form Wilfried Zaha who will add flair and pace to this side. They are worthy favourites in my view, although hot head Serge Aurier is always one step from disaster! They arrive in Gabon on the back of a creditable 0-0 draw with France and in my view they will walk their group – then it’s a lottery in the knockouts. SENEGAL @ 15/4 – BET NOW Fans of muscles and bone crunching tackles will remember Senegal manager Aliou Cisse from his Birmingham City days! He has assembled a decent squad including established Premier League players including Gueye, Mane and captain Kouyate. They are in a tough group alongside Tunisia and Algeria, but the bookies make them second favourites, largely thanks to the spine of the side in Coulibaly, Kouyate and Mane. They are reliant on the dynamism and strength of their players, so it will be interesting how they compete against the Eastern African sides in their group. ALGERIA @ 8/1 – BET NOW Georges Leekens’ Algeria side are heavily reliant on their home form and playing away from Stade 5 Juillet could be the downfall of this talented team in Gabon. They do of course have a host of impressive stars in their team with Ghouzam, Mahrez, Bentaleb and Slimani the standouts. They have a tough test here in Group B and the bookies make them second favourites behind Senegal – despite beating Cisse’s side 2-0 back in 2015. EGYPT @ 9/1 – BET NOW Egypt are joint favourites with the bookies to win Group D and it is little surprise when you consider that they have only lost one game since 2014. They have a host of familiar names in their ranks including Salah, El Nenny and El Mohamady as well as a host of players from Zamalek and Al Ahly from the domestic league. They are infamous for being involved in tight, low scoring games and are reliant on their match winners to come up with the goods when it matters. GHANA @ 9/1 – BET NOW The side joint favourites with Egypt to win group D are Ghana. Now managed by former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, they are not the force they once were and the argument labelled at them is that they have too many similar players in the squad, which means they are predictable to play against. That being said they have won six of their last eight and can call upon the likes of the Ayew brothers and the evergreen Asamoah Gyan for goals. CAMEROON @ 10/1 – BET NOW A player versus country row has formed a dark cloud over Cameroon even before a ball has been kicked in Gabon and it has resulted in key players missing the tournament. They are in Group A which looks like the easiest route to the quarter-finals but after that this squad looks to lack the depth to compete. They have lost just once since 2015 though – so expect them to be hard to beat with their impressive defensive line at the very least. GABON @ 10/1 – BET NOW Gabon are of course the hosts of this tournament and they are expected to get out of their group at the very least. However, in my mind two wins in 11 does little to inspire me to part with my money on them! Much will depend on the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Dortmund man has 21 goals for his country and if you fancy them to win Group A then you can get a best price of 6/4. MOROCCO @ 18/1 – BET NOW Morocco arrive in Gabon for the African Cup of Nations with an excellent undefeated streak of nine games! That includes fixtures against Ivory Coast, so they are not to be underestimated here in my opinion. I fancy them to get through their group myself with the likes of Benatia and El Ahmadi likely to impress. TUNISIA @ 25/1 – BET NOW Tunisia have lost just twice since early 2014 so that is proof that this side is hard to beat! However, in a knockout competition, will the draw specialists be able to win enough to claim their second ever African Nations Cup? MALI @ 25/1 – BET NOW Mali have fallen down in the FIFA world rankings steadily over the last few years and their price here reflects that. They have won just two of their last seven games and are in a tough group with Egypt and Ghana. One to avoid in my opinion, although this tournament could get Bakary Sako a move away from Palace if he performs. DR CONGO @ 28/1 – BET NOW DR Congo suffered a huge blow with the news that Yannick Bolasie is a long term injury absentee and that all but puts an end for their hopes of going far in the tournament – especially as their group includes the favourites Ivory Coast and the impressive Morocco. BURKINA FASO @ 40/1 – BET NOW Runners-up in 2013, Burkina Faso could do well in this tournament thanks to being in the easiest group. They have a host of attacking options with the exciting Bertrand Traore amongst them. They could well be the team to back with big odds – their 2-0 loss to Egypt recently is the only blotch on their record. The other teams are all at 100/1 or bigger in the African Cup of Nations betting and I would suggest you steer clear of Uganda, Togo, Zimbabwe and Guinea-Bassau for those reasons!
“The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is probably the most exciting race of the entire festival. In fact it’s probably the most exciting few minutes of my entire calendar year! The roar before the first race at the Cheltenham Festival is deafening year on year and the race is always run at a furious gallop. Let’s run through some of those at the top of 2017 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2017 odds” JJ Moon Racer – BET HERE The David Pipe seven-year-old had his problems last year which meant he could only muster up one run, and it was the only loss in his six race career so far. He lost nothing in defeat though, only going down by half a length to Blow By Blow after making a taking mid race move. He started off this season at Perth for an early face off with Ballyandy, which he just came out on top in. Last time he won a muddling race at Cheltenham but did it really well. He’s unbeaten at the track in three attempts including victory in a hot Champion Bumper a few years back. On all form he must have an absolutely huge chance. Jenkins – BET HERE There was a lot spoken about Jenkins during the summer. The vibes were that he was going very well at home and was on course for a big effort in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2017. He won a bumper at Newbury by a huge margin and then can be counted unlucky not to win a bumper at the Punchestown Festival. But would he be able to transfer his bumper form over hurdles? Well he didn’t jump brilliantly on hurdling debut but the horse clearly has an engine as he took them apart in the straight on the way to a five length victory in what is historically a deep race. Melon – BET HERE Not much can be said about this Mullins four-year-old as he is yet to run over hurdles or even race in the UK or Ireland. He’s a winner on the flat over 12 furlongs in France at Moulins and is entered in the Grade One Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas where we should learn more. Lough Derg Spirit – BET HERE Nicky Henderson hadn’t had a winner in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle for many a year until Altior bolted up in 2016. But here he is now with his second gelding in the top four of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds. Lough Derg Spirit will likely make a super chaser in time but also showed his prowess for the smaller obstacles when taking apart what looked a decent field at Kempton on hurdling debut. He beat an interesting Nicholls horse that day that could be quite good in time. If he comes on again next time we can start to think of him as a true contender. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“The Arkle 2017 is fast approaching and many questions are still to be answered. The Arkle is the premier two mile novice chase race in the National Hunt season, and whilst its sparkle has been darkened slightly with the addition of the grade one JLT, it’s still thrown up some of the best performances at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years.” Altior Once Nicky Henderson told the press that Altior would go chasing this season he was immediately installed as a short favourite in the Arkle odds 2017. He won the Supreme in such devastating fashion last season ahead of what was supposed to be a Mullins superstar in Min. His chasing debut was faultless and then he went on to claim his first grade one chase with an easy win ahead of Charbel in the King Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown on the Tingle Creek undercard. Min Many expected Min to go onto land the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and follow in the footsteps of Douvan and Vautour for the exact same connections. He took apart all in front of him in his novice hurdle year before that race and is said have had excuses in the big one anyway. He made a bad error at the fourth hurdle which apparently caused an injury which was found later on. What’s more, Willie Mullins has always thought of him as a chaser and he repaid that faith with an impressive display first time out over fences. Identity Thief Identity Thief was a superb novice hurdler in his own right, with a grade one win in the Fighting Fifth followed by a couple of seconds in grade one novice hurdle events since. But he was always going to be a better chaser than hurdler from breeding and the fact that he’s with master chase trainer Henry De Bromhead. He’s shown already that he could be a much better chaser than hurdler with a 14 length demolition on his debut over the bigger obstacles and then a less extravagant but still impressive two length victory in a grade two novice chase at Punchestown. Yorkhill He won what turned out to be a superb Tolworth on heavy going at Sandown last season before going on to take the Neptune ahead of Yanworth – who I rate very highly. He was slightly disapoitning after at Aintree despite winning and was then turned over at Punchestown after a hard season. Patrick Mullins appears to be very bullish about his chance in a novice chase at Cheltenham be it the Arkle 2017 or the JLT. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“The Champion Hurdle Picture couldn’t be any more confusing at the moment. Which one of the Willie Mullins battalion will run? Will Annie Power even make it? In fact where even is Annie Power? When will Faugheen reappear? Is Yanworth too short now? All questions that will be answered in due course so I’m sure I’ll be editing this article - a lot!” JJ So at the top of the market we have the superstar duo of Faugheen and Annie Power. Apparently Faugheen is aiming to reclaim his Irish Champion Hurdle crown that he so impressively won last year. But we still haven’t seen him yet and I would be more inclined to back ANNIE POWER here without a prep run than Faugheen. She did a similar thing last year with one run at Punchestown before going on to destroy the field in the Champion Hurdle. I didn’t back her that day but after seeing that performance I would be absolutely staggered if anything could give her that weight and beat her. But it seems basically no one has seen her at all this season! And we know with 99.9% certainty that Mullins and Ricci won’t race them against each other if they both got to the Champion Hurdle fit – which appears less and less likely. However if she does run, the 4/1 available now with Paddy Power will look absurd. I tipped up Yanworth at 16/1 in October, a tip I did not back of course – arghhhh. He’s done nothing wrong this season at all and I don’t buy him not having enough speed. He stays well but he’s no slouch either so the Champion Hurdle should suit him down to a tee. He’s won six of his last seven and the form from many of his victories as a novice is superb. However, whilst he’s a cracking bet at 16/1, he’s a little short for me at 5/1. Say Annie Power or Faugheen do show I don’t think he’d be a 5/1 shot to beat either of them – 16/1 is superb each way price but 5/1, not so much. But of course there is still a possibility that neither do show up, and then he’ll be much shorter. However I have another angle in, David Pipe and connections have made it clear that if this race cuts up to the point where both of the Ricci horses fail to make it, he would consider entering MOON RACER. I’ve made no attempt to hide how highly I think of this horse, everything went wrong for him in the Champion Bumper and he still won well. He was an unlucky second to the ultra-talented Blow By Blow where Mr Codd may have made his move slightly too early coming round the bend. He’s also unbeaten over hurdles, and at the track. What’s more, he’s an eight-year-old now so won’t have that many more opportunities to win a Champion Hurdle. It’s almost unheard of for a novice to run in the Champion Hurdle let alone win but look at the line-up should the top two not run, it’s scattered with handicappers and nearly horses. It’s just a theory but would connections ever get a better opportunity? I don’t think so. ANNIE POWER @ 4/1 – BET NOW MOON RACER EW @ 40/1 – BET NOW Already Advised Yanworth @ 16/1 – BET NOW For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“The picture for the Champion Hurdle 2017 is murky at best. The participation of last year’s champion Annie Power is looking slightly doubtful, especially with the strange drift on her mid-week, throwing Twitter into meltdown of course. Anyway, here are some pointers on those at the top of the market for the Champion Hurdle 2017.” JJ Annie Power – BET HERE The wonder mare was a dominant winner of the race last year and if she’s on song I’d struggle to name a horse that could give her that weight and beat her. Especially as it seems incredibly unlikely she’d ever face up against Faugheen with both being owned by Rich Ricci. But as mentioned earlier, Annie Power is extremely fragile so the likelihood of her making the race is nowhere near certain. But she has of course only been beaten once when standing up so if she is entered, I can’t see anything else winning. Faugheen – BET HERE Now moving onto the next Ricci freak, the Machine that is Faugheen. He’s won 12 of his 13 starts, his only loss coming at the hooves of Nicholls Canyon in the Morgiana last season. However he turned the tables on that horse on numerous occasions after so I can easily write that off as a freak occurrence. As mentioned earlier, unfortunately we’re unlikely to ever see Annie Power v Faugheen so there’s not much point weighing up who would beat who. I was converted to a true Faugheen fan after he absolutely destroyed a superb Irish Champion Hurdle when we last saw him at the start of 2016. He’s coming back from a long term injury but on that form he’s another one who’d be very hard to beat. Yanworth - He's possibly only running in this because of the emergence of the difficultly named UnowhatImeanHarry in the staying division. But I actually prefer him at this trip. You need to be able to stay well to win a Champion Hurdle and some of his novice form is excellent over two. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong in the Neptune behind the highly regarded Yorkhill and he's done nothing wrong this year so far. Yorkhill – BET HERE It all gets a bit confusing after the top two in the market – as if it wasn’t confusing already. Willie Mullins has already made it be known that Yorkhill is to be tried over fences with the Arkle a possible target. But recently there have been whispers around social media that last year’s Neptune winner will stick to hurdles and have a go at the Champion Hurdle 2017. If he does run here he must have a shot, and he is held in very high regard by the yard. Vroum Vroum Mag – BET HERE Next up is another remarkable mare trained by Wilile Mullins and Rich Ricci. She’s set to be used as a super sub for the rest of her career, which is a huge shame given the high level of ability she possesses. She can take on basically any trip over hurdles or fences, it’s quite ludicrous really when you think about it. However she’s only going to run if we get issues with both Faugheen and Annie Power. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“As with many of the Championship Races this year, the picture is murky for the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2017. Sadly last year’s gallant champion Sprinter Sacre will not be back to recapture his crown due to retirement. That faceoff between Sprinter Sacre and Douvan was set to be one of the stories of Cheltenham 2017, but it’s not to be! Here I will run through some of the Champion Chase Odds 2017” Douvan – BET HERE Douvan has been described by many as the best steeplechaser in training. It is no surprise then to see him right up there on many of the Champion Chase tips already. He has won every chase start so far for Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci and in all honesty, he’s never looked like being beaten. He was also a dominant winner of the Supreme on his last hurdles start. Basically he looks completely unbeatable in this sphere. Fox Norton- BET HERE If you would have told me that Fox Norton would be second favourite for a Champion Chase last season I would have laughed in your face! He was beaten 11 lengths by the great Douvan in the Arkle and then 32 lengths at Aintree! But ever since then he’s been a transformed horse. He’s won three on the bounce at Cheltenham, improving buckets each time. He changed hands after his first run this season to the Potts and Colin Tizzard – which of course is no bad thing. Un De Sceaux – BET HERE The next Mullins runner was a dominant winner of the 2015, six lengths Arkle ahead of Gods Own. And he looked set to take the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2016 after going unbeaten in the season. But who turns up to spoil the party, the one and only Sprinter Sacre. He was then beaten even further at Sandown. I think he was found out a bit last season and would worry greatly about his ability on good ground. Vroum Vroum Mag – BET HERE Willie Mullins’ wonder mare seems to pop up on every group one odds grid for the Cheltenham Festival 2017. She is incredibly versatile and will basically slot in anywhere Mullins doesn’t have a top contender. If they do decide to step Douvan up it’s a possibility she could run here, and if they do run her in the Champion Chase 2017 then expect her to be right up there at the top of the market. Special Tiara – BET HERE Yes there are a couple of horses above Special Tiara in the Champion Chase odds but they’re so unlikely to run they’re hardly even worth mentioning. Special Tiara is a massive price for the Champion Chase 2017 but could tempt a few in with his duel third place finishes in the last two running off this race. He tends to go well around Cheltenham in general so I wouldn’t be surprised with a big run. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“The Cheltenham Festival 2017 is fast approaching now so let’s get into some of those at the top of the market. The World Hurdle 2017 isn’t the most popular of the Championship races, I heard a pundit once say ‘you don’t get into horse ownership to win a World Hurdle’ which is true I suppose, but it must be won by somebody, and last year’s edition produced probably the most scintillating winner of the festival. Let’s get into some World Hurdle 2017 odds” Faugheen – BET HERE There have been whispers throughout Faugheen’s career that if he stepped up in distance we would see an even more ridiculous animal. He won over three miles early in his career and he comes from a point to point background, so who’s to say he couldn’t take a World Hurdle if needs be. It will only happen if both Annie Power and Faugheen get to the Festival fit and then Willie Mullins decides to separate the pair. His participation revolves around a number of factors but if he does turn up, he could easily take a race of this standing. Thistlecrack – BET HERE In my eyes Thistlecrack is only going to run in one of two races, the World Hurdle 2017 or the Gold Cup. His first choice is of course the Gold Cup but if it goes wrong for whatever reason in that sphere, I’m certain they’ll revert back to hurdles rather than give him a spin in a novice chase like the RSA. It would be a turn out for the books if both Faugheen and Thistlecrack turned up wouldn’t it! UnowhatImeanHarry – BET NOW Now I’ve been a fan of this Harry Fry gelding for a long while. But I really stood up and took notice when he took apart a decent field on unsuitably heavy ground at Exeter. He then went on to win the Albert Bartlett 2016 in quite emphatic fashion despite some obvious quirks on the run in. He shot up the World Hurdle 2017 odds grid after his demolition job at Newbury on seasonal reappearance so has to be on the shortlist for this now. Nichols Canyon – BET NOW The second of Willie Mullins brigade to turn up on the World Hurdle 2017 odds grid is Nichols Canyon. The two-time Morgiana winner was third in last year’s Champion Hurdle but has always looked like a step up in distance would suit him better than two miles. However I wouldn’t argue with you if you brought up his ability to go left handed. He will pick up some prizes along the way but may find one to good at the Cheltenham Festival 2017. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“It’s near impossible to ignore the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds isn't it? The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017 is the centre piece of the glorious meeting that is the Cheltenham Festival, and this year’s offering could potentially bet the best in recent memory. It’s good to get some Cheltenham Gold Cup tips in early, so here I run though those at the top of the market” JJ Thistlecrack – BET HERE The current favourite is novice chaser and last year’s World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack. He hasn’t been taken off the bridle for about two years and couldn’t have been more impressive in staying hurdle races last year. Of course the opposition will be much tougher in the staying chase division and the eight-year-old stands an absolute mile off his fences. Usually that would be a negative but this one seems a bit special. Cue Card – BET HERE After his disappointing Charlie Hall reappearance I (stupidly) mentioned that this monster cold be on the down grade – but boy was I wrong. He’ll be an 11-year-old come the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 but based on his incredible Betfair Chase run who’s to say that age will stop him? He destroyed Coneygree that day and looked almost unbeatable at his best last season, especially when taking the Betfred Bowl by nine lengths at Aintree. He was comprehensively beaten by Thistlecrack in the King George but should be better gong right handed. Coneygree The Mark Bradstock beast spectacularly took the Gold Cup in 2015 as a novice, when dismantling the field from the front. It was an unbelievable display of jumping and sheer guts, immediately after the race I knew I’d never forget it. But even though I love the horse he was comprehensibly beaten by Cue Card, in his ideal conditions in the Betfair. Unfortunately the 2015 has suffered another setback so will almost definitely not be running in this year's renewal! Valseur Lido – BET HERE He was beaten by a long distance in the Ryanair by the great Vautour, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of especially when it looks likely he’s much more suited to three miles plus. His record at three mile and further was enhanced even further when he sauntered to the simplest of victories in the Grade One JNWine Chase, 11 lengths ahead of the aging Silviniaco Conti but he was comprehensively beaten in the Lexus. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
“The crème del la crème of National Hunt racing is of course the Timico Gold Cup that caps off the incomparable Cheltenham Festival. Don Cossack reigned supreme in the race last season ahead of Djakadam and Don ‘Slow’li. Cue Card was mightily unlucky that day however as he was absolutely tanking when coming down and looked sure to go close.” JJ Last year’s Gold Cup looked set to be a race for the ages but by the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival it had cut up badly with the withdrawal of key players such as 2015 winner Coneygree and the last minute turnaround involving Vautour going to the Ryanair. The Gold Cup 2017 picture looks murky with last year’s winner Don Cossack still unseen and Djakadam going down tamely in the Lexus. If Don Cossack can come back to the level he was at when taking this last year then 12/1 is of course gigantic, but I’d like to analyse his return before putting any hard earned cash down. I also think it’s too soon to right off Cue Card, who I suppose is more than likely to go for the Ryanair now such is the wealth of riches at Colin Tizzard’s possession. But I honestly think this race will suit him better should Mr Tizzard decide to go this way. He’s always preferred going left handed and goes fantastically well at Cheltenham so don’t go writing off the old boy solely based on his sub-par King George run. I’ve tipped up Native River on each of his starts this season to fruitful returns. His style of running looks tailor made for the Gold Cup and he’ll make up into a cracking National horse one day if not this year. However, there’s another slightly above average gelding in his yard that could be tough to beat – THISTLECRACK. I tipped this monster for the Gold Cup back in October at 7/1, which experts were continuously branding as outrageously short… From when he was initially installed at 16/1 for the race after the World Hurdle, right up until the 11/10 price tag offered after his King George demolition, people and pundits alike have been screaming blue murder about how disgracefully short he is. Even after his Kempton victory I saw a multitude of comments attempting to put him down. “The time wasn’t great”, “he’s too exuberant”, “he pulls too hard”, “every other horse in the race underperformed”. I agree Cue Card wasn’t at his best, but I’m not sure how much worse he was than in his win last year. I would argue that the effort expended when the 10-year-old tried to go with Thistlecrack on the front end down the back straight must have taken its toll and I would contend that he was tiring back towards worse horses rather than the chasing pack motoring home. Yes the sectionals weren’t eye-poppingly outrageous, but look at the way he did it - just look at it! Tom Scudamore got about as animated as I’ve ever seen on him – as in he probably couldn’t have completed a Rubik’s cube on the way round this time - but he was barely out of third gear the whole way round and was eased down at the finish. So much has been written about his brilliance – including by me –I feel it’s hardly worth stating that fact that he’s now won nine in a row without coming off the bridle, including a World Hurdle where the second was seven lengths back and Bob’s Worth in third was a staggering 29 lengths behind, with the previous winner Cole Harden a length behind him. He beat the previous champion by over 30 lengths... I was speechless with the way he stood off his fences in the King George, and that’s the only thing I feel can get him beaten. He messed up an open ditch at Cheltenham before so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility he’ll do it again and come down, but so long as he stays up we’re in for a treat like no other. It will be the highlight of the festival. If you want one at a much, much bigger price then it could be worth taking a risk with MINELLA ROCCO for J P Mc Manus and Jonjo O’Neill. He couldn’t have been much more impressive when a length and a quarter winner ahead of Native River in the Four-Miler. He’s been disappointing since this season but we all know about the troubles in the yard. However almost nobody can get them ready for the Festival like Jonjo can, so expect a huge improvement in stable form come March. With More Of That not looking the same over fences as hurdles and with nothing jumping off the page for J P McManus, he appears a likely entrant should he show anything from now until then. THISTLECRACK @ 11/10 (Originally tipped @ 7/1) – BET HERE MINELLA ROCCO E/W @ 40/1 – BET HERE
“It’ pretty unbelievable that even as far as five months before the off we’re still all infatuated with the Cheltenham Festival 2017! It really is the be all and end all in national hunt racing and every year I seem to get more excited than the year previous. At this early stage anything can happen of course but I’m attempting an (extremely) early ante-post look at the Championship races” JJ The Champion Hurdle 2017 Won last year by Annie Power and according to the Champion Hurdle odds it looks like the Irish hold the cards for this one. With the way Willie Mullins, Rich Ricci and Ruby Walsh kept apart Vautour and Djakadam last year it appears unlikely we’ll see a match-up to end all match-ups, Faughen v Annie Power. From what’s been said so far, if both horses come to the festival fit, I predict that Annie Power will go for this and Faugheen the World Hurdle. Of course many things can change from now until then but right now I reckon that’s the plan. Anything will struggle giving Annie Power all that weight and she’s still decent value at 10/3 but one I like at a big price is Yanworth for Alan King. His form was absolutely incredible coming up to the Neptune last year but he somewhat disappointed placing second behind Yorkhill. However he was given a bad right by Geraghty and Alan King had well documented issues with his yard at the time. If anything is going to take it to Annie Power and fly the flag for England it’s him in my opinion. ANNIE POWER @ 10/3 – COMPARE THE ODDS YANWORTH @ 16/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS Join Karamba today and get a 100% bonus up to £200, and 100 free spins on top! The Champion Chase 2017 UPDATE 13/12/16 - So sadly Sprinter Sacre has been retired. I've written in length about his illustrious career so I won't go through it ALL again. I do think he held a chance but now it just paves the way for DOUVAN to demolish all in his path. He won as he liked on seasonal reappearance at Cork and before that you could get 6/4 he remained unbeaten for the rest of the season - which I was extremely tempted by. He's a best price of 8/13 at the minute but will definitely be shorter on the day. In terms of the rest Ar Mad (25/1) was the one to take out of the Tingle Creek after setting off like a mad man, making bad mistakes but still staying on at the death. If he stays at this trip he's a lively outsider for a place. This is being billed as a match between the old timer Sprinter Sacre and the monster Arkle winner Douvan. Sprinter Sacre was absolutely unbelievable last season, putting in performance after performance and getting better with each start. His record around Cheltenham is simply outstanding and if he comes into this race on the same level as he ended last, he will be no walkover for Douvan. If they both come to this race in top form, it would be very hard to go against the Willie Mullins gelding. However, there is no guarantee Douvan will even go for this race, both Mullins and Ricci have been dropping hints that he’ll be going over further this season, with the Gold Cup a very real goal. It’s more likely than not he’ll go for the Champion Chase but at 4/6 I’ll be leaving him well alone for now. SPRINTER SACRE 5/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS (NON- RUNNER) The World Hurdle 2017 The World Hurdle is probably (definitely) the least prestigious of the championship races at Cheltenham, unless you count the Ryanair as a championship race… But last year it produced a proper, 100% superstar in Thistlecrack, but presuming everything goes to plan that horse will be going to the Gold Cup. But if something does come to the fore regarding his jumping and he does come back to defend his title, he won’t be beaten. As mentioned before, I have a sneaking suspicion they might send Faugheen for this one. Annie Power suffered her only defeat in this race in which she appeared to struggle with the distance, so I don’t know why they’d send her here again. Faugheen won a point to point over three miles and a hurdles race over this distance at the start of his career. He would be an interesting entry and if he does go here, you’d struggle to get evens. At bigger prices UnowhatImeanHarry has been serially underrated his entire career all the way up until when he won the Albert Bartlett last season. He’s apparently come on over the summer and must hold some kind of chance after going unbeaten last season and being unbeaten at the track in three attempts. FAUGHEEN @ 5/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS UNOWHATIMEANHARRY @ 20/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS The Gold Cup 2017 UPDATE 13/12/16 - More Of That has been shocking disappointing in his two starts this season and basically holds no chance in the premier staying chase of the season. Thistlecrack has safely navigated three nothing chases but has shortened significantly since being tipped and will likely be shorter if he makes the race. Another Jonjo horse that could still go here despite two defeats this season is MINELLA ROCCO (40/1). He ran a blinder at Cheltenham on reappearance when the stable were badly faltering and was just making his move when falling at the last in a race won by Grand National winner Many Clouds. He needs to sort his jumping out but with the Jonjo yard going much better now and with his ability to train them for March; I wouldn't discount the National Hunt Chase winner quite yet. This year’s Gold Cup has the potential to be totally obscene in terms of quality - especially if Douvan gets here! Of course at least a couple of these won’t make it, but we can all dream. Thistlecrack is favourite having never jumped a fence, which will be a different matter come Tuesday afternoon at Chepstow, but at time of writing he is 7/1 having not taken on a fence. Colin Tizzard has started the season slowly at best and he did have an unusually brilliant season last year after moving stables. However this son of Kayf Tara is clearly something incredibly special. He didn’t come off the bridle once last year in a series of wins which contained three group ones and two group twos. If he can transfer his hurdling form over fences I can’t see him getting beaten – even if Douvan does run. One at an enormous price is More Of That for Jonjo O’Neill, the only horse to have gotten the better of Annie Power. Jonjo had a torrid season in 2016 but More Of That came into the festival unbeaten over fences anyway. The form of the yard wasn’t great coming into the festival and this fella was clearly not right for the RSA, not to mention he burst a blood vessel in running. If he can get back to something like his best surely 40/1 is superb value. THISTLECRACK @ 7/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS MORE OF THAT @ 40/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS Get all the best racing odds at our racing centre!
The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is all set for a return to our screens between the 14th and 17th of March and at easyodds.com you can see the Cheltenham race card for each day of the Festival at Cheltenham racecourse. Here we give you all you need to know about the 2017 Cheltenham Festival with a day-to-day run down of each day’s race card… Cheltenham Festival Day 1 – Champion Day On Tuesday the 15th of March, we get underway as the famous Cheltenham roar greets the first race. The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on this day and was won last year by the Willie Mullins trained Annie Power, with the nine-year old amongst the biggest Cheltenham favourites again under jockey Ruby Walsh. 1.30 Supreme Novices Hurdle 2.05 Arkle Challenge Trophy 2.40 Festival Handicap Chase 3.20 Champion Hurdle 4.00 Mares' Hurdle 4.40 National Hunt Chase 5.15 Centenary Novices' Chase For all the latest Cheltenham day one odds, click here… Cheltenham Festival Day 2 – Ladies Day Day two is always the most polarising for racing fans on social media as Gok Wan spends a lot of TV time detailing what the punters are wearing on Ladies Day! On the track though, the Cheltenham racecard is headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a race in which Sprtiner Sacre defied his critics to come back and reclaim his title in 201s. 1.30 Neptune Investment Hurdle 2.05 RSA Chase 2.40 Coral Cup 3.20 Queen Mother Champion Chase 4.00 Cross Country Chase 4.40 Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 5.15 Champion Bumper Cheltenham Festival Day 3 – St Patrick’s Thursday Green and gold will be on display on day three as the Cheltenham race cards on the Thursday coincides with St Patrick’s Day but on the track, all the focus will be on the World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. The great Thistlecrack absolutely destroyed them in this last year. Will we get another favourite winning this time round? Get the best odds using our odds comparison service here… 1.30 JLT Novices Chase 2.05 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle 2.40 Ryanair Chase 3.20 World Hurdle 4.00 Byrne Group Plate 4.40 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Cheltenham Festival Day 4 – Gold Cup Day It doesn’t get any bigger when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival than Friday the 18th. The Cheltenham Gold Cup which gets underway at 15:30, is the feature race. £150m was bet on the Cheltenham Festival last year and this is the jewel in the crown. Our racing tipster will be on hand with his best Cheltenham festival betting tips throughout the four days but who is he backing in his early ante-post preview? Find out here… 1.30 Triumph Hurdle 2.05 County Hurdle 2.40 AB Novices Hurdle 3.20 Cheltenham Gold Cup 4.00 Foxhunter Chase 4.40 Conditional Jockeys Hurdle 5.15 Grand Annual Chase For every Cheltenham race card and Cheltenham races fixtures, visit the easyodds.com dedicated betting centre…
Just in case you didn’t know there’s a little event happening at Cheltenham Racecourse in March, of course it’s the Cheltenham Festival, the jewel in the National Hunt season. All roads lead to Cheltenham Racecourse and Jake Johns is here to run through some helpful information about the course and what to expect when you get there! To get the latest Cheltenham odds visit our designated Cheltenham betting centre. Where Is Cheltenham Racecourse? Cheltenham Racecourse lies in the heart of Gloucestershire, surrounded by beautiful countryside and of course the famous Cleve Hill! To get there by train it only takes around two hours from London and a shuttle bus runs from the train station to the track every ten minutes during the festival. So there are no excuses not to go! Cheltenham Races Dress Code Another great thing about Cheltenham Racecourse is that there’s no posh dress code like at Ascot or Goodwood. In fact there’s no dress code at all! They advise you wrap up warm if it is cold and note that many ladies wear hats and men wear suits. But basically wear what you want! You can even whack on some fancy dress, as long as it’s not offensive of course! The Festival Tuesday (Champions Day) – Considered by some the best racing day of the meeting with the Supreme Novice Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and Arkle many of the best hurdle and Chase horses fight it out for their respective races. What Mullins superstar will come out of the Supreme Novice Hurdle this year? Can Faugheen do it again in the Champion Hurdle? Will Altior dominate the Arkle like he did the Supreme last season? So many questions to be answered! Wednesday (Ladies Day) – Cheltenham Races ladies day is a big event year on year, Cheltenham Racecourse run ‘Colour Me March’ best dressed competition for the ladies which always seems to be a hit! On the course the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. It looks like it could be a walk in for Arkle winner Douvan however! What a race it could be anyway! Thursday (St Patricks Day) – Well it’s not actually St Patrick ’s Day but you wouldn’t know because the thousands of Irish people who visit Cheltenham Racecourse each year certainly celebrate like it is! The feature race today is The World Hurdle. It looks an open contest but UnowwhatImeanHarry is a short priced favourite at the moment. Friday (Gold Cup Day) – The day that needs no explanation. This year’s feature race looks like it could be an absolute corker with favourite Thistlecrack destroying his rivals in the King George. Colin Tizzard appears to hold all the cards with Thistlecrack, Cue Card and Native River all in contention. So there you have it, a little bit of info on the great Cheltenham Racecourse and the Beautiful festival that comes around each year!
Guys it's nearly the Cheltenham Festival 2017!! Objectively proven to be the greatest four days in the calendar year, the Cheltenham Festival is where dreams are made and broken for bookies and punters, jockeys and trainers, and pretty much anyone who is in any way associated to national hunt racing. All roads lead to the Cheltenham Festival 2017. Champion Hurdle 2017 Of course this early on it is near impossible to predict what will be lining up for the Champion Hurdle 2017 – especially when Rich Ricci and Willie Mullins are involved. However we can all dream of the potential heavyweight match-up between favourite Faugheen and second favourite Annie Power. Of course Faugheen missed the majority of last season after putting up his best ever performance in the Irish Champion Hurdle, but he would be mightily difficult to beat if fully fit. Annie Power has won 15 of her 16 completed starts however, so many will fancy her chances against the Machine. Champion Chase 2017 There could have been another potentially mind-blowingly exciting match-up is on the cards for the Champion Chase 2017. Douvan heads the market for the familiar partnership of Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci, he is unbeaten in 10 starts in the UK and Ireland and could hardly have looked more impressive in his novice chasing season, taking every race with consummate ease. Sprinter was retired earlier this year so that match-up will forever be the stuff of dreams. Next in the market Fox Norton was destroyed by Douvan last year in the Arkle but has looked a transformed horse this season. However even he has suffered a set-back! It looks Douvan's for teh taking. World Hurdle 2017 Now pretty much nobody has any idea who’s going to the World Hurdle 2017. Thistlecrack was favourite but unless something goes terribly wrong over fences he’s unlikely to line up. Next in the betting is Faugheen, which is interesting considering he was a point to point winner over three miles and has tackled further than two miles in his early days. After that is Annie Power, again I’d be surprised if she lined up as the trip appeared to stretch her when she lost out to More Of That in this race in 2015. Faugheen’s only conqueror Nichols Canyon and previous Champion Hurdle winner Jezki could easily line-up and would be interesting options come March. Gold Cup 2017 Many commented on how they were disappointed in how the Gold Cup played out last year, with no Vautour or Coneygree they argued it was slightly underwhelming. But it was still a well above average Gold Cup and this year has the potential to be an absolute cracker! Thistelcrack is favourite after his sheer domination in staying hurdle races last season. Next in the Gold Cup odds is Welsh National winner Native River who looks a deadly galloper and jumper. After that is last year’s winner Don Cossack, who might not even make it after a potentially career ending injury. For all the best Cheltenham 2016 odds visit our ante-post betting centre.
“With the Cheltenham Festival 2017 fast approaching it’s imperative to get the best odds possible if you’re thinking about putting on an ante-post bet. Many punters would just settle for the bookmaker they’re familiar with but spending just a few seconds to look across our Cheltenham Festival odds grids could make you a lot more money!” JJ Champion Hurdle 2017 Odds The first feature race at the Cheltenham Festival 2017 is the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Annie Power currently features as your favourite but make sure you shop around if you fancy backing her as she’s as short as 2/1 but visit our Champion Hurdle odds grid and you can find her at as big as 4/1! Her stablemate Faugheen is widely regarded as the most talented two mile hurdler around but is he going to run? If you fancy a bet he’s as big as 3/1! So you’d be mad to settle for the lowest price of 2/1. Queen Mother Champion Chase 2017 Odds The absolute monster that is Douvan is odds on across the board for this year’s Champion Chase. The likelihood that the Mullins Superstar will win the race took a major boost with the retirement of Sprinter Sacre earlier in the year. But if you fancy something further down the Champion Chase odds, Fox Norton comes up as second favourite and is a best price of 7/1 but can also be found as short as 5/1! Another with a big price differential is former Arkle runner up God’s Own, who you can get at odds as big as 20/1 but is also as low as 14/1. World Hurdle Odds 2017 The World Hurdle market is a tricky one to get your head around with so many question marks regarding the participation of the majority at the top of the market. Faugheen heads the market, and could definitely run in this if both he and Annie Power make it to Cheltenham 2017 fit – which is far from certain. In terms of a big price difference, if you feel like super sub Vroum Vroum Mag will take her chance in the premier staying hurdle, then you can get her at as big as 10/1, but she’s also available at 7/1 with many firms. Gold Cup 2017 Odds The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017 appears a cracker when you look at the wealth of talent on the Easyodds grid. But the race could potentially cut up badly, so the bookies can’t decide on the price of a couple of them, even at the top of the market. Thistlecrack is the favourite after his demolition of the staying hurdle division last year but his price varies quite dramatically from a 7/2 best price and 2/1 worst. Don Cossack won the race last year but hasn’t been seen since, the injury and absence could account for his price fluctuating from a massive 12/1 into a tiny 7/1. For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.
The dust has settled, the results are in, every bookie and punter in existence is sobbing uncontrollably - for very different reasons – the festival is over. After the months on months of build-up the ride is finally over – oh but what a ride it was. Our man Jake Johns is on hand to take you ON a nostalgia trip through his Top 5 moments of the Cheltenham Festival 2016! ‘If you fancy a bet on the Grand National – which you should do – download our brand new Grand National app where we’ll have all the top tip, offers and prices!’ 5. Altior Beating Min And In The Supreme And Us Brits Showing Those Irish What’s What! I’ll go on record in saying I never thought this would happen in a million years. Absolutely everyone was tipping up Altior before the off – Spotlight had it as their nap of the day and I’d heard many a shrewd judge name him their best bet of the festival! I, unfortunately, stayed strong with the much hyped Min – maybe because I couldn’t allow my brain to imagine a different colour silks to Pink and green cantering round the turn on the way to Supreme glory due to the total dominance of Ricci and Mullins here in recent years. However it was Altior who quickened up the better before the last, outjumped Min and then totally powered away up the hill to glory. It was one of the best Supreme performances in recent memory and now we have a serious horse for the future on our hands here. 4. Thistlecrack Destroying The Field In The World Hurdle I’m not sure Colin Tizzard has ever sounded or seemed anything but calm and upbeat. But on a beautiful Thursday morning in The Cotswolds deep down he must have been sweating, as hot favourite and English banker of the week Thistlecrack was to line up in this year’s World Hurdle. On form he was a shoe in but we had a few decent looking Irish types to consider first as well as Cole Harden back on good ground. But why did we worry! It made no difference, he cantered all over the grade one field before being told to go and win the race between the last two hurdles. They came home exhausted behind and at huge margins. Did we witness another novice Gold Cup winner of the future? I think so. 3. Don Cossack Winning The Gold Cup Under Bryan Cooper No one would have liked to be in young jockey Bryan Cooper’s shoes when the time came where he had to make a decision on whether to ride one of the two Dons – Don Cossack or Don Poli. It was announced on Wednesday morning that he would take reigns over the former – and what a decision it turned out to be! The withdrawal of Vautour as well, as some serious support, decimated his price into 9/4 before the off – just to increase the pressure on the lad that little bit more. He rode a patient and expertly timed ride behind in the second group behind front running Smad Place. ‘Sign up to Easyodds for all the best offers, tips and prices for a variety of sports’ Cue Card came down at the business end of the race when travelling strongly but they still finished spread out with Djakadam four lengths back in second and Don Poli 10 lengths further behind in a distant third. It was another win for Giggistown and Gordon Elliot became one of one a few trainers to have trained a Grand National and Gold Cup winner! 2. Victoria “Pendo” Pendleton Finishes Fifth In The Foxhunters Only weeks before Victoria Pendleton was set to ride at the festival she fell of her supposed Cheltenham ride Pacha Du Polder at Fakenham – it drew widespread criticism from industry experts. The discussion that followed involved arguments for and against her participation in such a big field and important race at the festival. It got everybody red faced with anger: some despised the amount of coverage she was getting; others though it was great for the sport. I for one am firmly in the belief that the reach and buzz around her taking on this project can only be good for our sport during these tough times. She then won at Wincanton from the front and it was decided she would in fact line up at the greatest show on turf. She unbelievably took an inside line deep within the rear of the pack. I - along with a fair few others I assume - was shouting at the TV “WHAT ARE YOU DOING PENDO, ARE YOU MENTAL!” It turns out she wasn’t mental at all, she rode an almost perfect ride to finish with a flourish through beaten horses into fifth. Anyone that backed it with five places – fair play. For someone who had never been on a horse a year ago to finish fifth in the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is one of the great sporting achievements of any athlete in the modern era. 1. Sprinter Sacre Regaining His Crown I had completely written off this former ridiculous unthinkable monster – and to my peril. I had stated for months that he wasn’t the animal he once was, in fact it was almost a widespread belief amongst industry top dogs that he could under no circumstances beat the never-been-headed Un De Sceaux. I was hoping beyond hope that we could witness this majestic beast effortlessly glide to the front once again, but it was difficult to imagine it actually happening. Nevertheless somehow, that’s exactly what occurred. I remember, and always will remember, the exact moment that the entire crowd collectively knew that Sprinter was back. He had just accelerated past odds on favourite Un De Sceux and put two lengths between them both – “OH MY! SPRINTER HAS A CHANCE HERE”. The roar was deafening as he came to the last. A former champion riddled with heart and wind issues, absolutely gone last year, regaining his crown in the next. It was without a doubt one of the greatest training performances in National Hunt history from Nicky Henderson and an outstanding ride from soon-to-be superstar Nico De Boiville. It’s hard to put into words such as the magnitude of the sporting moment. Poetry in motion – “a gazelle in equine form”. It might be all over for this year but there are already prices trickling through for next year’s festival! Click here to see all the best odds!
“The 2017 Six Nations is only a couple of weeks away now and it looks set to be another humdinger. England won their first Grand Slam since 2003 last year and haven’t looked back since. They’re short priced favourites to take the title in 2017 but can they claim back-to-back Grand Slams?” Jake Johns looks at the latest Six Nations odds and offers his top tips… Six Nations Tips England To Win The Grand Slam @ 9/4 – BET HERE In an almost unthinkable turnaround from England’s humiliating performances and embarrassing team selection during their home World Cup in 2015, England went through 2016 unbeaten. The mad run included a series whitewash in Australia, a Six Nations Grand Slam and an unbeaten four game autumn international series at Twickenham. What Eddie Jones has done to this side is nothing short of a miracle and even with all these injuries the strength in depth they now possess should be enough to dispose of these sides. Ireland will have gained confidence from beating the All-Blacks of course but they are all I can see as genuine opposition - that final game at Dublin should be some match-up. Six Nations Odds England @ 19/20 – BET HERE I’ve banged on about last year’s Grand Slam winners enough already. Even with this gargantuan of confidence, they have been knocked back by a couple of injuries recently . Former captain Chris Robshaw will miss the tournament with a shoulder problem. And of course they’ll be without human wrecking ball Manu Tuilagi – to be fair they have been without him throughout this sequence of wins. Props Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler will miss the start of the tournament and there are doubts over man of the series in Australia, James Haskell after he appeared to be knocked unconscious on his return to action after a toe injury. The list goes on and on so I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple laid England at an odds-on price. Ireland @ 11/4 – BET HERE Next up in the Six Nations betting is a rejuvenated Ireland side who only managed a measly two wins in last year’s Championship. It didn’t go much better for them in Australia either where they lost every game. But they pulled it out the fire once again in the autumn internationals, dismantling the All-Blacks and gaining a close fought victory over Australia. What’s more, after gaining back to back Six Nations titles in 2014 and 2015 they will be chomping at the bit this year. In terms of key injuries they are likely to be without hooker Sean Cronin and promising young second row Ultan Dillane for the majority of the tournament. Wales @ 8/1 – BET HERE The bookies make this year’s Six Nations a two horse race with Wales coming in at 8/1. You can’t take this Welsh side lightly though, they nearly always save their best stuff for this tournament. The news broke last week that long standing Captain Sam Warburton will hand over the duty to Osprey’s lock Alun Wyn Jones. Warren Gatland has an embarrassment of riches at open-side flanker anyway, with Tipuric and Moriarty both also vying for Warburton’s position. They put in some decent efforts in defeat against New Zealand in June and beat South Africa and Argentina in November, so are coming here in some kind of form. France @ 14/1 – BET HERE Now this could be an outside bet that interests some people. France’s fall from grace was well documented; they went from just losing out to the All-Blacks in the 2011 World Cup final to getting thrashed by that same side 62-13 in the quarter-finals of the next World Cup. However there were signs of brilliance at last year’s Six Nations including a win over Ireland – who were sub-par it must be said. They also only went down by five points to the All-Blacks in their final game of the Autumn. Both Fijian born French wingers Vakatawa and Nakaitaci could light up the tournament and will be crucial if France are to stand any kind of chance. Scotland @ 25/1 – BET HERE Neither Scotland nor Italy have ever won the Six Nations but the Scots have really upped their competiveness on the World stage in recent years. They of course were so unluckily beaten by Australia in the 2015 World Cup 35-34 and then unbelievably went down by a point a second time in this year’s autumn internationals. In comparison to a few years back the Scots are a transformed side. It is absolutely crucial the keep key players fit however; Stuart Hogg is one of the best full-backs in world rugby and Sean Maitland has emerged as a top winger for English Champions Saracens. Italy @ 1000/1 – BET HERE Italy only joined the tournament in 1999 and have failed to make any major inroads since. Many argue against their participation, but when the Stadio Olympico gets rocking they are still a major force. However the Azzurri were the recipients of another wooden spoon last year and with Scotland and France both showing massive improvement in recent times, the Italians may struggle again this year. ? Get the latest Six Nations odds using our extensive Six Nations Betting Centre
The 2016 Grand National was brilliant for a few reasons. The classiness of the horses entered was up there with the highest ever, and that new facet looks set to continue into the future rather than go the other way. There was mixed opinions however, as previous champions and placed horses, Irish and Welsh national winners, and some winners from the festival didn’t get in. The BHA is currently pondering a solution to make sure this doesn’t happen again but in my opinion, it’ll cause more trouble than it’s worth. The actual race was fantastic as well, with many chances deep into the race, the majority of the crowd seemed to have a shout with a quarter of the race still to run. Favourite MANY CLOUDS ran a gallant race from the front but seemed to labour in the soft ground over the painful four miles two furlong trip. On form he should have relished the conditions so don’t beat yourself up too much if you backed him! GOONYELLA was the plunge horse of the day, getting backed into 12/1, due to the heavy rain we had the night before and a further deluge at around 1 PM. Jim Dreaper is the master of soft ground nationals and the nine-year-old didn’t disappoint backers. Despite making a mistake at the 18th he stayed on well to place fifth and was the only one to come from the back and get close. GILGAMBOA was another Irish trained horse who filled the places with a fantastic fourth for trainer Edna Bolger. He was always supposed to be a long distance chaser but after his disappointment in the Irish Gold Cup few would have thought this eight-year-old would be fourth in the Grand National in a few months’ time. As he’s only an eight-year-old I’m sure he’ll be back next year and has to have a chance of improving further. VICS CANVAS has to be one of the stories of the national this season. Completely written off at 100/1 surely this 13 year old had no chance against the likes of Many Clouds and Silviniaco Conti. How wrong we were! He also was basically down at Becher’s when mid-division and somehow made a miraculous recovery! He always had the potential for a big run having bolted up in the Cork National a few years back - but that was off of 118, a full 29 pounds lower than here. THE LAST SAMURI was my tip of the day and went off joint favourite. I – along with a few others I presume – was screaming like a little girl when he went over the last, I was sure he would power onto victory having been perfectly placed on the front end for the whole race. He’s another eight-year-old who will improve with age but he was a full 12 pounds well in this day – will he have a better chance? I’m unsure. However I don’t think there has ever been a more deserving winner than the Mouse Morris trained RULE THE WORLD. The man is unparalleled in getting horses ready for the big races, and this was no different. Just a few weeks after taking the Irish National in dramatic fashion with Rogue Angel he goes and does the double at Aintree. Ger Fox gave the Irish National winner a peach and young David Mullins was possibly even better in his first ever Grand National. He jumped and timed every fence perfectly (other than four out) as well as hitting the front at exactly the right time. Mr Morris said that Rule The World could have been one of his best ever had he not gotten injured early in his career but he didn’t need to be to give him arguably his best moment in training. In terms of horses to follow for next seasons National, how can you ignore DON POLI. Yes I’ve been slating this horse all year for being too slow. But that’s exactly what you need in a National something that plods along but stays forever. He’ll be an eight-year-old next season which is young to be a National winner but surmountable and I sense he’ll be aimed at this rather than the Gold Cup. 25/1 could be huge come April 2017!
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The curtain has fallen on another enthralling Indian Premier League season as the Mumbai Indians claimed their third crown with a 41-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings. There’s plenty of cricket betting to dive into this summer with the Ashes, England’s ODI series with New Zealand and action from the NatWest T20 Blast. Visit our dedicated cricket betting centre for all the best odds and tips.
The FA Cup third round means the threat of an upset is a real one for those sides facing lower league opposition this weekend. Plenty of teams from the first and second tier face tricky ties over the course of the weekend and to get us in the mood for the weekend’s action, Tom Powell has picked out his top five FA Cup upsets from years gone by… Sutton 2-1 Coventry City (1989) In the third round back in 1989 it was Division One Coventry City who were on the wrong end of one of the biggest giant killings in FA Cup history as they crashed out against non-league Sutton United. Two seasons before, Coventry had been the giant killers themselves as they lifted the trophy at the expense of Tottenham but after 42 minutes here they were 1-0 down Sutton captain Tony Rains had given his side the lead. Parity was restored seven minutes into the second half as Welsh international David Phillips leveled matters and it looked as if the Sky Blues’ class would see them through. But the non-league side had different ideas and were ahead again on the hour mark as Matthew Hanlan struck. They held on for half an hour to record the biggest win in their history. Their FA Cup run came to an abrupt end in round four as they were beaten 8-0 at Norwich. Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal (1992) When Division Four side Wrexham were drawn against First Division champions Arsenal in the FA Cup third round back in 1992, it looked a formality that the Gunners would be cruising into round four. However, events at the Racecourse Ground did not go to plan for the heavy favourites. Things began well for the North Londoners. Alan Smith gave them a 1-0 half-time lead after sliding in Paul Merson’s cross two minutes before the break and although it wasn’t pretty, Arsenal led 1-0 with eight minutes to play and looked destined to win. Mickey Thomas’ left foot rocket of a free-kick leveled matters going into the final five minutes before 20-year old forward Steve Watkin capitalized on Tony Adams’ error to hook the Welsh side into the lead with time running out. A pitch invasion followed the final whistle and Wrexham were through to round four. Arsenal are heavy favourites to beat Sunderland this weekend, check out the betting here... Leicester 1-2 Wycombe (2001) This FA Cup quarter-final meeting provided us with a real Roy of the Rovers moment (or should it be Roy of the Wanderers) as Division Two Wycombe overcame Premier League Leicester to reach the last four of the tournament thanks to a late goal from Roy Essandoh. The 25-year old forward was only at Wycombe on a two-week contract having been signed a week earlier following an appeal on Ceefax from Essandoh’s agent to Leicester manager Lawrie Sanchez needing a fit, non-cup tied striker for this match. Essandoh started the match on the bench and watched on as Paul McCarthy headed Wycombe into a second half lead before Muzzy Izzet responded with an equalizer 23 minutes from time. Sanchez was then sent off and forced to watch the match on a small screen deep within Filbert Street but did witness the momentous moment when, deep into injury time, Essandoh headed home to prove the romance of the cup was alive and well. Can Wycombe pull off another shock this weekend as they host Premier League side Aston Villa? Check out the betting here... Man City 0-1 Wigan (2013) The FA Cup is no stranger to upsets in the final, the 1988 final proved that as Wimbledon beat Liverpool thanks to Lawrie Sanchez’s goal and Dave Beasant’s penalty save, but the 2013 final was perhaps even more of a giant killing, despite Wigan and Man City both being Premier League sides. Man City were heavy, heavy favourites heading to Wembley. They’d beaten Chelsea in the last four, and not conceded a goal prior to that during their run to the semi-finals. City huffed and puffed all match, always on the front foot but never managing to break down Wigan’s stoic wing back formation and things turned on their head with six minutes to go. Pablo Zabaleta picked up his second yellow card to give the underdogs the belief they could go on and win the match and win the match they did with Ben Watson flicking home Shaun Maloney’s corner in the first minute of injury time. Will Man City negotiate their clash with Norwich this weekend? Find all the odds here... Chelsea 2-4 Bradford (2015) Chelsea host Scunthorpe in this year’s third round and the Football League side should be watching and rewatching tapes of the Blues’ demise at the hands of League One Bradford City in last year’s fourth round as inspiration. Stamford Bridge would have been more relaxed than ever when Ramires converted Mohamad Salah’s pass to put the Premier League side 2-0 up following Cahill’s opener on 21 minutes. Even after Jon Stead had pulled a goal back four minutes from the break there would have been little need to panic. However, the sides were all square with 15 minutes to go after Felipe Morais side footed home to set alarm bells ringing before Andy Halliday completed the comeback with eight minutes to go. Onlookers could scarcely believe what they were seeing and there was more to come from Phil Parkinson’s side as Mark Yeates latched onto Stead’s back heel to etch Bradford’s name in FA Cup folklore. Can Scunthorpe take inspiration from Bradford when they visit the Bridge this weekend? Betting for the match is here...
“Sizing John showed he can in fact stay two miles plus by winning the Kinloch Brae in grinding fashion ahead of Sub Lietenant. I didn’t have a real play for the Ryanair, especially with Cue Card confirmed to go to the Gold Cup – but I do now…” JJ 2.10 Chepstow The first race I’ll be look at from Chepstow is this competitive novices’ handicap chase over three miles. I know Mark Bradstock has always though the world of Flintham and he’s a half-brother to the great Coneygree, so should eventually make a far better chaser than hurdler. However I can’t get away from the unbeaten BATTLE OF SHILOAH (7/2) for Tom George. He took his record to six from six when beating a subsequent winner at Newcastle last time. He made a couple of big errors that day as well but still managed to win snuggly. The time before that he beat Jimmy The Jet Plane at Uttoxeter who also went on to win next time. He’s probably seen to best effect on a softer surface so today’s deep conditions will suit as well. He’s up nine pounds form that Newcastle win but should be good enough with the way he’s going to defy the raise. BATTLE OF SHILOAH – COMPARE THE ODDS 2.25 Musselburgh This is an interesting handicap hurdle from up at Musselburgh today. Stamp Your Feet won in the craziest of circumstances last time at Hereford, he must have traded at 1000/1 a furlong out but somehow managed to nab The Nipper on the line. He can come on from that and has only been put up three pounds. However I’m taking a risk with the old boy IFANBUTWHYNOT (8/1) for Tim Easterby and a very eye-catching jockey booking in Richard Johnson. A couple more things caught my eye with this one though; his last three wins have come at this track, the last time he ran on good ground he was a decent third off of this mark and in April 2015 he was third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle off of 10 pounds higher. Another interesting facet is that he’s sporting a first time tongue tie. It looks set up to him and he has the best jockey on board to do the steering. IFANBUTWHYNOT E/W - COMPARE THE ODDS
Cricket Australia’s integrity unit is investigating an on-air exchange between commentator Mark Howard and Adelaide skipper Brad Hodge during Wednesday night’s BBL clash between the Strikers and Sydney Thunder. Hodge was informed that bowler Ben Laughlin had dismissed Shane Watson twice in his previous eight deliveries. Hodge then immediately brought Laughlin on to bowl! More than £1.5bn is set to be wagered across this BBL season, and CA are desperate to keep its sport free of anything that carries even the semblance of corruption. Owen Fulda brings you some more BBL06 Tips... Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. Big Bash Tips Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers Scorchers To Win @ 4/6 - BET NOW! The first of Saturday’s BBL double-header sees the Perth Scorchers travel to Tasmania looking to confirm their place in the semi-finals next week with a win over the Hurricanes. Hobart's captain Adam Voges this week admitted his test career is over. He ended with a batting average of 61.87 - second only to Donald Bradman as the best in test history, but now his focus is entirely on the shortest format of the game. The match is a sell-out and there’s guaranteed to be a cracking atmosphere at the Blundstone Arena. The Hurricanes know they must win to stand any chance of progression. Spinner Cameron Boyce was talking his side’s chances up in the press earlier this week, but I don’t share his belief. Adam Tye’s yorkers at the death have been crucial for the Scorchers and I’m backing the all-rounder to make a difference. The destructive Michael Klinger has top scored for Perth with a combined 227 so far in BBL06, so I reckon 7/1 on him to be Man of the Match could be a decent wager! The quality of fielding makes a huge difference in T20 cricket and Hurricanes have not been the sharpest. Having dropped 12 catches, they're now tied with Sydney Thunder for the most spills in the tournament to date. Perth have pouched 11 more catches than their opponents, with 36 compared to just 25! Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Stars To Win @ 10/11 - BET NOW! The Stars threw away a golden opportunity to wrap up a home semi-final by losing against the Heat on Tuesday night and now have a remote chance of missing the finals. Winning this game will guarantee them safe passage and they could still progress even if they lose, although that depends on other results going in their favour. They can go into the game with less pressure on their shoulders than their opposition. The Sixers eight wicket flogging at the hands of the Thunder served as a perfect example of how a net run-rate can be destroyed so quickly in this format. They could still finish top of the ladder, but would have to put in an awesome performance - one I’m not sure they’re capable of at this moment. The Sixers are the only side yet to have scored 1,000 runs in the tournament! The Stars have two of the top five batsmen in BBL6 at their disposal. Even at the age of 36, Kevin Pietersen is still performing to his lofty standards and alongside him left-hander Rob Quiney has had a resurgence at a handy time. If Melbourne bat first I believe they’ll build a total that Sydney will be incapable of chasing down under pressure, so I’m backing the Stars to claim a big win. Get all the best Big Bash odds at our extensive cricket betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
“Saturday is probably one of the biggest days between January and Cheltenham, with multiple graded races from Haydock and Ascot including the Clarence House Chase, the grade two Mares’ Hurdle, a Champion Hurdle trial and the Peter March Handicap Chase.” JJ 3.00 Ascot – Clarence House Chase (WATCH HERE or READ HERE) 2.40 Haydock Rayvin Black is no 33/1 shot for this Champion Hurdle trial now he finally gets his ground but THE NEW ONE (2/1) has won this Champion Hurdle Trial for the past two years and I expect him to do the business again on Saturday. He was simply beaten by a better horse in Yanworth in the Christmas Hurdle but he’s unlikely to find anything like him here. What’s more, the flat track at Kempton probably didn’t suit as much as a track like Haydock. He looked at least as good as he has for the past two years when a three and a half-length victor over My Tent Or Yours at Cheltenham and he just should have too much class on Saturday. L’Ami Serge is the big rival in the market and he should be better back over hurdles, but he doesn’t seem genuine to me at all and should he get into a battle after the last there’s only one winner for me. THE NEW ONE – COMPARE THE ODDS 3.15 Haydock The feature at Haydock on Saturday is the coveted Grade Two Peter Marsh Chase, won last year by Cloudy Too and Sue Smith. She has the bottom weight here, Vintage Clouds, who looks a big danger to my selection on such an eye-catching mark. The change of tactics worked the oracle for Definitely Red last time and he’s another to keep an eye on. However I’m taking a small punt on ALARY for the formidable Colin Tizzard yard. He’s been the big talk horse from the yard since being bought by the Potts after a cracking second in the grade one Prix La Haye Jousselin in November. His price has been in freefall after Tizzard’s continuous praise of the horse at home. Yes he’s only won twice in his career but he’s only a seven-year-old and has shown clear progression right up until his last run. Placing second as a six-year-old in a grade one, three mile chase across the channel is no mean feat and whilst he’s been handed a lofty mark I can see this 7/2 price disappearing by race time. ALARY – COMPARE THE ODDS
Kevin Durant drained a mighty season-high 40 points as the Golden State Warriors kept up the pressure in the Western Conference with their 36th win, a 121-100 beating of the Thunder. The NBA’s Eastern Conference is a much closer affair with the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics just two and four games respectively behind leaders the Cleveland Cavaliers. Owen Fulda brings you his tips for three of the Thursday night games... NBA Thursday Night Tips Head to our bonus bet page for the latest free bets & offers. Dallas Mavericks (14-27) @ Miami Heat (12-30) Heat To Win @ 5/6 - BET NOW! Miami got back to winning ways on Tuesday with an unexpected 109-103 win over the Houston Rockets who sit third in the West. Hassan Whiteside leads the League with 14.3 rebounds a game and with James Johnson’s assists starting to add up, the Heat looks a good prospect to win this one at home. Dallas have been low-scorers in recent games and I can’t see them outscoring Miami on the road. Denver Nuggets (17-23) @ San Antonio Spurs (32-9) Spurs To Win @ 1/10 - BET NOW! While Denver may have won their last three games, they were against poor opposition in the form of the Lakers, Magic and Pacers in the London ‘Global Game’. San Antonio are a threat from all over the court. In Danny Green and Patty Mills they have two of the highest percentage three-point shooters in the NBA. This may not be a 'blowout' win for the Spurs but it should be comfortable enough for their 33rd season 'W'. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-28) @ LA Clippers (29-14) Clippers To Win @ 4/5 - BET NOW! The Clippers have racked up 17 home victories as they push on towards consolidation of a Playoff berth. Minnesota have had a disappointing season and in my opinion 4/5 on LA to win this is the best bet of these three tips. Defensively they are outstanding. Chris Paul is making waves in the league, he tops the ‘steals per game’ list with 2.3 and is also fourth in assists made. Clippers to make it eight consecutive wins in style. Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your best betting choices! Get all the best betting odds at our extensive basketball betting centre!
“There’s some superb racing for a Thursday tomorrow! Thurles has put on an excellent card and there’s even some decent stuff from Ludlow and Wincanton in the UK. I need a couple of winners after two more frustrating seconds on Wednesday, I never thought I’d say this…but bring on the flat!” JJ 2.15 Thurles This is a fantastic little six runner field for the grade three Kinloch Brae Chase. The race has in the past been used by Don Cossack to jump start his season but this year we have a much more competitive renewal. Black Hercules looked very good last season when he took the JLT but that race form has taken a couple of knocks this season. I think that SIZING JOHN (7/2) can finally get his head in front after a career of facing Douvan’s backside haunting him. He’s placed second behind that monster five times in total and he’ll be surprised to not see his old rival in the line-up for once on Thursday. Take those seconds out the equation and he would have won nine of his 14 career starts! He looked laboured after a good second in the Arkle in 2016 but was back to near his best when just the eight lengths second to Douvan last time. He appeared to possibly not stay this trip at Aintree last year but his poor effort next time over two miles showed me that maybe he was just out of form at that time. It’s finally his time to shine! SIZING JOHN – COMPARE THE ODDS 3.00 Ludlow Ludlow has put on a decent showing for a Thursday and this mares’ handicap hurdle is one of the highlights. I actually think Cowslip could have a chance at a big price after he somewhat came back to form last time at Bangor. However FILLE DE CHAMPS (5/2) is the unexposed mare in the race and she looked a totally different animal to what we have seen in the past last time at Ffos Las when she cruised to victory over 20 furlongs on heavy ground. Also, she’s from a family of top staying chasers, including the mighty Denman, so this step up in distance looks certain to suit. She’s only a six-year-old and should be more than capable off of 101 against her rivals here. FILLE DE CHAMPS – COMPARE THE ODDS If you don't have a Bet At Home account already click here to get a FREE £20 bet! 3.20 Wincanton There are two I can’t spilt in this year’s Somerset National from Wincanton, run over three miles and two and a half furlongs. I was all over SARTORIAL ELEGANCE (5/1) for the Betfred Classic at Warwick on Saturday before he was pulled so I can’t leave him alone in this lesser race. He appeared to thrive for the step up to three miles at Plumpton when taking apart a handicap chase by over 18 lengths. Then next time when stepped up again in the Sussex National he was arguably going better than anything when coming down at the 17th. He’s completely unexposed over this kind of trip and I suspect he’ll make up into a better chaser now than 128. The next one I can’t leave without tipping is SAROQUE (12/1) who looks ludicrously well handicapped on 119, especially with the amateur jockey taking off seven more. He was running well at marathon trips at ten pounds higher as recently as last season, including when second behind Fourovakind at Exeter. What’s more, a return to form looked near based on his eye-catching third last time at Bangor. He ran in snatches but managed to get within 10 lengths of the winner at the finish – I just think 12/1 is a little too big with him on 119 in a race of this calibre. SATORIAL ELEGANCE – COMPARE THE ODDS SAROQUE E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS
Man City have had an interesting 2017 haven’t they? They smashed West Ham 5-0 in the FA Cup and then followed up by being thumped 4-0 at Goodison Park by Everton! Next up for Pep Guardiola’s side is the tough visit from the in-form Tottenham. Our football tipster Ross Casey offers his Premier League betting advice… Man City v Tottenham Tips OFFER – Get up to a £400 deposit bonus when you sign up with Fanduel. Who are the favourites? The bookies’ have made Man City the favourites to win this Premier League fixture with a best price of 13/11 using our odds comparison service. Whilst they are coming off the back of a 4-0 embarrassment last time out, their home form has remained stellar. They have lost just one of their 14 games at the Etihad this season and that was against runaway leaders Chelsea - where if Kevin De Bruyne scored his open goal chance things could have played out differently. Tottenham are the form team in the Premier League, winning each of their last seven matches in all competitions however, so they arrive with confidence in spades and will look to attack a City defence that was far from impressive last weekend. If you fancy the away win then you can get a best price of 13/5 using our odds comparison service. Whatever you fancy in the full-time result market - make sure you use Easyodds to compare the best Premier League odds available. For all my Premier League tips, head to our football tips page. Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. What’s your recommended bet? For my Man City v Tottenham tips, I will be backing Harry Kane anytime. Tottenham have won their last three league games against Man City and arrive into this game on an amazing winning run, so they will have the confidence to attack this game. Manchester City have conceded 12 goals more than Spurs in the Premier League this season, despite having less shots on their goal and that tells me that Harry Kane (who has been responsible for five of the last 10 Spurs goals) will take his chances with shots from any angle against Claudio Bravo who has a poor shot to goal ratio when conceding this season. Harry Kane is also the penalty kick taker for Tottenham so if Dele Alli decides to use his ‘tricks’ in order to win one then it will be Kane with a chance from 12 yards. The England international has scored twice in his last three games against the Citizens and looks a good bet here. Back Harry Kane in the anytime goalscorer market with a best price of 8/5. Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices! Why use Easyodds to bet on this match? Why limit yourself to one bookmaker pricing up the market when you can use us to get the absolute best price? For example, my pick of Harry Kane to net at 8/5 in the anytime goalscorer market is far better than the odds of 6/5 elsewhere! Get all the best Premier League odds at our extensive football betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
The early game on Saturday is what I like to call the Brendan Rodgers derby, Liverpool v Swansea. Who will come out on top at Anfield this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd? Ross Casey offers his Premier League betting tips… Liverpool v Swansea Tips (Sat, 12:30) Who are the favourites? The favourites to win this game are Liverpool – largely because of their excellent home record this season of 12 games, nine wins and 3 draws. They are unbeaten on their home patch and the visit of Swansea won’t put too much fear into Jurgen Klopp’s side – the Swans have never won a Premier League game at Anfield! They are available at a very short best price of 1/4 using our odds comparison. That is far too short to suggest as a single bet but you may well be tempted to add them into your weekend accumulator. Swansea are now under the management of Paul Clement who has been an assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and they have made some signings this week, but the fact remains that they have lost eight of their last 10 away games. For that reason, the bookies are giving them little chance in this one with a best price of 14/1 to pick up the upset win. That is further proof of why you should use Easyodds – the Swans are as short a price as 10/1 elsewhere! Back your winner in the full-time result market. What’s your recommended bet? My recommended Liverpool v Swansea betting verdict is to back the second half as the highest scoring half. Swansea are well known for conceding goals – they have conceded three or more goals in 11 of their 21 Premier League fixtures this season. However, what is of interest is that the second half has been the highest scoring in four of their last five away from home, showing they hold up well until a certain point before capitulating. I can certainly see that happening here, with Jurgen Klopp complaining of teams sitting deep against his side in recent weeks, he may have let slip an Achilles heel. Paul Clement will look to frustrate Liverpool with his tactics early doors. Back the second half in the half with most goals market with a best price of evens. Why use Easyodds to bet on this match? I’m not necessarily sure that punters realise the importance of our odds comparison service… For example, if you fancy Philippe Coutinho to be back in the goals after his recent injury, you can settle for the 5/6 on offer with one bookmaker or peruse the anytime goalscorer market over at Easyodds and get a far better price of 11/8 using our odds comparison service. Sign up to Easyodds to use all our betting choices. Is there a bookmaker offer for this match? Not currently, but you can grab a new customer offer in our free bets section to place a wager on this game. For all of my football tips visit my Twitter account which is @Rosscasey24. Thanks for reading and good luck with your betting this weekend! Get all the best football at our extensive football betting centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips, best odds and free bets as well as access to our competitions, emails and horse alerts.
“The feature race at Ascot on Saturday is the grade one Clarence House Chase run over two miles. The race was won comfortably by Un De Sceaux last year, a victory which prompted odds on quotes for the Champion Chase. I was one of many who thought he couldn’t be beaten in the Champion Chase last year, and then along came a rejuvenated Sprinter Sacre to spoil the party!” JJ If you don't have a Bet At Home account already click here to get a FREE £20 bet! The 2016 champion Un De Sceaux is back for another crack this year and will likely thrive in the soft conditions. He won the Tingle Creek last time in a very different manner to what we’re used to with this free going big jumper. He didn’t go rearing off in front and he was deliberately cautious at a couple. He showed guts to hold off a surging Sire De Grugy at the finish and he won’t need to worry about that old warrior this time round. However he’s definitely a little short for me at an odds-on price. This looks like a two horse race to me and so long as Un De Sceaux and AR MAD both finish I see them filling the top two places. That means a forecast could be on the cards for the braver of you and if you lean that way I’d be 100% with you. But I like to pick a winner rather than a forecast so I’m going with the Gary Moore trained horse here. He ran a crazy race in the Tingle Creek, going off like an absolute nutter under Joshua Moore. He was jumping bold and free at every fence before diving badly at the sixth, making a mistake at the seventh and then a catastrophic error at the eighth. The fact that he wasn’t tailed off after that mistake, especially after setting such an incredibly strong gallop, is testament to the class of the animal. What’s more, he was staying on again after the last to somehow get within four lengths of eventual winner Un De Sceaux. The breakneck pace and bold jumping was thrilling to witness and had he not dived at the sixth it may have paid off but had Josh Moore ridden the race again I suspect he would run with a tad more restraint. The son of Tiger Groom clearly has buckets of talent, especially based on his four wins from five starts as a novice chaser. He destroyed Bristol De Mai and then just got the better of Vaniteux at Kempton. The flat track there probably didn’t play to his strengths, which made the victory ever more impressive. He was tested going left handed at Plumpton in what was to be his final start, where he bolted up by 25 lengths. Gary Moore stated on multiple occasions that he needed the run before the Tingle Creek and he does tend to come on massively for his first run of the season and soft ground at Ascot could suit perfectly. AR MAD @ 2/1 – BET NOW
Our horse racing tipster is on hand for today’s Easyodds accumulator. 1:50 –Newbury – HIDDEN CARGO – 2nd behind decent sort last time, improved with each run. 2:55 – Newbury – POTTERS CROSS – Unexposed over this sort of trip, form of 4th last tiem working out very well. 3.05 – Lingfield – ASCOT DAY – Only 3 runs, improved each start, easy last time. TREBLE – 20/1 @ Skybet – STRAIGHT TO BETSLIP
“ARGHHHHHH!!!! Will this ever end, I do not know! We had another frustrating day yesterday but there’s a meeting at my favourite track Newbury on Wednesday so hopefully we can find a couple of winners there at the very least.” JJ 2.20 Newbury We’ll start off with this novices’ limited handicap chase over two miles. The ground is currently soft at Newbury, good to soft in places with a dry night forecast hopefully it can dry out sufficiently enough for MAX WARD and Tom George. He was still in with a shout in a red hot chase at Kempton won by the ever improving Poker School, when he fell three out. He travelled nicely into the race despite a few jumping errors, if he can cut out those errors he has a massive chance here, especially off of two pounds lower. He won impressively at Huntington on seasonal debut, his first run for over two years, and then was thrown straight into grade one company, finishing third of four behind the monster that is Altior. That wasn’t a bad run at all and 3/1 is decent value for him to take this. MAX WARD – COMPARE THE ODDS 2.55 Newbury My NAP today comes in this 14 runner handicap chase over two miles and seven furlongs. There are a couple that caught my eye, such as Brandon Hill, who is bang in form and should definitely be in the first three, and Audacious Plan who has bounced back to form the last twice for a rejuvenated Rebecca Curtis yard. However POTTERS CORNER (9/4) is still unexposed over this type of trip and from what we’ve seen he should be better than a mark of 127 over time. He was very leniently put down two pounds for finishing fifth in a race by a horse I rate very highly Beware The Bear. In fact the three horses in front of him that day look decent, the second won a valuable handicap at Cheltenham on his next run and the third was a close second at this track. What’s More, he should be even better on this softer surface as he was placed on heavy in France and was second to finish behind Ballyoptic at Ffos Las in tough conditions before being disqualified. POTTERS CORNER – COMPARE THE ODDS 2.40 Market Rasen This is a superb little Graduation Chase over two miles five at Market Rasen today. Kilcrea Vale couldn’t have done it more impressively last time, but I’m far from certain it would have been so easy had Westren Warrior stood up at the fourth last. KING’S ODYSSEY (11/4) was travelling extremely well on the front end in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and he gets his conditions and optimum trip again today. He had got in short at the fence before he fell at Cheltenham which may or may not have affected him but he put in a very similar jump when he fell at the 12th. He won a valuable novice handicap chase on Trials day at Cheltenham last season and jumped fantastically so with a clear round here even the untapped potential of Kilcrea Vale may not be enough. KING’S ODYSSEY – COMPARE THE ODDS