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Jake's Wednesday Racing Tips

“I’ve now had six seconds from my last 11 tips! A severe case of Seconditus! Luckily yesterday both runners-up were backed each way, which softens the blow ever so slightly. We’re in for a treat on Wednesday as Apple’s Jade takes on Limini in the Quavega Mares’ Hurdle at Punchestown. We’ve also got some decent stuff from Doncaster on offer as well as two cards on the all-weather.” JJ 3.15 Doncaster Abricot De L’Oasis appeared to be travelling well when coming down at the 14th fence last time. However he’s found three miles tricky in the past and isn’t fantastically handicapped back over hurdles. SKIPTHECUDDLES is stoutly bred for the Graeme McPherson yard and is likely to shorten from his 5/1 price overnight.  He’s bounced into a couple of potentially very smart types over hurdles so far this season, including two starts back when second to Keeper Hill at Hereford. That horse has gone onto beat Neptune hopeful Messire Des Obeaux, and could be anything. The selection hacked up last time however ahead of a couple of nice horses such as Catamaran De Seuil, who has subsequently bolted up by 23 lengths. This extra distance should bring out even more improvement so 5/1 is an excellent price in my opinion. SKIPTHECUDDLES - COMPARE THE ODDS MORE TOMORROW...

Wednesday's Champions League Tips

The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League is back this week and Ross Casey offers his best Champions League tips for Wednesday's last 16 fixtures. After an excellent start to his tipping season, can you afford to miss his betting advice? Wednesday's Champions League Tips Don’t forget we have our Easyodds app available to install now for the latest best football odds, tips and free bet offers. Sevilla v Leicester (Weds, 19:45) Sevilla -1 Handicap @ 13/10 - BET NOW Leicester arrive into this last 16 Champions League fixture on a terrible run of eight matches without a win and have lost 12 of their 19 away games all season long, so you can only see a comfortable win for Sevilla here in my opinion. Leicester have scored just 15 goals on their travels this term, whilst the La Liga side have won four of their last 10 games at home by more than one goal. Our odds comparison service really comes into play here too - some bookmakers have gone odds on for this selection! Get the best value possible with your Champions League betting! Porto v Juventus (Weds, 19:45) Under 2.5 Goals @ 5/9 - BET NOW This fixture has only taken place once before in history and that match finished 0-0 so a low scoring game looks on the cards again here. Porto have only conceded more than one goal once this season at home in all competitions, whilst Juventus have kept eight clean sheets on the road thus far! Those are Wednesday's Champions League tips and I hope you find them worthy of backing! *Visit our Champions League betting centre for the best Champions league odds on every match and outright market* 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!

Europa League Tips

The Europa League is back this Thursday! After nailing almost 30 Europa League tips last season, here is Easyodds.com head football writer @RossCasey24 with his selections for the round of 32… Europa League Tips OFFER - Bet £5 and get £30 in free bets when you sign up with Coral. St Etienne v Man Utd (Weds, 17:00) St Etienne Double Chance @ 8/11 - BET NOW St Etienne weren’t all that bad last week in their 3-0 loss at Old Trafford. They managed eight shots on goal, but failed to hit the target with any. Away from home, they have lost three on the bounce, but in front of their own fans, they are much more impressive. The Ligue 1 side have lost just twice at home this season and conceded just twice in their last eight in all competitions at home. With United 3-0 up from the first leg and one eye on the EFL Cup Final on Sunday, I fancy St Etienne to get a result against the Red Devils here. Apoel Nicosia v Atletico Bilbao (Thurs, 18:00) Apoel Nicosia Draw No Bet @ 7/4 - BET NOW Apoel Nicosia got a decent result in Spain last week when they only lost 3-2. Those two away goals could well come in handy! With Bilbao losing 10 of their 16 away games in all competitions this season, I fancy Nicosia to get a result here. Back the Cypriot League side in the draw no bet market with a best price of 7/4. They have won nine of their 11 home games this season and remain unbeaten on home soil. Download our Easyodds apps for the quickest and most interactive Easyodds experience... Tottenham v Gent (Thurs, 20:05) Tottenham To Qualify @ 8/13 - BET NOW Tottenham have won 10 games in a row at White Hart Lane and considering they are playing a Gent side with just three wins in 19 away fixtures this season, you have to fancy Tottenham to reverse the 1-0 score to Gent from last week here. Back Spurs to qualify by any means with a best price of 8/13 using our odds comparison service. Fiorentina v Monchengladbach (Thurs, 20:05) Both Teams To Score @ 4/5 - BET NOW Monchengladbach can consider themselves very unlucky that they lost their home tie in this fixture 1-0. They had more possession and also had 16 shots, but managed to lose 1-0 to Fiorentina. The Bundesliga side simply have to score here to have any chance of qualification so back both teams to score at a shy short of even money with a best price of 4/5. Those are my Europa League tips and I hope you find them worthy of backing! *Visit our Europa League betting centre for the best Europa League odds on every match and outright market* Follow Ross on Twitter - @RossCasey2

Week 4 Premier League Darts Tips

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2017 Oscars Odds

The glitz and the glamour of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California has got easyodds.com dressing to the nines with the latest betting odds. Punters are diving into each of the 24 markets available including the much vaunted Best Picture award. 2017 Oscars Odds According to the latest Oscars betting odds, the jazz musical La La Land is clear favourite to scoop the gong with a best price of 1/6. Editor of easyodds.com, Ross Casey said: “La La Land won in all seven categories for which it was nominated at the Golden Globes, setting a record for most awards won by a single film, so the bookies are taking no chances with that short price.” The market is indeed looking a one horse race. If you are a value punter, Moonlight is the closest to the short price favourite at a tempting price of 9/1. Elsewhere in the Best Picture Oscars betting market you can get Theodore Melfi’s NASA biographical drama Hidden Features at 18/1 with the rest of the nominees ranging from 25/1 to 150/1. The Best actor Oscars betting market is not dominated by La La Land, with Casey Affleck (4/6) favourite to pick up the award for his portrayal of an uncle caring for his widowed nephew in Manchester By The Sea. Running him close is Denzel Wahington (6/4) for his performance in the Fences. Also up for nomination are Ryan Gosling (20/1) Andrew Garfield (40/1) and Viggo Mortensen at 125/1. In the Best Actress category, Emma Stone looks almost certain to take home the award with best odds of 1/4 for her performance in La La Land. Her closest rival in the market is Natalie Portman (10/1) for her emotional turn in Jackie. The other nominees are Isabelle Huppert (11/1) Ruth Negga (60/1) and Meryl Streep (80/1). This year’s Best Director award is again headed by La Land Land with director Damien Chazelle currently at a very short price of (1/7) which would add to his record of being the youngest ever Golden Globe winning director at just 32. Moonlight director Barry McQueen is second favourite – with a best price of 8/1. Their rivals are Kenneth Lonergan (10/1), Mel Gibson (50/1) and Denis Villeneuve is the rank outsider at 80/1 for his film Arrival. We have the betting for 20 more markets in our Oscars betting centre, so don’t miss out on their extensive coverage… which will help back up any news story you are writing about the event. Don’t miss the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on February 26th 2017.

Premier League Sack Race

The Premier League sack race has swung wide open again after Hull boss Mike Phelan was fired by Hull. With 20 managers possible to be sacked next, Claudio Ranieri of Leicester is the current favourite for the chop... Premier League Sack Race OFFER – Get a FREE £50 bet when you sign up with Sportingbet. CLAUDIO RANIERI @ 4/7 - BET NOW. The 2016 manager of the year is having a nightmare 2017 and the bookies believe the Foxes manager may well face the sack next with odds of 4/7. His side are the first ever in the Premier League to go six games without even scoring a goal and were knocked out of the FA Cup by a 10 man League one team last weekend! NO MANAGER @ 6/1 - BET NOW. You can now get 6/1 on no manager being sacked between now and the end of the season. With such money at stake for staying in the Premier League, will that be the case? AITOR KARANKA @ 8/1 - BET NOW. Aitor Karanka has hardly got the Boro firing on all cylinders this season. Four wins in 17 is simply not good enough for a side paying big money on new players. After a poor transfer window and some ambivalent press conferences, the Spaniard was 4/1 to be the next Premier League manager sacked, but with Ranieri on the brink, he is now 8/1. SAM ALLARDYCE @ 10/1 – BET NOW. Big Sam Allardyce was brought in to improve the Crystal Palace defence, but results have hardly improved snce he replaced Alan Pardew. The Eagles have won just twice in 11 under his helm, including an embarassing 4-0 loss at home to Sunderland. ARSENE WENGER @ 10/1 – BET NOW. Arsenal fans have had a Wenger Out parade for a long, long time and that seems to be grwing after the side capitualted to a 5-1 loss in Munich last week. WALTER MAZZARRI @ 14/1 – BET NOW. Watford have won back to back matches after a run of just two wins in their last 12 and were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One earlier in the year. Thanks to the two victories however, he has gone from 3/1 to 14/1 in the Premier League sack race market. 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.

2017 Six Nations Tips

“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… JAKE’S BET OF THE WEEKEND Scotland v Wales (Sat, 2.25 PM, BBC One) Scotland To Win @ 21/20 – BET NOW Scotland were unlucky not to come away with a win in France last time, but what they did show is that they are a totally different beast compared to what we’ve been used to the last five or six years. What’s more, they are absolutely superb at Murrayfield. They only lost twice at home throughout 2016 and that was to an unbeaten-since England and a one point defeat to Australia in the autumn internationals. The Scots were imperious against Ireland on the opening weekend at Murrayfield and a repeat performance should be good enough to get past a Wales side who must have had their confidence knocked last time when just losing out to England at the Millenium Stadium. Furthermore, what was missing from this Scottish side in recent seasons was a genuine world class game changer and they definitely possess that now in the form of full-back Stuart Hogg - who is favourite to take home the top-tryscorer title for the Six Nations 2017. For me he has to be the first name on the team sheet for the Lions Tour of New Zealand later this year. WINNING TIPS SO FAR WEEK 1 - Scotland +5 handicap @ 10/11 Outright 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

UnowhatImeanHarry At 33/1 For The Stayers' Hurdle With Bet On Brazil

UnowhatImeanHarry has been nothing but impressive so far this season resulting in a 6/4 price for the Stayers' Hurdle.   But open an account with Bet On Brazil and get him for a monster 33/1!! OPEN HERE

Altior To Win The Arkle at 33/1!

Bet On Brazil tend to hand out massive priced offers for new members but this is a real humdinger. Altior is a general even money shot across the board for the Arkle but sign up to Bet On Brazil and get him at a whopping 33/1! Available until the 28th of February, T&C's Apply SIGN UP HERE TO GET ALTOR AT 33/1 FOR THE ARKLE

2017 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds

“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 UPDATE: So Melon has thrown himself to the top of the Supreme odds with a simple maiden win. It seems crazy to me that after one win in a maiden a horse can be 7/2 for a Supreme - but such is the power of the stable and their recent record in this race. Connections of Moon Racer have stated they'll be heading here rather than the Champion, which is a mistake in my opinion.  Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds Get Douvan at 33/1 for the Champion Chase with Bet on Brazil 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. However absolutely blew up next time out - can he come back? 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. He bolted up in a maiden on debut and was quickly shortened into fav! 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.

Top 5 IPL Auction Buys

The 2017 Indian Premier League gets underway on April 5th and after this week’s player auction, the scene is set for another awesome tournament. Ben Stokes described his staggering IPL auction price of £1.7 million as a life changing amount of money. Stokes, whose reputation soared during England’s winter tours of India said: "I hadn't thought about how much I would go for.” “I guess having more than one team wanting me was probably the best position to be in,” he continued. “I just wanted to get picked up and play. I haven't been able to play in the past so that was the main thing, anything else was just a bonus.” Good luck to him! Another Englishman represented the second most expensive player bought in the auction too. Express paceman Tymal Mills is in line to earn £3431-per-ball if he bowls four over in each of the Royal Challengers Banglore’s potential 17 games! Here are the top five players purchased this year... ?Top 5 IPL Auction Buys Download our Easyodds app for best odds, free tips and bonus bets. 1. Ben Stokes:  £1.7 million to Rising Pune Supergiants Stokes became the most expensive overseas player in the history of the IPL when the Rising Pune Supergiants outbid four other franchises for his bowling, batting and fielding skills. Stokes, 25, had a base price of just £240,000 (20 million rupees) but was the subject of bids from Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, before Pune emerged successful. 2. Tymal Mills: £1.4 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore Mills is one of the fastest bowlers in the game with a top-speed delivery of around 95 mph. Due to a back injury he can only play T20 cricket, but that’s where the money is these days so you won’t find him complaining about that! He will be lining up alongside Chris Gayle who he dismissed with a incredibly quick yorker while playing for Somerset. Mills is a true speedster who’ll certainly light up the IPL. 3. Kagiso Rabada: £600,000 to Delhi Daredevils At less than half the price of the previous entrant is another fast bowler, this time it’s 21-year-old South African Rabada who will join Delhi’s menacing contingent of quicks which includes Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan. Rabada will be making his debut in this year’s IPL after opting to sit out last season to gain some English County Championship experience with Kent. His selling price of £600k was almost six times his base price! 4. Trent Boult: £600,000 to Kolkata Knight Riders Pace really is the commodity most in demand in this year’s IPL, as witnessed with our third fast bowler of the top five (or fourth really as Stokes is no slouch with the ball in hand!). New Zealanders Boult had a successful 2015 season in India, taking nine wickets in seven matches at an impressive economy of just 26 runs per wicket. Perhaps more crucially in this format he took a wicket at just over every three overs he bowled! 5. Pat Cummins: £540,000 to Delhi Daredevils Having burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in the Big Bash tournament, Cummins became the youngest player ever to earn a central contract with Cricket Australia. A fast-bowling all-rounder, Cummins will prove a big asset to the Daredevils and will undoubtedly forge a deadly pace attack partnership with Rabada. A quick look at his BBL stats show he’s racked up 70 wickets at a stingy economy of just 13.4! *Visit our cricket betting centre for the best T20 cricket odds on every match and outright market* Follow Owen on Twitter - @OwenSFulda

2017 Arkle Tips

“Like many of the race at Cheltenham 2017 the Arkle has been damaged by withdrawals of key players. Unfortunately for Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci the heavyweight absentee for this is Min. The rematch between Min and Altior would have been one of the highlights of the festival so it’s a real shame – although I still think Altior would get the better of him and comfortably.” JJ Get Altior to win the Arkle at 33/1 when you open an account with Bet On Brazil Arkle Tips Let’s get one thing straight, I’m as sure as one can be that Altior will win the Arkle 2017. However, he still has to jump the fences and at 1/3 I’m not going anywhere near him. So to me as Altior is by far the most likely winner but way too short, so the betting without market is much more interesting. When Waiting Patiently beat Politologue at Haydock I wasn’t certain on the form as Politologue was incredibly keen to post and for the first half of the race. But when you take the form line with Forest Beehan, who was comprehensively beaten by the Malcom Jefferson horse and is unbeaten since including ahead of a few of these, It starts to convince me this six-year-old could be the real deal. I’m not 100% sure what the plan is for this horse however and it its more likely he’ll go for the JLT but he could nab second in this if the ground came up anything near soft. Nevertheless the one I’m going for without Altior is CHARBEL for Kim Bailey. Altior has faced more seasoned opposition already this term including Fox Norton, Dodging Bullets and Traffic Fluide, but the one horse that his given him anything like a race is Charbel. He was leading him right up until the last before tiring in the final furlong to go down by six lengths - which is actually pretty good going against Altior. Kim Bailey has been quoted as saying “my horses weren’t right at the time when we ran against Altior” which gives me hope that the trainer could be up for another crack. On reappearance, and his only other start this season, he got the better of subsequent grade one winner Top Notch in striking fashion, running keen throughout but jumping boldly. One standout bit of form from his novice hurdle year is his absolutely fantastic fifth in what is turning out to be an incredibly hot Supreme in 2016. Altior won, we all know about him, Min was second and is unbeaten since, third was Buveur D’Air who is unbeaten since and is currently favourite for the Champion Hurdle, and fourth was Tombstone, who recently got the better of former Champion Hurdle winner Jezki. He’s been coughing, which explains his absence, and he is likely to go straight to the Festival. This of course is not ideal but his record fresh is superb (first time out form reads 1-1-1) so what would be a huge concern with some horses is less of a concern for him. It’s non-runner-no-bet with Paddy Power where he’s available at 5/2, or you could take the risk and back him with Betfair without Altior at 9/2. Obviously there’s risks attached with backing him ante-post as he’s just as likely to go to the JLT in my opinion. But personally I think he’s more suited to two miles and second place is up for grabs here. CHARBEL W/O ALTIOR @ 9/2 – BET NOW For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.

2017 Arkle Odds

“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.” Arkle Odds UPDATE - Unfortunately we won't be seeing a rematch of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle as Min was ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival through injury, leaving Altior with a penalty kick for this year's event. He's mightily short now especilally after bolting up when stepping out of novice company last time. Identity Thief is look unlikely to run after puulin out of Navan on Sunday to make his job even easier! Altior - COMPARE THE ODDS 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. Get Altior to win the Arkle at an enormous 33/1 with Bet On Brazil Min (NON- RUNNER) -COMPARE THE ODDS 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. Unfortunately the young chaser got injured on the gallops and won’t be taking part in this year’s race! Is Altior a shoe in? Identity Thief - COMPARE THE ODDS 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 - COMPARE THE ODDS 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.

2017 Champion Hurdle Tips

"UPDATE 30/01/17: So poor Annie Power is out of the Cheltenham Festival 2017 and I wouldn't be surprised if she was retired without a run in 2017. It looked more and more likely that she would be entered into the Mares' anyway with Faugheen's likely target the Champion Hurdle. However with the macine being taken out of the Irish Champion Hurdle at a late stage, the race is completely up in the air. I'll wait for a while before making another pick but that 40/1 on Moon Racer is looking sweeter and sweeter, and with the 16s we got for Yanworth at the start of the season, we're sitting in a nice position at the moment." CHAMPION HURDLE TIPS “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 Altior is a short priced favourite for the Arkle in March, but get him at 33/1 with Bet On Brazil 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 (NON-RUNNER) MOON RACER E/W @ 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.

2017 Champion Hurdle Odds

“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 Champion Hurdle Odds Use this link to place a £25 free bet on Cheltenham and you will receive 10 free spins every day of the festival from Genting Annie Power – BET HERE (NON-RUNNER) 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. Unfortuantely the great Annie Power was withdrawn from the reckoning by Willie Mullins at teh end of January, throwing even more confusion into an already confusing race! Faugheen – BET HERE (NON-RUNNER) 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 - BET HERE 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.

2017 RSA Chase Odds

“The premier three mile novice chase of the season is the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival 2017. The race was won last year by Blaklion with Shaneshill in second. The winner has yet to show us anything like that level since and the second has reverted to hurdles. Does anything jump off the page for the RSA 2017? Let’s look through the RSA odds." RSA ODDS Want to back Douvan for the Champion Chase but think he's way too short? Get him at 33/1 when you open an account with Bet On Brazil Might Bite - BET HERE This Nicky Henderson trained gelding has looked a transformed horse on his last two starts, bolting clear at Doncaster ahead of Premier Bond before taking on a grade one at Kempton. He was about 20 lengths clear at the last when taking a terrible fall. Some have called him a flat track horse but on that form he must have a massive chance so long as the fall hasn’t left its mark. Nicky Henderson is the master with these types of chasers so the future looks bright! Bellshill - BET HERE Willie Mullins maybe having a torrid year in terms of luck but he still possess the favourite in nearly every novice race at the festival! Bellshill is unbeaten on his last four starts and has improved buckets since stepping up in trip after a poor Supreme performance. He’s looked a natural over his fences so far but the question still remains – is he suited to Cheltenham? The question has been argued by many pundits, most stating he’s just been running over the wrong trip and now over three miles he’ll show his true form. Coney Island - BET HERE This Edward Harty horse has now won or placed second in his last five starts, including an excellent grade one win in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse two starts back. He was second last time out but that was to another talented type in Our Duke, whom he won’t need to worry about here as he hasn’t been declared. The six-year-old is on the upgrade and is an absolutely cracking jumper so must be feared by all. Alpha Des Obeaux - BET HERE This seven-year-old was placed second in the World Hurdle last year behind the mighty Thistelcrack but always looked likely to be a better chaser. He hasn’t set the world alight this season over the bigger obstacles, but he has won two from four including a grade three over too short. He travelled into the Drinmore well and looked like a step up in trip would suit, but disappointed massively last time behind Our Duke. However, that was clearly not his form and there is no better trainer to get them ready for one race than Mouse Morris. For all the RSA odds visit out dedicated Cheltenham Centre!

2017 RSA Chase Tips

“The RSA picture has been shaken up a few times this season already and with the way things are going in the Mullins yard I wouldn’t be surprised to see these favourites switch around once again. The knock-on effect of Min’s withdrawal could easily see Yorkhill rerouted to the Arkle and Bellshill stepped down in trip to the JLT – but we’ll see!” JJ RSA CHASE TIPS Douvan to win the Champion Chase at 33/1 with Bet On Brazil Bellshill is currently the favourite for the premier three mile novice chase at the Festival, but for many he is the Mullins hot-pot to take on. Firstly, everyone knows how important course form is at Cheltenham, it’s almost as important as anything else and Bellshill just doesn’t have it. His two worst runs by absolutely miles have come at the Festival in the Champion Bumper and the Supreme when way down the order. However, it could be legitimately argued that they just weren’t his trip and now stepped up to three miles and over fences; he’ll display his true form. But, I’ve already laid it on the line for the Nicky Henderson trained MIGHT BITE (6/1) in the Cheltenham preview I did a couple of weeks back (Watch here, skip to 19.41). He has looked a totally different proposition on his most recent starts, firstly when bolting 14 lengths clear of Premier Bond at Doncaster, who has won his next two, and then when falling last time in a grade one at Kempton. He was about 20 lengths clear going into the last that day when taking a horrific fall. All will be revealed about whether that fall has left its mark TODAY at Doncaster where he runs in a novice chase over three miles. I thought I would get this tip up before that race at Donny because although he is expected to win at 1/7, if he bolts up I can still envisage firms shortening him into favouritism for the RSA. He seemed to always possess buckets of talent but his quirks held him back – he was beaten easily by More Of That last season and was unlucky on occasions after, making mistakes late on. When you consider Royal Vacation was an extremely fortuitous winner of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton when Might Bite fell last time, and he absolutely hacked up last time in a valuable handicap at Cheltenham, the selection’s recent form is stacking up more and more. His price has been in free-fall since I tipped him in the preview so hopefully a couple of you got on at big prices. MIGHT BITE @ 6/1 – BET NOW (Originally tipped @ 12/1) For all the best RSA odds visit our dedicated Cheltenham Centre!

2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips

UPDATE 13/02/17 - Yet another big name casualty to cruelly leave the Cheltenham picture is our selection without Douvan in this, Ar Mad. The race is a mess at the moment with everyone running scared from the beast that is Douvan. Looking down the odds grid I'm trying to pick out what will run and it's thin on the ground, we could easily get under eight runners. Whilst Colin Tizzard has flirted with the idea of running FOX NORTON in the Ryanair, I do think he'll be much more suited to two miles and will almost certainly run in this. As mentioned before the race is dead behind Douvan and you won't need to be a spectacular horse to nab second. He was pleasing behind Altior after a long lay-off, is certain to come on for the run and should improve back at Cheltenham where his course figures read 2-3-1-1-1.  ORIGINAL ARTICLE Champion Chase Tips “The feature race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is of course the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This year’s renewal will struggle to match the sheer drama of last year with Sprinter Sacre coming back from the ashes to regain his crown as the best two mile chaser around. He won’t be able to defend his title this year but we do have the mighty Douvan taking his place – not a bad substitution I suppose.” Use this link to place a £25 free bet on Cheltenham and you will receive 10 free spins every day of the festival from Genting. First things first, so long as Douvan stays up he wins the Champion Chase 2017. I absolutely can’t see anything in this division even getting close to this beast. Next year when Altior lines up it could easily be a different story, but at the moment Douvan wins at a canter. Fox Norton is next up in the betting and looked a transformed horse when destroying them at Cheltenham in November. He loves it around here and if Colin Tizzard gets a run into him before lining up for this and he impresses again then I’d be interested in backing him without the favourite at 5/2. Looking down the odds grid it’s near impossible to name another horse that will definitely run here. Un De Sceaux and Sizing John could be Ryanair bound, Altior in the Arkle, Vroum Vroum Mag in the Mares and God’s Own probably isn’t good enough and prefers a right handed track anyway. So that leaves AR MAD, who I selected for the stricken Clarence House at Ascot. Now it worries me slightly that Gary Moore wouldn’t even test him at Cheltenham when the race moved to Trials Day but nonetheless he has the form to put in a top performance. As mentioned in that piece he ran a crazy race in the Tingle Creek, going off way too fast making massive mistakes that would have ended many a race. But he still somehow stayed on to get within four lengths of eventual winner Un De Sceuax. It is true, most of his best form is going right handed but he has won twice at Plumpton, a left handed track. Including last season when prepping for Cheltenham, it was a nothing race but you couldn’t not be impressed with the run as he sauntered to a 25 length victory. There was talk of him stepping up in trip after his Tingle Creek effort so a crack at the Ryanair isn’t off the cards for this one either. But with so little likely to line-up the connections might think a punt at this and placing second or third is more enticing than possibly running well in the Ryainair. His likelihood to line-up will be enhanced even further with a little rain so hopefully we get a downpour nearer the time. Although I do believe he acts on any ground so wouldn’t be put off by a quicker surface either. With a clear way round I think he’s an enormous price at 8/1 without the favourite, although he will likely just set the race up for Douvan going at the pace he goes! AR MAD W/O DOUVAN @ 8/1 – BET HERE (NON-RUNNER) Download our BRAND NEW Cheltenham app for IOS and Android!

Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds

“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.

2017 Ryanair Chase Tips

“The Ryanair is often ridiculed by Cheltenham purists as a non-event and it’s a disgrace that it counts as a Championship race at the Festival. It’s an in-between race that’s for sure, but it has provided some of the most scintillating races in the past couple of years. Vautour possibly should have gone for the Gold Cup last season but he ended up going for this and absolutely trounced them!” 2017 Ryanair Chase Tips Altior is a short priced favourite for the Arkle in March, but get him at 33/1 with Bet On Brazil The Ryanair has a similar problem to pretty much every race at the Festival – what the hell is going to run in it? We can assume Un De Sceaux will have a say with Douvan heavy favourite for the Champion Chase. The extra distance may end up suiting the son of Denham Red as the ground is likely to be quite quick and that tends to catch him out over two miles, as we saw last year when Sprinter Sacre got the better of him… twice. However, unless we get a downpour I can’t see him showing his true form on good ground at Cheltenham, even over two and a half miles. However we will need to see what lines up of course as Un De Sceaux could simply just be a class apart from the field.  Nevertheless, one that finished second to him last time caught my eye – UXIZANDRE. The Alan King gelding won this very race two years ago, with the following season’s Gold Cup winner Don Cossack back in third. He absolutely took them apart from the front that day, which could be tough to recreate here with so many confirmed front runners in the line-up. However the time of that Ryanair win is eye-wateringly quick and if Alan King got him back to that level, 7/1 is enormous. The nine-year-old has always been at his best around the Cotswolds track with form figures reading 2-1-1-2, the most recent second being that excellent runner-up spot behind Un De Sceaux after two years off the track. Now a major worry for Uxizandre backers has to be the likelihood that he’ll bounce.  But not all horses bounce after running well from a long lay-off, it’s probably at least equally as likely he’ll come on massively for the run. What’s more, like Un De Sceaux he’s almost certainly going to line-up, so at least you’ll get a run for your money. Sizing John won the Irish Gold Cup on Sunday and the Potts are obsessed with the Gold Cup so if they even have a squeak of landing the big prize they’ll take it. Empire Of Dirt could potentially line-up after a decent second in the Irish Gold Cup. But he was staying on through the line and is being trained for a stab at the National, so stepping back in distance could be counterproductive. At the prices I definitely think it’s worth taking a risk with the King gelding – you could even go each way at 7/1! UXIZANDRE @ 7/1 – BET HERE Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android!  Visit our dedicated CHELTENHAM BETTING CENTRE

2017 Stayers' Hurdle Tips

“With Cheltenham just around the corner the feature race on day three of the Festival is just about shaping up. Formerly known as the World Hurdle, the Stayers’ Hurdle was won last year by the mighty Thistlecrack in one of the most domineering and memorable performances of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.” JJ Stayers' Hurdle Tips Get Jake's selection UnowhatImeanHarry at a massive 33/1 for the Stayers' Hurdle with Bet On Brazil With the Champion Hurdle falling apart at rate of knots it’s still tough to decipher who’s exactly going to run in the Stayers Hurdle 2017. A P McManus has a wealth of riches in a couple of races at the Festival this year, including the Stayers and the Champion Hurdle. All being well you would presume Yanworth goes to Champion and UNOWHATIMEANHARRY goes for this - but what about the old boy Jezki? He displayed all his old spark last time at Navan over 16 and even though this has been the aim, with the Champion cutting up I could easily envisage him going there instead. Anyway back to Stayers’ Hurdle 2017 and this Harry Fry gelding I’ve been banging on about all year. He’s been knocked back more times than my pint glass on Friday night. No matter how impressive he was did he’d be labelled a “fake”, with his form amounting to nothing, but of course he can only beat what’s put in front of him. He was unbeaten last season and somehow went under the radar going in the Albert Bartlett, then of course won at odds of 11/1. He was subsequently put DOWN three pounds for winning by the British handicapper. I’m with him that it looked a very poor renewal,  but three pounds seemed massively excessive to me – and of course it was. He was bought by J P McManus over the summer and the vibes were strong from the Harry Fry yard. I then went on to tip him for this race in my start of season Cheltenham predictions at 20/1 (pats self on back again). On reappearance he displayed his enormous engine when running them ragged at Newbury against another Stayers’ Hurdle fancy Ballyoptic. He was crabbed because the race fell apart of course. The race then ‘fell apart’ again at Ascot and some even argued Ballyoptic would have beaten him had he not fallen at the last, even though the Nigel Twiston-Davies horse was already hard off the bridle and had been headed at the time. He took his record at Cheltenham to four from four in the Cleeve Hurdle last time when travelling into the race like a dream and putting the race to bed inside the final furlong. My one qualm was he really doesn’t like being in front for long where he tends to idle badly, so he must be produced quite late. I tipped him at 20s in October and anyone who took that, well done. But even now I would argue 13/8 is a decent price on the day and he probably won’t get any shorter so I’d wait until the Thursday before backing him. I mentioned More Of That in the Cheltenham Preview video as a bigger priced option but I literally have no clue what the plan is with that horse as he was entered in the Cross-Country last weekend. One that really impressed me was the second horse in the Cleeve Hurdle COLE HARDEN who would have hated the conditions at Cheltenham in January and should be much better on spring ground in March. He’s obviously a former World Hurdle winner in 2015 and that run last time was probably his best effort since that win.  He’s likely to take them on from the front and although he could just set the race up for UnowhatImeanHarry, he’s incredibly easy to back each way at 14/1. Warren Greatrex was bullish after the race and I expect him to be a lot shorter come race day. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY @ 13/8 – BET HERE (Originally tipped @ 20/1) COLE HARDEN E/W @ 14/1 – BET HERE Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android! 

2017 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

“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” Stayers' Hurdle Odds Faugheen – BET HERE (NON-RUNNER) 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 HERE 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. Get UnowhatImeanHarry at 33/1 for the Stayers' Hurdle with Bet On Brazil Nichols Canyon – BET HERE 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.  

2017 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips

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2017 Triumph Hurdle Tips

“One of the surprises of the lead up to Cheltenham 2017 has been the resurgence in interest for the Triumph Hurdle. J P McManus invested heavily in former top flat horses from the A P O’Brien yard and placed them with Joseph. They haven’t been as dominant as perhaps some of us thought they would but he still has a couple of chances that for sure.” JJ Triumph Hurdle Tips Use this link to place a £25 free bet on Cheltenham and you will receive 10 free spins every day of the festival from Genting It would have been fantastic to see Charli Parcs and DEFI DE SEUIL face-off on trials day at Cheltenham before the Triumph this year but it was not to be – and probably was never going to happen in all honesty. Now the rumours are however that the Henderson Juvenile Charli Parcs will actually take his chance in the Supreme rather than the premier juvenile event on Friday. If that horse is Supreme bound, anything will struggle to give him the weight based on his demolition job at Kempton last time. But even if he did run in the Triumph I still think I’d just side with the Hobbs four-year-old Defi De Seuil. He’s currently unbeaten in the UK over hurdles for Mr Hobbs and is yet to come off the bridle even for a second. The time of his last win on Trial’s Day wasn’t the fastest but when something wins a four runner event, doesn’t come off the bridle and wins by nine lengths eased down, sometimes the clock isn’t that useful. I agree he hasn’t beaten the best horses in the world but as the saying goes, you can only beat what is put in front of you and he has done it on multiple occasions with consummate ease. It’s not like he’s been shirking challenges either, he bolted up in the grade one Future Champions Hurdle at Chepstow and has already been victorious three times at Cheltenham. Anyway, he hasn’t beaten complete trees, the second and fourth from his Triumph Hurdle Trial win at the Open meeting have won since. Furthermore, the second in that Chepstow Grade One, beaten 13 lengths, had just won a listed hurdle by 21 lengths, and the second from that won next time. When you look deep into his form it doesn’t read terribly at all. Obviously he’s no sure thing and his 3/1 price suggests that. His jumping isn’t the greatest and it always worries me when the horse hasn’t been put under pressure yet. Also, it has been suggested that he’s prefer a softer surface, but the way he put them away on good to soft at Cheltenham already shows me he’s clearly no mud lark – he’s an absolute monster with a ridiculous engine. I don’t rate the Irish juvenile form at all although the head gear on Mega Fortune appeared to do the trick last time and if he comes on again he could be a danger. DEFI DE SEUIL @ 3/1 – BET NOW  For the best Cheltenham Odds and Cheltenham Tips visit our dedicated Cheltenham Festival betting centre.

2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

“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 Gold Cup Odds UPDATE: Unfortunately Valseur Lido and Coneygree are non-runners for this year's Gold Cup through injury. The race has cut up quite badly but with Thistlecrack being beaten every trainer thinks they can win it! The emergence of Native River has seen his price shorten dramatically, giving trainer Colin Tizzard more ammunition in a year where he could realistically have the first three home!  Unfortunately news broke on 21/02/17 that Thistlecrack has suffered a torn tendon and will miss the rest of the season! This national hunt season can't handle any more injuries! Use this link to place a £25 free bet on Cheltenham and you will receive 10 free spins every day of the festival from Genting. 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.

2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

"UPDATE 06/02/17 - It takes a big man to admit when he may have gone a little over board (that's what I tell myself anyway) and the more I look at It, the worse that 7/4 price looks about Thistlecrack. I'm not one to follow a horse over a cliff edge if I'm presented with new evidence to suggest he may not be the superstar I thought over fences. He was beaten by a true warrior and the single best stayer in training in the Cotswolds chase but I still truly thought he would have enough to pass the test. His jumping was put under pressure and he made a couple of mistakes again, the second time in two attempts that has happened at Cheltenham. We know exactly how the race will be run in the Gold Cup after that and there is set to be a massive field now the air of invincibility has been shattered. He was originally tipped at 7/1 which is still of course a cracking price and he could easily come on for the run last time and win, but 7/4 is just too short for me.  I'm happy with the Minella Rocco tip and hopefully he can run a big price in the Irish Gold Cup this weekend. However the one I wanted to put up each way when originally writing this tip was CUE CARD but at the time it was widely assumed he would run in the Ryanair with the wealth of riches Colin Tizzard had in the Gold Cup. At the current prices he is 100% the eye-catcher at 7/1 each way. See below regarding his run in the King George, but his form at Cheltenham is as good as any (Champion Bumper winner, Arkle runner-up, Ryanair winner and was cruising in the Gold Cup when falling last year) and he clearly still possess a huge amount of talent based on his Betfair Chase run. I'm sure he'll go off shorter closer to the time and will most likely be second favourite after he hacks up at Ascot." CUE CARD E/W @ 7/1 - BET NOW ORIGINAL ARTICLE “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 Use this link to place a £25 free bet on Cheltenham and you will receive 10 free spins every day of the festival from Genting 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    

Cheltenham 2017 Tips

“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 – BET HERE  (NON- RUNNER) YANWORTH @ 16/1 – BET HERE 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 – BET HERE (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 – BET NOW UNOWHATIMEANHARRY @ 20/1 – BET NOW? 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 – BET HERE MORE OF THAT @ 40/1 – BET HERE Get all the best racing odds at our racing centre!        

Cheltenham Race Card

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…

Cheltenham Racecourse

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! 

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Cheltenham 2017 Preview

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.

2017 Cheltenham Festival Odds

“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.

Cheltenham 2016 Top 5 Moments

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!

Betbright Cheltenham Preview Evening

Cheltenham fever is building up nicely now, especially as the preview circuit is about to get underway. Every preview tends to be massively popular for the Cheltenham Festival as punters fight for the perfect seat to hear experts and industry top dogs rattle on about outsiders, good things and big lays. However, in terms of Cheltenham Preview nights the Betbright evening at Temple in London always shines through as the biggest and best. Last year we got crucial knowledge from the don of all dons Rich Ricci on where all of his mega stars will run and he’s back for more this year! The destination of his runners is more up in the air than ever, and all will be revealed in a Walkabout at Temple in March – well not everything will be revealed, but we’ll at least find out something! Also on the panel is world famous Racing Post tipster Paul Kealy, known for big priced picks and his work on the racing post cast. We’ll be getting key info on the Willie Mullins yard from Ricci, but how about Colin Tizzard’s assistant trainer Joe Tizzard as well! Of course the yard have been in the limelight recently and possess some of the finest staying chase talent in the country, including the Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack. The whole event will be hosted by Channel Four Racing’s lead anchor Nick Luck, probably one of the most professional sports presenters in the game! The drinks and banter will be flowing but most importantly I’ll be there! most likely 4 pints deep from an early stage Get a £50 free bet when you open an account with Betbright now!

Jake's Grand National Review

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!

NFL Season Review

As the dust settles on the New England Patriots’ enthralling 34-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 it seems like a good time to put together our NFL season review. Our NFL tipster Owen Fulda made a healthy profit with his tipping over the course of the season and read on to see where it went wrong and right throughout the AFC and NFC divisions.. NFL Season Review I guess we should start with reigning world champions the New England Patriots who just do not know when they’re beaten. A side that are worth of all the plaudits that are coming their way. Even the most positive fan of the Boston franchise must have feared the worst at 28-3 down with just 8:31 left in the third quarter. But Tom Brady stepped up into the clutch and with a bit of help from James White and Julian Edelman, the rest is history. Brady will have turned 40 by the time next season gets underway but he’s not even hinted at retirement. New England are 6/1 to retain the Super Bowl Trophy and who would bet against the Brady and Bill Belichick delivering on the grandest stage of all once more?  Elsewhere in the AFC East, the Miami Dolphins exceeded expectations by reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008, even doing so without first choice QB Ryan Tannehill. British-born running back Jay Ajayi was their breakout star, rushing for 1272 yards on the season. The less said about the New York Jets the better while the Buffalo Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan after missing out on post-season football for the 17th consecutive year. Expect big roster purges from both franchises as they look to rebuild in the off-season yet again. Heading North in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers’ campaign dipped throughout October but ended with a dramatic, roller-coaster ride through the playoffs. CBS Sports have place them at third in their ‘Power Rankings’ and many pundits expect a serious push for the Super Bowl next year. Aaron Rodgers was sublime at times, especially under duress in the pocket, weaving his way out of perilous situations time and again. Green Bay are a best price of 10/1 to win the big one next year and with some solid recruitment over the summer, that price could well have been cut by September.  The Packers’ closest divisional rivals are the Detroit Lions but once again they flattered to deceive once they entered do-or-die gridiron time. It’s now been eight straight playoff losses for Detroit and it’s becoming so ingrained in the fabric of the franchise that they can’t seem to fix the issues at hand. Chicago Bears were hopeless last year, winning just three games, while the Minnesota Vikings choked after their winning start and finished with a 8-8 record. Adrian Peterson earns $14million per year but is rarely fit – it’s time for the Vikings to get rid. The Pittsburgh Steelers who won the AFC North, have one of the most star-studded rosters in the league, but seem to just fall short at the crucial time. It’s imperative that they re-sign Le’veon Bell. He’s one of a kind and every dime they pay him will be money well spent. Their divisional record of 11-5 should’ve been better and I’d back it to be so next year.The 9/2 price for them to win the AFC Championship doesn’t look too shabby either. The Baltimore Ravenspromised much but finished with a 50% record and Bengals fell apart and only won half the 12 games they did the previous year. And the Cleveland Browns? Well they finally won a game which made a lot of people happy! The NFC East is probably the strongest division in the NFL at the moment. Three of the four sides finished the regular season with winning records and the other, the Philadelphia Eagles were still a force to be reckoned with as they finished 6-8. But it’s the Dallas Cowboys who lit up the season. When Tony Romo was ruled out for the first few weeks of the campaign no-one quite new what to expect of rookie Dak Prescott. But what they got was one of the most talented week-on-week performers to grace the game in their first season. He led Dallas to a 13-3 season with amazing performances from fellow rookie running-back Zeke Elliott and experienced receiver Dez Bryant. Expect even bigger things next year! The Cowboys are a best price of 11/1 to go all the way next year, but are 9/1 with some bookmakers so be sure to check our odds comparison service before you bet! The New York Giants beat the Cowboys twice last year and Eli Manning reckons next year is their year, but they still have a tendency to capitulate in the playoffs - as they did last year in a 38-13 defeat by the Packers. The Washington Redskins will look to build around Kirk Cousins who put up amazing number last season with almost 5,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. He’s a truly outstanding talent. Oakland Raiders really should’ve had the AFC West sewn b up and locked in a bye to the Divisional round of the playoffs, but disaster struck when rookie QB Derek Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve. From that moment onwards they were in terminal decline and were soundly kicked out of the playoffs by the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs - who capitalised on Oakland’s misfortune to take top spot in the division - had a good season and the emergence of young wide receiver and return specialist Tyreek Hill bodes well for next year. The Chiefs are 33/4 to claim the AFC Conference title next season while the Raiders are a tempting-looking 9/1. The Denver Broncos did reasonably well to finish 7-5 on the season considering their massive QB struggles. Trevor Siemian could prove to be a great but he’ll need to work hard to get his power up. The San Diego Chargers need a change of scenery. They never sell out their stadium and there is a sense of apathy around the entire franchise. A relocation is surely on the cards in the near future. The NFC West was once again dominated by the Seattle Seahawks who continue to tear teams apart at home but can’t follow these performances up on the road. They were routed 36-20 by the Falcons in the playoffs which is no disgrace, but it’s an all-too-regular occurrence. I would personally stay well clear of their price of 12/1 to win the Super Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals were bang average, while the San Francisco 49ers and LA Rams would consider average a compliment. They’re both in a shambolic state and will need to pick well in April’s draft if they are to improve on their six combined wins. Down South in the NFC we saw a division that has literally flipped upside down in 12 months. The Carolina Pantherswent from losing Super Bowl finalists, to losing 10 games in the regular season. Some critics are accusing Cam Newton of being a one-season wonder but surely that’s not the case. The real test comes next year as they look to bounce back. The same goes for the Falcons who will be mentally shattered by the manner of their Super Bowl defeat. They played some brilliant offensive football over the year but maybe the saying that 'defenses win championships' rung true in the end. They just could not find a way to stop Brady’s masterful arm when the chips were really down. Expect big things from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston next season. He’s going from strength to strength and I definitely think Tampa Bay will at least secure a Wildcard spot come January. If you fancy a long-shot punt, then the 22/1 on them to win their Conference title is about as good as it gets in my opinion. New Orleans Saints were very much run of the mill last year, there’s not much to say about them or their 7-9 season in all honesty. Last and certainly least is the AFC South. A ragtag bunch of teams if ever there was one. Life must be hard as a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. Certain Jags supporters are probably hoping the franchise moves to London sooner rather than later, just to put them out of their misery! The Texans get a negative mention for booing Brock Osweiler repeatedly and the Colts also get one for breaking Derek Carr’s leg! All in all a season which delivered drama on a weekly basis with more overtime and tied games than I can remember. It was only let down apart by the early rounds of the playoffs which weren’t great. Bring on the draft and then next season 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.

Super League Betting Tips

Last year produced arguably the most unpredictable Super League season in history as Leeds Rhinos went straight from winning the treble to a relegation scrap, before Wigan Warriors defeated Warrington Wolves to lift the Grand Final trophy at Old Trafford. But how will all 12 teams - including newly promoted Leigh - fare in 2017? Owen Fulda looks at each team’s chances... Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices! Super League Betting Tips Wigan Warriors @ 3/1 - To Win Grand Final - BET NOW! The returning hero, Kiwi Thomas Leuluai is back for one final bash at Super League after re-joining the Warriors. The 31-year-old will also help coach the team and should improve their attack, which was poor for long periods of 2016. Boss Shaun Wane insists he never had a worry that Frank Paul Nu’uausala would join Super League’s contract rebels, and by putting him through the wringer in pre-season may bring even more out of the man known as ‘The Wrecking Ball’. Wigan are top-four certainties. Warrington Wolves @ 7/2 - BET NOW! Warrington’s loss of star halfback Chris Sandow after losing both major finals last year will be particularly hard to take. Kevin Brown is the man tasked with stepping into Sandow’s huge boots. I’ll be amazed if he’s able to replicate the Aussie’s 11 tries and 25 assists but Brown is still a quality operator. Can the Wolves top the Super League table after 30 rounds once again? Certainly. Can they go one better and claim that elusive Grand Final glory? I’m not so sure. St Helens @ 11/2 - BET NOW! Taking on Leeds Rhinos in the curtain-raiser on Thursday night will give us a enhanced sense of where St Helens are after a topsy-turvy off-season. Most disappointingly their ‘super-quality’ signing, scrum-half Matty Smith will miss the start of the campaign after suffering a broken leg in pre-season. Jonny Lomax will once again be key to their chances. Keiron Cunningham has made some shrewd signings and you simply can’t rule Saints out of the trophy hunt this year. Hull RFC @ 11/2 - BET NOW! With their local rivals Hull KR relegated, Hull can focus on progressing beyond beyond the semi-finals of the play-offs this year. Albert Kelly became the latest player to controversially? cross the Hull city divide and will feel serious pressure to perform. After topping the Super League table Hull won just three of their Super 8s games before seeing their hopes extinguished 28-18 by Wigan. They need to build on winning last season’s Challenge Cup with a Grand Final appearance. Leeds Rhinos @ 8/1 - BET NOW! Much as they’d like to, Leeds Rhinos can’t erase 2016 from history, but they’ll need to delete it from their memory banks if they are bounce back in the way that club-legend turned Rugby Director Kevin Sinfield believes they’re poised to. Captain Danny Maguire managed just 10 appearances last year so hopefully he can stay fit and lead the Rhinos onwards and upwards. A winning start at St Helens would be a massive tonic for the entire organisation. Castleford Tigers @ 20/1 - BET NOW! There could be some value to be had backing the Tigers. They won an impressive five of seven Super 8 games last term, but by then it was too late as their poor early-season form meant they missed the playoffs. Considering they are as short as 10/1 with certain bookies, 20/1 is a huge price! They’ve recruited well in the former Man of Steel Zak Hardaker, and hopes are high that Castleford can break the monopoly at the top of Super League. Time will tell. Catalan Dragons @ 25/1 - BET NOW! Could 2017 finally be the year of the Dragon? The French side are 4/7 for a top eight finish and I’m certain they’ll achieve that. French international prop Remi Casty has retained the Dragons’ captaincy and his natural leadership is valuable in pushing onwards from their last campaign which promised so much but ultimately tailed off badly. If Laurent Frayssinous can finally coach his side to overcome their struggles away from home, they really could challenge. Huddersfield Giants @ 40/1 - BET NOW! The Giants had something of a shocker in 2016 but at least they avoided the dreaded drop when Rick Stone came in and steadied the ship. Some pundits think they’ll be scrapping it out at the foot of the table once more but some are more positive. I’m going to sit on the fence until I see them in action, but their odds of 9/2 for the wooden spoon may tempt some people - especially Rhinos supporters. Leigh Centurions @ 50/1 - BET NOW! Promotion was well-overdue for the Centurions but now the real test starts. The jump from playing part-timers to fully battle-hardened professionals on a weekly basis is a huge one, but Leigh will be quietly confident of causing some upsets. They even put 50 points past Wigan in pre-season which certainly made a few people sit up and take note! Salford Red Devils @ 100/1 - BET NOW! Salford would have reached the Super 8s last season if it wasn’t for the six-point deduction imposed on them by the Rugby Football League for salary cap breaches. They’ve brought in former Dally M Medal winner in the NRL Todd Carney, and the Australian will add some panache. Priced at 13/8 for a top-eight finish, that will surely tempt some people, even me. Widnes Vikings @ 200/1 - BET NOW! Injuries have robbed the Vikings of the vital Joe Mellor for the first half-dozen or so weeks of their campaign and selling Kevin Brown to neighbours Wigan won’t have gone down too well with the fanbase. They beat Wigan away last season and sat on top of the table briefly before ending up in seventh place. A tough season awaits and I’d be surprised if they progress beyond the initial 23 games. Wakefield Trinity @ 200/1 - BET NOW! Trinity made headway in 2016 by reaching the 8s for the first time in their history but then proceeded to lose all seven games. A Challenge Cup semi-final appearance was another high and the have a clever coach in Chris Chester. The bookies don’t seem to rate them, but trust me, their 5/2 price for a top-eight finish will rapidly shorten if they even come close to upsetting Hull on Sunday! Get all the best rugby Super League odds at our extensive rugby league 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.

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IPL Betting Tips

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.

Top 5 FA Cup Upsets

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...

Jake's Tuesday Racing Tips

“The all-weather saved my bacon for the month as Robot Boy won well under a top ride from Phillip Makin. I think he wanted to force the pace but once they went on he didn’t panic and produced the old timer at the perfect moment down the centre of the track. There’s racing today from Taunton, Wetherby and Southwell.” JJ Get 33/1 for UnowhatImeanHarry in the Stayers’ Hurdle when you open an account with Bet On Brazil here! 2.30 Wetherby We’ll start the day in this class four novice handicap chase for mares, over two miles and five furlongs. Money Maid didn’t show her true form last time and is a massive player on her previous two seconds at Newcastle and this track. I’ve missed the price on her however so will be sticking with CHASMA (11/1) for Michael Easterby. Mr Easterby has been in prolific form on the all-weather recently with four wins and six seconds from his last 13 runners! Hopefully he can translate the hot-streak to the jumps with this seven-year-old. She unseated at the seventh on chasing debut at Catterick but was well in touch at the time so hopefully can learn from the experience. Before that she was fourth of 11 at this track over three miles, a trip she has always struggled with and she was traveling nicely up until three out. Before that she was a staying on second behind a subsequent winner over hurdles at Catterick – the seventh from that race also won next time. She tends to go well around Wetherby, the form of her second here in March 2016 when taking on this trip over hurdles is working out fantastically well with most of the field improving massively on their next start. CHASMA E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS 3.40 Southwell The feature race at Southwell today is this class three handicap sprint over five furlongs. Dungannon raced by himself for the majority of the race last time and travelled sweetly. But I’m certain CROSSE FIRE (9/1) has a big race in him and hopefully today can be the day in his optimum conditions. He tends to miss the break so obviously that’s a massive concern, but at 9/1 I’m willing to take the risk. You can put a line through his poor effort at this track two starts back when he missed the break and raced on his own on the far side, essentially leaving him now chance. He missed the break again last time and did well to get as close as he did over a trip that probably slightly stretched him. He’s a five time course and distance winner the most recent being last March off of 16 pounds higher. Let’s pray he gets off on terms! CROSSE FIRE E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS 4.20 Taunton The feature race at Taunton today is this cracking class two handicap hurdle over two miles. Sizing Granite is potentially thrown in off of 137 here 17 pounds lower than his chase mark. We haven’t seen him over the smaller obstacles since 2014 but he was no slouch in that sphere, winning a maiden hurdle by seven lengths at Gowran. He could shorten massively overnight so get on him now if you can. However I can’t bring myself to tip two in a 10 runner event so I’m putting all my eggs in BOBBLE EMERALD’S basket at a whopping 25/1. The ground is currently described as good, good to soft in places and this nine-year-old is going to want it as fast as possible. There’s no rain forecast overnight so hopefully he can get good ground all over. He’s looked better than ever recently, with an easy five length victory at Ludlow followed by a career best win at Lingfield off of four pounds higher, in a race that was run in an incredibly fast time. Next up he was third of 14 at Cheltenham with another excellent effort off of a pound higher. The form of that Cheltenham race is working out superbly as well, with the second winning next time in a higher grade at Sandown, and the fourth taking his next three starts including a hot handicap hurdle at Ascot this weekend off of 10 pounds higher. BOBBLE EMERALD E/W - COMPARE THE ODDS Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android! 

Tuesday's Champions League Tips

The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League is in full swing and Ross Casey offers his best Champions League tips for Tuesday's last 16 fixtures. After an excellent start to his tipping season, don't miss his best bets! Tuesday's Champions League Tips Man City v Monaco (Tues, 19:45) Monaco or Draw Double Chance @ 7/5 - BET NOW Monaco are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions, so I believe that the Ligue 1 side look value at 7/5 in the double chance market. They have come out on top in each of their three Champions League knockout ties with English clubs and only lost one away tie in England full stop! The current 12 match unbeaten run includes a 4-1 win over Marseille and a hard fought draw against PSG, so considering that Man City are missing the spark that is Gabriel Jesus for this tie, I suggest that Monaco can get something from this game. Man City have been very impressive at home - they are unbeaten in nine home Champions League games - but Monaco have been somewhat undervalued here in my opinion. Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android!  Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (Tues 19:45) Over 2.5 Goals @ 37/25 - BET NOW This probably seems a strange selection when you consider there have never been more than two goals scored in the four encounters between both sides and Atletico Madrid have kept 25 clean sheets in their last 42 UCL games. However, Madrid's defence has not been anywhere near as watertight as it once was - they have only kept one clean sheet in their last five away games in all competitions - and Leverkusen have scored 18 goals in their last eight home games. In fact, Bayer Leverkusen have scored in all 11 of their Champions League home games against Spanish opposition! Back over 2.5 goals with a best price of 37/25 using our odds comparison service. Those are Tuesday's Champions League tips and I hope you find them worthy of backing! *Visit our Champions League betting centre for the best Champions league odds on every match and outright market* Follow Ross on Twitter - @RossCasey24

Jake's Monday Racing Tips

“Cue Card stepped up to the plate in the Ascot Chase on Saturday with an impeccable round of jumping. Tom Scudamore has labelled him as chief threat to Thistlecrack in the Gold Cup so hopefully he can show us all what he can do in March. There’s racing today from Carlisle, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.” JJ Get 33/1 for UnowhatImeanHarry in the Stayers’ Hurdle when you open an account with Bet On Brazil here! 2.30 Carlisle Theatre Act is in the form of his life and he has the best jockey in the race on board. However these days further would be preferable and this is another career high mark. The one I’ll be siding with is AGE OF GLORY (8/1) who runs for the best named trainer going, Barbara Butterworth. The eight-year-old took massive strides on his second start after a long break at this track last time. He ran a huge race chasing a tearaway leader, only to get tired in the last 100 yards, which is understandable. He’s slowly coming into himself after that break and with any level of improvement from that run he should be able to get into the top three. He’s a course and distance winner off of 10 pounds higher back in 2015 and that was the last time young Harry Challoner was on board as well – so hopefully he can find the same tune with him this afternoon. AGE OF GLORY E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android!  4.10 Carlisle Blakemount is a massive danger here if getting his own way in front because when Danny Cook and Sue Smith get rolling in front they’re incredibly hard to peg back. Top Wood is a bit of an enigma but is unbelievably well handicapped on some of last year’s form. But the safest option has to be BEG TO DIFFER (7/4) for Jonjo O’Neill, who is creeping back into form just in time for the festival! He has been leniently put down three pounds for his last run at Sandown where he was bang there two out before unseating Killian Moore. That was a slightly better race than this and a similar run here would probably be good enough. Also, he was travelling well in the Ultima at Cheltenahm last season when clipping heels coming round the bend. He gets here seven pounds lower than that Cheltenham run and definitely holds a favourites chance. BEG TO DIFFER – COMPARE THE ODDS 3.45 Wolves The feature race at Wolves today is this 11 runner five furlong handicap sprint. Boom The Groom came out on top in this last season and ran a big race in a listed race over six last time at Lingfield. However he’s 10 pounds higher than his win in this last year so I’ll be looking of for something slightly better handicapped. Shamshon is another that almost made the cut as he’s looking well handicapped now and ran with credit last time at Chelmsford. However the one I’m going for is a bit of a newbie to the all-weather, ROBOT BOY (9/1). He nearly always needs the run first time out so his staying on seventh at Lingfield on all-weather debut can be seen as an excellent start. What’s more he was posted three wide throughout and was about four wide coming round the bend. Even further, he wouldn’t have been suited to six furlongs that day and has been put down a pound for the run. He won a huge field handicap at York off of three pounds lower last season and was winning races in the 100s in 2015, so is starting to look very well handicapped in a field of this standing. He’s well drawn in four and so long as he takes to the tapeta he must have a chance. ROBOT BOY E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS

Jake's Sunday Racing Tips

“Sunday’s racing is probably going to be relatively thin on the ground from now until Cheltenham, with the Irish wrapping up their potential stars in cotton wool before the biggest week of their career in March. There are a couple of interesting graded races at Navan however that will do for now!” JJ 3.10 Navan Royal Caviar showed himself to be up to grade one level over fences in the Irish Arkle when coming down at the last in front. But SUTTON PLACE had the beating of him on more than one occasion last season over hurdles and he absolutely bolted up last time ahead of decent marker and mud-lark Supasundae, who re-opposes here. This really is a novice going places and I’d be massively surprised if anything in this line-up could get close on Sunday afternoon. He’s only been beaten once in his career and that was behind RSA hopeful Anibale Fly on debut at this track. The form of that maiden is even working out well and he simply must go close if he stands up. SUTTON PLACE – 4.10 Navan Anibale Fly is a worthy favourite for this year’s Ten Up Novice Chase but is a little short for me at 5/4. He looked like an absolute beast on his first couple of starts and may well be suited to three miles but he only just got the job done last time and was obviously terrible when tried in England. I think he’s worth taking on with Joseph O’Brien’s eight-year-old chaser EDWULF. He quite comfortably got the better of a cracking field  that included Mal Dini and Bachasson last time at Punchestown and showed us that he can stay three miles fine when second at the same track the time before. What’s more, he had second in the bag behind grade one winner Our Duke over 20 furlongs at this track so you know he acts well here. Young Joseph appears to be improving him well and he could have more to offer. EDWULF - “Sunday’s racing is probably going to be relatively thin on the ground from now until Cheltenham, with the Irish wrapping up their potential stars in cotton wool before the biggest week of their career in March. There are a couple of interesting graded races at Navan however that will do for now!” JJ 3.10 Navan Royal Caviar showed himself to be up to grade one level over fences in the Irish Arkle when coming down at the last in front. But SUTTON PLACE had the beating of him on more than one occasion last season over hurdles and he absolutely bolted up last time ahead of decent marker and mud-lark Supasundae, who re-opposes here. This really is a novice going places and I’d be massively surprised if anything in this line-up could get close on Sunday afternoon. He’s only been beaten once in his career and that was behind RSA hopeful Anibale Fly on debut at this track. The form of that maiden is even working out well and he simply must go close if he stands up. SUTTON PLACE – COMPARE THE ODDS 4.10 Navan Anibale Fly is a worthy favourite for this year’s Ten Up Novice Chase but is a little short for me at 5/4. He looked like an absolute beast on his first couple of starts and may well be suited to three miles but he only just got the job done last time and was obviously terrible when tried in England. I think he’s worth taking on with Joseph O’Brien’s eight-year-old chaser EDWULF. He quite comfortably got the better of a cracking field  that included Mal Dini and Bachasson last time at Punchestown and showed us that he can stay three miles fine when second at the same track the time before. What’s more, he had second in the bag behind grade one winner Our Duke over 20 furlongs at this track so you know he acts well here. Young Joseph appears to be improving him well and he could have more to offer. EDWULF - COMPARE THE ODDS

Weekend Racing Acca

Here is our weekend racing acca! 67/1 WIN Treble @ Skybet – STRAIGHT TO BETSLIP 1.50 Ascot – LABEL DES OBEAUX 2.05 Haydock – AUX PTITS SOINS 3.15 Haydock - BLAKLION Get all the best racing odds at our racing centre! SIGN UP to Easyodds for daily tips!      

Jake's ITV Racing Saturday Tips

“It’s Ascot Chase day and hopefully Cue Card can put in a faultless round of jumping before taking on the Gold Cup trip and bolting up there as well – we can all dream! There’s also the National Trial at Haydock, which was covered earlier in the week, and finally some interesting graded race over in Ireland to keep an eye on.” JJ 1.50 Ascot The first race that really catches the eye is the Reynoldstown, a grade two novice chase run over three miles. Arpege D’alene ran a big race at Cheltenham last time when third of 16 behind Tour Des Champs. He was ahead of LABEL DES OBEAUX (7/2) the time before that at Cheltenham, and both were behind the excellent Singlefarmpayment, who I fancy massively for a handicap at Cheltenham. The selection appears more suited to soft ground and suffered post-race Atexia that day so there’s reason to believe he can reverse the form here. Before that third at Cheltenham he was second behind American on soft ground at Exeter. That horse has since bolted up since ahead of Champers On Ice and looks a real mud lark so he did well to get as close as he did. What’s more, he was given penalty kick last time at Ludlow but he couldn’t have done it easier ahead of Hit The Highway. He’s improving, will love the ground and prefers going right handed, it’s all set up for a big run and I can see him going off favourite. LABEL DES OBEAUX – COMPARE THE ODDS Altior is a short priced favourite for the Arkle in March, but get him at 33/1 with Bet On Brazil 2.25 Ascot Next up at Ascot is this listed handicap chase over three miles. Chef D’Ouvere was mightily impressive last time, but whilst the ground is soft at Ascot this horse really needs an absolute bog to show his best and he’s unlikely to get that on Saturday. O’Faolain’s Boy is an early fancy of mine for the National but he nearly always needs the run first time and he’s been off for even longer than usual this season. So I’ve ended up going with another National prospect SAUSOLITO SUNRISE (5/1) for Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. He’s been handicapped out of contention for a while now but is just starting to creep down to a workable mark, and recent runs suggest a win may not be far away. He was traveling well two starts back at Cheltenham when hampered and taken off his rhythm before staying on again into fifth. That was his best start since his superb third in the Bet365 Gold Cup last season and he’s now five pounds lower. He dotted up at this meeting last year albeit off of five pounds higher but hopefully he can put in a big run on Saturday. SAUSOLITO SUNRISE - COMPARE THE ODDS 2.05 Haydock Agrapart took his form to a new level when edging out L’ami Serge last time at Cheltenham, but I get the impression the ground might be too fast for him here today – and as L’ami Serge is possibly the biggest bridle merchant in training it’s not hard to edge him out in a finish. Also he gives AUX PTITS SOINS (9/4) eight pounds and that could make the difference. The seven-year-old is finally being reverted to hurdles after a horrendous jumping performance at Ludlow last time. He’s never looked happy over the bigger obstacles and I expect a massive change in form now back over hurdles where he has some top form. He won the Coral Cup on his British debut before running a decent race in the World Hurdle last year when fifth of 12 behind Thistlecrack. Yes he was beaten out of sight last time but if you look at his jumping it’s not hard to blame that rather than the horse being out of form. AUX PTITS SOINS – COMPARE THE ODDS 3.15 Haydock – Grand National Trial (WATCH HERE or READ HERE) 3.50 Haydock The final race I’ll be covering on ITV Racing on Saturday is this year’s Albert Bartlett Prestige Novice’s Hurdle, a grade two race over three miles. NO HASSLE THE HOFF is on the upgrade and has some excellent staying hurdle form this season already. He was a staying on third behind Wholestone at Cheltenham, a horse who is fancied by many to win the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. He then pulled well clear of the field with an unbeaten Henderson improver to go down by a head. He really got down and battled well that day and he’d be mightily unlucky to find another one too good here. He receives weight from the field and is still a decent bet at 2/1 and will likely go off shorter. NO HASSLE THE HOFF - COMPARE THE ODDS Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android!       

World Club Challenge Tips

The Super League and NRL square off this weekend with the showpiece game being the World Club Challenge between English champions Wigan Warriors and NRL kings Cronulla Sharks on Sunday. Brisbane Broncos take on Warrington Wolves in Saturday’s match and we’ve got betting tips in rugby league’s annual clash of the hemispheres... World Club Challenge Tips   Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices!   Warrington Wolves v Brisbane Broncos Tips   Broncos -14 Points @ Evens - BET NOW!   The English side are massive outsiders at 9/2 in this battle with Aussie side the Broncos who only finished fifth in the NRL last season. Three teams turned down the invitation which somewhat undermines the prestige of the competition. Nonetheless Warrington will be looking to cause a huge upset but there’s no doubt they’ll be up against it.   Brisbane Broncos are a best price of 4/15 and they have plenty of experience of taking on English sides. This is the third consecutive year that they’ve made the trip over - 12 months ago they played Wigan Warriors off the park in a crushing 42-12 win that illustrated the quality gap between the two leagues.   Warrington slumped to a 20-12 defeat to the Catalan Dragons in their opening Super League fixture and I fear that they could take a real hammering from a Broncos side who are tuning up for the start of their NRL season. The Aussies are too short to back in the match-result market so I’m going to recommend backing Brisbane to overcome a 14 point handicap at evens.   Wigan Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks Tips   Warriors HT / Sharks FT @ 13/2 - BET NOW!   Wigan coach Shaun Wane says Cronulla "have weaknesses" that he believes he can exploit and his team are 11/4 to do so. And no team has won more World Club Challenge games than Wigan with three, with the last coming way back in 1994 when Martin Offiah was their talisman. However, seven of the last eight have been won by NRL sides which shows you how much things have turned around towards the Australian teams.   Cronulla are are best price of 5/11 to claim to the win but I see this being a low-scoring affair as both teams are missing some of their most effective attacking players through injury. Expect the two sides to sound each other out early on but the emotion of the occasion will drive Wigan forward with gusto. They will batter the Sharks straight out of the gates and should have run up a lead by the break.   But Cronulla will not be flustered by going behind. They have a serious amount of quality in their side. Of those who have travelled, Jack Bird and Wade Graham are ones to watch. Bird was selected for the State of Origin team last year. He's very elusive in the centres and will be hard to contain while Graham will keep Wigan's defence under maximum pressure.   We’re guaranteed second-half fireworks as the Sharks will have to put it all on the line, even with the start of the NRL season just a couple of weeks away. I’d back the second period to be the higher scoring of the two at 10/11 and I reckon Shane Flanagan’s side will come from behind to break Wigan hearts and record a famous win.   Get all the best Super League odds at our extensive rugby league 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.

Jake's Friday Racing Tips

“There’s some cracking stuff today from South London at Sandown including the grade two Mares’ Novice Hurdle, which sees the return of interesting Fergal O’Brien mare Colin’s Sister. On the same card we have the exciting Military Rider race – maybe one to watch rather than wager on however.” JJ 2.10 Sandown Cepage looked a real monster on British debut and the soft ground will be in his favour at Sandown today. However he looked vulnerable when taken off for the lead last time at Newbury and it’s likely that will happen again today. I tipped Pougne Bobbi last time and he absolutely bolted up at Ludlow. His jockey takes off the seven pounds he’s been given and he must have a chance, but 6/4 is a little short for me.  Anyway, I don’t see why ICING ON THE CAKE is 12/1 for Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell. He was always going to make a better chaser than hurdler and he showed that when going in at long odds ahead of Knockgraffon in the race Cepage fell. He won with quite a bit in hand that day and with Cepage on this race you can guarantee he will get the fast pace he needs. He fell last time at the third so you can’t take anything form the race but he’s only two pounds higher than when winning at Newbury and there could be lots more to come over fences. ICING ON THE CAKE E/W – COMPARE THE ODDS 2.40 Sandown The feature race of the day at Sandown is this grade two mare’s hurdle run over two miles and four furlongs. Theatre Territory was cantering when coming down last time and she looked a natural over this distance. However COLIN’S SISTER has the form in the book and is actually really good value at evens. She’s unbeaten this season and clearly acts on a softer surface as she’s won her last two starts on soft by a combined 17 lengths. What’s more, the form of her listed win at Haydock recently is working out very well with the second and third both winning next time. She’s clearly a mare on the upgrade, loves the conditions and trip, and runs for a trainer who is having his best season ever and operates with a 20% strike-rate in the last 14 days. COLIN’S SISTER – COMPARE THE ODDS

Grand National Trial Tips

“Cue Card runs at Ascot on Saturday but he’s skinny odds to win in a poor Ascot Chase renewal. So I thought it’d be much more entertaining for you (and me) if I tackle this competitive Grand National trial run at Haydock on Saturday. With the weights out for the big race already it’ll be interesting to see how some of the contenders do here.” JJ Our official exclusive sponsor for Grand National this year is 188bet. Open account, bet £10, get £30! I was all over Bishops Road for the Grand National after he reigned supreme in this race last year. He won with so much in hand and my thinking was if the ground turned soft for the National, he had a huge chance. Unfortunately he never made the cut - and the ground turned soft! When BLAKLION won the RSA last year I expect Nigel Twiston-Davies was thinking more about the Gold Cup than the National, but this is now where we are with this eight-year-old. He’s been running with credit without setting the world alight this season. He was a decent fifth in the Hennessy before plugging on for third behind Definitely Red last time at Wetherby. I don’t think that was his true form but he did run like this extra four furlongs would suit, and he looks like a tailor made National horse. Vintage Clouds has a huge chance based on his last run where he looked set for third place in the grade two Peter March Handicap had he not fallen at the third last. However I worry about him stepping up in distance so will leave him alone for now. Conversely one who has buckets of stamina is GOODTOKNOW for Kerry Lee and Jake Greenall. Kerry Lee is an expert trainer of these marathon staying chasers and she can improve them tonnes even at the latter stages of their career. This nine-year-old however could just be coming into his prime in this sphere, especially based on his gruelling victory last time. In absolutely horrendous conditions he managed to get the better of heavy ground specialist Mountainous and by seven lengths. He will want a bit of rain to settle into the ground but at least we know he’ll stay. Heavy ground would be preferable over three miles but over four furlongs further soft ground will suffice. BLAKLION @ 9/2 – BET NOW GOODTOKNOW @ 9/1 E/W - BET NOW Download our BRAND NEW CHELTENHAM app for IOS and Android! 

Jake's Thursday Racing Tips

“We had some torrid luck on Wednesday where Yanmare probably would have won had he not made a shuddering error down the back and had he not been ridden out in the carpark for the entire race. We hit a tonne of winners at Towester though where I guest tipped for SBC! There’s an interesting card in Dubai on Thursday as well as decent showings from Leicester and Kelso.” JJ 2.25 Kelso There are couple of high profile runners at Kelso today including Born Survivor here and grade one chase winner Saphir Du Rheu later on. I’ve never been a fan of Born Survivor and he is yet to win this year and usually finds little for pressure. He may be too good anyway but at the prices I prefer ONE FOR HARRY (11/2) for the in-form Nicky Richards yard. He hasn’t got that much to find on official ratings and was second in this behind Top Notch last year, who went on to finish fifth in the Champion Hurdle next time and is unbeaten over fences this year. The selection put his poor first run of the season behind him when winning well last time at Wetherby and he also has a decent record on heavy ground (2 wins and 2 seconds from six starts). ONE FOR HARRY - COMPARE THE ODDS 3.10 Leicester I’m a bit annoyed because MERCIAN PRINCE (9/4) was a tasty 7/2 price last night but 9/4 is still decent enough for me to go in today. He’s been on the upgrade all season and put up a career best performance at Sandown two starts back when doing it really well against a decent sized field. The next time he was in the process of running a huge race at Cheltenham next time when falling three out. The race was run by Royal Vacation who had previously won a grade one and has been described as an outside chance for the RSA. The selection gets here on the same mark as that Cheltenham run and to me is a certainty to run a big race so long as he stays up. Mad Jack Mytton is next in the betting but he’s a little quirky and I’m not sure he’s going to adore this heavy ground. MERCIAN PRINCE -  COMPARE THE ODDS 3.45 Leicester Write in the middle of writing these tips the Racing Post updated to its dreaded beta site. I know this day was coming but I’m still in shock. I suppose I’m going to have to get used to it at some point though so here we go. THEATRE FLAME is a little too big at 7/2 for this class three handicap chase over two miles. He comprehensively beat a good yard stick in Max Ward two starts back when taking on fences over soft ground. I feel like he needs both those conditions to show his best form and he gets them today. He never had a chance at Wincanton last time when coming down at the third but he gets here on the same mark at least, only four pounds higher than that victory at Newbury a few starts back. Un Prophete is going supremely well at the minute with two quick fire victories at the end of January, but he’s been put up 12 pounds for his last win so 11/10 is a tad short for me. THEATRE FLAME - COMPARE THE ODDS 4.50 Meydan Noah From Goa is a group one winner in South Africa and he ran with credit over what was possibly too short last time at this track. I suspect he’ll reverse the form with Championship but at the prices I can’t ignore GIFTED MASTER (9/1) for Hugo Palmer. It pays to be on the front end at Meydan and you can guarantee that will be the tactics Pat Smullen will employ. He was an incredibly exciting three-year-old and won a couple of group races at the start of last season in 2016. He lost his way slightly after that but he did manage to show his form on occasion including when second over eight furlongs in a group two at HQ, well ahead of third place Nathra, who won the Nell Gwyn earlier in the year. This isn’t the deepest of races so hopefully we can sneak a win from the front at a price. GIFTED MASTER E/W - COMPARE THE ODDS MORE TOMORROW...