Archive February 2012

RSA Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The RSA Chase is a Grade 1 race for horses aged five years and older.

The race takes places on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival meeting, just before the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is seen as the leading long distance race for novice chasers; not just of the Festival, but the whole National Hunt season. competitors will take on 19 fences over a three-mile trip.

The race was first run in 1946 and since the RSA Insurance Group took over the sponsorship in 1974, the race has gone under a number of guises, including the Sun Alliance Chase, the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase and now simply ‘The RSA Chase’.

The RSA Chase was won by Bostons Angel back in 2011, under a great ride from Robbie Power. Jessica Harrington’s runner won a very tight finish which saw her horse get up just before Jessies Dream in 2nd. Time For Rupert was the red-hot favourite on that occasion, going off at 7/4. On the day the horse failed to deliver and went on to finish an eventual 5th. [Read full article »]

Paddy Power’s Excellent Cheltenham Infographic

We all know the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season (and anyone who suggests that the Grand National even comes close doesn’t know their onions).

But just how much do you actually know about the Cheltenham Festival itself?

Can you name the biggest priced winner? The top five trainers, perhaps? Know how many pints of Guinness will be slurped at the Festival? Well now you have no excuse…

With under two weeks to go until we all take a four-day trip to horseracing betting heaven, those cheeky chappies at Paddy Power have put together this rather excellent Cheltenham infographic, highlighting an array of both useful, and indeed useless, stats and figures on what is undoubtedly “The Greatest Show On Turf”. [Read full article »]

The Arkle Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The Irish Independent Arkle is a Grade 1 Chase for horses aged five years and older. Considered to be the best middle distance race of the National Hunt season for Novice Chasers, the Arkle is run over two miles and exciting 12 fences.

The race has been on the Cheltenham Festival card since 1969 when it replaced the Cotswold Chase, and was renamed in honour of the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Arkle. The race’s current sponsor is the Irish Independent Newspaper, and they have been since 1999.

In addition to AP McCoy, four other jockeys have won the race on three separate occasions; Glen Kelly, Pat Taaffe, Richard Dunwoody and Jamie Osborne.

The 2011 renewal of the Arkle Chase was won by Captain Chris, a horse trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson. [Read full article »]

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Betting Preview & Odds

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a great curtain-raiser to the Cheltenham Festival. The anticipation building up to the race is unprecedented in National Hunt racing and as tape is raised the famous Cheltenham roar immediately follows .

The race is a Grade 1 run over 2 miles and half a furlong and is for horses aged four and older. Supreme Novices’ Hurdle often attracts a big field hence why many favourites fail to get over the line in front (just 2 of the last 18).

Over recent years the race has thrown up some great stars of the future, many of which have gone on to become Champion Hurdle winners; with Hors La Loi III and Brave Inca being the two most noticeable.

Al Ferof won the race last year under a great ride up the famous Cheltenham hill from jockey Ruby Walsh. Trainer Paul Nicholls trained runner held off stiff competition from Spirit Son and Sprinter Sacre on that occasion; both trained by Nicky Henderson.
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Ladbrokes World Hurdle Betting Preview & Odds

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle race for horses aged four years and older. It is the third Championship race of the Cheltenham Festival and run over a 3 mile trip.

The race was first run in 1972 and was known as the Stayers Hurdle, until bookmaker Ladbrokes became the sponsors of the race in 2005 and the race has since been known as the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Big Bucks has won the race for the last 3 years, whilst other multiple Word Hurdle winners are not unusual. That said only one other horse, Inglis Drever, has won the World Hurdle on 3 separate occasions (2005, 2007 and 2008).

Paul Nicholls will look to become the first trainer to win the race four times, when he saddles up Big Bucks again this year. There are two other trainers that also have three World Hurdle victories to their name; Fulke Walwyn and Howard Johnson. [Read full article »]

Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 race for horses aged five years and older. It is the Championship race on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival and the biggest and best middle distance race on the National Hunt calendar.

The Champion Chase is run over a distance of 2 miles, with Badsworth Boy being the only horse in the race’s history to have won the race three times – in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Henry de Bromhead trained the winner of last year’s race with the excellent Sizing Europe taking the spoils. The horse won the race by five lengths with Andrew Lynch in the saddle – returning an SP of 10/1 for those punters lucky enough to get on!

Big Zeb ran home for 2nd on that occasion, with Captain Cee Bee back in third. [Read full article »]

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