Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

Bookmakers Betway have announced taking over the sponsorship of the Champion Chase for the next three years. Being the first major race sponsored by Betway, online betting on the Queen Mother Champion Chase tripled with Sprinters Sacre favourite to win. To our surprise Dodging Bullets beat the odds of 9/2, winning the Champion Chase in an epic race. Paul Nicholls, who is Dodging Bullets’ trainer, has explained he has had to learn a lot about the six year old, who faced a few problems, but those were overcome and he showed us what a top horse he is. The Queen Mother Champions Chase is the fourth race of the second day’s action at the Cheltenham Festival and is featured as the main race of the day. The race was formerly known as National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase […]



Townend sought for Curtis’ Tea-party   Recently updated !

Townend sought for Curtis’ Tea-party   by stacey.cavanagh Jockey Paul Townend looks to have earned himself a plum ride in the Grand National at Aintree as his blossoming relationship with the yard of Rebecca Curtis gathers pace. The Welsh trainer confirmed she has offered Townend the mount on her leading Grand National hopeful Teaforthree for the Aintree marathon. Curtis will have to wait for confirmation of Townend’s availability with the Irishman second-jockey behind Ruby Walsh at Willie Mullins’ yard in Closutton. Townend enjoyed a fantastic time of things at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, riding three winners over the four days. Having fortuitously grabbed victory in the Mares’ Hurdle on Glens Melody following the last fence departure of favourite Annie Power, Townend brought up a double on the opening afternoon when riding Irish Cavalier for Curtis. […]

Five easy ways to cut down your Cheltenham homework 2

It’s easy to get bogged down in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival in among the morass of form, expert opinions and previews. With getting on for 500 horses due to line up, it is a mammoth task to try to get to grips with every single one of them. Outlined below are some simple techniques that will help you to quickly and easily narrow down some of the fields and, although you’ll inevitably miss a few winners, if you’d applied these during the last 12 Festivals, it would have swayed the percentages significantly in your favour.   Lord Windermere bucked the trend of domination for the really fancied runners in the Gold Cup 1. In the Gold Cup stick to the first three (or joint third) in the betting. Last year was the only year in the […]


2015 JLT Novices Chase

By Ben Stones The bookies may be running scared of a Mullins and Walsh whitewash on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, and with good reason, even more so when we think back 12 months. It seems but a distant memory when Vautour routed the Supreme Novices’ field at 7/2, an SP one can only dream of for any of Closutton’s favourites on day one this time round. Susannah Ricci’s gelding is not quite those odds in 2015 as he bids to double up in the JLT Novices Chase. Two from three since switching to the larger obstacles, he’s made it look easy when winning the first and third of those three runs.  But he has sown a seed of doubt in many minds with the performance that was sandwiched between those two wins. […]

Five Cheltenham Trainer Trends you definitely want to know about 2

The Cheltenham Festival is tough punting territory, no doubt about it. These five hints below would have been worth a small fortune had you started punting them five years ago. Let’s hope they can do the business again this year. They’ll certainly have you thinking twice. All stats based on LAST TWELVE Festivals and compiled by David Cormack.   1. Paul Nicholls is 0 (zero) wins from 72 runners in chases since Kauto Star’s Gold Cup win in 2009. This is one of the most high profile stats, particularly in light of the domination Nicholls enjoyed during the 2000’s. Not a single winner in ANY type of chase since 2009. And it gets worse, of the 72 only 6 were placed in the first three and those 6 included superstars Denman x 2 and Kauto […]