What to look for when betting on horseracing online

by ANNIE DALE Picture: Wanderlust Sports.com While visiting the racetrack watching and wagering on the races usually makes for a hugely entertaining day out. Unfortunately it is not something most horse betting enthusiasts can do every day. That is where online racebooks have come in to allow horse bettors to watch and bet on the races from …[Read More]

£1billion of bets for Cheltenham

AHEAD of the Cheltenham Festival starting on Tuesday, bookies are predicting that it’ll be the biggest betting week in sporting history – expecting more than £1billion in bets across the industry. That amounts to 300,000 bets an hour this week, with more than 70% of punters betting on Ruby Walsh – who’s finished as the leading jockey at Cheltenham …[Read More]

Richard Hoiles teaches West Ham stars how to commentate

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FOUR West Ham players went back to school…. Commentary School to be precise with one of horse racing’s best callers Richard Hoiles. The ITV Racing supremo tutored England goalkeeper Joe Hart, French football legend Patrice Evra, midfield veteran Mark Noble and strapping centre-back James Collins in the art of holding the mic and calling home …[Read More]

Five northern raiders at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

2018 Cheltenham Festival

THE victory of Baywing in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday was just the latest big-race success for the north. It came a week after the brilliant Waiting Patiently won the Grade One Ascot Chase.  The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the mecca for owners, trainers, jockeys and, of course, punters and this year …[Read More]

Royal Ascot 2018: Start planning now

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IT is a perfect mix. Horse racing and glamour. The old and the new. Royal Ascot 2018, with its rich heritage and history, has also moved into the modern era with its wonderful grandstand and state-of-the art facilities. The royal meeting is only a few months away and the secret is in the planning. Now …[Read More]

Countdown to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

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by ANNIE DALE NEXT month a group of celebrities, royals, superstar trainers, jockeys and horse racing fans will don their finest threads and converge upon Cheltenham Racecourse. The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt calendar, featuring 14 Grade One races, and this year looks set to deliver another thriller. English trainers …[Read More]

All the fun of the Cheltenham Festival 2018

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by ANNIE DALE In the words of the Cheltenham Festival official website: “The Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about jump racing.” So, if you are a fan of hurdles or steeplechases, it really is an event not to be missed. Best of all, it’s not nearly as expensive as you might think. The Festival …[Read More]

The three horses who had great weekends ahead of Cheltenham

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IT’S getting ever closer to Cheltenham now and we’re all keeping our eyes on the races up and down the country ahead of the biggest week in the horse racing calendar. Newbury and Warwick threw up some fantastic races at the weekend and has placed a number of horses as firm favourites for the Cheltenham …[Read More]

Is Blaklion really the new Red Rum?


IT’S still a puzzle why the Grand National weights ceremony is held in London and not in Liverpool. So I afforded myself a quiet chuckle when I heard there was a power cut at the no-expense-spared “do” at the BAFTAs HQ in the West End. Before looking at the weights, those obsessed with finding the …[Read More]

Surprise entry for Cheltenham hope Douvan


by ANNIE DALE THE Cheltenham Festival is four weeks away and Willie Mullins will be putting the finishing touches to his big team of Irish invaders. And he has sprung a surprise by entering two of his former Cheltenham heroes in Ireland this weekend ahead of next month’s extravaganza at Prestbury Park. Douvan and Vroum …[Read More]