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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Betfred Classic Chase Preview

The Betfred Classic Chase (Saturday 3.35), run over 3 miles 5 furlongs at Warwick, has thrown up winners at 20/1, 18/1, 14/1 and 10/1 in the last ten years and this year’s renewal will, as ever, provide a thorough test of stamina and jumping ability.

Goodtoknow (40/1) has only won four of his 27 starts under Rules, but has won over 3 miles 4½ furlongs, revels in testing conditions and is reasonably weighted on his best form. He hasn’t shown a great deal in two starts this term, but he should be fighting fit and has dropped back to his last winning mark, so isn’t one to dismiss out of hand. He probably needs a career-best effort to win this, but the step back up in distance on soft going is in his favour, particularly if first-time blinkers have the desired effect.

Kingswell Theatre (33/1) has yet to win beyond 2 miles 7½ furlongs, but has recorded three of his four career wins on soft or heavy going and has only been tried beyond 3 miles twice. He made a respectable return to action when third of 14, beaten 17 lengths, behind Lamb Or Cod in the Welsh National Trial at Chepstow in December and lost a shoe when pulled up over 3 miles 2½ furlongs at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Clearly he has risks attached but, like Goodtoknow, is back on his last winning mark and could belie generous odds with a forward showing.

Selections: Goodtoknow (40/1 with Coral), Kingswell Theatre (33/1 generally available)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

This Year's Big Outsider Win

It's been an interesting and lively sporting year but surely the biggest and most shocking outsider win of them all was none other than Leicester City who managed to clinch the 2015/16 Premier League at mind boggling odds of 5000-1. Most punters, even Leicetser fans, didn't actually see the bet through to its conclusion, instead cashing out early, though there were a handful of punters who did manage to win a pretty penny! While Leicester's performance this season is more in line with what you'd have expected last year, perhaps the most surprising part of this whole achievement was that the team won the league by a clear ten points (81 to their nearest rivals Arsenal at 71 points).

I feel that we'll be waiting a good while until we find another Leicester level premier league win. It's a once in a lifetime win! Still, let's hope that 2017 offers up a handful of huge priced outsiders for us to take advantage us, whether on the nags, football or another sport!

Friday, 9 December 2016

What do you buy a horse that has everything?

When your horse has nice cosy bedding, a top quality saddle, a warm coat and new shoes every 6 weeks it’s hard to think what else you could get them besides more carrots and feed.
This Christmas we have compiled the top Christmas gifts for any spoilt pony. These are the most unique and fun gifts for riders and owners. Although, your horse might not agree….
Whatever your budget these present suggestions will have your horse racing around the paddock with excitement.
  1. Gold Label Treats
This is one gift your horse will love you for. This stocking available on Ebay contains a selection of quality treats in apple, herb, carrot and mint flavours.

  1. Santa? Nay….
Your horse might not pass as Santa but it can play dress up as a reindeer if only for Christmas Day. This novelty outfit available online includes a rug with a fleece lining for extra warmth, cosy fleece leg wraps trimmed with white fur and antlers. 


  1. Your little helper
The full Santa outfit might be a tad OTT, so calm it down a little and choose this cute little elf hat!
These mini hats are available in a number of designs and styles perfect for a little Christmas cheer.

  1. Carrot countdown
They make an advent calendar suitable for every diet nowadays. Even your horse has their own calendar even if they need help counting down the days. This advent calendar contains carob and peppermint flavour treats behind each door.

Buy it here
  1. Jolly Good Fun
Keep your horse or pony entertained with this staple stable favourite, the Jolly Ball. It stays inflated even when punctured and comes in various sizes and colours.

Buy it here
  1. Tongue Twister
If it’s a tad to frosty to let the horses out into the yard keep them entertained until the ice melts with this Lickit! Attach to the stable wall and it provides hours of entertainment.

You can buy this here
  1. Tongue Twister
If you really want to spoil your best friend this Christmas then why not buy this Equilibrium Therapy Massage Pad.
At £290 plus it really is a treat for your horse. The pad, which fits to your horse and helps to improve flexibility, and stride strength, comes with a rechargeable battery and charger.