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Latest 2011 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 17:08

We’ll be taking a look at some of the more prominent market movers in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival – which kicks off a week from tomorrow. The rule of thumb will likely be to keep our eyes fixed on the prominent contenders in the major races in the first two days. We’ll be taking a look at the other two days later on.

2011 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Cue Card is down to 9/4 after being bounced back up to 5/2 for a while. Spirit Son now trades as the second favourite with most major bookmakes and you’ll find the undefeated Nicky Henderson charge priced at a very reasonable 11/2 down from 6/1. Sprinter Sacre had been down as low as 7/1 from his previous price of 11/1. He is now up to 8/1 and seems to be on the drift. One of the most...

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2011 Cheltenham Festival Multi-Race Parlays

A.J. Ryder
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 18:37

It’s really easy to get carried away with multi-race parlays at Cheltenham and the biggest error that a number of punters tend to make are posting too many short-priced “bankers” and expecting them all to win when a smaller parlay ticket with fewer selections, at higher-odds, can sometimes be the right decision to make.

You can only guess the amount of big tickets that were counting on Dunguib to get things going early last year. Since younger contenders are more likely to show progression, backing a short-odds selection in a massive field of novices can be a surefire ticket to tap city.

Putting together a few parlay tickets is a fun way to make the four day event even more exciting, just be sure not to go overboard with a bunch of 8-line tickets or...

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2011 Santa Anita Handicap is Twirling Candy's To Win

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 23:17

There’s a cool $1,000,000 up for grabs this Saturday at Santa Anita as the Big ‘Cap is set to offer up its latest iteration. The race has offered up plenty of thrills and excitement since contenders came out of the gate back in 1936. Legendary runners like Seabiscuit (Hard Tack), Ack Ack (Battle Joined), Affirmed (Exclusive Native), John Henry (Ole Bob Bowers), Alysheba (Alydar) and Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy) have all scored on this stage and a few classy older colts and geldings will be looking to stamp their names on this prestigious race.

We’ll be taking a look at each of the eleven contenders and attempt to decipher how things might shape up.

Soul Candy (Birdonthewire) switches off a show effort in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita and the...

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2011 Dubai World Cup Shaping Up for Twice Over

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 21:46

Twice Over (Observatory) made a major statement about his Dubai World Cup intentions as he romped home in the third round of the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan racecourse this evening – installing himself as the betting favourite for the world’s richest race.

The Henry Cecil-trained contender is now a full horse and will be a major threat in most top-level races in 2011 if he continues to build on the form he flashed today. He entered today’s contest after a nearly five-month layoff since scoring at Newmarket in the Group 1 Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes with preferred jock Tom Queally in the irons.

Meydan isn’t the easiest place to make a seasonal debut and the manner in which he routed an impressive group of rivals must be bringing a...

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Super Thursday 2011 at Meydan Racecourse Betting Preview

A.J. Ryder
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 23:54

This is easily one of the premier racing days in the Middle East and there is well over $1,000,000 up for grabs spread across seven major races on Super Thursday. We’ll be taking a look at each one and trying to figure out where the best plays lie.


The second race of the day goes 1m1.5f over the Tapeta surface. Reem (Galileo) enters the race for the De Kock yard as the 2/1 favourite in the morning line. She scored on her Meydan debut after shipping in from Australia and has since run second in the UAE 1000 Guineas and the Grade 2 Balanchine Stakes. She had a massive weight advantage on the previous day and will enjoy another six pounds on the colts here. Ahlaain (Bernstein) looks the progressive type and the colt ran second in the Meydan Classic Stakes last...

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2011 Queen Mother Champion Chase Preview and Betting Selections

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:37

Favourite: Master Minded

Form Play: Woolcombe Folly

Value Play: Sizing Europe TBP

The feature contest on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival is shaping up to be an absolute classic. The best high-speed chasers on the planet will be contesting this one and the razor-sharp Master Minded enters the race undefeated, and looking to get revenge on Big Zeb who got the better of him in last year’s iteration of the race.

Dissecting Master Minded’s three efforts this year raises a number of questions. The first two scores, at Ascot and Cheltenham, were relatively straightforward contests where he made his usual late approach and won by a solid margin. However, the final race of his campaign saw him get a real reminder two out and then just hold...

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2011 RSA Chase Preview and Betting Selections

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:32

Favourite: Time For Rupert

Form Play: Aiteen Thirtythree

Value Play: Adams Island

Easily one of the most hotly-contested 3m and a bit races at the festival, the RSA Chase has launched a number of prominent careers over fences. One of the most notable was Denman conquering this one back in 2007 and we’ve got a tidy group of geldings looking to make similar statements in 2011.

For the bulk of the time since the ante post market has been up and operating, Time For Rupert has stood atop this race like a colossus. One wonders whether he’ll shape up to be this year’s Dunguib considering all the early money he’s taking with his “banker” status, but right now it appears to be all systems go as he’s opted out of the Gold...

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2011 Neptune Novices Hurdle Preview and Betting Selections

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:25

Favourite: Oscars Well

Form Play: Bobs Worth

Value Play: Court In Motion

The middle-distance hurdles races at the Cheltenham Festival can be some of the most intriguing and there is a lot to like about this year’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. There are few that are co-entered for the Supreme Novices and that complicates matters a bit if we’re talking ante post, but there are few contenders trading at plausible prices whose festival still might be up in the air - if that’s any help.

Oscars Well has emerged from a nearly unblemished campaign, his only loss being a tough second place from a field of eighteen in his seasonal debut at Thurles. He enters the race as a multiple Grade 1 winner in Ireland, notching...

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Non-Runner Money Back and Best Price Guaranteed at Cheltenham

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:21

One of the best parts about the Cheltenham Festival is how the bookmakers generally attempt to outdo each other by offering up excellent value and an assortment of promotions to get punters to lock in the bulk of their festival wagers with one particular bookies.

Right on time, a number of top bookmakers have stepped up to the plate to offer up non-runner money back.

As of March 1, is offering up non-runner no bet on any Grade 1 race that is run at the Cheltenham Festival – this includes the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Neptune Investment Management Hurdle, the RSA Chase, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Champion Bumper, Ryanair Chase, World Hurdle, Triumph Hurdle and the big one – the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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2011 Champion Hurdle Prices and Betting Preview

A.J. Ryder
Monday, February 28, 2011 - 19:51

Favourite: Binocular

Form Play: Peddlers Cross

Value Play: Khyber Kim

The Stan James Champion Hurdle is going to be the key fixture on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and it boasts well over half a dozen proven contenders who can easily win the competition. While the race appears to be shaping up for a dramatic finish, one wonders whether the amount of quality jumpers lining up for this one could give lie to an outsider or at least a mid-pack selection that everybody forgot about.

That forgotten selection could very well wind up beting the talented Khyber Kim. In fact, the nine year-old son of Mujahid was played up in an interview by his conditioner Nigel Twiston-Davies. He’s beaten the respectable Celestial Halo at Cheltenham before and...

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