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Welcome to the BettingChoice sports betting blog. Here you'll find tips and opinions on events and a matches, a look into the sports betting industry, the odd laugh and whatever else leaks out of the brains of our writers.

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Cheltenham Patrol: Medermit Firmly Pointed at Arkle Challenge Trophy

A.J. Ryder
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 19:10

Alan King has confirmed that talented French chaser Medermit will be lining up in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, and bookmakers have responded in kind by expressing plenty of confidence in the high-flying grey with a 5/1 price placing him just off the favourite’s position.

Easily one of the most impressive novice chasers on the National Hunt scene, Medermit is a bit more versatile than some contenders and this was a bit of a thorn in the side of ante post punters as he has been more recently-campaigned at around 2m5f as opposed to the about 2m distance that will be contested in the Arkle. He has won novice chase contests over 2m but he has shown his most impressive form going short and connections seem to be taking the easier option...

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Donn Handicap a True Test for Contrasting Field

A.J. Ryder
Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 19:05

Gulfstream has hosted some real creme-de-la-creme races since its' meet kicked off and the Grade 1 Donn Handicap is easily one of the most intriguing contests you're likely to find in the four year-olds+ division.

Fly Down (Mineshaft) is trading as the lukewarm morning-line favourite with a 5/2 price in his first run since a show finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic. With so much attention paid to the Blame (Arch)/Zenyatta (Street Cry) angle, it was easy to forget that Nick Zito's chestnut colt put in such a credible performance. If anything, you reckon that connections will try to deploy the same type of trip that Dialed In (Mineshaft) produced back in the Holy Bull last weekend.

Fly Down's late-running style hasn't won him many races (he hasn...

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Smaller Fields a Big Help for Scoop6 Punters

A.J. Ryder
Friday, February 4, 2011 - 20:48

Only a single race on Saturday's Scoop6 card boasts more than eleven contenders as this week's Scoop6 jackpot boasts a distinctly winnable look about it. 

Leg 1 - 2:10 at Wetherby

Top weight Lease Lend is likely giving up a bit too much weight and punters will likely opt for either I'm Delilah and Frankie Figg - the latter of whom scored at Aintree last time out. Both Sheriff Hutton and Big Burrows try to bounce back from tame eforts last time out. Bottom-weight Regal Heights boasts upside but has had trouble finding the line first. 

Leg 2 - 2:25 at Sandown

A first-rate Grade 1 contest for novice chasers going 2m4f110y and there is plenty of talent on display. Reve De Sivola knows how to get the job done but Captain Chris has simply...

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Only Five Challenging Oscar Whisky in Welsh Champion Hurdle

A.J. Ryder
Friday, February 4, 2011 - 20:27

It's a slim field set to contest the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las as the going rates at good to soft and we're set to go 2m.

Obviously, Oscar Whisky stands atop this field like a colossus and the bay son of Oscar put in a fantastic shift on his sole effort this season - a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham. He topped some very established contenders there including the likes of Celestial Halo and Karabak. Nicky Henderson's charge trades at low as 1/7 with some bookmakers and Barizan finished sixth in that particular race and he comes back for another kick at the can here. He's not won since a Grade 1 score in a race restricted to four year-olds at Punchestown last year. 

From a ratings standpoint, Black Jack...

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Jebel Ali Dirt Mile Headlines Friday Night in Dubai

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 22:19

A cadre of seasoned Dubai veterans are set to contest this listed contest at Jebel Ali on Friday. While Meydan is usually getting all the plaudits at this time of the Dubai racing season, it’s dirt-oriented cousin Jebel Ali still manages to boast plenty of quality action.

A fair portion of the contenders here have had outings at Meydan this season and the big variable here is likely to be how good of a reference the Meydan to Jebel Ali turns out to be. A certain amount of punters may be tempted to stick with proven dirt form over some of the higher-ratings shipping over from Meydan. Most of the Meydan contenders don’t boast winning form.

The biggest culprit appears to be Snaafy (Kingmambo) and the seven year-old horse won his Meydan debut last February in...

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Friday Jumps Racing Preview From Bangor-On-Dee and Catterick

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 21:06

There’s lots to like about Friday’s jumps card in the UK though there is a lack of truly high-quality action. Saturday and Sunday’s features should prove to be worth the wait but one suspects plenty of punters will be lining up on Friday to attempt to build up their weekend bankrolls.

1:25 Bangor-On-Dee

This one looks to be a straight duel between Venetia Williams’ Credit Swap, a beaten favourite last time out, and Palace Jester – who lines up for Jonjo O’Neill with Tony McCoy taking the mount. Palace Jester still has more to prove as he’s quite lightly-raced though his form does indicate that the six year-old bay knows what he’s doing. He comes into play if the ground is closer to soft than good. From a ratings standpoint...

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Why You Should Bookmark this Blog

Sean Lind
Monday, January 31, 2011 - 14:32

Welcome to the BettingChoice Blog. This, the inaugural post, is where we are supposed to tell you all about the blog, our grand plans, and generally just thank you for stopping by.

That’s not good enough for us, and frankly, it shouldn’t be good enough for you either. The whole point of a blog is to engage and communicate with your readers. Hopefully you’ll be entertained and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.

Rather than just posting the usual “Hello World!” like some other mouth-breather, it’s time to tell you all of the reasons you should bookmark this blog:

  • We’re all internet addicted sports geeks here. Anything we find entertaining enough to write about, you’ll probably enjoy as well.
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