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The Fate of the Festival Favourites
by lazarus76 on 02 Mar at 18:17
This is a look at how the favourites have feared at the festival in an attempt to see if there are any particular stats or trends that can help us as the greatest sporting occasion approaches, for this piece I will only be going back over the last 20 years and will be concentrating on the Championship races and ignoring the handicaps, that still gives us fourteen races to look at that can hopefully give us a few pointers and insights as we take on the bookies. Day One (Tuesday) Supreme Novices’ Hurdle This race has been an absolute graveyard for favourites, there hasn’t been a favourite win this race for 10 years, the last winning favourite of this race was Brave Inca @7/2, in 2004 and only three favourites have won this race in the past 20 years (15%), so favourite backers..
Imperial Cup (Updated 7th March)
by Micko70 on 04 Mar at 21:33
The Imperial Cup takes place the Saturday before the start of the Cheltenham Festival, the race is a Handicap Hurdle run over 2 miles & 110 yards. The race is currently sponsored by William Hill who offer a bonus for any horse that wins the Imperial Cup that manages to win a race at the Festival. Sandown Racecourse host the Imperial Cup, the race was first run in 1907 and as of 2014 it will be classed as a Grade 3 race, previous high class winners of the race include Sprowston Boy (1988), Moody Man (1990), King Credo (1992), Collier Bay (1995) and Carlito Brigante (1997) Tony McCoy has won this race 5 times in the past, he won on board Blowing Wind (1998), Polar Red (2002), Korelo (2003), Gaspara (2007) & Qaspal (2010) LAST 10 WINNERS In the table below are the last 10..
by Micko70 on 01 Mar at 17:48
The Champion Chase is the biggest race of the entire National Hunt season for 2 mile chasers, the race takes place on day 2 (Wednesday) of the Cheltenham Festival. With the recent news of reigning Champion Chaser Sprinter Sacre missing the race, just how open does the race look now? Sprinter Sacre won last years Champion Chase by 19 lengths, beating Sizing Europe with Wishfull Thinking a further 6 lengths back in 3rd place. Sprinter Sacre was pulled up on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton in December a later scan revealed that he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat, Nicky Henderson seemed quietly confident that the horse would be fit enough to take his chance but has since decided against it and will probably not run this season. WIDE OPEN RACE The race now looks wide open and with only 16 horses still remaining, i..
Anytime Goalscorers (The Lower League's)
by mercer on 06 Mar at 14:26
I have done quite a couple of anytime goalscorer blogs, which have gone down well so far. I will include the League One, League Two & the Skrill Conference in this one, I tend to look for in form players & players who have good head to head stats against the side they are facing. SKY BET LEAGUE ONE David Mooney (Leyton Orient) Is having a very good season so far, with 16 goals in the league to date . Mooney is in fine form with, 7 goals in his last 13 league matches . Mooney has scored 4 goals in his last 5 away league starts & will be a threat against Notts County & scored against them last season Matt Tubbs (Crawley) Is in hot form since his loan move to Crawley from Bournemouth since middle of January . Tubbs has scored 6 goals in his last..
VALUEBANK on the comeback trail
by man o bong on 05 Mar at 22:01
The ratings go into this week looking to pick up a small loss from last Current P&L on every game rated 171/504 (33.92%) +23.76pts Please note there is a slight adjustment on the figures above, The strike rate is in fact better but the profit figure is unaffected, I had somepoteponed games included in the total games. VALUEBANK Football Ratings How to use the ratings: A sophisticated set of selections based on a database of other ratings, coupled with best odds available and a number of other mathematical formula. Originally at inception the system provided a rating on every football match taking place in the top four division of English football. Indeed this is what it still does to this day. However, OLBG readers have been watching this system grow and develop from day one and as the selections and results have built over he past..
Dubai World Cup Carnival 2014 - race by race preview and selections for Saturday 8th March
by tbuckley on 06 Mar at 01:24
Dubai World Cup Carnival 2014 - race by race preview and selections for Saturday 8th March There are only two more Dubai World Cup Carnival meetings left for 2014 with an amazing, high quality card lined up for this forthcoming Saturday (8th March) and then it all culminates on Saturday 29th March with the Dubai World Cup night. This year on Dubai World Cup night, all the horses, trainers and jockeys from virtually every continent of the world will be competing for a total prize fund of nearly $28 US million dollars with the Group 1 Dubai World Cup itself worth $10 US million dollars, the $5 US million dollar Group 1 Sheema Classic and the $5 US million dollar Group 1 Duty Free the key focal points of the meeting. While the other races on the Dubai World Cup..
Cheltenham Festival - My personal betting highlights - Cheltenham 2003
by tbuckley on 03 Mar at 02:00
Cheltenham Festival - My personal betting highlights - Cheltenham 2003 Now as punters we all, apart from the very select few, have generally experienced more betting losses and lows than we have highlights, that's the nature of the game, the honest truth and why bookmakers keep making huge profits every year despite our combined best efforts. Like it or not, losing is part of betting and indeed a seemingly unwritten law in being a punter means that at some point you have to utter the words "if that last horse had just won" or "I was that close to winning".... I'm sure we could all talk about the ones that got away and the ones that would have made the difference but coming up to the Cheltenham Festival, the Olympics of the jump racing scene, positive thought is vital and..
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