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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..
2014 F1 Championship
by Micko70 on 04 Mar at 20:38
The 2014 FIA Formula 1 Championship returns in March with reigning champion Sebastian Vettel aiming to win yet another title, this time he doesn't have Mark Webber as his team mate. Sebastian Vettel has won the last 4 titles and is aiming for 5 consecutive titles on the trot, trying to emulate fellow German Michael Schumacher who won 5 on the trot in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004. 2014 RACES & DATES There are 19 races in the 2014 F1 season, starting in Australia and finishing in Abu Dhabi, Austria & Russia are new tracks for 2014 replacing India & Korea DATE TRACK COUNTRY Mar 14-16 Melbourne Australia Mar 28-30 Kuala Lumpa Malaysia Apr 4-6 Sakhir Bahrain Apr 18-20 Shanghai China May 9-11 Catalunya Spain May 22-25 Monte Carlo Monaco Jun 6-8 Montreal Canada Jun 20-22 Spielberg Austria Jul 4-6 Silverstone Britain Jul 18-20 Hockenheim Germany Jul 25-27 Budapest Hungary Aug 22-24 Spa Belgium Sep 5-7 Monza Italy Sep 19-21 Singapore Singapore Oct 3-5 Suzuka Japan Oct 10-12 Sochi Russia Oct 31 - Nov 2 Austin United States Nov 7-9 Sao Paulo Brazil Nov 21-23 Yas Marina Abu Dhabi **All timings below are UK times. Melbourne - Australia Albert Park in Melbourne is the host..
Weekly Euro Football Predictor - Week 15
by botev1921 on 06 Mar at 21:32
A collective of opinions on the weekends top European league matches. The idea behind the blog is to get differing opinions on the best bets for the best matches in Europe over the weekend from a panel of experts. Each tipster provides their perception of the way the game will pan out and where the value bet in the mass football markets might be. These opinions can be used in any way you wish. You may wish to take one bet where the panel agrees and add that to existing bets you have or mix and match the various European Leagues and make a weekend European accumulators. Or very simply play a point per tip. Because each contributor has a different approach and area they may like to concentrate on, from time to time there may be a conflict of interest with..
Cheltenham Cross Country Chase Winners
by nors on 28 Feb at 22:37
I like the look of this race on previous years form with the prevalence of shorter priced horses that make the frame. In the last 9 years 14 of the 36 win and placed horses were 6/1 or under. Two favourites won in the last 9 years at 5/2 and 7/2 and in another five seasons the winners SP was 7/2 4/1, 4/1, 11/2, 13/2. Only in two years could you say there were big surprises with winners at 25/1 and last year when Big Shu won at 14/1/. Remember this is a 16 runner Cheltenham handicap where every horse is trying for its life, so to my eyes this short price runner prevalence needs to be taking into account. 2005 -2013 Cross Country Chase results 2005 -2013 1. Spot Thedifference 4/1 2. Luzcadou 22/1 3. Mrs Be 20/1 4. Lord..
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..
Cheltenham Day One Briefings Tuesday 11th March
by The Executioner on 07 Mar at 15:48
1.30 Supreme Novices Hurdle: It looks a tremendous renewal this year with three high class novices in particular in the shape of Irving , Vautour and Wicklow Brave. The former , a useful performer in France has made excellent progress since arriving at Ditcheat under the care of Paul Nicholls and created a favourable impression last time out when easily collecting the Grade two Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton. Prior to that the son of Singspiel took another Grade two event this time at Ascot beating the highly touted Nicky Henderson trained novice Volnay De Thaix by six lengths after showing a nice turn of foot after jumping the last flight. His jumping wasn’t always foot perfect at Kempton but he never looked like falling and he’s clearly a very decent prospect. Irving acts well of soft going but is considered a..
by garethp1981 on 02 Mar at 19:35
A game of football can be thought of as a three horse race, the three horses being “home win”, “away win” and “draw”. If we look at the Premier League over the previous five seasons, the performances of these ”horses” are as follows. We can see here that by far the most common result is a home win, over the whole of the five seasons (1900 games) there were 882 home wins, meaning this outcome happened 46.4% of the time. H D A H% %D %A 2008-09 173 97 110 45.5 25.5 28.9 2009-10 193 96 91 50.8 25.3 23.9 2010-11 179 111 90 47.1 29.2 23.7 2011-12 171 93 116 45.0 24.5 30.5 2012-13 166 108 106 43.7 28.4 27.9 Overall 882 505 513 46.4 26.6 27.0 Draws and away wins accounted for 26.6% and 27% of the games respectively. Away wins then happened slightly more than draws, but I wouldn’t take this to mean that they always happen more often. Away wins happened just eight times more often that draws over the five season, but over 1900 games I don’t think that this is significant. In two..
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