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The Market Man

The Market Man

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The bigger the race, the bigger the handicap, the better i do. Have been an ardent horse racing fan for years and enjoy both Flat and National Hunt, particularly the staying races in both codes.

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Flat Racing Diary 2017 : May. Horses to follow, Classics and Royal Ascot Previews ( Updated May 17th)

May 3rd, 2017 at 18:11 Horse Racing 2 comments

The flat season is now underway and this blog will review those eye-catching performances, the potential improvers and possible big race winners. Monthly blogs, updated weekly, hoping to identify those horses with potential to win at the big meetings like Royal Ascot and offer some value in the antepost markets. Horses To Follow : Dabyah : Trained by John Gosden, won 3 of her 4 starts to date, classy front runner Much …

The Aintree Grand National 2017 : Part 2 with preview and tips

Mar 31st, 2017 at 22:58 Horse Racing 0 comments

The Randox Health Grand National 2017 This is the second part of this Grand National preview and in Part 1, I named three horses I thought worthy of antepost interest. Blaklion was advised at 40-1 and is now a best priced 14-1 shot. The 66s on Houblon Des Obeaux has gone and is shortening and generally 33s to 40s, although 50-1 is still being offered by a couple …

The Cheltenham Festival 2017 - the handicap hints and tips for Tuesday and Wednesday

Mar 13th, 2017 at 19:31 Cheltenham 3 comments

The Cheltenham Festival is held every March and can suit some horses more than others - be it due to the going, weather conditions or the track itself, with it's undulations, uphill finish to a cul-de-sac ending infront of massive crowds. All far removed from what horses usually experience during the season This blog will hopefully identify some interesting horses to follow during the week : dark horses who've been campaigned …

Aintree Grand National 2017 - trends with antepost advice and tips

Feb 5th, 2017 at 01:35 Horse Racing 2 comments

The Randox Health Grand National at Aintree is the biggest, most popular horse race of the year. Most of the public will take an interest only in the days and hours leading up to the big race, when the work syndicate sheets are printed off and television programmes not usually associated with sports talk about the National being a lottery and which name sounds the funniest. Whilst there might …

Updated - Cheltenham Festival 2017 : Arkle, JLT, RSA and National Hunt Chase blog with stats and tips : updated February 13th

Jan 31st, 2017 at 22:43 Cheltenham 3 comments

The Arkle Challenge Trophy, the JLT Novices Chase ( registered as The Golden Miller Novices Chase ), the RSA Chase, the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup : these are the four races at the Cheltenham Festival specifically for novice chasers and the focus of this blog : previewing those races, looking at the various trials held during the season and identifying potential antepost bets All in the same blog, …

The Welsh Grand National 2016 - Chepstow December 27th - preview, trends, form and antepost tip

Dec 11th, 2016 at 20:25 Horse Racing 7 comments

The Welsh Grand National 2016 : Preview, trends and antepost tip The Welsh Grand National. Three miles, five furlongs and one hundred and ten yards over twenty two fences in often attritional conditions. Stamina foremost, jumping a welcome second. Six fences down the back straight, five going for home...and then do it all again. The undulating home straight is something to behold - an equine rollercoaster for the horses to negotiate …

The Cheltenham Festival 2017 - Novice Hurdles preview, stats and tips

Nov 27th, 2016 at 01:33 Cheltenham 2 comments

The Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle ( registered as the Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle), the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle ( registered as the Spa Novices Hurdle ). The three major Grade 1 events at the Cheltenham Festival for novice hurdlers and the focus of this blog : previewing those races, looking at the course trials held during the season and identifying potential antepost bets . All …

Updated: The Hennessy Gold Cup 2016 ( Newbury November 26th ): Preview, trends and antepost tip

Oct 31st, 2016 at 16:41 Horse Racing 0 comments

The Hennessy Gold Cup 2016 : Preview, trends and antepost tip The Hennessy Gold Cup. Four words which are sweet music to the ears of the National Hunt fan because there are few more prestigious, competitive and eagerly anticipated races on the jumps calendar. Old favourites and stalwarts challenged by those second season chasers with aspirations of landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. Denman was such a horse back …

The Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap 2016 : Preview with antepost and race day tips

Sep 22nd, 2016 at 17:37 Horse Racing 0 comments

The Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap 2016 : Preview with antepost and race day tips The Cesarewitch is one of the top staying handicaps of the flat season and with the Ebor, the Northumberland Plate and the Ascot Stakes, it offers flat trainers an opportunity to send their horses over distances normally associated with their National Hunt colleagues, so it should be of no surprise that trainers from that code have …

*Updated September 24th : The Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap 2016 : preview with antepost and race day tips

Sep 1st, 2016 at 17:36 Horse Racing 4 comments

The Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap 2016 : preview with antepost and race day tips Contested on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course over a distance of nine furlongs, the Cambridgeshire Handicap is one of the most competitive and eagerly anticipated races of the year and along with Newmarket's other end of season hot handicap, the Cesarewitch, it forms the first leg of the Autumn Double. The blog will initially take a look at …

World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualification Group E preview, squad reviews, head-to-head stats,

Aug 31st, 2016 at 11:14 Other Football 3 comments

World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualification Group E preview, squad reviews, head-to-head stats This is the World Cup 2018 Group E Qualification blog. In order of the FIFA World Rankings, the teams involved are Poland, Romania, Denmark, Montenegro, Kazakhstan and Armenia. The OLBG World Cup 2018 Betting Forum can be found below - more discussion threads, betting markets and great offers will be introduced as qualification progresses : Click for …

The York Ebor Festival - the Juddmonte International Stakes, Betfred Ebor Handicap tips, course guide - updated

Aug 15th, 2016 at 14:46 Horse Racing 0 comments

The York Ebor Festival - the Juddmonte International Stakes, Betfred Ebor Handicap, tips, course guide - Updated August 17th Updated August 17th The York Ebor Festival is one of the great race meetings, incredibly popular with both ardent race fans and the general public as an exciting, fun social occasion. It's mid summer, the racing calendar lacks strength in depth but this meeting offers some good quality big field handicaps alongside top …

Premier League 2016/17 - a look at the new stars from abroad

Aug 5th, 2016 at 13:28 Premier League 2 comments

Premier League 2016/17 - a look at the new stars from abroad Arsenal Granit Xhaka Cultured central midfielder deployed mostly in the holding role and more likely to worry the referee than the opposition goalkeeper - in 108 Bundesliga appearances he was cautioned 33 times but scored only 6 goals and managed 3 assists. Capable of scoring from a freekick or penalty but Arsenal have an established queue for set pieces. A good …

A Festival of Guinness - The Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle

Jul 25th, 2016 at 17:29 Horse Racing 11 comments

A Festival of Guinness - The Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle Galway racecourse is a sharp, undulating, right handed track with a stamina testing two furlong uphill finish. Many horses cannot find their rhythm over it's fences and others throw in the towel on the hill turning for home, preceded by the final two fences which come in very quick succession more akin to show jumping. If a horse has no …

Glorious Goodwood - a look at the Betfred Mile and Qatar Stewards Cup

Jul 24th, 2016 at 20:14 Horse Racing 1 comments

Glorious Goodwood - a look at the Betfred Mile and Qatar Stewards Cup This is indisputably one of my favourite weeks of the year - Goodwood and Galway provide us with great racing from both flat and jumps, each course with it's own idiosyncrasies and trainers who take advantage of them. I've written a separate blog for Galway so we can concentrate here on the action on the Sussex Downs... The Betfred …

Gamble Aware Week - Kieren Fallon and a true story of my own

Jul 20th, 2016 at 15:06 Miscellaneous 2 comments

We're told that horse racing is the sport of kings but it is the man in the street who most ardently and consistently supports the betting industry and hence the sport itself. Their heroes are the man in the saddle, the jockeys who will hopefully ride their selections with both force and finesse to glory. King Kieren was a brilliant jockey, a supremely talented horseman capable of extracting performances from …

The Northumberland Plate and Northumberland Vase 2016 - thoughts and tips

Jun 23rd, 2016 at 16:18 Horse Racing 0 comments

The Northumberland Plate is one of the best handicaps of the flat season, steeped in history going back to it's inception in 1833. However, with the switch to an all weather Tapeta surface, this renewal will mark the dawn of a new era for the race affectionately referred to as the Pitman's Derby. Newcastle is no poor man's Epsom. I liked the Newcastle turf course. It was an …

Royal Ascot Thursday June 16th : Two tips and the Britannia Stakes

Jun 15th, 2016 at 18:41 Horse Racing 0 comments

Royal Ascot - Thursday June 16th 2016 Well the previous blogs have highlighted some winners and each way bets during Royal Ascot so far but the focus for today is on just two races. Britannia Stakes (Class 1 Handicap) ( 3yr old colts & geldings) Distance : 1 mile straight course Like the Royal Hunt Cup on the previous day, this is a strongly run mile handicap on the straight …

Royal Ascot Wednesday June 15th : Day Two Thoughts And Tips

Jun 13th, 2016 at 18:27 Horse Racing 2 comments

Royal Ascot - Wednesday June 15th 2016 So day one is in the history books and hopefully you're in profit. Let's wade in to the second day Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Distance : 7 furlongs There are two i like for this hotly contested race for 3yr olds who've not quite made the top rank amongst the classic generation. Thikriyaat was a horse i put in the notebook and mentioned in …

Royal Ascot Tuesday June 14th : Thoughts And Tips - Updated Sunday 12th

Jun 9th, 2016 at 22:30 Horse Racing 3 comments

Royal Ascot - Tuesday June 14th 2016 Updates for the Ascot Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes are in red text Royal Ascot during a major football tournament - it doesn't get much better than this for the sports enthusiast and for those of us taking a financial interest during the forthcoming weeks, discipline will be key. Such discipline is easier when well prepared and the articulate, informative blogs here on OLBG …

The Flat 2016 Diary And Review Part 2 : Horses To Note For The Derby and Royal Ascot

May 30th, 2016 at 19:52 Horse Racing 4 comments

The Flat 2016 Diary And Review Part 2 : Horses To Note For The Derby and Royal Ascot We start the second part of the diary with a quick review of it's predecessor and those of you who read part 1 will hopefully have followed several of the horses mentioned as it proved a successful month, with 9-1 Dante winner Wings Of Desire being the highlight amongst several winners. …

The Flat 2016 Diary And Review: Horses To Note For Royal Ascot And The Season Ahead - Part 1

Apr 28th, 2016 at 14:05 Horse Racing 5 comments

The Flat 2016 Diary And Review: Horses To Note For Royal Ascot And The Season Ahead - Part 1 As we bring the curtain down on the first month of flat racing in 2016, i thought it might be interesting for a performance review of sorts, making note of any eye catchers which could be worthing following as the flat season progresses through the early Classics and into the summer …

The Essential Guide To The Cheltenham Festival

Mar 3rd, 2016 at 16:16 Cheltenham 3 comments

The Essential Guide To The Cheltenham Festival - travel tips, betting tips, viewing tips. It's all gone tips up! Four days a year, the chance of a lifetime and unique in the world of horse racing. Hats and fashion are still on vivid display but Cheltenham is much more about the horses, the jockeys, the trainers and the public. Tens of thousands make their pilgrimage to Gloucestershire, announcing their arrival with …

Cheltenham Trials Day - stats, trends and significance to the Cheltenham Festival itself

Jan 28th, 2016 at 03:38 Cheltenham 2 comments

Cheltenham Trials Day - stats, trends and significance to the Cheltenham Festival itself Trials day. Our final visit to those hallowed hills until that glorious Tuesday in March when the greatest show on turf roars into town. These trials should be as visually informative as they are stimulating to watch - but what relevance does they have on the Cheltenham Festival itself ? The wonderfully dry humorist Stephen …

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle - Cheltenham Wednesday 16th March 2016. Trends, form and tips

Jan 14th, 2016 at 15:07 Cheltenham 0 comments

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle - Cheltenham Wednesday 16th March 2016. Trends, form and tips Run at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs on the Old Course ( used in October, November and the first two days of the festival ) Course experience is not essential but a liking for undulating tracks with a stiff finish certainly is a bonus. The previous ten winners were ( name, …

Supreme Novices Hurdle - Cheltenham Tuesday 15th March 2016. Part 2 - figures and trends

Dec 2nd, 2015 at 11:32 Horse Racing 0 comments

Supreme Novices Hurdle - Cheltenham Tuesday 15th March 2016. Part 2 - figures and trends To be read as a companion piece to “ Part 1 - The Form “. The Cheltenham grandstand is packed for the first race of the festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The race is run over 2 miles ½ furlong over the Old Course ( used in October, November and the first two days of the …

Supreme Novices Hurdle - Cheltenham Tuesday 15th March 2016. Part 1 * Updated January with selection

Nov 29th, 2015 at 19:11 Horse Racing 2 comments

Supreme Novices Hurdle - Cheltenham Tuesday 15th March 2016. Part1 - the form January 6th updates in red text, with a selection for the race Updates will occur during the season and be noted in the title. Readers may also want to consider the related blog “ Part 2 - The Figures “ The race is run over 2 miles ½ furlong over the Old Course ( used in October, November and …

National Hunt And Winter Jumps Racing 2015/2016 - Part Two

Sep 29th, 2015 at 18:06 Horse Racing 0 comments

Part 2 of the National Hunt preview Paul Nicholls Stable jockey Sam Twiston Davies will be hoping for another successful season with Paul Nicholls The Ditcheat team had a remarkable season last year. Barely a weekend passed by without one of their horses taking home the big prizes. Nicholls is a master with …

National Hunt and Winter Jumps Racing 2015/2016 - Part One

Aug 31st, 2015 at 22:32 Horse Racing 0 comments

September is on the horizon and the National Hunt meetings begin to increase in both frequency and quality. Over the next few weeks i'll be taking a look at the Winter season ahead with a view to highlighting both the horses to follow and the races to be aware of with a view to the Cheltenham Festival next March - trainers, like the rest of us, have habits and routines …

The Ebor Festival at York and The Ebor Handicap : Updated Friday 21st

Aug 3rd, 2015 at 13:27 Horse Racing 0 comments

As we leave Goodwood in all it's glory, the next big British bet off will take place on the ancient plains of York. It's a stunning city with horse racing to match and i would advise anyone who hasn't already experienced the aesthetics and atmosphere of both city and racecourse to make it a priority. Alongside some of the finest Group races on the calendar is one of the biggest …

Royal Ascot - Tuesday - thoughts on the first day and the placepot

Jun 15th, 2015 at 16:48 Horse Racing 0 comments

COME ON, DOVER ! Royal Ascot. Horses and hats. My twitter feed has been filled with posts and pictures of hats which could well be avant garde satellite dishes. I've been wearing mine for some time now but there's no place within the pages of the Daily Mail or Hello for thinking caps. Let's get off to a good start. I've done it before, i say to myself. In fact, i've …

The 2015 Derby - how the race might be run and who wins.

May 31st, 2015 at 19:15 Horse Racing 2 comments

The 2015 Investec Derby at Epsom Well here we are, just a week before the Derby at Epsom. Many antepost bets will lay in tatters, many more bets have yet to be placed and now might be a good time to imagine how next weekends classic might be run. The best place to start is with Aidan O'Brien, winning trainer for the last three renewals, and what's noticeable is that there …

Don't force the bet - some thoughts about multiples, Yankees and Lucky 15s

May 14th, 2015 at 21:51 Strategy 2 comments

OLBG is the Great Barrier Reef of betting forums, rich with diverse and interesting sports fans and punters who ebb and flow with the endless daily tide of betting markets, seeking to gain an edge on the bookmakers. Don't force them. A common …

The 2,000 Guineas - finding the winner in the first classic of the season at Newmarket

Apr 29th, 2015 at 13:29 Horse Racing 0 comments

The 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket We are now well in to the turf flat season and in a few days time all attention will switch to Newmarket and the season's first classics - the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas. First up on Saturday are the colts and the race has been won in recent times by some brilliant horses, including the legendary Frankel, the magnificent Sea The Stars and also Camelot and …

Sandown - the Bet365 Gold Cup and a tribute to AP McCoy

Apr 24th, 2015 at 13:46 Horse Racing 2 comments

Sandown - the Bet365 Gold Cup and a tribute to AP McCoy For some it's Wichita Lineman. For others Unsinkable Boxer. For many, it's Don't Push It and that previously elusive Grand National win. For me, it's April 25th 2009 and a talented but mulish 8 year old called Hennessy. I'd watched the horse run well over the previous months Cheltenham Festival four miler but he'd just been beaten by better …