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Royal Ascot 2021 Saturday Tips 

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
14:30 Chesham Stakes Point Lonsdale Bet Now
15:05 Jersey Stakes Vadream Bet Now
15:40 Hardwicke Stakes Hukum Bet Now
16:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Dream Of Dreams Bet Now
17:00 Wokingham Handicap Fresh Bet Now
17:35 Golden Gates Handicap Visualisation Bet Now
18:10 Queen Alexandra Stakes Stag Horn Bet Now

Royal Ascot is widely acknowledged to be the highest quality flat racing festival staged anywhere in the world. Ascot Racecourse hosts five days of top-class racing from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June with seven races on each day. Last year’s meeting was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic and the indications are that Royal Ascot 2021 will have a reduced attendance. 

There are eight Group 1 races as well as a plethora of Group 2 and Group 3 contests and some very competitive handicaps. Royal Ascot is the showcase for top thoroughbreds across all distances from the five furlong King’s Stand Stakes up to the two and three-quarter miles Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest race in the calendar.

The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious staying prize in racing and Stradivarius will be looking for a record-equalling fourth consecutive victory this year. Popular sprinter Battaash is being aimed at a repeat win in the King’s Stand Stakes while top miler Palace Pier is expected to line up in the opening Queen Anne Stakes.

RacingTips.com will provide you with everything you need to enjoy a profitable Royal Ascot festival, including the best betting offers for this year’s festival. We have every angle covered by our team of horse racing experts on our dedicated Royal Ascot pages with tips for all 35 races at the meeting. The race times are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.

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Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips

Royal Ascot 2021 opens in spectacular style with three Group 1 races on the card, starting with the Queen Anne Stakes at 2.30. The Group 2 Coventry Stakes for two-year-olds follows at 3.05 before the top sprinters take the stage for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40. The final top grade race on day 1 is the St James’s Palace Stakes at 4.15.

The first handicap of the week is the Ascot Stakes (4.50) over two and a half miles followed by the Listed Wolferton Stakes (5.25) and the concluding Copper Horse Handicap at 6pm. Our Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.

Queen Anne Stakes

The Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes is one of the most prestigious mile races of the season. The key form guide is often the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury with seven of the last twelve winners having run in that race on their previous start. Frankie Dettori is always popular for Ascot tips and is joint-leading jockey of all time in this race with six winners alongside Sir Gordon Richards. His most recent Queen Anne Stakes victory came aboard Ramonti for eight-times winners Godolphin in 2007. Dettori could partner the Gosden-trained Palace Pier this year, the winner of last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes.

King’s Stand Stakes

Last year’s winner Battaash is expected to try to become the thirteenth horse to win the race twice. The seven-year-old finished runner-up to Blue Point in this race in 2018 and 2019 prior to his impressive victory 12 months’ ago. Only three horses have managed to win this race at the age of seven, the most recent being Sole Power who successfully defended his title in 2014. The main market rival to Battaash is likely to be Glass Slippers, only fifth last year but later successful in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for Kevin Ryan and Tom Eaves.

St James’s Palace Stakes

The Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes often features a clash between the best horses from the 2000 Guineas run in Britain, Ireland and France. Five of the last twelve winners ran in the Irish 2000 Guineas on their previous start including winners Canford Cliffs (2010), Kingman (2014) and Gleneagles (2015).

Only a short-head separated Poetic Flare and Master Of The Seas at Newmarket on May 1st with Aidan O’Brien’s three runners all well beaten. The Ballydoyle trainer has won this race a record eight times and his representative will certainly be worth considering in Royal Ascot day 1 tips. His entries include Dewhurst Stakes winner St Marks Basilica who missed the Newmarket Classic in favour of the French Guineas.

Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips

The feature race on day 2 is the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (4.15) over ten furlongs. This race has been won by top class horses including Dubai Millennium (2000), Ouija Board (2006) and Highland Reel (2017).  The Royal Hunt Cup (4.50) is the big one-mile handicap of the week and there will be plenty of Ascot Day 2 Tips for this wide open contest.

The action begins with the Queen Mary Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 2.30. There could be some St Leger clues on offer in the Queen’s Vase at 3.05 and Ascot day 2 concludes with the Windsor Castle Stakes (5.25) and Kensington Palace Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes

John and Thady Gosden have the ante-post favourite for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in defending champion Lord North. The gelding produced a fine turn of foot last year to beat Addeybb but the placings were overturned in soft ground in the Champion Stakes here in October. Lord North returned to the winners’ enclosure with a stylish success in the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March and will be feature in plenty of Royal Ascot day 2 tips.

Addeybb has also been in excellent form, winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Australia for the second successive season. Lord North would be only the fourth dual winner following Connaught (1969, 1970), Mtoto (1987, 1988) and Muhtarram (1994, 1995).

Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips

The Gold Cup (4.15) is the highlight of day 3 of Royal Ascot and will attract even more attention this year with the prospect of history in the making. Frankie Dettori is set to partner Stradivarius as he goes in search of a record-equalling fourth Gold Cup victory for John and Thady Gosden.

The action begins with the Norfolk Stakes for two-year-olds at 2.30 followed by the Hampton Court Stakes for three-year-olds at 3.05. There will plenty of Ascot Day 3 Tips for the two three-year-old handicaps, the Britannia Stakes (4.50) and the King George V Stakes (5.25). The all-aged Buckingham Palace Stakes is another tricky handicap to round off the card at 6pm. Our Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.

Ascot Gold Cup

Stradivarius will bid to equal the record of four Ascot Gold Cups set by Yeats (2006-2009). The chestnut equalled the three victories of Sagaro (1975-1977) when cruising to a 10 lengths victory over Nayef Road last year. The horse was trained for the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe where he finished seventh before a poor run in testing conditions here in October.

Stradivarius bounced back with a win over Ocean Wind in the Sagaro Stakes in April and will be the very popular among Royal Ascot day 3 tips. His most dangerous rivals could be the Mark Johnston-trained duo, Subjectivist and Sir Ron Priestley.

Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips

There are two Group 1 races on day 4 of the Royal meeting, starting with the seventh running of the Commonwealth Cup for three-year-olds at 3.40. It is immediately followed by the Coronation Cup at 4.15, one of the most prestigious mile races of the season for three-year-old fillies. The form of the 1000 Guineas from Newmarket and the Curragh could be tested by the best of the French fillies from the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp.

The Group 3 Albany Stakes for two-year-olds opens proceedings at 2.30 and Epsom Derby form could be put to the test in the King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05. Ascot Day 4 Tips will also try to uncover some value bets in the three closing handicaps; Sandringham Stakes (4.50), Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (5.25) and Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.

Commonwealth Cup

The Group 1 Commonwealth Cup is still in its infancy with this only being the seventh renewal of the six furlong race for three-year-olds. Muhaarar set the bar very high by winning the inaugural running before going on to become Champion Sprinter of Europe. Quiet Reflection (2016) and Caravaggio (2017) were other high class winners but this year’s race has a wide-open look.

Wesley Ward’s Campanelle struck for the American in the Queen Mary Stakes last year before winning the Group 1 Prix Morny. She ran creditably when fourth over a mile at the Breeders’ Cup but could revert to sprinting here. Stable companion Golden Pal was beaten a neck in the Norfolk Stakes last summer before going on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Coronation Stakes

The Group 1 Coronation Stakes is for three-year-old fillies over a mile and features the cream of the Classic crop. Nine of the last twelve winners ran in the 1000 Guineas in Britain, Ireland or France on their previous start. Clive Brittain’s Rizeena (2014) was the last British-trained winner with the last six having been shared equally between Ireland and France.

Plenty of Royal Ascot day 4 tips will focus on the Newmarket Guineas form where Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth defeated Saffron Beach and Fev Rover. Leading juvenile Pretty Gorgeous was a late withdrawal through injury having been ante-post favourite during the winter.

Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips

The final Group 1 of Royal Ascot 2021 is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs at 4.15. The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2002, making it one of the most prestigious sprint races in the world. Notable past winners include Australian champions Choisir (2003) and Black Caviar (2012). It is followed by the competitive Wokingham Handicap (4.50) over the same trip.

The Listed Chesham Stakes opens the card at 2.30, a race won by subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Churchill in 2016. The seven-furlong Jersey Stakes follows at 3.05 with the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at 3.40. Sir Michael Stoute is the trainer to follow in this race with a remarkable eleven previous winners. The curtain comes down on Royal Ascot with the Golden Gates Stakes (5.25) and the Queen Alexandra Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the final Group 1 race of the week. Last year Dream Of Dreams failed to catch Hello Youmzain by a head with the favourite Sceptical only a neck away in third. He was beaten by the same margin by Blue Point in this race in 2019. Sir Michael Stoute’s seven-year-old finally gained his first Group 1 in the Sprint Cup at Haydock before disappointing at Ascot in October. Other possible contenders for your Ascot day 5 tips include Glen Shiel and Art Power, first and fourth in the British Champions Sprint.

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Royal Ascot 2021 will take place from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June.

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Punchestown Festival Betting Tips Day 3

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
14.15 Punchestown
Alpha Des Obeaux 14.15–Punchestown
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14.50 Punchestown
Dounikos 14.50–Punchestown
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15.20 Punchestown
Concertista 15.20–Punchestown
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16.00 Punchestown
Zanahiyr 16.00–Punchestown
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16.30 Punchestown
Sam Brown 16.30–Punchestown
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17.05 Punchestown
Ciel De Neige 17.05–Punchestown
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17.40 Punchestown
Pure Bliss 17.40–Punchestown
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18.10 Punchestown
Guily Billy 18.10–Punchestown
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Punchestown Festival Tips

The Punchestown Festival is often a showcase for Ireland’s Cheltenham winners and that trend is set to continue in the wake of their overwhelming dominance at Prestbury Park this year. Willie Mullins became leading trainer at the festival for a remarkable 17th season in 2019 and is certain to feature in plenty of Punchestown tips. The previous year he had won a record 18 races at the meeting, almost half of the races to take place.

Mullins will have his usual powerful team assembled this year with many of his stable stars by-passing Aintree to wait for Punchestown. Kemboy and Al Boum Photo provided Mullins with a 1-2 in the 2019 Punchestown Gold Cup and could renew rivalry this year. Henry De Bromhead’s Cheltenham Gold Cup 1-2, Minella Indo and A Plus Tard, could also be under consideration for the race. Mullins will be expected to plunder many of the Grade 1 events with the likes of Appreciate It, Monkfish, Chacun Pour Soi, Sir Gerhard and Energumene.

Punchestown Racecourse Guide

Punchestown is regarded as the home of National Hunt racing in Ireland and stages the Punchestown Festival in the spring. Racing was first held here in 1824 with the current site being purchased by the Kildare Hunt Club a year later. 

The track also holds the La Touche Cup with horses running over a four-mile cross country course. The 2018 Punchestown Festival meeting offered total prize money in excess of 3 million Euros and attracted nearly sixty previous Grade 1 winners. In September 2020, Punchestown welcomed the return of flat racing for the first time in 18 years. 

Punchestown Chase Course

The chase course at Punchestown is a right handed undulating track of around two miles. The fences are quite stiff and provide a difficult test for an inexperienced jumper. There is a steady climb throughout the final five furlongs. Top steeplechases include the Punchestown Gold Cup and the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Punchestown Hurdle Course

The hurdles track is more undulating and tighter than the chase course. The bends are very sharp and the course favours hurdlers who like to race up with the pace. The main events on the hurdles track are the Morgiana Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Punchestown Racing Calendar

Punchestown stages 16 jumps meetings and one flat meeting each season, highlighted by the five-day Punchestown Festival in April. There are 39 races at the Festival including 12 Grade 1 events, notably the Punchestown Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. There are also important meetings for the Morgiana Hurdle in November and the John Durkan Memorial Chase in December.

The first significant race of the season at Punchestown is the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle in January. The Grade 2 Tied Cottage Chase is the main event in February with all but two of the Grade 1 races taking place at the Festival meeting.

Punchestown Festival 2021 

Punchestown Festival Day 1

The Punchestown Champion Chase is the highlight on the opening day of the Festival meeting. It is often the target for horses that ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. The roll of honour for this race includes Viking Flagship (1993), Moscow Flyer (2004), Master Minded (2009) and Sprinter Sacre (2013).

The opening day also features the Grade 1 Champion Novice Chase over an extended three miles. This regularly attracts runners from Cheltenham’s RSA Chase with notable recent winners including Sir Des Champs (2012) and Delta Work (2019), both ridden by five times race winner Davy Russell. Trainer Willie Mullins has dominated the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle with seven winners including subsequent dual Champion hurdler Hurricane Fly (2009).

Punchestown Festival Day 2

The Punchestown Gold Cup is the headline event on day 2, first run in 1999 when it was won by Imperial Call. He is one of four Cheltenham Gold Cup winners to land the prize, Sizing John becoming the first horse to win both races in the same season in 2017. Neptune Collonges won the race in 2007 and 2008 before going on to win the Aintree Grand National on his final career start in 2012.

Day 2 also features the Champion IMH Flat Race over two miles, a natural target for horses who ran well in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Fayonagh won both races in 2017 for Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jamie Codd. The latter was also successful on Shaneshill (2014) and Colreevy (2019), both trained by Willie Mullins.

Punchestown Festival Day 3

The Punchestown Champion Stayers Hurdle is the feature race on day 3, won for a remarkable four successive seasons by the Mullins-trained Quevega. This came during her run of six consecutive victories in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham from 2009 to 2014. Faugheen provided Mullins with a record seventh win in the race in 2018 when beating stable companions Penhill and Shaneshill.

The Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase over two miles usually features horses that ran well in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Footpad won both races in 2018, one of seven previous winners for Willie Mullins. Famous names on the roll of honour for this race include Viking Flagship (1993), Moscow Flyer (2002) and Un de Sceaux (2015).

Punchestown Festival Day 4

The Punchestown Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the fourth day. Hurricane Fly became a popular Punchestown tip with four successive wins between 2010 and 2013. Willie Mullins has won the race a record eight times, six of them ridden by Ruby Walsh.

The supporting card features the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. Mullins has won this race nine times, most recently with Bacardys in 2017. Notable winners of this race include Istabraq (1997), Vautour (2014) and Nichols Canyon (2015).

Punchestown Festival Day 5

Punchestown Festival Family Day brings the meeting to a close on Saturday. The feature race is the Grade 1 Mares Champion Hurdle over two and a half miles. Willie Mullins won the race for a record seventh time in 2019 when Benie Des Dieux won it for the second successive season. Annie Power had won the race twice for the stable in 2014 and 2015 before winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in 2016.

The final day of the festival also stages the Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle. Mullins also has a vice-like grip on this race with eight victories including six in a row between 2013 and 2018. The last Triumph Hurdle winner to follow up here was Nicky Henderson’s Katarino in 1999.

Punchestown Summer in Town Weekend

Punchestown Summer In Town Weekend is a summer jumps meeting staged at the end of May or early June each year. The action starts in late-afternoon and stretches into the evening. The 2019 meeting saw Gordon Elliott, Henry De Bromhead and Joseph O’Brien among the winners.

Welcome Back Jumps Weekend

Punchestown Welcome Back Jumps Weekend is usually held in the second week of October. The opening Beginners Chase in 2020 was won by Darver Star who had been placed in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham the previous season. Subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios won the Ladbrokes 3yo Hurdle. There are two Grade 3 chases on the second day, won last year by Zarkareva and The Storyteller for Henry De Bromhead and Gordon Elliott respectively.

Punchestown Winter Festival
Punchestown Winter Festival takes place over two days in mid-November. The feature race is the Morgiana Hurdle, the first Grade 1 of the season at Punchestown. Limestone Lad (1999, 2002 and 2002) and Hurricane Fly (2012, 2013 and 2014) each won the race three times. Willie Mullins won the race for an incredible nine successive seasons between 2011 and 2019.

Our Punchestown Tips Guide

Punchestown Betting Advice 1 – Willie Mullins

When picking out your best Punchestown horse racing tips, you need to look no further than the powerful stable of Willie Mullins. He has been totally dominant at Punchestown over the years, both numerically and in terms of prize money won. Mullins has maintained an impressive strike rate and a level stakes profit in recent seasons.

Punchestown Betting Advice 2 – Cheltenham form

By far the best form guide for your Punchestown tips is the Cheltenham Festival. Some trainers will have kept their less battle-hardened horses back for this meeting but the Cheltenham form sets the standard, especially in the Grade 1 races.

Punchestown Betting Advice 3 – Front-runners

Punchestown betting tips should focus on horses who like to race up with the pace, especially if the ground is on the fast side. It can be a very difficult track for horses to come from off the pace, particularly in the hurdle races.

Punchestown Betting Advice 4 – Check the going

Check the going for the Punchestown Festival before placing your bets. Many horses that have been winning in soft or heavy ground can struggle when faced with faster going at Punchestown in the spring. A series of hard races in testing conditions can leave them susceptible to more lightly-raced rivals at this stage of the season.

FAQ’s

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Today’s Punchestown tips are released as soon as our experts have had time to study the 48-hour declarations, typically the day before racing.

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We try to bring you all the best Punchestown free bets and bookmaker offers including enhanced odds.

What date is Punchestown 2021?

The Punchestown Festival runs from Tuesday 27th April to Saturday 1st May 2021 inclusive.

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The Punchestown Festival 2021 will be held behind closed doors due to the continuing government restrictions during the pandemic. If you wish to be kept informed on attendance at Punchestown Races, you can join the mailing list here.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2021

Expert tips for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Day 4 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Triumph Hurdle
Zanahiyr 13.20–Triumph Hurdle
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13.55 County Hurdle
Ciel De Neige 13.55–County Hurdle
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14.30 Albert Bartlett Hurdle
Alaphillipe 14.30–Albert Bartlett Hurdle
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15.05 Gold Cup
A Plus Tard 15.05–Gold Cup
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15.40 Hunter Chase
Red Indian 15.40–Hunter Chase
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16.25 Mares Chase
Colreevy 16.25–Mares Chase
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16.50 Martin pipe Hurdle
Floueur 16.50–Martin pipe Hurdle
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Cheltenham Tips 2021

Very few sporting events each year produce the excitement and anticipation quite like the Cheltenham Festival. Four days of the best jump racing action each March sees leading contenders from Britain and Ireland do battle at the picturesque Prestbury Park.

A total of 14 Grade One races are contested across the four days including four premier championship races named the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup.

Our tipsters share their expert predictions and tips ahead of every single race at Cheltenham, with a whole host of great value bets.

Tips for every race at Cheltenham

While the four Champion races take much of the spotlight there are 14 grade 1 races and 28 races in total, with over £4.5 million in prize money to be won.

Our team have betting tips for all 28 races including the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle. You can find tips for each individual day here:

Cheltenham Tips Day 1

Cheltenham Tips Day 2

Cheltenham Tips Day 3

Cheltenham Tips Day 4

Gold Cup Tips

Free Cheltenham betting tips, previews and advice

Our tipsters share their tips and betting advice completely free, no hidden fees and no subscriptions. That means you can find the best expert predictions right here and choose which bets you want to back in the 2021 festival.

You will find our early value odds and ante-post tips here months in advance of the first race, ensuring you can maximise your potential profits.

Non runner no bet

Most bookmakers offer non runner no bet promotions on early picks, meaning you can wager on ante post tips in advance without risking your cash.

Non runners will be refunded ahead of the race either as cash, or in the form of a free bet.

Cheltenham free bets and offers

We work with the UK’s leading bookmakers throughout the year, ensuring we have the best free bets and Cheltenham offers available for our readers.

Cheltenham Day 4 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Triumph Hurdle
Zanahiyr 13.20–Triumph Hurdle
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13.55 County Hurdle
Ciel De Neige 13.55–County Hurdle
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14.30 Albert Bartlett Hurdle
Alaphillipe 14.30–Albert Bartlett Hurdle
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15.05 Gold Cup
A Plus Tard 15.05–Gold Cup
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15.40 Hunter Chase
Red Indian 15.40–Hunter Chase
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16.25 Mares Chase
Colreevy 16.25–Mares Chase
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16.50 Martin pipe Hurdle
Floueur 16.50–Martin pipe Hurdle
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips 2021

It is Cheltenham day 4 and the biggest day of the Festival with the Cheltenham Gold Cup spearheading a fantastic final day of racing action at the home of jumps racing. 

The previous three days’ racing has led up to the showpiece race on Friday and another unmissable afternoon awaits punters on Cheltenham Gold Cup day.

Starting with the Grade One Triumph Hurdle and closing out with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle the Cheltenham day 4 races promises thrills galore and the RacingTips team will be on hand again to provide readers with expert Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 tips through the final day’s racecard at the ‘greatest show on turf’.

Gold Cup Day Race Card

Another top-quality collection of classy contests make up the Cheltenham day four races line-up where seven unmissable races will unfold from 1.30pm with the Grade One Triumph Hurdle kicking off proceedings and progressing through to 5.30pm with the closing Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle which is a Grade Three event.

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
13:20 Triumph Hurdle Tips 2m 1f Hurdle
13:55 Country Hurdle Tips 2m 1f Hurdle
14:30 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips 3m Hurdle
15:05 Gold Cup Tips 3m 2f Chase
15:40 Hunter Chase Tips 3m 2 1/2f Chase
16:15 Mares Chase Tips 2m 4 1/2f Hurdle
16:50 Martin Pipe Hurdle Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle

For the final time of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival the customary Cheltenham roar will ring true around Cleeve Hill and the Cotswolds to herald in another top-class afternoon as the tapes fly up and the Triumph Hurdle gets underway.

The final day opener on Cheltenham Gold Cup day sees the best juvenile horses (aged four) compete for what might prove a dress rehearsal for future Champion Hurdles although it takes a really good one to win both races and the last to do so was Katchit. Trainer Nicky Henderson could be the man to follow having saddled the winner twice in the last six years and seven winners overall in the race.

Competitive handicap action is next on the agenda with the County Handicap Hurdle after which the novice staying hurdlers head to post for the latest renewal of the Albert Bartlett Hurdle which could prove a pointer towards future renewals of the Stayers’ Hurdle although can also yield top-class future chasers.

Can trainer Willie Mullins win the race for a third time in five years?

The dust will barely have settled on that race and it is time for the big one – the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The showpiece of Cheltenham day 4 will attract the bulk of punters’ focus and many will be keen to see Al Boum Photo bid to win a third straight Blue Riband and become the first horse since Best Mate to win three Gold Cups.

It is then the turn of the amateur riders to contest over the Cheltenham Gold Cup trip with the St James’s Place Challenge Cup otherwise known as the Foxhunter Chase or the ‘amateur’s Gold Cup’ which sees amateur jockeys contest for a valuable prize. 

The penultimate contest on the Cheltenham races day 4 agenda is a new race having its’ inaugral running with the first ever Cheltenham Festival mares’ chase and the afternoon closes out with the conditional jockeys strutting their stuff in the Martin Pipe Hurdle to bring down the curtain on another fantastic Cheltenham Gold Cup afternoon.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting

It is easy to get involved in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, not just on the day’s main event but also each of the other six contest throughout the final day and on any of the preceding three days of the Cheltenham Festival.

Punters can place their bets online through any of the major bookmakers’ websites which can be accessed via PC, laptop or any mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.

Alternatively there’s sure to be a bookmaker’ betting shop branch nearby for over the counter betting. Don’t worry if you’ve never been in a betting shop or struck a bet, the shop staff will be only too glad to help.

With Covid-19 continuing in the headlines there’ll be no on-course betting this year but with most bookmakers offering Tote betting including singles and popluar bets such at Placepots then there’s no need to miss out when it comes to pools betting.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 runners

The final field of Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 runners is yet to be finalised but a quality field is assured and early entries for the Cheltenham day 4 showpiece sees 41 potential candidates throw their hat into the ring for the Blue Riband prize.

Al Boum Photo will feature heavily amongst many peoples’ Cheltenham Golf Cup 2021 tips as Willie Mullins’ star bids to emulate Best Mate and win the race three times; but the Buck’s Boum gelding will face some stiff opposition.

Barring injury Paul Townend will again partner Willie Mullins’ star in the race, while the County Carlow trainer could also be represented by Kemboy who would likely be partered by David Mullins in the race.

Nico de Boinville is likely to partner with Nicky Henderson’s Santini who will bid to better last year’s third in the race and overturn the 2020 Gold Cup form.

Nicky Henderson could also send out 2020 RSA Chase winner Champ although the King’s Theatre gelding hasn’t had a run this season. With Barry Geraghty having hung up his boots the nod could go to Aidan Coleman to take the reins on the tough-as-teak chaser.

Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead could be doubly represented also with Minella Indo likely to be partnered by Rachael Blackmore, and A Plus Tard could provide Daragh O’Keeffe a first Cheltenham Gold Cup ride having steered the Kapgarde gelding to Savills Chase victory.

Other notable runners and riders could be Paul Nicholls’ Frodon with Bryony Frost likely to again get the leg-up with the pair enjoying a fruitful relationship; there’d likely be no more popular winner to boot!

Gordon Elliott could rely on Delta Work who would most likely be partnered by Jack Kennedy, while Presenting Percy could see a return to the Gold Cup for Davy Russell although Denis O’Regan may deputise given Russell has only just returned from injury and the Gold Cup might come too soon.

Of course with a few weeks still to go the complexion of the Cheltneham Gold Cup runners and riders could change significantly between now and post-time.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Favourites

It is perhaps natural that dual-winner Al Boum Photo heads the betting as the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite as he chases a third successive win in the race and join the legendary Best Mate – a feat that eluded the likes of top-class performers Kauto Star, Denman and Kicking King amongst others.

When it comes to Cheltenham Gold Cup betting however it doesn’t always pay to side with the favourites; Al Boum Photo’s win in the race twelve months ago saw him the first winning favourite since Don Cossack in 2016. 

Only nine favourites have won the Gold Cup since 2000, but on the other side of the coin the longest priced winner in the same was 20/1 chance Lord Windermere in 2014 and only two winners have returned double-digits so those horses featuring towards the top of the betting tend to do best.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 Odds

Given his Cheltenham Gold Cup 20201 odds it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many should  Al Boum Photo strike again to land a third consecutive Gold Cup and he’ll be a popular Cheltenham Gold Cup tip for many punters to claim further big race glory.

Nicky Henderson has strong claims with Santini and Champ and the latter finished with a rattle up the Cheltenham Hill in the 2020 RSA Chase to suggest he’d be suited by the Gold Cup trip. The former ought to be on the premises again having not been suited by the King George VI Chase at Kempton and a more galloping track will show him in better light.

Minella Indo and Delta Work have to bounce back from Savills Chase falls but a big run could come from A Plus Tard who ran down Kemboy late to take the Savills Chase victory. The latter hasn’t run well in two previous starts at the home of jumps racing but A Plus Tard showed plenty of class and stamina to land that Grade One prize and as a former Festival winner he can run a big race.

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Betting Tips

Away from the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the opening Triumph Hurdle is always a competitive race and Gordon Elliott’s Zanahiyr will be popular, but the Irish raider could face a stiff challenge against the likes of French Aseel and Adagio.

A competitive renewal of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle looks wide open and will be a tricky puzzle to unravel for punters as they formulate their Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips.

Benie Des Dieux could be an interesting proposition in the inaugral Mares’ Steeple Chase on Cheltenham day 4 and the former Mares’ Hurdle winner has plenty of chasing experience to call upon.  

Our RacingTips experts will have their Cheltenham Friday tips for every race on the fourth and final day of the Festival including their Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 tips.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Friday

On such a high turnover betting day there’s sure to be plenty of Cheltenham Free bets for Friday on offer from most of the big names in the betting industry. 

New customers will be able to take advantage of a number of excellent free bet sign-up offers, while existing customers are likely to be able to take advantage of special free bets and bonuses.

The RacingTips team will be busy collecting and highlighting the best sign-up offers and free bets available throughout the afternoon as well as offering their expert Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 tips.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

What day and time is the Cheltenham 2021 Gold Cup?

This year’s renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place on Cheltenham day four which takes place on Friday 19 March. The big race of the day gets underway at 3.30pm.

What distance is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over the New Course at the home of jumps racing and unfolds over a trip of 3 miles 2 furlongs and 70 yards. 

What weights are carried in the Gold Cup?

Weights carried by the Cheltenham Gold Cup runners vary according to the horses’ age and sex. 

Horses aged five years carry 11 stone 8lbs in the contest; while horses aged six years and over carry an additional 2lbs, shouldering 11 stone 10lbs.

Mares running in the race are entitled to an allowance of 7lbs at the weights.

What is the prize money for the Gold Cup?

The winner of the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup – Al Boum Photo – netted connections a first prize purse in excess of £350,000 from a total prize fund of around £650,000.

In 2021 the winner will scoop just short of £265,000 for connections with the race boasting a prize fund of £625,000. The remainder of the prize pot will be shared among the first eight runners to complete the gruelling course.

Who won the Gold Cup last year?

Sure to be a popular choice for many peoples’ Cheltenham Gold cup 2021 tips, Willie Mullins’ Al Boum Photo took top honours in the Gold Cup last year where he was winnng the race for the second year in succession.

Paul Townend has steered the son of Buck’s Boum to both Gold Cup victories, taking top honours in 2019 and repeating the feat twelve months ago and the pair will likely combine for another attempt at the famous race and if successful become the first triple-Gold Cup winner since Best Mate.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Marsh Novice Chase
Envoi Allen 13.20–Marsh Novice Chase
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13.55 Pertemps Final
Champagne Platinum 13.55–Pertemps Final
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14.30 Ryanair Chase
Imperial Aura 14.30–Ryanair Chase
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15.05 Stayers Hurdle
Flooring Porter 15.05–Stayers Hurdle
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15.40 Paddy Power Plate Chase
Fils D'Oudairies 15.40–Paddy Power Plate Chase
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16.15 Mares Novice Hurdle
Hook Up 16.15–Mares Novice Hurdle
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16.50 Kim Muir Chase
Mount Ida 16.50–Kim Muir Chase
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Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

We enter the third day of the Festival and the line-up of Cheltenham day 3 races promises to be another unmissable afternoon with a number of Grade One contests on the agenda including both the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.

As with previous days of the Festival our expert tipsters will bring readers and punters their Cheltenham Festival day 3 tips for every race through the card from the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase through to the closing Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase.

If you haven’t already, make sure to take advantage of our tips for Champions Day and Ladies Day before deciding your day 3 bets

Cheltenham Day 3 Races

The line-up for Cheltenham day 3 races sees seven classy contests heading to post from its’ usual starting time of 1.30pm with the Marsh Novices’ Chase and closing at 5.30pm with the day three finale, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
13:20 Marsh Novice Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
13:55 Pertemps Final Tips 3m Hurdle Hurdle
14:30 Ryanair Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
15:05 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips 3m Hurdle
15:40 Paddy Power Plate Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
16:15 Mares’ Novice Hurdle Tips 2m 2f Hurdle
16:50 Kim Muir Chase Tips 3m 1 1/2f Chase

For the third day in a row the famous Cheltenham roar will reverberate around Cleeve Hill and the Cotswolds in unison with ‘tapes up’ on the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase.

A relatively new contest on the Festival agenda and having its’ eleventh renewal at the 2021 Festival, the classy Grade One has been a favourite of the Irish trainers with only Philip Hobbs interrupting the dominance of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott in the contest. 

Competitive handicap action follows with the Pertemps Network Final before our attentions are turned to the two feature races on the card with the Grade One duo of the Ryanair Chase and the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Ryanair Chase has been another favourite of Irish-trained runners with four of the last five renewals heading back across the Irish Sea; while the Stayers’ Hurdle will settle the score of who is the champion staying hurdler and Paisley Park will surely be amongst the most popular Cheltenham Thursday tips to regain his crown.

Further handicap action follows with the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate which is always a competitive affair, and that Grade Three handicap contest is backed by Grade Two action with the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle where Willie Mullins will be bidding to continue his dominance of the race having won all five renewals to date since it was first run in 2016.

Closing out the day it is the turn of the amateur riders to take centre-stage in the finale, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Steeple Chase which despite the long distance of the race is often run at a furious pace.

Our expert tipsters will have their Cheltenham Festival day 3 tips through the card for all seven races.

Cheltenham Thursday Feature Race

The feature races across all four days of the Cheltenham Festival bring together the very best horses to compete for the top prizes, earn bragging rights as champions in their discipline and are often the focal point of many peoples’ day 3 Cheltenham tips.

Unlike previous days of the Festival, there are two Cheltenham Thursday feature race contests for punters to unravel with the Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle both amongst the Cheltenham day 3 races and opinion remains divided which of the pair is the dominant race of the day.

15:30 Ryanair Steeplechase

Open to horses aged five and over, the Ryanair Chase is perhaps a consolation race for the Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase, often featuring horses that may lack the speed for the two miles of the latter while perhaps not quite possessing the stamina to get home over the Gold Cup trip.

It is nonetheless one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival since being introduced to the Festival lineup in 2005. A favourite of Irish trainers judging on past recent winners with four of the last five renewals going to Irish trainers the race has nevertheless been won by several notable names including Min, Frodon, Un De Sceaux and Vautour in recent years; while 2009 winner Imperial Commander went on to Gold Cup success the following year.

Only one horse to date has won the race twice with Jonjo O’Neill’s Albertas Run performing the feat in 2010 and 2011. Might we see the last two winners of the race, Frodon and Min line up again?

Stayers Hurdle 

Known by a number of names in the past, the Stayers’ Hurdle is the ‘Championship’ race amonst the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up and brings together the best staying hurdlers from the UK, Ireland and Europe to compete for top honors in the staying division.

The Stayers’ Hurdle contest is open to horses aged four and upwards and has featured some big-name winners most notably four-time champion Big Buck’s and triple-winners Inglis Drever and dual-champion Baracouda featuring on an illustrious roll of honour.

This year’s renewal could be a cracker with former champion Paisley Park likely to bid to regain the crown he relinquished twelve months ago and Emma Lavelle’s charge will prove popular on many peoples’ Cheltenham Thursday tips.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Betting Tips

The opening contest on the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up, Gordon Elliott’s Envoi Allen looks every inch a Festival banker and will feature heavily amongst punters’ Cheltenham race tips for Thursday lists.

Already no stranger to Cheltenham Festival success can anything beat the unbeaten star whose perfect streak extends to eleven wins from eleven starts?

The second race, the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle looks another hugely competitive renewal; while 2020 Ryanair Chase winner Min heads the ante-post betting for the 2021 renewal. Will Willie Mullins’ charge mount a defence of his title or will connections be tempted at a crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase with the son of Walk In The Park?

With the scores at one apiece 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park is likely to face off again with young pretender Thyme Hill in the Stayers’ Hurdle feature and punters will be hard pushed to separate the pair when it comes to deciding on their Cheltenham Festival day 3 betting tips.

In the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, Willie Mullins will be hoping to maintain his clean sweep of the Grade Two prize and his Gauloise is the ante-post market leader following her recent impressive Thurles victory.

The closing Kim Muir Challenge Cup meanwhile is sure to prove an open and competitive affair with plenty of chances throughout the field.

The RacingTips team will have their Cheltenham Thursday tips published in good time for every race through the card; be sure to check back often on the run-up to the Cheltenham day three races to find out our selections!

Cheltenham Free Bets For Thursday

When it comes to Cheltenham free bets for Thursday our team will be busy collecting and collating all the unmissable bookmaker free bets and betting offers as well as providing all their Cheltenham race tips for Thursday to hopefully help punters turn a profit by taking advantage of the many concessions that will be on offer on the day.

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Ballymore Novice Hurdle
Bravemansgame 13.20–Ballymore Novice Hurdle
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18.30 Punchestown
Monkfish 18.30–Punchestown
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14.30 Coral Cup
Grand Roi 14.30–Coral Cup
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15.05 Champion Chase
Chacun Pour Soi 15.05–Champion Chase
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15.40 Cross-Country Chase
Balko Des Flos 15.40–Cross-Country Chase
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16.15 Grand Annual Chase
Sky Pirate 16.15–Grand Annual Chase
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16.50 Champion Bumper
Kilcruit 16.50–Champion Bumper
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Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

We enter the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday and hopefully following some successful punting on day one we’ll be in profit heading into the Cheltenham day 2 races.

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival is also known as ‘Ladies’ Day’ and it is perhaps fitting then that the highlight of the second day of the Festival will be headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

As with the opening day, our tipsters will provide their Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips through the card as the ‘greatest show on turf’ continues.

Cheltenham Day 2 Races

Wednesday’s Cheltenham day 2 races promises to be another top-class afternoon of exciting racing action, kicking off as usual at 1.30pm with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and drawing to a close with the Weatherbys Champion Bumper which brings the second day to a close at 5.30pm.

All eyes will be on the day’s feature race however, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the third of four Grade One contests on the second day and the highlight heads to post at 3.30pm as the fourth race of the day.

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2m 5f Hurdle
13:55 Brown Advisory Novice Chase Tips 3m 1/2f Chase
14:30 Coral Cup  Tips 2m 5f Hurdle
15.:05 Champion Chase Tips 2m Chase
15:40 Cross Country Handicap Chase Tips 3m 7f Chase
16:15 Grand Annual Chase Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle
16:50 Champion Bumper Tips 2m 1/2f Bumper

With seven races taking place starting with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle the opening race is worth a second look for future Festival winners; indeed several winners of this race have developed into top class performers with famous names such as The New One, Faugheen, Yorkhill, Samcro and Envoi Allen all recent winners of this top prize.

We remain in novice company for the second race but switch to the larger obstacles for the Festival Novices’ Chase which was formerly known as the RSA Chase; again pay attention to this contest as the race has a habit of throwing up a future Gold Cup candidate.

Two competitive contests to kick off Cheltenham races day 2 and there’s no let-up in race three where the handicappers head to post over hurdles for another competitive renewal of the Coral Cup. Good luck to all trying to bag the winner with their Cheltenham Wednesday tips in what is usually a tricky puzzle for punters to solve!

Race four is the feature race of the day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and this year will prove a very interesting renewal. Can Altior return to winning form and bag a third win in the race? Will Politologue defend the crown he won twelve months ago? Or will Willie Mullins finally land the one Festival Championship race that has thus far eluded him?

Chacun Pour Soi will be the big hope of the County Carlow trainer and the banker bet of many peoples’ Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips.

Next up of the Cheltenham day 2 races is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase where dual-winner Tiger Roll could have his Festival swansong race if bidding to regain his crown prior to a potential final career start in the Grand National and the popular performer is a real Festival favourite. Will he feature in your Cheltenham Festival tips on day 2?

The Grand Annual Chase moves from its’ traditional Cheltenham Festival final day bookend to take its’ new place as the penultimate race of day two and another competitive handicap chase awaits; while the second day closes as it began with Grade One racing where the Champion Bumper brings the curtain down on another top-class afternoon.

Plenty of big names have taken this prize before going on to big things later in their careers so is another race to take particular note of!

Cheltenham Wednesday Feature Race

Spearheading the Cheltenham day 2 races is the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30pm and the popular contest will surely garner the attentions of punters eager to see whether dual-winner Altior can regain his crown.

The Cheltenham Wednesday feature race brings together the best two mile exponents over the larger obstacles from across the UK and Ireland and beyond in what is sure to be another mouthwatering renewal where no quarter will be asked or given as some of the biggest guns in the game lock their sights on the big prize.

15:30 Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase

The day two feature is open to horses aged five and over and the contest has been won by some big names including dual-champions Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded and Moscow Flyer just a few of the household names to have taken the prize.

Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both saddled the winner of this race six times and will be well-represented again with the former looking to his Politologue to successfully defend the crown he won twelve months ago; while Altior could potentially bid to win a third Champion Chase crown and become only the second horse to land a treble in the contest following Badsworth Boy.

However both will have to contend with the up-and-coming Chacun Pour Soi who heads the ante-post betting for the race and will be a popular choice in many peoples’ Cheltenham Wednesday tips as the Policy Maker gelding bids to give trainer Willie Mullins a first win in the race and complete his Championship race collection having thus far failed to win the race.

Other contenders to note include last season’s Arkle winner Put The Kettle On from the Henry de Bromhead team; while Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra beat Altior at Kempton over Christmas and could be an outsider to consider.

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Betting Tips

There’s sure to be plenty of opinions shared when it comes to Cheltenham Festival tips on day 2 from the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle where the impressive pair Bravemansgame and Bob Olinger head the beating.

The former RSA Chase sees Willie Mullins’ Monkfish as a potential Cheltenham race tips for Wednesday banker where he trades several points ahead of the likes of Latest Exhibition and Next Destination amongst others.

Fan favourite Tiger Roll will be popular in the Glenfarclas Cross Country but French raider Easysland took top honours twelve months ago and could be hard to beat again in defence of his crown.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have traded blows in recent Champion Bumper renewals and the latter holds the current ante-post favourite with Sir Gerhard in what is sure to be a hotly contested finale to the second day.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Wednesday

As is usually the case at the Cheltenham Festival there’s sure to be plenty of Cheltenham free bets for Wednesday on offer for punters to make use of, offering opportunities to turn a profit for little outlay.

Leading bookmakers will have a number of free bets and offers running throughout the the biggest week of the National Hunt season and the RacingTips.com team will be busy throughout all four days of the Festival providing readers and punters with their Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips as well as highlighting the best Cheltenham free bet offers and concessions available.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Cheltenham
Soaring Glory 13.20–Cheltenham
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13.55 Cheltenham
Shishkin 13.55–Cheltenham
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14.30 Cheltenham
One For The Team 14.30–Cheltenham
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15.05 Cheltenham
Epatante 15.05–Cheltenham
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15.40 Cheltenham
Roksana 15.40–Cheltenham
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16.15 Cheltenham
Riviere D'Etel 16.15–Cheltenham
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16.50 Cheltenham
Galvin 16.50–Cheltenham
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Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

The greatest show on turf kicks off for the first of four top-class days’ horse racing action at the home of jumps racing and the RacingTips team will be on hand throughout the week to offer readers their top tips and best bets for each day as they mark punters’ cards for every race.

 From ‘tapes up’ for the opening race of the Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle through to the closing National Hunt Chase our tipsters will have Cheltenham Festival day one tips through the card on Tuesday as the premier jumps racing festival gets underway.

Cheltenham Day 1 Races

Tuesday’s Cheltenham day 1 races will play host to seven top-class contests, getting underway from 1.30pm with the curtain-raising Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and ending at 5.30pm with the National Hunt Steeple Chase.

 The feature race of the afternoon sees the latest renewal of the Grade One Champion Hurdle which goes to post at 3.30pm and is the third of four Grade One races on the opening day with the Grade One Arkle Chase and Grade One Mares’ Hurdle making up the quartet.

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle
2:10 Arkle Chase Tips 2m Chase
2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips 3m 1/2f Chase
3:30 Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Tips 2m 1/2f Hurdle
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Tips 2m 4f Hurdle
4:50 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips 4m Chase
5:30  National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Tips 2m 4 1/2f Chase

The famous Cheltenham roar will reverberate around the Cotswolds as the tapes go up on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle which often provides significant pointers towards future Festival winners and the race has thrown up Champion Hurdle winners as well as top-class chasers; indeed Altior took the top honours in this race before becoming one of the greatest two-mile chasers in Cheltenham’s history.

 Following on from the Festival curtain raiser it is time for the first race of the Festival over fences with the Grade One Arkle Chase where Willie Mullins will again likely be a popular choice amongst many peoples’ Cheltenham Tuesday tips having saddled the winner in four of the last six renewals.

 The Arkle Chase invariably throws up a top-class prospect and the likes of Altior, Douvan, Un De Seaux and Sprinter Sacre have all taken this prize in their careers.

 Competitive handicap action over fences follows with the Ultima Handicap Chase aka the Festival Trophy before a return to hurdles for the day’s Champion Hurdle feature where Epatante will bid to retain her crown.

 The Cheltenham day 1 races continue with the Mares’ Hurdle which has been a Willie Mullins benefit and the County Carlow trainer has won nine of the 13 runnings of the race although will be looking to win it for the first time in three years.

 There is further hurdles action with the penultimate race of day one, the Boodles Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle which is perhaps better known as the Fred Winter Hurdle; while it is the turn of the amateur riders to close out the opening day with the competitive and often-gruelling National Hunt Chase.

 Be sure to check out our Cheltenham race tips for Tuesday as we’ll have tips for all seven Cheltenham day 1 races.

Cheltenham Tuesday Feature Race

The feature race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Grade One Champion Hurdle heads to post at 3.30pm and will attract plenty of attention from punters.

Offering the chance for the very best two mile hurdlers in the UK, Ireland and beyond to come together in a titanic tussle the Champion Hurdle is the first of the four ‘Championship’ races at the Cheltenham Festival with one race each taking place on each day of the meeting.

 Defending champion Epatante will likely feature prominently amongst the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips but Nicky Henderson’s star is sure to face stern opposition once more when she bids to retain her crown.

15:30 Champion Hurdle Tips

Since it was first run in 1927 the Champion Hurdle has become one of the most famous races in the National Hunt calendar and the two-mile race has a rich history of household names amongst an illustrious roll-of-honour.

Open to horses four years and older the best of the Irish two-milers will lock horns with the cream of the home crop of horses headed by defending champion Epatante who won the race twelve months ago.

 Nicky Henderson’s star mare will be a popular choice to follow up her win in the race twelve months ago where she could give owner JP McManus a fifth straight win in the race; while trainer Henderson has won three of the last four renewals.

Willie Mullins is no stranger to Champion Hurdle success and the Irish handler could saddle the likes of Sharjah and Saint Roi in opposition; while Henry de Bromhead might pitch his unbeaten mare Honeysuckle into the premier prize line-up in another high-class renewal.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Betting Tips

So who might feature in the Cheltenham Festival day 1 tips as the greatest show on turf fast approaches? We’ve already seen some top performances from many of the main protagonists and with punters already formulating their battle plans there is lots to consider.

 Among the most likely Cheltenham Tuesday tips are Willie Mullins’ Appreciate It who made a telling impression when routing his field to land a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas to take his unbeaten tally over hurdles to two.

 Last season’s Champion Bumper runner-up will be popular amongst punters looking to get their Cheltenham day one races bets off to a winning start and the Irish raider heads the betting for the curtain-raising contest.

 In the Arkle meanwhile Shishkin continues to dominate the Cheltenham Festival day 1 betting tips as many punters’ Festival banker of the meeting; while Honeysuckle, Concertista and Benie Des Dieux are at the head of the betting for the Mares’ Hurdle.

 The closing National Hunt Chase meanwhile looks very open with Gordon Elliott’s Galvin heading the ante-post market for the day one finale. It could be another good day for Willie Mullins however with the County Carlow trainer boasting a number of highly-fancied runners as he looks to land another Champion Trainer crown.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Tuesday

Fancy a potential big win for little or no financial outlay? The Cheltenham Festival is a favourite with punters and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the many Cheltenham free bets for Tuesday and throughout the week that will be on offer from several of the leading bookmakers.

The RacingTips team will be busy throughout the Festival not only providing punters and readers with their Cheltenham Day 1 tips but also sourcing and collating the best of the bookmakers’ Cheltenham free bets for Tuesday and through the course of the week to help hopefully win big!

Ascot Tips

Ascot has been the home of the Champion Stakes since it was transferred from Newmarket in 2011. It is now established as the feature event on Champions Day in mid-October, the richest single race day in British racing. Champions Day 2020 will take place on Saturday 17th October.

The Group 2 Long Distance Cup gets the meeting underway at 1.20. The British Champions Sprint over six furlongs kicks off the Group 1 action at 1.55, followed by the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes at 2.30 and the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 3.05. The featured Champion Stakes concludes the Group 1 action at 3.40 before the competitive Balmoral Handicap concludes a top class day’s racing at 4.15.

Ascot Champions Day Tips

Ghaiyyath heads the entries for the Champion Stakes and a possible re-match with Irish Champion Stakes conqueror Magical. The younger generation are set to be represented by French Derby winner Mishriff. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is the target for the unbeaten Palace Pier where possible rivals include English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners Kameko and Godolphin’s Pinatubo.

Haydock Sprint Cup winner Dream Of Dreams and Newmarket July Cup winner Oxted are among the Champions Sprint entries. Other notable entries include St Leger winner Galileo Chrome (Long Distance Cup) and impressive Prix Vermeille winner Tarnawa (Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes).

Ascot Tips: Champion Stakes Tips

The British Champion Stakes is the richest ten furlong race in Europe and the highlight of British Champions Day at Ascot. The race was first run at Newmarket in 1877 and was immediately classed as a Group 1 contest when graded races were introduced in 1971. 

Tristan (1882 – 1884) is the only horse in history to win the Champion Stakes three times. Brigadier Gerard won the 1971 renewal and followed up the following year. Other notable winners include Time Charter (1982), Pebbles (1985) and Triptych (1986, 1987).

The first running of the Champion Stakes at Ascot in 2011 was won by French champion Cirrus des Aigles. The race made headlines around the world in 2012 as Frankel defeated Cirrus des Aigles in front of a capacity crowd on his final racecourse appearance. He retired to stud undefeated in 14 races, ten of which were at Group 1 level.

Running and riding plans for this year’s race remain fluid following Magical’s victory over Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s remarkable mare was winning her seventh Group 1 race and has several possible engagements including the Arc and the Breeders’ Cup. Ghaiyyath was not allowed to dictate the race at Leopardstown and could attempt to regain the winning thread here.

Mishriff features prominently in Ascot tips, a three-year-old colt trained by John Gosden. He produced an astonishing burst of speed to win the French Derby in July and followed up in great style in the Prix Guillaume. He revels in soft ground and John Gosden has nominated the Champion Stakes as his main Autumn objective.

Ascot Tips: Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was first run in 1955 and is one of the top mile races in Europe. The race was given Group 1 status in 1987 and has been won by many of the best milers in racing history. 

Brigadier Gerard (1971 and 1972) and Rose Bowl (1975 and 1976) remain the only two horses to have won the race twice. Other notable winners include Kris (1979), Teleprompter (1984), Dubai Millennium (1999) and Frankel (2011).

The 1995 renewal was won by Bahri, trained by John Dunlop and ridden by Willie Carson. Bahri was taken wide under the trees to avoid the soft ground and the tactics paid off with a six lengths victory. He was the last of Carson’s record eight winners in the race.

John Gosden’s Palace Pier is the red hot favourite in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes this year. He won a Newcastle handicap in June before defeating Pinatubo in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He confirmed his status as the top three-year-old miler when defeating Alpine Star and Circus Maximus in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

His main danger could be Newmarket 2000 Guineas winner Kameko. He did not stay the trip in the Epsom Derby and was denied a clear run when fourth to Mohaather in a dramatic Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. He patently failed to stay ten furlongs in the York International and now reverts to his optimum trip.

British Champions Long Distance Cup Tips

The British Champions Long Distance Cup is a Group 2 race over two miles. The race was established as the Jockey Club Cup and was held at Newmarket from 1873 to 2011. The race is remembered for the sequence of five successive victories by the popular grey Further Flight between 1991 and 1995.

Other notable past winners include Buckskin (1978), Ardross (1980) and Little Wolf (1982). Persian Punch (2000, 2002, 2003) won the race three times, his final victory coming at the grand old age of ten. The race was transferred to Ascot in 2011 and renamed the Long Distance Cup with a big injection of prize money from £65,000 to £200,000.

The Ascot race immediately became an Autumn target for Ascot Gold Cup winners. Fame and Glory (2011), Rite of Passage (2012), Order of St George (2017) and Stradivarius (2018), were all successful in this race and the Ascot Gold Cup.

Leading stayer Stradivarius suffered a rare defeat when edged out by Kew Gardens here 12 months’ ago. His participation must be in doubt as he is heading for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year. Stable companion Enbihaar also has a possible engagement on Arc weekend. Dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song could run here while English St Leger Galileo Chrome is another possible entry. 

British Champions Sprint Stakes Tips

The British Champions Sprint Stakes is a Group 1 race formerly known as the Diadem Stakes. The inaugural running took place in 1946 and the race has been won by many leading sprinters over the years. Set Fair (1952 and 1954) and Jack And Jill (1958 and 1959) remain the only dual winners. It was renamed in 2011 and awarded Group 1 status four years’ later.

Other notable winners include Moorestyle (1981), Never So Bold (1984), Cadeaux Genereux (1988) and Gordon Lord Byron (2014). Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in the race’s history with seven winners, his last coming aboard Salieri in 1983.

Dream Of Dreams staked his claim to be recognised as Champion Sprinter when taking the Haydock Sprint Cup. He reversed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes form with Hello Youmzain as he followed up his wide margin victory in Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes. Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding is likely to feature in plenty ascot tips & predictions.

The race could also see the return to action of July Cup winner Oxted. Roger Teal’s four-year-old is unproven on soft ground but his pedigree suggests that he will handle it. One horse who won’t run if the going is testing is Khaadem, the winner of the 2019 Stewards’ Cup. He has run well at Ascot and Newmarket this season but faded behind Donjuan Triumphant in heavy ground here last year.

Ascot Tips: British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes

The British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes over a mile and a half was formerly known as the Princess Royal Stakes. The race was first run in 1946 and Shebeen became the first horse to win the race twice in 1974 and 1975. Her achievement was matched by Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Capella with victories in 2008 and 2010.

Other notable winners include Free Guest (1985), Snow Bride (1989) and Ouija Board (2005). Epsom Oaks winner Ouija Board won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2004 and 2006. The race was renamed in 2011 with prize money doubled to half a million pounds. Trainer John Dunlop was successful nine times in this race, registering one more victory than leading jockey Lester Piggott.

Magical could become the third horse to win this race twice if attempting to add to her 2018 victory. Aidan O’Brien has the Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as alternative options for his star mare. His Highness The Aga Khan appears to have the ideal filly for this race in Tarnawa after her Vermeille Stakes success.

Ascot betting offers

New customers can expect some terrific Champions Day offers from bookmakers. In 2018 Betfair offered new customers 33-1 for favourite Cracksman to a maximum £1 stake to win the Champion Stakes. The odds-on favourite won by six lengths under Frankie Dettori, a great way to open your account!

Ascot Free Bets

As well as some enticing new customer offers, existing customers should look out for free bets on Champions Day. Paddy Power have frequently offered free £5 bets on the first televised race at big meetings this summer. Bet365 have rewarded customers who back a winner at 4-1 on any live ITV race with a risk free bet to the same stake on the next ITV race. You simply place your bet and any losses will be returned to your account.

Ascot Live Streaming

ITV Racing will have extensive live coverage of Champions Day 2020. If you cannot get to a television set, you can view the races live on the internet by placing a bet with your bookmaker.

British Champions Day Live Streaming

All six races on Champions Day can be viewed live online by placing a small qualifying bet with your bookmaker. Most bookmakers provide this service for a small stake, typically just £1.

Champions Day FAQ’s

Is Champions Day cancelled?

No, Champions Day will go ahead as planned

What date is Champions Day?

Champions Day at Ascot is on Saturday 17th October

Can you buy tickets for Champions Day 2020?

Champions Day is likely to go ahead behind closed doors in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

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Breeders Cup Tips 2020 Day 2: Your Tipping Guide To the Big Horse Racing Meeting at Keeneland 

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
5:02pm  Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Sprint  Gamine Place Bet
5:39pm  Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint  Got Stormy Place Bet
6:18pm  Big Ass Fans Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile  Knicks Go Place Bet
6:57pm  Makers Mark Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mare Turf  Mean Mary Place Bet
7:36pm  Breeders’ Cup Sprint  CZ Rocket Place Bet
8:15pm  Breeders’ Cup Mile  Kameko Place Bet
8:54pm  Breeders’  Cup Distaff  Monomoy Girl Place Bet
9:33pm  Breeders’ Cup Turf  Tarnawa Place Bet
10:15pm Breeders’ Cup Classic  Authentic Place Bet

 

Breeders’ Cup Tips

The Breeders’ Cup takes place over two days in November and features fourteen Championship races with total prize money of over $30 million. It is staged at various tracks in the United States except for 1996 when it was held at Woodbine in Canada. The meeting always attracts a strong European challenge and is known as the World Championship of racing.

The main feature races are the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Notable past winners at this meeting include Cigar (1995), Zenyatta (2008 and 2009), American Pharoah (2015) and Enable (2018).

Breeders’ Cup Classic Tips

The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic provides the climax to the meeting and is one of the most prestigious races in the world. European success is rare on the dirt surface but Arcangues sprang a 133-1 shock for France in 1993. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori struck with Ravens Pass in 2008. 

Cigar was a famous winner of the Classic in 1995 and Zenyatta became the first female winner of the race in 2009. She came agonisingly close to following up in 2010 when failing by a neck to catch Blame. It was her first and only defeat in 20 races. Bob Baffert is the trainer to follow for your Breeders Cup Classic tips. He won it for three consecutive seasons with Bayern (2014), American Pharoah (2015) and Arrogate (2016).

Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law is the early favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting. He revived memories of Funny Cide who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003 for the same connections. Bob Baffert is set to bid for a fourth Classic victory in seven years with Maximum Security. The colt was sensationally disqualified after winning last year’s Kentucky Derby. The Coolmore syndicate have since acquired a 50% share in the horse.

Baffert has other leading contenders in Authentic and Improbable. 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic had been an impressive winner of the Haskell Stakes in July. His victory over Tiz The Law puts him firmly in the picture for the Classic. Improbable was fifth in the Mile last season but advertised his Classic claims with victory in The Whitney Stakes in August.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Tips

European runners have a tremendous record in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Found (2015) provided Aidan O’Brien with a record eighth winner in the race and his entries will feature in plenty of Breeders Cup tips. His previous winners include High Chaparral (2002 and 2003) and St Nicholas Abbey (2011).

Sir Michael Stoute has trained the winner on four occasions including twice with Conduit (2008 and 2009). Andre Fabre has won the race three times for France while other notable winners for Europe include Pebbles (1985), Daylami (1999) and Enable (2018). 

The outcome of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will ultimately decide the strength of the European challenge in 2020. The Longchamp race features the eagerly-awaited clash between Epsom Oaks winner Love and dual Arc winner Enable. Love is trained by Aidan O’Brien who has a host of other possible runners for the Turf.

Epsom Derby winner Serpentine, Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth and Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul make up an impressive bunch of three-year-old colts. He could also call upon Irish Champion Stakes winner Magical who lowered the colours of Ghaiyyath at Leopardstown. The five-year-old mare was runner-up to Enable in this race in 2018.

Breeders’ Cup Mile Tips

The brilliant Goldikova won the Breeders’ Cup Mile for three consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2010. Lester Piggott came out of retirement to ride Royal Academy to victory here in 1990 and other notable European winners include Miesque (1987 and 1988), Barathea (1994) and Expert Eye (2018).

French hopes this year could rest with Earthlight who successfully stepped up to seven furlongs for the first time at Deauville in September. He races in the colours of Godolphin who have the ante-post favourite in Pinatubo. Charlie Appleby’s consistent colt has been placed in two Classics this year and could renew rivalry with his Royal Ascot conqueror Palace Pier.

English 2000 Guineas winner Kameko has endured a frustrating season since winning at Newmarket. He did not stay the Derby trip and was desperately unlucky when fourth to Mohaather in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Newspaperofrecord looks the best of the home team despite a shock defeat at Churchill Downs on her latest start.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Tips

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the richest two-year-old contest in North America and takes place on dirt. The French-trained Arazi hit the headlines in 1991 when he passed the entire field to win in spectacular fashion.

Steven Asmussen’s Jackie’s Warrior heads the betting for the Juvenile, an unbeaten son of Maclean’s Music. He won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga with Joel Rosario able to ease him down in the closing stages. Luiz Mendez trains Dr Schivel who staked his claim with a victory over Spielberg in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

Breeders’ Cup Tips

Breeders’ Cup Day 1

The opening day of the Breeders’ Cup is known as “Future Stars Friday” and is dedicated to the juvenile races. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the top race for colts while the best fillies contest the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. Past winners of this race include Beholder (2012) and Songbird (2015).

There are also top juvenile races on turf where the European raiders have enjoyed some success. The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was won by the Charles Hills-trained Chriselliam in 2013. Chad Brown is the trainer to follow in this race with five winners, the most recent being Newspaperofrecord in 2018.

The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf has been plundered successfully by British and Irish trainers over the years. Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore have teamed up to win it four times while Charlie Appleby and John Gosden have each trained the winner on two occasions. The Grade 2 Juvenile Turf Sprint over five furlongs was added to the meeting in 2018.

Breeders’ Cup Day 2

The Classic and The Turf are the main highlights on Saturday but the top class racing runs throughout the card. The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff is yet another Grade 1 race and is confined to fillies and mares over a mile on dirt. Bayakoa (1989, 1990), Royal Delta (2011, 2012) and Beholder (2013, 2016) all won this race twice. Monomoy Girl is favourite in the Breeders’ Cup betting and will try to add to her 2018 success.

Sheikh Albadou claimed a famous British success on dirt when landing the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 1991. It should have been a second consecutive British winner but Dayjur jumped a shadow close to the winning post when set for victory the previous year. Goldencents won in 2013 and 2014 and is the only dual winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. A popular Breeders Cup Tip this year is Vekoma who blazed the trail to win the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont.

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on dirt was won in consecutive seasons by Groupie Doll in 2012 and 2013. There have been two dual winners of the Turf Sprint with Mizdirection (2012 and 2013) and Stormy Liberal (2017 and 2018) claiming back-to-back victories.

The Europeans are no strangers to success in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Ouija Board (2004 and 2006) and Midday (2009) are among the horses to have won here and another strong raiding party seems likely. Jessica Harrington’s Cayenne Pepper has improved throughout the season and Joseph O’Brien’s Fancy Blue is another possible entry.

Breeders’ Cup Betting

Bookmakers have ante-post betting available on all the Breeders’ Cup races. Be aware that the top European horses often have alternative targets such as the Arc meeting at Longchamp and British Champions Day at Ascot. It pays to follow the racing press to keep up-to-date with the latest running and riding plans. Look out for extra place betting and “Best Odds Guarantee” when placing your Breeders Cup bets.

Breeders’ Cup Free Bets

Bookmakers are always keen to attract new customers with free bets and there will be a whole range of offers to choose from at the Breeders’ Cup. There have also been some great Breeders Cup offers for existing customers including from Racebets who refunded stakes as a free bet (up to £10) if your horse was 2nd, 3rd or 4th to a British or Irish-trained winner!

Breeders’ Cup Live Streaming

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be televised live on Sky Sports Racing. If you do not have access to this dedicated racing channel, you can watch the races through live streaming on your bookmaker’s website. Simply stake a minimum bet of £1 to view the Breeders’ Cup races. Check terms and conditions with your chosen bookmaker.

NBC Sports and TVG are the major US networks covering the Breeders’ Cup 2020. Extensive coverage and previews of the event are free to view on Breederscup.com, YouTube and Facebook.

Breeders’ Cup FAQ’s

Is the Breeders’ Cup 2020 cancelled?

No, the Breeders’ Cup will go ahead this year

What date is this year’s Breeders’ Cup?

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November

Where is the Breeders’ Cup 2020?

The Breeders’ Cup 2020 is at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

Will there be spectators at the Breeders’ Cup?

No. There are no fans permitted at the Breeders’ Cup 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Where will Breeders’ Cup 2021 be held?

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Del Mar Racecourse.

British Champions Day 2020: Your Tipping Guide To the Big Horse Racing Meeting at Ascot

Looking for this year’s Champions Day tips? Our experts will have every race of this autumn spectacular covered, providing ante-post tips, expert previews, breaking news stories and betting updates.

Ascot Tips

Ascot has been the home of the Champion Stakes since it was transferred from Newmarket in 2011. It is now established as the feature event on Champions Day in mid-October, the richest single race day in British racing. Champions Day 2020 will take place on Saturday 17th October.

The Group 2 Long Distance Cup gets the meeting underway at 1.20. The British Champions Sprint over six furlongs kicks off the Group 1 action at 1.55, followed by the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes at 2.30 and the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 3.05. The featured Champion Stakes concludes the Group 1 action at 3.40 before the competitive Balmoral Handicap concludes a top class day’s racing at 4.15.

Ascot Champions Day Tips

Ghaiyyath heads the entries for the Champion Stakes and a possible re-match with Irish Champion Stakes conqueror Magical. The younger generation are set to be represented by French Derby winner Mishriff. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is the target for the unbeaten Palace Pier where possible rivals include English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners Kameko and Godolphin’s Pinatubo.

Haydock Sprint Cup winner Dream Of Dreams and Newmarket July Cup winner Oxted are among the Champions Sprint entries. Other notable entries include St Leger winner Galileo Chrome (Long Distance Cup) and impressive Prix Vermeille winner Tarnawa (Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes).

Champion Stakes Tips

The British Champion Stakes is the richest ten furlong race in Europe and the highlight of British Champions Day at Ascot. The race was first run at Newmarket in 1877 and was immediately classed as a Group 1 contest when graded races were introduced in 1971. 

Tristan (1882 – 1884) is the only horse in history to win the Champion Stakes three times. Brigadier Gerard won the 1971 renewal and followed up the following year. Other notable winners include Time Charter (1982), Pebbles (1985) and Triptych (1986, 1987).

The first running of the Champion Stakes at Ascot in 2011 was won by French champion Cirrus des Aigles. The race made headlines around the world in 2012 as Frankel defeated Cirrus des Aigles in front of a capacity crowd on his final racecourse appearance. He retired to stud undefeated in 14 races, ten of which were at Group 1 level.

Running and riding plans for this year’s race remain fluid following Magical’s victory over Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s remarkable mare was winning her seventh Group 1 race and has several possible engagements including the Arc and the Breeders’ Cup. Ghaiyyath was not allowed to dictate the race at Leopardstown and could attempt to regain the winning thread here.

Mishriff features prominently in Champion Stakes tips, a three-year-old colt trained by John Gosden. He produced an astonishing burst of speed to win the French Derby in July and followed up in great style in the Prix Guillaume. He revels in soft ground and John Gosden has nominated the Champion Stakes as his main Autumn objective.

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was first run in 1955 and is one of the top mile races in Europe. The race was given Group 1 status in 1987 and has been won by many of the best milers in racing history. 

Brigadier Gerard (1971 and 1972) and Rose Bowl (1975 and 1976) remain the only two horses to have won the race twice. Other notable winners include Kris (1979), Teleprompter (1984), Dubai Millennium (1999) and Frankel (2011).

The 1995 renewal was won by Bahri, trained by John Dunlop and ridden by Willie Carson. Bahri was taken wide under the trees to avoid the soft ground and the tactics paid off with a six lengths victory. He was the last of Carson’s record eight winners in the race.

John Gosden’s Palace Pier is the red hot favourite in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes this year. He won a Newcastle handicap in June before defeating Pinatubo in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He confirmed his status as the top three-year-old miler when defeating Alpine Star and Circus Maximus in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

His main danger could be Newmarket 2000 Guineas winner Kameko. He did not stay the trip in the Epsom Derby and was denied a clear run when fourth to Mohaather in a dramatic Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. He patently failed to stay ten furlongs in the York International and now reverts to his optimum trip.

British Champions Long Distance Cup Tips

The British Champions Long Distance Cup is a Group 2 race over two miles. The race was established as the Jockey Club Cup and was held at Newmarket from 1873 to 2011. The race is remembered for the sequence of five successive victories by the popular grey Further Flight between 1991 and 1995.

Other notable past winners include Buckskin (1978), Ardross (1980) and Little Wolf (1982). Persian Punch (2000, 2002, 2003) won the race three times, his final victory coming at the grand old age of ten. The race was transferred to Ascot in 2011 and renamed the Long Distance Cup with a big injection of prize money from £65,000 to £200,000.

The Ascot race immediately became an Autumn target for Ascot Gold Cup winners. Fame and Glory (2011), Rite of Passage (2012), Order of St George (2017) and Stradivarius (2018), were all successful in this race and the Ascot Gold Cup.

Leading stayer Stradivarius suffered a rare defeat when edged out by Kew Gardens here 12 months’ ago. His participation must be in doubt as he is heading for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year. Stable companion Enbihaar also has a possible engagement on Arc weekend. Dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song could run here while English St Leger Galileo Chrome is another possible entry. 

British Champions Sprint Stakes Tips

The British Champions Sprint Stakes is a Group 1 race formerly known as the Diadem Stakes. The inaugural running took place in 1946 and the race has been won by many leading sprinters over the years. Set Fair (1952 and 1954) and Jack And Jill (1958 and 1959) remain the only dual winners. It was renamed in 2011 and awarded Group 1 status four years’ later.

Other notable winners include Moorestyle (1981), Never So Bold (1984), Cadeaux Genereux (1988) and Gordon Lord Byron (2014). Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in the race’s history with seven winners, his last coming aboard Salieri in 1983.

Dream Of Dreams staked his claim to be recognised as Champion Sprinter when taking the Haydock Sprint Cup. He reversed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes form with Hello Youmzain as he followed up his wide margin victory in Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes. Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding is likely to feature in plenty of Champions Day tips.

The race could also see the return to action of July Cup winner Oxted. Roger Teal’s four-year-old is unproven on soft ground but his pedigree suggests that he will handle it. One horse who won’t run if the going is testing is Khaadem, the winner of the 2019 Stewards’ Cup. He has run well at Ascot and Newmarket this season but faded behind Donjuan Triumphant in heavy ground here last year.

British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes Tips

The British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes over a mile and a half was formerly known as the Princess Royal Stakes. The race was first run in 1946 and Shebeen became the first horse to win the race twice in 1974 and 1975. Her achievement was matched by Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Capella with victories in 2008 and 2010.

Other notable winners include Free Guest (1985), Snow Bride (1989) and Ouija Board (2005). Epsom Oaks winner Ouija Board won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2004 and 2006. The race was renamed in 2011 with prize money doubled to half a million pounds. Trainer John Dunlop was successful nine times in this race, registering one more victory than leading jockey Lester Piggott.

Magical could become the third horse to win this race twice if attempting to add to her 2018 victory. Aidan O’Brien has the Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as alternative options for his star mare. His Highness The Aga Khan appears to have the ideal filly for this race in Tarnawa after her Vermeille Stakes success.

Ascot betting offers

New customers can expect some terrific Champions Day offers from bookmakers. In 2018 Betfair offered new customers 33-1 for favourite Cracksman to a maximum £1 stake to win the Champion Stakes. The odds-on favourite won by six lengths under Frankie Dettori, a great way to open your account!

Ascot Free Bets

As well as some enticing new customer offers, existing customers should look out for free bets on Champions Day. Paddy Power have frequently offered free £5 bets on the first televised race at big meetings this summer. Bet365 have rewarded customers who back a winner at 4-1 on any live ITV race with a risk free bet to the same stake on the next ITV race. You simply place your bet and any losses will be returned to your account.

Ascot Live Streaming

ITV Racing will have extensive live coverage of Champions Day 2020. If you cannot get to a television set, you can view the races live on the internet by placing a bet with your bookmaker.

British Champions Day Live Streaming

All six races on Champions Day can be viewed live online by placing a small qualifying bet with your bookmaker. Most bookmakers provide this service for a small stake, typically just £1.

Champions Day FAQ’s

Is Champions Day cancelled?

No, Champions Day will go ahead as planned

What date is Champions Day?

Champions Day at Ascot is on Saturday 17th October

Can you buy tickets for Champions Day 2020?

Champions Day is likely to go ahead behind closed doors in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Longchamp Tips

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:15pm  Prix jean Luc Lagardere  Nando Parrado Place Bet
1:50pm  Prix Marcel Boussac  Tiger Tanaka Place Bet
3:05pm  Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe  Sottsass Place Bet
3:50pm  Prix de L’Opera  Alpine Star Place Bet
4:25pm  Prix de L’Abbaye  Make A Challenge Place Bet
4:55pm  Prix de la Foret  Earthlight Place Bet

Longchamp Tips: Your Tipping Guide To France’s Big Horse Racing Event, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Looking for this year’s Arc tips? Our experts will have every race of this autumn spectacular covered, providing ante-post tips, expert previews, breaking news stories and betting updates.

Longchamp Tips

Longchamp racecourse is famous for being the home of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of the richest turf races in the world. The Arc often features a clash between Classic winners from different generations and some of the finest racehorses in Europe. Notable past winners include Mill Reef (1971), Dancing Brave (1986), Sea The Stars (2009) and Enable (2017, 2018).

Arc day features six Group 1 races while other top Longchamp races include the French Guineas. Arc Trials Day in September often reveals leading contenders as the top trainers finalise their plans for the big race.

Prix de l’arc de Triomphe

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. It was first run in 1920 over the Classic distance of a mile and a half and is named after the famous Arc de Triomphe monument.

The Arc is the Autumn target for the top middle-distance horses from Europe and beyond. Enable became the eighth horse to win the race twice when successful in 2017 and 2018. Previous dual winners include Alleged (1977 and 1978) and Treve (2013 and 2014).

The Arc de Triomphe has been won by many of the top names in the history of the sport including Sea Bird (1965), Mill Reef (1971), Dancing Brave (1986) and Sea The Stars (2009). Frankie Dettori rode a record sixth Arc winner when Enable gained her second success. Andre Fabre is the leading trainer with Waldgeist securing an eighth Arc win for the stable when defeating Enable in 2019.

You should look for proven Group 1 winners for your Longchamp tips. Most recent winners had won at least once at this level and over the Arc distance. Fillies and mares have a fine recent record in the race including dual winners Treve and Enable. Japan have gone close here on several occasions, notably with the well-backed Orfevre who finished second in 2012.

This year’s race is regarded by many as a match between Enable and Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant Oaks winner Love. The latter has won three Group 1 races by an aggregate of more than 18 lengths this season. If she does have an Achilles heel, it could be the ground. She has looked much happier on genuine good ground and testing conditions would be a concern.

Horses aged three and four have dominated the Arc. Waldgeist bucked the trend in 2019, becoming only the fourth five-year-old to win in over 70 years. Six-year-olds Enable and Stradivarius are bidding to become the oldest winner since Motrico (aged seven) in 1932. 

Arc de Triomphe betting

Love and Enable dominate the Arc de Triomphe betting with Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old now a clear market leader. Love cemented her position at the head of the market with a comfortable success in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and has been kept fresh for the Arc. Enable has also enjoyed a light campaign and warmed up for the big race with an effortless victory at Kempton in September.

Leading stayer Stradivarius has been generally priced at around 16-1 and shaped encouragingly when narrowly beaten by Anthony Van Dyck in the Prix Foy. He will be a popular each-way bet for Longchamp tips in a race where the presence of “the big two” could scare off the opposition. The smallest field in recent times was in 2008 when Rail Link defeated only seven rivals.

Arc de Triomphe Weekend day 1

There are two Group 1 races in the first day of Arc de Triomphe weekend; The Prix de Royallieu for fillies and mares and the Prix du Cadran for four-year-olds and upwards. The Prix de Royallieu is over a mile and three-quarters with British and Irish-trained runners filling the first five places in 2019. John Gosden’s Epsom Oaks winner Anapurna came out on top under Frankie Dettori.

The Prix du Cadran is over two and a half miles and is one of the top staying races of the year. Previous British-trained winners include Sergeant Cecil (2006) and Quest For More (2016). Day 1 also features the Group 2 Prix Dollar (1m 2f), Prix Daniel Wildenstein (1 mile) and Prix Chaudenay (2 miles).

Arc de Triomphe Weekend day 2

The second day of Arc de Triomphe weekend is one of the finest day’s racing anywhere in the world. The card boasts six Group 1 races, opening with the Prix Marcel Boussac for two-year-old fillies over a mile. British and Irish-trained runners have dominated this race in recent seasons, Jessica Harrington’s Albigna (2019) making it five wins in six years.

The Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere is open to colts and fillies and both races influence the betting on the English Classic races for the following season.  Overseas raiders have also enjoyed plenty of success in the Prix de l’Opera for fillies and mares. Recent winners include Rhododendron for Aidan O’Brien in 2017 and Wild Illusion for Charlie Appleby the following season.

You must go back to Wizz Kid in 2012 for the last French-trained winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye over five furlongs, a race monopolised by British and Irish-trained horses. Glass Slippers won last year for Kevin Ryan and is expected to line-up against 2017 winner Battaash this time around. The final Group 1 action is the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs, won last year by trainer William Haggas with One Master.

Favourites have a poor recent record in Arc de Triomphe betting. Enable (2017 and 2018) is the only horse to win as market leader in the past ten seasons. Solemia started at 33-1 in 2012, following Danedream’s 20-1 surprise victory the previous year. 

Longchamp Racecourse

Longchamp racecourse is situated in Paris between the Bois de Boulogne and the Seine. There are frequent flights to the French capital from all major UK airports. The nearest metro stations are at Porte d’Auteuil and Porte Maillot with free shuttle buses operating on weekends and public holidays.

Longchamp Racecourse is one of the top tracks in Europe and hosts the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in early October. The course stages over half of the Group 1 races in France including the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas in May.

Other important meetings at Longchamp include the Grand Prix de Paris in mid-July and The Arc Trials in mid-September. The venue has undergone extensive improvements in recent years with the Arc temporarily transferred to Chantilly in 2017. The course re-opened in 2018 with an increased capacity of 50,000 spectators.

Check our other racecourse guides for the big up-coming meetings including the Champions day at Ascot.

Arc de Triomphe Tips

Love is the hot favourite in the Arc de Triomphe betting as she bids to extend her winning sequence to four. Highly regarded as a juvenile by Aidan O’Brien, she has been a revelation as a three-year-old. She powered clear to win the 1000 Guineas before turning the Epsom Oaks into a procession with a scintillating 9 lengths victory. Love was not extended when winning the Yorkshire Oaks by 5 lengths on her most recent start.

Enable will be a popular Longchamp tip as she bids for an unprecedented third Arc victory. Successful in 2017 and 2018, her hat-trick attempt was thwarted by Waldgeist 12 months’ ago. Connections sportingly kept her in training for another year and she cruised to easy victories against inferior rivals at Ascot and Kempton.

Stradivarius has dominated the stayers’ division for the past three seasons with three Ascot Gold Cups and four Goodwood Cups. The six-year-old ran a good trial over course and distance in September but it will be a surprise if he is fast enough to trouble the market leaders. Soft ground could bring his stamina into play.

Longchamp Racing Tips

Another exceptionally strong raiding party from Britain and Ireland is anticipated for Arc weekend. As well as dominating the Arc betting, they are at the head of the market in most of the Group 1 races.

One notable exception is the Prix du Cadran where last year’s runner-up Call The Wind is fancied to confirm the promise of his impressive win in the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville. John Gosden’s Enbihaar was a close third in last season’s Prix Royallieu and is likely to return to Longchamp for another crack at the Group 1 prize.

Space Blues is unbeaten this season for Godolphin, claiming his first Group 1 in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in August. The Prix de la Foret looks tailor-made for the son of Dubawi. His Highness The Aga Khan has a great history with Arc weekend and Prix Vermeille winner Tarnawa looks his best chance of a winner this year. Trainer Dermot Weld has several options for the filly but the Prix de l’Opera looks the obvious target.

Battaash has looked almost invincible this season and bids to confirm King George form with runner-up Glass Slippers in the Prix de l’Abbaye. One note of caution is that his two previous visits to Longchamp racecourse have ended in defeat. His 2017 victory in this race came at Chantilly and he ran inexplicably badly here 12 months’ ago.

Tips for Longchamp Today

Andre Fabre has a tremendous record on Arc weekend and rarely has a runner in a Group 1 unless it has a winning chance. Fabre’s runners are always worthy of consideration for Prix de l’arc de Triomphe tips. Top Jockeys to follow for your Longchamp bets include Pierre-Charles Boudot, Mickael Barzalona and Christophe Soumillon.

French races are invariably run at a steady gallop before quickening as they enter the home straight. A high draw is considered a disadvantage in big fields for the Arc. The riders face the dilemma of using their horse’s energy in the early stages to hold a position or risk dropping in and try to make up ground in the closing stages.

Galway Racing Tips: Galway Tips For All 7 Days

Our experts provide you with our best Galway racing tips for this summer’s big Irish horse racing spectacle. Racing Tips will also provide you with news, betting offers and betting updates for every race over the 7 days.

Galway Festival Tips

The Galway Festival is one of the highlights of the summer for Irish Racing fans with over 150,000 spectators drawn to Ballybrit Racecourse over the seven days. Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic means that the public cannot attend the Galway Festival 2020. There are some changes to the race programme this year with the final two days being set aside exclusively for flat racing.

The Galway Plate over an extended two and three-quarter miles on Wednesday is the big handicap chase of the week. This valuable prize regularly attracts good quality chasers from the top yards in Ireland. The Galway Hurdle is the feature race on Thursday, a very competitive handicap over two miles.

Trainer Willie Mullins is the man to follow for your Galway Tips. In 2019 Mullins saddled ten winners at the meeting, confirming his title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’. He was out of luck in the two feature races with Gordon Elliott claiming the Galway Plate and Tony Martin winning the Galway Hurdle.

Galway Tips Day 1

The most valuable race on the opening day is the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap over an extended two miles. Willie Mullins won this in 2019 with Great White Shark and saddled favourite Mr Adjudicator to finish an unlucky fourth.

Joseph O’Brien was on the mark with Linger, a winning favourite in the Easyfix Handicap Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong. He went close to a double when Syrena just failed to reel in 20-1 shot Galtee Mist in the Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap.

Galway Tips Day 2

The feature race on day 2 is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. Adrian McGuinness and Colin Keane teamed up with 9-1 Saltonstall to win this valuable prize in 2019. Willie Mullins won this race in successive seasons with Riven Light in 2017 and 2018. 

Mullins was on the mark in the opening Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle with Fast Buck, a listed race over two miles and half a furlong. It was his fourth winner of the race in the past five seasons, the pick of them being subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill (2016).

Galway Tips Day 3

The third day of the Galway Festival is Galway Plate Day, the most prestigious race of the week. The Plate was first run in 1869 and always provides a thrilling spectacle. Gordon Elliott’s Borice won a high class renewal in 2019 when beating the Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton. It was a third victory in the race in four seasons for Elliott following Lord Scoundrel (2016) and Clarcam (2018).

Notable past winners include Carlingford Lough (2013), Road To Riches (2014) and Balko Des Flos (2017). Carlingford Lough was the last winning favourite in the Galway Plate. The supporting card includes the EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle, won by Bercasa for Thomas and David Mullins last year.

Galway Plate Tips

Gordon Elliott’s recent run of success in the Galway Plate makes his entries a good place to start for your Galway Plate tips. The race is usually won by a safe jumper carrying less than 11 stone, often with winning form at Grade 2 level. Horses aged seven and eight have the best recent record, winning six of the last seven renewals.

Galway Tips Day 4

Day 4 of the Galway Festival is Ladies’ Day and features the Galway Hurdle, the most valuable prize of the week. Tony Martin and Robbie Power won the big race in 2019 with 10-1 shot Tudor City. Martin also won this race with the well-backed Thomas Edison (2014) and Quick Jack (2015).

Willie Mullins has also enjoyed success in the Galway Hurdle with Clondaw Warrior (2016) and Sharjah (2018). Other notable winners include Overturn (2010) and Missunited (2013). Mullins was also on the mark in the Grade 3 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase with even-money favourite Wicklow Brave. 

Galway Hurdle Tips

Trainer Tony Martin is a shrewd judge of a handicap and is very adept at handling dual-purpose horses. Entries from his stable are worth considering for your Galway Hurdle Tips while any runners from the Willie Mullins yard will also feature in the Galway Hurdle odds. A high percentage of winners had finished in the top three on their most recent outing.

Galway Tips Day 5

The highlight of day 5 of the Galway Festival is the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase over the same trip as the Galway Plate. Willie Mullins claimed yet another valuable prize at this meeting with Minella Beau in 2019, returned 4-1 favourite. Henry De Bromhead trained back-to-back winners of this race with On Fiddlers Green (2016) and Riviera Sun (2017).

Mullins completed a big race double when Mr Adjudicator made amends for an unlucky defeat in the Galway Hurdle to take the Guinness Handicap. It was his fourth winner in the last five renewals of this race including the well-backed Whiskey Sour in 2017.

Galway Tips Day 6

The weekend action is exclusively for flat racing this year, starting with a seven-race card on Saturday. The feature race is the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap, won in 2019 by Great Trango. The favourite was Great White Shark who finished third when attempting to land his second big prize of the meeting.

Willie Mullins has won four times in this race since 2013, notably with Low Sun in 2018. That horse went on to win the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket in the same season. Aidan O’Brien saddled a quick-fire treble on the corresponding card in 2019 with Emperor Of The Sun, Lancaster House and Royal County Down.

Galway Tips Day 7

The seven-day festival concludes with a second day of flat racing, featuring the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap over seven furlongs. The race produced a 20-1 shock in 2019 when Laughifuwant struck for Gerard Keane and Seamie Heffernan. Brian Ellison plundered this prize for four consecutive seasons with Baraweez (2014, 2015) and Dream Walker (2016, 2017). Pintura (2012) and Safe Voyage (2018) also rewarded connections for a trip across the Irish Sea.

The EBF Median Auction Maiden for two-year-olds proved exceptional in 2019 when Alpine Star beat Santiago. The winner was an emphatic winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot this summer while Santiago won the Queen’s Vase before following up in the Irish Derby.

Galway Tips Racing 2020

Galway Live Streaming

No spectators will be permitted at Galway 2020 but RTE will provide free to air coverage on all seven days. If don’t have access to RTE, you can still watch your Galway Bets through the live streaming offered by bookmakers. For a small minimum stake (typically £1) you will be able to watch any race live on your computer or mobile device. For more detailed information, check your bookmaker’s website.

Best Bookmakers for Galway Festival Betting

Galway betting shares the spotlight with Glorious Goodwood on a busy week for bookmakers. There will have plenty of Galway Free Bets and special offers for new customers. Paddy Power, Coral and William Hill also have excellent Galway Betting Offers for existing customers including price boosts and enhanced place terms on the big handicaps.

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How to Bet on Galway

If you are looking for Galway tips, look no further than the stable of Willie Mullins. He assumed the title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’ from Dermot Weld who saddled a record 17 winners at the meeting in 2014. Mullins has twice managed 12 winners at the Galway Festival so don’t be surprised to see him dominate once again in 2020.

Aidan O’Brien has relatively few runners here but any entries from the Ballydoyle stable are well worth noting. He had 6 winners in 2019 and is not averse to running some very promising two-year-olds here. The course itself is very tight and constantly on the turn so there are inevitably traffic problems in large fields.

Galway racecourse tends to favour speedy types who like to race up with the pace, both on the flat and over jumps. When betting on the flat, the draw bias is worth noting for your Galway betting tips. A low draw is an advantage in races up to a mile and previous course form is another key factor.

 

Galway Races FAQ’s

Is the Galway Festival cancelled?

No. The Galway Festival 2020 will go ahead but no spectators will be allowed.

What date is the Galway Festival?

Galway 2020 is scheduled for Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August.

Where is the Galway Festival held?

The Galway Festival takes place at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway.

What is the highlight of the Galway Festival?

The two highest profile races of the Galway Festival are the Galway Plate on Wednesday and the Galway Hurdle on Thursday.

Can you buy tickets for the Galway Festival 2020?

No. Galway 2020 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Preakness Stakes Tips

The 2019 instalment of the famous Preakness Stakes will take place on the 18th of May, our experts will share their free tips and predictions ahead of the race.

2019 Preakness Stakes Preview

Our preview of the 2019 Preakness Stakes will be available in April.

Preakness Stakes Betting Tips

Preakness Stakes tips are not available at this time.

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes forms the second event in what is known as the ‘Triple Crown’ of US horse racing, the other events being the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. It is typically held each year on the third Saturday in May, at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. This Grade I race is for three years olds and runs over a short distance of nine and a half furlongs.

The event actually predates the more lucrative Kentucky Derby by two years, being first run in 1873. The race has been held without fail each year aside from a break between 1891 and 1893 inclusive.

The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans

This race is known informally as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans. This is because the traditional wreath that is placed around the winner’s neck is made from yellow flowers in order to resemble the Maryland State flower, known as the black-eyed Susan.

Stage 2 of the Triple Crown

As mentioned above, the Preakness Stakes is the second event in the US thoroughbred triple crown, run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Any horse that wins both events and the Belmont Stakes in June goes down in history as a Triple Crown Winner.

Pimlico Race Course

Opened as long ago as 1870, the Pimlico Race Course is named in honour of the Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern, in London, and is owned by the Maryland Jockey Club. It has staged every running of the Preakness Stakes. The Race Course has survived many unfortunate events during its history, including 1904’s Great Fire of Baltimore, and the US Depression in the 1930s.

Notable Preakness Stakes Winners

The record margin of victory – a stunning eleven and a half lengths – was set by Smarty Jones in 2004. No horse has ever won the Preakness Stakes on more than one occasion. The legendary Secretariat owns the speed record for the race, romping home in 1973 in one minute and fifty-three seconds.

Eddie Arcaro is the most successful jockey in the event, winning six times between 1941 and 1957.

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Scottish Grand National Tips

Get ready for the 2019 Scottish Grand National with RacingTips’ betting tips and predictions, provided for free by our expert tipsters. We’ll have tips ahead of every race in the two-day schedule at Ayr.

2019 Scottish Grand National Betting Tips

Jon’s Ante-Post Tips BIG RIVER GET 10/1 HERE
BRIAN BORANHA GET 25/1 HERE
Brian’s Two Against The Field DINGO DOLLAR GET 8/1 HERE
CHIC NAME GET 20/1 HERE

2019 Scottish Grand National Preview

Lucinda Russell was delighted to see former Grand National winner, One For Arthur return to form with a sixth-place finish at Aintree. The Scottish-native is yet to experience success in this version of the National, but BIG RIVER (10/1 William Hill) has been campaigned lightly with this race in mind and he looks primed to run a big race.

Regularly in the frame during his novice season, Big River didn’t reappear until the start of December this time around, where the well-backed favourite fell midway-through the Rehearsal Chase. An equally unconvincing effort followed at Carlisle a couple of weeks later and Russell’s team wouldn’t have held much hope that Big River could mount a serious challenge as he entered the Ultima at Cheltenham.

Beware The Bear made the headlines, with Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad running blinders in-behind. Few, however, noticed the progress of Big River – who looked to be struggling at the rear entering the final circuit, but stayed on better than any of his rivals to finish less than seven lengths behind the winner in fourth.

Russell’s nine-year-old has winning form here at Ayr, having romped to victory in a handicap hurdle in 2017. That performance at Cheltenham was an excellent result to bring into the National and Big River is sure to remain on an extremely workable mark. It’s easy to see why he’s one of the ante-post favourite.

Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson combined in 2013 to land this prize with Godsmejudge, and DINGO DOLLAR (9/1, William Hill) could post a big effort for the same trainer and jockey combination.

The seven-year old Golden Lariat gelding won small-field contests at Newbury and Doncaster either side of a short break back in the 2017/18 jumps season, and he chased home Crosshue Boy on this card twelve months ago when beaten just one length by that rival.

He has faced some stiff tests this campaign, but he ran well for third in an attritional Ladbrokes Trophy Chase prior to finishing sixth in the Sky Bet Chase where he was let down by his jumping. However, he bounced back from that run returned to the same track and jumping with more fluency when finding only Chidswell too good in the Grimthorpe Chase under a big weight.

He was booked for third until left second by the fall of Looking Well, although he had no chance with the winner. He has been eased 1lb in the weights, but there is a suspicion he has a big performance in him from this sort of mark and the longer trip here ought to suit given he has looked a thorough stayer on more than one occasion.

As things stand at the time of writing, he has an 8lb pull at the weights with Nicky Richards’ charge who could reoppose; while he holds Brian Borahana on the same form line from that Doncaster run. He could post a big run here.

Scottish Grand National

The Scottish Grand National is one of the highlights in the final stages of the jumps season, and each year more than 16,000 people flock to Ayr racecourse to witness the great race.

Ayr staged its first Scottish Grand National in 1966, when the race was moved there following the closure of Bogside racecourse. The history of the race dates back much further, with the earliest running dating back to 1858.

Bookmakers generally agree that the race generates the fifth biggest turnover of the year in terms of betting, and its popularity with racing fans means that it is one of the most eagerly anticipated handicaps of the season.

The race itself is classed as a Grade Three Handicap Chase, and is run over a distance of four miles and half a furlong.

Ayr Racecourse

Although horse racing in Ayr has been taking place since the 1570s, it took two hundred years for ‘official’ meetings to be held, and a true racecourse was not constructed until 1907. Ayr Racecourse is a ‘dual track’ course, with circuits for both National Hunt and flat racing.

Originally just a flat course, jumps were added in 1950 which eventually led to the Scottish Grand National being moved there, sixteen years later. As well as the National, Ayr hosts the annual Gold Cup in September, which is the richest sprint handicap in Europe.

The racecourse also hosts the Scottish Champion Hurdle (April), the Rothesay Stakes (May) and the Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes (June).

Scottish Grand National Betting Guide

There are some key trends which must be looked at when trying to pick the winner of the Scottish Grand National.

Stamina is key, and the vast majority of winners will have already won a Class One or a Class Two race over at least three miles before running in the Scottish Grand National. On the same note, experience is often important. The hurly burly nature of big fields in handicap chases means that most winners of the race will have had at least eight runs over fences. Being aged no younger than eight years old is also deemed advantageous.

Weight is also a key trend, with a clear pattern favouring lightly weighted horses. The vast majority of winners carry no more than 10st 7lbs, and the only top weight to win the race in 16 years was Grey Abbey in 2004, who had plenty of form in Graded races.

The Scottish Grand National is a long hard race, and coming as it does towards the end of the season, it is also a big advantage for the horse to be fresh. As such, most winners will have had no more than six runs that season leading into the big race.

Despite the fact that three horses have managed to win the race three times, multiple winners are now rare. The last victory from one of those treble winners was in 1956. The normal big stables also haven’t had the best of records in the race, and it has been won many times by smaller yards.

One notable fact is that horses trained by Irish-based trainers have not won the Scottish Grand National since 1869, a particularly shocking statistic given the increasing influence of Irish horses on the results of big races in Britain. It is surely only a matter of time before the likes of Willie Mullins breaks the hoodoo over the Irish runners.

Scottish Grand National Schedule

The Scottish Grand National is of course the biggest race at the annual Ayr Grand National Festival meeting, but there are plenty of other races for both punters and horse racing fans to enjoy over a two-day period.

Regarded as the most important two days of the Scottish racing calendar, the festival usually kicks off mid-April, on the Friday. On Friday, which is known as ‘Ladies Day’, the feature race is the ‘Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase’ which awards a hefty prize purse to the winner. There are usually seven races in total, commencing around two o’clock.

Day two of course sees the racing of the Scottish Grand National, although there are seven other races in addition. The National is the richest race in Scottish steeplechase racing, with the winning owner taking home over £200,000. The festival usually draws to a close around six o’clock, late afternoon.

Scottish Grand National – Past Winners

Ayr racecourse is mostly a level, left handed track and has a gentle climb to the finish, but should the heavens open in advance of racing, conditions are known to get extremely testing indeed. The race often features horses who have failed to complete in the Aintree Grand National, which is run just a couple of weeks before.

Only one horse in history has managed to win both races in the same season, the legendary Red Rum, who did the double in 1974. That said, several horses have managed to win both Grand Nationals in different seasons, most recently Little Polveir and Earth Summit.

Upcoming Festivals

There are plenty more festivals coming up in the next few weeks, and our team will provide a whole host of betting tips and predictions for each one, plus our preview of all the races.

Pegasus World Cup Tips

We’ll be bringing you tips and betting predictions ahead of the 2019 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.

2019 Pegasus World Cup Preview

Check back this December for our preview of the 2019 race.

Pegasus World Cup Tips & Predictions

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Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup is a recent entry into the world of competitive horse racing, having had its inaugural running at the Gulfstream Park in Florida in January 2017. pIt was created to fill in the ‘gap’ between the major horse racing events in North America.

Purse

The prize purse for the Pegasus World Cup makes it the richest horse race in the world. In 2017 the prize purse was a hefty $12 million, rising to $16 million in 2018.

Gulfstream Park

With an attached club and casino, Gulfstream Park is one of the most luxurious racecourses in the US. The Park originally opened in 1939, and has been running major events in the Unites States ever since, including the Florida Derby.

It’s a one and one-eighth mile course (dirt) or one mile (turf) course, shaped as an oval. Due to the variable weather conditions in Florida, course conditions can be anything from soft to firm.

Notable Pegasus World Cup winners

The first Pegasus World Cup was won in 2017 by the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate, the then current holder of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In 2018 the 2017 ‘American Horse of the Year’ and also winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Gun Runner took first spot – the horse’s final event before it retired to stud.

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Melbourne Cup Tips

2018 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

Liam Howley’s HOMESMAN ran a blinder behind Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup. Ben Melham didn’t have to work too hard to grab a prominent position from an inside draw and tracked Best Solution’s move as the eventual winner kicked for home. Homesman matched Best Solution stride-for-stride, pulling upsides Pat Cosgrave’s mount at the 50m mark and was only denied victory on the bob of a head.

That was a career best display from the former Ballydoyle inmate over 12 furlongs, who’s best runs until then had come over shorter trips. Howley has been steadily stepping Homesman up in trip since he made the switch from Aidan O’Brien’s stable and he gained some valuable experience here at Flemington back in March, losing out by just two lengths in the Australia Cup.

Since then, Homesman has run in four Group Ones, winning the Underwood Stakes last month before crossing the line four lengths adrift of Benbatl in the Ladbrokes Stakes. Two miles is completely unknown territory for the Lloyd Williams-owned colt and his breeding doesn’t scream out stayer. Despite that, Homesman has been running well at a high level all season and will have the pace to capitalise should the Melbourne Cup become a tactical affair.

2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field

The draw for this year’s Melbourne Cup will be made on Saturday 3rd November, three days before the main event!

Melbourne Cup

For over one hundred and fifty years now the Melbourne Cup has been the most famous race for thoroughbreds in Australia. It’s a two mile race (or, to be exact, 3.2 kilometres as Australia fully adopted the metric system in 1972) for horses aged three years old and over.

The prize money for this cash-laden race now stands at A $7.3 million, which is around £4 million or $5.4 million, making the Melbourne Cup one of the richest horse races in the world.

The race that stops a nation

Although now twelve yards short of an official two mile race, the Melbourne Cup is still unofficially recognised as the richest ‘two mile’ handicap in the world. The prize money has practically doubled over the past twenty years, plus the winning owner gets to take home the historic Melbourne Cup itself, a trophy manufactured from 18-carat gold.

Flemington Racecourse

The Melbourne Cup is, understandably, run in Melbourne, at the Flemington Racecourse. This racecourse has been open since 1960, and hosts both flat and steeplechase races. It has a capacity of 120,000 spectators, and as well as the Melbourne Cup hosts the Victoria Derby and the Newmarket Handicap.

2017 Melbourne Cup Replay

Melbourne Cup – Past Winners

Makbye Diva – owned by Tony Dantic and trained by David Hall and Lee Freedman, is the only horse to have won the Melbourne Cup three times, doing so in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She retired in 2005 as the highest-ever earner in Australian racing history with A$14 million.

Three horses have won the race twice – Archer (1861, 1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969) and Think Big (1974, 1979).

Upcoming Festivals

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US Racing


With At The Races broadcasting U.S. racing with increasing popularity, the piece will take a look at the top five races on the stateside calendar.

Flat racing dominates in America, with the vast majority of racing being under that code. American racetracks are for the most part uniform flat oval circuits, with the only main differences being in the racing surfaces themselves (for example turf and dirt tracks). As regards the top races, it is the classic (three year old) generation that dominates, with three of the top five making up the coveted ‘Triple Crown’. This is awarded to any three year old who manages to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

The top five us race meetings

5. The Arlington Million

This Grade One race is run over one and a quarter miles on turf at Arlington, Illinois each August. It is famous for being the first race in America to offer a prize fund of one million dollars. The fact that it is run on turf has been an advantage to European runners in recent times, with Aidan O’ Brien winning the 2005 and 2011 runnings, and John Gosden registering a success in 2010 with Debussy. Another key part of its appeal is the fact that winning it automatically qualifies you for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. First run in 1981, it was one of the key races to improve the popularity of turf racing amongst the American public.

4. The Belmont Stakes

This is run over one mile and four furlongs, the longest of the three races involved in the Triple Crown. It provides a tough test of stamina for the three year olds, run on a testing dirt track at Belmont Park, New York. First run in 1866, it has seen the magnificent Affirmed and American Pharoah complete the Triple Crown most recently. Secretariat holds the record for the fastest ever Belmont win in 1973, completing the course in 2.24. Crowds are massive at this meeting, with over 120,000 attending in 2004.The fierce race has seen no less than 24 horses fail at the final hurdle in their bid for Triple Crown glory.

3. The Preakness Stakes

First run in 1873, this forms the middle leg of the Triple Crown, and is run over a distance just short of one mile and two furlongs. The Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore is famous for the party atmosphere in the infield part of the track, and crowds of up to 100,000 people flock to enjoy the carnival (the course famously had a ‘bring your own beer’ policy until 2009!). The race itself is a serious affair though, with a purse of 1.5 million dollars, and a roll of honour that includes Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Curlin and California Chrome.

2. Breeders’ Cup Classic

This race is the highlight of the two day Breeders’ Cup festival, run each year in late October. Run over a mile and a quarter, it is open to three year olds and older horses, and provides a guide for the overall horse of the year. American Pharoah completed a ‘Grand Slam’ in 2015, by taking this race on the back of his Triple Crown win from earlier in the season. The purse is a whopping 5 millions dollars, and the prestige associated with winning the race means that zeros are added to future stallion values for the winners. One of the greatest ever renewals of this race was in 2000, when Tiznow (who would go on to become the only horse to win the race twice) defeated Giant’s Causeway by a nose after a titanic battle up the home straight.

1. The Kentucky Derby

Louisville, Kentucky hosts the Kentucky Derby each year in the first week of May, which also serves as the first leg of the Triple Crown. Known as ‘The Run For The Roses’ (a blanket of roses is draped over each winner), the race has been won by some great racehorses such as Unbridled, Sunday Silence, Animal Kingdom and War Emblem. The race itself has a purse of 2 million dollars, and crowds of over 160,000 people attend the meeting each year. History and tradition play a big part in the appeal of the race, with spectators drinking mint juleps traditionally. This is the race that trainers and jockeys want to win most, and a victory in the race is considered a career-changer.

King George VI Chase Tips

2018 King George VI Result

? Clan Des Obeaux 12/1
? Thistlecrack 15/2
? Native River 9/2

2018 King George VI Chase Preview

There is plenty of top-class festive fayre to look forward to in the horse racing calendar, with the week between Christmas and New Year packed solid with cracking racing action across the UK and Ireland.

Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival meeting which features multiple Grade One races, the Welsh Grand National and the Rowland Meyrick Chase are just a few of the highlights punters can look forward to; but the undoubted feature of the week goes to post on Boxing Day with the latest renewal of the famous King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Getting underway at 3.05pm, the three-mile contest is sure to serve up another Christmas cracker as some of the biggest names come together to contest this top-class event which boasts a first-prize in excess of £140,000 and the chance to join such luminaries as Cue Card, Silviniaco Conti, Kauto Star, Long Run, Kicking King, Edredon Bleu and Best Mate who have all won this race since the turn of the century.

Tip: Back Thistlecrack for the King George

Perhaps one to take out of the Betfair Chase was THISTLECRACK (9/1, Coral) who won this race in 2016, and Colin Tizzard’s charge made a very pleasing return at Haydock having been out for almost one year through injury.

The 2016 World Hurdle winner won his first four starts over fences, including this race when beating Cue Card prior to losing his unbeaten chase record when denied by a head behind Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase. Oliver Sherwood’s Grand National winner sadly died soon after the race, and nothing can be taken away from the gutsy winner; Thistlecrack however was found to have sustained an injury in the heat of battle, while a relatively busy novice campaign may just have taken the edge from him.

He shaped well in this race last term following a dismal return over hurdles in the Long Distance Hurdle, beaten around six lengths having ultimately surrendered all chance of successfully defending his crown with a mistake at the second last fence.

Having now had a pipe-opener in the Betfair Chase where he posted a satisfactory comeback to finish third, he could well build on that and he remains one to be interested in. He didn’t always jump with fluency at Haydock, and he was deliberate at his fences on more than one occasion; but he showed more than enough to suggest most of his old ability remains intact, and he probably still has more to offer over fences.

King George VI Chase Star Rating Guide


With question marks against many of the established three miles, backing an up-and-coming stayer could be the way to go. Waiting Patiently is one of the two leading candidates stepping up and has been well supported in recent weeks. I, however, prefer the chances of Politologue and he’s going to be my five-star selection in the 2018 King George.

Paul Nicholls’ stunning grey has always been a classy operator, I just feared he didn’t have the battling qualities towards the end of a race you need to be a true champion. Those notions, however, dissipated at Aintree in the Melling Chase, where Politologue battled back valiantly after being headed by Min at the last to claim his second Grade One win of the campaign.

That triumph meant Politologue had to shoulder a penalty in the 1965 Christy Chase, but that didn’t stop Sam Twiston-Davies mount from outjumping his rivals and staying strong as Charbel – who boosted the form in the Peterborough Chase last weekend – to score at Ascot. While he may not produce that much off the bridle, Politologue tanks through his races and – if he has the leaders within his sights jumping the last – he could be this year’s king of Kempton.

2018 King George Confirmed Runners

Few were surprised when Altior was removed from the running, but Nicky Henderson still has high hopes in this year’s King George, with defending champion Might Bite heading the list of confirmed runners submitted this afternoon. Might Bite remained at the head of the betting, despite losing by 30 lengths in the Betfair Chase and he can be found as short as 5/2 to retain his crown with Ladbrokes.

Two-and-a-half-miles specialists, Waiting Patiently and Politologue will have their first crack at 24 furlongs in the King George and both have been backed in recent weeks, with Ladbrokes listing the pair as 9/2 joint-second favourites. Two-time Betfair Chase winner, Bristol De Mai then sits fourth in the betting, with Thistlecrack jumping ahead of his Gold Cup winning stablemate, Native Riversince their runs at Haydock.

Clan Des Obeaux is fancied by some to run a good race, with Ladbrokes listing Paul Nicholls second runner at odds of 14/1. Last year’s surprise runner-up, Double Shuffle sits near the bottom of the betting, alongside the two remaining British runners, Coneygree and Tea For Two.

Pat Kelly’s threat to send Presenting Percy to Kempton hasn’t come to fruition, as he – along with practically all of his Irish counterparts – have withdrawn their runners from the race. The only possible raider from the Emerald Isle is Shattered Love, but Ladbrokes’ odds of 20/1 suggest Gordon Elliott’s mare will not take her chance in Kempton’s Boxing Day bonanza.

King George VI Chase

Run over three-miles, the King George is renowned for being one of the most prestigious jump racing prizes of the campaign and frequently acts as the leading trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup raced in March. Britain and Ireland’s leading steeplechasers routinely collide for the first time each season in Kempton’s Grade One highlight as the division seeks to position itself ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in the spring.

Founded in 1937 in honour of a new British monarch, the King George VI Chase offers a unique test to the National Hunt chaser. A total of eighteen fences on Kempton’s right-handed track ensures it is a real test of stamina, speed and jumping. The flat nature of the course can be deceiving to some connections with many claiming the emphasis of the King George is placed more on pace than the ability to see out the trip.

Previous winners of the great Boxing Day showpiece include Kauto Star, Desert Orchid and Wayward Lad, three of the greatest horses in National Hunt history. The Paul Nicholls-trained Kauto Star went on to win the King George on five separate occasions in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. It was a feat regarded as amongst the best in the sport’s history and produced scenes of great jubilation at the Middlesex track across a six year spell.

Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park lies on the border of Greater London, and is the scene for the King George VI Chase, as well as notable races such as the Feltham Novices’ Chase and the BetBright Chase, amongst others.

The main track features an all-weather synthetic track, while the flat races take place on the mile long Jubilee Course.

Kauto Star – Kempton Legend

Kauto Star possessed a tremendous attitude for the test that the King George provided. The gelded son of Village Star jumped with real fluency over the 18 obstacles before utilising his superior stamina and speed to see off his rivals on five different occasions.

It is Kauto Star’s success that makes the King George such a great viewing spectacle both on and off course. The horse brought the sport into the mainstream during his racing career which ensured a memorable atmosphere for all in attendance.

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Welsh Grand National Tips

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2018 Welsh Grand National Preview

I’ve long thought the Welsh Grand National would be ideal for MS PARFOIS. Despite finishing 40 lengths behind Sizing Tennessee, I wasn’t too disappointed with her run in the Ladbrokes Trophy. The going description may have read soft, but Anthony Honeyball’s mare needs it much more testing than that and she travelled well before running out of steam down the home straight.

The handicapper’s decision not to up her rating at all during the spring means she travels to Chepstow on a workable mark. Wins around Cheltenham and Newbury makes you think the testing track here at Newbury will hold no fears for Ms Parois and stats for horses running on their second start after a wind operation add another positive to her name.

Welsh Grand National

First run in 1895, the Welsh Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt race that’s run at Chepstow Racecourse every year, typically just after Christmas Day. It’s run over three miles and five and a half furlongs and is for horses aged four years and above.

The race was first run at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff, but was forced to find a new home after the closure of this course in 1939. It moved to Caerleon, close to Newport, in 1948, and to its present home of Chepstow one year later.

It has taken place every year since, aside from 1969, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1995 and 1996 when cancelled due to poor weather conditions. It was also delayed until January because of course condition in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow is one of the most well-known racecourses in the UK, and is the leading racecourse in Wales. It opened in 1926, although racing close to the course had been organised from as early as 1892. The course fell into financial difficulties almost immediately but survived, then survived being taken over by the RAF during the Second World War.

Chepstow returned to normal service as a racecourse in 1949, and was immediately handed the running of the Welsh Grand National.

Greatest Welsh Grand National Winners

1. Burrough Hill Lad

Undoubtedly the greatest ever winner of the Welsh Grand National and the second entrant trained by the legendary trainer Jenny Pitman, Burrough Hill Lad claimed Chepstow glory in the winter of 1983, as he justified favouritism with a dominant display.

Burrough Hill Lad then travelled to Cheltenham as the horse to beat in the Gold Cup. Regular jockey, John Francombe elected to ride market rival, Brown Chamberlain, which proved to be a terrible decidision, as Phil Tuck guided Burrough Hill Lad to a tremendous success in Cheltenham’s showpiece event.

Many horses found winning difficult after claiming Gold Cup glory, but not Burrough Hill Lad. Pitman’s stable star won the Charlie Hall Chase on his reappearance the following season. He then scored in the Hennessy Gold Cup carrying 12-00 on his back, before rounding off a monumental year with a sparkling victory in the 1984 King George at Kempton.

Next Racing Festivals

Only two horses have managed to win the Welsh Grand National on more than one occasion – that being Limonali in 1959 and 1961, and the Martin Pipe-trained Bonanza Boy in 1988 and 1989. Rag Trade won the race in 1976, the same year it won the Grand National run at Aintree.Peter Scudamore is the most successful jockey at the Welsh Grand National, winning on Run and Skip in 1985, the afore-mentioned Bonanza Boy in 1988 and 1989, and Carvill’s Hill in 1991.

Punchestown Festival Tips

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2019 Punchestown Festival Ante-Post Tips

DAY ONE
4:20pm Herald Champion Novice Hurdle KLASSICAL DREAM GET 10/11 HERE
5:30pm BoyleSports Champion Chase UN DE SCEAUX GET 9/2 HERE
6:40pm Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase DELTA WORK GET 13/8 HERE

2019 Punchestown Gold Cup Preview

I remain unconvinced that Kemboy truly is one of the best in the business and there’s plenty of value to be found backing AL BOUM PHOTO, in what is likely to be a biblical clash.

On his only outing before Cheltenham, Al Boum Photo comfortably dealt with Total Recall and Invitation Only with a composed display at Tramore. Despite Mullins’ fears that this year’s Gold Cup was coming a little early in his career, Al Boum Photo proved again he had matured and improved during the course of the last year, staying on brilliantly to hold off Anibale Fly and Bristol De Mai quite convincingly.

There’s no reason why this mercurial talent cannot progress even further over the coming seasons and I expect Al Boum Photo – and Paul Townend – to make up for that farcical exit 12 months ago by claiming Punchestown Gold Cup glory.

Punchestown Festival Day Two Tips

5:30 – Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 3m

MINELLA INDO (10/3, Ladbrokes) travelled really well throughout the Albert Bartlett Hurdle at the recent Cheltenham Festival, appearing to readily brush aside runner-up Commander of Fleet, and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can confirm that form here.

The Beat Hollow gelding has improved with every start over hurdles, and he has plenty of further scope to improve judging on that breakthrough success where he had two lengths to spare over his nearest rival who reopposes along with Allaho who could only finish third having beaten the selection when the pair clashed previously at Clonmel.

A more patient ride by Rachael Blackmore certainly reaped dividends, and the six-year old was noted travelling strongly throughout the race if perhaps a little keen; but having jumped to the front three out, he came clear turning in and was always holding on to the line.

His task is to back up that run and prove his 50/1 win wasn’t a fluke; but he could have plenty of improvement still to come, and given the way he saw off both the runner-up and third that day – both reoppose – he is worth chancing to find another jolt of improvement to follow up.

Punchestown Festival Day Three Tips

If Defi Du Seuil was to feature in the final field here, then he would be my selection, has I think he’s been the most impressive novice chaser on the circuit this season. Sadly, his odds suggest the JLT winner hasn’t sufficiently recovered from the knock that ruled Philip Hobbs’ stable star out of Aintree.

If Hardline can return to the sort of form which saw him beat Getabird to a Grade One at Limerick over Christmas, then he could be an excellent each-way bet. He, like many of the other entrants, struggled in a messy renewal of the Arkle, with Duc Des Genievres coming out on top. Willie Mullins’ pulled away up the Cheltenham hill like a very classy horse and has to be in with a strong chance. A stronger test of stamina over two miles is what he really wants, however, and my preference is with the slightly speedier ORNUA (5/1 Paddy Power).

I had always considered Henry De Bromhead’s charge to be a little below Grade One standard and was surprised to see Ornua entered in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown. Despite the ground softening well beyond ideal, Dylan Robinson’s mount led the field along at break-neck speed and – despite getting caught by Dynamite Dollars in the final furlong – he didn’t wilt under the pressure in the closing stages.

Rachael Blackmore took the ride at Cheltenham, where a poor jump half-way through saw Ornua exit proceedings. De Bromhead’s charge bounced back with an impressive performance at Aintree earlier this month, holding off Us An Them and Destrier under an excellent ride by Davy Russell.

Good ground would be a huge boost to Ornua’s chances, but the eight-year-old proved at Sandown that he’s capable of running to his best on a softer surface. If he stays on his feet, then this hardy front-runner could give Duc Des Genievres quite the mountain to climb.

Punchestown Festival Schedule

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DAY TIME RACE COURSE
Tuesday TBA Growise Champion Novice Chase Punchestown
Tuesday TBA Punchestown Champion Chase Punchestown
Tuesday TBA Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Punchestown
Wednesday TBA Punchestown Gold Cup Punchestown
Wednesday TBA Champion INH Flat Race Punchestown
Wednesday TBA Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle Punchestown
Thursday TBA World Series Hurdle Punchestown
Thursday TBA Ryanair Novice Chase Punchestown
Friday TBA Punchestown Champion Hurdle Punchestown
Friday TBA Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle Punchestown
Saturday TBA Champion Four Year Old Hurdle Punchestown

The Punchestown Festival

The Irish National Hunt racing season draws to a close around the end of April each year and traditionally closes with the five-day Irish Hunt Festival held at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare, Northern Ireland.

This festival is regarded as the most important in Irish National Hunt racing and includes many important races, including the Champion Chase, the Champion Hurdle and the Punchestown Gold Cup. The festival has been running in some form since the 1870s.

Punchestown Racecourse

The racecourse at Punchestown is somewhat unique as it hosts music events as well as horse racing. World-famous acts such as AC/DC, Eminem, Bon Jovi and U2 have played at Punchestown.

As for the course itself, County Kildare is prone to bad weather so the going is more likely to be heavy than firm during the festival.

Famous Punchestown Winners

The first day of the festival features the Punchestown Champion Chase – a two mile race for five-year-olds and up. Sizing Europe is probably the most famous double winner of this race, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, but five other horses have won the race twice. The legendary Hurricane Fly is perhaps the most successful horse ever at the festival, winning the Champion Hurdle four times in succession between 2010 and 2013.

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