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The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 6th May’17)
There was no joy from last weekend’s selections that ran in the B365 Gold Cup at Sandown with Rock The Kasbah faring the best in finishing in 6th place behind the shock 40/1 winner Henllan Harri.

This weekend sees the first Classics of the new Flat turf campaign with the 3yo colts locking horns on Saturday and the fillies taking centre stage on Sunday at Newmarket.

A little later on we will be sharing a few snippets from Nick Hardman’s weekend Big Race Coverage but just before we move on to those we have Alan Dudman’s thoughts on the aforementioned 2000 & 1000 Guineas.

2000 Guineas
Currently the long-time favourite Churchill was best-priced 11/8 for the first Classic of the Flat season although the signs are that he will likely go off shorter. There’s a lot to admire about the way Ballydoyle go about their business in terms of churning out top-drawer juveniles primed for Newmarket the following season – every season.

Earlier in the year O’Brien accounted for 11 of the 69 entries for the colts’ race, and it’s becoming rather predictable that in the battle of the “racing superpowers”, Godolphin is still falling short, a long way short.

Churchill is a massive colt with a huge amount of physical scope, and he breezed through his two-year-old campaign with typical O’Brien panache. From his five starts he collected Group 1 success in the Dewhurst and the National Stakes. He scored by over four lengths in the latter, but he beat a non-stayer in Mehmas.

I cannot find too many holes with Churchill but at the price it has to be a race to watch and hopefully savour.

1,000 Guineas
The winner of the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket towards the end of the Flat calendar usually makes a case for 1,000 Guineas favouritism during the winter. Aidan O’Brien doesn’t quite have the stranglehold on this as he does with the 2,000, but he has the star two-year-old Rhododendron as the 15/8 favourite here.

Her price makes a lot more sense than Churchill’s 6/4 for a Classic, and she is worthy of her lofty position given the excellent juvenile campaign she produced. Her form is tied in with Hydrangea in some of the best fillies’ races from last term – and for those wags that like a flower forecast….OK let’s not go there.

Rhododendron really looked the part when winning the Fillies’ Mile, and she seemed to absolutely relish the fast ground and the time was a decent one too – eclipsing both previous O’Brien winners of the race in Minding (2016) and Together Forever (2015).

The only negative was the way she hung in the Group 1 Moyglare – a race she finished third in, and Hydrangea second. She wasn’t as impressive in winning the Debutante either – but both of those performances came with a bit of cut. She could just be a fast ground filly.

Roger Charlton’s Fair Eva is around 6/1, but I want to see more evidence of these Frankels at three years of age, as it’s a bit of guessing game if they train on. This filly was the one-time ante post favourite for the 1,000 Guineas and was impressive in winning the Group 3 Princess Margaret last term. However, that race didn’t really work out, and Fair Eva herself was beaten in the Lowther and the Rockfel – and as a potential Classic winner – you need to be winning those.

She lacked a turn of foot, whereas my original fancy, Sea Of Grace, possesses a decent one, and yet the William Haggas filly was available at 20/1 or bigger but unfortunately she now misses the race after the final decs were declared. She may well reappear in the Irish equivalent at the end of May and would certainly be of interest if she lines up.

Her journey to Haggas is rather unfortunate for legendary Irish trainer John Oxx – who trained this filly last year to win a Group 3 at the Curragh. Her owner (and he of Sea The Stars fame) took her and a couple of other three-year-olds to Somerville Lodge in Newmarket, and it’s another blow for a real true gentleman in Oxx.

I’ve mentioned her lovely turn of foot, and I also should pay tribute to a wonderful pedigree too. She ran in the Nell Gwynn at Newmarket on the 12th April and wouldn’t settle early on in the race. She quickened up well to join issue running into the Dip, but then her earlier keenness came back to bite her and she weakened on the run to the line. It would have been feasible to see her stepping up on that performance in the Guineas and reversing form with some of those who finished in front of her but we will have to hold fire now.

To find out what has caught the attention of our Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman, for the coming weekend click here to read on:-

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 6th May’17
Thirsk 3.40pm
A good trends race and the qualifiers are Heir To A Throne, Hidden Rebel and Reaver. Hidden Rebel does not look all that well handicapped but the other two hold chances if progressing again in this. Spring Offensive ran well on reappearance in the Irish Cesarewitch and with a useful claimer on board he is not far off his last winning mark.
Reaver @13/2
Heir To A Throne @10/1
Spring Offensive @8/1

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Darren & Steve

Big Race Winners!

The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 29th April’17)
Last time around we focussed on the Coral Scottish Grand National up at Ayr and with one of Nick’s selections placing we ended up pretty much evens stevens on the big race. The horse that landed the place spoils was Blakemount for which members of the Insiders Club had the opportunity to grab 50/1 Each-Way when Saturday’s selections were made available.

In fact the latest weekend proved to be a cracker for Nick’s followers which saw gains of around 70 points at the noted prices and suggested stakes, notwithstanding the usual caveat that individual members may have achieved different profit figures depending on their option of bookmakers and prices obtained.

If that has piqued your interest you may like to watch this interesting video which shows Nick’s methods in action.

For the coming weekend we see the curtain falling on the 2016/17 jumps campaign and as has been the case in the last few years the tussle for the Trainers Title has come down to Nicky Henderson and Paul Nichols. Henderson has been busy over in Ireland at the Punchestown Festival whilst Nichols has had plenty of runners to try and reduce the deficit.

The feature event on the final day of the season is the bet365 Gold Cup for which we will be sharing Nick’s final picks a little later but in the meantime here are some key facts about the big race.

B365 Gold Cup (Sandown 3.35pm Sat 29th April)

The bet365 Gold Cup – or “the Whitbread” as it used to be known in days gone by is run over more than three and a half miles and 24 fences on ground that is forecast to be “good, good to firm in places”.

Those aged 7 or 8 have won 6 of the last 10 renewals and last time out winners or placers also have a good record. A last outing of 4-8 weeks has also been key to the profile of winners and placers. This year’s renewal has a wide open feel about it and given the prices on offer going Each-Way would appear to be the best option.

Although there were wins at 20/1 for Church Island (2011) and Monkerhostin at 25/1 (2008) the recent trend has seen the winners coming from the 8/1 to 14/1 price bracket. No favourite has won in the last 10 years so we are looking for a horse with solid claims but possibly not the one at the head of the market.

It promises to be an exciting finale to what has been a cracking National Hunt season and to read on and find out which contenders for the bet365 Gold Cup have caught the attention of our Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman, click here.

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 29th April’17

Sugar Baron @8/1 Gen
Rock The Kasbah @12/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 3 places)
Present Man @12/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 3 places)

Together We Can Win

Darren & Steve

A Hat trick of Big Priced Winners?

The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 15th April’17)
Hot on the heels of landing the Lincoln Handicap winner Bravery at 20/1 the Insiders Club Big Race Guru nailed a 1-2 in the Grand National! Below is a snapshot of why Nick went for the winning selections at Aintree based on the key trends which we detailed in last week’s newsletter…

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 8th April’17
Aintree 5.15pm
The Big One. The trends leave us looking at just five horses the best of whom appear to be Cause Of Causes and Ucello Conti. The other two I like are One For Arthur and Highland Lodge. If the latter stays I think he has a great chance.

Ucello Conti @18/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 5 places)
Cause Of Causes @16/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 5 places) – 2nd 16/1
One For Arthur @16/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 5 places) – Won 14/1
Highland Lodge @28/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 5 places)

You can find out more about the method that Nick uses to find these Big Race selections on this interesting video.

Saturday’s racing features the Challenger Series Finals Day which take place at Haydock Park. The Challenger Series has been running across 35 racecourses throughout the core part of the 2016/17 Jump season and was designed for horses rated between 0-135 and offers excellent prize money for the middle tier of Jump racing.

Each Series Final is a Class 2 Handicap with a total prize fund of £50,000 and £30,950 for the winner. The total Series prize fund for the Finals is therefore £300,000.

A little later you can find out what has caught the attention of Nick from the aforementioned meeting but just before that we have a football snippet from one of our regular contributors to the Insiders Club Members Report. In the original article published recently Liam made a strong case for the first leg of the Europa League tie between Anderlecht v Man Utd to end in a draw at 12/5 and the readers were rewarded with a 1-1 result from Thursday’s match.

Over to Liam Apicella:-
They say you should never bet on the team that you support. If anything, do the opposite and bet against them, then at least if the match result lets you down, there is at least the solace of some money in your back pocket. Here, though, I have decided to go against that old adage. It has probably become clear by now that Manchester United is my team, and I have spent some time looking at some potential money-making angles. So, here goes.

Man United corners ever since the day I saw Phil Jones take them at Queens Park Rangers. For all those England fans, trust me that is much worse than seeing Harry Kane line one up in the Euros!

Anyway, thankfully Mr Jones is no longer on corner duty, which is just as well because United win a bucket load. On average, games at Old Trafford have 11 corners, so backing over 10 in home matches is well worth considering. This is particularly true when United are up against the smaller clubs when they have plenty of possession.

The full-backs get forward and look to cross the ball, forcing the defenders to block the ball and often turn it behind for a corner. For example, against Bournemouth and Burnley this season, United won 15 and 19 respectively. It was 13 versus Stoke and 12 when Middlesbrough visited.

Now Chelsea aren’t exactly a “smaller club” but they visit Old Trafford on Sunday and the Over 10.5 corners can be backed at better than evens with a number of bookmakers such as Stan James, 32Red and 888Sport.

Click here to read on and find a few of Nick’s selections from Saturdays Challenger Series Finals Day at Haydock.

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 15th April’17
Haydock 2.40pm
Tom George won this last year with No Duffer and has two live chances again this time around.
Behind The Wire @13/2
Moss On The Mill @16/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)

Haydock 5.30pm
The stayers race on the card and two who appeal are Kilbree Chief who will have no stamina worries and Courtown Oscar who is in fine form and who should also see out the trip well.
Courtown Oscar @6/1
Kilbree Chief @7/1

Together We Can Win
Darren & Steve

20/1 Grand National Winner?

The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 25th March’17)

It is fair to say that our resident Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman has been having a tough time of it recently with many of his selections hitting the bar but not quite ending in the winner’s enclosure. There is a saying that “form is temporary but class is permanent” and longer term followers of Nick will be well aware that given the type of races he tackles there will be down periods but over the medium+ time frame he has a proven track record of delivering very healthy profits combined with a commendable ROI using a sensible betting bank.

It will therefore come as no surprise that last week’s free selections for the Betfred Midlands Grand National included the winner Chase The Spud (adv EW) which when given out to the Insiders Club members was available to back at 25/1 and there was plenty of 20/1 via this bulletin on the morning of the race.

The following is a quick reminder of why Nick included the horse in his pre-race summary:-

“The trends point to a horse aged 8yo or 9yo and carrying under 11st. That leaves just three in Spookydooky, Chase The Spud and Court Frontier. Spookydooky ran well in over a long trip at Exeter last time and is effectively only 2lb higher here with Killian Moore claiming 3lbs. Chase The Spud gets a massive pull in the weights from Eider Chase winner Mysteree and could turn the tables on their close Haydock running”

At the business end of the race Chase The Spud did indeed get revenge on Mysteree as he grabbed the lead on the run in to win after being backed into 11/1.

For the coming weekend there are a few decent contests due to take place at the likes of Newbury, Kelso and Lingfield and you can find a sample of what has caught Nick’s eye by clicking here to read on:-

Just before you do and with the Aintree Grand National only 2 weeks away you may be interested to read the thoughts of one of the regular contributors to the Insiders Members Reports, David “Chutney Dave” Massey….

“The Young Master’s prep for the National couldn’t have been more eye-catching if he’d tried. He just looked that one run short of peak fitness in the paddock and I expected him to finish midfield here, but he ran on really nicely to take sixth after getting outpaced coming down the hill. As he did last year, appears to be coming right for the spring and has to be on any National shortlist now.”

With the likes of Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power offering 20/1 on a non-runner no bet basis as well as paying out on the first 5 home The Young Master looks one to have on your side for the Aintree feature event.

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 25th March’17

Newbury 3.00pm

Theatre Territiory represents Nicky Henderson who has won this a few times in the last 10 years. She looks a decent each-way price on her novice runs. Wizards Sliabh has a form line with Tara View and multiple scorer Ms Pafois which makes her interesting at a price too. Lamanver Odyssey looks to have been laid out for this and is a full sister to a previous winner of the race.

Lamanver Odyssey @14/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)
Theatre Territory @14/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)
Wizards Sliabh @12/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)

Together We Can Win

Darren & Steve

Thinking out of the Box for profits!

The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 18th March’17)
Almost in a blink of an eye the Cheltenham Festival is over once again and as the dust settles owners, trainers and jockeys will reflect on how it panned out for them after all their planning and preparations. There were many memorable performances such as Nicky Henderson’s 1-2 in the Champion Hurdle a feat repeated in Wednesday’s RSA Chase, whilst the Willie Mullins team suffered several setbacks before their four-timer on Thursday. The Gold Cup on the final day of the Festival was won in good style by the Jessica Harrington trained Sizing John on only his 4th start since switching to the yard.

Of the horses we featured from Alan Dudman’s ante-post selections in last week’s newsletter Defi Du Seuil (adv 6/1) won the Triumph in great style by 5 lengths and Native River (adv EW 14/1) finished 3rd in the aforementioned Gold Cup to ensure a healthy +54% profit overall for his followers.

Amongst the comprehensive content enjoyed by members of the Betting Insiders Club are the insightful articles written by our team of industry respected authors who use their knowledge and experience to often uncover gems by “thinking outside of the box”.

In the current Insiders Report (Issue 143) stats Guru Josh Wright ( covers a number of angles one of which focusses on a select bunch of trainers that are very adept in improving some of their horses by the careful use of “headgear”. The data that Josh presents in his research piece details 16 trainers that collectively have produced the following results in recent years:-

The criteria used via the excellent horseracebase research tool to achieve the above results were as follows:-

2012 – to date
Handicap Races
Horse Wearing headgear today
Horse last ran in Headgear (same as today) – once only
Placed on last run – No
Relatively fancied today, 10/1 or lower

So to all intense purposes the fitting of headgear last time out did not perk up the performance resulting in an unplaced run. There is some published data to imply that the horse may have reacted negatively to the first application of the headgear, but on the second run they are more used to it and therefore may perform better on that occasion.

The above stats show a better than 30% win rate in such circumstances and the profit figures are certainly at a level to take a note of. One of the trainers Josh uncovered in his research has a suitable runner entered on Saturday….

Monbeg Gold (Kemp 3.15pm) Gen 9/1 (EW, 2 places, ¼ odds)

Trained by Jonjo O’Neill who has trained 13 winners from 46 runners of the type described above (28.26% Strike Rate) and last time out wore blinkers for the 1st time before finishing 5th of 13 in a decent contest at Newbury in which he ran well for a long time. Prior to that he wore cheek-pieces which are reapplied for Saturday’s race and the drop back in trip will hopefully help him run a solid race at the odds.

You can find out how to grab a copy of the latest Insiders Report which contains Josh’s research piece in full along with numerous other profitable angles here.

In addition to Kempton Saturday’s racing action includes Midlands Grand National from Uttoxeter and to find our Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman, thoughts on the big race are below…

Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 18th March’17
Uttoxeter 3.35pm
The trends point to a horse aged 8yo or 9yo and carrying under 11st. That leaves just three in Spookydooky, Chase The Spud and Court Frontier. Spookydooky ran well in over a long trip at Exeter last time and is effectively only 2lb higher here with Killian Moore claiming 3lbs. Chase The Spud gets a massive pull in the weights from Eider Chase winner Mysteree and could turn the tables on their close Haydock running, whereas Court Frontier is the potential improver. Goulanes won this in 2014 and it would be no surprise to see him involved with a clear round.
Spookydooky @10/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)
Court Frontier @8/1 Win (Gen)
Chase The Spud @20/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)
Goulanes @12/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places)

Together We Can Win
Darren & Steve