Tag Archives: Cheltenham Festival

“I guess a horse is like an animal bike” 🐎 🚲

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

Well, that was quite the week.

For a good decade now, the Cheltenham Festival has heralded the busiest, but also the most consistently enjoyable, week of my year. 

This time it was obviously a little bit different, as we were unable to attend, but it was certainly still a hell of a lot more entertaining than every other week of lockdown has been thus far.

In the modern day media tradition, today I thought I’d supply you with ‘10 things I learned’:

  1. The Irish have added training and riding horses to the long list of things that they are much better than the English at.
  2. SkyBet don’t offer Best Odds Guaranteed on their enhanced place races. They also appear to have done a deal with the devil to ensure that every early price I take with them drifts and every SP shortens. 
  3. Waitrose’s prosecco is dangerously moreish (and currently 25% off).
  4. We need a bigger recycling bin.
  5. Totesport offer money back on placepots at selected meetings if they go down in the first race. Good on ‘em.
  6. Sometimes you can do all the research in the world only to see your horse brought down by another runner, while Bet Chat Bec wins because “Sky Pirate sounds like a fun name” so, when you don’t win, don’t beat yourself up too much.
  7. Speaking of Bec, “I guess a horse is like an animal bike”, clearly trumps any piece of analysis I produced last week.
  8. A small field novice sprint on a Sunday can be just as satisfying as a whole week of betting at the Festival. Kudos to our racing tipster triallist who landed a maximum stake 33/1 winner yesterday to turn a below average week into a splendid one (you’ll no doubt hear lots more about him over the coming months).
  9. Something I knew already but, with point eight in mind, you really really really really really need a proper betting bank and consistent staking, otherwise you risk backing the early week losers and missing the transformative end of week winners. 
  10. It’s now just three weeks until beer gardens and hairdressers are allowed to open. Glory be!

Pop Friday in your diary

That’s just about it for today, but before I go I just wanted to give you a heads up that something very exciting is coming to Bet Chat on Friday…

It’s an opportunity that I’ll be personally investing in, and one that I think would serve you well too.

There will be more on that as the week goes on, so do keep an eye on your emails. Win, lose or draw last week, there’s always another chance to profit on the horizon!

“Days do go quickly when you get up at 11am”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

First up this Friday I have a couple of competition winners to announce from the Bet Chat Fantasy Football League. These are just the 12 days late, which is somewhere in the mid-range when it comes to how late I typically announce competition winners.

Anyhow, without further delay, well done to…

Alex Traynor’s 1892 who won February’s first prize with a whopping 423 points…

And Marco Allen’s Kloppy’s Blinders who finished second and put his son to shame with 417 points.

To claim your prize, just email clients@thebetchat.com.

Just four more sleeps

If you have any interest in horse racing at all, you’ll know that the best meeting of the year – the Cheltenham Festival – starts on Tuesday…

And so too does my Cheltenham Syndicate service.

This has been going for six or seven years now but for 2021 there’s a major twist…

It’s completely free!

So, I’m not going to be giving you the big sales pitch today. I’m simply going to say that if you want a big price multiple bet…

Daily tips and analysis…

Access to a private chat group…

And regular competitions…

Then all you need to do is follow this link and confirm your email address.

That’s all for today – the off license is calling! Have a lovely evening.

Secure your free place on my Cheltenham Syndicate

Today’s a special day…

You see, for the first time ever, I’m giving away my Cheltenham Syndicate service completely free of charge!

I’ve been running this for the last six or seven years, and long-time subscribers will remember a whole bunch of cracking winners along the way, including a 145/1 placepot pay-out and multiple single winners at 16/1+

As a thank you for your support throughout the pandemic, I thought it’d be a nice thing to give away the full service for free this year as a one-off…

And so, to sign up, all you need to do is click this link and enter your email address.

As part of this years’ service you’ll receive the following:

  • A copy of the ‘Big One’ bet. A multiple to get on pre-festival at huge odds of around 500/1 (the effort last year produced two 1sts and two 2nds!)
  • Daily analysis and tips, including night before ‘early bird’ updates in case you aren’t around to place the bets in the morning.
  • Access to a private members only Telegram chat group which will also include pro tipsters from other services.
  • Plus, a number of competitions, where you can win even more free stuff!

While we may still be in lockdown, next week promises to be a lot of fun, and it’d be great to have you along for the ride…

So click this link and secure your free spot today.

“Get set for a June 21st tohubohu”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

After Boris set out his ‘lockdown exit roadmap’ on Monday, it got me to thinking, we really should have our very own ‘Bet Chat roadmap’, so here goes!

February 26th

Set your alarm because tomorrow morning our pleasingly profitable ‘Free Tip of the Week’ email returns.

The last of these was on New Year’s Eve when we landed a 5/2 racing winner. We’ve had to pause them in the intervening two months as Bet Chat Bec was in Australia and the 10 hour time difference was too troublesome but, she’s back (baby!), and therefore so is FTOTHW.

March (exact date TBA)

You’ll no doubt have noticed the cryptocurrency theme running throughout this month and we’re keen to explore that further by building a portfolio of under the radar assets.

These could make some serious returns over the coming months and years and make perfect sense as an alternative investment, with the world moving ever closer to a cashless society.

This will all be done under the tutelage of our aptly named crypto expert Kash. Keep your eyes peeled for more details early next month.

March 16th-19th (WORLD EXCLUSIVE)

As has become an annual tradition for more years than I can remember, I’ll once again be running my ever-popular Cheltenham Syndicate service but, this year, there will be one big difference…

It’s going to be completely, 100%, free to all!

This is a one-off and is our own little way of thanking you for sticking with us during what has been an incredibly tough 12 months for the entire planet.

We launched Bet Chat just six weeks or so before the ‘official’ start of this blasted pandemic, and your support has been the reason why we’re still here today.

I’ll be releasing my ‘Big One’ multiple bet about a week before the festival, along with full details on how you can access all of my tips, analysis and competitions for the week free of charge.

April (exact date TBA)

Sick of the daily slog?

Like the sound of owning your own business? Or living abroad for at least part of the year? Or only having to work a four hour week?

We’re currently working on building a brand new community focused on helping you create the lifestyle you want, through a combination of maximising existing earnings/savings, creating new revenue streams, and reducing expenditure on things like tax (legally of course!)…

And, as with all of our services, it will be headed up by somebody who walks the walk, as well as talks the talk.

May (exact date TBA)

I’m currently trialling not one but two very promising horseracing services.

I know it’s something that we’re currently missing and something that a lot of readers want – hopefully you’ll be impressed with what you see!

June 21st (for at LEAST a week)

Cheltenham Preview 2020: Colin Tizzard

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I always thought the purpose of these pre-Cheltenham trips to the bigger National Hunt yards was to clear the murky waters and make everything crystal ahead of the very best racing on offer all season, but sadly that is rarely the case.

No sooner have I marked your card with a Henderson hotpot than Paul Nicholls tells me he has one who can beat it, and Monday’s visit to the Colin Tizzard yard possibly left me with more questions than answers as well.

First things first and Colin himself was unavailable (it was the same day as Robert Alner’s memorial service), so we were warmly greeted by ex-jockey and Colin’s son and assistant Joe, who is as informative and fun as his father, though perhaps not quite as dry witted.

Despite the recent weather we all made it through the twisting country lanes to arrive at the yard on time to be greeted by a cup of coffee (thank you and much needed), as well as a smile from the staff and others in the yard. With a stable to run we didn’t stand on ceremony for too long and the horses began to be wheeled out, generally one at a time, to discuss their wellbeing, form, and Cheltenham targets, all the while trying to read between the lines as to who was strongly fancied and equally importantly, who wasn’t.

Possibly to avoid any owner politics or shows of favouritism they came out in Cheltenham race order which meant we were introduced to Fidderlontheroof first, who certainly seems the apple of Joe’s eye. Tactically flexible, he has won his last two starts, making all in the first and coming from off the pace in the second, both at Sandown, with Joe saying:

Fiddlerontheroof has been in outstanding form this season and he has been kept fresh for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle ever since Sandown. I don’t mind if the ground is testing for him, a bit of rain this week will suit him as he handles soft ground really well. He will definitely want a bit of cut, he is a big, strong boy who can handle the softer ground.

“He is just a lovely, big horse. His form has been good, his coat has come right and he is going to be our only horse in the Supreme as Master Debonair will go straight to Aintree.”

Later on Joe confirmed he saw the six-year-old as their best chance at the meeting and, although he has to take on the likes of Shishkin and Asterion Forlonge to name but two, there was no hiding his bubbly confidence which is enough to tempt me in to opening the wallet at a best price of 8/1 for the Supreme on day one, though be warned, they seem to think he will be even better over fences in the long term.

With a price tag of 360,000 Euros The Big Breakaway had to be well above average to live up to the hype but in this case, money really does talk, and the son of Getaway remains unbeaten after a Quakerstown point to point win in Ireland and victories over hurdles at Chepstow and Newbury. Body language suggested he was very close to being the stable number one pick barring a slight lack of experience ahead of the Ballymore Hurdle.

He worked well at Larkhill the other day (the best ground in the country at present according to Joe), with his coat looking a picture though apparently, he hasn’t been clipped, he has just kept a gorgeous coat all winter.  Described as a “…a very very talented horse” who “jumps for fun” he looked a chaser in the making to me but as Robbie Power (jockey) seems very keen on him over hurdles too, who am I to argue?   

With Joe telling us all he had by far their best team of novices ever this year (keep an eye on both Harry Senior and Lieutenant Rocco in the Albert Bartlett, though apparently there is nothing between the pair), they could be in for a good four days, but there are others to mention including Gold Cup hope Lostintranslation who I know has a legion of fans. With Native River recuperating in his box before a return next season, it falls on the eight-year-old to represent the stable in the Blue Riband event on Friday, but they seem happy with his wellbeing and expect a decent showing.

With our voice recorders whirring away Joe told is that:

“The season was going perfectly after Haydock but the wheels fell off a bit at Kempton” (where he was pulled up).

“I can’t say that we actually found a specific reason for it, but we have tweaked his wind and he has had a soft-palate operation since. I think perhaps he had a harder race at Haydock than we thought – it was only three and a bit weeks before Kempton and perhaps it left its toll on him a little bit”

If you’re tempted to back him just be aware that he does prefer the better ground and I will be holding fire on my bets (if any) until race day, where a bit of good to soft may well see him getting competitive in a wide open field.

Moving on to those who are not yet household names to round things off, and I have reduced the list to a workable one of each way possibilities…

Highest Sun remains in the RSA Chase but that also looks the target of Copperhead who has every chance and is yet another to consider, leaving the Marsh Novices’ Chase as a more likely target for the former. The general thought was that the drop back in trip could suit after a poor effort at Newbury over further and he should go well and has an each way chance, though nothing more than that by the sound of it.   

Two livewires to mention to round things off and how about Lamanver Pippin in the National Hunt Chase that rounds off day one for starters? Will Biddick has been booked to ride which is a positive and as he worked well at Larkhill recently and was described as “not fully exposed” I see that as a signal that they think he has a decent enough chance.

Lastly, and who knows if this may be the only winner (or trail home stone cold last), I got the feeling that Beaufort West could ruffle a few feathers if he gets into the Martin Pipe that rounds off the whole meeting. He is also entered in the County Hurdle and could go well there as well, but I just sensed they hoped to get him in off a featherweight in the finale and that they still feel he is a step ahead of the handicapper – enjoy if that is the case.  

Cheltenham Preview 2020: The Handicaps

Time to talk all things Cheltenham once again and last Wednesday saw the annual ‘meet the handicappers’ shindig at Cheltenham racecourse where a pleasantly surprising number of trainers turned up to give us their views on their prospects for the four days that make up the Cheltenham Festival.

Oli Bell hosted on our behalf but (in my worthless opinion) was, on occasion, a little too leading with his questions (is that in vogue or something, they all seem to be at it lately?), so I have been particularly picky with those horses I have decided to pass on to you, with one per trainer perhaps the easiest way forward.

Philip Hobbs: Defi Du Seuil is one of his more obvious chances but even his trainer suggested the Ryanair would have been easier than the Champion Chase and we may be better off looking elsewhere. Jatiluwih should go well in the Pertemps Final and is worthy of each-way consideration, but Deise Aba came over as the one he liked the look of most, and he will be carrying my money in the Kim Muir on the Thursday at the current odds of 12/1.

Nigel Twiston-Davies:  As positive as always, Nigel feels Cogry can go well in his chosen engagement, while Ballyandy has form that makes him overpriced in the Champion Hurdle, which looks more open by the day. Despite that, Bristol De Mai is the one he wants to win with more than any, and he seems sure to go well in the Gold Cup, especially if the going remains on the softer side. As his trainer said:

“Bristol de Mai is in good shape ahead of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. I am amazed that Santini is favourite for the Gold Cup and we are 33/1. We were giving Santini 2lb in the Cotswold Chase and looked all over the winner at the bottom of the hill, but then we slipped on landing and that cost us the race. I think we have a great chance”.

Olly Murphy: An up and coming young trainer but one look at the prices of his entries suggests he has the bookies running scared. Brewin’upastorm was described as his best chance heading into the Arkle Chase and who am I to argue, though he also seemed pretty keen on Skandiburg in the Pertemps Final, with the six-year-old mapped out for this specific race for six months or more ahead of race day.

Although Jonjo O’Neill looked bubbly and well (which is always a good thing to see), he seemed less than confident and is a trainer I can pass by betting wise for now, a remark that also applies to Neil Mulholland, though both may well have been keeping their cards close to their chests, of course. 

With Alan King equally non plussed about his chances with the exception of a big (placed?) run from Sceau Royale in the Champion Chase, we moved on to Warren Greatrex who has plenty of ammunition headed by each way chance Emitom in the Stayers Hurdle. A big run is on the cards, but I got the feeling that both Le Bague Au Roi (drops in to handicap company in either the Ultima or the Brown Advisory) or Bob Mahler have better chances. Warren said of the latter, who he seemed especially keen on:

Bob Mahler will go for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase. He won the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh last time and is improving all the time. We won this race a few years ago with Missed Approach and he would have the same sort of profile”.

Last but not least we had a chat with Kim Bailey, who has a strong team at Cheltenham, saying:

“I have certainly got my best team coming here for a long time. I have five horses and I would not swap any of them. They are all in good form, they all look well, and they have been trained for their races, so fingers crossed they all get here in one piece.”

Imperial Aura came close to being the one I went for and will run well in the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase, but my vote goes to Vinndication who was the first horse Kim chose to mention, adding:

Vinndication runs in the Ultima Handicap Chase. He worked this morning and I was delighted with him. He has only run once this season, which won’t do him any harm as he has not been chuntering around on heavy ground all winter. He has won seven out of nine.

“He got beat at Sandown last season and we weren’t hugely happy, but Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation were the two horses that beat him, so in hindsight it was a very good race”, which makes perfectly good sense to me and has already seen me open the wallet.