28th March, 1pm
We finished Cheltenham nicely ahead thanks for a strong winner in the very first race of the festival. Our man picked out Vautour in the very first race at 4/1, and by the off it was in to 7/2 so we already had a value runner. It turned out to be exactly that, charging up the hill to finish comfortably ahead of the field, a cracking start!
We didn’t give stake advice for these picks, so we’ll count it as a small profit in the diary after we’ve taken the long shots and cover bets into the equation. More of the same in April please! Apologies for the lack of updates after the first day of Cheltenham, this was due to circumstances beyond our control. However, we’re sure you enjoyed the festival anyway, check back here soon for our Grand National coverage.
11th March, 1pm
Right, it’s Cheltenham time! Our man at the track has just been in touch and he’s reporting a fabulous atmosphere ahead of the first race. He’s been wondering around taking in the sights and sounds, but with his ear to the ground as usual. As a result, we’ve now got his usual selection of strong pick and decent outsider for todays racing. As the races are getting closer, we’re going to get straight down to it.
Cheltenham Day 1. Race 1, 13:30.
Pick – Vautour, 4/1. An ideal combination of top trainer in Mullins and top jockey in Walsh. This ride looks to be coming into form at the perfect time. There are a few threats in this race, but our man thinks that if Vautour is ahead of Irving coming into the final stretch he’s got what it takes to finish the job. Beware of a couple of the other 8/1 shots, such as Wicklow Brave, also trained by Mullins, so maybe worth a couple of quid on this on the side.
Cheltenham Day 1. Race 3, 14:40.
Pick – Cantlow, 17/1. In a race with no strong favourite, you’ll do a lot worse than backing Gerard Fox’s mount in the 14:40. The bookies can’t seem to make their minds up, with prices ranging from a rather short 12/1 right out to 17/1. If the shorter layers are right you’re going to get a good run for your money here. Back it each way for full value, he’s expecting Cantlow to be there or there abouts at the business end of the race.
Enjoy day 1, check back for more tomorrow!
11th March, 8am
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4th March, 2pm
Welcome to the March 2014 betting diary. At last spring is on the way and the terrible recent weather finally seems to be easing off. Just in time for a cracking month of sport!
We finished February a little behind only having placed one bet. It was a close run thing, a single goal away from a win, but nevermind, we’ll take a small loss and move on. Final word on February has to be congratulations to Man City on their Capital One cup win. Although a little below par on the day, particularly in the first half, they came through in style to run out 3-1 winners over Sunderland. Sunderland certainly played their part too, and it could have been so different if they’d managed to convert a decent chance when already leading 1-0. In the end, it took a world class strike from Yaya Toure and another beauty from Samir Nasri to swing the game City’s way. Two goals worthy of any cup final occasion, will it be their first trophy of many this year though?
In March we’ll be looking at a variety of sports, with the headline events being the Cheltenham Festival, Champions League and some massive games at both ends of the Premier League.
Cheltenham starts next week and runs from 11th March – 14th March. We’re hoping to have a preview online later in the week written by our usual horse racing guest writer. His thoughts are well worth a read!
We’ll also be looking at some massive games in the Premier League, which is still rather tight at top and bottom. Finally we’ll have the lowdown on the Champions League round of 16 second legs, with plenty of English interest still in the competition (although some hopes also hanging by a thread!)
Check back soon for our first bet in March.