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A 25-I shot at the Cheltenham Festival or Royal Ascot has a stronger chance of winning than a 25-1 shot at Plumpton or Windsor of a Monday. The reason being that most 25-1 shots who run at the smaller tracks midweek are available at such lengthy odds because they have either shown little or are woefully out of form. There are plenty of 25-I shots at the big festivals who have top-class back form and/or have the potential to win at the highest level. Take Espoir D'Allen for instance. The unexposed five-year-old had only been beaten once in his previous eight starts over hurdles before his 2019 Champion Hurdle victory, and had easily beaten Wicklow Brave, a Classic winner on the Flat, in his prep at Naas. He had the potential to win a Champion Hurdle but still went off at 16-1. On the final day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, the average winning SP was 23-1. Croco Bay won the Grand Annual at 66-1, Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo was 50-I and Pentland Hills won the Triumph Hurdle at 20-1. The opening winner at Royal Ascot in 2018 was Accidental Agent at 33-I in the Queen Anne. Do not be fooled into thinking big prices cannot do the business at the big festivals. They can. You just need to find the right ones.
Double the cost but you are multiplying the prospect of getting something back. Backing each-way at the big festivals is essential. The contests have never been so competitive, and the number of places being offered by bookmakers have never been bigger. The Grand National is the biggest betting event of the year and firms can offer as many as seven or eight places. Imagine if you backed Pleasant Company in the 2018 Grand National. You knew he was being trained for the race, had the right profile and was trained by a master in Willie Mullins. He jumps for fun, is always front rank and goes in pursuit of Tiger Roll from the elbow. He is cutting back Tiger Roll with every stride, but the winning post comes a stride too soon. If you backed him win only you are completely deflated. You have spotted an outsider at 25-I with a live chance and you got his credentials spot on, yet you come away empty-handed. A short-head is all that had separated you and a small fortune. At least there is some compensation if you had backed Pleasant Company each-way. A quarter the odds at 25-1 is a shade over 6-1 so you still make a nice profit.
Yeats won four Ascot Gold Cup, Best Mate three Cheltenham Gold Cups and lstabraq three Champion Hurdles. Tiger Roll has won the last two Grand Nationals. Festival form has a habit of recurring and it is not just in the main races either and it is not just the winners who return to races and repeat the dose. Le Prezien was an eyecatching eighth in the 2017 Grand Annual at Cheltenham and came back a year later to win the same race in impressive fashion under Barry Geraghty. Croco Bay was having his first go at the Grand Annual in 2019 and he made his fourth appearance a winning one. The Alan Berry-trained Selhurtpark Flyer won the Wokingham in 1997 off a mark of 94 and again in 1998 off 6lb higher. When a horse wins or runs well in a big handicap at one of the most famous festivals, trainers tend to want to return for another crack. They have been bitten by the bug and want to experience it again. They also know the level that's required to win the race in question. William Henry is a good example. Nicky Henderson's charge was a close-up fourth to Bleu Berry in the 2018 Coral Cup off a mark of 151. Fast-forward 12 months and he arrives back at Cheltenham in the very same race off the very same mark. He storms home to win narrowly under Nico de Boinville (above). Festival form stands the test of time.
So much value and so many options. It is ludicrous elsewhere but having two bets in the one race is not a bad idea at big festivals like Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. Indeed, it makes perfect sense. With so many places on offer with firms in the big handicaps at the big festivals, having two bets each-way is actually a shrewd move. If firms are offering a quarter the odds the first five places in handicaps, two each-way bets are advised. In last year's Wokingham at Royal Ascot, Dreamfield was a red-hot 2-1 favourite in a massive field of 28. The two I liked in the race were Major Jumbo, whom I backed at 25-1, and 20-I shot Tis Marvellous. Both ran as well as I was hoping with Major Jumbo taking third, only beaten three-quarters-of-a-length, and Tis Marvellous just a short head behind him in fourth. There was a tidy profit from both bets despite neither of them winning.
Horses often begin their racing careers as a 2-year-old, so when it comes to Royal Ascot, many lack experience. With little form to decipher, punters must look for other angles and breeding can often give an indication of the likelier types on paper. As a rudimentary rule of thumb, a stallion's progeny (sons and daughters) will tend to follow in the mould of their sire. Sprinters tend to sire horse whose main attribute is speed, stayers tend to produce horses whose fore is stamina, while milers usually fall somewhere in between.
One bet consisting of two selections in different races. Both horses must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. If the first selection wins, everything that would have been returned is then staked on the second selection. This is a good way of multiplying the value of two selections and each-way doubles are popular as the place part of the bet runs on to the second selection even if the first doesn’t win. A place double will often yield enough for the full stake to be returned should both selections make the places, so it’s a solid way of attempting to cover your stake on the win part of the bet.
Similar to a double bet but containing three selections rather than two, a treble is a single bet on three horses in different races. All three selections must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a win with the returns of the first selection staked on the second, then the returns of the second staked on the third. This is a useful way to multiply the odds on several horses.
An accumulator is a bet that combines four or more selections in one bet. As with doubles and trebles, this is a group of horses in different races and all of them must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. Due to the high number of selections, the odds are bigger and the risk is greater but, with so much accumulating, the reward for a win is often substantial.
This is one of the most popular multiple bets among racing punters and the clue is in the name as a Lucky 15 consists of 15 bets on four horses in different races. That equals four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. The beauty of the Lucky 15 is that only one selection of four must win to guarantee a return and the majority of bookmakers will offer incentives to play the bet. Most will pay out at double the odds if you select one winner, while several pays a bonus of up to 10 per cent for four winners. The problem is that even if one selection wins at double the odds, it’s highly unlikely the original full stake will be covered and you can still end up losing on the bet despite having had a winner.
Basically a Lucky 15 without the four single bets, a Yankee consists of a total of 11 bets on four horses in different races. That equals six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. Given we’ve forsaken the singles, a minimum of two selections must win to guarantee a return but that should at least cover the initial outlay and in most cases, two winners will secure a profit.
A horse racing tip is a suggested bet, often by a profession, predicting the outcome of a race or event. Our tips are thoroughly thought out and meticulously selected by racing experts, before being published on the Racing Post website or newspaper. This is designed to save punters’ time when looking to have a bet, so they don’t have to research Royal Ascot Tips themselves.
Ante-post is the term used to describe a bet that is placed well in advance of the day of the event. The benefit of placing a bet well in advance of the day of the race, is the increased odds that are available. However, the risk of placing an ante-post bet is that if your selection does not compete in the event, you will still lose your bet.
It’s a tradition dating back centuries that offers punters the chance to predict a winner months in advance. There are many strategies and tactics that punters can use to predict an outcome, even without the guarantee of the horse running in the race. Trainers and jockeys may suggest a future race for a horse to target, particular races are good guide to the class of a horse and can indicate a potential target, whilst others simply use their own intuition and skill to take a punt.
An each-way bet on horse racing is essentially two bets on the same horse. The first bet, known as a ‘back bet’ requires the horse to win the race in order to return a profit. The second bet, known as a ‘place bet’ will pay out if the horse finishes in the first 3 positions (subject to bookmaker and race terms). When placing an each-way bet your stake will be doubled, so bare this in mind when placing your bets (£10 each-way will cost £20, £10 win bet and £10 place bet).
The benefit of placing an each-way bet is that you can still win, even if your horse doesn’t finish first. It’s important to note that the ‘place bet’ will return a fraction of the original odds at which the bet was placed. For example, if you placed an each-way bet at 16/1 and the horse finished 2nd or 3rd, then you would be paid out on the place bet at one-quarter of the original odds (4/1) – this is subject to bookmaker and race terms.
With no on-course betting this year, the best way to place a bet on Royal Ascot is online. Most bookmakers have mobile apps and websites in which you can sign up for an account and place bets through. Alternatively, you can bet through the Racing Post app – where you can study the form and place your bets all in one place without having to switch between apps.
The favourite is the horse with the shortest odds, meaning it has the best chance of winning. The favourites can be found on the racecard for the race and are published by the bookmakers.
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