“Pragmatic” Patent, Sunday, May 20

“Pragmatic” Patent, Sunday, May 20  The Ripon card on Sunday features three handicaps, which appear competitive enough, despite single-figure fields, to make them worth including in a multiple bet of some description. A full cover, patent bet – or, in other words, three singles, three doubles and a treble, making seven bets in total – is our bet of choice in such circumstances. We’ve delved into the form book and, hopefully, come up with three value-for-money selections that should give us a chance of a healthy return for relatively small outlay.

2.55 VW Van Centre (West Yorkshire) Handicap

Starlight Mystery has yet to win beyond the minimum trip, so clearly has her stamina to prove stepping up to nearly 1 mile 2 furlongs. Nevertheless, her sixth of 14, beaten 1½ lengths, behind subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook in the valuable Telegraph Nursery Handicap, over 7 furlongs, at Goodwood last August is far and away the best single piece of form on offer here. She drops into a fairly weak race, off a 2lb lower mark, on her 4-year-old debut and P.J. McDonald, who won on Jo’s Girl last time, is an interesting jockey booking.

3.30 Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap

Trading Point is 2-2 since joining David O’Meara from John Quinn last November, but steps up in class off a 6lb higher mark on his hat-trick attempt and may be worth opposing on this occasion with Mutamaded, who is becoming something of a course specialist. Ruth Carr’s 5-year-old has won his last three starts over 1 mile 2 furlongs at Ripon and looked value for more than the winning margin when beating Mordin by a neck here nine days ago, having suffered an interrupted passage. He, too, steps back up in class, but wasn’t beaten miles on his previous attempt, over a mile, in this grade on his penultimate start. He may be able to defy a 4lb rise in the weights.

4.00 EBF “Breeders’ Series” Fillies’ Handicap

Magical Dreamer returns to action after a 225-day break, but rounded off last season with her best effort yet, when just touched off in a Class fillies’ handicap, over 6 furlongs, at Newmarket in October. She drops back down in grade, off a handicap mark just 2lb higher than at Newmarket, and looks worth an interest in a race where all the runners have questions to answer for one reason or another. George Wood, who rode her at Newmarket, takes the ride once again.

Recommended Bet: 1-point Win Patent

Will you be watching the 2018 World Cup?

It’s estimated that over 3 billion people, close to half the global population will tune in to watch the World Cup as its broadcast out of Russia this year. The 2018 World Cup makes history, as not only do the nations of both Iceland & Panama make their World Cup debut, but it also marks the first World Cup in well over a decade to be held in Europe, as the last two were hosted in Brazil and South Africa, respectively. Russia has pulled out all the stops for 2018’s event, as it was initially projected to cost around 20 billion dollars. This was eventually halved to 10 billion dollars, but that figure still marks a massive 0.6% of the entire populations GDP*. Covering over 1,800 miles from the coast of Kaliningrad near the Baltic Sea, all the way to Ekaterinburg, located at the base of the Ural mountains, 12 locations across the nation will host the 64 matches that comprise the 2018 World Cup, and will be utilizing 12 of their stadiums across the event, including –




Luzhniki Stadium


Krestovsky Stadium


Fisht Olympic Stadium


Volgograd Arena


Kazan Arena


Otkritie Arena


Rostov Arena


Cosmos Arena


Nizhny Novgorod


Mordovia Arena


Ekaterinburg Arena


Kaliningrad Stadium




The 32 competing nations will all have their own team bases across the country, and will stay from the beginning of the competition until they’re either knocked out or win the final. This allows the teams and their crew to settle into the new climate and surroundings, train, plan, and make sure they’re ready for the games.


There’s no doubt that football fans are known to be some of the most passionate fans in the world, so we decided to assemble this awesome little challenge to find out just how dedicated you guys are to the sport, and most importantly, to your team. All you have to do is answer the 10 simple yes or no questions to get your answer and find out if you’re really as passionate as you think! So whether you’re choosing to bet on the world cup or not, let us know what result you got on this awesome quiz and make sure to share it with your friends to see which of you gets top marks!


*Nominal GDP figures for 2018 taken from Wikipedia




$18 Kentucky Derby Bet Wins Woman $1.2million

$18 Kentucky Derby Bet Wins Woman $1.2million  It’s not every day you see an accumulator bet win over a million. That’s whether it’s a million pounds, a million dollars, a million anything! It’s just so difficult to both rack up odds high enough to achieve this feat, combined with flawless results and a big enough stake to get over the million mark.

A woman from Austin Texas did just that at the prestigious Kentucky Derby just days ago. The woman, Margaret Reid, made a Pick 5 wager at the Retama Park racecourse in Texas and watched, no doubt stunned, as each and every one of her selections won at the Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky, over a thousand miles away.


The woman had amazingly chosen a winner in each of the four races prior to the Derby, as well as the Derby winner himself – Justify. So from the 8th race onwards, she experienced the lucky / skillful run to end all lucky runs, culminating in a huge 1.2million win from just a small $18 bet. The selections and odds she bet at are as follows:

Limousine Liberal – Churchill Downs Stakes – 4/1

Maraud – American Turf Stakes – 8/1

Funny Duck – Pat Day Mile –  39/1

Yoshida – Old Forester Turf Classic – 9/1

Justify – Kentucky Derby – 3/1


The odds of Funny Duck definitely helped the accumulator a great deal and it was a brave selection considering how unfavoured it was. It’s crazy that all five came up, so we can safety conclude that she’s a time traveller.

Free To Air TV Races, Saturday, April 28 Tips

Free To Air TV Races, Saturday, April 28 Tips  1.50 Sandown bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle


A hugely competitive race to start proceedings, but Taxmeifyoucan makes the long journey from South Lanarkshire and the hint may be worth taking. Keith Dalgleish’s 4-year-old was returning from a 51-day break when a close third, on heavy going, at Kelso three weeks ago and, although 6lb higher in the weights today, may be progressive enough to defy the handicapper. His proven ability to act on the prevailing good going is an obvious plus.


2.05 Haydock Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap


Mijack confirmed the promise of his reappearance effort – a never-nearer fifth of 10, beaten 7¼ lengths, in a Listed race over 6 furlongs at Doncaster in March – when winning over today’s distance, under today’s jockey, at Newmarket 11 days ago. That form has been franked by the runner-up, Love Dreams so, off a 6lb higher mark, Karl Burke’s course and distance winner looks a decent bet to follow up.


2.25 Sandown bet365 Oaksey Chase


Both Top Notch and Double Shuffle were disappointing last time and although Double Shuffle is favoured by the race conditions he’s still only 3lb better off for the 8 lengths he finished behind Top Notch in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot in November. Indeed, Top Notch was an impressive winner on that occasion so, back on a sound surface, over today’s distance, he looks the safer option once again.


2.45 Leicester totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes


Dual course and distance winner Emmaus has a few pounds to find with the best of these on official figures, but did well to overhaul Sir Dancealot on his belated reappearance here last October and remains unexposed. He’s clearly fully effective on rain-softened ground and trainer Roger Varian has a healthy 3-11 (27%) strike rate with his older horses at Leicester.


3.00 Sandown bet365 Celebration Chase


No prizes for originality here, I’m afraid; Altior stands head and shoulders above the opposition on official ratings and has been given plenty of time to recover from his latest cakewalk in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He cannot sensibly be opposed.


3.35 Sandown bet365 Gold Cup Chase


From the sublime to the ridiculous, with an impenetrable handicap chase to bring down the curtain on the 2017/18 National Hunt season. Band Of Blood races from 3lb out of the handicap proper, but won his first two starts over fences for Dr. Richard Newland in convincing style before disappointing at Cheltenham and, particularly, when favourite at Ascot last month. However, he has had wind surgery in the interim and, if he’s back to his best, even today’s handicap mark of 135 doesn’t look prohibitive. He has his stamina to prove but, at long odds, looks worth chancing for one last hurrah.

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