BeforeTheOff.com uses cookies.
By continuing to use this website you imply consent to cookies being used.
For more information see our Privacy Policy

Already A Member? Login Now!




Forgot Username/Password?

Remember Me

JOIN NOW FOR FREEGet FREE BTO Plus+ Cards daily
& subscribe for full BTO+ access.

Create A New Account

WHAT IS BTO Plus+?Get a crash course in why BTO Plus+ should
be your new go-to for the best racing data

Learn About BTO Plus+
  • Detailed trainer stats with profit pointers
  • Vital speed figures from latest runs
  • BTO+ ratings from thousands of variables
  • Thousands of races analysed for positive trends
  • Crucial course pace bias statistics
  • Unique pace maps for every race
  • Essential 1-2-3 shortlist for best value betting
With BTO Plus+

One of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the sporting calendar, the curtain goes up on this year’s show on Tuesday 13th March.

The sport’s biggest names will be in attendance, from star trainers and jockeys to the main attraction, the horses themselves. With millions of pounds set to be wagered on bets again this year, it’s little surprise to see bookmakers vying for your business. It’s a real buyer’s market, one of the few occasions where the power is with the people. There’s also no lack of special offers and deals doing the rounds to lure you in and Timeform’s free bets page serves as a handy index of the best available.

We take a look at the leading cast, picking out 10 horses sure to be popular with punters in the run-up to the festival.

Footpad

Current favourite for the Arkle Chase on Tuesday and one of a talented Willie Mullins squad, the six-year-old bay ended 2017 with victory in the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown, destroying the field. The nearest finisher Any Second Now slumped across the line a full 11 lengths behind in second. Not done there, he then went and won the Arkle Novices Chase at the same venue, again winning with plenty in hand. Petit Mouchoir was best of the rest but could get no closer than five lengths when it mattered. A real form horse, he’ll go as a strong play on day one.

Buveur D’air

Well quoted for the Champion Hurdle, another Tuesday race, Buveur D’air, for Nicky Henderson, landed the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown to get 2018 off to a flyer. Starting as a 1/16 favourite, there was little interest in it for punters, serving as nothing more than a chance for race-goers to catch a glimpse of a modern legend as he sharpens his tools for an assault on Prestbury Park. He didn’t win as convincingly as the SP said he would, but Buveur D’air got the job done and there’s much more to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Apples Jade

A real favourite of the casual punter, Apples Jade famously won the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, upsetting Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini in a stunning finish. She was written off that day, but traders won’t make the same mistake this year and the six-year-old mare is currently the odds-on favourite. She won the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, edging out Supasundae in another classic. Nothing can be taken for granted in this race but there’s no doubt she deserves to be the price she is and will attract plenty of support from those in the know.

Samcro

It remains to be seen which race Samcro will be entered into, Gordon Elliott having a couple of options for him, but oddsmakers expect the Ballymore Novices Hurdle to be the target. He opened his account at Leopardstown with an impressive win in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle in early February, scalping a talented field, including runner-up Duc Des Genievres. That result took his career stats to six wins from a half-dozen starts and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’ll be the banker of many on Wednesday if he goes.

Altior

Another from the Henderson string and bookmakers have Altior picked as the winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The eight-year-old gelding was doing the rounds at odds-on in winter, a February check-up finding him available at 4/6. He's another who wasted no time getting the year off on the right foot, claiming the three-runner Exchange Chase at Newbury. Nothing more than a show of fitness when push came to shove, there will be sterner challenges ahead, but there’s a real belief in the camp that they have a great horse here. He's in with a competitive field, including Min and Douvan, but he’s easy to like.

Un De Sceaux

Team Mullins; that alone will ensure the experienced 10-year-old has plenty of friends in the betting ring this year. He started with a record reading 15 wins and three seconds from 20 starts, proving a profitable horse to follow. He won at Ascot in January when picking up the Clarence House Chase, run over two miles, living up to his short odds and smashing his rivals into submission, strolling to a seven-length lead over silver medallist Speredek. He barely got out of first gear that day and will be primed for the Ryanair Chase.

Laurina

Winner of this year’s Mares Novices Hurdle, if odds compilers get their way. An inexperienced sort with a lot still to learn but she has done nothing but impress to date, going two from two with a win in a Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse at the end of January, a grade three event. She didn’t put a foot wrong that day, giving punters just a taste of her true ability, opening-up on the run in to beat Alletrix by 11 lengths. Devastating, but those who watched the race were in no doubt it was only the start. Connections will be hoping she stays unbeaten before the festival.

Apples Shakira

Henderson’s progressive filly and, although she’s not exactly a household name at the minute, connections hope that will all change come the spring. One of the stable’s worst kept secrets, she started her career with three wins in-a-row, winning on her debut at Cheltenham in a trial, enhancing that with more of the same next time out, before going three for three at Prestbury Park in January, banking the Trial Juvenile Hurdle over two miles. It's no surprise she’s being aimed at the festival, the team getting her used to the surroundings early. Triumph Hurdle shot looking likely.

Supasundae

One for Jessica Harrington, Supasundae is shaping up like a horse with a big festival in him. The product of Galileo was runner-up in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, beaten half a length by Apples Jade. No disgrace there, but the bay fought back to take the winner’s cheque in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, taking odds-on race favourite Faugheen down a peg or two. Stayers Hurdle winner, according to the market.

Might Bite

The highlight of the week, the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup, is run on Friday afternoon. This year’s renewal promises to be something special and the early thinking is that Might Bite is worth taking a chance on. He’s won nine of his first 14 races and shown both his good and bad sides already. A fall at Kempton in the Kauto Star Novices Chase was followed by a stunning unbeaten run, including gold in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. A tough race to win but Might Bite has the talent to drag them home.

Article Posted on Tuesday 13th February 2018 @ 13.47

Join BTO Today!

Create your FREE BTO account to get 1 FREE BTO Plus+ Racecards every day, as well access to BTO Plus+ subscriptions, bonus discounts and more!

LOGIN or Create an Account



Subscribe To BTO Plus+

More Show/Hide

EVERY BTO+ Race card EVERY day

Revolutionary race informationfor both casual and serious punters

LOGIN TO SUBSCRIBE

* Your subscription will automatically renew to avoid interruption of service. You can cancel at any time.

Who's Running Next?

More
kempton Back Or Lay On Betdaq Handicap Hurdle2m 5f - £6498 - Good to soft-good in places

1 Premier Bond20/1

2 Our Kaempfer16/1

3 Monbeg Legend5/1

4 The Mighty Don6/1

5 Take To Heart7/1

6 Master Dancer7/1

7 Django Django11/2

8 Criq Rock16/1

9 Morning Herald33/1

10 Awesome Rosie10/1

11 Wolfcatcher12/1

12 My Charity14/1

13 Kings Walk10/1

14 Earlshill16/1

lingfield 32Red Casino Novice Stakes1m - £3752 - Standard

1 Ghost Serge2/1

2 Bobby K8/1

3 Carouse9/4

4 Atomic Jack50/1

5 Dark Crocodile9/1

6 Given Name66/1

7 Mandalayan6/1

8 Possibly So12/1

9 Sociologist11/2

10 Astrobreeze150/1

newcastle Betfred TV (AW) Standard Open NH Flat Race2m - £2274 - Heavy-soft in places; aw: slow

1 Animated Hero5/1

2 Chateau Marmont9/4

3 Frozen Out50/1

4 Jesse Jude40/1

5 Mon Ami Bob33/1

6 On The Rox4/1

7 Reaplee16/1

8 Simply Mani9/2

9 Strathy12/1

10 Wor Verge20/1

11 Inthedeal22/1

12 Sai Kung Sing16/1

13 Scots Sonnet8/1

14 Smart Paco33/1

fairyhouse Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3)2m - £19987 -

1 Mitchouka1/2

2 Mastermind4/1

3 Big Ego20/1

4 Itsalonglongroad33/1

5 Randalls Ur Poet8/1

6 Alohamora12/1

7 Cristal Icon50/1

kempton Betdaq Now 2% Commission Pendil Novices' Chase (Grade 2)2m 4f 110y - £18224 - Good to soft-good in places

1 Cyrname4/7

2 For Good Measure8/1

3 Petrou10/1

4 The Unit3/1

chepstow Pertemps MPS Network Maiden Hurdle2m 3f 100y - £4094 - Soft

1 Amerton Lane100/1

2 Ballymagroarty Boy150/1

3 Blu Cavalier5/2

4 Champagne Champ6/1

5 Cotswold Way12/1

6 Garran City8/1

7 Kings Monarch66/1

8 Monthyne66/1

9 Mount Rushmoore6/4

10 Snuff Box8/1

11 U No Like66/1

12 Belle's Theatre66/1

13 Boola River100/1

14 Costante Via33/1

15 Gnarly9/1

16 Let's Sway150/1

lingfield Betway Hever Sprint Stakes (Listed) 5f 6y - £25520 - Standard

1 Encore d'Or7/1

2 Boom The Groom8/1

3 Brother Tiger25/1

4 Gracious John10/3

5 Orvar7/2

6 Royal Birth6/1

7 Tomily15/2

8 Karijini11/2

newcastle Betfred Super League Novices' Chase2m - £11710 - Heavy-soft in places; aw: slow

1 Lady Buttons8/11

2 Applaus18/1

3 Bollin Ace7/1

4 Under The Red Sky150/1

5 Kelka7/4

Latest Results

More

DundalkKentucky Derby Qualifier At Dundalk March 2nd Handicap

18Nimitz9/4 f
21Carried4/1
35Thomas O'Malley16/1
Winning TrainerC O'Brien
Winning JockeyD P McDonogh
Runners13 ran
Distances3/4 length, 1 1/2 length
Tote Win£3.30
Pl£1.40, £3.70
EX£14.20
Trifecta£171.70
CSF£10.68
StatusWeighedIn

DundalkConnolly Kelly Accountants Apprentice Handicap (45-65)

18Ineffable14/1
210Easy Boy6/1
33Temasek Star13/2
Winning TrainerR Sweeney
Winning JockeyD E Hogan
Runners14 ran
DistancesShort Head, 3 lengths
Tote Win£21.20
Pl£5.30, £3.00, £2.70
EX£119.50
Trifecta£577.50
CSF£97.80
StatusWeighedIn

Wolverhampton32Red Casino Handicap

17Brockey Rise12/1
23Super Florence5/1
36Daze Out7/2
Winning TrainerP D Evans
Winning JockeyK T O'Neill
Runners7 ran
Distances1 length, Head
Tote Win£8.80
Pl£5.50, £2.40
EX£38.80
Trifecta£96.00
CSF£71.80
StatusWeighedIn

DundalkIrishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap (45-65)

12Clebourne5/1
21Patrick Joseph6/4
39La Novia7/1
Winning TrainerD Bunyan
Winning JockeyD P McDonogh
Runners10 ran
Distances1/2 length, 1/2 length
Tote Win£5.60
Pl£2.10, £1.02, £2.30
EX£18.50
Trifecta£117.00
CSF£13.52
StatusWeighedIn

Wolverhampton32Red.com Fillies' Handicap

19Naralsaif10/1
26Beatbybeatbybeat15/2
35Dose4/1
Winning TrainerD Shaw
Winning JockeyP Mathers
Runners9 ran
DistancesHead, 1 3/4 length
Tote Win£8.50
Pl£2.90, £2.10, £1.10
EX£94.60
Trifecta£754.90
CSF£80.12
StatusWeighedIn

DundalkCarnbeg Hotel & Spa Handicap (45-65)

113Nam28/1
24Eacharn12/1
310Tee Ranger5/1
Winning TrainerT Mullins
Winning JockeyN G McCullagh
Runners14 ran
DistancesNeck, 1 3/4 length
Tote Win£44.10
Pl£9.50, £3.90, £1.90
EX£1010.90
Trifecta£890.10
CSF£348.98
StatusWeighedIn

Wolverhamptonsunbets.co.uk Handicap

19Murdanova9/4 f
24Rouge Nuage9/1
312Sayesse16/1
Winning TrainerI Furtado
Winning JockeyGabriele Malune
Runners11 ran
Distances1 length, Neck
Tote Win£3.00
Pl£1.10, £2.40, £4.10
EX£25.50
Trifecta£252.20
CSF£23.35
StatusWeighedIn

DundalkBoyle Bingo Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10)

11Editorial3/1
23Irish Minister7/1
32Havana Go6/4 f
Winning TrainerP Twomey
Winning JockeyW M Lordan
Runners12 ran
DistancesNeck, 2 1/4 lengths
Tote Win£3.90
Pl£1.70, £1.10, £1.20
EX£22.90
Trifecta£51.00
CSF£24.52
StatusWeighedIn