First off and not specifically multiple bet related (though I certainly wouldn’t have minded it being part of an accumulator!) let’s hear it for Premier League minnows turned potential winners Leicester City, who are now on the verge of clinching the 2015 / 2016 Premier League title following their impressive 4 – 0 win over Swansea City on Sunday 24th April. What a journey they’ve had this season starting out at betting odds of 5000-1 pre-season (and in fact the same odds up to their third game of the season against Sunderland) all the way down to 1-20 at time of writing. It’s crazy how few punters got on these 5000–1 betting odds as according to various bookmakers you can effectively count them on one hand. A good few Leicester fans must be kicking themselves! There’s not many bets you can place a tenner on and wind up £50,000 better off!
Now back from heady odds of 5000-1 to more real world odds with our multiple bet of the week.. and yes you’ve guessed it, it’s another one of our horse racing ‘deadly doubles’ as we’re sticking with what we know! In the Class 3 4yo+ 7.30 at Chelmsford on Thursday 28th, Haines has an excellent strike rate on synthetic surfaces, particularly on Polytrack, and a 5lb rise in the weights for winning the Queen’s Prize over 2 miles at Kempton may not be enough to prevent him following up. The Shirocco gelding has officially improved 34lb since winning over course and distance in March, but drops back into 0-95 company and still looks feasibly weighted. Andrew Balding doesn’t have the greatest record at Chelmsford, but that shouldn’t be held against the 5-year-old, who otherwise has plenty going for him.
Later on the Chelmsford City card, in the 8.30 three year old race, We Are Ninety makes a quick reappearance after easily winning a similar race over course and distance on Monday and in my view the hint is worth taking. Hugo Palmer’s filly won, eased down, by 4 lengths on that occasion and appears extremely well handicapped under a 6lb penalty. She’s unlikely to be much of a price but is, frankly, impossible to oppose.
If you’re new to doubles, trebles, accumulators and the like it’s really quite straight forward to get involved. Almost all bookmakers accept this type of bet now both online and off. I tend to bet on horse racing with William Hill and there are plenty of betting calculators online to work out exactly what you’re in with a chance of winning with your stake. Although your success rate with multi bets will clearly be less than with single bets (so it could be said that it’s more of a ‘lottery / long shot’ type of bet), if you’re confident of your selections and get decent betting odds, it’s a great opportunity to win big. Best of luck with this weeks deadly double. Be sure to keep an eye out for next week’s deadly double or perhaps another ‘tantalising treble’, ‘treasured trixie’ or an even more ambitious accumulator if we’re feeling really lucky at the time!
Selections: Chelmsford 7.20 Haines, Chelmsford 8.30 We Are Ninety, 1-point Win Double
In the opening Family Day on 8th May Novices’ Hurdle (2.10) at Ludlow on Tuesday, Ozzie The Oscar carries a 13lb penalty for winning both starts over hurdles so far, but has done so with plenty in hand and can complete a hat-trick. Philip Hobbs has a 23% strike rate with his hurdlers at the Shropshire track over the last five seasons, rising to 33% for the 2015/16 season, and looks to have excellent prospects of improving that record.
Later on the Ludlow card, in the Eddie Mapp Memorial “Grassroots” Hunters’ Chase (5.10), Tugboat did well to overhaul Hazy Tom over course and distance two weeks ago on ground that appeared plenty lively enough for him and, with the benefit of that run, may be capable of following up. His previous record when fresh is less-than-stellar, so he could be open to significant improvement, even as an 8-year-old, on just his second run back after nearly a year off. He looks the one to beat in a race where form, especially winning form, under rules is something of a rarity.
Selections: Ludlow 2.10 Ozzie The Oscar, Ludlow 5.10 Tugboat, 1-point Win Double
In the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champions Novices’ Chase (2.25) at Ayr on Saturday, Bristol De Mai already has the best single piece of form in the race and, back on his favoured soft ground, must have an outstanding chance of returning to winning ways. His 3-length second to Black Hercules in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival provided further proof, if any were needed, of his ability and he should be too good for these.
In the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (3.35), Solar Impulse is back on a career-high mark after a convincing 3¾-length win, in first-time blinkers, in the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but may be capable of following up. His three most recent wins have come on good ground, but he won on heavy going when trained in France, so slower underfoot conditions may not hinder his chance. More of a concern is whether the headgear will have the same effect this time but, if it does, he looks the form pick.
Selections: Ayr 2.25 Bristol De Mai, Ayr 3.35 Solar Impulse, 1-point Win Double
In the Betfred Bowl Chase (2.50) at Aintree on Thursday, Cue Card has looked better than ever this season and was travelling ominously well when falling three out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month. Whether he’d have won that day is a matter for conjecture, but the sharp, flat track should suit him much better than Cheltenham and he looks a good bet to make amends. He proved no match for subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack in the Betfred Melling Chase, over 2 miles 4 furlongs, on the Mildmay Course at this time last year, but has officially improved 13lb in the interim and is definitely the one to beat. He probably doesn’t want the ground to dry out too much but, with an unsettled forecast for the North West for the rest of the week, he should be in his element.
In the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (3.25), Annie Power beat My Tent Or Yours by 4½ lengths in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and can confirm the form over this longer distance. My Tent Or Yours was returning from an absence of nearly two years on that occasion, so can be expected to improve, but he has never raced, never mind won, over 2 miles 4 furlongs, so he may end up playing second fiddle to Willie Mullins’ mare once again. Annie Power has won all but one of her 15 completed starts over hurdles and can continue her extraordinary sequence.
Selections: Aintree 2.50 Cue Card, Aintree 3.25 Annie Power, 1-point Win Double
In the Stella Artois Handicap Chase (3.45) at Bangor-on-Dee on Thursday, the charmingly-named I Am Colin has been lightly raced, but has made decent progress since sent over fences in November and won in convincing style, at the fourth time of asking, at Leicester earlier this month. He steps into 0-125 company for the first time over fences off a 10lb higher mark, but left the impression that he had more to offer at Leicester, so may well be up to the task in first-time cheekpieces.
In the Weatherbys Handicap Hurdle (3.55) at Ffos Las, it’s probably fair to say that Driftashore enjoyed the run of the race when winning over course and distance recently, having been allowed to pull 20 lengths clear of her nearest pursuer by halfway, eventually coming home, unchallenged, by 11 lengths. The Jackson’s Drift gelding had been well beaten on both previous starts this season, but it would be unwise to write the performance off as a fluke and, if the form can be taken at face value, he looks to have every chance of following up under a 7lb penalty.
Selections: Bangor-on-Dee 3.45 I Am Colin, Ffos Las 3.55 Driftashore, 1-point Win Double