Thursday, October 15

horse racing accaBrighton, with its pronounced gradients and marked camber towards the inside of the track in the home straight, is one of the more idiosyncratic racecourses in the country and, as such, creates its fair share of course specialists. With this in mind, we’ve selected three horses who’ve already won at the Sussex course this season as the basis for our multiple bet this week.

In the Caroline Walsh Memorial Handicap (5.20), French Press won over course and distance on just his second start for Michael Appleby in August and has since gone on to complete a four-timer. His progress has dictated a step up to 0-75 company, but the return to 7 furlongs, or thereabouts, won’t hurt and he can defy a 4lb rise in the weights.

Pour La Victoire has won four times at Brighton, but comes into the Blind Veterans Handicap (5.50) on the back of an uncharacteristically poor effort at Goodwood last month, where he took too keen a hold. Dropped in class, off a 1lb lower mark, he appears to have a decent chance of making amends.

Megalala is well into the twilight of his career, but has won no fewer than eight times at Brighton, between 7 furlongs and 1 mile 4 furlongs, and may be able to make it nine in the Mark Harrington Running New York Marathon Handicap (3.40). He escapes a penalty for his recent success in an apprentices’ handicap and winning jockey Chris Meehan can claim his 7lb allowance this time.

Selections: Brighton 5.20 French Press, Brighton 5.50 Pour La Victoire, Brighton 3.40 Megalala win Patent (3 x win singles, 3 x win doubles, 1 x win treble)

Football Accumulator – Euro 2016 Qualifying

euro qualifying 2016The next round of European Championship Qualifying on Thursday, October 8 has thrown up some interesting fixtures in Groups D, F and I – none of which has yet to be decided – which form the basis of this week’s multiple bet.

Scotland currently lie fourth in Group D and defeat by Poland at Hampden Park on Thursday would end their chances of reaching the finals in France. The home side will be without Ikechi Anya, Charlie Mulgrew, James Morrison and Kevin McDonald and coming into the tie off the back of consecutive defeats by Georgia and Germany, it’s no surprise that Gordon Strachan’s men are second favourites.

By contrast, a win for Poland will see them safely into the finals, if the Republic of Ireland fail to beat Germany on the same evening. The teams drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture in Warsaw in October, Scotland having led 2-1, but the form of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who’s scored 12 goals in his last four games for Bayern Munich, must be a major worry for home fans.

Elsewhere in Group D, the Republic of Ireland can do Scotland a favour by beating Germany, but the World Championships have recovered from a slow start to win their last five competitive matches and may prove too strong for Martin O’Neill’s side.

In Group F, a routine home win for Northern Ireland against Greece, who are out of contention, will be enough to secure qualification and, while Group I is still up for grabs, a win for Portugal against Denmark will also see Cristiano Ronaldo and company through to the finals.

Selections: Poland (17/10 with Bet365), Germany (1/2 with Bet365), Northern Ireland (8/5 with Bet365), Portugal (8/11 with Bet365), win accumulator (17.18/1 with Bet365)

Thursday Trixie

trixieSadly, New Bidder failed by a nose and a neck to land our treble last week but, in the words of Meat Loaf, two out of three ain’t bad, so we’re back again in search of a decent payday.

Our first selection this week is Top Spin, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, in the Ken Muir Memorial Handicap Hurdle (3.50) at Warwick. Formerly trained in Co. Wexford by Colm Murphy, the 8-year-old was second to a subsequent winner on his debut for his new yard at Worcester in August and can go one better.

For our second selection we head to Bangor-on-Dee, where Valadom looks well treated under a 7lb penalty in the Barringtons Cleaning Ltd Handicap Chase (4.00). The 6-year-old only joined owner-trainer Richard Hobson from Emmanuel Clayeux earlier this month, but is clearly thriving at present and can continue his progress.

Last, but hopefully not least, Desert Recluse made a promising seasonal debut at Stratford five weeks ago and looks worthy of support in the 2015 Dealer Principal Event Handicap Hurdle (2.40) at Warwick. A prolific winner he isn’t, but reasonably handicapped he most definitely is, so it’ll be disappointing if he doesn’t go well under ideal conditions.

Selections: Warwick 3.50 Top Spin, Bangor-on-Dee 4.00 Valadom, Warwick 2.40 Desert Recluse win Trixie (3 x win doubles, 1 x win treble)

Punter wins £45k from £5 Accumulator

The BBC News reports that Lancashire resident Kyle Jordan has hit a big £45,000 win via a six event football accumulator. The accumulator involved predicting the outcome of five matches and also that stipulated that both teams had to score in each match. The bet was looking good until his final match prediction of Everton winning against West Bromwich Albion. It looked to be in serious doubt after West Brom trailed 2-0 after 54 minutes of play. Miracle of miracles though and they pulled it back to win 3-2, with the last goal by Romelu Lukaku scored in the 84th minute.

The odds of Mr Jordan’s bet were a staggering 9,172-1 and the lucky William Hill punter pocketed £45,865 in total. He had the opportunity to ‘cash out’ before the final result too, but decided to let it ride instead, and what a ride it was!

“I was watching the game with my mate and my girlfriend and as Everton went 2-0 down, I thought that was it.

“But when the final whistle went we all started jumping around the room.” He said.

Mr Jordan intends to take his family on holiday with some of his winnings.

Check out our list of other massive accumulator wins here. Mr Jordan’s bet in full is below:

football accumulator

 

 

Thursday Trixie

It’s fair to say that a 17-runner sprint handicap isn’t an obvious selection source for a multiple bet, but New Bidder ran so well in William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup last Friday that he must have an outstanding chance in the Download the Racing UK iPad App Handicap (4.00) at Pontefract on Friday. Jedd O’Keefe’s 4-year-old eventually finished third of 25, beaten 1¾ lengths, behind Go Far at Ayr and drops back in class off the same handicap mark.

The Jockey Club Rose Bowl (4.15) at Newmarket is much less competitive and may provide Flying Officer with an opportunity to build upon his successful reappearance at Salisbury three weeks ago. The runner-up at Salisbury, Melodious, was beaten just a neck in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster next time, so the form looks even better than it did at the time. Two miles on the prevailing good to soft going should be fine for the son of Dynaformer and it’ll take a smart performance to lower his colours.

Bathos has made excellent progress this season and, having recorded a career-best effort at Thirsk earlier this month, may be able to make it four wins from as many starts. The son of Poet’s Voice is 7lb higher in a better race this time, but a mile on good to soft going clearly suits him admirably and he looks the one to beat in the EBM Papst Nursery Handicap (2.35) at Newmarket.

Selections: Pontefract 4.00 New Bidder, Newmarket 4.15 Flying Officer, Newmarket 2.35 Bathos, win trixie (3 x win doubles, 1 x win treble)