Has the Champion Hurdle Been Blown Wide Open?

Has the Champion Hurdle Been Blown Wide Open?

Monday afternoon brought the shocking news that two Festival favourites from the stable of Willie Mullins would miss the main event at Cheltenham in five weeks’ time through injury. Faugheen was expected to make his only appearance of the season at Cheltenham having missed the majority of the season through injury, but now sadly it has been confirmed that alongside stable companion Min, he will miss the Festival. Now it’s Nicky Henderson and Buveur D’Air who look to have a firm grasp on the race with the six-year-old making the switch back to hurdles from chase fences to contest the highlight race on the opening day of the Festival. Having started his career strongly over hurdles, he was sent to the Supreme Novices Hurdle last year and finished a very commendable third behind Altior. Making the move to chase fences for this season, he had picked up two strong wins before the decision was made to put him in this race. Given a refreshing run over hurdles at Sandown earlier this month, he cruised to victory in the hands of Barry Geraghty, and we expect to see a strong performance at Prestbury Park in five weeks’ time. It wouldn’t be a Champion Hurdle without an entry from the Willie Mullins stable, but it looks as though this year he will have to supplement Yorkhill. The seven-year-old has started the season strongly with wins at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, he is expected to have one more outing before Cheltenham, so we believe a decision about his future will be made then. If you’re looking for something extra special in this race,...
Premier League Preview & Betting Tips – 11th Feb 2017

Premier League Preview & Betting Tips – 11th Feb 2017

  AppBet combines all your sports betting accounts so you can view your balances, compare odds in real time, get the best price on your acca and place your bets. All in one super-intuitive app. Download the AppBet app to combine your betting accounts and get the best odds on all the upcoming football and horse racing events. Download AppBet on iOS Download AppBet on Android   Arsenal V Hull, Saturday 12.30 The price for Arsenal would have been 1.2 two games ago and we would have said back it, however after two extremely bad Arsenal performances and 2 very good ones from Hull the price is now 1.3. So does a 10% increase price offer value to back Arsenal against a much improved Hull? It really depends on what team Wenger puts out. We were all shocked at the team he sent out against Chelsea, Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott and Chamberlain are all luxury players. Great when you need pace and in Ozils case subtlety. However surely away at Chelsea they needed to defend like tigers and fight for every inch, give nothing away and wait for their quality to provide an edge. With Welbeck and Giroud on the bench it was a very strange line-up and in the end they got what they deserved. However with that quality in the squad and hopefully in the side Arsenal are still capable of winning a lot of games and at least making the Champions League again. Hull had their best match against Liverpool but still only ceated 4 shots on goal and had 28% of the ball, those stats at the Emirates are...
Douvan to remain dominant at Punchestown

Douvan to remain dominant at Punchestown

With the Cheltenham Festival only six weeks away, we thought Willie Mullins would have wrapped stable stars like Douvan in cotton wool, especially as his stable has been picking up a lot of injuries lately. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case as the seven-year-old is expected to run at Punchestown this weekend in the Tied Cottage Chase. Currently rated at 174 by the handicapper, Douvan is most likely the festival banker for many punters. If you have a spare ten grand lying around, then we would suggest you put a bet on now for the Champion Chase before his price gets any shorter. His unbeaten streak of twelve competitive runs includes the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2015, and the Arkle last season where after going to post as 1/4 favourite in the hands of Ruby Walsh he left his rivals in his wake completing a comprehensive seven-length victory. Making his seasonal debut back in December in a Grade 2 race at Cork, he picked up a 22 length victory, having led the race from almost start to finish. He followed that up with an eight-length victory in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown where he was given a more controlled ride by Ruby Walsh. We expect him to go off as odds-on favourite for the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown, in what will be his last preparation race before Cheltenham and expect nothing less than an emphatic victory for Mullins.   AppBet combines all your sports betting accounts so you can view your balances, compare odds in real time, get the best price...
Top Notch Performance Expected at Sandown

Top Notch Performance Expected at Sandown

From a betting perspective, Cheltenham trials day didn’t exactly go to plan for favourite-backers. Meeting banker Thistlecrack submitted his unbeaten record in the Cotswold Chase, and the racing world was sent into mourning with one of its greats, Grand National winner Many Clouds, sadly losing his life. Sandown is our destination this weekend, and over at AppBet, we’ve picked out the top horses in the highlight races to help you make an educated bet. Just as it has been in previous renewals, the Scilly Isle Novice Chase is packed with top class chasers looking to make an impact before the Cheltenham Festival in six weeks’ time. Statistically it’s the stables of Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson that have had the most success in this race, and both trainers have top chances to take another victory in the race. Nicky Henderson has a 32% strike rate heading into this race, and two of his top-class runners are on the card at Sandown, Buveur D’air and Top Notch. Now with the former expected to be going back over timber at Cheltenham, our focus for this race is Top Notch. Making the switch to chase fences at the beginning of the new season, he didn’t have the best of starts but has picked up a hat-trick of wins, the most recent coming at Ascot back in December. Currently priced 5/2 with Paddy Power, the two mile, five furlong trip looks to be his optimum distance, so we expected that to shorten come race day. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has four potential chances on the card to pick up his first victory in...
Premier League Preview & Betting Tips – 4th Feb 2017

Premier League Preview & Betting Tips – 4th Feb 2017

Chelsea V Arsenal, Saturday 12.30 Chelsea having drifted out to over evens for the title a couple of weeks ago after it seemed like Costa was done have now stormed into a best price of 1.3. The only realistic way they were not going to be crowned champions was if they had lost at Liverpool and at home to Arsenal in this one. They took a point which actually increased their hold on the league, Liverpool were the better side but football is about converting possession into chances and chances into goals. Arsenal would have been right back in the title hunt if they had beaten Watford at home with pretty much a fully fit squad, against a Watford team who were playing without any confidence and starting to slip into a relegation fight, we think the most surprising result of the season saw Arsenal lose that one. It all makes this game really hard to call. With Wenger still in the stands it is going to be very difficult to bounce back, but as Liverpool showed sometimes playing the best teams brings out the best in quality players, and Arsenal certainly have that. We think they actually have a better 1st 11 than Chelsea however lack the concentration and discipline of their West London rivals under Conte. If you fancy Chelsea to completely wrap up the title on Saturday lunch time then you can back them at 1.95 with Ladbrokes. We think Arsenal can snatch something from this, mainly because Chelsea’s main objective is not to get beat rather than win the game. We like Arsenal + 0.75...
One hand on the trophy for Conte?

One hand on the trophy for Conte?

It’s Transfer Deadline Day but that is not the most pressing event on the Football calendar today. There are seven Premier League games, including an almighty clash between Liverpool and Chelsea. What is going on at Liverpool? They are having the January from hell. They have lost their last three home games against teams they should be beating with little complication. Jurgen Klopp has developed a reputation as a smart manager that was becoming the envy of many of the top clubs in Europe. However, he has shown himself to have flaws recently as he has tinkered with the team to such a degree that there is no continuity and thus they look like a side that doesn’t play together often. Liverpool need to be careful not to become one of those sides that can only produce the goods against the good sides. If they are that side then this is just the game for them! Chelsea are a machine. They are comfortably in control of the Premier League and it will take something of a collapse for them not be crowned champions in May. They are winning games even when they are not at the top of their game and that is in total contrast to their opponents tonight. Conte’s men can afford to lose this game away at a top 4 side and they will not lose much sleep over it as they know that their home form is such that the odd loss away from home can be stomached. Liverpool, however, do need to win and will be all out for this one. It will be...
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