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Horse RacingMay 4, 20210

Old guys rule the Guineas

Anyone that is of a certain age and feels a bit past it at times would have had a spring in their step after this weekend’s Guineas meeting at Newmarket. Where the old (er) guys ruled the two feature races. 

Horse RacingApril 25, 20210

Perth Festival 2021

Wednesday The highlight on the card, certainly for Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls was the running of the three-mile listed British EBF William Hill Gold Castle “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Nicholls saddled the winner Threeunderthrufive the 15/8 second favourite who won with some ease under Adrian Heskin despite making a rick at the last. In doing so Nicholls set his personal best tally of winners for a season hitting 172 after equalling his previous best at Kempton on Monday.

Horse RacingApril 16, 20210

Newmarket Craven Meeting 2021

Newmarket’s first meeting of the year is one that has thrown up clues for the forthcoming season since it was held in 1771 didn’t disappoint this year. The three days bristled with action though sadly no general public. The feature race of the opening Tuesday, the bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed) has thrown up a couple of Derby winners in recent years. This renewal belonged to trainer Charlie Appleby who saddled the first two home. Highland Avenue beat Secret Protector a length and a quarter under James Doyle. The winner is a best-priced 16/1 chance for the 2000 Guineas. 

Horse RacingApril 12, 20210

Rachael Blackmore’s National

There were tremendous scenes after the Grand National this year, though most of us had to witness them from home. Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to victory thus becoming the first lady rider to win the historic race. Asked how it felt, she told ITV Racing, ‘I don’t feel male or female right now – I don’t even feel human, this is just unbelievable!’ It wasn’t that unbelievable though given her incredible record at Cheltenham this year and the faith put in her abilities by winning trainer Henry de Bromhead and owner J P McManus. Her mount was returned a respected 11/1 by the bookies for good reason, she’s a better rider than the majority of men. 

Stephen HarrisMarch 30, 20210

Aintree Grand National Preview

The Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 10th April at 5:15pm comes at the end of the annual Randox Grand National Festival and is the biggest race in the whole of the racing world. This is a grueling four mile, two-and-a-half-furlong handicap, with a maximum field of forty runners competing over 30 fences. The unique course has a rich history dating back hundreds of years, with the first Grand National taking place in 1858.

Cheltenham FestivalMarch 23, 20210

Reflections on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival started under somewhat of a cloud with the week before dominated in the press by Gordon Elliott’s catastrophic error of judgement, but thankfully racing was able to put that aside and celebrate an outstanding four days of racing at Cheltenham.  Here are our pick of the highlights exclusively for Beth.bet subscribers …

Cheltenham FestivalFebruary 23, 20210

10 Jockeys to follow at Cheltenham & Beyond

This week we are going to take a look at 10 National Hunt jockeys who are very much worth keeping in your sights when assessing the Cheltenham Festival and beyond. They are all riding at the very top of their profession, have a terrific strike rate and astute punters will be looking to keep them on side when considering a wager. 

Stephen HarrisFebruary 9, 20210

Punting Pointers – Cheltenham Festival Strategy

The Cheltenham Festival is made up of 28 races, with four days of extraordinary world class racing and is the very pinnacle of the National Hunt calendar. Despite the obvious changes to this year’s proceedings due to the global pandemic, it looks set to be a cracking week’s racing in the heart of the British countryside. The two left-handed courses …