Tag Archives: Stephen Harris

Bookmakers celebrate superb results on final day of the Festival

Festival

It was roles reversed on the final day at the Cheltenham Festival after Al Boum Photo’s Gold Cup win saw the bookies take a narrow overall win against a set of revitalised Paddy’s day punters. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on a Friday which “loomed under a cloud” for the bookies following an “unprecedented beating” on day three, but …

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Bookies take a hammering on Black Thursday at Cheltenham

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Having held a slender lead at half time, the bookies took an “unprecedented beating” on day three at Cheltenham after Defi du Seuil led out a procession of short priced winners. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on ‘St Patrick’s Thursday’ at the Festival, which left the bookies staring into a Paisley Park-shaped “abyss” after a nightmare day …

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Altior restores Cheltenham order after fast start for the books

Altior

A narrow defeat for Champ in the RSA Chase and a “right result for the books” in the Coral Cup put the bookmakers in command once more at Cheltenham, before Altior – “one of the bankers of the week” – restored some order for the big players. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on another pulsating day of …

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Bookmakers in charge after 16/1 Champion hurdle shock

Champion

The bookmakers hit back after a quickfire Willie Mullins double opened proceedings at Cheltenham, with a victory for the unfancied Espoir D’Allen in the Champion Hurdle ensuring a “winning day for the industry” – both on and off the course. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, said that it was honours “pretty even” heading into the Champion Hurdle – …

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Cheltenham Day One: Finding the ‘edge’ through larger priced contenders

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Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, has highlighted Lalor – running in the 2:10 on the first day at Cheltenham – as just one of the “terrific betting opportunities” for those seeking value away from horses trained by the biggest names in the sport. Harris is providing a full preview on the eve of each day at the Festival, …

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Better Collective Spotlight: Preparing for the biggest week in horse racing

Having described the Cheltenham Festival as “the biggest week in horse racing”, leading igaming affiliate Better Collective will provide its tipster community on bettingexpert.com with the best advice on which horses to bet on, where to bet and how to enjoy the action live. On the eve of the Festival, Joe Ryan, Video Production Lead for Better Collective, breaks down …

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Bookies rejoice as Apples Shakira fails to land monster plunge

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Some of the huge losses were recouped on the final day at Cheltenham, after defeat for Apples Shakira kick-started a “much-needed winning day” for the bookmakers. Starting out on day four, the bookmakers were estimated to be £100 million down after a succession of short price favourites, many of them Irish, romped to victory at the Festival. Stephen Harris, racing …

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Late favourite success derails “blinding” bookie fightback

Festival

The bookmakers suffered a late defeat on day three at Cheltenham, despite getting back in the game after a “blinding” fightback started by a surprise defeat for Un De Sceaux. St Patrick’s Day at the Festival started with the bookmakers an estimated £50 million down from the first two days, and keen to get stuck into the well-backed Terrefort (in …

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Industry down £50 million as punters take 2-0 Cheltenham lead

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The punters went 2-0 up at the Cheltenham Festival, with the bookmakers firmly “on the ropes” after short-price victories for Samcro, Presenting Percy and Altior. The bookmakers began day two desperate for “Irish banker” Samcro to fail in the Ballymore, but the future star proved just too strong for Black Op in the closing stages. Stephen Harris, the racing guru …

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Apples Jade saves bookies from big treble payout at Cheltenham

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The bookmakers suffered a bad start to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, despite the early failure of Getabird and a surprisingly off-colour showing from the much-vaunted Apples Jade. Ridden by Ruby Walsh, Getabird was nowhere to be seen in the closing stages of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as Summerville Boy came from behind to take victory from Kalashnikov. Stephen …

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