Win tickets to Cheltenham Festival 2013

Big Buck's - No fifth World Hurdle this season

Who will take Big Buck's' World Hurdle crown?

Win tickets to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham!

As one of the biggest events in horse racing, the eyes of everyone involved in the sport will be on the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Some of the world’s finest horses and jockeys will be in action, while over quarter of a million people will attend the event to soak up the atmosphere and maybe try to win a few quid.

There are many great races over the four days, including the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup and of course, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

In the run-up to Cheltenham, we’re giving away two free tickets to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Thursday 14th March, the third day of the event.

The competition offers you the chance to see for yourself why everyone in the sport raves about the Cheltenham Festival by allowing you and a guest access to the greatest race meeting on earth.

Check out Ladbrokes Cheltenham festival betting odds to see for yourself which horses are taking part, and what their odds are for next month's big staying race.

To Enter

The competition will take the form of a tipping contest over the course of this week. There will be two races a day in which to find winners.

To enter, simply leave a comment below with your selections for the day's nominated races. The winner will be the person who has accumulated the most profit from the ten races, Monday to Friday, this week.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be the person with the highest cumulative tote return and, if things are still tied, it'll go to count back on the next highest placed horse selected.

OK, hopefully that's clear(ish).

Basically, pick as many good priced winners as you can! Winners only, please, no each way selections.

Today's races are the 3.40 Catterick and the 4.30 Wolverhampton. (I know about the broken image links on the colours - we're working on it!)

I've added a comment with my own selections so you get the idea - feel free to add a thought or two if you like, but there are no bonus points available for your 'working out'! 😀

Matt

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241 replies
  1. Matt Bisogno says:

    3.40 – Charlie Crab – goes well fresh, course winner, soft ground winner, class 4 winner. Big price.
    4.30 – Noble Jack – loves it round here, and could still be improving.

    • charles mcgreevy says:

      3.40 Amir pasha well looked after loves the ground should go well
      4.30 Dakota canyon another nice horse who loves the going and hopefully be there abouts

    • Geoff Edwards says:

      hi my two are

      3.40 King Mac runs consistantly well

      4.30 Knowe Head has c&d to his credit and in form

    • Alex C says:

      3.40 Fairynuff
      4.30 Exning Halt

      Matt, do you want my home address now for the tickets? 😉

    • paul maiden says:

      3:40 Catterick
      Mount Hope a tentative choice in a fairly open contest
      4:30 Wolverhampton
      Patriotic normally gives a good account on the all weather and is long overdue a win

  2. Phil Dawber says:

    Morning Matt,

    15:40 C. Vinetta and 16:30 W Exning Halt. Bring it on. I may as back them properly – just in case!!!!!!!

  3. David Groves says:

    3.40 Vinetta ran well last time 7lb claimed should help and K Reveley the man at Catterick!
    4.30 Agree on Noble Jack ! Already backed him on betfair!

    Thanks for the comp Matt laid up having had my right hip replaced!

  4. Les says:

    3.40 Knight Valliant , bit of a pin stick Matt on the way to work but wanted to enter
    4.30 Idol Deputy , decent form although at lower class , loves the track

  5. David says:

    Nice idea Matt!

    Here goes…
    3.40 Catt – FAIRYNUFF
    4.30 Wol – DAKOTA CANYON

    Cheers
    David

  6. Paul says:

    3.40 – Raktiman – no reason but do not fancy any at the top of the market
    4.30 – Dakota Canyon – one of my rules sometimes followed (Back all of Freddie Tylicki’s mounts each way when riding for Richard Fahey) lets see if it can win

  7. Chris A says:

    Hi Matt

    Great and generous idea, selections below:

    Catterick 3.40 Vinetta
    Wolverhampton 4.30 Brimstone Hill

    Cheers, Chris

  8. neil dawkins says:

    340 mount hope – could lead all the way, trainer does well, topJock
    430 idol deputy – in form Rachel rides the horse superbly, looked to have another win in him last time

  9. Marc Brooks says:

    3.40: Mount Hope. Simply as it is Maguire and McCain
    4.30: Noble Jack. 4 out of 5 wins at this course

  10. Josh W says:

    15.40 Catterick – Amir Pasha (Vinetta will run well – torn between two!)
    16.30 Wolvs – Knowe Head

  11. Steven hancox says:

    3.40 night valiant,better rpr and top speed than the fav
    4.30 noble jack,better form

  12. John says:

    Silas Mariner at Catterick and Idol Deputy at Wolverhampton both should be there or thereabouts methinks.

  13. gary (@puertoricogary) says:

    Ok I’ll have a go with 3.40 Knight Valiant and 4.30 Dazzling Valentine. Cheers Matt.

  14. mark worthington says:

    340 Catt :Vinetta may well have some scope on handicap debut and has a claimer on board to help the cause.
    430 Wolv :Patriotic runs well at Dunstall and has run ok recently elsewhere. A big market mover too.

  15. Kevin Hives says:

    3.40 – Vinetta good 2nd over c/d trainer in form could go close.

    4.30 – Noble Jack Trainer/Jockey 100% record here.

  16. Dion says:

    Sorry misread the blog so my revised tips are Silas Mariner and Idol Deputy good luck

  17. david says:

    Hi Matt My selsctions
    3,40 Catterick = mount hope no3
    4.30 Wolverhampton = idle deputy no8

    David

  18. Dave says:

    3.40 – Vinetta 2nd last time at Course & Distance looking for some improvement
    4.30 – Idol Deputy like many has won over C&D only just does enough so not raised much in the handicap drawn 1 which maybe crucial

  19. Debs says:

    3.40 Vinetta
    4.30 Noble Jack

    [with the luck [or absence thereof!!] that I am having at the moment, I just hope that I’m not jinxing these two…….they seem like good horses to me………oh dear, what have I done?

    Good luck and a speedy recovery to David Groves above who is under the vet.

  20. henry says:

    catterick 3.40.RAKTIMAN. will like this improving ground.
    wol.4.30MOUNTAIN RANGE. ex john dunlop-could surprise.

  21. davidg3907 says:

    3.40 Amir Pasha – has been running better of late. Low weight in this handicap will help.
    4.30 Exning Halt – trainer will be keen to get another win before the assessor gets to grips.

  22. Iain says:

    3.40 Fairynuff: Hopefully fully fit after lay off
    4.30: Idol Deputy: Has won in races from 8 to 10 furlongs, howpefully can step up iin class

  23. Graham says:

    3.40 Catterick – Mount Hope (Should be too good for these on his handicap debut)

    4.30 Wolverhampton – Mountain Range (Last win on the AW came off a mark of 82, now racing off 74)

    Cheers Matt

  24. Bernard says:

    Catterick 3.40 bad race. Alta Rock lightly raced has a squeak.
    Wolves 4.30 Noble Jack course specialist.

  25. Lawrence Hammond says:

    Silas mariner 3.40
    noble jack 4.30
    wil be having a e/w double on these two

  26. andyb says:

    I’m absolutely useless at these competitions but here goes
    Knight Valiant at Catterick and Knowe Head at Wolves
    BUT watch Divertimenti in the 2.30 Wolves

  27. Mick says:

    3.40 Catt – Amir Pasha
    4.30 Wolv – Patriotic
    Not original i know, but both with winning chances

  28. John Begg says:

    Charlie Crab 3.40 has the form to win this if you look back far enough
    Dakota Canyon 4.30 has some form at the track and should improve

  29. Colzoss says:

    3.40 Silas Mariner
    Decent run LTO in Ireland.New stable

    4.40 Noble Jack
    JPG good jock who doesnt get enough rides.

  30. Michael says:

    Catterick 3.40 Vinetta young horse stays , nice weight , chance 4.30 Wolv Idol Deputy , Jockey has a good strike rate with trainer and good draw , fingers crossed , good luck

  31. MikeA says:

    3.40 – Logical Approach – if this one finds any improvement in first handicap, looks good value against those at top of market
    4.30 – Idol Deputy – only seems to do just enough, so may cope with this higher class and just three pounds rise. Those at head of market look strong but hope this one can pick them off at the death at decent price

  32. Dave says:

    3.40 VINETTA 4.30 KNOWE HEAD
    Gone for the decent odds theory. Hard to win a tipping comp selecting favs. There is always someone who cops the winner, whatever the sp.

  33. Gavin says:

    3.40 Catterick VINETTA – only tts runner of the day.
    4.30 Wolverhampton HONEY OF A KITTEN – now dropped to a winnable mark. C&D winner. Great AW jockey. Trainer in form.

  34. Derrick Wood says:

    Hi Mat……3.40 Cat…..Knight Valiant…….4.30 Wol…….Noble Jack
    Thanks Big D

  35. Paul Furey says:

    My selections are – 4:30 Wolv – Dazzling Valentine
    3:40 Catt – Amir Pasha

  36. Dick Dann says:

    Fairynuff 3.40 Catterick

    Noble Jack 4.30 Wolverhampton

    Should I win(haha!!), then I would like to donate it for a laying comp next week on GeeGeez if that is ok?!?! As my health won’t allow me to go to Chelt. but I will be watching from the comfort of my settee.

    G O O D L U C K TO A L L 😉

    Dick.D

  37. watto says:

    3.40. Alta Rock
    (Might not go on the ground but plenty of negatives for the other runners too)
    4.30 Dakota Canyon
    (Looks fast enough & potentially improving in a trappy contest)

  38. terenceanthony1 says:

    Mount Hope 3.40 Dakota Canyon 4.30
    jockey and trainer combo stats dont lie

  39. Mark Burns says:

    Catt 3:40 Mount Hope (Great partnership)
    Wolv 4:30 Dakota Canyon (a nice pull with Noble Jack)

  40. joe says:

    3.40catt -knight valliant 4.30 wolves – honey of a kitten, probably another 2 sheep, lol

  41. N.W.Racing says:

    3’40 CATT, FAIRYNUFF, Has been a bumper winner at Catterick and should run a good race at
    decent odds after a lay-off.
    4’30 WOLV, NOBLE JACK, Fancied by connections today & has a 50% strike rate on all-
    weather surfaces.

  42. John Barley says:

    Catterick 3.40: Amir Pasha: Runs well here, running off a mark lower than his last win and carrying the same pilot as that last win.
    Wolverhampton 4.30: Noble jack: Showing improved form this year and 4lb rise may not be enough to prevent the hat-trick.

  43. graham says:

    lease lend 4.10 catterick should be his day
    tipsy gypsy 205 catterick to get ball rolling

  44. adyandryan2 says:

    Hi Matt, I’ll have:
    3:40 Catterick . . Fairynuff
    4:30 Wolves . . Noble Jack

    Cheers
    Ady

  45. Paul says:

    3.40 vinetta K. Revely Great trainer for winners at Catterick
    4.30 Patriotic good jockey, steamer

  46. paul hammond says:

    3:40 catt, selection fairynuff, back from long absence with new yard….4:30 wolves, selection idol deputy, great record round here on winning run,

  47. Chris James says:

    MOUNT HOPE – Open race just about shades it
    PATRIOTIC – Kirby and it loves the course

  48. Andrew Land says:

    My two choices are :-
    3.40 Catterick MOUNT HOPE
    4.30 Wolverhampton MOUNTAIN RANGE

  49. kendot says:

    3-40 Catt. Amir pasha. Course specialist 4-30 wolver Brimstone hill. Top weight in handicap.

  50. Mike Burch says:

    3.40 Catterick – Jasper Massini
    4.30 Wolverhampton – Honey of a Kitten

  51. Bob Smith (@RobertS00994664) says:

    15.40 @ Catt. : Vinetta
    16.30 @ Wolv. : Idol Deputy

    P.S. – not copying Brain its a TTS selection & Mark Usher (trains a friends horse).

  52. vince says:

    Hi Matt

    My selections are:

    3,40 catterick mount hope and 4.30 wolverhampton exning halt

    cheers

  53. John says:

    3.40 Mount Hope – Nice mark for handicap debut
    4.30 Dakota Canyon – Headgear on, good trainer/jockey combo

  54. sushi g says:

    mount hope has a great chance got beat last time out will win with maguire steering.
    deputy finishes fast and late will win on the line.

  55. Pete Fisher says:

    3.40 Mount Hope – best off a bad bunch
    4 30 Exning Halt – worth a chance Handicapping on A/W

  56. Rex di Noci says:

    3.40 Catt AMIR PASHA – C/D, going, weight all in his favour and I am already on at 14/1
    4.30 Wolv BRIMSTONE HILL – this one put in a good time C/D as a 3yo. Graham Lee

    Looking at the variety of selections so far it is a good day to be a bookie!!

  57. Matt Bisogno says:

    Vinetta storms home to deny big-priced Alta Rock. 37 of you had the former, 10 had the latter. So, 37 people are now +5 point, and 185 are -1 😀

  58. roddo says:

    Just got home from work. I actually work and find it impossible to get near a computer in my field of work.Yet again favouring the shirkers,scroungers and rich.

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      And those who are retired, or have access to a computer at work.

      You really shouldn’t blame your own situation on other people, Roddo. That’s just not fair, even if you think that a competition based on the day’s racing, run during the day, is not fair.

      Matt

  59. Matt Bisogno says:

    OK, wouldn’t you know it, but we’ve got some algebra to address already..! Lean On Pete was a non-runner, and naughty Noble Jack wouldn’t go into the stalls.

    That latter eventuality meant a 25p rule 4 deduction to all bets. What that means is that if you nominated Patriotic as the winner, well done, but… his price will be settled as 11/4 and not 4/1.

    Basically a 25p R4 means that instead of £1 at 4/1, you have 75p at 4/1, which returns .75 x 5 = £3.75. That’s the same as the original £1 at 11/4.

    Hope that all makes sense, judge’s decision is final, etc.

    Looking at today’s picks, a big well done to Paul (vicin….), who was the ONLY person to find both winners, and leads the charge as a consequence!

    Matt

  60. Paul says:

    Matt If you look again I think you will see Mark worthington also picked both winners posted 11.07

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Very honest of you, Paul, and thanks for helping with my oversight. (Poor show on my part on day one. In my defence it’s the smiley where the ‘P’ should be that threw me off the scent..!)

      Matt

  61. nigel says:

    340 Catt :Vinetta may well have some scope on handicap debut and has a claimer on board to help the cause.
    430 Wolv 😛 atriotic runs well at Dunstall and has run ok recently elsewhere. A big market mover too.

    mark worthington
    February 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

    there is another one here matt as well as paul @ 142pm matey

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Well spotted there. I missed it because I used a text search! Mark and Paul, congratulations (so far!)

  62. FrenchFreddy says:

    Not that it makes too much of a difference, but was fairly sure a 4/1 shot with a R4 of 25p in the £ becomes a 3/1 shot

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      It doesn’t, I’m afraid, FrenchFreddy, because you take the 25p out of the stake, not the price of the horse.

      Matt

  63. FrenchFreddy says:

    Are you sure Matt ? Is it not 75p at 4/1 and then the original stake back ? Anyway, would like to thank you for an interesting competition

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Actually, I’m not altogether sure and, having checked around, I’m wrong and you’re right!

      So it is settled at 3/1.

      An extremely inauspicious start, having a) missed one of the co-leaders and b) got the price wrong on one of the horses.

      Good grief!

      Matt

  64. roddo says:

    I dont blame my own situation on other people.I would just like the same chance to have a go as everybodyelse.Anyway i am off to work now to help people who are less fortunate than me to live as fuller life as possible in the community.

  65. FrenchFreddy says:

    Thanks Matt, in all honesty I wasn’t sure whether the rules on R4 deductions had been changed, so thanks for confirming. Can’t seem to find today’s races to tip in, hope you can point me to a link. Thanks again

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