It’s time for our top Mar 9 Horse Racing betting tips. Interest is building in the upcoming Cheltenham Festival which, believe it or not, is almost upon us with the first of a four-day festival getting underway on Tuesday and Prestbury Park. This site is your one-stop for all your festival betting tips and advice and our team of experts will provide previews and predictions on the biggest races on each and every day. Be sure to bookmark the racing section and refresh to keep up-to-date with our articles, usually posted 24 hours in advance.
Before moving onto the festival, we have one final Saturday of horse racing to get through and this gives backers the chance to boost their betting balance in plenty of time for Tuesday. A well-placed punt on Saturday could increase your bankroll for an assault on the bookies with big prices the norm at Cheltenham.
Saturday’s schedule sees racing go at major venues across the UK and Ireland in both afternoon and evening slots, including Sandown, Ayr, Kempton and Gowran Park. The best of the schedule is at Sandown where two competitive graded races are included in the seven-leg card starting at 1.20pm.
Let’s take a closer look at the standout races and where the smart money could be heading. Our team of sports betting experts have also trawled through the offers to flag up which firms are offering market best price. Turning a profit from horse racing is difficult enough without taking less of a price on your selections, so pay close attention to the bookies mentioned in this preview.
National Hunt Novices Handicap Hurdle Final – 1.50pm
The first of the two Grade 3 races at Sandown on Saturday goes at 1.50pm when a talented field will be separated over the 2m 3f distance. A lengthy list of entrants exists at this stage and with over £40,000 paid to the winner, that’s no real surprise.
Sam’s Gunner won the race last year for Easterby and Kennedy, delighting backers when scoring off a fantastic 12/1 SP, upsetting pre-race favourite Al Shahir who was pulled-up. Favourites don’t have the best record in big races at this venue and that’s sure to encourage punters into having a punt on a nice priced outsider. We saw Sam’s Gunner finish seven lengths ahead of runner-up Dentley De Mee at 16/1 and third-placed First Assignment at 10/1. That would’ve been some tricast for those who were lucky enough to back it.
This year’s ante-post betting line-up has One For Rosie as favourite with all major bookmakers and backers will find no better than the 7/1 currently on offer at Bet365. That’s worth knowing as much of the competition trade 6/1 on the same bet with a few firms down at 5/1. Now, it’s encouraging to see some traders value the horse as a 5/1 punt; however, it would feel like a loser if you backed it at 5/1 when there was a chunky 7/1 to be had, simply by betting with the right firm.
The difference isn’t huge at this time but over the course of the season, it’ll have an impact on your balance. If you are going to follow the market and back One For Rosie, Bet365 or 888sport is the place to get your money down.
Before Midnight Appeals at a Price
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained six-year-old brings a record of three wins and a third from just four starts. The grey started with a debut victory at Bangor late in 2017 and has progressed since. He also claimed victory in his most recent start when winning a qualifying national hunt novice over 2m 3f at Warwick last month, landing as 7/4 favourite. He beat Falco Blitz by five lengths that day and connections are confident there’s more to come from their star. He’ll be popular in the betting and there’s plenty to like about both his form and price.
Those who would prefer to take one at bigger odds with a bit more experience to call on can look at the chances of Before Midnight who rates as a 12/1 shot, best price when betting with Ladbrokes. The six-year-old gelding, representing the talented Nicky Henderson string, has won three of seven, placing on another three occasions since making a winning start last January.
He was last seen collecting a qualifying leg of this race at Taunton in January when beating Smackwater Jack by over a length. Traders sent the victor off as a 4/9 jolly that day and the confidence placed in him by the money men is encouraging. We’ll take a punt each-way at terms of 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4.
National Hunt Flat Race – 3.00pm
Silver Forever is 3/1 favourite with Ladbrokes to come out on top in this 1m 7f challenge and another bumper field is expected to provide the competition. Another for Paul Nicholls, the five-year-old mare has won two of three previous starts, winning at Ascot last time out. She was pushed all the way by 33/1 shot Mystic Dreamer that day and that doesn’t do a lot to inspire confidence.
Instead, we’ll give another chance to Mystic Dreamer at 7/1 with Ladbrokes – as short as 9/2 in places – and we’re expecting a serious run for our money with that bet. The five-year-old mare has run only once before and is yet to get off the mark, finishing ¾ a length behind the jolly but there’s more to come and connections have thrown her in at the deep end expecting a show.
To go so close in a decent field on debut at such a big price is impressive and we can’t see how she doesn’t improve from there. Any better and she’ll surely turn the tables on Silver Forever. At the price, it’s certainly worth taking a pop and finding out. Each-way players get 1/5 the odds a place 1-2-3. Good luck if you follow and, remember, on the approach to a massive week or racing, bet only what you can afford to lose.