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Top Horse Trainers

When it comes to horse trainers, we probably all have our favourites. Many of our bets are highly influenced by a horse’s training history.  Here is a short profile of some horse trainers who we think stand out from the rest. If we have missed your favourite, then apologies. Let us know, and we will look to include them next time.

 

Paul Nicholls

Of all the British National Hunt trainers, Paul Nicholls is arguably the most outstanding. Born in 1962 and based in Ditcheat, Somerset, he has trained over 3,000 winners. Accolades include four Cheltenham Gold Cups, eleven British jump racing Champion Trainer titles, and a Grand National win. He was quite a reasonable jockey in his time too, lifting the Hennessy Gold Cup twice and the Irish Hennessey Gold Cup.

Nicholls became a trainer in 1991, though it took until 1999 to make his first breakthrough with three wins at the Cheltenham Festival. But what really added icing to his cake was his partnership with stable jockey Ruby Walsh. The pair formed an unstoppable team winning, amongst many other prestigious events, the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2008 and 2009, the King George VI Chase five times with Kauto Star and with the same horse two Cheltenham Gold Cups.  

Despite his prolific success, Nicholls is a nice guy. Approachable and friendly, he is always willing to give his opinion on any aspect of horse racing. He is currently with his third wife with whom he has two children plus another from his second marriage. 

 

Aidan O’Brien

The Irish horse trainer Aidan O’Brien is based at the Ballydoyle Stables in County Tipperary where he has trained many top class horses. He is generally proclaimed as the top flat racing jockey in the country. Just some of the famous horses he trained include Galileo (who he co-trained with one of his sons Joseph then 19)  best known for winning the Derby and the Irish Derby, Rock of Gibraltar part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, George Washington, and High Chaparral who won ten of his thirteen races before going to stud.

During the 2017 season, O’Brien trained a record-breaking 26 Group 1 winners. Other career records include training 7 winners are the 2016 Royal Ascot festival. He often works with his wife Anne-Marie with whom he has four children.

As a person, O’Brien is a little cautious and keeps his cards close to his chest and is never very keen to engage with journalists even after a big success. His characteristic dark glasses add to his aura of secrecy.

 

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Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins began his career as a trainer in 1988 after previously assisting his father, Paddy. He has a wealth of successes having collected almost all the major prizes in Ireland and many of the major prizes in the UK and France. A small selection of these includes The King George, The Grand National, The Supreme Novice Hurdle English, the Irish and French Champion Hurdles,  along with multiple Cheltenham festival winners. During the 2017/2018 season, out of 797 runners, he had a record-breaking 212 winners making it his all-time most successful season.

In 2015 he achieved the record number of winners at the Cheltenham Festival with eight victories, though that record has now been broken.

In total he has been the Champion National Hunt trainer thirteen times, twelve of which have been in the last twelve years and in 2013 he achieved his 3,000th winner Timi Roli who was ridden by Willie’s nephew, Danny Mullins. Probably Mullins’  most famous horse is Hurricane Fly who won 24 out of his career total of 32 races including a record-breaking 22 Grade 1 wins, three of which were in his final season.

 

John Gosden

Currently based at Clarehaven Stables near Newmarket, John Gosden is considered to be one of the most outstanding racehorse trainers in Great Britain. With over 3,000 winners over 100 of which were Group Ones, he has undoubtedly earned his place in the record books.

Before starting his career as a horserace trainer, he attended Cambridge University from which he graduated with a degree in economics in 1974. His first job was in Venezuela where he was involved in developing a science park but returned after a year to become assistant to Vincent O’Brien, the champion trainer and later he worked with trainer Sir Noel Murless.

Next, he moved to the USA where he worked as an assistant to Tommy Dole in California, obtaining his US horse training license in 1979. His first big winner was Bates Motel, who won numerous significant events. Many more followed, but in 1989 he returned to the UK where he became a trainer at Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. Success followed success and the following year he moved to Manton where he achieved many more prestigious wins before moving on to Clarehaven in 2007.  

He lives with his wife Rachel who he met in Cambridge; they have four children. He is one of the sport’s leading communicators and makes frequent media appearances. He loves music and is a keen Bob Dylan fan.

 

Saeed bin Suroor

Saeed bin Suroor is one of the UK’s leading trainers. He has been British Trainer Champion four times, the first of which was in his second year as chief trainer. The other occasions were in 1998, 1999, and 2004.

He was born in the United Arab Emirates, where for some time served as a policeman before moving to the UK where he became a trainer at the Newmarket branch of Godolphin, the international thoroughbred racing stable owned by Sheikh Mohammed and headquartered in Dubai. He splits his time between Newmarket and Dubai.

In 2010 Saeed bin Suroor was involved in a major scandal. Mahmood Al Zarooni, a new appointee to the stable whose role it was to share the training surprisingly proved far more successful than predicted. Following an investigation, his success was subsequently attributed to doping 11 horses with anabolic steroids. The horses were withdrawn from racing for six months, and Mahmood Al Zarooni received an eight-year ban.  

Saeed bin Suroor has a reputation of being easy going with a strong work ethic. Despite his colossal success, he considers there is still much to be achieved, including the Grand National, the Kentucky Derby, the Melbourne Cup and the Japan Cup.  

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Frankie Dettori

Tipster Lands 180,000/1 Acca!

Members of horse racing tipster Russell Blair Racing were popping open the champagne over the weekend as he landed a quite astonishing four-timer at combined odds of over 180,000/1. 

Things got off to a promising start on Friday as Russell tipped 14/1 shot Air Raid to win the 7.40 at Hamilton, which netted a nice profit of 26 points on the day – or £260 profit to £10 stakes.

It was on Saturday however that things really took off, with a quite astonishing run of winners the likes of which we have rarely seen before. Here are the winners that Russell landed from 8 bets advised on the day:

  • – 2.10 Market Rasen – GRAPEVINE @ 33/1 2pts WON
  • – 3.20 Market Rasen – CASABLANCA MIX @ 11/1 2pts WON
  • – 4.50 Cartmel – PENA DORADO @ 33/1 2pts WON
  • – 7.45 Doncaster – KAESO @ 12/1 2pts WON

A £1 accumulator on those four would have netted an incredible £180,336!

Now not many people would have put an accumulator on but even just backing them all as singles would have netted 170 points profit on the day to advised prices, or £1,700 to £10 stakes.

And at Betfair SP it would have been even better, with 172 points profit made on the day.

Add that to 26 points profit made on Friday to advised prices (or 12 to BSP), and you would have had quite a weekend if following Russell Blair’s tips with just under £2,000 profit made to £10 stakes.

We have seen some of the messages from Russell’s members and it is clear they are very happy with the weekend’s events!

The great news though is that they are currently offering a 14-day free trial of the service to new members.

This weekend’s huge success was no fluke either. Since starting up in April 2015 Russell has amassed a whopping 2,000 points profit, a quite remarkable feat and one we haven’t seen matched just about anywhere else in the world of tipping. That would be £20,000 to £10 stakes or £50,000 to £25 stakes.

And the return on investment over the last four years has been over 30%, which is quite outstanding over such a long period.

So don’t miss out on grabbing a free trial of the service as we expect places to fill up fast after this weekend’s massive coup.

You can get your 14 day free trial of Russell Blair Racing here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Mad Moments in Tour de France History

The 2019 Tour de France is already underway and this year’s race is certainly more open, with Chris Froome unable to participate due to his horrific injury earlier in the season. But, if you think you can predict who will win the Tour de France bet on the winner now.

Despite being in its early stages, incidents and drama are already unfolding – with Jakob Fuglsang, Dylan Groenewegen and Geraint Thomas all suffering crashes in stage 1, but able to continue the race. Here, we take a look back at some of the craziest moments in Tour de France history, beginning with who else, but four-time winner Froome himself.

2016: Froome forced to foot it

Chaos ensued at the end of stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France. Race leader Froome was forced to run up the steep incline of Mont Ventoux after his bicycle was so heavily damaged. The route had been revised due to plummeting temperatures and strong winds and as Froome rode to the finish line with Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema in tow, a TV motorbike came to a sudden halt and the trio crashed into the back of it. Froome came off worse, with his bike hit by a second motorbike that was following the three, breaking his seat stay.

His spare bike on the team car was a lot further down the mountain, so he decided to run the route instead – in his cycling shorts and helmet. A service vehicle eventually arrived with a much smaller bike, which he rode for a while, before his spare Pinarello was brought by the team car, allowing him to ride to the finish.

But the chaos wasn’t over. Froome finished sixth, with the yellow jersey awarded to Adam Yates; however, the bike was eventually found and whisked off for checks. It was then announced that Froome would be awarded the same finish time as Mollema, not only retaining his yellow jersey, but extending his lead to 47 seconds.

 

2007: dogged determination from the German

It was a tour to forget for the T-Mobile team in 2007. With Michael Rogers and Mark Cavendish failing to finish stage 8 and Patrik Sinkewitz unable to start stage 9, it seemed as though the team were cursed and stage 9 wasn’t without incident.

As Marcus Burghardt was innocuously cycling through a fairly easy stretch of the course, from Val d’Isere to Briancon, the German found himself flying over the handlebars after colliding with a Labrador that had decided to cross the path. Luckily, neither the dog nor Burghardt were injured, with the bike coming off worst in the collision. He quickly replaced the buckled front wheel and carried on… eventually finishing 127th in the race.

 

1999: Guerini bounces back

Every year, the Tour de France sees plenty of crashes, usually between riders but in the 1999 edition of the race, Giuseppe Guerini was felled in spectacular fashion. It was during stage 10, near the end of the difficult stage, at the Alpe d’Huez.

As Guerini was ascending the Alpe, a kilometre from the summit, a spectator holding a camera jumped in front of him to take his photo, with the Italian riding straight into him. Luckily, he managed to re-mount his bike and carry on (after receiving a pat on the back and slight push from the spectator to urge him on) to win the stage, his first in the Tour de France.

1950: water into wine

One of the strangest stories to have ever unfolded at the Tour de France belongs to French-Algerian, Abdel-Kader Zaaf, riding for North Africa. It was during the 13th stage, from Perpignan to Nîmes that the legendary tale developed – and it took another 30 years for Zaaf to confirm it himself, leaving many people wondering its validity for the years in between.

With scorching temperatures of up to 40C being recorded, there was still a long way to go in the stage (200km in fact) – and despite building up an impressive lead with his teammate Marcel Molinès, here’s where the story takes a twist.

Zaaf accepted a bottle from a spectator and hoping to seek hydration, drank from it. The liquid turned out to be some kind of alcohol and that mixed with the heat, caused Zaaf to zigzag, before he decided to shelter under a tree and fall asleep. He awoke when supporters claimed the peloton was fast-approaching, but Zaaf cycled off in the direction he came from – luckily not colliding with the peloton. But he was forced to dismount and was rushed to hospital. His compatriot Molinès won the stage.

 

 

 

Venus Williams

Remembering Venus Williams’ Five Wimbledon Singles Titles

You won’t find Venus Williams in the Wimbledon 2019 women’s competition odds – the 39-year-old suffered a first-round shock defeat to fellow American, Cori Gauff.

The 15-year-old, who is the youngest female to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament, as well as the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. However, Williams has won the Rosewater Dish on five occasions and is up there as one of the best female tennis players of the Open Era. Let’s take a look back and remember those five special wins.

 

2000: a first Grand Slam title

The 2000 final saw Venus Williams take on defending champion, Lindsay Davenport, with Williams victorious: 6–3, 7–6 (7-3). This was the first of her Grand Slam titles, which marked her domination of the sport.

Williams went into Wimbledon as the fifth-seed and in the early rounds, managed to avoid any of the seeded players, beating all of her opponents in straight sets. She faced the number 1 seed Martina Hingis in the quarter-finals and it was the first – and only – time that year, any of her matches went the distance. Despite losing the second set, Williams won the match: 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and found herself up against sister Serena in the semi-finals. A straight sets victory: 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) saw Venus progress to her second Grand Slam final, but a first at SW19.

 

2001: successfully defending her title

The number 2 seed this time, Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon ladies’ singles title, beating the eighth-seed Justine Henin in the final: 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. It was the Belgian’s first Grand Slam final.

Much like the previous year, she won all of her early round games in straight sets, before taking on the ninth-seed Nathalie Tauziat in the quarter-finals. The semi-finals saw a repeat of the 2000 final, with Davenport the opponent once again. She provided a sterner test this time, taking the match to the full three sets, but Williams overcame a close second set loss to win: 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-1.

 

2005: Williams v Davenport II

After only winning the Australian Open in 2003 and failing to win a Grand Slam in 2004, Williams went into Wimbledon as the 14th seed, but managed to make the final. The 2005 final will always be remembered as it saw Williams take on her compatriot Davenport again, in what has proved to be the longest women’s final in Wimbledon history.

Straight set victories over lesser-ranked opponents in rounds one to four saw Williams face Mary Pierce in the quarter-finals. It took a second-set tiebreak to hand Williams victory 6-0, 7-6 (12-10) and her opponent in the semi-finals was defending champion, Maria Sharapova. After a close first set, the American triumphed, winning in straight sets: 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 to repeat the 2000 final. The match lasted two hours and 45 minutes, going to three sets, but Williams won her third Wimbledon – and seventh Grand Slam – title to defy the odds.

 

2007: a return to form

Having not won a Grand Slam title since her previous Wimbledon success, Williams went into this year’s tournament as the 23rd seed, and she was ranked 31st in the world at the time. Beating Marion Bartoli in the final: 6-4, 6-1, she was – and still is – the lowest ranked and lowest seeded woman to win Wimbledon. Interestingly that year, she was the first female champion to pocket the same prize money as the male champion (who was Roger Federer).

Williams suffered a scare in her third-round match against unseeded Akiko Morigami, but overcame that and faced Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. A straight sets victory saw her up against the fifth and sixth seeds, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic in the subsequent rounds, winning both games in straight sets to set up a final with the 18th seed Bartoli.

2008: Venus beats Serena

2008 was Venus’ last win at Wimbledon and she’s only made two finals since, but what a fitting way to win your fifth title at SW19. The two sisters had met in finals previously (2002 and 2003) with Serena the victor on both occasions, so it was certainly third time lucky for Venus, who won: 7-5, 6-4.

Venus had a fairly easy run-in to the semi-finals stage, at least. Four of her opponents were unseeded, while she also faced British wildcard Naomi Cavday and Spanish qualifier MJ Martínez Sánchez. She triumphed in her semi-final against the fifth-seed, Elena Dementieva to set-up a showdown against sister, Serena.

 

 

 

 

VAR

Is VAR Ruining Football Trading?

Anyone who’s traded football over the last few months will most likely have been affected by the operation of VAR at some stage. 

VAR (aka the Video Assistant Referee) has caused some controversy not just on the pitch and amongst fans all over the world, but in trading circles as well. Such has been the frustration some have experienced, they have gone as far as to say VAR is ruining football trading. 

Is that fair though? And what should traders be aware of now that VAR is going to be used in pretty much all the top European leagues and competitions, including the English Premier League?

We will have a look at these questions below.

 

How Betfair Are Dealing with VAR

The Video Assistant Referee can be used in a variety of different circumstances currently: to check on goals, penalties and red cards as to whether they have been correctly awarded by the on-field referee, or conversely to alert the referee’s attention to something he or she has missed and potentially should have awarded one of these decisions. 

Obviously this has presented a conundrum for Betfair as if left unchecked it would potentially mean people losing out because of VAR – rather unfairly – if they traded on something that occurred in a game (e.g. a goal, red card), only for that event to be reversed via VAR. 

So for example let’s say Liverpool were playing Man Utd and Liverpool scored the first goal to go 1-0 up. Their odds drop from 2.0 to 1.3.

You bet £100 on Liverpool @ 1.3 after they go 1-0 up.

But what’s that? Oh no, there’s going to be a VAR check, it looks like there may have been a minor infringement in the build-up to the goal. And yes there it is, the goal is chalked off and Liverpool’s odds go back to 2.0. 

VAR ready to intervene at any time…

You would then be sitting on a loss of around £50, through no fault of your own, if Betfair didn’t have rules in place to protect traders in such situations.

Now of course some people might say “it should be up to people to spot whether there might have been an infringement in the build up to the goal and to trade accordingly. If VAR chalked off the goal then it’s tough luck.”

Betfair don’t take this view however and think it is unfair for people to lose out due to a VAR decision. So here is what is says in Betfair’s rules regarding VAR:

“Where a Material Event is cancelled due to a determination made via a video assistant referee, Betfair will void all bets which are matched between the occurrence of the Material Event and the cancellation of it. The voiding of any such bets may take place during the event or retrospectively once a game is completed.

A Material Event on Betfair is a goal, red card or penalty. Let’s take each of them separately:

A Goal

In the case of a goal, it is pretty straightforward: if a goal is scored but then subsequently reversed (as in the example of Liverpool v Man Utd above), then:

“Bets matched between the time of the goal being scored and the time at which the video assistant referee finishes the review will be voided.”

So basically it will be as if those bets never happened. The same goes for bets placed when a goal is not originally given but then subsequently awarded via VAR – all bets placed in the interim will be voided. 

A Penalty

This is a bit more complex, in that Betfair says it will aim to suspend all markets “as soon as we believe the referee will use VAR to review a penalty incident.”

Penalties are a point of controversy with VAR and traders should beware.

However, “only bets matched after the time at which the video assistant referee commences the review will be voided.” 

So potentially there could be a window for bets to stand if Betfair doesn’t suspend markets quickly enough if it looks like a VAR review is coming.

Eagle-eyed traders could for example back a team who are on the attack, have a shot blocked by a hand in the box that the ref doesn’t spot and Betfair don’t see either. Then a few seconds later the ref is alerted to it, Betfair suspend the market and a VAR check is initiated. Bets placed within those few seconds would stand under Betfair’s rules currently.

A Red Card

With red cards it is also a little complicated. In the event that a red card is awarded and then reversed by VAR, Betfair says “only bets matched after the time at which the video assistant referee commences the review will be voided.”

So again there could be a window between a red card being awarded and VAR commencing a review when bets would stand. Hopefully in most cases Betfair would keep the market suspended from the time the red card is awarded until the VAR review is completed, but this is not guaranteed so it is worth being aware of. 

In the case that a red card is not given at first, but then awarded after a VAR review, again Betfair says “as soon as we believe the referee will use VAR to review a red card incident we will aim to suspend all markets,” but that “only bets matched after the time at which the video assistant referee commences the review will be voided.”

Once again there is a window for bets to potentially be placed that won’t be voided. 

 

So Where Does This Leave Traders?

This can all seem quite confusing and a lot to take in at first, but essentially with goals it is reasonably straightforward and shouldn’t affect trading too much. Any bets placed between the ball hitting the back of the net and VAR completing its review are voided. It’s as if they didn’t happen. 

Traders now need to be eagle-eyed and fully aware of Betfair’s rules in relation to VAR.

The complications arise in the case of penalties and red cards, when there is a potential window between an incident happening and either Betfair suspending the market and/or a VAR review happening. 

This could work for or against you. Maybe in this window you anticipate a team is going to be awarded a penalty via VAR but Betfair hasn’t realised it yet, so you place a back bet. If you are right you could be in profit, but if you are wrong you could lose out. 

In most cases traders are relying on Betfair suspending markets quickly so these anomalies don’t happen, but there are no guarantees. 

 

When Confusion Reigns

One of the biggest problems with VAR has not so much been Betfair’s rules in themselves, but all the confusion that has been created. A clue comes in Betfair’s main rule where it says “The voiding of any such bets may take place during the event or retrospectively once a game is completed.”

We have emphasised “or retrospectively” because it highlights something many people have experienced, ourselves included and that is a situation where you don’t know if your bets are going to be voided or not. Sometimes they are left in the market until after the game, making it difficult to know if you should place more trades given you don’t know for sure what you current situation actually is. That can be quite frustrating.

We even had a situation recently in the Women’s World Cup match between Italy and Brazil where they cancelled bets we had put on in the over/under and correct score markets about 20 mins before a VAR check!

Someone must have got a little trigger-happy and cancelled all bets in the market rather than just those during the VAR window, but the effect was to make it very difficult to trade the rest of the game not knowing the situation regarding our bets.

It took over a day for it all to be sorted out and even affected our bets in other markets like the match odds. And in that time we had our Betfair balance going up and down as Betfair cancelled/removed/reinstated bets. Sadly the customer service we received from Betfair during this time was virtually non-existent, despite contacting them numerous times. And no apology or explanation has been received from Betfair to date. 

We are not the only ones to have reported such goings-on and it does present a serious issue for Betfair as to how they deal with VAR going forward. It is not really acceptable for customers to have their bets wrongly cancelled, their Betfair balances affected and then receive no explanation or apology!

 

Conclusion – Hopefully Not the End of Trading

The bottom line to all this is that it has been a frustrating time for football traders. A lot of confusion has arisen about how to handle VAR – not least from Betfair themselves about how to deal with it and implement their own rules!

We can only hope that in time this settles down and some of the more egregious errors become a thing of the past. 

The main conclusions we can draw is to avoid trading altogether around a VAR incident if the opportunity arises. Even if you get some bets on just before or during a VAR review, you are likely to be left in limbo not knowing if your bets will be cancelled or not, potentially even until well after the game has finished. 

Our advice would be to try and wait until an incident has been well and truly settled and the game has moved on. And keep a detailed record of your trades and when you placed them, in case there are any issues around cancellation that don’t fit with Betfair’s rules.

Hopefully VAR doesn’t mean the end for football traders or ruin football trading and as we say, we hope that eventually all this will settle down. In the meantime though, do trade carefully and be aware of Betfair’s rules – maybe you will be better informed than them!

Have you been affected by VAR decisions or noticed any anomalies? Please let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannia's Gold Ltd

Britannia’s Gold – The Quest For £300bn in Lost Gold

One of the most exciting gold salvage operations in history is currently underway and they could be about to bring back an estimated €1bn in gold – and there’s a way you can get a share of whatever they bring back – but more on that below. 

The company leading the work is called Britannia’s Gold Ltd and it is attempting to recover gold from merchant ships that were sunk during WW1 and WW2. 

During the World Wars the British Government shipped gold bullion to pay for munitions and goods. The estimated present day value of these shipments is between 125 and 300 Billion pounds. During both wars, some 7500 merchant ships were sunk and Britannia’s Gold research has identified more than 700 to have been specific gold & silver carriers.

They have spent 25 years researching archives all over the world and have pieced together evidence of which ships were carrying valuable cargoes and where those ships were sunk by German U-boats.

They are working in conjunction with James Fisher & Sons, world-leading marine salvage experts and a FTSE250 company on the London Stock Exchange and Atlantic Subsea Ventures – a specialist salvage crew employed to carry out such missions. 

 

Current Salvage Operation – The Empress of Britain

Right now as we write this Britannia’s Gold are embarking on a salvage operation to recover cargoes from the once mighty passenger ship the Empress of Britain. She was requisitioned by the British government early in the war effort to transport gold from Durban in South Africa to the UK and then to the Americas to pay for goods and munitions, but was sunk off the coast of Ireland in 1940. The Empress of Britain was the largest merchant ship sunk during the Second World War.

The Empress of Britain was sunk in 1940 by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland

The gold has apparently never been recovered from the Empress of Britain and if reports are correct, could still sit there to this day. Although a salvage attempt was contemplated in 1999 it was considered “too difficult” by the potential salvors. 

There are alternative reports indicating that salvage attempts were made previously but were unsuccessful. However, these appear to have focused on the stern of the vessel, whereas Britannia’s Gold are searching “for’ard of midships” – or in other words at the front of the boat, which appears to have not previously been disturbed. 

What is particularly exciting about this salvage operation is that Britannia’s Gold have recently uncovered new research suggesting there was an additional cargo of gold loaded onto the ship in Suez that they did not previously know about.

Here is Philip Reid – Chairman of Britannia’s Gold Ltd – with an update on the new research and the current status of the salvage operation:

That means that whilst they had originally considered the potential value of the gold on board the Empress to be around $450m, it could now be more than double that amount, closer to $1bn. It also means that even if one of their pieces of research proves to be inaccurate, there is now the chance that the other will prove accurate and there is indeed some gold still aboard the ship.

Britannia’s Gold are now working on the three main cargo holds at the front of the ship in the hope that some gold is stored in at least one of the holds and if it is, that they are able to recover it.

 

How You Can Get a Piece of the Treasure

All shares in Britannia’s Gold Ltd have now been allocated, however there is still a way you can benefit from any cargoes that are successfully recovered from the Empress of Britain

This is through the Angel Business Club, who own 70 shares in Britannia’s Gold out of 16,000 shares in total. The Angel Business Club will distribute the proceeds of any recovery from those shares to members on a proportional basis to how many “BGL Dividend Units” they hold. If you become a member of the Angel Business Club, you will be entitled to some of those dividend units. 

The great thing about it is that if BGL are successful, there is the potential to be paid out not just for this salvage operation but for any further successful ventures in future. With over 700 ships believed to have been carrying gold, there is the potential for years – or even decades – worth of dividend payouts to be received!

As we say there is only one way you can still benefit from this incredible expedition and that is to become a paying member of the Angel Business Club. As a paying member you will not only receive free allocations of BGL Dividend Units but also free shares in a number of very promising early-stage companies as well.

But if you want a share of any gold recovered you will need to act quickly – they could find gold any day now and when they do, there may be no more dividend units to allocate. So don’t miss out!

You can become a member of the Angel Business Club from just €89 per month here.

 

No Guarantees – But A Great Opportunity

Of course there are no guarantees that the current salvage operation of the Empress of Britain will be successful and there are risks involved. It could be that the research proves to be inaccurate and no gold was stored on the ship, or in the places reported. Or it could be that the gold has already been removed, either before the ship was sunk (whilst still on fire) or subsequently. Or it may not be possible to recover the gold even if it is there. Plus of course any number of unforeseen obstacles could prevent a successful recovery.

Overall though the potential returns from the operation are enormous if it is successful so we will just have to wait and see. Whatever happens we should know in the next few weeks if Britannia’s Gold have been successful.  God speed to them! 

Don’t forget, the only way you can get a portion of the gold dividends now is as a member of the Angel Business Club – so don’t miss out!

You can get your portion of any gold recovered via membership of the Angel Business Club here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Man City Look Set to Stroll to FA Cup Glory

Pep Guardiola would not have been able to believe his luck after seeing how the quarterfinals of the FA Cup played out. With arch-rivals Man United being rolled over by an impressive Wolves team at Molineux, the door has been left wide open for City to stroll through and pick up their second trophy of the season.

In many respects, Guardiola was probably also quite stunned at how his side were able to find themselves 2-0 down to Swansea before completing an incredible comeback to win 3-2. It could have been a weekend of shocks, but in true Manchester City fashion, they were able to restore parity and then managed to find a winner, all in the space of 30 minutes.

The Citizens’ reward for that stirring comeback is a place in the last four, where they will be accompanied by Brighton, Watford and Wolves. The closest domestic challengers out of that lot are Wolves, some five places and 30 points behind City in the table. Watford find themselves six places and 31 points off City, whilst Brighton, who are City’s opponents in the semi-finals, are 41 points off the Sky Blues and 13 places below them in the league.

City were able to beat Brighton 2-0 when they played in the league in September and should find it easy going against the Seasiders when they meet at Wembley for their last-four clash.

In actual fact, the closest anyone in the last four of the competition has come to beating City this season were Wolves, who were able to hold Guardiola’s men to a 1-1 draw at Molineux. Punters should keep in mind that Wolves’ goal on the day was a clear handball but on the balance of play, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men did deserve something out of the game back in August.

Wolves are certainly a decent side and their performance in the quarterfinals shows that they are able to spring an upset or two. After all, they were hosting a Manchester United side that had beaten PSG in Paris ten days earlier, so very few would have expected them to have it their own way. The best betting tips at social gambling platform betconnect, however, suggested that United were set for misery at Molineux and that proved to be exactly how it went.

On that evidence, punters may be tempted to think Wolves could still spoil the party for City but first, they have to get past Watford.

Even if Wolves were able to beat Watford at Wembley, asking them to do it again in the final against City seems an improbable task. Guardiola’s men have won every final they have played in at England’s national stadium this season. They won’t freeze up on the hallowed turf and under the famous arch, no matter who they may play – and you can be sure they won’t be allowed to be complacent, either, not with Pep Guardiola at the wheel.

Winning the Premier League or Champions League is far from guaranteed for Guardiola, but the same can’t be said for the FA Cup: City are surely going to stroll to FA Cup glory and look almost-certain to lift their third trophy of the season on the 18th of May.

 

 

 

 

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What Is The Maximum Bet On Betfair?

Different betting sites impose different rules regarding maximum bets and maximum winnings. While these are unlikely to affect the average punter, they can make a big difference to high rollers. Here, however, our focus is on Betfair and other betting exchanges.

Fundamentally, you are not betting against the bookmaker, but instead you are betting against other punters. So, at a basic level, there should be no maximum amount you can bet. But is that really the case?

Drilling down through the Betfair terms and conditions, while Betfair does not stipulate a maximum allowable bet, it does specify maximum payout limits. These are dependent on the market, varying according to the sport and, in the case of football, to the division and/or event. Here is a summary of these limits, but don’t worry, they are unlikely to affect many of us.

Football maximum payouts

The maximum payout Betfair allows is £1 million, though this is restricted to top divisions and competitions including the English Premier League, UEFA, Bundesliga, World Cup and more. For lower leagues such as Leagues 1 & 2, Scottish Premier League and the UEFA Europa League the maximum payout is £500,000.

Horseracing maximum payouts

Betfair offers a maximum payout of £1 million for most national hunt and flat racing. However, for ante-post markets, the limit is £100,000.

Tennis and golf maximum payouts

Betfair limits the maximum payout for tennis and golf to £500,000

Other Sports Maximum Payouts

Typical maximum Betfair payouts are:

  • – Snooker – £100,000
  • – Darts – £250,000
  • – Greyhounds – £25,000
  • – Rugby World Cup – £100,000
  • – NFL American Football – £100,000
  • – NBA Basketball – £100,000

Other exchanges

Naturally, what Betfair and all other betting exchanges have in common is the stipulation that your maximum bet is the amount of cleared funds you have in your account less your potential liabilities. But apart from that do the other exchanges impose limits on the maximum bet?

Smarkets  

Smarkets state that the minimum stake is £0.05, and the maximum stake is £99,999.99 if the market allows. However, if you are inclined, you may bet more than this on any market by splitting your stake into multiple smaller bets. 

Betdaq

Betdaq does not impose on maximum bets on its betting exchange, but the business also runs an online casino where it has maximum payouts from multiple bets. The maximum payout to any one customer from multiple bets is £250,000 in any single day’s business.

Matchbook

Matchbook does not stipulate maximum bets or maximum winnings.

Finally

One of the significant benefits of betting exchanges, especially for high rollers, is that there are no restrictions on maximum bets. All too often bookmakers impose ridiculously low maximums to punters who prove to be successful. The bottom line is that if the market can sustain it and you can find another punter willing to match it, then you can bet as much as you wish to.

Want to start winning on Betfair? Check out this top betting system that bets directly on Betfair.

 

 

 

 

Cheltenham 2019 – Day Four Diary

I am tracking my results from this year’s Cheltenham festival here on the blog and the first three days all produced a profit which is excellent stuff.

On to Friday then, which is Gold Cup Day of course but there were plenty of other high quality races to enjoy too.

Just a reminder that I am using a twofold strategy this week, which is:

1. To use all the bookies offers, brought together via Profit Maximiser; and

2. Use two of my favourite tipsters – Quentin Franks Racing and the Bet Alchemist – to find the best bets for Cheltenham. Both have excellent records at the festival so I am following their tips for the week.

By combining the above two together, this should give me a good chance of beating the bookies this week.

So how did this strategy get on today? Let’s have a look below.

 

Day Four Results

It’s been a great week so far with a profit of £608 made to date, so let’s hope we can finish things off in style.

Here are my results from the final day of the Cheltenham festival. My stakes were £20 per point (or £10 each-way) once again.

 

1.30 – Triumph Hurdle

A disappointing start to the day with the favourite Sir Eric from Quentin Franks finishing nowhere, but with bookies offering money back on the first race my stake was returned so no harm done.

Profit/Loss from Race: £0

 

2.10 – Handicap Hurdle

The day got a lot better in the second race with Ch’tibello winning at 12/1 (BOG) for the Bet Alchemist, and his other tip We Have A Dream finishing second at 33/1. That’s quite an effort picking the 1-2 in the race, just a shame we didn’t have a forecast on it!

Profit/Loss from Race: £198

 

2.50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

No return in this race with both Quentin’s tip Lisnagar Oscar and the Bet Alchemist’s selection Salsaretta failing to make the grade. 

Profit/Loss from Race: -£40

 

3.30 – Gold Cup

Well once again my free bet from Bet365 was wasted as Quentin’s tip Clan Des Obeaux finished fifth. If I’d “matched bet” those free bets during the week I could have made an extra £120, but then again wouldn’t have had the excitement of a potentially big win. 

There was also the Bet Alchemist’s tip Belshill which came up short too. 

Profit/Loss from Race: -£20

 

4.50 – Grand Annual Challenge Cup

With no bets in the 4.10 it was on to the 4.50 and unfortunately both of the Bet Alchemist’s tips finished well down the field in this one. 

Profit/Loss from Race: -£40

 

5.30 – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

To round off the week the Bet Alchemist managed a place with Defi Blue at 14/1, whilst his other selection was never in it. 

Profit/Loss from Race: £5

 

TOTAL PROFIT/LOSS FROM THE DAY: £103

So that’s it for the festival and what a week it’s been! A profit made every day and an overall return of £711 profit from Cheltenham this year.

The strategy of combining the bookies’ offers with the tips from two of the best tipsters out there certainly worked very well. Sometimes Cheltenham can go against you in a bad way when you’re having lots of bets each day so I’m really pleased to have come away with a strong profit from the week. 

The highlight of the festival from a betting point of view was probably the Bet Alchemist picking the 1-2 today and the 1-3 yesterday, which is an excellent effort. From a racing point of view it’s difficult to get away from Paisley’s Park win yesterday and Al Boum Photo’s victory in the Gold Cup today. 

That’s all from me for Cheltenham this year, it’s back to reality tomorrow from a racing point of view but I hope you enjoyed the festival and had a few winners too, whether from following tipsters or your own selections.