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Scottish Grand National Preview & 14/1 Tip

Tony McCoyFollowing hot on the heels of the Grand National at Aintree, the Scottish equivalent run over 4m at Ayr provides another highly competitive test of stamina and jumping ability (3.45pm, Saturday).

This year, all but seven of the 32 runners are in the handicap proper and those out of the handicap are more …

Grand National Preview & 28/1 Betting Tip

Jonjo O'NeillMuch of the interest in this year’s Grand National revolves around the favourite, Shutthefrontdoor (15/2), who represents AP McCoy’s last chance to win the great race (4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday).

The perennial Champion Jockey has won the National just once before, on Don’t Push It for the same connections in 2010, but more …

Lincoln Preview & 16/1 Betting Tip

David O'MearaThe Lincoln, run over a straight mile at Doncaster, is the first major handicap of the Flat season and, invariably, presents punters with a tricky problem to solve. Rather unhelpfully, the draw has proved inconclusive in recent years, but we’ve run the rule over the 22-strong field and highlighted a selection that we think could go well at decent odds.

Favourite Mange All (5/1) actually finished 3¾ lengths behind more …

Midlands Grand National Preview & Betting Tip

Tony McCoyThe dust has only just settled on the Cheltenham Festival but Uttoxeter takes centre stage for the running of the Midlands Grand National (3.50 Saturday). Second only to the Grand National itself, in terms of distance, at 4m1½f, the race provides a thorough examination of stamina and jumping ability.

Catching On (9/2) was raised 11lb for winning over 3m at more …

Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview & 11/1 Betting Tip

Oliver SherwoodThis year’s renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup is as competitive as they come with the first five from last year’s race and a raft of credible contenders among the 18 runners (3.20pm, Friday, live on CH4).

Silviniaco Conti (4/1), who finished fourth, beaten 1¾ lengths, last year after wandering under pressure on the more …

World Hurdle Preview & 25/1 Betting Tip

Daryl JacobThis year’s renewal of the World Hurdle, formerly known as the Stayers’ Hurdle, looks as competitive as ever (3.20pm, Thursday, Cheltenham live on CH4).

Paul Nicholls, who won the race four years running with the now retired Big Buck’s, holds a strong hand once again, with Saphir Du Rheu (5/1) and Zarkandar (5/1) disputing favouritism. The former is more …

Champion Chase Preview & Betting Tip

Nicky HendersonThe first two in the betting for the Cheltenham Festival’s two-mile Champion Chase are both on the comeback trail after setbacks (3.20pm Wednesday live on Channel 4).

The first of those, trainer Nicky Henderson’s (pictured) Sprinter Sacre (3/1), has lost his aura of invincibility after missing almost all of last season with a much publicised heart problem. He finished more …

Champion Hurdle Preview & Betting Tip

Tony McCoyThe feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Champion Hurdle, has attracted the smallest field since 1976, but with four of the highest-rated hurdlers in training among the eight runners should lack nothing in quality (2.20pm, Tuesday).

Faugheen (5/4) is unbeaten in all disciplines, including seven starts over hurdles, and was impressive when more …

Imperial Cup Preview with 18/1 Betting Tip

Tom GeorgeThe betting for the Imperial Cup chiefly revolves around two horses who could attempt to win the £100,000 bonus on offer to the winner should they go on to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival (3.10pm, Sandown, Saturday).

Bidourey (6/1), trained by David Pipe, has the option of the Fred Winter or Triumph Hurdle, while Calipto (8/1), trained by more …

Grimthorpe Chase Preview & Betting Tip

Keith ReveleyThe Grimthorpe Chase, run over 3m2f at Doncaster, is typically one of the most competitive races of the season at the South Yorkshire track (3.45pm, Saturday). This year’s renewal has attracted a dozen runners, none of whom can be ruled out with any confidence.

Last year’s winner, Night In Milan (6/1), is 10lb higher in the more …