Clear, concise, comprehensive horseracing analysis and insight from Paul Jones, former author of the Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide, concentrating on jump racing in addition to the best of the Flat and leading Sports events.
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No Rest For The Wicked (Or Sports Nuts)


That’s the Cheltenham Festival done and dusted for another year and it proved to be a profitable meeting for the Ante-Post Service with three winners at double-figure prices; Farclas (20/1), Summerville Boy (16/1) and Rathvinden (10/1) but it could have been a whole better if any of our seven runners-up at 25/1, 20/1, 16/1, 12/1, 12/1, 7/1 and 6/1 could have gone one place better, though most of those were each-way recommendations.

Every year we seem to get a glut of seconds! Rather Be being the most frustrating this season especially as the winner, Mister Whitaker, who was also the bottom weight edged him out right on the line after seemingly not having a prayer of getting in the race when the weights were announced being number 70-something.

I’ve been replaying and digesting the action over the last few days so will finish writing the usual ‘Wash-Up’ in the near future and obviously more than a few horses caught my eye during the race. Before the race, however, two of the younger horses stood out a mile to me with their sheer physical presence and quality so Santini and Farclas will very much be on my radar for big prizes next season.

A couple of overall reflections; (1) I appreciate the Irish are the dominant force (or rather Mullins and Elliott are) but where were Alan King, Philip Hobbs, Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe who managed just one second place and one fourth place between them and (2) the winners of three of the big four races had run only twice between them earlier in the season. I hope that is not a sign of things to come though I’m sure more runs would have been got into Altior and Penhill had they been injury-free.

I love this time of year as, Cheltenham aside, there is so much to get stuck into and the next big event we’ll (or Ciaran Meagher more to the point) will be covering is The Masters and then it’s onto Aintree and Punchestown (just two weeks between those festivals this year and I’ll cover every race every day) before the Guineas Meeting and then the Eurovision Song Contest. My Eurovision study starts in earnest on Easter Tuesday and, as usual I will be covering the top 30 race days on the Flat and write six weekly ante-post columns in the lead up to Royal Ascot whilst also putting in the groundwork to cover the World Cup in June/July. Not much time for me to put my feet up then.

I must admit I’m quite sweet on our 50/1 shot for the Grand National hoping for lightning to strike twice after Rule The World at the same price in 2016. Especially because of the current top ten in the betting for the Grand National, I can’t say that any of them are really doing it for me bar Total Recall who I have some time for, so I can easily see another upset.

Finally for those of you who have read (or are reading) a copy of my new book ‘From Soba To Moldova’ on my favoured betting angles and all sorts of other nonsense, I very much hope you enjoyed it. Feedback so far has been very positive I’m relieved to say! I chopped out ideas for another ten other chapters so, who knows, in a couple of years’ time there might be the follow up ‘From Troy To Ukraine’! If you would like to read a chapter, just click on the relevant section on the home page which also gives details of how to order a copy.


1.     In joining Paul Jones you will have private access to the views of a trusted, reliable, profitable-to-follow analyst and author of 33 horseracing books in an absorbing and entertaining, easy-to-follow, practical format written with purpose and authority.

2.     Access to the regular Ante-Post Focus articles whch have made members huge profits since we launched in November 2015 including Rule The World at 50/1 for the Grand National and Wings Of Eagles (SP 40/1) for the Derby amongst many other big-priced winners.

3.     Access to weekend previews throughout the bulk of the Jumps Season (averaging 12 races analysed per weekly column), every race at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown Festivals and the leading 30 days of the Flat Season.

4.     Access to an 18 weeks’ build up to the Cheltenham Festival (approx. 8000 words every Monday) with ante-post recommendations (level stakes profit of 44 points to date) to assist in building a long-range portfolio and a 6 weeks’ build up to Royal Ascot (7 winners from 17 ante-post recommendations in 2016).

5.     We also have all the major sporting events covered including the very profitable Football service (Premier League Picks made a level stakes profit of 31 points in 2016/17 following on from a 45 level stakes profit on the World Cup and Euro 2016) and we also have superb analysts in the fields of Golf, (Ciaran Meagher) Tennis (Carl Redden), Cricket (Paul Smith), Darts (Mike Henderson), NFL (Andy Richmond) and Politics (Adam Hewson). Click on ‘View Example Copy’ in the right-hand menu on the Home Page if you don’t believe us!

6.     If you are familiar with Paul from his industry-respected trends-related Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide which he wrote for 16 years, you can now access his unique Race Trends for approximately 110 racesthroughout the year including all races at Cheltenham Festival, Aintree Grand National Meeting and Royal Ascot.

7.     Access to weekly Horses to Follow throughout the Flat Season and horseracing guest contributions from Alan Potts, the author of the revered Against The Crowd and The Inside Track, Andy Richmond of RacingUK and Mark Ball, formerly of Let's Live Racing.

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