A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Randox Health Foxhunters' Chase is always the feature race on the Thursday of the Grand National Festival. This race, for amateur riders only, is over 1 circuit of the Grand National course and it's always popular with owners and punters alike. With fields of up to 29 runners in recent years, online bookmakers are always happy to give punters real value in this race, especially as it's one of the handicap highlights of the Grand National Festival, so expect up to 5 places each way on the Aintree Foxhunters' Chase. Of course, offering 5 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will drive 2017 Grand National Festival new customer registrations for savvy online bookmakers.
The Foxhunters' Chase is always one of the highlights of the National Hunt season. Featuring amateur riders only, who in the main ride in amateur chases and point-to-point racing, this race over the Grand National fences is always a focal point of the season. Cross country and point-to-point champion trainer Enda Bolger has won this race in both 2015 and 2016 with class act On The Fringe, who is a multi Cheltenham Festival St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase winner. But as ever in these amateur races, it's often the best jockeys who dominate with Jamie Codd, Nina Carberry and Gold Cup winner Sam Waley-Cohen all winning recent renewals.
With anything up to 29 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds for this foxhunters' chase. . However 2017 could see this change as the competitive nature of the online bookmaker industry would make any field of up to 30 runners rife for an additional each way place. We could certainly see 5 places each way for the Foxhunters' in 2017. It's worth remembering as a punter that the big online bookmakers have a new customer war-chest for the Grand National Festival, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 5 places covers circa 20% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.