A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The following bookmakers have extended their each way terms at the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle. The remainder of bookmakers are offering 4 places each way at the last update:
The Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle (formerly the Ladbroke Hurdle) is one of the most competitive Handicap Hurdles on the National Hunt calendar. Traditionally raced the weekend before Christmas at Ascot, the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle gained Grade 3 status in 2013 despite first being run in 2001. The race is run over 2 miles at Ascot and is often run on testing ground.
Big races like the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle are a big deal for the online bookmakers who see them as a huge opportunity to attract new customers. Offering 5 places each way or sometimes even 6 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity to the punter and to drive new customer business. Since 2011, a number of online bookmakers have gone 5 places each way on the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle, so read on to find out whether you can grab 5 or potentially 6 places each way on one of December's biggest races.
The Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle is one of the most competitive races on the national Hunt schedule. With £85,000 for the winner, the Ascot-hosted race now interests the big named owners and trainers from both sides of the Irish Sea. Raced since 2001 (2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010 saw no race due to redevelopment and bad weather), hurdle specialist Nicky Henderson has won the race three times with Chauvinist (2002), Jack the Giant (2007) and Sentry Duty (2008). Trainer talent such as Alan King, Gordon Elliot (twice), Dan Skelton, Philip Hobbs and Harry Fry have won recent renewals with the 2015 race being famous for a dead heat finish between Hobbs trained Sternrubin and Fry trained Jolly's Cracked It.
Jolly's Cracked It and Sternrubin in battle at the 2015 Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle
With anything up to 21 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers are only obliged to pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds. However the Ladbroke is so popular with punters looking for a serious bet the week before Christmas that a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two with 5 places at the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle often available as the race approaches. Naturally 5 places covers around 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle Each Way Places Tracker
We track the value served by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long-shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
2015 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle from 2015 onwards:
2015 saw eventual joint-winner Jolly's Cracked It and Winner Massagot both go off as joint favourites. As ever though in these big handicaps, savvy punters looked for each way value and plenty jumped on board Song Light, trained by unfashionable trainer Seamus Mullins. Twice a winner the previous season, Song Light carried lowest weight and was backed in from 33/1 to 25/1 pre-race. Punters who backed the horse with bet365, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power or Skybet were hugely rewarded as the horse stayed on to finish 5th and deliver at a smidge over 6/1 for the place. Naturally those who backed Song Light with the likes of Betfred, Coral and William Hill online lost their stake.