A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Racing Welfare 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 Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle gained Grade 3 status in 2013 despite first being run in 2001. The race is over 2 miles at Ascot and is often run on testing ground.
Big races like the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle are important 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 Racing Welfare 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 Racing Welfare 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 four times with Chauvinist (2002), Jack the Giant (2007), Sentry Duty (2008) and last year with Brain Power (2016). 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.
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 race 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 with 5 places at the Racing Welfare 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.
Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle Promotions
The best promotions for the 2017 Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle at Ascot can be seen below:
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Racing Welfare 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:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
2017 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 Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (Ladbroke 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 or Paddy Power 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.
2016 saw a role reversal with heavily backed 4/1 favourite Golden Spear never featuring in a race blighted by fog, although a strong finish saw him finish 4th. Instead hurdle master trainer Nicky Henderson's two fancies Consul De Thaix (6/1) and Brain Power (12/1) sat in the slipstream of pacesetter Fergall to detach themselves from the rest of the field entering the home straight. It was the less fancied Brain Power who won offering Henderson a fourth Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (previously Ladbrokes Hurdle) since 2002. With 19 runners, Paddy Power broke the mold and went 5th places each-way at 1/4 odds and punters who backed 14/1 shot Quick Jack with them received a full place payout.