A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Neptune Novices' Hurdle is the opening race on Ladies Day, Wednesday 15th November 2017, at the Cheltenham Festival. Registered as the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle, it's a Grade 1 race run over 2 and a half miles for enterprising novice hurdlers. Won recently by the Mullins trained superstars Faugheen and Yorkhill, the race has varied in entry numbers from as few as 8 in 2013 - the year The New One triumphed - through to 17 back in 2010 and 2012. For the 2017 Cheltenham Festival any field approaching 13 or 14 runners is very likely to see 4 places each way offered by some online bookmakers, meaning an additional place over and above the standard 3 places each way. Of course, offering 4 places each way in the Neptune is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will undoubtedly drive 2017 Cheltenham Festival new customer registrations for savvy online bookmakers.
The Neptune Novices' Hurdle has seen plenty of quality winners over the years. Danoli, Istabraq and Hardy Eustace have all won this in their novice year. Since 2010 Simonsig, The New One, Faugheen and Yorkhill have all triumphed for Nicky Henderson, Simon Twiston-Davies and Willie Mullins respectively. Simonsig went on to win the 2012 Arkle, Faugheen the 2015 Champion Hurdle plus 2016 Irish Champion Hurdle, with Yorkhill set to challenge in either the Arkle or the Champion Hurdle in 2017. The Neptune Novices' Hurdle really is an indicator of real quality and acts as a Grade 1 stepping-stone to ongoing Cheltenham Festival success in the main.
With anything up to 17 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers up until now have paid the standard 3 places each way at 1/4 odds for this Neptune Novices' championship hurdle. However 2017 could see this change, as the competitive nature of the online bookmaker industry would make any field of 13 or 14 runners rife for an additional each way place. We could certainly see 4 places each way for the Neptune in 2017. It's worth remembering as a punter, that the big online bookmakers have a new customer 'war chest' for the Cheltenham Festival, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 4 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
We track the value dished out 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. The 2017 renewal of the Neptune Novices' Hurdle could be the first year that sees online bookmakers offering an extended each way place, so 4 places each way on the Neptune.
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