1965 Chase

1965 Chase  The 1965 Chase is a Grade 2 steeplechase run over 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 8 yards at Ascot in November. The race was inaugurated, as the H & T Walker Goddess Limited Handicap Chase, in 1981, but has been run in various guises down the years.

Initially contested over 2 miles and 4 furlongs, its distance was shortened to 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 110 yards in 1992 and again, to 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 175 yards in 2006, following the partial reconstruction of the National Hunt course at Ascot, before being lengthened to its current yardage in 2015. In 2006, the race was also renamed, to commemorate the year in which National Hunt was first staged at Ascot and, three years later, became a weight-for-age, conditions race, rather than a limited handicap. Nowadays, the 1965 Chase is open to horses aged four years and upwards with an official handicap rating of 120 or more.

Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls has saddled seven winners of the 1965 Chase – namely Cerium (2006), Master Minded (2010, 2011), Al Ferof (2013, 2014), Politologue (2018), Cyrname (2019) – and is the most successful handler in the history of the race. Other notable winners during the last five decades include three-time King George VI Chase winner Wayward Lad (1981), Grand National winner Red Marauder (1998) and dual Ryanair Chase winner Albertas Run (2008).

At the time of writing, the 2022 renewal of the 1965 Chase – due off at 2:05pm on Saturday, November 19 – is less than three weeks away. The ante-post market is yet to take shape, but recent trends suggest that punters would do well to concentrate on the first three in the betting, which have produced the winner in all bar one of the last ten renewals; including joint favourites, six starting price favourites have win the 1965 Chase since 2012.

Champion of the Track Slot by NetEnt

Champion of the Track Slot by NetEnt  Introduction

A horse racing themed NetEnt video slot that was released in 2013 has fast become the Champion of the Track among players. This exciting slot has an RTP of 96.50% provided by this low volatility game with five reels, three rows and 30 paylines. Champion of the Track offers thrilling gameplay and lucrative winning opportunities thanks to its interwoven features.

There are also wilds, an interesting horse racing bonus game, a maximum payout of 48 532.00, and a Free Spins bonus round to play on this slot game designed to resemble a board game.

Champion of the Track Bonus Features

With a board game design, the game captures the excitement of horse racing perfectly. The four symbols with the lowest value on the reels are the jockeys, while the symbols with the highest value are the binoculars, stopwatches, horseshoes, and those with the blue ribbon and a number 2.

There are many features in Champion of the Track, including the Career Bonus. A bonus of 97000 coins awaits you if you advance 20 steps along the track with this bonus. You win more when you bet more, and the Career Bonus position is saved for 48 hours to your benefit.

When 3+ Scatter symbols appear across the slot reels, Free Spins are triggered. Get 10 Free Spins and a 2x Multiplier when you have three brown horse scatters. When you land five Horseshoes, you earn 10 more Free Spins and rank one square on the Career Track. If you land five Scatters, you overtake a horse and receive a horseshoe. 

Landing 3 Golden Trophy symbols trigger a separate Bonus Game. The game allows you to choose between four jockeys for the race and based on their performance, you can win cash prizes. A 5x Multiplier and 4 Career Track moves are available during this round.

World Cup 2024: Wales vs USA

World Cup 2024: Wales vs USA  While nothing like the connection exists between Wales and America as it does with, say, England or Scotland, there is a clear sporting interest in this one. Both teams will open their tournament against one another, knowing they probably need something from this game. Failure to win on game one leaves a match against a likely-desperate Iran and England to come for Wales. America, meanwhile, might already have lost to England and thus will need to pick up something ahead of matchday three.

This is a very interesting tie – both teams have equal quality and probably similar levels of concern. Wales are looking at a disparate team outside of Gareth Bale, who is barely match fit, and the USMNT are glaring in their lack of offensive options. Unfortunately, this could lead to a sterile game that might not go anywhere fast – tactical as opposed to intense is the likely outcome.

Who will win this tie?

Score draw. Both teams will come into this one needing something to get their tournament going early doors. A win on day one would likely set one up for qualification whilst condemning the other to an early exit. This does not look likely, though; the athleticism of America should help to subdue the technical quality of many of the Welsh players.

There is not likely to be much between these teams, so do not expect anything other than a tight and at times challenging to watch affair. For Wales, keeping their emotions in-check will be very important.

VERDICT: 1-1

Adayar

Adayar  Owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, Adayar is already a racehorse of not inconsiderable claims to fame. The son of Frankel first attracted attention when comfortably winning his maiden at Nottingham by 9 lengths on his second start as a juvenile in October, 2020. However, following defeat in the Classic Trial at Sandown and the Derby Trial at Lingfield, Adayar was the least fancied of three Appleby-trained runners in the Derby, behind Hurricane Lane and One Ruler.

Nevertheless, Adayar was the subject of late support, into 16/1, for the Epsom Classic and duly prevailed, in taking style. With jockey Adam Kirby opting for a bold run against the far rail, he led approaching the final quarter of a mile and galloped on strongly to beat Mojo Star by 4½ lengths; stable companion Hurricane Lane finished third, a further 3¼ lengths away.

The following month, Adayar also won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, thereby becoming the first Derby winner since Galileo – coincidentally his grand-sire – in 2001 to do so. Two defeats, in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and the Champion Stakes at Ascot, followed, but Adayar remains in training as a four-year-old. He is, jointly, the highest-rated horse in Europe, according to Timeform and, according to Appleby, ‘ he is only going to get stronger as he fills into his frame’.

Appleby has nominated the Coronation Cup, back at Epsom, in early June as a likely starting point for 2022, with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes once again on the agenda. Adayar has been beaten on his last three starts short of a mile and a half, but Appleby will make a decision about dropping back in distance for the Juddmonte International at York in August in due course.