Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, Sept 1, 2016.

Haydock Races


STAR ARCHER (Haydock 3.00) goes to post in what could turn out to be a hot 1m juvenile maiden. However, he appears the one to beat judged on his first two starts. Sent off favourite for his debut over 7f at York in July, the Hugo Palmer-rained son of Champs Elysees came from off the pace to finish half a length behind the 84-rated Tommy Taylor, with the pair well clear of the remainder. Last time at Windsor, he was an odds-on second to Salouen over 8.5f at Windsor when running a bit free, although that defeat looks much better now, since the winner franked the form when second in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown. Despite being drawn in stall 1, he is worth another try, particularly with jockey Jim Crowley in championship-winning form.

FOR GOODNESS SAKE (Sedgefield 2.50) gives weight away to her six rivals in the extended 2½m mares’ novices’ hurdle but may well be able to gain her second success of the season. The Warren Greatrex-trained four-year-old has twice been beaten under a penalty since scoring in a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen in May, but she has acquitted herself well twice in defeat on the Flat at Lingfield in recent weeks. She should appreciate this return to hurdling in a race that appears to lack strength in depth.

ATHLON (Chelmsford City 7.40) landed a hat-trick at Kempton last week and will run under a 6lb penalty in the 1m2f handicap with a fine chance of making it a four-timer. David Lanigan’s progressive three-year-old travelled strongly on the all-weather last time, taking the step up to 1m4f in his stride. The drop back in trip should hold few fears and while this is tougher, there looked to be plenty left in the tank.

WEST COAST FLYER (Chelmsford 8.40) disappointed a little over today’s 1m6f trip at Haydock in testing ground before beating Sarsted (who re-opposes) when scoring over 1m3f at Kempton last month. But for defeat on his penultimate start, he would have landed a hat-trick for in-form David Simcock, having previously won tidily at Newcastle. Since his last run 29 days ago, the progressive three-year-old has gone up 5lb, but he looks a fair bet to defy the hike.

Salisbury Races


HAYDOCK: 2.00 Queen Of The Stars, 2.30 Coastal Cyclone, 3.00 STAR ARCHER (NAP), 3.30 Hanseatic, 4.00 Amazour, 4.30 Important Message, 5.00 Diletta Tommassa

SALISBURY: 1.40 Deningy, 2.10 Star Maker, 2.40 Contentment, 3.10 Pussy Galore, 3.40 Perfect Angel, 4.10 Gravity Flow, 4.40 Plymouth Sound, 5.10 Art Echo

SEDGEFIELD: 2.20 Luccombe Down, 2.50 For Goodness Sake (nb), 3.20 Reverse The Charge, 3.50 Gabrial The Great, 4.20 The Backup Plan, 4.50 Mrs Grass, 5.20 Crakehall Lad

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.40 Tonahutu, 6.10 Altiko Tommy, 6.40 Gladys Cooper, 7.10 Carcharias, 7.40 Athlon, 8.10 Fashion Design, 8.40 West Coast Flyer, 9.10 Vale Of Flight

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We talk to our Golf Ambassador, Chubby Chandler, about the benefits of a MyClubBetting service.

UK golf club membership fees have increased dramatically over the last five years, prompting thousands of players to vacate their memberships in favour of playing on a more ad-hoc basis.

In fact, 2015 saw a staggering 2.4% decline in registered golfers in England, with Scotland also seeing a 0.8% drop.

The gradual dip in membership numbers over the past few years has caused a number of golf clubs in the UK to enter financial instability, and in some more severe cases, closure.

Let’s not forget, the well-known Rutherford Castle Golf Club in Scotland was forced to shut permanently in 2015 after declining membership numbers.

So that leaves us with one crucial question. How do golf clubs raise funds, and ultimately, stay afloat?

MyClubBetting are an organisation that focus on giving back to grassroots sports teams and clubs by providing them with free betting sites.

The Surrey based company are one of the largest providers of grassroots funding in the UK and unlike traditional bookmakers, their sites provide clubs with various rewards.

Clubs receive 20% of all net revenues created on their personalised site, and are also rewarded with free kit and equipment when certain sign-up targets are reached.

The services provided by MyClubBetting come completely free of charge and are personalised with a team’s crest and colours.

ISM Managing Director and former European Tour player, Chubby Chandler, joined MyClubBetting as their Golf Ambassador in May.


A lack of funding for golf at grassroots level concerns the Englishman and he is hoping that his appointment can inspire others to get involved and spread the word.

“The guys at MyClubBetting provide golf clubs with a simple way of increasing revenue,” Chandler said passionately.

“Members can have the odd punt on their club’s personalised site – which MyClubBetting provide for free – earning revenue and equipment for the club in the process.”

To help the sites have an impact on clubs in the UK, Chandler has discussed the concept with the British PGA.

“I’ve had positive conversations with them on how this can work through the professional shops in the UK and I hope to see golf clubs benefitting in the near future,” he added.

Chandler is also keen to highlight the importance of digital promotion, and is extremely impressed with what MyClubBetting offers its clients.

“Along with their personalised sites, MyClubBetting also provide clubs with social media content and digital promotional materials – all completely free of charge.”

The sportsbook services provided by MyClubBetting are comparable with any of the country’s biggest bookmakers, with a wealth of markets and in-play betting options available to users of their sites.

It is also worth noting that users are not restricted to betting on one specific sport.

“Whether it is golf, racing, football or any other available sport, the club benefits every single time someone uses their site,” states Chandler.

There is no doubting that Chandler’s appointment as Golf Ambassador has had a positive effect in spreading the word, with Howley Hall and St Mellons among the clubs joining MyClubBetting since May.

As the interview concludes, Chandler makes a powerful statement on the future of UK golf clubs:

“If participation and membership numbers continue to decrease in the UK, then we run a real of risk of letting the next Justin Rose or Danny Willett slip through the net – something we simply can’t let happen.”


To sign-up for a free betting service that earns rewards for your club, simply visit or call 01883 772929 within office hours.

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Hundreds of clubs have now signed up to the scheme that gives football fans the chance to support their club every time they place a bet with My Club Betting (MCB).

The ground-breaking initiative has pumped £15,000 into UK grassroots football in just six months.

Now many clubs are also receiving free equipment and kit – supplied by MCB when certain numbers of qualified individuals sign-up to the scheme – such as AFC Bexley, Malpas United FC, New Inn AFC and Uckfield Cinque Ports FC.

“Football supporters who like an occasional bet can help boost their club’s funds by using a bespoke, fully operational and licensed betting site in their team’s colours, explained MCB Regional Director Les Dodd. “If they lose – and let’s face it there is a very good chance of that – the club will get 20% of the net revenue that the bookmaker earns.”

“Plus, with My Club Betting, not only does the club earn if people lose a bet. The club qualifies for free kit and equipment as more bettors use the site.”

So for six qualified sign-ups clubs receive a kit bag and two FIFA inspected balls, with 11 sign ups clubs receive a full kit for 14 outfield players and one goalkeeper and clubs that hit 40 sign ups get two managers’ jackets and three subs jackets.

Typical of the type of club realising the potential of the MCB initiative is Whyteleafe FC, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The club supports a 1st team in the Ryman League Division One South, an U21s team, football academy for 16-18 year olds, 18 junior teams and for the first time in its history a ladies team, which will play its first season in the Surrey County Premier League.


That means a lot of kit, balls, league registration fees, pitch hire costs and every day bills to pay. Partnering with MCB doesn’t cover it, but when every penny counts it certainly helps according to Mark Coote, who bought the freehold to Whyteleafe FC’s ground in 2013.

“Like so many clubs at our level Whyteleafe had spiralling debts and faced being wound-up three years ago,” said Mark. “The footballer in me couldn’t stand by and let that happen. My three sons had been through the club, playing at every level, and the club played an important role in their development and that of lots of youngsters in the area.

“The club is at the heart of a community. It has a good reputation as a safe, well-run club, whose coaches get the best out of young players and develop their potential. That’s not something you can lose.

“We are always looking to move forward and to improve our facilities for our players, fans and the wider community of which we are part and proud of. My Club Betting is similarly committed to assisting grassroots sports development and at our level you need all the help you can get.

 “It’s great that somebody in this industry is finally giving something back and although clubs won’t earn a fortune it does seem like a no brainer. We’ve earnt a couple of hundred pounds in the last few months and need just one more qualified bettor to be eligible for a new kit.”


To get your club, however large or small, its own free, personalised betting service and to start benefiting simply visit or call 01883 772929 within office hours.

If your team already has a My Club Betting service, then simply go to the Club Directory now and find their site.



Luke Chapman talks about his summer, the success of the England Rugby Union side and the benefits of a MyClubBetting service.

June was a marvellous month for those of us who love Rugby Union.

In stark contrast to the chaos and turmoil of English politics, and the ridicule piled on the England football team, our rugby players were not to be denied success or the nation’s plaudits.

On the other side of the world England’s senior players completed a nine consecutive games winning streak with a 3-0 whitewash of Australia.

Closer to home in Salford, the next generation of England stars, captained by Harry Mallinder and coached by Martin Haag, won their third Junior World Championship in four years with a 45-21 win over Ireland.

Having played for England at U16, U18 and U19 levels I know how hard the players will have trained and it was great to hear England’s Head Coach Eddie Jones say that he plans to reward some of the U20 squad with places in his senior squad for the autumn internationals.

Luke Chapman

Obviously there is some real talent in that squad and they only have to look at the players who dominated the Aussies for proof that playing senior international rugby is no major leap – George Ford, Joe Launchbury, Jack Clifford, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola all played at U20 level.

The current U20 squad are all potential stars of the future but my bankers would be Northampton Saints Fly Half Harry Mallinder, who was voted Player of the Tournament, Bath Hooker Jack Walker, Leicester Tigers Flanker Will Evans and Bath No 8 Zach Walker.

 The challenge is to maintain that steady stream of talent and to ensure our grassroots clubs continue to thrive. Many clubs have had to cope with dwindling attendances and rising costs, but there remains a dedicated following whose routine is not complete without a weekly pilgrimage to their local rugby club.

Now, if the club has signed up to My Club Betting, those supporters who like an occasional bet can help boost club funds, because if they lose – and let’s face it there is a very good chance of that – the club will get 20% of the net revenue that the bookmaker wins.


The new initiative by My Club Betting supports grassroots rugby across the UK by giving rugby clubs the chance to add a free new revenue stream to help them grow and develop.

Having played senior rugby for Exmouth, Plymouth Albion, the Cornish All Blacks and from this season The Cornish Pirates, I know that for clubs who want to develop strong community links and run successful junior teams, every penny counts.

Plus, with My Club Betting, not only does the club earn if people lose a bet. They get free kit and equipment when there are a certain number of qualified sign-ups on the site. It’s totally free to sign-up and just one qualified sign-up gets the club a rugby ball.

The initiative already has 44 rugby union and 55 rugby league clubs signed up.

For me it’s back to the training ground to prepare for our pre-season campaign, inspired by a memorable month for English rugby. The autumn internationals can’t come quick enough!

Prop Luke Chapman joined the Cornish Pirates as part of the Player Development Foundation and recently made his senior debut for Cornwall in this year’s Tamar Cup win against Devon. He has also trained with the Pirates, and featured as a replacement in a friendly match played at Torquay against Bath University. Last season he featured in all 30 league games for the Cornish All Blacks.

For further information on My Club Betting simply visit or call 01883 772929 within office hours.


We discuss the benefits of a MyClubBetting service with Queens Head FC and Ynysddu Welfare.

Thousands of football teams at grassroots level have been checking that last year’s kit will do for another season, repairing goal nets and erecting goal posts, inflating scuffed balls and nagging players to hand over their subs for another season so clubs can afford the league fees and to rent a pitch.

It’s good to know that more than 1,500 clubs are benefitting from our innovative My Club Betting initiative that supports grassroots football already, giving clubs the chance to add a free new revenue stream to help them grow and develop.

That includes clubs like Queens Head FC in Division 8 of the Devon and Exeter Football League and Ynysddu Welfare FC who play in Division 2 of the Gwent County League.

“We’re a typical pub team,” said Queens Head Club Secretary Parry Jarman. “Enormously talented, incredibly fit, extremely deluded and cash poor. But of course we love playing the beautiful game and that costs money at any level.

“If you add up kit and equipment costs, league registration fees and pitch rental we will have spent £1,700 before even kicking a ball. So every penny we can raise counts, which is why we signed up with My Club Betting.

“Now our members and supporters who like an occasional bet can help boost club funds by using our own MCB club betting site, because if they lose – and let’s face it there is a very good chance of that – the club will get 20% of the net revenue that the bookmaker wins. It’s the nearest thing to a betting certainty.”

Plus, with My Club Betting, not only does the club earn if people lose a bet. They qualify for free kit and equipment when there are a certain number of qualified sign-ups on the site.


“We’ve got 16 qualified users betting regularly and have already been given kit bags, balls and a new kit for away games,” added Ben Murphy from Ynysddu FC.

“You won’t get rich overnight from the income generated by losses but £20-£30 a month helps us to reduce the players’ subs. Add to that the free stuff and it’s what you would call a no-brainer.”

Get your club, however large or small, its own free, personalised betting service and start benefiting now! For further information on My Club Betting simply visit or call 01883 772929.

If your team already has a MyClubBetting service, why not head to our club directory and find their site?


Swith to your team’s personalised betting site today and help them earn free kit, along with various other rewards.


Calum Chinchen analyses the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, giving you some top tips and insight along the way!

Defending Champions Leicester City will have to juggle Champions League action with Premier League games, something that will be a million miles from their comfort zone.

It’s fair to say that Leicester have a lack of squad depth at present. Take away their unbelievable commitment and the main reason for the Foxes title success last season was keeping key players fit.

Leicester City v Everton - Barclays Premier League

Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy missed just four Premier League games between them last season, with Mahrez and Vardy sharing a staggering 41 goals along the way.

However, with Kante having already departed, Mahrez reportedly looking for a move and at least an extra six games to be played during the early months – we see it being an uphill battle for Claudio Ranieri’s side, and don’t forecast them finishing inside the top six this season.

Pep Guardiola will manage in the Premier League for the first time this season, after he replaced Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss over the summer.

Guardiola’s new side are the 9/4 favourites in this season’s Premier League winner market, and the Spaniard will be looking to win a league title in his debut season for the third time in his short managerial career.

Despite their disappointing 2015/16 campaign, Guardiola has inherited a hugely talented squad, adding the likes of Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan to that impressive unit since his arrival.


Make no mistakes, Sergio Aguero is still Manchester City’s key man. The Argentine managed an impressive 24 goals in an injury hit last campaign, which saw him miss eight league games. In fact, since arriving in the Premier League, Aguero (above) has only exceeded 30 league appearances in a single season on two occasions.

In our eyes, Guardiola’s side fully deserve their favourites tag, and we see them lifting the famous Premier League trophy come May – particularly if a certain Mr Aguero can stay fit!

Manchester United are the 16/5 second favourites for this season’s Premier League crown.

Winning last season’s FA Cup wasn’t enough to save Louis Van Gaal’s job and he was replaced with the ever controversial Jose Mourinho over the summer.

Mourinho (below) has bought in a wealth of big names since being appointed, and despite paying way over the odds in transfer fees, agent payments and wages, there is no doubting that Zlatan Ibrahimović, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will improve United’s squad.

Manchester United Officially Introduce Jose Mourinho as Their New Manager

Like his former manager and verbal sparring partner, Guardiola, this campaign will be Ibrahimović’s first in English football. The Swede is a 8/1 shot to be Premier League top scorer, and he has every chance, especially if Wayne Rooney is employed in his favoured number ten position.

Chelsea will be looking to improve on last year’s horror show in the Premier League. During their dismal title defence, the West Londoners managed just 12 wins en-route to a disappointing tenth place finish.

This prompted Roman Abramovich to appoint former Juventus and Italy boss, Antonio Conte as the club’s new manager. During his five years with Juve, Conte (below) managed to win the Serie A title on an impressive three occasions.


Conceding goals was Chelsea’s main issue last season. The Blues conceded a staggering 53 goals, and while many may point the finger at their ageing back four, the more knowledgeable football fan would blame the lack of midfield cover.

Nemanja Matic was nothing short of awful during his little playing time last season, with his mistakes and lack of positional sense often placing his back four under massive pressure. This was obviously common knowledge to the new Chelsea manager, who splashed out over £30m on N’Golo Kante from Leicester City not long after his arrival.

There is no doubt in our minds that Chelsea will be back in title contention this season, especially with the signing of Kante – a player who never seems to leave his defence exposed.

While it seems short, their 4/7 price for a top four finish is looking like free money to us.

In our minds, it is a formality that Arsenal will join Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs in next year’s Champions League, however will that be enough to keep their fans happy?

The answer is a resounding…NO!

While Arsenal supporters have every right to feel aggrieved at not winning a Premier League title for over 10 years, they should remember that it could be a lot worse. Let’s not forget, the Gunners have qualified for the Champions League in each of the last 18 seasons and were FA Cup winners in two of the last three years.


Olivier Giroud (above) is a fine centre forward and there is no doubting his obvious qualities, however he seems to struggle when playing as the lone forward. Giroud prefers to operate alongside a faster, more goal driven front man, which was evident at Euro 2016, where his link-up play with Antoine Griezmann set pulses racing.

However, if Arsene Wenger is going to continue with the same system as in recent years, then Giroud just isn’t the man for the job. In our mind, Wenger either needs to play Alexis Sanchez beside the Frenchman in a 4-4-2 system, or replace him for a more complete and dynamic forward.

The central defensive position has also been a problem for the Gunners, with Laurent Koscielny in real need of a new partner. Per Mertesacker is a leader with great positioning, however he is far too slow for the Premier League these days, and as for Gabriel, he is simply nowhere near good enough.

Granit Xhaka arrived for big money in the summer, and like Kante at Chelsea, we expect his combative style to provide some well needed protection for the Arsenal back four.


There is no doubting that any side containing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (above) should be challenging for the title, but until Arsenal address their issues at centre back and centre forward, they will just have to settle for a top four spot.

Liverpool were arguably the most inconsistent side in the Premier League last season.

Despite some fine away victories against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, the Mersysiders eventually finished in eighth position after losing 12 games and conceding 50 goals in the Premier League.

With Christian Benteke looking almost certain to leave, and Daniel Sturridge’s constant injury battles, there is no doubting that Jürgen Klopp (below) needs to invest in a top striker if his side are going to challenge for Champions League football this season.

Stoke City v Liverpool - Capital One Cup - Semi Final - First Leg - Britannia Stadium

Liverpool are a 6/4 shot to finish in the top four, and unless consistency levels are increased, we don’t see Champions League qualification being likely.

Tottenham fans will still be reeling after last season’s final game. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were thrashed at already relegated Newcastle – a result that caused them to fall below their bitter rivals Arsenal for yet another season.

Despite his dire Euro 2016 performances, we still fancy Harry Kane to have a successful season at White Hart Lane. Kane (below) is the heartbeat of the current Tottenham side, and his link up play with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli always seems to result in clear goal scoring opportunities. Considering Sergio Aguero’s recent injury troubles, Kane’s top scorer price of 7/1 looks like real value.

SOCCER: FEB 14 Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur at Manchester City

When it comes to Tottenham, we just feel as though they missed their chance of success last season. With their Arsenal curse still in place and the likes of Man United and Chelsea adding real quality, we see Spurs struggling for a Champions League qualification spot, and 11/10 for a top four finish looks far from enticing to us.

If anyone is going to challenge the top six this season, then we see it being either Everton or West Ham.

Ronald Koeman made the switch to Goodison Park over the summer, and there is no doubting his managerial capabilities.

Despite a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, Romelu Lukaku is still vital for the Toffees, and they will need to keep hold of him if they are going to challenge for a European spot.

John Stones looks certain to join Manchester City for a mind blowing fee, and while that won’t bother too many Evertonians, getting an adequate replacement is still going to be vital.

Slaven Bilic has worked wonders since taking over at West Ham, guiding the club to an impressive seventh place finish last season. Bilic hasn’t rested on his laurels since, and has arguably done the best business of any Premier League manager so far this summer.

Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli both arrived on free transfers, while Gokhan Tore was bought to the club on an initial season long loan deal.


It also looks like Dimitri Payet (above) will be staying at the club, which will delight Hammers fans, particularly after his wonderful Euro 2016 campaign.

Southampton, Stoke and Crystal Palace all look near certainties for a mid-table finish. While all three sides have far too much depth to be considered for relegation, each of the clubs seem to lack the quality required for European qualification.

In terms of the newly promoted sides, Middlesbrough look the most equipped to fight relegation.

Manager Aitor Karanka (below) has worked wonders in the transfer window, adding Alvaro Negredo, Victor Valdes and Antonio Barragan to a squad that in our minds, was already ready for the Premier League.


Hull and Burley were also promoted last season, but we see their fight against relegation being far more difficult.

In truth, neither club have added much Premier League quality to their already paper thin squads, and it would surprise if these two sides were playing in the second tier again next season.

Bournemouth are a side that worry us this season. The Cherries are 16/5 to be relegated from the Premier League, which seems like value, particularly when you mention these fatal three words – second season syndrome.

Eddie Howe (below) may have spent big in the summer, but he has failed to bring in anyone with real Premier League experience. Brad Smith and Jordan Ibe both arrived from Liverpool, however, the two men have less than 50 top flight appearances between them.


Matt Ritchie was Bournemouth’s key man last season, however he departed for Newcastle over the summer.

Watford, West Brom and Swansea all had disappointing campaigns last year, and all three sides will need to improve if they are going to avoid relegation and climb the Premier League table.

Sunderland have become the masters of last minute relegation survival over the last few years, with Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce all rescuing the Black Cats in the previous three campaigns.

As you all will know, Allardyce departed the Stadium of Light to take the England job a few weeks ago, with David Moyes being appointed as his replacement. Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to settle some scores after a wretched spell at Manchester United and if his new side manage to start well, then there is absolutely no reason why they can’t reach mid-table security.

That said, the jury is out on whether Sunderland can avoid another relegation scrap if they are in trouble come May.





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