With 2018 finally here, we’ve priced up an array of New Year racing specials for speculative punters.
This year’s specials revolve around Aidan O’Brien, Frankie Dettori, Matt Chapman and a certain Meghan Markle.
Before that quartet, though, it’s all about the horses themselves.
After creating history at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017, it’s 25/1 that Irish-trained horses win all four feature races at the 2018 festival.
As for Royal Ascot, we go 4/1 that American wonder-horse Winx wins any race at the meeting.
Aidan O’Brien chalked up 26 Group 1 winners in 2017 and it’s 5/1 that he breaks his own record on the flat in 2018.
We go 16/1 that the trainer wins all ten 2018 UK and Irish Classics.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle is even-money to ride in the Queen’s carriage at Royal Ascot.
And with the UK’s unpredictable weather showing no signs of letting up, our traders go 16/1 for snow to fall during a race at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “2017 saw plenty of record-breaking moments in racing and the odds aren’t ruling out even more historic moments in 2018.”
Ladbrokes 2018 New Year Specials:
Irish trained horses to win all four feature races at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival (Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and Gold Cup) – 25/1
Bryony Frost and Harry Cobden to get engaged in 2018 – 16/1
Aidan O’Brien to win all five 2018 UK Classics – 10/1
Aidan O’Brien to win all ten 2018 UK and Irish Classics – 16/1
Aidan O’Brien to break his own Group 1 record in 2018 – 5/1
Hayley Turner to ride a winner at Royal Ascot 2018 – 16/1
Winx to win at Royal Ascot 2018 – 4/1
Meghan Markle to ride in the Queen’s carriage at Royal Ascot 2018 – Evens
Matt Chapman to win HWPA Broadcaster of the Year 2018 – 3/1
Jeremy Kyle to join ITV racing as a permanent member of staff in 2018 – 16/1
To snow at Cheltenham during a race at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival – 16/1
Any day at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival to be called off due to weather – 20/1
Frankie Dettori to compete on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2018 – 16/1
AP McCoy to compete on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2018 – 16/1
AP McCoy to come out of retirement and have more than twenty rides under rules in 2018 – 33/1
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication