We’re set for a bumper weekend of National Hunt action after racing resumed from the Equine Influenza crisis last week, with both the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase transferred to Ascot’s top class card. With so much racing on this Saturday, I wanted to write up my selections in one place to avoid cluttering my Twitter feed. It also allows me to use more than 280 characters for reasoning! Good luck and enjoy the fantastic racing on offer at Ascot, Haydock, Wincanton and Gowran Park this Saturday – all live on ITV4.
The Dublin Racing Festival is a two-day meeting held at Leopardstown in Ireland, and is made up of eight Grade 1 races. Last season’s inaugural meeting was a huge success, producing winners such as Samcro and Footpad – who subsequently went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival. We look set for another highly competitive day of Irish action on Saturday (Day 1), with my selections listed below. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JakePriceTips for updates and reaction throughout the day.
Trials Day is the last meeting at Cheltenham before the Festival gets underway in March, and offers connections a last chance to get some course practice into their string before their bigger targets. This season’s Trials Day looks another fantastic card, and we look set to run on Good to Soft ground. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JakePriceTips for live updates from the racecourse.
Although a winner is a winner – even if it is picked out at Ffos Las on a Tuesday – there is a greater sense of achievement in backing the winner of a big handicap. In the early part of the National Hunt season there are three notable handicaps that everyone is trying to find an angle on; the BetVictor Gold Cup, the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle and the Ladbrokes Trophy. Whilst the latter contest isn’t until the 1st December at Newbury, the BetVictor and Greatwood are coming up this weekend at the Cheltenham November meeting, so I thought I’d take this chance to share my selections for the duo of Grade 3 races. I’m in a lucky position this year where I will be in attendance of both the Greatwood and the Ladbrokes Trophy, so I will also be able to provide live updates from the respective tracks. Let’s get right into it…
Jumps racing is back at HQ – which means I am also back at my beloved Cheltenham Racecourse! There’s no going back now as National Hunt racing has officially started, and we have a fantastic card to look forward to, headlined by Lil Rockerfeller and Diakali in the Novice Chases. Elsewhere, one of our horses to follow in Sebastopol will make his debut over hurdles.