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.
It’s that time of year again – the National Hunt season is about to kick-off proper at Chepstow this weekend, meaning we sadly have to say good-bye to one of my favourite racecourses in Newton Abbot – until the spring at least! Their finale fixture is always a belter, last year producing the likes of Black Corton and Maria’s Benefit, who both went on to record Graded success thereafter. This year we are treated to another brilliant card, with over £100,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. Headlined by the Class 2 Intermediate Chase, Cheltenham Festival third Benatar is the stand-out entry and it will be fascinating to see how he does on his seasonal return. I will be at Newton Abbot tomorrow live tweeting the event, so be sure to follow me on twitter @JakePriceTips if you don’t already. If you want to read more from me, you can check out my National Hunt Horses to Follow 2018/19 here.
Market Rasen plays host to the highlight of Summer National Hunt Racing on Saturday, where the ITV cameras will be showing the Listed Summer Handicap Hurdle, and the Listed Summer Plate Handicap Chase. Last year the Hurdle was won by John Constable (150), whilst the Plate went to Paul Nicholls’ beautiful grey Alcala (147). I actually tipped up both of these winners 12 months ago, so the pressure is on to repeat the feat this time around!
It may be ‘Super Saturday’ on the Flat, but down in the South-West the summer jumping continues at Newton Abbot, with a valuable card worth nearly £80,000. The feature race of the day is the Class 2 Handicap Chase with Tempestatefloresco (rated 143) heading a field of seven. Elsewhere, exciting Novice Chaser The Unit (rated 140) will also have a spin around the Devon track. It promises to be another fantastic race-day, and the perfect excuse to avoid watching England play in the third place play-off (although screens will be showing the game)!
It’s that time of year again! The race that gets the Nation involved with Horse Racing is back. The 2018 Grand National is here! This year 40 brave horse will tackle the famous Grand National fences over a trip of 4m2f. With all the recent rain however, we are set for a grueling renewal due to the soft ground. It’s sure to be another fantastic race up at Aintree, and good luck to everyone involved. It’s really needless to say, but no matter what happens to your bet, let’s hope that they all make it back safe and sound.
Aintree takes center-stage this weekend with three extremely high quality days of National Hunt Racing at the Liverpool track. With eleven Grade 1 races all leading up to the feature £1,000,000 Grand National on Saturday, this meeting always produces fantastic Horse Racing. Ahead of the big Festival, I have a few early fancies that are likely to go off a shorter price.
The build up is finally over and the Cheltenham Festival has arrived! Here is my preview for the opening ‘Champion Day’ Tuesday, where the feature race will be the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle. I will be attending and live-tweeting from the track on Twitter, so be sure to follow me for the latest news @JakePriceTips. Before I get on with my selections for the greatest show on turf, the lastest ground update is Soft, Heavy in places.
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate is a Handicap Chase ran over a distance of 2m5f on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. A maximum of 24 runners can go to post for this race worth £110,000. Last year Road To Respect won very easily, and this year heads to Cheltenham as a Gold Cup contender.
The National Hunt Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase for Amateur Riders, ran over a marathon 4m trip. The race is run on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. Last year I tipped up Tiger Roll, who went on to easily beat Missed Approach and complete an unusual Festival double having previously won the Triumph Hurdle.
The County Hurdle is a Grade 3 Handicap race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival, ran over 2m1f and with a maximum field of 26 runners. This valuable race is worth £100,000 and Willie Mullins has won four of the last eight renewals. Last year, Arctic Fire got up close from home to beat L’Ami Serge by a neck after a long absence.
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase is Listed race around 2m4½f, and concludes day one of the Cheltenham Festival. It is open to Novice Chasers with a rating between 0-145. Last year the race was only a 0-140, where Tully East got the better of Gold Present.
The Fred Winter is a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle race for Juveniles (Four-year-olds), and is run around 2m½f on day two (14th March 2018) of the Cheltenham Festival. Last year Flying Tiger beat Divin Bere in a close finish, with Diego Du Charmil winning the season before.
Day three (Thursday 15th March) of the Cheltenham Festival kicks off with a middle-distance Novice Chase, won in recent years by the likes of Yorkhill, Black Hurcules and Vautour. Whilst this year’s renewal doesn’t look as classy as the Arkle or RSA, there are some very smart horses involved, including Festival winner Willoughby Court.
We’re back at Exeter Racecourse this weekend for one of the best meetings in the South West – Super Sunday! Over £115,000 worth of prize money is on offer, and we are treated to a Class 1 Listed Novice Hurdle. In previous years the likes of Finian’s Oscar and Unowhatimeanharry have won at this meeting, so there is likely to be a future star in here somewhere. I’ll be attending once again this year, so be sure to follow me on twitter @JakePriceTips for live updates throughout the day, as well as my tips from Punchestown and Ayr.
The inaugural Dublin Racing Festival takes place at Leopardstown this weekend with 7 Grade 1s in total, and here is my preview for the main races on Day 1 at Leopardstown! Be sure to follow me on twitter @JakePriceTips for tips from Musselburgh, Sandown and Wetherby alongside updates throughout the day.
The new season at Cheltenham kicks off today with a cracking card for ‘The Showcase’ meeting over two days in the Cotswolds. The card has attracted entries from Ireland, and some of the best early season runners. There are some fantastic races to look forward to, but most importantly, the return of racing at Prestbury Park signifies the start of the 2017/18 National Hunt season proper! Here I will be going through each race, picking out the ones to watch, and ultimately who is going to win (hopefully!). Be sure to follow me on twitter @JakePriceTips for live updates straight from the track, where I will be in attendance of both days.
As another fantastic season of summer National Hunt racing in Devon comes to an end, we are treated to a mouth-watering card full of seasonal reappearances in what promises to be a stylish Newton Abbot finale. Over £90,000 prize money is on offer which has attracted two Grade 1 winning horses to make the journey down to the South West in the form of Ballyoptic and Flying Angel. This is the perfect way to end the Newton Abbot season, and transition into the National Hunt season proper. Here I will be going through each race, picking out the ones to watch, and ultimately who is going to win (hopefully!). Be sure to follow me on twitter @JakePriceTips for live updates from the track and any tips from the Irish meeting at Downpatrick.
A Saturday racing fixture at Newton Abbot assures one thing; top quality National Hunt racing. A grand total of £100,000 prize money is on offer throughout the day with two Class 3 events and the feature Class 2 Handicap Hurdle worth £36,000. Saturday marks the first Autumn meeting at the Devon track, and this is highlighted by the return of some high class horses after their summer breaks. Newton Abbot has done a fantastic job this summer in attracting the best horses to come down South, and Saturday promises to be another action filled day at a fantastic racecourse.
Friday 16th June sees another great National Hunt card (rare to find this time of year!) at Newton Abbot, with over £64,000 worth of prize money on offer. The card includes a feature Class 2 Handicap Chase, with a 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner. We’re set for a bright sunny day in Devon (highly contrasting to the last meeting), and some top class racing! Remember to follow me on Twitter @JakePriceTips for live updates, pictures and Tips throughout the day.
The first evening meeting of the season at Newton Abbot sees a competitive card with some great racing on offer. Here are my selections for the evening. Continue reading “Newton Abbot Race Preview – 30/05/2017”
A Tuesday Afternoon/Evening is normally a pretty dull, but the Horse Racing looked to change that as normal. A flat meeting at Nottingham during the day before Evening National Hunt Racing at Huntingdon and Hexham contained the days Tips.