Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Mill To Grind Them Down In Becher

Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Mill To Grind Them Down In Becher

1.30 Aintree We could uncover some possible Grand National clues on Saturday as we welcome back the Becher Chase to Aintree. A quality field has been assembled for the 27th running of this race with last year’s winner Blaklion once again popular among punters in the run-up to the race and it’s easy to see why.  There may just be a very good one against him though, especially for each-way purposes. We’ve narrowed the field down to six we think…

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Ladbrokes Trophy Chase: Elegant To Escape Rivals’ Clutches In Ladbrokes Trophy

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase: Elegant To Escape Rivals’ Clutches In Ladbrokes Trophy

3.00 Newbury Those chasing the £142,000 first prize here look set to be hit with a proper test; 3m2f around Newbury in soft ground at this stage of the season will try out their limits and we’ve narrowed a competitive field down to six for you with an improving type taken to land the pot. Black Corton This will be a proper staying contest and I feel Black Corton is right in the middle when it comes to deciding whether…

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Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle: Paisley The Pattern At Haydock

Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle: Paisley The Pattern At Haydock

Saturday 2.25 Haydock This race has only been a Grade 3 since 2011 but it can attract, and has attracted, a quality field with at least two of the runners looking to improve enough to get themselves into Grade 1 contention in March. Sam Spinner won this race last year off a featherweight but it has been shown the race can be won by the classier types and with the ground on the fast side for this time of year,…

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Greatwood Handicap Hurdle: Warning Of Storm Rising At Cheltenham

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle: Warning Of Storm Rising At Cheltenham

3.00 Sunday Cheltenham We have at least one contender in this race whose connections will have designs on getting to the Champion Hurdle March in the shape of Verdana, though once more we have a good value selection among our six against the field for this Grade 3 hurdle. Racecard Contenders Charli Parcs Nicky Henderson’s 5yo has not only started well in each of the last two seasons but has in fact improved a fair amount and as such is…

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BetVictor Gold Cup (Handicap Chase): Baron To Lord It Over BetVictor Field

BetVictor Gold Cup (Handicap Chase): Baron To Lord It Over BetVictor Field

2.25 Saturday Cheltenham This two-and-a-half mile Grade 3 chase is an early season highlight with £90,000 up for grabs to the winner and no shortage of quality competition for the main prize. Nicky Henderson’s Rather Be has been favourite in the run-up to the race but is not short of challengers and we have five against the field on our shortlist, the selection set to go off at a particularly inviting price for backers. Racecard Contenders Baron Alco Having run…

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November Handicap: Order Of Succession Leads To Royal Line

November Handicap: Order Of Succession Leads To Royal Line

3.15 Doncaster The last big betting heat of the season on the Flat comes at Donny on Saturday as the November Handicap rounds off a great year in style. A big field of 23 look set to go to post and given the prospect of good ground we shouldn’t expect too many surprises this time, though in what is a hugely competitive race nothing is taken for granted with six named against the field. Racecard Contenders Birds Of Prey Fresh…

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Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase: Twiston-Davies To Conquer In Ascot Grade 3

Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase: Twiston-Davies To Conquer In Ascot Grade 3

3.35 Ascot This intriguing early season three-mile Grade 3 race features a bunch of horse we will hear so much more from as the campaign develops, so whatever happens make sure you don’t concentrate only on whatever happens to win the race. There is a clash of progression from last season with good early season form from this year and it’ll be intriguing to see what measures up best. Racecard Contenders Adrien Du Pont Paul Nicholls’ charge fell on his…

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Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase: Angel To Fly As Aintree Kicks Off New Season

Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase: Angel To Fly As Aintree Kicks Off New Season

3.00 Aintree Almost as if to replicate the spring festivals, Aintree comes hot on the heels of Cheltenham as we kick of the jumps season in earnest and after two great days of competitive racing at Prestbury Park we have our first proper handicap chase of the term. The Old Roan is at 3 o’clock at Liverpool and is an early chance for trainers to grab some valuable prize money as well as seeing where their chasers are.  We have…

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Cesarewitch Stakes Handicap: Making Miracles On The Rowley Mile

Cesarewitch Stakes Handicap: Making Miracles On The Rowley Mile

3.40 Newmarket One of the biggest betting events of the flat season kicks off at Newmarket on Saturday as the 2 mile 2½ furlong Cesarewtich tests out over 30 runners on the Rowley Mile. Racecard Contenders Betting has been hotting up all week and picking out three against this field is tough enough, let alone one, however we have 8 of the best listed here with a couple of value each-way bets to get stuck into. Cleonte Andrew Balding may…

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Cambridgeshire Handicap: Afaak And Circus To Steal The Show

Cambridgeshire Handicap: Afaak And Circus To Steal The Show

The first leg of the Autumn Double, with the Cesarewitch to be run soon, is a massive betting race and one we have got stuck into. Although the race is run over just a furlong short of a mile-and-a-quarter, it has often been called a ‘9-furlong sprint’ as the big, talented field goes off at a fierce pace and given that horses are herd animals, it’s amazing how many times the speedy ones keep up that gallop to stay near…

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