London Gold Cup Handicap: Forest and Frankie to Score in London Gold Cup

London Gold Cup Handicap: Forest and Frankie to Score in London Gold Cup

3.00 Newbury A cracking renewal of this three-year-old only handicap, in fact several of the field were considered to be potential black-type performers and may yet go on to win at Group level later in the season. Whatever the result, keep a good eye on the form of this race as it’s bound to be rock solid and while there are any number in with some sort of chance, these six look like the right way to go as far…

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Chester Cup Handicap: Cleonte to Take Chester Cup Cracker

Chester Cup Handicap: Cleonte to Take Chester Cup Cracker

3.35 Chester A race established as far back as 1824, the Chester Cup carries with it so much history and prestige and is a major early-season target for a number of top yards. As a £150,000 race we can expect this to be frenetic from the beginning, but the 2m2f trip will take some getting while a good draw is essential round here and as such we’ve managed to whittle the field down to these six candidates. Austrian School Mark…

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Bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – Talkischeap at Sandown

Bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – Talkischeap at Sandown

3.35 Sandown We tipped last year’s winner Step Back in this race and we are very much looking to double up with a young, improving chaser who is going places. As usual though the bet365 Gold Cup is a competitive event and there are lots in with chances on the book, these six for our money being the most likely to give punters a run for their money. Adrien Du Pont Despite a bad run at Aintree last time when…

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Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Cross to Park Himself in the Winners Enclosure at Ayr

Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Cross to Park Himself in the Winners Enclosure at Ayr

3.35 Ayr In recent years this has been a race for the outsider, so we make no apologies for leaving out some big names from our top six including Big River and Vintage Clouds having looked at all the known evidence. Form, weight, ratings and so many more things have been taken into consideration for this shortlist but despite the effort, the Scottish Grand National remains what it should be and that is frightfully competitive and tough to call. Whatever…

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Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Four Against the Field for Cracking Grand National Renewal

Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Four Against the Field for Cracking Grand National Renewal

5.15 Aintree This Saturday is that one special day of the year when old fashioned betting offices are crowded out as everyone from pros to pin-stickers place their bets on the £1million Grand National. A full field of 40 horses has of course been assembled for the 4m2½f, 30-fence spectacular and while a lot of old trends are increasingly being thrown out of the window, we’ve used all our cunning and knowledge to whittle this field down to 8 horses…

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Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Ballyhill Has the Skill in Topham Chase

Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Ballyhill Has the Skill in Topham Chase

4.05 Aintree The Grand National fences are put to use in this fiercely competitive 2m5f, 30-runner chase and we’ve painstakingly managed to reduce the field down to a solid final six. Some have quirks of course, but all are expected to be in the front rank and have attracted money this week with the selection remaining a fair price to land the £140,000 feature handicap on Ladies Day. Activial Tom George’s runner has a great profile for this race, for…

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Lincoln Handicap: Allez Auxerre!

Lincoln Handicap: Allez Auxerre!

3.35 Doncaster The Lincoln truly heralds the start of the British flat turf season and it has been the plan for a long time for our selection today. As usual this renewal is competitive though so we’ve whittled the field down to six, all of whom have great chances of running into the money. Auxerre Charlie Appleby is the epitome of a trainer who knows how to handle the excellent bloodstock that comes his way.  From training sprinters like Blue…

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Midlands Grand National Open Handicap Chase: Head Back to the Thatch at Uttoxeter

Midlands Grand National Open Handicap Chase: Head Back to the Thatch at Uttoxeter

3.35 Uttoxeter 20 runners go to post on Saturday for the 4 mile, 1½ furlong Midlands Grand National worth £150,000 and with 24 fences to jump on soft ground this is going to be a massive test for the maximum field. With £84,000 to the winner this race stands up as every bit as important to trainers of staying horses as this week’s Cheltenham Festival was and therefore it is a typically competitive heat.  We have picked our six against…

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

5.30 Cheltenham After the pros have all done their work for another year it’s down to the conditional jockeys to round off a fantastic Cheltenham Festival 2019 in the £70,000 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. 24 runners will go hammer and tongs over 2½ miles in the lucky last, giving us all one last chance of a win and we have managed to carve this field up to leave this particular dirty dozen from which to choose. The selection is a…

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Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

4.50 Cheltenham Our penultimate handicap betting bonanza for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is this tremendous old two-mile handicap chase, won in the past by such names as Pearlyman and Edredon Bleu. There’s over £61,000 to the winner and millions up for grabs in bets around the country on this one, so once more we’ve chiselled the field down to a final six with our selection looking to add to his trainer’s good record in the race. Forest Bihan Brian Ellison…

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