Narrowing The Field

Narrowing The Field

At Narrowing the Field our focus is all about handicap races. Often handicaps have large numbers of runners, so that’s where we come in. We cut the field down to a more manageable size.

Latest Races

London Gold Cup

Saturday 14th May 2022

The London Gold Cup on Lockinge Day at Newbury has produced some excellent winners in the past. Group 1 winner Defoe, Group 2 winners Communique.. read more >>

Chester Cup

Friday 6th May 2022

We managed to nab the Chester Cup with Falcon Eight last year and we hope to do it again in this year’s great-looking £150,000 renewal... read more >>

bet365 Gold Cup

Saturday 23rd April 2022

There’s been some talk this week of returning this race day to a mixed affair. As it is, the Flat takes centre stage on Friday.. read more >>

Grand National Handicap Chase

Saturday 9th April 2022

It’s back! The 40-runner, £1 million Grand National is the race so many of us wait for and we’ve done all the donkey work in.. read more >>

Topham Handicap Chase

Friday 8th April 2022

A fantastically exciting full field of 30 runners go to post for the 2m5f Topham Chase, really whetting the appetite for what is to come.. read more >>

Red Rum Handicap Chase

Thursday 7th April 2022

There’s some £930,000 in prize money on offer at Aintree on Thursday as we kick off Grand National weekend. We’ll have information for both the.. read more >>

Scottish Grand National

Saturday 2nd April 2022

In an unusual twist, the £150,000 Scottish Grand National is staged a week before the National at Aintree this year, something that has given trainers.. read more >>

Lincoln Handicap

Saturday 26th March 2022

The Lincoln Handicap is the traditional, big-race curtain-raiser for the flat turf season in Britain and as always it looks like a belter of a.. read more >>

Midlands Grand National

Saturday 19th March 2022

The weather is set fair now in Staffordshire this weekend, but the ground is still listed as soft for the four-and-a-quarter-mile Midlands Grand National and.. read more >>

County Handicap Hurdle

Friday 18th March 2022

The fourth and final day of another brilliant Cheltenham Festival hands us two more dog-eat-dog handicaps, including the £100,000 County Hurdle. A full field of.. read more >>

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Friday 18th March 2022

It’s always seemed strange to us that while some major overseas meetings finish with the best race, such as the Classic in the Breeders’ Cup,.. read more >>

Pertemps Final

Thursday 17th March 2022

£100,000 is up for grabs in what is the final of a long and fascinating series of races. Unsurprisingly, a full 24-runner field has been.. read more >>

Stable Plate Handicap Chase

Thursday 17th March 2022

Another day, another brilliantly competitive handicap race at Cheltenham. This time it’s the £120,000 Plate in which 22 runners are tasked with taking on more.. read more >>

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Thursday 17th March 2022

By the end of this, the final race of day three, it’ll be hugely interesting to see where the owner, jockey and trainer standings lie... read more >>

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

Wednesday 16th March 2022

A vociferous Cheltenham crowd, 26 runners, 10 hurdles and £100,000 in prize money make the Coral Cup an immense event. An ultra-competitive handicap hurdle, the.. read more >>

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Wednesday 16th March 2022

The £125,000 Grand Annual presents us with a fine mix of some pretty classy performers and some potential handicap blots at the bottom of the.. read more >>

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Tuesday 15th March 2022

This fantastic juvenile event is still known to most of us as the Fred Winter, another notoriously tough betting handicap. Not only do we have.. read more >>

Ultima Handicap Chase

Tuesday 15th March 2022

The maximum 24 runners head to post for the Ultima, a race worth £70,000 to the winner as the Cheltenham Festival gets into full swing... read more >>

Eider Handicap Chase

Saturday 26th February 2022

The £80,000 Eider Chase is our focus this week, one of Newcastle’s premier jumps races. There are 26 fences to take at Gosforth Park as.. read more >>

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase

Saturday 19th February 2022

The £100,000 Grand National Trial may or not provide us with a live contender for the big one in April, but it is a fine.. read more >>

Betfair Hurdle

Saturday 12th February 2022

The £155,000 Betfair Hurdle has attracted it’s joint-smallest field since the current sponsor took over the race. In all fairness, the 14 runners due to.. read more >>

SkyBet Handicap Chase

Saturday 29th January 2022

Some of our major betting handicaps can turn out not to be as keenly fought out as we’d hoped. Before we get the benefit of.. read more >>

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase

Saturday 22nd January 2022

A typically tough Peter Marsh Chase is on the cards this Saturday. Haydock is known for being flat in nature, but jump jockeys will tell.. read more >>

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 15th January 2022

A maximum field of 20 has been declared for the latest running of the two-mile, five-furlong Lanzarote Hurdle with the winner walking off with a.. read more >>

Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase

Saturday 1st January 2022

Still known fondly to many of us as the Fairlawne, this two-and-a-half-mile chase on the New Course has attracted 16 high-quality runners all fighting for.. read more >>

Silver Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 18th December 2021

A field of thirteen has been assembled for this usually fascinating and competitive three-mile handicap chase. Many of these have appeared to have reached their.. read more >>

Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 11th December 2021

If this seems unfamiliar, the traditional ‘December Gold Cup’, run until last year as the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, now has a new sponsor. So,.. read more >>

Becher Handicap Chase

Saturday 4th December 2021

With £84,000 going to the winner and the field taking on the awesome Grand National fences, the Becher Chase is a huge betting race in.. read more >>

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase

Saturday 27th November 2021

The £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy is one of the biggest betting races of the jumps season. In recent years some good value winners have taken this.. read more >>

Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 20th November 2021

The £100,000 Betfair Hurdle, as it is fondly known, is a tough enough race to solve at the best of times but this year the.. read more >>

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

Sunday 14th November 2021

For those nearer the top of the weights, this race can prove to be a genuine early Champion Hurdle Trial for the Festival in March... read more >>

Paddy Power Gold Cup

Saturday 13th November 2021

The £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup is, as it should be, a very tight affair this time around. Last year’s winner Coole Cody was considered.. read more >>

November Handicap

Saturday 6th November 2021

The last big betting race of the Flat turn season is upon us, the campaign apparently having gone by in the blink of an eye... read more >>

Bateaux London Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 30th October 2021

Known until recently as the Sodexo Gold Cup, this top three-mile handicap chase has attracted 14 fascinating runners this time around, all fighting for a.. read more >>

Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase

Saturday 23rd October 2021

The National Hunt season is beginning to get going in earnest now. While Cheltenham has already hosted its first meeting of the campaign, Aintree returns.. read more >>

Cesarewitch Handicap

Saturday 9th October 2021

The £250,000 Cesarewitch completes Newmarket’s Autumn Double of major betting handicaps, these six stayers being the ones we think are the group to concentrate on: .. read more >>

Cambridgeshire Handicap

Saturday 25th September 2021

It feels like we’ve only been back on the Rowley Mile for five minutes, but we’ve already reached the first leg of the famous ‘Autumn.. read more >>

Ayr Gold Cup

Saturday 18th September 2021

One of the most popular and oversubscribed handicaps of the season, the Ayr Gold Cup is backed up by the Bronze Cup on Friday and.. read more >>

Portland Handicap

Saturday 11th September 2021

Although arguably not as valuable as it should be in terms of prize money, the much-loved Portland Handicap on St. Leger Day is one of.. read more >>

Ebor Handicap

Saturday 21st August 2021

The £500,000 Ebor Handicap is truly one of the highlights of this entire racing season. We get to see 22 high-class runners going hell for.. read more >>

Great St Wilfrid Handicap

Saturday 14th August 2021

This race comes with a ton of history and £38,000 to the winner, meaning it’s as competitive as ever. A six-furlong sprint set to be.. read more >>

Stewards’ Cup

Saturday 31st July 2021

By the time we reach Saturday, we should be on ground quick enough to do the Stewards’ Cup justice after the storms that hit Goodwood.. read more >>

John Smith’s Cup

Saturday 10th July 2021

This is a typically fierce John Smith’s Cup line-up. Even without the likes of Aaddeey, Surrey Pride, Nicholas T and Al Zaraqaan for numerous reasons,.. read more >>

Old Newton Cup

Saturday 3rd July 2021

We have 19 runners chasing a £51,000 first prize in this fantastic old race, a 1½-mile handicap in which several appear to have been laid.. read more >>

Northumberland Plate Handicap

Saturday 26th June 2021

The Northumberland Plate is creeping back up in value now with a few race goers allowed at the track, so at £150,000 we expected this.. read more >>

Golden Gates Handicap

Saturday 19th June 2021

Given the inclement weather this race will take a fair bit more getting than was first thought at the start of the week. That said,.. read more >>

Wokingham Stakes

Saturday 19th June 2021

The heavy rainfall on Thursday evening and throughout Friday completely changed the complexion of this entire meeting. Every race will be a real test now,.. read more >>

Sandringham Stakes

Friday 18th June 2021

With the jockeys now aware that sticking to the fair rail is more fruitful than coming down the centre, we may say this massive field.. read more >>

Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap

Friday 18th June 2021

The last race on day four is a real head-scratcher at a glance. 25 three-year-olds line up, spread across the track, all with progression in.. read more >>

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

Friday 18th June 2021

Another day at Ascot, another full field of handicappers many of which are potentially well in. All things considered regarding form, breeding and potential, these.. read more >>

Buckingham Palace Handicap

Thursday 17th June 2021

Without knowing how much rain may or may not hit overnight, we have another barrier in terms of assessing form. It’s important for this race.. read more >>

King George V Stakes

Thursday 17th June 2021

This mile-and-a-half, three-year-olds only race is a real baffler this year! The vast majority of the 19 runners have a genuine chance, there’s no doubting.. read more >>

Britannia Stakes

Thursday 17th June 2021

After the rough and tumble of the Royal Hunt Cup, it’s time for the three-year-old generation to strut their stuff over the same course and.. read more >>

Royal Hunt Cup

Wednesday 16th June 2021

The £120,000 Royal Hunt Cup over the straight mile at Ascot is one of the top betting races of the season. Here are our six.. read more >>

Kensington Palace Stakes

Wednesday 16th June 2021

This fillies’ mile on the round course may not be the highest quality race of the week, but it’s nothing if not competitive. That said,.. read more >>

Ascot Stakes

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Our first featured handicap of the week at Royal Ascot is this £65,000, two-and-a-half-mile marathon. A good mixture of flat and National Hunt stables are.. read more >>

Copper Horse Handicap

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Our top six for the 1m6f Copper Horse Stakes, the day one closer at Royal Ascot:  Main Contenders Arthurian Fable Not all of Brian Meehan’s.. read more >>

Epsom Dash

Saturday 5th June 2021

The Epsom Dash as we know it is a real rollercoaster ride. The fastest five furlongs in world racing means we’ll have a frenetic pace.. read more >>

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase

Saturday 9th January 2021

For the second year in a row, the historic Welsh Grand National will be staged behind closed doors. While that’s a great shame, it doesn’t.. read more >>

Silver Wokingham Handicap

Saturday 20th June 2020

A great addition this year is this consolation race for the Wokingham Stakes, with so many thoroughly capable sprint handicappers denied a run.  Here’s our.. read more >>

Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Given the requirement for extra races at this year’s royal meeting, it is fantastic to see a consolation race for the Royal Hunt Cup which.. read more >>