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

SkyBet Handicap Chase

Saturday 28th January 2023

A very good card at Doncaster on Saturday is highlighted by the valuable Sky Bet Handicap Chase. Just twelve runners from a possible 20 line.. read more >>

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase

Saturday 21st January 2023

Narrowing the field wasn’t actually too difficult this time around. That’s not handicapping arrogance by the way, as there are only six horses declared for.. read more >>

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 14th January 2023

As expected, we have a maximum field of 20 horses set to line up for the 2023 Lanzarote Hurdle, one of the best betting races.. read more >>

Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase

Sunday 1st January 2023

We have a maximum field of 17 for this race, one many still know as the Fairlawne. There are 17 fences to take around the.. read more >>

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase

Tuesday 27th December 2022

The usually fiercely competitive field has been assembled, runners and connections looking to emulate recent winners of this famous race including Elegant Escape, Potters Corner,.. read more >>

December Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 10th December 2022

The £130,000 December Gold Cup is one of the biggest and most important handicap chases this side of the Cheltenham Festival. Run over 2 miles,.. read more >>

Becher Handicap Chase

Saturday 3rd December 2022

The Becher has come around again, a race that seems to herald in jump racing’s Christmas season. This frightfully competitive three-and-a-quarter-mile chase is worth £150,000,.. read more >>

Coral Gold Cup

Saturday 26th November 2022

Our latest seemingly impossibly difficult handicap to decipher is the £250,000 Coral Gold Cup. This race was known as the Hennessy for many a year.. read more >>

Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 19th November 2022

The Stayers’ Hurdle often goes under the radar a little. Other handicaps are arguably bigger, while this one also takes place on the Betfair Chase.. read more >>

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

Sunday 13th November 2022

The £100,000 Greatwood Hurdle always promises to give us a massive challenge as so many trainers bring well handicapped horses to it, and boy this.. read more >>

Paddy Power Gold Cup

Saturday 12th November 2022

Another brilliant renewal of this special £160,000, 2½-mile premier handicap chase in which we have a near maximum field of 16 runners. Conceivably, any of.. read more >>

November Handicap

Saturday 5th November 2022

Despite having already got our teeth into the jumps season, there is still one more major betting handicap on the Flat to attempt to solve.. read more >>

Bateaux London Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 29th October 2022

It seems like just five minutes ago Ascot was crowning British champions on the Flat, but now it is about to get its jumps season.. read more >>

Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase

Saturday 22nd October 2022

The two-and-a-half-mile Old Roan Chase hasn’t attracted a large field this year, but it is still a very competitive handicap event. With only eight horses.. read more >>

Cesarewitch Handicap

Saturday 8th October 2022

You have to love the Cesarewitch. Planted right in the middle of Future Champions Weekend, this 2-miile, 2-furlong slog is so different to the rest.. read more >>

Ayr Gold Cup

Saturday 17th September 2022

Another Ayr Gold Cup, another fabulous betting race! The maximum 25 runners line up for this, not that that’s ever in doubt what with two.. read more >>

Portland Handicap

Sunday 11th September 2022

After Thursday evening’s dreadful news, racing was cancelled on Friday and Saturday. The show must go on though as they say, with the Queen’s favourite.. read more >>

Ebor Handicap

Saturday 20th August 2022

The Ebor Handicap is simply massive. With the three-year-olds having their own race, the preceding Melrose Handicap, only the four-year-olds and over can contest this.. read more >>

Stewards’ Cup

Saturday 30th July 2022

The Stewards’ Cup has thrown up yet more debate within horse racing this week. The race itself is the usual wonderful, competitive fayre. 28 runners.. read more >>

John Smith’s Cup

Saturday 9th July 2022

A huge £200,000 is up for grabs in the 63rd running of the immensely competitive John Smith’s Cup on the Knavesmire on Saturday. The best.. read more >>

Old Newton Cup

Saturday 2nd July 2022

The mile-and-a-half Old Newton Cup is a terrific, historic race which now serves as the perfect amuse-bouche to the fascinating Coral-Eclipse 20 minutes later. It’s.. read more >>

Northumberland Plate Handicap

Saturday 25th June 2022

The £150,000 Northumberland Plate is a race of no little historical significance. There are various stories brewing within. Rajinsky looks to go two better than.. read more >>

Golden Gates Handicap

Saturday 18th June 2022

The Golden Gates is our last big betting handicap of the week. The mile-and-a-quarter race is an ideal addition to the schedule here, giving horses.. read more >>

Wokingham Stakes

Saturday 18th June 2022

This is another frightfully competitive Wokingham Stakes, with any number of these horses providing their owners and trainers with confidence. Horses will have been laid.. read more >>

Sandringham Stakes

Friday 17th June 2022

The straight mile, fast ground and fully 29 unexposed fillies tearing up the track make this yet another very tough betting heat. They will all.. read more >>

Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap

Friday 17th June 2022

This is a basket case of a race! 28 three-year-olds, tightly-wound sprinters at that, will be fussing and fighting going in the stalls and many.. read more >>

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

Friday 17th June 2022

This mile-and-a-half handicap for the older horses should in theory be easier to solve than the one for three-year-olds, but it’s extremely competitive nonetheless. A.. read more >>

Buckingham Palace Handicap

Thursday 16th June 2022

Although some will see this seven-furlong race as pretty much a sprint, the pace will be furious and many will be feeling their exertions up.. read more >>

King George V Stakes

Thursday 16th June 2022

We have a maximum field of 19 on the round course for this 1½-mile handicap for the three-year-olds, and what a contest it looks likely.. read more >>

Britannia Stakes

Thursday 16th June 2022

Every year, this is one of the most difficult races to narrow down. Other 30-runner handicaps exist of course, but few feature an entire field.. read more >>

Royal Hunt Cup

Wednesday 15th June 2022

There’s a cool £175,000 up for grabs in the 30-runner Royal Hunt Cup, won of course last year by Real World who is now a.. read more >>

Kensington Palace Stakes

Wednesday 15th June 2022

We’re on the round mile for the closing race on day two, as the fillies and mares fight for another £100,000 prize pot. A maximum.. read more >>

Ascot Stakes

Tuesday 14th June 2022

The two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Stakes is responsible for £100,000 of the more than £2 million in prize money that is offered on day one of Royal.. read more >>

Copper Horse Handicap

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Our second big staying handicap is a 1¾-mile affair, again for £100,000. Though many of the maximum 16-runner field appear to have some sort of.. read more >>

Epsom Dash

Saturday 4th June 2022

Affectionately known as the ‘Epsom Dash’, this race is the fastest five-furlong sprint in the world. The runners go downhill from the start and for.. read more >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Great St Wilfrid Handicap

Sunday 15th August 2021

Ordinarily, there would be a greatly oversubscribed Great St Wilfrid and a consolation race therefore to precede it. This year however the consolation Silver Trophy.. 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 >>