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

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 >>

London Gold Cup

Saturday 15th May 2021

We have a field of just 11 this year for the London Gold Cup on Lockinge Day, a competitive three-year-old handicap over the mile-and-a-quarter trip... read more >>

Chester Cup

Friday 7th May 2021

Naturally we have a full field of 17 for this high-profile £125,000 handicap. The 2-mile, 2½-furlong trip should take some getting given the way the.. read more >>

bet365 Gold Cup

Saturday 24th April 2021

£64,000 is up for grabs to the winner of this 3 mile, 5 furlong chase race on Jump Finale day which even puts some of.. read more >>

Scottish Grand National

Sunday 18th April 2021

We have a delayed Scottish Grand National owing to the royal funeral, but it should be worth the wait. These are our shortlisted six for.. read more >>

Grand National Handicap Chase

Saturday 10th April 2021

Before we get into our own 2021 Grand National shortlist, we should mention Cloth Cap. At 4/1 (and shorter) he is incredibly skinny in the.. read more >>

Topham Handicap Chase

Friday 9th April 2021

We’re over the Grand National fences for the Topham, a race that despite being run over 2m5f so often throws up future National contenders so.. read more >>

Red Rum Handicap Chase

Thursday 8th April 2021

We have a cracking race in prospect here on day one of the Grand National Festival. The Red Rum Chase is a two-mile handicap worth.. read more >>

Lincoln Handicap

Saturday 27th March 2021

The flat is back in great style as always, the Lincoln Handicap being the first major betting race of the season and one half of.. read more >>

Midlands Grand National

Saturday 20th March 2021

Hot on the heels of the Cheltenham Festival comes this much-anticipated staying race, the Midlands Grand National. With a full field which has 24 fences.. read more >>

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Friday 19th March 2021

Everyone connected with this meeting from breeders to owners, trainers to jockeys and of course us punters, are looking for that one last betting opportunity.. read more >>

County Handicap Hurdle

Friday 19th March 2021

One of the classic big betting races of the season, the County Hurdle is the culmination of many a trainer’s cunning plan to keep their.. read more >>

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Thursday 18th March 2021

This will be a very tough handicap event. 3¼ miles await the 23 runners in conditions that will prove tough enough, with prices for this.. read more >>

Stable Plate Handicap Chase

Thursday 18th March 2021

At two miles, four-and-a-half furlongs and with an extra 57 yards now added, we should take note that this race may take more getting than.. read more >>

Pertemps Final

Thursday 18th March 2021

The money may not be massive this time around for the Pertemps Final, but yet again the race is mightily competitive. A full field will.. read more >>

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Punters have a real dilemma in this year’s Grand Annual. It’ll be a fast-paced two-mile chase on the speed-favouring Old Course, and many of the.. read more >>

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Our shortlist for this popular betting heat include a very nicely priced contender: Main Contenders Dysart Diamond Trainer Willie Mullins has a couple of better-fancied.. read more >>

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Otherwise known lovingly as the Fred Winter, this juvenile handicap hurdle is as competitive as ever and owing to the lack of experience within the.. read more >>

Ultima Handicap Chase

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Our first big Cheltenham Festival betting handicap race is the Ultima, staged over 3 miles, 1 furlong of the Old Course. Our final shortlist of.. read more >>

Eider Handicap Chase

Saturday 27th February 2021

With £43,000 to the winner, the Eider remains a popular handicap chase. At four miles, one-and-a-half furlongs around Newcastle however it’s going to take some.. read more >>

Betfair Hurdle

Sunday 21st February 2021

This has been one hell of a race to narrow down! The Betfair Hurdle, in all fairness, is one of the most competitive races and.. read more >>

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase

Saturday 20th February 2021

We are just seven weeks out from the Grand National now, and this is very much a key prep race. Here’s our top six for.. read more >>

SkyBet Handicap Chase

Saturday 30th January 2021

In truth, there’s not as much soft and heavy ground form to go on as we’d like within the profiles of these 13 runners, given.. read more >>

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase

Saturday 23rd January 2021

Our top six for a fascinating renewal of the Peter Marsh:  Main Contenders Acey Milan Anthony Honeyball’s seven-year-old is a hard one to judge. We.. read more >>

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 9th January 2021

At £28,000 this isn’t the most valuable Lanzarote Hurdle we’ve ever seen, though with a maximum 20-runner field, soft ground a trip alien to many.. read more >>

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase

Saturday 9th January 2021

Even in the midst of all the madness, we perhaps didn’t envisage the 2020 Welsh Grand National being run in 2021! After the initial race.. read more >>

Silver Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 19th December 2020

This is a huge three-mile handicap chase, these being the six we think are best suited to the job:  Main Contenders Ardlethen A most interesting.. read more >>

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 12th December 2020

Known to many as the December Gold Cup, the Caspian Caviar is once again a frightfully competitive event this year and especially now that Master.. read more >>

Becher Handicap Chase

Saturday 5th December 2020

Despite being a hugely competitive Grade 3 handicap chase in its own right, we all know why the Becher Chase is so important. This race.. read more >>

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase

Saturday 28th November 2020

We have a tough task here; an 18-runner field for a 3¼-mile handicap chase worth £200,000, but we have managed to whittle them down to.. read more >>

Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 21st November 2020

Despite its flat topography, Haydock Park really does take some getting when the rain gets into it and so this three-mile handicap is going to.. read more >>

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

Sunday 15th November 2020

This race, understandably so, is often considered to be an early Champion Hurdle trial but given how far down the weights our ultimate selection is.. read more >>

Paddy Power Gold Cup

Saturday 14th November 2020

Having regained the sponsorship of the event, Paddy Power gives this race somewhat of a familiar look and the competitive 2½-mile event is as high.. read more >>

November Handicap

Saturday 7th November 2020

The traditional season closer on the flat, the November Handicap is as competitive as ever even in what has been a very unusual year. Prize.. read more >>

Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Saturday 31st October 2020

On Saturday Ascot hosts one of the first big betting handicap races of the National Hunt season, the three-mile Sodexho Gold Cup. This is a.. read more >>

Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase

Sunday 25th October 2020

We haven’t suffered from a typo here – look out for the non-standard race times this Sunday at Aintree with the Old Roan due off.. read more >>

Cesarewitch Handicap

Saturday 10th October 2020

As usual and despite the massive drop in prize money this year, the Cesarewitch remains a massively competitive race. A maximum field of 34 runners.. read more >>

Cambridgeshire Handicap

Saturday 26th September 2020

At £74k to the winner this race is understandably not as valuable as usual this year, however it is still a big purse and the.. read more >>

Ayr Gold Cup

Saturday 19th September 2020

It’s Ayr Gold Cup time once again, and while the atmosphere is missing this year the race itself remains wildly popular with its Silver and.. read more >>

Portland Handicap

Saturday 12th September 2020

This is an incredibly tight event by our reckoning, just as it should be of course, with no apparent handicap blot lurking in the field.. read more >>

Ebor Handicap

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Even with prize money down this year, much more than in other territories such as France which is a discussion for another day, this field.. read more >>

Great St Wilfrid Handicap

Sunday 16th August 2020

While not as valuable as normal and run on a Sunday rather than on its traditional Saturday slot, the Great St Wilfrid remains one of.. read more >>

Stewards’ Cup

Saturday 1st August 2020

A cracking renewal as always, even if the prize money cannot be what it once was. The fact that we have a full field of.. read more >>

John Smith’s Cup

Saturday 18th July 2020

The race with the oldest commercial sponsorship in Britain, the John Smith’s Cup is a top-quality mile-and-a-quarter handicap event and with a maximum field of.. read more >>

Old Newton Cup

Sunday 5th July 2020

While prize money is understandably down this is still a valuable race with over £37,000 going to the winner.  No surprise then that the field.. read more >>

Northumberland Plate Handicap

Saturday 27th June 2020

Newcastle has been at the heart of racing’s restart this season and having staged rearranged runnings of the Pavilion Stakes and the Sagaro, now gets.. read more >>

Wokingham Stakes

Saturday 20th June 2020

It’s a big shame that Sir Michael Stoute’s Mubakker isn’t running here as he is definitely a horse on the up, however we still have.. 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 >>

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

Friday 19th June 2020

This ever-popular mile-and-a-half handicap features a mixture of those proven at the trip and those who for one reason or another will need to get.. read more >>

Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap

Friday 19th June 2020

A new race for the royal meeting, this handicap is over the five-furlong trip and is for three-year-olds only meaning there are plenty of unexposed.. read more >>

Sandringham Stakes

Thursday 18th June 2020

After the hullaballoo of the Britannia Stakes comes the fillies’ equivalent, a fast one-mile handicap full of unexposed three-year-olds. Usually that would mean horses into.. read more >>

Britannia Stakes

Thursday 18th June 2020

Some of the star milers of the future could be lining up in what looks a good Britannia Handicap, stars such as Gosden, Hamdan Al.. read more >>

Golden Gates Handicap

Thursday 18th June 2020

This is a smashing addition to the Royal Ascot line-up, one that allows the three-year-olds a chance of success over a mile-and-a-quarter. All too often.. read more >>

Copper Horse Handicap

Wednesday 17th June 2020

The last race on day two is a new event; a hugely competitive handicap over a mile and three-quarters. There are several in the line-up.. read more >>

Royal Hunt Cup

Wednesday 17th June 2020

The first major one-mile handicap of the season is upon us and, despite the downgraded prize money, the lack of a crowd and the addition.. read more >>

King George V Stakes

Wednesday 17th June 2020

There are plenty in with chances here, as you’d expect in a handicap race full of improving, inexperienced types who all appear to be ahead.. 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 >>

Ascot Stakes

Tuesday 16th June 2020

The short-priced favourite here is likely to be Nicky Henderson’s Verdana Blue, but even with the assistance of Ryan Moore her handicap mark looks tough.. read more >>

Buckingham Palace Handicap

Tuesday 16th June 2020

There’s a new running order and some extra races for the behind-closed-doors Royal Ascot 2020, including this race which was last seen in 2015 and.. read more >>