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

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>