Where to Watch Racing This Weekend
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While the Grand National may still be fresh in the mind, the horse racing season continues at pace this weekend.
In fact, there are a number of flat and jump meetings scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with venues nationwide packed in anticipation of some spellbinding entertainment.
With this in mind, the most difficult challenge can be determining where to watch racing, and identifying the meetings that hold the most promise. Here are some suggestions from the BetHut team…
Newbury, on Saturday 22nd April
On Saturday afternoon, the flat racing season gathers further momentum with a stellar meeting at Newbury.
The highlight of this event is the 15:40 Be Wise Insurance Spring Cup Handicap, which is a Class 2 race ran over the course of a mile. A total of 21 runners are scheduled to compete for an impressive winners’ purse of £31,125 in this race, so it should be as keenly-contested as it is hotly-anticipated.
The early favourite is the Richard Hannon-trained George William, which has the distinction of winning its last two flat outings at Chelmsford City and Nottingham respectively. The last win also came as recently as 12th April, as the filly romped home over the one mile course with something to spare.
A repeat could well be on the cards here, particularly with the talented jockey P J Dobbs taking the reign in Newbury.
Nottingham, on Saturday 22nd April
While Nottingham may not be home to the most prestigious or iconic venue, it has hosted some of the most spectacular evening races in recent history. Make no mistake; evening races create a truly unique atmosphere, and one that really energises the crowd and brings the sport of kings to life.
Saturday’s evening meeting in the East Midlands should be no exception to this rule, with a number of entertaining class four, five and six races scheduled.
The pick of these is undoubtedly the 19:30 1st Security Handicap, which is a class four race that is ran across one mile and 75 yards. There are 14 listed runners and a winners’ cheque in excess of £5,000 on offer, while the total prize fund comes in at a little under £8,000.
With the going expected to be good on the turf, the M W Easterby trained-Roller is the early favourite among the horse racing odds. This talented horse has won two of his last two outings on the flat, emerging victorious at Redcar in his last race earlier this week. He also won at Newcastle over a similar length last December, so he will start as the rightful favourite in a competitive field.
Wetherby, on Sunday 23rd April
Sunday sees the return of the jump season, with a stellar meeting scheduled in the picturesque Wetherby. There are a number of talented fillies in action across several races here, although one or two listings stand out ahead of the others.
Take the wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap Chase, for example, which is a class three turf race that has a total of 11 runners listed so far. The first prize on offer here is an impressive £6,498, while the runner-up can bank a cheque in the region of £1,908 at the end of the race.
While the form of the listed runners does not offer too much insight to punters, Upswing would appear to be a potential front-runner in the eyes of bookmakers. The filly is certainly entering the race in top form, having enjoyed a stellar April and won his last two outings at Ffos Las on 9th and Cheltenham on the 20th of the month.
He also placed third in respective races in February and March, so there is no doubt that he his pedigree and momentum makes him a clear front-runner here. Trained by the excellent Jonjo O’Neill, he is sure to be the subject of numerous bets prior to the race.
So there you have it; three stellar flat and jump race meetings to look forward to this week. Wherever you go, however, be sure to study the form and the odds when picking your potential winner, while always taking the time to enjoy the sport for the spectacle that it provides!