At first glance, this weekend represents somewhat of a lull for horse racing fans. In total, there are 11 races set to take place across the length and breadth of the country, including four flat meetings and seven races that will take place over the hurdles.
Still, there’s plenty to keep punters entertained over the next three days, so here’s our pick of the must-watch action…
Newmarket, Friday 2nd November
We start with a seven-race flat meeting on Friday, which will take place at the iconic venue of Newmarket.
The pick of these races is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bosra Sham Fillies’ Stakes, which is a prestigious Class I outing that will see nine runners compete for a first prize of £17,013.
This is likely to be a keenly contested race, with one of the initial front-runners being the two-year old horse Angelic Light. Expertly trained by Michael O’Callaghan’s stable, this Irish raider has flourished since her maiden win at Curragh in August, and certainly has the pedigree to win here.
David Simcock’s two-year old filly Furious is also one to watch at Newmarket. While she’s still relatively green, she performed well in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood earlier this year.
She also won at Chelmsford last time out, making this horse a talented wildcard that definitely represents a decent each-way bet.
Wetherby, Saturday 3rd November
Next up is a jump meeting at Wetherby, which includes seven individual runs and a three exciting Class 1 races.
The clear standout here is the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, which is a Grade 2, Class 1 race that will see 11 runners compete for a prize fund in excess of £90,000.
One runner that will definitely enter the race in good form is the nine-year old horse Virgilio, who has been superbly trained by Dan Skelton’s stable. He’s won impressively in his steeplechase outings at Aintree and Uttoxeter respectively, romping home in a competitive field of 18 last time out.
He’ll definitely start as one of the initial favourites here, although he’s unlikely to have it all his own way in challenging autumn conditions.
Paul Nicholls seven-year old horse Black Corton is also a contender here, despite a recent stutter that has seen him place fifth and fourth in his last two outings. Prior to these, he’d won three of his previous four outings and placed second in the other. He’s certainly expected to provide a solid each-way bet here.
Carlisle , Sunday 4th November
We close the weekend with another jump meeting, that will host seven hurdle races on what’s likely to be a chilly afternoon in the north of England.
The most exciting race by far is the Class 1 Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, which will take place over two miles and four furlongs.
There are 14 runners listed to compete, each competing for an impressive first prize of £17,085.
We initially like the look of Mick Channon’s Mister Whittaker here, with this six-year old horse on an impressive streak. He has won three of his last four runs over the hurdles and is also known to perform well in soft, autumnal conditions.
Kerry Lee’s Happy Diva is another early favourite, and one who has performed consistently well for a sustained period of time. In fact, he hasn’t placed outside of the top two in any of his last six outings, winning three and constantly challenging for first place in the others.
Given his form and pedigree, he definitely offers excellent value as an each-way bet and should cope well with the field here.
However, Colin Tizzard’s Elegant Escape cannot be discounted despite finishing third in each of his last two hurdle outings. He won two of his previous four races, looking particularly impressive when vanquishing the field at Exeter back in February.