Here at Against the Crowd we have plenty of big races and betting propositions to look forward to in the weeks ahead….
On Saturday 25th February, there’s a bit of all-weather action to look forward to – in the form of the Winter Derby Stakes at Lingfield.
We’ll also be shooting at the prices in the big jumps handicap of the day – the G3 Betbright Handicap Chase at Kempton Park.
And there’s also the stamina-sapping Eider Chaser to take in up at Newcastle.
On Saturday March 4th, Newbury hosts the Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase and the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase features on a card up at Doncaster.
On Saturday 11th March, it’s Imperial Cup Day at Sandown Park. And the traditional bonus is back in place. Matchbook are putting up £50,000 if the winner goes on to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival.
£30,000 of the bonus goes to the winning owner, £10,000 to the trainer and £5,000 for the yard and for the jockey (split in half if two jockeys are involved).
Three horses have won the bonus in the past – all running out of the Pipe yard. Gaspara was the last in 2007. Can the Pond House team do it again this year?
Then all eyes will start turning towards the Cheltenham Festival. The biggest meeting in jumps racing will be on top of us before you know it….
The Champion Hurdle is the highlight on Day 1 – Tuesday 14th March.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase headlines on Day 2 – Wednesday 15th March.
The Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase share top billing on Day 3 – Thursday 16th March.
The Gold Cup takes centre stage on Day 4 – Friday 17th March.
Saturday April 1st brings with it the first big targets of the new flat season. There’s still a long way to go before the form settles down and we get fully-focused on the flat. But the Spring Mile and the Lincoln are two big handicaps we can get our teeth stuck into early-doors.
Aintree’s 3-day spring Festival gets underway on Thursday 6th April. The Grand National is the headline act and will be run this year on Saturday 8th April.
This is not a comprehensive list of races we’ll be targeting in the weeks ahead. We’ll know more as we get closer to the dates concerned – so be sure to check back in from time to time for updates.
Nor does this list of races represent a list of definite betting targets. We only bet when we identify good betting options at value prices. If we don’t like the way the race cuts up or we don’t like the shape of the market, we don’t offer selections just for the sake of it.
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