Wednesday The highlight on the card, certainly for Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls was the running of the three-mile listed British EBF William Hill Gold Castle “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Nicholls saddled the winner Threeunderthrufive the 15/8 second favourite who won with some ease under Adrian Heskin despite making a rick at the last. In doing so Nicholls set his personal best tally of winners for a season hitting 172 after equalling his previous best at Kempton on Monday.
Newmarket’s first meeting of the year is one that has thrown up clues for the forthcoming season since it was held in 1771 didn’t disappoint this year. The three days bristled with action though sadly no general public. The feature race of the opening Tuesday, the bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed) has thrown up a couple of Derby winners in recent years. This renewal belonged to trainer Charlie Appleby who saddled the first two home. Highland Avenue beat Secret Protector a length and a quarter under James Doyle. The winner is a best-priced 16/1 chance for the 2000 Guineas.
There were tremendous scenes after the Grand National this year, though most of us had to witness them from home. Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to victory thus becoming the first lady rider to win the historic race. Asked how it felt, she told ITV Racing, ‘I don’t feel male or female right now – I don’t even feel human, this is just unbelievable!’ It wasn’t that unbelievable though given her incredible record at Cheltenham this year and the faith put in her abilities by winning trainer Henry de Bromhead and owner J P McManus. Her mount was returned a respected 11/1 by the bookies for good reason, she’s a better rider than the majority of men.
There are many things to consider when placing a bet on horse racing but undoubtedly the most important thing is the ‘going’ description. The going is the description of the state of the course’s ground. This is measured by the clerk of the course where the racing will take place, who provides a daily update weeks before every single race meeting.
The Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 10th April at 5:15pm comes at the end of the annual Randox Grand National Festival and is the biggest race in the whole of the racing world. This is a grueling four mile, two-and-a-half-furlong handicap, with a maximum field of forty runners competing over 30 fences. The unique course has a rich history dating back hundreds of years, with the first Grand National taking place in 1858.
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival started under somewhat of a cloud with the week before dominated in the press by Gordon Elliott’s catastrophic error of judgement, but thankfully racing was able to put that aside and celebrate an outstanding four days of racing at Cheltenham. Here are our pick of the highlights exclusively for Beth.bet subscribers …
This week we are going to take a look at 10 National Hunt jockeys who are very much worth keeping in your sights when assessing the Cheltenham Festival and beyond. They are all riding at the very top of their profession, have a terrific strike rate and astute punters will be looking to keep them on side when considering a wager.
The Cheltenham Festival is made up of 28 races, with four days of extraordinary world class racing and is the very pinnacle of the National Hunt calendar. Despite the obvious changes to this year’s proceedings due to the global pandemic, it looks set to be a cracking week’s racing in the heart of the British countryside. The two left-handed courses …
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