A Guide To The Weekend’s Racing 16/04/2015

Fancy watching some live racing this weekend? Make sure you don’t miss a trick with our guide to the best up-coming meetings of the next three days.


There’s a massive seven meetings arranged for tomorrow with five being held in England and Scotland and another two in Ireland. Over in Ireland, there are eight races on the polytrack in an evening meeting at Dundalk, this being complemented with a series of hurdles and chases at Tipperary. This afternoon card runs from 15:00.

As Tipperary is just kicking off, Ayr will be hosting its feature race on the first day of the Scottish Grand National Festival (15:05). Top weight Hollow Penny looks to be well supported in this listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase.

There’s another card of hurdles and chases at Fontwell Park with the going expected to be good whilst Southwell are offering more of the same in similar conditions. Southwell’s card runs from 16:55 to 19:55.

On the flat, whilst there will be a better standard of racing overall at Newbury, it is Bath that has the jewel in Friday’s crown with a listed race at 18:10 on their evening card. A 5f fillies stakes, the betting is headed by Mick Appleby’s Demora.


It would not being over-stating it to say that there will be something for everybody in terms of racing on Saturday. Whilst all of Nottingham, Thirsk and Wolverhampton (all-weather) will all be hosting flat events, all eyes will be on Newbury‘s flat card with no fewer than three Group Threes.

St Leger runner-up Romsdal leads the way in the John Porter Stakes at 13:45 whilst Richard Hannon’s Tiggy Wiggy will be on show in the Fred Darling Stakes at 14:15. Another of Hannon’s horses, Group One runner-up Ivawood, looks to go off the short priced favourite in the final of these Group Threes at 14:50.

There’s another flat card over in Ireland at Navan.

For fans of jumps racing there’s a packed card at Bangor-on-Dee, though the feature race of the day is the Grade Three Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Gallant Oscar is the early favourite for success for Tony Martin though this horse doesn’t seem to be too fond of favouritism and you can see how our Ante Post tips get on in comparison!

Also at Ayr on Saturday are the Grade Two Future Champion Novices’ Chase (14:00) and the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle (14:35).

Selected races from both Ayr and Newbury cards will be shown live on Channel 4.


Sunday’s racing in England is expected to be of a pretty low quality with the highlight of both Stratford and Wincanton racecards being class three chases. The former’s sets off at 15:00 and could feature Rebecca Curtis’ One Term who is looking to appear after failing to complete in any of his four seasonal races at higher levels. Wincanton’s Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase (15:10) is expected to include former course and distance winners Gentleman John and Miss Tenacious.

The real treats of the day are over in Ireland at the Curragh on the flat. There’s the Group Three Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at 15:50, this preceding the listed Alleged Stakes at 16:20. Last year’s champion Sruthan is expected to defend his crown in the Group Three alongside the likes of Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Due Dilligence.

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