Saturday Racing Tips

Every week we bring you tips of the weeks best horse racing. The tips run every Saturday – hence the name – and cover every race that’s televised on live TV in the UK. Normally there are six or seven races shown on ITV4, although this can vary slightly throughout the year. Tips are added each Friday afternoon.

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ITV Racing Tips for 23rd January 2021 (Ascot, Haydock & Taunton)

Storm Christoph has played havoc with people all around the country and horse racing has not escaped with several meetings having been abandoned. Haydock is the Saturday meeting under most danger of falling foul of the weather but there is hope that it will go ahead and play a part in what is shaping up to be a very good collection of races being shown live on ITV.

The combination of quality, prestige and variety of racing on Saturday combine for what should be an engrossing watch. There are some very good prices around so it could be a highly profitable day of racing as well. To help you take advantage, we’ve sifted through the eight live races and selected our best ITV Racing tips below.

1:15 Matchbook Betting Podcast Mares’ Hurdle

Grade 2, 2m7½f


Registered as The Warfield Hurdle, this long-distance hurdle should provide a fascinating start to the ITV Racing coverage. That’s even though only five runners have been confirmed. Magic Of Light, the winner of the last two renewals of this Grade 2, returns to try and complete the hat-trick which is exactly what she did last time out in a Listed chase last time out at Newbury. She wasn’t pushed particularly hard by either of her opponents that day though and the bookies have her as only the second favourite with Roksana a 4/5 shot.

Part of the reason why this race should be such an interesting watch is that the two main protagonists have completely different styles. Magic Of Light likes to get out in front and set the pace whereas Roksana is most comfortable when held up at the rear of the field where she and her jockey Harry Skelton can watch the race unfold before utilising her stamina to finish strongly. She executed those well-rehearsed tactics perfectly to land the Grade 2 bet365 Hurdle in her first run of the season before a highly credible third-place finish behind Paisley Park and Thyme Hill in the Long Walk Hurdle and she should secure another win at Ascot.

1:30 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle

Grade 2, 1m7½f

Nada To Prada

As the name suggests, this the Rossington Main Hurdle is a big trial race for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Only two of the last 14 winners of this race went on to win the opening contest at Cheltenham and it’s unlikely that trend will be improved this year. The main reason for that is that the going at Haydock will be very heavy given all the rain that’s fallen in the North West this week so punters need to be supporting a horse who can cope with the conditions rather than one who has the out and out class to win the Supreme.

Nada To Prada has certainly shown that she can cope with the Haydock mud. The second of her two wins this season came at the Merseyside track and she is well priced to follow up with another win at odds of 9/2. Concerns about the drop back down in trip are negated by just how difficult underfoot conditions will be and the progressive six year old is a real danger to the horses above her in the betting: Llandinabo Lad, Minella Drama and Faivoir.

1:50 Matchbook Better Way To Bet Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle

Grade 3, 2m3½f


The variety of the Saturday card at Ascot is a real treat for racing fans. The Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle is a very different type of race to the Grade 2 mares’ event that precedes it with almost all of the 12 horses in the field having a genuine chance of winning. The bookies make Danny Kirwan and Lightly Squeeze the two most likely winners but such is the competitiveness of this race that it could well be worth plumping for an each way option at something bigger than the 9/2 odds available on the top two in the market.

Arrivederci is perhaps the most appealing at the prices with 7/1 tempting enough for either an each way or straight win bet for those who fancy the six year old’s chances. Jonjo O’Neill’s horses are running well at the moment and Arrivederci performed better than his 11th place finish in a handicap hurdle run over four furlongs shorter last time out suggests. He will relish the step up in trip and won’t have any problems with the soft ground so 7/1 could prove to be a very generous price.

2:10 Weatherbys Portman Cup Chase

Class 2, 3m4½f

Yala Enki

Taunton is a fairly tight course which does not play to the strengths of every horse. Certainly, few of the seven horses in the field for the Portman Cup will be seen to best effect at Taunton which hands a serious advantage to last year’s winner, Yala Enki. Paul Nicholls’ 11 year old has already made three appearances this season with mixed results. Good finishes of second and third sandwich a fall at Aintree but connections are hopeful that his extra confidence at Taunton will make all the difference and that the bookies are right to make him the 5/6 favourite.

2:40 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase

Grade 2, 3m1½f

Lamanver Pippin

Although the weather has had a major impact on racing over the last few weeks, racing fans have been treated to some excellent meetings and some very eye-catching performances. Few horses will have been added to as many trackers since Christmas as Royale Pagaille who proved to be way ahead of the handicapper on his chasing debut in that sphere last time out at Kempton. Venetia Williams’ seven year old won in the style of a horse who can go on to win in Graded company and he gets the chance to do that in the Peter Marsh Handicap. The bookies certainly didn’t miss Royale Pagaille’s Kempton performance. Indeed, they predicted that win by making him favourite that day and he’s been cast in that role again at Haydock.

Given that Royale Pagaille has been raised an eye-watering 16 pounds, might his price of 2/1 be a little short? There are more attractively priced horses in the running including Lamanver Pippin who is available at a best price of 8/1. Few, if any horses in the field are as well-suited to a slog over 3m1½f around Haydock as Colin Tizzard's eight year old who can take advantage of an attractive mark to land at least a place.

3:00 bet365 Handicap Chase

Class 2, 2m5f

Windsor Avenue

The bet365 Handicap Chase provides punters with another very competitive contest to try and work out at Ascot. Few of the 14 runners are priced as though they have no hope of winning and previous renewals suggest that winners are just as likely from the middle of the betting market as the top. The Skeltons will be hoping that the undoubted class of Bennys King will see him through and the top-weighted horse is the bookies’ favourite. It’s just hard to get excited about the 9/2 generally available about the 10 year old’s chances.

Something similar can be said about the second and third rated horses respectively, Capeland (13/2) and Dashel Drasher (6/1). Windsor Avenue looks a better option at 15/2. He has form going right-handed for Brian Ellison, will be well suited to this slight drop down in trip and won’t have problems with the soft ground so 15/2 looks a very good price.

3:15 The New One Unibet Hurdle

Grade 2, 1m7½f

Buveur D’Air

The New One was a hugely popular racehorse in Haydock. That popularity came largely from his four straight wins in the Champion Hurdle Trial which was renamed in his honour in 2019. This year’s renewal will be particularly poignant after his death in October and it could also be particularly illuminating ahead of the Champion Hurdle as Buveur D’Air makes his return after over one year away from the track.

The quality of Buveur D’Air’s opposition is not matched by their number. Ballyandy and Navajo Pass will take some beating but they’re all that stand between Nicky Henderson’s 10 year old and a winning return. The best price you’ll get on the favourite is 1/2 but that’s probably fair as he bids to get his career back on track and prepare himself for another crack at the Champion Hurdle.

3:35 Matchbook Betting Exchange Clarence House Chase

Grade 1, 2m1f


Many punters have already opened their ante-post positions for the Cheltenham Festival. Those who have backed Politologue to make a successful defence of the Champion Chase - and there are many such punters - will be hopeful of another big run from Paul Nicholls’ 10 year old in the Clarence House Chase.

Politologue is the 11/8 favourite for this race, just as he was when winning the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month. At the time, Nicholls wasn’t entirely convinced as to whether the popular grey would be best served by having a crack at the Clarence House or going straight to Cheltenham. He’s come down on the side of giving him a challenging run against the likes of King George runner up Waiting Patiently and the supremely talented but frustrating Defi Du Seuil.

If the race goes to form, Politologue will win but it could turn into a real test for him. There are dangers even further down the betting with Fanion D’Estruval particularly appealing from an each way perspective at odds of 16/1 but we do have the right favourite for what should be another cracking race.

Saturday Racing Highlights

Horse Racing TrophiesThe hope for many of the owners in racing is that their horse is able to progress up the handicap ratings so they get a run in one of the big Saturday handicaps that take place all year round. Big field handicaps play an important role on the best Saturday meetings on the flat and over jumps as do prestigious Graded and Group level races.

Saturday usually brings the best racing of the week but not all Saturdays are equal. There are some real highlights in the horse racing calendar which we have detailed for you below. There is huge variety in terms of what we see, with the most famous NH contest in the world, Saturday at Royal Ascot and a number of Classics. Saturday racing highlights also include certain trials days, as well as standalone contests that may not have quite the same global appeal as, say, the Grand National, but are really big fixtures in the UK none the less.

Major Saturday Meetings

As you can see from this table, there is a great variety of races and meetings on Saturday for racing fans and punters to get their teeth stuck into. What’s more, with big meetings taking place every single month of the year, the wait for exciting racing should never be too hard to bear!

Race/Meeting Course Month
Festival Trials Day Cheltenham January
Clarence House Chase Ascot January
Ascot Chase Day Ascot February
Winter Derby Lingfield Feb/March
The Grand National Aintree April
Scottish Grand National Ayr April
Jumps Finale Sandown Park April
2,000 Guineas Newmarket May
Lockinge Stakes Newbury May
The Derby Epsom Downs June
Royal Ascot Ascot June
Northumberland Plate Newcastle June
Eclipse Stakes Sandown July
July Festival Newmarket July
King George Weekend Ascot July
Glorious Goodwood Goodwood August
Ebor Handicap York August
Sprint Cup Haydock Park September
Ayr Gold Cup Ayr September
Cambridgeshire Handicap Newmarket September
British Champions Day Ascot October
Vertem Futurity Trophy Doncaster October
The November Meeting Cheltenham November
Betfair Chase Haydock November
Fighting Fifth Hurdle Newcastle November
Ladbrokes Trophy Newbury November
Tingle Creek Chase Sandown Park December

Festival Trials Day, Cheltenham

The biggest and most prestigious NH festival in the world takes place Tuesday to Friday in March but Cheltenham Trials Day is a major stepping stone towards the big one. This really marks the countdown to the Festival and sees a cracking day of racing.

It is also a great day to keep your racing notebook handy. In 2019, for example, Frodon, Paisley Park and Siruh Du Lac all delivered the goods on Trials Day before doubling up on the third day of the Festival a couple of months later. The card is full of interesting contests but the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, the Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle, the Cleeve Hurdle and the feature, the Cotswold Chase, are the main highlights.

Clarence House Chase, Ascot

As well as its huge flat meeting later in the year, Ascot hosts some top notch NH racing at the start of the year and Clarence House Chase Day is certainly a brilliant Saturday of jumps horseracing. The feature is the 2m1f Grade 1 that lends its name to the day and is a great indication of who to look out for in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Seven horses have doubled up, including Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

Of course, the rest of the day’s card doesn’t quite live up to that, but the Mares’ Hurdle, a relatively recent addition and a Grade 2, and the Grade 3 Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle are the main supporting cast.

Ascot Chase Day, Ascot

The Ascot Chase is the last of three Grade 1 jumps contests held at the Berkshire course each year. Won by Kauto Star and twice by Cue Card, this is a really classy affair, with winners of this also often taking big prizes at Cheltenham the following month.

As well as the eponymous race, this Saturday, typically in mid-February, hosts a number of other really interesting races as well. The Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase, a Grade 2 run over three miles, is a key contest for those hoping to thrive in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. Also, look out for the Swinley Chase, a handicap that is always a great betting heat.

Winter Derby, Lingfield

The Winter Derby is one of the highlights of the year at Lingfield in Surrey. A Group 3, it is run on Lingfield’s all-weather surface and is one of the biggest winter contests for racing fans who like their action on the flat. Run over 1m2f, it was established in 1998 and is one of a very limited number of Group class races not to take place on turf.

Frankie Dettori has won the day’s feature race a record four times and he also has a win in the day’s other major race, the Hever Sprint Stakes. The Italian won that aboard No Time in 2004.

The Grand National, Aintree

The Grand National is the biggest race in all of British horseracing. It is the one race of the year that does more than any other to draw the attention of fans outside of racing to the sport. It is the feature race of the Grand National Festival at Aintree and comes on the final of the three days, always a Saturday.

It isn’t just about the big one though and other big races of the day include three Grade 1s – the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, the Maghull Novices’ Chase and the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle. It’s the marathon four mile two and a half furlong Grand National that draws the fans to the Merseyside track and sees millions tune from around the world though.

Scottish Grand National, Ayr

The Grand National at Aintree isn’t the only prestigious, long distance handicap of the year that takes place on a Saturday. The Scottish Grand National at Ayr follows its equivalent on Merseyside by just a few weeks. Several horses who ran at Aintree also contest the Scottish Grand National but the legendary Red Rum is the only horse to complete the double.

The Scottish Grand National features around 30 horses, all of which have to slog it around the 4 mile 1 furlong circuit (or as far as they can go before falling or being pulled up). It is always a fascinating watch and a race full of each way opportunities for punters.

Jumps Finale, Sandown Park

By the time April rolls around spring is very much in the air, which means racing fans are starting to turn their attention from jumps to the flat. The two-day Jumps Finale meeting at Sandown is a great way to celebrate the National Hunt season with some very big races taking place on Saturday including the Celebration Chase, the Gold Cup and the Select Hurdle.

Big name trainers like to send some of their top string to Sandown for one last hurrah before taking a break over the summer, but the Jumps Finale is also a chance for some improving sorts to lay down a marker for next season.

2,000 Guineas, Newmarket

The build-up to and early stages of the new Flat racing season always revolve around Newmarket in May for the first Classics of the season. The 2,000 Guineas is that first Classic, featuring a selection of the best three-year-old colts in training. Run over 1 mile, this historic race has been won by some of the best horses of all time since its inauguration all the way back in 1809.

The 2,000 Guineas always takes place on a Saturday in May and is followed by the fillies’ equivalent, the 1,000 Guineas, the next day. The day’s racing also includes the Palace House Stakes (a Group 3 sprint) and the Dahlia Fillies’ States (a Group 2 held over 1 mile 2 furlongs).

Lockinge Day, Newbury

The Lockinge is one of the major highlights at Newbury, a Group 1 of around a mile that includes the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Cape Cross and Frankel on the roll of honour. Held in mid-May, this is the clear highlight of the day and is the course’s only top level race on the calendar.

The Group 3 Aston Park Stakes is another one to watch out for on the day though, the one and a half mile race won back to back in 2018 and 2019 by Crystal Ocean. With a nice mix of other contests, including a couple of listed races, this is definitely a great Saturday to make a trip to Newbury.

The Derby, Epsom

The Derby is the second colts’ Classic of the season. Like the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby is open only to three-year-olds but is a markedly different race. For a start, the Derby takes place over 1½ miles so is a significantly tougher test of stamina. Then there are the severe undulations at Epsom that make life all the more challenging for the horses. Having the speed and early season fitness for the 2000 Guineas and then following that up with the stamina to win the Derby is the mark of an absolute star.

The Derby is arguably the most prestigious flat race in the entire world. It is certainly a contest that all owners, trainers and breeders want to have on their CV so it often sees international entries. Each of the jockeys competing in the Derby dream of winning it but they’re also enthused by some of the other races on the June card at Epsom including the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, the Diomed Stakes and the fillies’ Classic, the Oaks, which takes place the following day.

Royal Ascot, Ascot

There is no Flat racing meeting quite like Royal Ascot. It is Britain’s most valuable meeting by far, with over £7 million of prize money given out across its five days. The final day falls on Saturday and is massively popular with the racegoing public and those who prefer to watch on from the comfort of their own homes.

The organisers at Ascot like will often make changes to the schedule of the five days but they always ensure that there are several top class races to bring the curtain down on Saturday. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Coronation Stakes and Wokingham Handicap have all played key roles on the final day of Royal Ascot in recent years but whatever the exact lineup, it is always a cracker.

Northumberland Plate, Newcastle

When Newcastle Racecourse decided to rip up its flat turf course and replace it with an all-weather layout there were more than a handful of dissenting voices. It is fair to say the decision has proven to be a wise one though as Newcastle now hosts a string of excellent all-weather contests whilst important historical races such as the Northumberland Plate have been given a new lease of life.

The Northumberland Plate is one of the richest 2 mile handicaps in Flat racing. It is always a hugely entertaining race and the betting is incredibly competitive. That has remained the case with the race taking place on the new Tapeta surface, even if it wasn’t one of those races threatened by unsuitable ground, taking place as it does in either late June or early July.

Eclipse Stakes, Sandown Park

Sandown Park hosts some top class Flat and National Hunt racing. When it comes to the summer months there is no bigger race at Sandown than the Eclipse Stakes (also known as the Coral-Eclipse). Named after one of racing’s early superstars from the 18th century, the Eclipse is a prestigious Group 1 race that takes place over the exact distance of 1 mile 1 furlong and 209 yards. It always hosts a high class field and is supported by a good card including the Coral Charge, Coral Distaff and some valuable handicaps.

Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Sadler’s Wells and Sea The Stars are just some of the equine legends to have landed the Eclipse in its long history. With a handsome purse up for grabs a top class field is guaranteed so this really is an excellent Saturday of racing.

July Festival, Newmarket

The July Festival isn’t at the same level as Royal Ascot but it is still a very important fixture on the Flat racing calendar. It was originally a midweek fixture but has been moved later in the week so that it now ends on a Saturday. The highlight on Saturday for many is the July Cup, a Group 1 sprint which can often throw up a surprise result. Those who prefer the opportunities presented by big field handicaps are also well catered for, with the Bunbury Cup the standout in that regard.

King George Weekend, Ascot

Top level racing makes a quick return to Ascot after the Royal meeting with King George Weekend which is held every July. As the name suggests, the headline of the meeting is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Run over a mile and a half, the Group 1 race is up there with the very best middle distance contests for older horses in Europe, on a par with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.

The calibre of horses competing in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is always of the highest level. Every winner of this race is one of the best horses around but there is a special place for horses like Enable and Galileo who were able to serve it up to their elders in the July of their three-year-old campaign.

Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood

Like Royal Ascot and the Newmarket July Festival, Glorious Goodwoood is one of the jewels in the crown of the Flat racing season. Set in the picturesque course in the Sussex Downs, Glorious Goodwood is a huge draw for racing fans and includes more than enough high class racing to keep punters busy throughout the five days of superb action which culminate on a Saturday.

The pick of the races on Glorious Goodwood’s Saturday is the Stewards’ Cup, a sprint handicap in which a large field of over 20 horses compete in a mad dash for the line over 6 furlongs. A true cavalry charge, not only is the Stewards’ Cup one of the racing spectacles of the year, it’s also one of the most active betting markets.

Ebor Handicap, York

For many racing fans, the Ebor Festival at York is better than any of the prestigious meetings taking place at Ascot, Goodwood or Newmarket. York Racecourse has a passionate group of fans who always make the trip to the Saturday of the Ebor Festival which includes its feature race, the Ebor Handicap.

For some trainers and owners, the entire season is targeted around the Ebor Handicap. There are few staying handicaps with as much prestige or as big a prize fund as this 1 mile 5 furlong 188 yard contest. With its scheduling in mid-August, the weather even sometimes plays ball, making for a truly brilliant Saturday of racing in North Yorkshire.

Sprint Cup, Haydock

Jumps racing fans know Haydock as a haven for mudlarks. The ground at Haydock quickly becomes incredibly demanding if the rain falls. That doesn’t only happen in the winter months though as the going can often be testing for the Sprint Cup which takes place at Haydock in September. For that reason, this Group 1 sprint can often be won by an outsider, even though top class sprinters regularly head to Haydock for a race that awards the best part of £150,000 to the winner.

Ayr Gold Cup, Ayr

The Ayr Gold Cup is another huge prize in the Flat racing season. It’s an incredibly competitive six furlong handicap which attracts a big field to Scotland for one of Ayr’s most important Saturdays. Competition for a place is such that only horses with a high handicap rating get in which ensures that there are several horses with a realistic chance of winning once the race gets underway.

As if it wasn’t already a tough enough puzzle for punters to piece together, there are always hard luck stories in running in this frantic race. It really is a contest that often demands bravery on behalf of the winning jockey to take advantage of a space as soon as it opens up, so experience and skill in the saddle are a must.

Cambridgeshire Handicap, Newmarket

By the time the Cambridgeshire Handicap comes around in late September the vast majority of the Flat racing season is behind us and thoughts are beginning to turn to the jumps. Oftentimes that means more inclement weather and softer ground, so horses who haven’t had much success over the summer months can often roar back to form. That is, of course, providing that they’ve done well enough to maintain an official rating high enough to get into this 1m1f race which takes place on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

British Champions Day, Ascot

The anticipation and excitement about certain horses at the start of the Flat racing season doesn’t always translate into success during it. Some horses simply fail to fire as expected whilst others improve seemingly out of nowhere to win massive races. So it is that the stars of British Champions Day at Ascot always include horses who had rather modest ambitions in the spring.

British Champions Day was introduced in 2011 as a way to celebrate the success of the season and create another top class card. There are four Group 1 races during the day – the British Champions Sprint Stakes, British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes – and a Group 2, the British Champions Long Distance Cup; as well as the Balmoral Handicap to round the meeting off.

Vertem Futurity Trophy, Doncaster

The Vertem Futurity Trophy is the final Group 1 of the Flat racing season. Many racing fans may still call it the Racing Post Trophy, so long was it known by that moniker. Whatever you call it, it is a race for top class two-year-olds to show what they are capable of over 1 mile and has produced a number of top class winners over the years. No fewer than five winners of the Vertem Futurity Trophy have gone on to win the Derby, whilst 2019 winner, Kameko, followed up with victory in the 2,000 Guineas as well.

Kameko’s win also created history as it was the first Group 1 to be held on an all-weather track in Britain after the race was switched to Newcastle after the course at the usual host, Doncaster, was waterlogged. Abandonment of the final day of the Autumn Afternoon Meeting at Doncaster is rare but soft ground certainly is not at this time of year.

The November Meeting, Cheltenham

The November Meeting (formerly known as the Open Meeting) at Cheltenham is the first major meeting of the British jumps season. In many ways this is the start of the winter season of racing and in others it’s a precursor for the Cheltenham Festival.

There are some key differences between this and the Festival in March though. For one, the November Meeting takes place over the weekend from Friday to Sunday. Saturday’s card features many of the highlights of the November Meeting including the BetVictor Gold Cup, a 2½ mile, Grade 3 steeplechase.

Betfair Chase, Haydock

The Betfair Chase is the highlight of the racing calendar at Haydock and this November slog is the course’s only Grade 1. It has been won four times by Kauto Star, with Cue Card successful thrice. Run over more than three miles, it is the first Grade 1 of the NH season and has at times been part of a £1m scheme for any horse that could land it as well as enjoy success in other races.

The Betfair Million has changed format over the years and is now known as the Stayers’ Chase Triple Crown. This contest is the first leg, with success in the King George VI and Cheltenham Golden Cup needed for connections to scoop the million. Aside from this potentially lucrative chase, the Saturday’s racing action also includes the Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle, a Grade 3.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle, Newcastle

It isn’t just chasing that has its Triple Crown and the hurdling equivalent kicks off with the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle at the end of November or start of December. Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham complete the £1m set, the brilliant Buveur d’Air claiming the bonus in 2017/18 as part of a streak of five consecutive Triple Crown titles.

As well as the eponymous Grade 1, Newcastle’s biggest Saturday of racing also typically hosts six other races, with an early start before midday. There is a nice mix of hurdles and chase action, with novices, maidens and juvenile contests all taking place.

Ladbrokes Trophy, Newbury

The Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury is the feature race of the course’s Winter Festival. The event organisers at Newbury do a very good job of putting on an excellent day of festivities for the large numbers of fans who pour through the gates whilst the racing itself is well worth getting excited about.

At 3 mile 2 furlongs, the Ladbrokes Trophy is a proper test of stamina. The Grade 3 race has been won by some top class chasers over the years as they are tested out against other quality competitors. Punters and racing fans always have a keen eye on Newbury for the next Denman, Native River or Many Clouds.

Tingle Creek Chase, Sandown Park

December is a massive month for jumps racing thanks largely to a packed Christmas schedule. Before the King George VI Chase at Kempton it’s all eyes on Sandown Park for the Tingle Creek Chase.

This contest is run over the minimum distance for a steeplechase of 2 miles and is therefore often used by some of the leading hopes for the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Several horses have won both races including Altior and Sprinter Sacre but it has also been won by future Cheltenham Gold Cup horses, including the legendary Desert Orchid and Kauto Star.