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23 Apr: Weekend Review

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The Flat returned with a bit of a bang and a bit of a wimper on rain-softened ground at Doncaster, but there was no doubting the performance of the weekend: William Haggas made it a record 4 wins in the Lincol courtesy of ADDEYYB. He routed his opponents to make a mockery of the handicap and must surely now be aimed at Group races. One to watch all Summer, for sure.

The opening race of the Flat season went to dual-purpose expert, Mick Channon. The money came hard, fast and late for his Brocklesby winner, IZZER. Izzer will now be campaigned for more lucrative 2 year old pots, but in-the-know punters are already quids-in thanks to the landing of a good old-fashioned gamble!

On Sunday at Ascot it was family day, but an old stager stole the spoils as RATHLIN ROSE grabbed the Veterans Handicap Chase under a driving ride from Tom Scudamore. There is everything to like about these veteran chases which showcase the very best of National Hunt racing longevity and jump racing fans were cheered as they prepare themselves for a period of change to allow their Flat counterparts to assume centre stage.

Over in Ireland they were on the go again at Naas which showed off its handsome new grandstand facility, but it was ON THE GO AGAIN who captured the Irish Lincolnshire to reward favourite backers at a tasty 6/1.

That man Dermot Weld was back in the winners enclosure thanks to MAKING LIGHT making light work of his rivals in the Group 3 Park Express. Surely he’ll be campaigned in even more elevated company before the Spring is out?

Finally it was all about a certain Gordon Elliot in the Ulster National as POORMANS HILL benefited from Out Sam’s misfortune at being carried out by a loose horse. Elliot trains both horses and if Cheltenham didn’t remind us of his awesome firepower, yesterday most certainly did.

23 Apr: Good Friday

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For many years there was no racing on Good Friday, but we now have a super card at Lingfield for the public holiday crowd: The apprentices take centre stage at 1.30 and MASTER SPEAKER can shout loudest for Adrian McGuinness as he seeks to land the hat-trick.

The Marathon at 2.00 can go to WATERSMEET who has done everything right of late and looks to be the pick of the Mark Johnston pair with Joe Fanning in the saddle.

The fillies and mares race at 2.30 gives the in-form William Haggas another chance to land a big prize with DIAGNOSTIC who hasn’t been quite at her best in two recent runs but retains a lot of ability.

The best race of the day is over a mile at 4.10 and the wonderful tale of GORING can add another chapter to the story for Eve Johnson Houghton.

Saturday’s Kempton card sees the racecourse appearance of highly touted PIVOTAL MAN who has been the subject of some inspired reports from those close to Roger Varian’s camp. He is expected to go well in the 2.00 whilst a short while later at 2.35 the Magnolia Stakes can go to ROBIN OF NAVAN who was all set for Classic tilts a couple of years ago and has the benefit of Jamie Spencer in the saddle as he attempts to return to winning ways which could be possible here.

In the evening card at Chelmsford, the nap is I’M WAITING who may need to be ridden patiently before swooping late under Fran Berry in the 7.15 sprint handicap.

Ffos Las, Southwell and Plumpton serve up the Sunday best on Easter day but we’re waiting until the bonanza on Easter Monday to get stuck into a decent betting contest. LUSH LIFE hasn’t been seen since impressing a while back in his one start but this Jamie Osborne colt can improve for that run to take the 2.40 at Redcar.

There’s a rich feast of Monday action from Huntingdon, Plumpton, Fakenham and Chepstow too but we’re settling at Market Rasen and, specifically, the 3.55 where the Skelton brothers can team up with the loveale PRETTY RECKLESS to put the seal on a sensational extended weekend of action which, let’s always remember, you can enjoy with us here at #RealityRaces

23 Apr: Doncaster

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The Flat returned with a bit of a bang and a bit of a wimper on rain-softened ground at Doncaster, but there was no doubting the performance of the weekend: William Haggas made it a record 4 wins in the Lincol courtesy of ADDEYYB. He routed his opponents to make a mockery of the handicap and must surely now be aimed at Group races. One to watch all Summer, for sure.

The opening race of the Flat season went to dual-purpose expert, Mick Channon. The money came hard, fast and late for his Brocklesby winner, IZZER. Izzer will now be campaigned for more lucrative 2 year old pots, but in-the-know punters are already quids-in thanks to the landing of a good old-fashioned gamble!

On Sunday at Ascot it was family day, but an old stager stole the spoils as RATHLIN ROSE grabbed the Veterans Handicap Chase under a driving ride from Tom Scudamore. There is everything to like about these veteran chases which showcase the very best of National Hunt racing longevity and jump racing fans were cheered as they prepare themselves for a period of change to allow their Flat counterparts to assume centre stage.

Over in Ireland they were on the go again at Naas which showed off its handsome new grandstand facility, but it was ON THE GO AGAIN who captured the Irish Lincolnshire to reward favourite backers at a tasty 6/1.

That man Dermot Weld was back in the winners enclosure thanks to MAKING LIGHT making light work of his rivals in the Group 3 Park Express. Surely he’ll be campaigned in even more elevated company before the Spring is out?

Finally it was all about a certain Gordon Elliot in the Ulster National as POORMANS HILL benefited from Out Sam’s misfortune at being carried out by a loose horse. Elliot trains both horses and if Cheltenham didn’t remind us of his awesome firepower, yesterday most certainly did.

23 Apr: The Flat is back!

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Barely have we had time to catch our breath after the thrills and spills of the Cheltenham Festival and we’re off to Doncaster for the Lincoln meeting on Saturday, widely considered to be the traditional Flat-season curtain-raiser.

The Lincoln itself (3.35 Doncaster) can go to FIRE BRIGADE who has set alarm bells ringing for bookies all week. The booking of Ryan Moore for Mike Bell’s 4 year old only adds to the confidence surrounding this progressive colt.

Earlier on the same card, the Cammidge (1.50) can see DANZENO return to some of the form of yesteryear with trainer Michael Appleby suggesting that an early season engagement could see this horse to best effect.

ORIGINAL CHOICE has been there or thereabouts for William Haggas and can finally get on the scoreboard in the Spring Mile (Doncaster 2.25) despite burning the fingers of punters in recent runs.

National Hunt fans need not panic just yet, as Newbury plays host to a vibrant-looking card. The 3m 2f handicap chase at 2.05 will force WOTZIZNAME to defy top weight under Noel Fehily to land the prize but conditions may not be as gruelling as the recent rain suggests and our selection won well last time out and can benefit from that confidence-booster.

Daryl Jacob dons the familiar Souede and Munir silks in the 2.40 and OISTRAKH LE NOIR can cause plenty of headaches for the commentators by scoring for trainer Ben Pauling.

The fillies are out in force at 3.15 and Her Majesty the Queen has a runner who can be backed each-way to give a royal celebration: SUNSHADE steps up in grade but at round about 12/1 can be fancied to give a bold running for her famous owner.

There’s more Saturday afternoon racing from Bangor and Lingfield before we head up t Wolverhampton for an evening card which could see DESERT ACE (in the 7.45) finally improve on a string of runner-up finishes for Graham Lee.

Sunday racing fans can get their teeth stuck into a couple of Jums cards from Ascot and Carlisle, whilst Doncaster keep the Flat party going with their second day of new season action.

And remember, you don’t need to brave the motorways and pay pricey admission fees to enjoy the action. Simply join us here at Reality Races for every jump, gallop and thrusting finish – all free from the comfort of your own home.

Good luck!

23 Apr: Cheltenham Festival

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With less than a month to go until the Cheltenham Festival, punters could be forgiven for keeping their powder dry but with terrific cards from Ascot (starting at 1.15) and Haydock (1.30) to warm us up we’re looking ahead to a super weekend.

Ascot’s feature novice chase at 1.50 allows us to see superstar lady jockey Bryony Frost renew her partnership with BLACK CORTON who should go close, whilst the biggest race of the day at the Berkshire track (at 3.35) can see WAITING PATIENTLY extend his winning run for in-form Ruth Jefferson.

Up at Haydock it is Grand National Trials day but before the big one at 3.15 we have the chance to back AGRAPART once again for Lizzie Kelly and Nick Williams.

He keeps being overlooked and whilst the market might not make that mistake again we can expect another fine performance.

At 3.15 all eyes will be on the hotly fancied BLAKLION who is expected to reaffirm his credentials for a tilt at the Grand National in a couple of months by taking this race in his stride.

Whilst Ascot and Haydock share top billing, don’t forget that EVERY UK race is set to be shown on Reality Races and an 8-race afternoon card at Lingfield (on the all-weather) carries the 3.30 where Kevin Ryan’s NAUTICAL HAVEN can improve on a couple of runner-up finishes having hit the crossbar lately.

That’s not all, with 7 jumps races from Wincanton in the afternoon giving way to some Saturday evening action (starting 5.45) at Kempton on the polytrack.

If you’ve still got energy left for Sunday they’re off at Market Rasen (starting 2.10) and over in Ffos Las (2.30) where a brilliant handicap chase at 4.10 can go the way of HORATIO HORNBLOWER for Nick Williams.

Remember, whoever you fancy and however you bet, you can enjoy all the top action with us at Reality Races!

Good luck!