Grand National Exclusive Preview Evening!

Saturday 14th April 2018 see’s the Grand National returning to the main stage of British horse racing once again. in April, the world will stop in its tracks as over 65,000 people at Aintree and 600 million people around the globe will tune in to see who will become the latest horse to be written into the history books alongside the likes of Red Rum, Foinavon and Aldaniti.

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The Grand National is so much more than just a race; the elegance, anticipation and excitement that the crowd gives off come to symbolise the drama that unfolds around 2 circuits of the Liverpool track. The thrill of the big race is unbelievable when witnessed in person, and it seems that year after year, the excitement and quality of the event seems to grow.

To mark the start of the festival, Racing Breaks have teamed up with Aintree Racecourse to offer a unique package to the opening day of the the Grand National! Our opening day exclusive packages includes an invitation to Aintree Racecourses’ Exclusive Preview Night on Wednesday Evening. A panel of experts including Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh will run you through the runners and riders for the upcoming three days!

What's more, on Thursday morning you will be invited to join us on a Course Tour before the racing begins where you will get a chance to travel around the Grand National course and find out some of the history and facts about those historic fences. You can then enjoy a free drink in the Racing Breaks bar whilst picking out your horses for the day!

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And if you think that doesn’t sound good enough, you can do all of this for just £99pp!

The full package includes:

  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast at either the Holiday Inn Express, Albert Dock or the Jurys Inn Liverpool

  • Invitation to Aintree's Exclusive Preview Evening on Wednesday Night

  • Course Walk of the Grand National Course on Thursday Morning

  • Festival Zone Ticket to Grand National Thursday

  • Free Drink in the Racing Breaks Bar

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Three races to watch out for this Saturday live on ITV.

This Saturdays live ITV racing sees meetings from Sandown, Wincanton and Chepstow. A few exciting contests which will be sure to catch your eye this Saturday, and ones outlined below which I would highly recommend watching.

The big one of the day see’s take two of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. The 14:05 Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase has been described as being “very hopeful” that the second attempt of the running will go ahead. The original meeting on the 27th December had to be called off due to a waterlogged course.

Joint market leader is a Nicky Henderson horse in Beware The Bear, currently priced at 8/1 with William Hill. An exciting talent who’s really showcased his worth with his first runout of the season at Newcastle on the 22nd December. However, consistency isn’t his strong point and whilst there is good value to be had at 8/1 my money is going on Wild West Wind who is also currently priced at 8/1 with William Hill. The heavy ground on the day will play into the hands of this horse, and with a better consistency record I see him prevailing as the winner on Saturday.

The other race to look out for on the day is the 2:25 at Sandown. An exciting contest between another Nicky Henderson runout in Claimantakinforgan (13/8 f) and Warren Greatrex’s Western Ryder (5/2). Western Ryder is a horse I have been following closely since his first race at Ffos Las back in May 2016. However, much like Beware The Bear you are usually unsure what Western Ryder will turn up on the day. Described as a “real fighter who loves a scrap” by trainer Warren Greatrex, Western Ryder has proved he is very capable on winning on heavy ground having done so at Chepstow in November.

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So, an interesting contest to be had at Sandown on Saturday between these two and my money is going on Western Ryder to clinch this one (let’s just hope he can turn up on the day)!

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Finally, let’s not forget about the big one at Wincanton. The 2:40 The Smarkets Handicap Steeple Chase has some interesting runners. On paper, it appears to be a showdown between Antartica De Thaix and Play The Ace. Both horses are coming into the race in decent form, especially Play The Ace who has won his previous 4 outings since 02nd November.

With the ground likely to be on the heavy side on Saturday, Play The Ace has proved himself at Aintree back on the 09th December on very similar ground. For me, this horse is the one to beat on the day. However, that is not without mentioning the capabilities Antartica De Thaix still possesses.  

This 8yo certainly has the potential to cause an upset for Play The Ace with a better OR. Having shown his class at Bangor-on-Dee back in February 2017 having won by 49L and Wincanton in March 2017 by 22L we can expect a thrilling contest to prevail on the day.

Bloodstock Review

 

Bloodstock is the term for horses specially bred for racing. Bloodstock is a big part of horse racing with people wanting to have the best horse, and by doing that you have to get the breeding right between the Sire which is the male or and the Mare which is the female to produce high quality horses. When it comes to buying a Thoroughbred racehorse, they don’t come cheap.

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 Marsha became the highest-priced horse sold at a European auction when making six million guineas at Tattersalls December Mare Sale. She was by Acclamation x Marlinka, and was bought by the most famous stud farm Coolmore Stud for breeding. Coolmore Stud which was set up in 1975 by John Magnier and Robert Sangster with the aim to produce a state of the art thoroughbred operation and now is home to some of the most expensive Stallions such as  Australia, Camelot, Caravaggio and the most famous in the coolmore yard who is privately owned by Coolmore themselves is Galileo.

The buying and selling of thoroughbred racehorses is an important part of the culture with the main bloodstock auctioneers being Tattersalls and Goffs. Based in Newmarket Tattersalls is the largest Bloodstock auctioneers and have been part of selling some of the most expensive horses in the ever.

Marsha (6,000,000), Zhukova (3,700,000), Quiet Reflection (2,100,000). The buying of horses is done in Guineas which was the standard currency for buying and selling horses hundreds of years ago. However, it is still used today when a horse is purchased it will say what is cost in guineas, but a guinea is the equivalent to £1.05p.

Bloodstock agents are equine professionals who buy and sell Thoroughbreds on behalf of their clients in exchange for a commission. It can be a risky business as you might have to buy without having a buyer ready. During the sales agents are very busy as they constantly have to be networking and building relationships with clients.

Cheltenham International Tips

Cheltenham International Racing Tips:

 

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It’s the last Meeting at Cheltenham until the New Year, and what better way to go into Christmas after a great day at the races. To make it’s even better for you we will be sharing our tips which we think could serve you well over the coming days. We go into tomorrow with a lot of good racing and our first tip comes in the 12:45- Sizing Tennesse who has showed signs of running well with a couple of good finishes of last year. 1:55- Song Saa is my next pick who has finished 2nd in its last two races over 2m4f.

After Fridays tips serve you well you can have a Punt on the Big races this Saturday with the 1:20 Sire De Grugy who has been upped in distance to try and get back that winning form. Our final tip for this spectacular two days racing is the 1:55- Le Prezian who has showed a lot of promise running at Cheltenham in the past with 3 top 3 finishes.

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Dubai World Cup

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Dubai is well known for its racing and for how popular the Dubai World Cup has become to people all around the world. Meydan Racecourse, which is Dubai’s state of the art racecourse, offers a full season of high quality racing, which kick starts from November 9th 2017 - March 31st 2018. With the one of the main events of the season being the Dubai World Cup Carnival held from the 11th January – 1st January. The carnival is held every Thursday night building up to the main event of the Dubai world Cup which is held on Saturday 31st march 2018.

The Dubai world Cup and Carnival are all held at the Meydan racecourse which was spectacularly finished in 2010. The World Cup day is the biggest race day in the world with Prize money of US$30 million is offered on the big day that features nine races and is highlighted by the $10 million Dubai World Cup. With previous winners such as African story ridden by Silvestre de Sousa.

Each year it's held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup attracts the biggest names in racing to Dubai and the Meydan Racecourse, with a state of the art track and grandstand its not hard to see why.

With this years World Cup on the taking place on the 31st, trainers will want to be able to put in some final touches on the horses before they go for the US$10 million in prize money. Saturday the 10th march will be the final time the horses see the racecourse before the horses go for the big prize in horse racing. Not only are some of the best horses in the world going to be racing, but some of the worlds best jockeys will be making appearances.

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Two of those jockeys who will be making their way over to Dubai for the carnival are Racing Breaks two ambassadors, Frankie Dettori, who has won the race 3 times with his last win in 2006 on Electrocutionist and Jim Crowley, who is retained by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and has gone out there for the remainder of the Dubai carnival to try and secure another Dubai World Cup win for Godolphin.

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King George VI Kempton Park

As we get close to the halfway stage of the jump season and into the festive period. There is still a lot of good racing to come, one of those being the King George VI. The King George is the highlight of the Kempton meet this Christmas. 12 highly anticipated jump races over two days. Boxing Day is an absolute treat for top quality racing including the Christmas Hurdle and the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

However, the main event of the meeting will be the King George VI steeple chase which starts at 3.05pm. The main event includes horses such as the last years winner Thistlecrack who is third favourite at 6/1 with my tip of the day Sizing John at 7/1, its going to make for an exhilarating day of Christmas racing.

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Kempton Park is known for having high quality National hunt and flat racing and this winter meet is no exception. With high quality races and plenty of food a drink stalls to go to if you have saved room from the day before.

One of our ambassadors Mick Fitzgerald EX national hunt jockey and now current television presenter rode a high-quality race in 1999 to win the King George VI Chase on see more business, who defeated Go Ballistic to clinch the title by 17 lengths.

For most horses this will be the build up for the Gold cup at Cheltenham to try and get their hands on the triple crown and the £1 million prize. With Kempton Park steeped in history you don’t want to be missing out on this fine Boxing day meet, whether you are an avid horse goer or just there to carry on the Christmas celebrations. This Christmas racing special should not be missed.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival Preview

What better way to spend your boxing day and the rest of the festive period than at Leopardstown races. The Dublin racecourse is well known for holding some of the elite races in Irish racing each year. Including the Irish gold cup, champions day and champion hurdle. Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival runs over four days from 26th-29th of December.

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The Christmas festival is always a great laugh with people still merry from the night before. On the day there Is no lack in viewing points from the grandstand. You can see the parade ring from the warmth of the back on the grandstand and then move to the front and admire the views of the course whilst you watch your horse cross the line.

The festival holds some high-quality racing over the 4 days with 2 Grade 1 races on the 26th,27th and 28th. If you aren’t the best at picking winners or just don’t know who to bet on, get yourself over to the festival marquee at 11am for a live panel of tipsters. Don’t forget to bring a pen you don’t want to be missing out on the hot tips!

With the racecourse only 8km south of Dublin city centre it is very convenient for tourists to make their way to the racecourse and back into the vibrant city of Dublin to carry on the celebrations with a Guinness or two.