April is one of the biggest months of the year in horse racing with the Grand National taking place, but also the National Hunt season drawing to a close and we start to see some of the leading flat horses make their reappearance.
Here are some tips and guidance for the month which will hopefully stand you in good stead with your betting.
The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world. It’s the one race that attracts attention to the sport like no other. The weights for the race are published two months prior to the race so there is plenty of time to study the runners.
In recent years, the horses at the top end of the weights have fared much better. This suggests Santini has a good chance in 2021. He is 16.5 in the 2021 Cheltenham Festival betting for the Gold Cup, which says a lot about his class.
Unfortunately, we will not see Tiger Roll this year in the race. The recent Cross Country winner was pulled out of the contest he has won twice due to a disagreement over the weight he has been handed. Who knows, maybe he will have another shot at the Aintree feature in 2022.
In the final month of the National Hunt season, it is worth looking out for horses who haven’t had long campaigns. They tend to be much fresher and perform better than those who have been on the go since October.
These horses may be those who have picked up injuries and have been forced to miss races or they could be from trainers who have been smart with their schedules. Some horses don’t perform well at Cheltenham so they bypass the meeting for the Punchestown Festival or Aintree.
Cheltenham takes so much out of some participants, particularly the staying races such as the National Hunt Challenge Cup over 4m. It can be hard for those who were in contention at the end of that marathon contest to bounce back into action so soon.
Study Two-Year-Old Form
The British Classics come very early into the Flat season so there is no time like the present to study all the leading two-year-old races from last year to find a shortlist for the 2000 and 1000 Guineas.
There are three two-year-old races for the colts at the back end of the season which are the most important. They are the Dewhurst Stakes, Middle Park Stakes and Vertem Futurity Trophy. The latter was won last year by the Irish horse Mac Swiney.
In the fillies’ division, the Fillies’ Mile and Cheveley Park Stakes are the two races that should be notable when it comes to form ahead of the 1000 Guineas. Horses who have run well in those two contests have gone on to be n contention at Newmarket in the spring.
Enjoy all the action next month as there really is something for everybody on the horse racing calendar.