Easter bank holiday weekend means a plethora of opportunities for customers with no less than nine meetings across the UK and Ireland taking place on Saturday, over the jumps and on the flat.
The action starts over the jumps at Newton Abbot with an eight-race card opening up at 12:30 and running through until 16:34, with that card then joined by Carlisle for seven races from 13:09 until 16:39.
It’s off north of the border next when Musselburgh opens it’s seven-race card at 13:32 with the finale due off at 16:57, with Betfred offering their Super Extra Place promotion in the third race at 14:39, with four places being paid at 1/5 of the odds, and race four at 15:14, in which five places are being paid.
The latter is the valuable Queen’s Cup and Emmet Mullins appears to hold the ace hand with Zero Ten the 11/4 favourite, although Charlie and Mark Johnston send three in Themaxwecan (7/1), State Of Bliss (9/1) and Soapy Stevens (14/1), while Keith Dalgleish is also triple handed with Alright Sunshine (14/1), Heights Of Abraham (11/1) and Diocletian (66/1).
Then comes the first foray to Ireland with Cork getting their eight-race card underway at 13:40, running through until 17:45, with an extra place offered in half of those contests at 14:15, 14:50, 17:10 and 17:45, the first three of which have five places paid out, while the finale has four.
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A top-quality card at Newbury is the next port of call with the first of eight cracking races set to go to post at 13:50 with the last off at 17:55, with half the card covered by Betfred’s Extra Place promotion, offered in the races at 13:50, 14:25, 15:35 and 17:55.
One of those is of course the Spring Cup Handicap at 15:35 with five places being paid out at 1/5 of the odds for the 17-runner contest. Saleymm (3/1) for Simon and Ed Crisford and Tom Clover’s Rogue Bear (10/3) are disputing favouritism although there are plenty of others that cannot be dismissed easily.
The opening day of Fairyhouse’s Easter Festival is next to get going with the action starting at 13:55, with the last of seven races set to go off at 17:25. Again, Betfred’s Extra Place offer could help pay dividends with the promotion running in races five and six at 16:15 and 16:50 respectively.
Willie Mullins appears to hold a strong hand in the last of those races, the RYBO Handicap Hurdle, as he has four of the top six in the betting in Farout (4/1), La Prima Donna (17/2), Tax For Max (10/1) and Dads Lad (11/1).
The focus then returns to the UK with Haydock the focal point as they stage their Challenger Series Finals Day. A seven-race card runs from 14:09-17:34, with an extra place being paid in races one, three and five at 14:09, 15:19 and 16:29 respectively. The Jonjo O’Neill’s will be hoping to be celebrating at least once as they team up with the favourites in the latter two of those three races, with Zabeel Champion heading the betting at 11/4 at 15:19, while An Tailliur leads the way at 2/1 at 16:29.
There are still two cards to come to take us through the evening with Lingfield’s seven-race card on the polytrack running from 16:25-19:30, with an extra place being paid out in the finale, while Nottingham rounds off the day’s fare with six races from 17:07-19:45.
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