2019 is upon us and here at Betting Apps that means only one thing, another bumper year of racing!
As the season starts to get into full flow, we take a look at the five races you should be looking forward to, enjoying the ante-post stakes and preparing yourself for a big winner…
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Date: 15 March 2019
Current Favourite: Presenting Percy – 4/1
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the glittering finale of the Cheltenham Festival and is always one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the year.
Taking place in mid-March it’s always a great way to begin the season and this year will be no different as some of the major players return. Presenting Percy currently leads the pack as favourite at 4/1, with last year’s winner Native River at 9/2 and Might Bite at 12/1.
The Gold Cup dates back to 1924, and is one of the most prestigious races in horse racing. With over £300,000 going to the winner, it’s once again going to be an epic battle. Let’s just hope you can secure a 100/1 winner like in 1990, when Norton’s Coin produced one of the most shocking Cheltenham moments of all time.
The Grand National
Date: 6 April 2019
Current Favourite: Native River – 20/1
April welcomes perhaps the world’s biggest National Hunt race and the Grand National, a race everyone has a punt on whether you’re a novice or a seasoned punter.
The eyes of the UK turn to Aintree on April 6 this year, as the likes of Native River, Bellshill and last year’s winner Tiger Roll battle it out for the £500,000 winnings.
The four mile course features some of the most famous, and trickiest fences in the sport, and it’s estimated that over 500 million people watch it worldwide.
It’s a true icon of horse racing that’s seen the likes of Red Rum, Don’t Push It and Monty’s Pass all secure wins.
Date: 4 May 2019
Current Favourite: Too Darn Hot – 6/4
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes is one of the five classics in Britain and always provides an incredible race over its 1 mile flat course.
With half a million in the prize pot, it welcomes some of the best thoroughbreds in the world, with the likes of Frankel, Galileo Gold and Saxon Warrior having one in recent years.
It arrives on the first Saturday of May this year and serves as the opening leg of the Triple Crown. 2019 will see a strong field once more with Too Darn Hot coming in as favourite.
He’ll likely be joined by Calyx (6/1), Ten Sovereigns (7/1) and Quorto at 8/1 who looks a good punt on a non runner no bet wager.
Date: 1 June 2019
Current Favourite: Too Darn Hot – 5/2
Too Darn Hot currently leads the odds in the second leg of the Triple Crown races, with the Epsom Derby taking place on the first day of June.
The Derby is one of the world’s most prestigious races and has been taking place at the Downs in Surrey since 1780. Last year’s winner came from the Godolphin stables as Masar rode to victory, while legends of the sport such as Shergar, Galileo and Sir Percy have all won over the years.
Behind Too Darn Hot one mile, four furlong flat race you’ll find Magna Grecia at 14/1, along with some other good value bets including Japan at 20/1 and Quorto again at 16/1.
The Irish Derby
Date: 30 June 2019
Current Favourite: TBC
The Irish Derby is going to be one to watch this year as it returns to a newly renovated Curragh racecourse.
It’s the Irish equivalent to Epsom, and arrives just a few weeks after the classic race, with a staggering million euros in the prize pot.
The odds have yet to be released for the race, but it’ll once again feature a strong field, who will be looking to join a long line of true greats on the honours board. Dating back to 1866, the race is just over a mile long and has seen the likes of Galileo, Nijinsky and Shirley Heights win it down the years.