Chepstow Racecourse

Situated in Piercefield Park, to the north of the town of Chepstow in Monmouthshire, South East Wales, Chepstow Racecourse is probably best known as the home of the Coral Welsh Grand National, which was transferred to the course following the closure of nearby Caerleon (Newport) Racecourse in 1949. The Coral Welsh Grand National, worth £150,000 in prize money, is nowadays the most valuable race run in Wales, while the £50,000 Finale Juvenile Hurdle, staged at the same meeting, is one of just three Grade 1 races of its kind in the British National Hunt calendar. Big bucks, on a par with the best online casino new zealand.

However, at the time of its conception, by a group that included Lord Glanely, Lord Tredegar and Lord Queensborough, in the early Twenties, Chepstow was intendeded to be a Flat racing venue. Chepstow staged its inaugural fixture in 1926 and, in 1933, Sir Gordon Richards rode eleven consecutive winners, going through a six-race card on the Wednesday and returning for five more winners on the Thursday.

Nowadays, Chepstow Racecourse is owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC) and stages 32 fixtures, both Flat and National Hunt, throughout the year.  It’s a great course for punters when they’re on a break from the best online casino sites. The track itself is a left-handed oval, approximately two miles in circumference, with a five-furlong straight and characterised by pronounced undulations throughout. Consequently, the emphasis is on stamina even when the going is not on the soft side and, when it is, conditions can become attritional. All races up to a mile are run on the straight course, such that they are viewed almost head-on from the grandstands.


King George VI Chase History

Barring interruptions due to weather, foot-and-mouth disease and, most recently, a multi-million pound redevelopment of the racecourse, the King George VI Chase has been a fixture of the Christmas Festival at Kempton Park since 1947. In today’s world full of uncertainties its good to know that there are ‘real world’ mainstays, that can occasionally draw us away from  online casino usa. However, what has since become the second most prestigious steeplechase in the country, after the Cheltenham Gold Cup, was inaugurated in February, 1937. The race was named after King George VI, who had succeeded to the throne following the abdication of his elder brother, Edward, the previous December.

The King George VI Chase was run just twice before World War II, during which Kempton Park was requisitioned for military purposes, and did not return until 1947, by which time it had moved to its now traditional Boxing Day slot. Fifteen horses have won the King George VI more than once, but the most successful ever was dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star, who won five out of six renewals between 2006 and 2011. The illustrious roll of honour also includes Arkle, Wayward Lad, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Long Run, to name but a handful.

Nowadays, the King George VI Chase is a Grade 1 contest, in which horses aged five years and upwards carry 11st 10lb, four-year-olds carry 11st 1lb and mares and fillies receive a 7lb allowance. Indeed, the race forms the middle leg of the so-called ‘Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown’, which offers a £1 million bonus to any horse that wins the Betfair Chase, King GeorgeVI Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer in the history of the King George VI Chase, with twelve winners between 1997 and 2020. What will this years race hold for us I wonder. I’ll be taking a break from to find out on the day!

Race Favourites and Odds Ahead of the 2021 Irish St Leger

Just a day after the English version, the Irish St Leger takes place on an excellent card at The Curragh racecourse. This is the 4.40 and the final one of three Group 1 races taking place on this course on Sunday September 12.

The Irish St Leger is run over a mile and six furlongs and is for horses aged three years and over. The first prize is €285,000 and the ground is forecast to be Good to Firm. This race has been won for the past two years by the Dermot Weld trained Search For A Song who is bidding for a hat-trick this year.

No horse has won this race three years in succession since Vinnie Roe, who won four in a row between 2001 and 2004. A win this year would see Weld win a record tenth Irish St Leger.

Can Search For A Song complete a hat-trick? It wouldn’t be possible in the English St Leger as that is a race that only three year old can race in. Search For A Song is now aged five and only one of the last nine winners of the Irish St Leger has been that age. However, in 2016, Wicklow Brave was seven years old when winning this race.

Neither of the wins by Search For A Song were expected. He’s won at odds of 10/1 and 7/1 and this year is available at 5/1 to win a third Irish St Leger. Three races have been run since the 2020 Irish St Leger win but without success.

This year has seen the five-year-old finish second in a Listed race at Leopardstown and second in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup on this course but 13 and a half lengths behind the winner. That was back in May and on Soft to Heavy ground. His 2019 Irish St Leger win came on Good to Firm ground, so a much better run is expected by betting analysts at the this weekend.

The favourite for this race is Twilight Payment who is trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien. The eight-year-old comes into this race having recently won the Irish St Leger trial run on this course on August 13. That was a welcome return to 14 furlongs after finishing down the field in the Ascot Gold Cup in June. Twilight Payment has won on this ground too and is currently best priced 4/1 to win this race. This runner does have to give 3lbs to the favourite but expect a bold bid to justify its position as favourite.

Boxing fans may opt to back Sonnyboyliston. Named after the former world heavyweight champion, this is a four-year-old trained by Johnny Murtagh. Like the favourite, this runner won its last race.

That was a Class 2 race at York on August 21, so this will be a lot tougher. This runner did take part in a Group 3 event at York in July but could only finish sixth. You can get odds of 5/1 but this contender looks more a horse that can get placed rather than win the Irish St Leger.

Sir Lucan is trained by Aidan O’Brien who has won this race five times, most recently in 2018. This runner is three years old and two of the last three Irish St Leger winners have been that age. In May, Sir Lucan won a Listed race over a mile and five furlongs and was staying on well. The last two races have both been over a mile and a half but failed to win either of them. At 5/1 a good run over a longer distance looks likely.


Australia and the USA – Top Race

If ever there were two countries with a love of both sports and gambling it has to be Australia and the United States. While I’ve personally been to the latter (and seen the bright lights, sights and sounds of Las Vegas for instance!), I have to confess that partially on account of distance I’ve never ventured to Australia. I’ve checked out the best au online casino sites on account to see their take on ‘pokies’ and the like, and enjoyed Australian TV and movies but that’s about as far as it’s gone.

Despite that fact, both I and everyone else not living under a rock will be well aware that the biggest horse race annually in Australia is The Melbourne Cup. This world famous race takes place each year at the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria and attracts a ‘who’s who’ of racing talent. The 3200 meter thoroughbred race is one part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and dates way back to 1861, so is not only an unmissable event but is also steeped in tradition. Current course record holder is (American thoroughbred!) Kingston Rule in 1990 and last years winner was the Joseph O’Brien trained Twilight Payment.

Stateside, we’re spoiled for choice as far as racecourses and races go. Some will no doubt opt for the Preakness Stakes (Pimlico Course), or Belmont Stakes (Belmont Park) but for me the pick of the bunch has to be the Kentucky Derby. Rather conveniently, along with the other two aforementioned races it forms the ‘Triple Crown’ of thoroughbred racing (in the history of the triple crown only 13 horses have won all three races).

Punters from far and wide are drawn in by the famous Kentucky Derby race. While some enjoy playing on the best big win casinos USA, for racing fans it’s the headline races that hold maximum appeal.  Held each year in Louisville, Kentucky, this grade one race for three year olds dates back to 1875 and beats the attendance figures of all the aforementioned races, as well as the Breeder’s Cup. Medina Spirit won the 2021 Kentucky Derby race – which was held on May 1st over a 1 1/4 mile dirt track. Legend of racing Secretariat holds the course record over this distance, doing so in 1973. The 2019 event was eventful due to Country House winning as result of the disqualification of Maximum Security. What will next year’s race have in store I wonder?