Epsom Derby Preview & 50/1 Betting Tip

Aidan O'BrienAs one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, the Derby requires little introduction. This year’s renewal has, as usual, attracted the crème de la crème of middle distance talent from Great Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe (4.30pm, Epsom, Saturday).

Four favourites have won the Derby in the last ten years and more …

Lockinge Stakes Preview & 25/1 Betting Tip

Michael StouteThe Lockinge Stakes run over a mile is the first Group 1 race of the season for older horses but often attracts runners just short of true Group 1 class trying to catch their more illustrious rivals at their most vulnerable (3.45pm Saturday at Newbury).

That ploy doesn’t appear to be working very well, with six winning favourites and two winning second favourites in the more …

Victoria Cup Preview & 14/1 Betting Tip

Peter Chapple-HyamIn terms of competition, the Victoria Cup falls into the same category as the Royal Hunt Cup, Stewards’ Cup and Wokingham as one of the most competitive handicaps of the Flat season (3.45pm Saturday, Ascot).

The one that immediately jumps off the page is Buckstay (20/1), who was repeatedly denied a clear run in the more …

2,000 Guineas Preview & 12/1 Betting Tip

Richard HannonThis year’s 2,000 Guineas looks a typically high-class renewal, although coming so early in the season it features a host of unexposed types open to improvement (3.45pm Saturday at Newmarket).

Trainer Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand with Gleneagles (11/4) due to be ridden by Ryan Moore, and more …

Bet365 Gold Cup Preview & 28/1 Betting Tip

David PipeThe Bet365 Gold Cup, formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup, officially brings down the curtain on the National Hunt season and this year also on the riding career of AP McCoy (3.50pm Sandown). Run over a testing 3m5½f at Sandown, often on unseasonably fast ground, the race typically presents a devilishly difficult puzzle for punters to solve.

No favourite has won the Bet365 Gold Cup in the last more …

Scottish Grand National Preview & 14/1 Tip

Tony McCoyFollowing hot on the heels of the Grand National at Aintree, the Scottish equivalent run over 4m at Ayr provides another highly competitive test of stamina and jumping ability (3.45pm, Saturday).

This year, all but seven of the 32 runners are in the handicap proper and those out of the handicap are more …

Grand National Preview & 28/1 Betting Tip

Jonjo O'NeillMuch of the interest in this year’s Grand National revolves around the favourite, Shutthefrontdoor (15/2), who represents AP McCoy’s last chance to win the great race (4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday).

The perennial Champion Jockey has won the National just once before, on Don’t Push It for the same connections in 2010, but more …

Lincoln Preview & 16/1 Betting Tip

David O'MearaThe Lincoln, run over a straight mile at Doncaster, is the first major handicap of the Flat season and, invariably, presents punters with a tricky problem to solve. Rather unhelpfully, the draw has proved inconclusive in recent years, but we’ve run the rule over the 22-strong field and highlighted a selection that we think could go well at decent odds.

Favourite Mange All (5/1) actually finished 3¾ lengths behind more …

Midlands Grand National Preview & Betting Tip

Tony McCoyThe dust has only just settled on the Cheltenham Festival but Uttoxeter takes centre stage for the running of the Midlands Grand National (3.50 Saturday). Second only to the Grand National itself, in terms of distance, at 4m1½f, the race provides a thorough examination of stamina and jumping ability.

Catching On (9/2) was raised 11lb for winning over 3m at more …

Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview & 11/1 Betting Tip

Oliver SherwoodThis year’s renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup is as competitive as they come with the first five from last year’s race and a raft of credible contenders among the 18 runners (3.20pm, Friday, live on CH4).

Silviniaco Conti (4/1), who finished fourth, beaten 1¾ lengths, last year after wandering under pressure on the more …