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Trainer Jamie Snowden Reveals Shock Plan for Cheltenham Specialist at Ryanair Chase

, Trainer Jamie Snowden Reveals Shock Plan for Cheltenham Specialist at Ryanair Chase

What's Happening?

Trainer Jamie Snowden has made a surprising decision to reroute Cheltenham specialist Ga Law to the Ryanair Chase, shaking up the competition.

Key Details

The Ryanair Chase faced uncertainty after Allaho's withdrawal due to injury, leaving Ga Law as a potential game-changer with his impressive Cheltenham record.

Snowden's Insight

Snowden believes Ga Law, previously considered for the Plate Handicap, is now primed to make a significant impact at the Ryanair Chase, showcasing top form and potential.

Other Contenders

Alongside Ga Law, Snowden has high hopes for Git Maker and Hardy Du Seuil, with the latter aiming to secure a spot in the Grand Annual with a bit of luck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you explain what the ‘Going’ is in horse racing?

‘Going” refers to the surface condition of the track on the day a race takes place. It is an important factor that can influence the performance and outcome of a racing. The ‘Going,’ which is the surface, can be anything from very wet and soft to hard and dry. There are several gradations in between, such as soft, good to soft, good, good to firm, and hard. Trainers and jockeys must consider the ‘Going’ when deciding on racing strategy and equipment, such as the choice of horseshoes for better grip.

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What are the ‘Classics” in UK horseracing?

Classics refers to the five most prestigious races in UK thoroughbred racing. These are usually considered the best contests of three-year-old horses. The 2,000 Guineas are the Epsom Derby, The Epsom Oaks and The St. Leger Stakes. Achieving victory in one of these Classics, or all three races that are open to a certain gender (the colts’ Triple Crown and the fillies’ Triple Crown), is a remarkable achievement.

How does handicapping in UK horse racing work?

In UK horse racing, the handicap system is designed to give every horse an equal chance of winning a race. Essentially, different weights are assigned to horses based on previous performance. To level the playing fields, better horses are given heavier weights. The British Horseracing Authority oversees the handicapping in the UK. A team of handicappers is constantly updating ratings following race results.

How can i learn to read race cards?

Reading a racecard is crucial for understanding the key information about a race and the horses running in it. A racecard typically lists details such as the horse’s name, age, weight carried, trainer, jockey, form figures representing past performance, and sometimes the colors of the silks worn by the jockey. Understanding this information can help you make better betting decisions by allowing you to gauge the chances of each horse. As part of their customer services, many betting services and racecourses provide guides on reading racecards.

What does the phrase ‘photo finish’ in horse racing mean?

The ‘photo finish,’ is when two or multiple horses cross the finishing line so closely together that the winner cannot be determined with the naked eye. In these situations, race officials are able to use a high-speed camera to record images of the moment the noses of each horse reach the finish. The photo finish helps officials determine the official finish order accurately.

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There are different types of races for horses in the UK.

Yes, there are different kinds of horse races held in the UK. The most common ones fall into two categories: Flat racing and National Hunt or Jump racing. Flat racing takes place over level tracks from five furlongs to two miles. National Hunt racing emphasizes both the speed and jumping ability of the horse, with races like hurdles and steeplechases featuring a series of obstacles. There are variations within these two broad categories such as handicaps and maidens races. Each has its own entry criteria and rules.


  • British horse racing generates over £350 million in annual tax revenues for the UK government.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • The prize money for the Epsom Derby stands at approximately £1.5 million, with the winner taking home a substantial portion of this sum.
  • British racing oversees around 1,500 fixtures annually across its 59 racecourses.

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How to watch live horse racing in the UK

If you want to watch live racing in the UK then you can subscribe for a racing channel like Sky Sports Racing. They broadcast races and offer expert analysis. Most online betting websites offer live streaming service to their account holders. This may require a minimal bet. Several channels, including ITV, broadcast select races throughout the racing season. For mobile access, consider downloading dedicated apps from racing channels or use betting sites’ apps to watch live races on the go.



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