Cheltenham takes centre stage with trials day dominating the focus of many National Hunt fans.
We also have action over the sticks at Doncaster where BetVictor ambassador Jamie Snowden has Thomas Macdonagh in action.
Navan hosts a jumps card, as does Uttoxeter in the Midlands. The all-weather cards are made up of Lingfield and Kempton for those that enjoy the alternative code at this time of year.
Time Flies By Each Way
One of the most informative races on offer at the home of jumps racing is this grade two novice hurdle. A field of eight are due to go to post with King Roland a warm favourite at time of writing.
It is easy to see why Harry Fry’s horse has been put in as the most likely winner. An impressive bumper horse last season he finished second on hurdles debut and then went one better at Exeter last time out.
For all the credentials he has to make him a popular choice, the shape of the race lends itself to try and find an each-way steel.
Time Flies By is a fascinating runner for JP McManus and Nicky Henderson. With just the one run over hurdles at Ascot in a warm race, he is slightly more unexposed compared to some here.
Excuses can be made for his debut where he lost a shoe and did show a tendency to not yet be a finished article, given the way he jumped.
The chance to have got some more schooling in at home and the step up in trip could just make the five-year-old son of Getaway a bet each way.
William Henry Each Way
The Stayers Hurdle division has been an intriguing one so far this season. Today the market leader for the showpiece race on the Thursday puts his credentials on the line once again in this good renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle.
Emma Lavelle’s horse is understandably a type many are keen to see go well, having invested in long-term ante post bets on the eight-year-old.
The price is probably a tad prohibitive to some and given we have another eight-runner affair, the alternative options make for interesting reading for an each-way perspective.
If The Cap Fits is the natural horse to turn to and at 10/3, Harry Fry’s charge will have his own fans tempted at a fair price.
The outsider that could place at a double-figure price for me, however, is William Henry.
Fourth to If The Cap Fits at Aintree last season, Nicky Henderson’s Festival winner could just be of interest trying three miles for only the second time.
3rd last time out to Sumerville Boy, there is a slight change in the weights owing to Tom George’s horse winning. William Henry didn’t have the easiest of passages that day and at 16/1, I can see him in the frame here and he offers us a chance to play for a place at a good price.