Today’s Horse Racing Preview, 17 October 2018

We have five race meetings today, with four in England and one over in Ireland. That’s 38 races to go at so read on for our preview of the day ahead.

The weekend may well be all about Champions Day but we have a lot of racing to savour before then. You can check out our Champions Day offers, or why not take a look at all the best racing free bets on our homepage?

Wednesday 17th October Meetings

As said, there are five meetings today. Why not head out to the races and see some live action whilst the weather is still pretending to be ok? Whether you want to plan a big day out or a big day in, here’s where today’s racing is taking place.

  • Nottingham, first/last race at 1.30/5.15
  • Bath, 1.50/5.35
  • Punchestown, 2.05/5.20
  • Wetherby, 2.10/5.25
  • Newcastle, 5.10/8.45

This is the time of year where Flat racing starts to give way to National Hunt action. Flat fans still have the huge Champions Day feast to pile into but before too long the action will be almost exclusively over obstacles as we built towards the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Today we have three meetings on the flat, including the evening meeting on Newcastle’s all-weather surface. That’s an eight-race card with the focus on the shorter action. There are three sprints over six furlongs and three one-milers, although the card opens with two longer races. Indeed, the opener is over more than two miles and we like the look of Elite Icon (each way) at long odds in that one.

The other flat racing today comes from Nottingham and Bath, both also seeing eight races today. The weather for most of the UK and Ireland is looking pretty good today so if you can, this really is a great chance to catch some racing before the cold and rain become a semi-permanent feature!

National Hunt Racing Today

For those of you that prefer to see horses flying through the air, the NH racing today comes from Punchestown in Ireland and Wetherby just north of Leeds. There are some small-field races over in Ireland and in the 3.40 we really like the look of Winter Escape. 3/1 with Ladbrokes seems good value so get on board now.

At Wetherby the fields are even smaller, with the 3.15 having just the three horses entered. Indeed the biggest field is just seven in the opener, the 2.10. If we had to pick one horse out from the seven races on offer there we would probably go for Breakfast in that one. Donald McCain’s three year old has been a solid performer thus far and odds of around 15/8 look very good to us.

As ever, whatever you bet on and wherever you travel, good luck! However you place your bets, be sure to check out what our favourite racing betting sites have to offer!