Horse Racing Today – Friday 12th October 2018

Packed Day of Racing With Future Champions Meeting the Highlight

Newmarket is the place to be today for the opening day of the Future Champions Meeting. Aside from that though there are decent flat options taking place at York and Wolverhampton, with jumps action at Newton Abbot.

Take a glance at today’s horse racing betting tips if you are looking for an at a glance view of the best horses to back today. Or read on for a little more info. Remember we’ve got race previews of the Dewhurst Stakes and the Cesarewitch which are running tomorrow.

Newmarket – Flat, 8 races

Although there was a hint of an Indian Summer this week we’re very much into Autumn in Britain. That’s no reason to draw the curtains and stay indoors though. A large crowd is expected to celebrate the changing of the season at Autumn Ladies Day which gets the Future Champions Festival underway.

The full name may be a mouthful but the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes is a well thought of race. It’s been won by some big name trainers and jockeys over the years and we have a competitive renewal ahead of us on Friday.

Last year’s winner, Limato, is the narrow favourite with the bookie but he may well get pipped by 7/2 shot D’bai. Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old was just beaten by a very strong stayer last time out at Doncaster but the level of performance he showed that day could well be enough for D’bai to go one better and win at a generous price with Betfred.

The Old Rowley Cup is perhaps the betting highlight of Autumn Ladies Day. The field for this Heritage Handicap for three-year-olds is someway short of the maximum of 25 but most of the 11 horses competing have a genuine chance of winning.

The 2018 Old Rowley Cup looks so competitive that a couple of each way bets could be the best way to go rather than trying to pick the winner. Berkshire Royal is a tempting option at 14/1 with Coral but the standout bet is Artarmon who is available at around 16/1. His trainer, Michael Bell, is in good form as is the horse himself who has won four of his last five starts. This may well prove to be a step up in class too much for Artarmon to win but a place is by no means out of the question.

York – Flat, 7 races

The opening day of York’s October Finale takes place today and the Countryside Raceday, as they’ve dubbed it, has a good number of Class 2 and Class 3 races, all with 12 or more runners, so this is also the place for each way bettors.

The 2.40 Class 2 handicap looks interesting. Run over a distance of a mile, the second favourite Alemaratalyoum might have a tricky name to write on the betting slip, but Iain Jardine’s runner is in a rich vein of form and could nick this one at 5/1. At longer odds, David O’Meara’s Waarif looks a fine alternative at 14s.

In the 3.15, a swift five furlong dash, again we’re looking to the second favourite for our prediction of the winner. Tom Dascombe’s Angel Alexander looked very good when running in second on debut and could well go one better here.

There is plenty to go at in terms of each way value in the later races, with the 14/1 shot Astromachia catching the eye in the 3.50