Just a few days before it is the new year, and the calendar is wrapping up for horse racing events, but not to say the action stops because it never really stops. The 2021 races begin as early as the day itself, as riders usher in the new year in the best way they know how, putting on a show!
The coronavirus still nagging the world and sports, featuring a new strain, the tier system becomes ever more important and restrictive as the government and health officials look to hold the virus back as best as they possibly can, so while we all want to be at the races and be live in the stands, it is more important than ever to follow the measures in place and respect the tier restrictions, so as to protect each other (for those in the UK, and around the world actually). The second week of the horse racing calendar will be just as jam-packed as the first and the previous weeks, starting with a double take on Lingfield and Wolverhampton on Monday and Tuesday, with Ludlow adding to the Tuesday excitement. No presence in the stands does not mean an absence of action as online horse betting is still a universe on its own and needs no real-world tier restrictions.
Monday, the 4th of January is off to the races on Fakenham at midday, as the jump season gets into full swing. Tier 2 restrictions apply, meaning being at the races for you is a real possibility. Seven races will be the order of the day, including four Class 5, two Class 4, and a single Class 3 race. The biggest pot of the day will be the Class 3 at 13,000 GBP, while the longest run will be THE VISIT attheraces.com HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE, a Class 5 for 5-year-olds and above.
The run on the soft track will be 3m 5f and 24y. Lingfield will be on a Tier 4 restriction, meaning you will have to sit out this one while only officials, jockeys, and essential personnel make presence on the racecourse subject to testing. The day will kick off with a Class 6 race, one of two on the schedule, alongside three Class 5 races, a Class 4, and a class 3 race. The pot of the day will be 11,000 GBP, while the longest run will be a metre, seven feet, and 169 yards. Monday rounds up with Wolverhampton, on Tier 3 restrictions, and a 20,000 jackpot up for grabs in the Class 2 GET YOUR LADBROKES DAILY ODDS BOOST FILLIES’ CONDITION STAKES. Two Class 2 races, three Class 5, two Class 4, and a Class 6, make up the rest of the schedule. The longest run here will be the Class 4 PLAY 4 TO WIN AT BETWAY HANDICAP STAKES, at a metre, five feet, and 219 yards.