The Flat is back

01/04/2017 | By | Reply More

Today marks the traditional return of the flat turf season. So that means the end of the footy season is nearing, the Grand National is right upon us and the first Golf Major of the year is also here. Time to really start building up your activity!

Transition

At this time of year, we move from the National Hunt season to the Flat season proper. This marks the return of flat racing over the green stuff. The Grand National is the big swansong for National Hunt and the Lincoln is the traditional opener for the flat turf season,

The Lincoln has been going since 1859 and this complex handicap is a traditional launcher for flat turf racing season. There have been some two-year-olds out already, so the flat season has started, but this is the real launch pad.

You tend to find the mix of horses out for the tail end of the jumps season changes a fair bit as it winds down, so that makes the markets feel very different. The untested two years olds out on the turf will also mix things up. How you do rate a horse that’s never run before?

So the theme at this time of year is for a different feel to the markets.

I did a video a few of years ago about its impact which is worth a look, as it discusses the impact on the markets. The quality of videos has improved since then, but the message is more or less the same.

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