One of the most appealing aspects of British racing is the sheer variety of the fare on offer. Chief amongst the variables are the tracks themselves, and the British courses don’t come much more unique than Chester. Called amongst other things, a frying pan, a saucer and a doughnut, Chester offers a challenge unlike most others in world racing. Yes the Roodee track is round, very round, and provides a test of running at pace whilst almost constantly on the turn which really is quite unlike any other.

Not one, but two days of outstanding racing to look forward to this weekend as Sunday sees the Guineas meeting at Newmarket roll into its second and concluding day. Following a winter of hype and speculation, its time for the horses to do the talking on the track.

It’s off to flat racing’s headquarters this weekend for the biggest meeting of the season on the level so far. Always one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year for punters, trainers, owners and jockeys alike, Saturday’s 2000 Guineas card rarely disappoints. Scene of many a breath-taking moment over the years, including Frankel’s destructive victory in 2011 to mention just one, who will grab the headlines this year?

The eyes of the National Hunt world will largely be focussed north of the border this coming weekend, as Ayr plays host to its excellent Scottish Grand National card. We have a bumper eight races on offer in all, with the big race itself of course being the headline act. With the Scottish Champion Hurdle featuring amongst an excellent undercard, there’s plenty more to look forward to besides the marathon showpiece. Read on to see where our money is going in each of the day’s events.

For those who still have room for more top class jumping action following the bonanza of the first two days, Aintree is the gift that keeps on giving with a further three Grade 1 affairs on the final day. Grade 1s they may be, but to many, they are no more than backing singers to the real star of the show. That star, megastar, is, of course, the Grand National, the richest NH contest on the entire continent.

There are another four Grade 1 contests on Day two as Aintree continues to spoil us rotten. With top class handicapping action in support, including the always thrilling Topham Chase, run over the Grand National fences, there’s plenty to look forward to here as the clock continues to tick down to Saturday’s big one. With this being Ladies’ Day, its not just the racing on the track that’s a sight to behold. When it comes to donning their finery and getting into the party spirit, no one does it better than the Liverpool lasses.

The biggest festival of them all may be in the books for another year with the 2018 Cheltenham meeting now having been and gone. We don’t know about you, but we simply can’t get enough of racing festivals and thankfully in this game there is always seemingly another one right on the horizon. In the National Hunt sphere we still have Punchestown to come over in Ireland, but first up… Aintree, and it’s this week no less.

Heading into Day 4, the conclusion of this year’s Cheltenham Festival is now in sight. Far from winding slowly down though, the action is ramped up still further with outstanding juvenile and novice contests, thrilling handicaps and the jewel in the crown of the entire meeting.

It’s St Patrick’s Day at the track on the Thursday of the Festival. The Irish may well have plenty to celebrate in the Mares’ Novices’ contest where one of their bankers of the meeting goes to post. Looking at the rest of the card we see this being a good day for the home team, including in the feature race of the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival comes here on Day Two. A dose of added glamour in the stands to add to the high-class action on the track only enhances the spectacle for racegoers on the day. Overall, we think the Irish gents in attendance may have more reason than most to smile, as this looks a strong day for the raiders.