The spring is far away, we have just entered winter proper. From here to April, when the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2020 is scheduled to take place, it seems a long long way to go. If you are one of the 600 million people who will be watching from home, starting from Thursday 2nd of April, and if you plan to bet on the Gran National, there is one thing you need to know: it is not too early. A little secret of the trade is that bookmakers keep the best deals for the early birds so if you want to get the sign up offers this season is best. The closer the calendar gets to the actual date of the race, the more likely it becomes that the best offers are withdrawn.
If you love to attend races directly and cannot wait until April, do not despair. January has quite a lot of surprises in store for you. Even on New Year’s Day. For example, in the UK you will find New Year’s Day races at the following racecourses: Cheltenham (Gloucestershire), Southwell (Nottinghamshire), Fakenham (Norfolk) and Exeter (Devon). The whole month of January is well populated with races in England, as you will find out if you check out the Horse Racing Fixture List 2020, listing the National Hunt, Flat and All Weather fixtures throughout the year.
If you prefer Scotland, head for the Ayr racecourse, south of Glasgow: their New Year’s Day race is scheduled on January 2nd. Keep an eye on them also for the two following January racedays at Ayr, on Jan. 6th and 19th. Ireland has a New Year’s Day race too at Tramore Races, in County Waterford, and another one at Fairyhouse, County Meath, home of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.
A touch of exotic? If you are in Hong Kong you can attend the Chinese Club Challenge Cup, again on New Year’s Day, at the Sha Tin racecourse, managed by Hong Kong Jockey Club. Sha Tin is very active, with 474 races per season. Their offer for January 2020 is rich: the Stewards’ Cup and the Centenary Spirit cup on Jan. 19th, the Centenary Vase on Jan. 27th.
Want to stay on that side of the planet? Try Australia, the Doomben Racecourse of the Brisbane Racing Club. Besides the races, they boast over 35 function spaces from trackside marquees, trendy bars and premium dining facilities with floor to ceiling glass windows and panoramic views. The gates for they Jan. 1st Raceday open at 12.30. Stay longer and enjoy Doomben’s Thursday racedays all January.
What about the United States? If you are spending New Year’s Eve in New York, here is your chance to attend Jerome Stakes the next day at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. This thoroughbred race is also a Road to the Kentucky Derby (earns the winner 10 points). If you want to be at the 2020 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series at Gulfstream Park (Florida), you will have to wait until January 25th.