Trading Easter Racing – Treading on Eggshells?

It’s an important weekend on the sporting calendar this weekend it’s Easter!

This can only mean one thing. Easter eggs and the permission to eat your body weight in chocolate. However, word has it that apparently there are plenty of other reasons why we should celebrate Easter.

It’s traditionally a time of family gatherings and other events and in times gone past there wasn’t much sporting action. However, there are lots now in recent years even horse racing had joined in on this long weekend.

But the key question is, is it worth trading it?

Racing on Good Friday

The card for racing on the betting exchange over Easter is actually quite interesting. Traditionally Racing wasn’t run on Good Friday but the racing industry decided to break that tradition and in 2014 they started racing on Good Friday.

There is one significant meeting which is Newcastle which hosts the all-weather championships. This is a highlight for Good Friday if you choose to trade on that particular day.

So I’ve sort of slipped into the mode typically of not trading on Good Friday. If the weather is good, that’s even more likely! But sometimes circumstances conspire and I can trade it. I got a really decent result in 2017 when the AW Championship was run at Lingfield. But the result and the opportunity to do it are generally exceptions to the rule.

But if you want to trade on Good Friday, Newcastle is where the best opportunities will be.

Easter Saturday and Sunday

The Saturday card is pretty much what we would expect from a Saturday and there’s obviously a lot less racing on Easter Sunday.

There will be features on Saturday, but there is a lot of action on and it may clash as there are still a lot of jumps meetings to be sandwiched in. It’s not an ideal scenario, but the better quality means you can pick and choose your targets.

On Sunday there is racing going on but I’m not going to trade that. I tend to use Sundays to recharge my batteries. I’ll put my automation on it, so I am sort of trading.

Easter Monday

Then we come around to the Bank Holiday Monday. This actually isn’t one of my favourite days of the year, because we are still in the jumps season and there’s going to be a lot of racing on Monday.

So it’s all going to fall in over the top of itself and be a bit of a mess. This is typically what happens and this is why I’m not particularly keen on doing much on Easter Monday. It tends not to be very profitable and it’s not going to be worth the sacrifice of not being able to enjoy Easter weekend with the family or part thereof.

One race I will definitely turn up for is the Irish Grand national. At this time of year, I try to pull off the feat of a decent profit on the English and Scottish Grand National, so I try to top that off with the Irish as well!

The bottom line is that it’s a mixed bag of events. As a consequence, you may want to think carefully about whether you want to do it and if you do what targets you pick.


The Newmarket Craven Meeting is around this period, which is the first flat group racing of the season. This means we’re now in that crossover period, between the jump season and the start of the flat season.

Therefore the Easter weekend does present some opportunities, but not standout opportunities. The reality is that due to the muddle of jump and flat racing at the moment it won’t present very clear-cut trading opportunities. Plus, the racing is generally of lower quality which means liquidity tends to be a little bit lower as well, which increases the level of risk that you’re going to take in the market.

To summarise Easter weekend has some highlights, but it may or may not be one that you choose to trade, but you need to ensure you carefully pick and choose your opportunities. It’s a balance between what you want to do and your availability on this day.

With grown-up children now, they would typically be working or doing their own thing this Easter. That means I could trade it, but with a busy period of racing just around the corner, this is typically my chance to recharge the batteries ahead of a, hopefully, busy and long summer.

I hope you have a great Easter.

1 Comment
  1. david 4 years ago

    This is a good article because there are many tips and also many advices that will be very useful to me.

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