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, especially for breakfast. 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 which is a highlight for Good Friday if you choose to trade on that particular day.

This year Bath Racecourse attracted a lot of interest for its Good Friday card, and Lingfield will add to the mix.

I’ve 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, and interest is growing on Good Friday. I got a 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, and Bath looks interesting this year.

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 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 will all fall over the top of itself and be a bit of a mess. So 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. Consequently, you may want to think carefully about whether you want to do it and, if you do, what targets you pick.

From my perspective, Good Friday is helpful if you can trade it; Saturday is like a normal Saturday, but Sunday and Monday and very missable.

I hope you have a great Easter.

1 Comment
  1. david 5 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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