Your guide to the 2019 Flat racing guides
Right, the Flat has started but it will splutter a bit before things rev up when Newmarket’s Craven meeting gets into gear later this month. That means there’s time to absorb the views, stats and interviews in the annual guides to the Flat season.
Timeform’s contribution to the genre is Horses To Follow 2019 Flat Season £10.95. But there is more to it than fifty to follow.
The nominated 50 are at the heart of the book with highly readable essays on each in typically succinct Timeform style, accompanied by the Timeform rating, and each one ending with a conclusion on what could be expected of the horse in question. A further 10 horses from Ireland get similar treatment.
An ante-post chapter has its sights on the Guineas, Oaks and Derby, whilst over a dozen trainers select their best horses for the new season and four rising stars from the ranks of jockeys and trainers are nominated.
But, this being Timeform, ratings are provided for hundreds of horses due to take to the track this year.
The Timeform guide is one to settle down with for a good read, with a highlighter pen in hand to flag up what to refer back to as the season progresses.
The Racing Post Guide to The Flat 2019 (£12.99) puts up 100 key horses, with form data, summaries on each and Racing Post Ratings. The 100 are interspersed with Five to Watch from various Racing Post tipsters.
There’s also the lowdown on 10 top trainers, plus views from Ireland, France and global players, an ante-post look at the Newmarket and Epsom classics, and a piece on dark horses.
Course specialists come under the spotlight and Paul Kealy offers 12 horses identified as a potential portfolio for profitable punting.
The Post guide packs a lot into its 190+ pages and its a book to refer to throughout the season.
Finally, there’s the Racing & Football Outlook Flat Racing Guide 2019 (£10.99). First thing to say about the RFO guide is that is not printed on glossy paper and the black and white photos hark back to the old hot-metal days of newspaper printing.
That said, it’s crammed with statistics, detailed contributions from the Outlook’s racing team nominating the best horses from yards around the country and in Ireland, and 30 horses to follow are put up Nick Watts.
It also has an extensive ante-post look at the classics, plus a further selection of horses to follow from Richard Birch.
Last year’s Group 1 races are reviewed as are the 2018 crop of two-year-olds. Some of the best data comes from exhaustive analysis of top trainer performances and the same can be said about the course-by-course data.
If you like your stats, the Outlook guide is the one for you.
Having gone through the books you can buy, let’s not forget that here at The Racing Hub we’ve Doug Campbell’s admirable 50 three-year-old horses to follow for this year’s campaign. They’re all here at the other end of this link