Fans of horse racing will already be looking ahead to the big racing action taking place in 2022, with many of the leading sports betting sites offering ante-post markets.
Now is the best time to get the best odds on some of the biggest equine stars in some of the most lucrative races of the season. You can bet on horse races online with TwinSpires.com before the year ends.
So, which ante-post selections should be racing fans be on before the start of the next calendar year?
We will start with the Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs on May 7th. The opening Triple Crown race of the season is always one of the big betting races of the year in the United States, as cases can be made for most of the horses involved. However, we believe that you can get the best possible price on Jack Christopher at present, as his odds will drop considerably once he returns to the track.
He was much shorter than 14/1 before the running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but his scratch due to a minor injury has allowed Cornchice to move to favorite. However, Jack Christopher boasts the best form in the book of those that are actually allowed to enter the Kentucky Derby, and his dominant win in the G1 Champagne Stakes is still very fresh in the memory.
It’s likely his chances will hinge on how he looks on his return to the track in 2022, but under the care of trainer Chad Brown, he will be in the best possible hands, and we can’t see anything other than him being back firing fit on the Derby trail.
Royal Ascot will be an unmissable event in 2021, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. Unfortunately, Her Majesty doesn’t have a leading chance in the feature race of the meeting, as it looks to be another showdown between Trueshan and Stradivarius for the Gold Cup. Stradivarius’ dominance in recent years has disappeared, and the ever-improving Trueshan along with Hollie Doyle look to be the one’s to beat in the renewal in 2022.
The five-year-old enjoyed an excellent season in 2021, winning three from four starts in the second half of the year. He was victorious over Stradivarius in each of his last two starts, including the G1 Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp and the G2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot. History will repeat itself once again next year, as Trueshan comes out on top and finally lands a first Gold Cup.
Third Time Lucki
It looks set to be another dominant Cheltenham Festival for the Irish in March, but one of the bright spots for the British could come in the Arkle Chase based on the performances that we have seen so far this year.
Appreciate It may head the betting, but we will be very keen to take him on with Dan Skelton-trained Third Time Lucki, who is looking like a potential star over fences so far this season.
The six-year-old hasn’t put a foot wrong on two starts at Cheltenham so far this season, winning by a very eye-catching eight and a half length distance at the track from Buddy Rich on his season reappearance in October.
That was followed up with yet another outstanding performance at Cheltenham against in November, winning by four and three-quarter lengths. There is still a long way to go before the Festival, but if Third Time Lucki maintains this form, and the Skelton winners keep rolling in, he will be much shorter than 10/1 by the time that the long-awaited first day gets underway.