The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week
Another big week of racing awaits as we have midweek Group action plus the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup on Saturday. We’ve got you covered with all the key races to look out for.
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A busy start to the week as seven meetings going to post across the UK & Ireland on Bank Holiday Monday. There’s Listed action on the card at Ripon, with the Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy (3:41). Richmond Stakes runner-up Al Karrar will be a popular pick to go one better this time, but the Richard Hannon colt Shouldvebeenaring will put up a bold bit in his attempt to land a hat-trick of successive victories this season.
Jockey William Buick rode an incredible EIGHT winners from just twelve rides over the weekend and has a trio of rides on the Epsom card this afternoon:
- Bonita B (2:05)
- Evocative Spark (3:15)
- Typical Man (5:00)
Elsewhere there’s flat action from Chepstow, Roscommon and Southwell, whilst jumps fans can get stuck into racing at Cartmel and Downpatrick.
It’s a slightly quieter day on Tuesday, with five meetings to look forward to. The pick of the action comes over fences at Newton Abbot, with the Brendon Soper Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6:10). Just the three runners go to post for it, and it should be a straight shootout between the hat-trick seeking Byzantine Empire and Neil Mulholland’s Ragamuffin.
There’s flat action at Epsom, where in form trainer Sir Mark Prescott (33% strike-rate in last two weeks) sends two runners:
- Genesius (2:50)
- Spectatrice (3:20)
The remaining meetings are all on the flat, coming from Carlisle, Chepstow and Ripon.
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It’s all about the all-weather on Wednesday afternoon, with meetings at Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton. The only turf action on Wednesday afternoon comes in Ireland, with Gowran Park hosting a a seven-race flat card.
There’s also two meetings in the evening, with Hamilton hosting the flat action and Worcester holding the sole jumps fixture on Wednesday.
There’s Group action to look forward to on Thursday, with Salisbury hosting the Group 3 Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (3:20). Richard Hannon has won three of the last five renewals and currently has three horses entered – Immortal Beauty, Minnetonka and Miami Girl.
Thursday also means the return of the Racing League, with Windsor hosting week four. Just one point separates the top two teams – London & The South (428) and Wales & The West (427).
There’s three other meetings to look forward to, with flat action at Clonmel and Haydock, and the sole jumps fixture coming from Sedgefield.
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A surprisingly quiet day of racing for a Friday, with just four meetings going to post across Britain, plus a couple of Irish meetings. That’s not to say there’s a lack of quality though, with a couple of intriguing races.
Haydock hosts the Tin Man Handicap, which has some notable entries, including Royal Ascot runner-up Popmaster and recent Newmarket scorer Mums Tipple.
It’s also well worth keeping an eye on the maiden at Ascot (2:35), where the winner will surely go on to bigger and better things. Two horses currently catch our eye:
- Lion Tamer (has an entry in the 2023 Epsom Derby)
- Canute (has an entry for the Dewhurst in October)
Kempton and Newcastle host all-weather fixtures, with the Irish action coming from Down Royal and Kilbeggan.
A BIG day to get stuck into on Saturday, with no less than FOUR Group races to look forward to. The feature is undoubtedly the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock, with Owen Burrow’s Minzaal currently heading the betting. He could only finish second to Highfield Princess in the Prix Maurice de Gheest last time out, and the pair could line up here again for what could be a thriller. Other big names entered include Emaraaty Ana, Naval Crown and Kinross.
There’s also the Group 3 Superior Mile Stakes (1:45) and the Listed Ascendant Stakes (1:15) earlier on the Haydock card, so those heading to the Merseyside track are in for a treat this weekend!
Kempton also hosts a couple of Group 3 races on their AW card, with the September Stakes (2:05) arguable the pick of the races. Won by some big names in the past, none more so than Enable, who won it in 2018 & 2020.
The remaining meetings on Saturday come from Ascot, Navan, Stratford, Thirsk and Wexford.
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The key racing on Sunday comes from Germany, with Baden-Baden hosting the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden. Torquator Tasso won the race last year and then followed up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and he’s back to retain his crown this year. His biggest challenger is likely to be Sammarco, who was an impressive winner of the Deutsches Derby last time out.
There’s only two fixtures in Britain on Sunday, with the Listed Garrowby Stakes (2:55) the feature race at York, whilst jumps fans can look forward to racing at Fontwell.
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