The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week
It’s not the best week of racing ahead, but there’s still some good-quality races in the mix, including the Ayr Gold Cup and the Mill Reef Stakes.
See all the key meetings and races this week in our weekly guide ↓
The feature racing looks to come from the sole jumps meeting at Worcester. Global Citizen was last seen winning the Grand Annual at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, and he’s set to make his reappearance on their card today (2:05).
Elsewhere there’s action at Brighton and Thirsk in the afternoon, plus an evening card on the all-weather at Kempton.
Another day, another Cheltenham Festival winner! 2021 Paddy Power Plate winner The Shunter is back in action, racing on the flat at Punchestown (3:10).
The feature race looks to be at Yarmouth, with the Bob Hunt’s Race Day Fillies’ Handicap looking like a tasty affair. William Haggas’ Tarhib is likely to be heading the betting after a close second at Chelmsford when last seen in June.
Elsewhere there’s also flat racing at Redcar and Wolverhampton (AW), plus some good-looking jumps action over at Uttoxeter.
The quality of racing picks up on Wednesday, with two Listed races on the cards. The John Musker Fillies’ Stakes (3:20) at Yarmouth could be headed by State Occasion, who has already won at Glorious Goodwood and more recently at York’s Ebor Festival.
The other Listed race is the is the Fortune Stakes (3:35) at Sandown, which features some big-name entries, notably Reach For The Moon and Bayside Boy.
The other flat fixture comes from Beverley, whilst there are a couple of jumps meetings going to post at Kelso and Sligo.
The final fixture for this year’s Racing League, with London & The South looking to stay top of the table at the end of the evening’s Newcastle all-weather card.
Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting kicks off with a seven-race card, with the feature race being the Kilkerran Cup Handicap (3:35). Last year’s winner Chichester is entered and could bid to land a double in the race.
Elsewhere there’s also action at Chelmsford (AW), Naas, Pontefract and Yarmouth.
The second day of Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting features a couple of Listed races on the card – the Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies’ Stakes (3:10) and the British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes (4:20). The latter race could be a key race to keep an eye on, with some impressive winners coming out of the race. Winter Power won the race in 2020, before winning the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes the following year.
There’s also the Ayr Bronze Cup, where it may pay to side with Jim Goldie’s runners. The Scottish trainer has won two of the last ten renewals, including last year’s with Call Me Ginger, who could potentially line up again this year.
There’s also Listed action at Newbury, plus racing at Downpatrick, Dundalk, Kempton and Newton Abbot.
It’s Ayr Gold Cup day, with the feature handicap being worth an impressive £150,000 in prize money. Last year’s impressive winner Bielsa could line up again (3:40), along with those who finished in the places behind him, Great Ambassador and Mr Wagyu.
There’s also the sole Group race in Scotland going to post too – the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes (3:05), which has been won by some big names in the past, including 2020 winner Umm Kulthum, who went on to place in the Cheveley Park Stakes later that month.
Newbury hosts a trio of Group races, with the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes (2:50) the feature. Last year’s race was won by Wings Of War, who just edged out Hierarchy in a cracking finish.
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Elsewhere, there’s also Group action on the card at Gowran Park, plus action at Catterick, Newmarket and Wolverhampton.
It’s a quiet end to the week with just three meetings going to post.
Hamilton hosts the sole flat fixture, with Plumpton and Listowel hosting the day’s jumps action.