The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week
Another fantastic week of racing awaits! We have the three-day Dante Festival at York, plus Group 1 action at Newbury over the weekend.
See all the key meetings and races this week in our weekly guide ↓
Six meetings to kick off the week, with five flat fixtures plus the sole jumps meeting from Southwell. The pick of the action comes in the evening at Windsor, who host an eight race card. The feature race is the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes, where Charlie Appleby’s Modern News will be a popular pick in the four runner affair.
Elsewhere, AP O’Brien has been in fantastic form of late and sends just one runner to Roscommon – Victoria Road (4:25). Red-hot jockey Ryan Moore is at Windsor this evening for two rides:
- Madam Macho (5:40)
- Crystal Delight (7:40)
With the Dante Festival starting on Wednesday, it’s a quiet day of racing on Tuesday as five meetings go to post across the UK.
The pick of the action comes over jumps at Sedgefield, where Nero Rock will look to follow up on his 16-length rout last week in the feature (3:30).
Elsewhere there is four flat fixtures, with two all-weather evening meetings at Lingfield and Newcastle.
The three-day Dante Festival kicks off at York, with Group 2 + 3 action on the card. One of the stars on show will be Emily Upjohn, who will bid to win the Group 3 Musidora Stakes (3:35) before being aimed for the Epsom Oaks in June.
In the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes (3:00), there’s plenty of high-class entries, including the likes of Dragon Symbol, Minzaal, Kinross and Happy Romance. This looks a much more open affair than the Musidora!
There’s also four competitive handicaps to get stuck into on the card, with the first race kicking off our ante-post E/W Dante acca!
Day Two of the York Dante Festival is another excellent card and features a couple of Group 2 races – the Middleton Stakes and the Dante Stakes.
The Middleton Fillies Stakes (2:25) is set to feature four Group 3 winners:
- Thunder Kiss
- Ville De Grace
- Angel Power
The Dante Stakes (3:35) looks set to be a cracker and should give us a few pointers to the Epsom Derby. John Gosden won this race with Golden Horn in 2015, who went out to win the Derby on his next start, and the trainer runs Magisterial in this. Another likely Derby runner is Desert Crown, who has been heavily backed in the ante-post market for the Epsom feature in June.
Elsewhere, there’s flat action from Newmarket and Salisbury, plus jumps racing at Clonmel, Fontwell and Perth.
Day three of the Dante Meeting at York and it’s the Yorkshire Cup that steals the show. Staying superstar Stradivarius will once again line up and bid to win it for a third time, having won the race in 2018 and 2019. However, he was beat twice last season by Alan King’s Trueshan, who will line up here if the ground softens.
There’s also a couple of Listed races to kick off the final day card, and four handicap races complete the seven-race card. Elsewhere, there’s flat action from Newbury + Newmarket, plus jumps action from Aintree Hamilton and Leopardstown.
The Group 1 Lockinge Stakes takes centre stage at Newbury, and features the exciting Baaeed, who should take all the beating. The unbeaten star of 2021 was last seen winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and provided he’s fully fit on his return, he will be a warm order to remain unbeaten.
His likeliest rival will be the filly Mother Earth, who he has to give 3lb to. Other challengers look set to include Real World, Alcohol Free and Chindit.
There’s also the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes on the card, plus a couple of Listed races. Away from Newbury, there’s Listed action at Newmarket, plus another five meetings across the UK.
Naas hosts it’s Royal Ascot trials day, which features plenty of high-class racing. The Fillies Sprint Stakes (4:15) has been won by multiple Group 1 winners in the past so looks to be the pick of the action.
Elsewhere, it’s a fairly quiet day with just three more meetings to look forward to. Jumps action comes from Killarney and Stratford, with the other flat fixture coming from Ripon.
Overall though, it’s a cracking week of racing and we’re going to have our top tips available every day, and we can’t wait for it to start!