The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week

Empress Josephine ridden by Seamie Heffernan (right) goes on to win The Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas during day two of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at Curragh racecourse. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021.Empress Josephine ridden by Seamie Heffernan (right) goes on to win The Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas during day two of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at Curragh racecourse. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021.

Another fantastic week of racing awaits! There’s plenty of quality racing across the cards in the week, plus it’s the turn of the Irish Guineas over the weekend.

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See all the key meetings and races this week in our weekly guide ↓


Monday

Melon

There’s some good quality racing to kick off the week, with arguably the pick of the action coming from Windsor. The Feature is the Listed Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Stakes (6:10), where Archie Watson + Hollie Doyle (25% strike-rate when combining at Windsor) team up with Tabdeed, who won the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes last season. Likely challengers include Run To Freedom, and Lord Of The Lodge for the in-form Karl Burke.

Elsewhere, there’s Grade 3 jumps action on the card at Killarney this evening, in the form of the An Riocht Chase (7:00). It looks set to be a straight battle between two Mullins horses at the head of the betting – Melon and Easy Game. Although there’s plenty of other high-profile names in the race, including last year’s winner Samcro for the Gordon Elliott yard.

Other meetings on Monday include Carlisle, Ffos Las, Leicester and Redcar.


Tuesday

A further seven meetings to look forward to on a busy Tuesday, with racing coming from Brighton, Hexham, Huntingdon, Killarney, Nottingham, Sligo and Wolverhampton. The most interesting race of the day is the finale at Killarney (8:30), where some of the seasons jumps stars switch over to the flat. Grade 1 runner-up My Mate Mozzie and WKD Hurdle runner-up Cask Mate both feature in what should be a highly competitive race.

Elsewhere, William Buick will look to extend his lead in the Flat Jockey Championship with six rides on the card at Leicester:

  • Courageous Knight (1:10)
  • Judy’s Park (1:40)
  • Dora Penny (2:10)
  • Oi The Clubb Oi’s (2:40)
  • Phantasy Mac (3:10)
  • Letter Of The Law (4:45)
Buick

William Buick has a chance to extend his lead in the Flat Jockey Championship at Nottingham on Tuesday.


Wednesday

Wednesday’s feature racing comes from Ary, with the Listed Rothesay Stakes (2:45) the pick of the action. Roger Varian looks set to send two of his stable stars for the race – Group 3 winner Angel Power and last year’s Lancashire Oaks runner-up Lady Hayes.

Elsewhere, keep an eye on the Novice race at Yarmouth (2:35), which could throw up some clues for Royal Ascot. William Buick is already booked to ride Exceed And Excel colt Mischief Magic for Charlie Appleby, and Jane Chapple-Hyam sends out Think Climate, who is the brother of Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes winner James Garfield.

There’s four other meetings on Wednesday, with action coming from Cork, Kempton, Southwell and Warwick.


Thursday

Reach For The Moon

The pick of the racing on Thursday is undoubtedly the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown (7:15), where John & Thady Gosden has entered two of their stable stars. Inspiral remains unbeaten after winning all four of her races last year, including the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, and will bid to maintain her unbeaten record if declared here. They also run the Queen’s Reach For The Moon, who was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Solario Stakes last season. The latter was set to race in the Derby next month, but has been ruled out due to an injury which affected her preparation for the race.

Elsewhere, the Gosden’s could send out Emotion at Lingfield (1:55), who was hugely impressive when winning by 16 lengths at Kempton earlier in the month on just his second start. It’s worth noting that he’s also entered in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on Friday (2:10)

There’s also two jumps meetings to look forward to at Market Rasen and Tipperary, plus a couple of all-weather meetings at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton.


Friday

There’s three Listed races to look forward to on Friday, with two at Goodwood plus the Cecil Frail at Haydock. There could be a few late clues for the Oaks and Derby in the Height Of Fashion Stakes (2:10) and the Cocked Hat Stakes (3:20) at Goodwood. Snow Fairy won the 2010 Height Of Fashion Stakes and followed up in the Oaks – she’s the last horse to do the double. Whilst Lone Eagle won the Cocked Hat Stakes last year and went agonisingly close in the Irish Derby, missing out by a neck to Hurricane Lane.

The Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock (2:30) has some high class entries too, including Flotus and Umm Kulthum. The race was won by Twilight Spinner last year, who has come out and won a Group 3 race this season.

It’s also the start of the Irish Guineas meeting at the Curragh, plus further action comes from Bath, Catterick and Worcester.


Saturday

Now this is where it starts to get really exciting! The Irish 2,000 Guineas (3:20) is the pick of the action, and Native Trail will be strongly fancied to avenge his narrow defeat to stablemate Coroebus at Newmarket. There isn’t the same sort of quality for this race as there was at Newmarket, and connections will be confident he can makes amends here.

Native Trail

Native Trail will be a popular pick to resume winning ways in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

There’s also Group 2 action on the card with the Greenlands Stakes (2:45), where last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner A Case Of You is entered. He beat the likes of Mo Celita and Romantic Proposal that day, and both are entered to take him on again here (both also entered in the Temple Stakes at Haydock).

The pick of the English action comes from Haydock, who host a couple of Group 2 races. Nunthorpe Stakes winner Winter Power looks set to make her reappearance in the Temple Stakes (3:45), but could face some notable challengers, including Romantic Proposal and Dragon Symbol.

There’s also Group 3 action at York in the Bronte Fillies’ Stakes (3:30), plus a good-looking card at Goodwood, and more racing from Lingfield, Musselburgh and Stratford.


Sunday

Inspiral

It’s the turn of the Fillies as the Curragh hosts the 1,000 Guineas (3:45). A cracking race which could feature:

  • Inspiral
  • Tuesday
  • Homeless Songs
  • History

There’s also the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (2:40), where Lord North and Alenquer could come over from Britain to take on the pick of the Irish, including last year’s winner Helvic Dream and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney.

The SkyBet Sunday Series continues at York, whilst there’s also racing at Fakenham and Nottingham.