The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week

Another fantastic week of racing awaits! There’s plenty of quality racing across the cards in the week, whilst the pick of the action this weekend comes from Haydock and Beverley featuring the Group 3 Betfred Pinnacle Stakes & John Of Gaunt Stakes. 

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


Monday

There is plenty of competitive action to get stuck into on Monday with six meetings spread across Britain and Ireland. The red-hot William Haggas yard are operating at a 41% strike rate in recent weeks and has just one entered up on Monday in the form of unraced three-year-old TATHBEET who runs in the 15:20 at Leicester. Elsewhere, Windsor plays host to a seven-race card in the evening with the Class 2 Fitzdares Sprint Series Qualifier Handicap at 18:40 being the feature race. 

ITV Racing Tips. The beautifully-bred Gaassee can land the ITV opener for trainer William Haggas.


Tuesday

Another busy day of action on Tuesday with the racing coming from Bangor, Bath, Lingfield, Newcastle, Southwell, Gowran Park and Punchestown. Arguably the most interesting race on Tuesday comes from Newcastle with the Gainford Group Novice Stakes at 18:00. ELDAR ELDAROV created a huge impression when storming to victory at Nottingham last season and the son of Dubawi has been touted as a potential Group performer in the making for Newmarket trainer Roger Varian and holds some lofty entries further down the line. 

Eldar Eldarov is the star attraction at Newcastle.

Away from the flat action, Champion jump jockey Brian Hughes will look to build upon his eight recent winners with three rides at Bangor on Tuesday afternoon:

  • Copper Fox (14:41)
  • Durragh (15:41)
  • Blakeney Point (16:11)

Wednesday

Six more meetings on Wednesday with arguably the pick of the action coming over the sticks at Warwick and Newton Abbot. Devonshire based trainer David Pipe has his team in blistering form at the moment, operating at a staggering 43% strike rate. The yard will be hoping to continue their fine form with four runners at Newton Abbot on Wednesday afternoon.

  • El Passo Wood (14:00)
  • Ben Lilly (14:30)
  • Miss M (15:00)
  • Nordic Command (15:30)

There are four other meetings taking place on Wednesday with the racing coming from Beverley, Hamilton, Ripon and Wexford. 

David Pipe will be confident of further success at Newton Abbot on Wednesday.


Thursday

The feature meeting on Thursday certainly takes place at Sandown, where the Esher venue hosts a six-race card on Thursday evening with Listed and Group action to look forward to. The Coral National Stakes at 18:15 could see the return of Roger Varian’s exciting two-year-old colt TAJALLA, who dismantled his five rivals when making a winning debut at Newmarket back in April.

The first Group race comes immediately after with the Coral Henry II Stakes at 18:50. All eyes will be certainly on Alan King’s TRUESHAN who has won his last four starts and will be looking to lay down another marker on Thursday evening before setting sights on the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month. 

The Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at 19:25 promises to be an exciting Group 3 clash with John & Thady Godsen’s MOSTAHDAF looking to record a seventh win from just eight starts, while the likes of Addeyb and Bay Bridge make their seasonal return. 

Action on Thursday also comes from Carlisle, Haydock, Ripon, Yarmouth and Limerick. 


Friday

Friday’s action sees racing from Brighton, Carlisle, Chepstow, Haydock, Pontefract and Stratford. While the action in the afternoon is slightly short on quality on Friday, it will be worth keeping an eye out for Brighton specialist JUNOESQUE at 15:20. The eight-year-old mare will be bidding for a remarkable ninth career win at the seaside track and was seriously impressive when stepped up to twelve furlongs last time out – winning by eleven lengths. 

Haydock plays host to a six-race card in the evening and the likes of NICHOLAS GEORGE and SUBASTAR will be amongst the more fancied runners in the Watch Racing TV Novice Stakes at 18:55, while over at Pontefract, the 19:30 Class 2 West Yorkshire Ltd Youngsters Conditions Stakes should see some exciting two-year-olds line-up. 

Junoesque (right) will bid for another course success at Brighton this week.


Saturday 

There is plenty of Saturday racing for punters to delve into with eight meetings taking place up and down the UK. Catterick, Chester, Cartmel, Chelmsford and Ffos las all take place but perhaps the best of the action comes from Haydock and Beverley. 

The two feature races at Haydock are the Group 3 Betfred Pinnacle Stakes & John Of Gaunt Stakes which are staged at 14:55 and 15:30 respectively. La Lune and Kinross landed the feature contests last season. 

Top-quality juveniles are also in action over at Beverley as the East Yorkshire venue play host to a seven-race card including the Hillary Needler Trophy Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at 14:05 and the bet365 Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes for colts and geldings at 15:15. Both contests have highlighted some smart sprinters in the past and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this season’s renewals. 

Kinross winning the John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock Park last season.


Sunday 

Jump racing fans are spoilt for choice on Sunday, with three meetings taking place from Fontwell, Uttoxeter and Kelso. The William Hill Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle at 15:22 could attract a decent field at Kelso, while the Clarke Chase at 15:31 looks the pick of the contests from Uttoxeter.