The Week Ahead – What Racing To Focus On This Week
What a week of racing we have in store! There’s plenty of quality racing across the cards in the week, plus the small matter of the Epsom Oaks and Derby towards the end of the week.
See all the key meetings and races this week in our weekly guide ↓
Six meetings to start the week – including Lingfield where current leader in the Flat Jockey Championship William Buick is riding through the card:
- Cu Chulainn (1:15)
- Simply Sondheim (1:50)
- Musical Romance (2:25)
- Emily’s Eclipse (2:55)
- Dancing To Win (3:25)
- Agapanther (3:55)
- Almodovar Del Rio (4:30)
Elsewhere there’s further flat racing at Ayr, Redcar and Windsor, plus jumps fixtures at Ballinrobe and Cartmel. Over in the USA, there’s a trio of Grade 1 races on the card at Santa Anita.
It’s all about the flat on Tuesday, with six of the seven meetings being flat fixtures. The pick of the action looks to come from Newbury, with Class 3 action on the card (4:10). William Haggas has made an excellent start to the season and has two runners on the Newbury card:
- Perfect Alibi (2:40)
- Hebrides (4:10)
There’s also a jumps card again at Ballinrobe as they host the second of their two -day meeting.
A further six meetings go to post on Wednesday, with the pick of the action coming from Ripon. Previous Group 2 winner Mr Lupton will bid to get back to winning ways in the feature (6:35).
Elsewhere, there’s more flat racing at Nottingham, Kempton and the Curragh, plus Cartmel and Newton Abbot both have jumps fixtures.
The Queen’s Platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend kicks off with some cracking racing. The Zetland Gold Cup (4:45) at Redcar is one of the feature races on the day, where last years winner Good Birthday will bid for back-to-back victories in the race.
There’s also two Listed races at Leopardstown, in the form of the Glencairn Stakes (6:15) and the King George V Cup (7:20).
Altogether there is seven meetings to look forward to, with flat action at Chelmsford (AW), Hamilton, Leicester, Leopardstown and Redcar. The jumps fixtures are at Ffos Las and Uttoxeter.
It’s Oaks day at Epsom!
Aidan O’Brien or John Gosden have won the last eight renewals of the race (4:30), and the latter looks to have a superb chance with the impressive Emily Upjohn. Frankie Dettori rode last years winner Snowfall and is booked to ride Emily Upjohn as he bids for a seventh victory in the race. Team Gosden also have recent Listed winner Nashwa as they look set for a strong push to wrestle back the crown for Aidan O’Brien. The Irish trainer’s strongest chances looks to be Tuesday, who has placed in both his Group 1 races this season.
There’s also the Group 1 Coronation Cup (3:10), where last years winner Pyledriver will bid to retain his crown. With regular jockey Martin Dwyer ruled out, Frankie Dettori takes over the reigns and will fancy his chances of riding another Group 1 winner. AP O’Brien is the leading trainer in the race with eight wins, and has High Definition as his sole representative for him.
Away from Epsom, there’s also racing at Bath, Catterick, Doncaster, Goodwood, Huntingdon and Market Rasen.
The one we’ve been waiting for – the Cazoo Epsom Derby!
There are plenty of big names to look out for in the feature (4:30), but the key runners look to be Desert Crown, Stone Age and Piz Badile. Desert Crown will bid to become the first horse since Golden Horn (2015) to do the Dante/Derby double. AP O’Brien’s Stone Age ran out a convincing winner of the Derby Trial at Leopardstown and has to be taken seriously, whilst the lightly raced Piz Badile is another who could come into contention.
There’s also two Group 3 races on the Epsom card – the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2:35) and the Diomed Stakes (3:10). Other flat fixtures include Chepstow, Doncaster, Lingfield, Listowel and Mussleburgh, whilst jumps action comes from Hexham, Tramore and Worcester.
We sign off for the week with the SkyBet Sunday series at Musselburgh, where the Listed Queen Of Scots Stakes (5:45) being the feature of the seven-race card. The race was won by Just Beautiful last year, who then followed up in the Group 3 Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster.
There’s also flat action from Goodwood and Listowel, plus jumps racing at Perth and Kilbeggan.