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Mill Reef Stakes is Newbury’s Saturday highlight

The Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes is the highlight of Newbury’s Saturday card. The race recalls one of the greatest horses of the 20th century. Trained by Ian Balding and ridden by Geoff Lewis in all his starts, Mill Reef won on his two-year-old debut at Salisbury in May 1970. He went on to land that year’s Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix Robert Papin, the Gimcrack Stakes (by ten lengths), the Imperial Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. He

Lingfield Chesterbet
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Musker Stakes the highlight of Yarmouth’s Festival

Wednesday’s 1m 2f John Musker Stakes, a Listed race for fillies and mares, is the highlight of Yarmouth’s three-day meeting. First run in 1993, its best winner thus far is John Gosden’s So Mi Dar in 2016. With Look Around a non-runner, a field of 15 will head to post. Several have already been well beaten at Listed level. They include Time Change and Naqaawa plus Joseph O’Brien’s pair Cnoc An Oir and Snapraeceps. Others, such as Bighearted, Gallic, Maid

Irish St Leger
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The Curragh in spotlight on Champions Weekend

The first day of Irish Champions Weekend took place at Leopardstown today. However, Sunday’s action moves to the Curragh. The course has been in the wars since its recent €81 million redevelopment. Design issues coupled with dismal PR has seen racegoers vote with their feet. Crowds have fallen way below expectations, so this is a key day. Sunday’s bumper nine-race card could not be better. Four Group 1 races including the Irish St Leger, a Group 2, a 26-runner €300,000

St Leger
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Logician a logical Leger market choice

John Gosden’s Logician will be a short price to lift Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster. He’s unbeaten in four starts including the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last time out. Thirteen winners of that Group 2 race went on to win the St Leger. Aidan O’Brien trains both his main rivals. Sir Dragonet started favourite for Derby following his eight-length romp in the Chester Vase. He ended up fifth at Epsom, beaten less than a length. However, he’s run just

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Laytown beckons for Osborne runners

It’s the annual seaside meeting at Laytown Strand, 46km north of Dublin, on Wednesday. The racing takes place on the beach. The paddock and bookies are in a field above the beach. Everything else is in tents. The sole permanent building is the gents’ toilet. Trainer Jamie Osborne loves this meeting. Last year he won three of the six races. He’s mob handed again this year and is unlikely to leave empty handed. Course form important at Laytown Osborne runs

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European interest in Belmont turf stakes

A pair of turf stakes Saturday at Belmont Park on Saturday have plenty of European interest. The Jockey Club Derby is the final race in the new Turf Trinity series for three-year olds. The Belmont Derby, the first leg, went to Henley’s Joy. Then came the Saratoga Derby, the second leg, won by A Thread Of Blue. Both horses are back here for a rematch. A Thread Of Blue steps up in trip to 1 ½ miles here. He is

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Sprint Cup is Haydock’s Saturday special

Thirteen runners head to post for Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock, a six-furlong Group 1 contest. Most are old rivals who’ve been taking each other on all year. Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns had six of them behind him when winning the Group 1 July Cup. He beat Advertise by 2¾ lengths that day with stablemates Fairyland third and So Perfect fifth. Behind them came Kevin Ryan’s pair Brando (seventh) and Major Jumbo (ninth) with Dream Of Dreams back in tenth.

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Brighton rocks with holiday crowds

I went racing at Brighton yesterday, just my third visit in 40 years. It’s a strange place for a racecourse. Situated on a part of the Sussex Downs called Whitehawk Hill, it’s 400 feet above sea level and overlooks the English Channel. It’s an up and down horseshoe-shaped course, a mile and a half long. The first three furlongs are uphill. The ground then falls and rises again until four furlongs from home, where it falls more steeply. The last

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
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Cox crew chase riches at home and abroad

Trainer Clive Cox will be a busy man on Saturday. He has the big race favourites at Sandown and Beverley. Cox runs Positive in Sandown’s Solario Stakes over 7f at 3.35. He looked good when winning by five lengths on his debut at Salisbury. He proved no match for Pinatubo in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. The third horse that day, Lope Y Fernandez, franked the form by winning a Group 3 at the Curragh today. Mark Johnston’s

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Another Italian jockey looks one to follow

Frankie Dettori is having a great summer even by his own high standards. And there’s surely more to come in the autumn, not least the prospect of Enable at Longchamp. But meanwhile, another Italian jockey is starting to get noticed. I hadn’t heard of Marco Ghiani until race commentator Mark Johnson sang his praises during a paddock preview at Newmarket two weeks ago. Mark had called him home in front at Salisbury earlier that week. “He’s a 7lb claimer in

York racing
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City of Ripon Handicap is day two highlight

The city of Ripon is among the smallest cities in England. Its patron saint is St Wilfrid and the Great St Wilfrid Handicap celebrates his name. It’s the highlight of Ripon’s racing year. Ripon’s current racecourse dates from 1900. However, its racing history dates back much further than that and encompassed at least five different venues before settling at its present location near Hewick Bridge. It is known as the Garden Racecourse and is among the most attractive in Britain,

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Saratoga hosts Travers Stakes on Saturday

Twelve three-year-olds contest the mile and a quarter Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. It is the 150th running of the race known as the Midsummer Derby. None of the four Triple Crown race winners are entered this year. Yes, four. That includes the disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security. It looks a contentious race. Tacitus is the 5-2 morning line favourite. Second in the Belmont Stakes and second last time out in the nine-furlong Jim Dandy over the track,

Nunthorpe
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Match led to Great Voltigeur Stakes

The Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes takes place on the first day of York’s Ebor Meeting. First run in 1950 as a stepping stone to the St Leger, its name recalls Lord Zetland’s 1850 Derby and St Leger winner. However, he came off second best in a famous match at York with The Flying Dutchman. Just five go to post for this year’s race and it looks a weak field for a Group 2. Three of them met in Goodwood’s

York racing
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Crystal Ocean to sparkle on York’s opening day

Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful trainer in the history of York’s Juddmonte International Stakes. He’s won it six times and bids for a seventh success with Crystal Ocean, who is currently the world’s top-rated horse, having won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and then just failed to give Enable 3lb in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The race was first run in 1972 as the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup. Roberto, that

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Salisbury success for Sovereign selection

I hope blog readers took note and backed Kick On in Salisbury’s Group 3 Sovereign Stakes on Thursday. With Mojito a non-runner due to the soft ground, Kick On’s odds were shorter than expected. However, a 9-2 winner is still a nice one to have. Franny Norton rode Marie’s Diamond in that race but pulled him up when he felt the horse take a false step. I spoke to him later on and he told me the horse was fine.

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Sovereign Stakes is Salisbury’s Thursday highlight

Salisbury stages the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at 3.50 on Thursday. It’s a one-mile contest for three-year-olds and upwards. Accidental Agent, shock 33-1 winner of last year’s Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, heads this year’s field. He’s winless since then and refused to leave the stalls in this year’s Queen Anne. He then finished fourth in Ascot’s Summer Mile and was last of eight in the Sussex Stakes two weeks ago. This is much easier but he’s a risky bet

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Ice cream Sunday left punters cold

Windsor staged its Ice Cream Festival day on Sunday. However, apart from the race card cover and two lines on the director’s ‘welcome’ page, you would not have known it. The blurb said “we have a fantastic selection of ice creams from around the world including some boozy ice cream for the grown-ups”. What a load of waffle. The “fantastic selection” comprised a Mister Whippy, a Mister Softee, a couple of Carte D’Ors and a van selling a mix of

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Sweet Solera Stakes is Newmarket feature

The Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes, for two-year-old fillies, is the highlight of Newmarket’s Saturday card. It recalls the name of the 1961 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner, trained by Reg Day. This year’s race looks a weak renewal. Richard Hannon’s Dark Lady sets the standard, having finished fourth in a Group 3 at Ascot last month. Prior to that she’d won an all-weather 6f race by five lengths at Lingfield. Light Blush and Ananya are both course and distance

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Brighton Challenge Cup day on Thursday

The Brighton Challenge Cup (3.40) is the main event on day two of Brighton’s three-day August meeting. It’s a class 4 handicap these days but boasts a long history and some high-class winners. They include the filly Park Top who won it as a four-year-old in 1968. In 1969 she won the Coronation Cup, Hardwicke Stakes and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She also finished second in that year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Champion Stakes.

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Chaplins Club recalled at Ponte Wednesday

Pontefract’s Wednesday card contains the five-furlong Chaplins Club Handicap at 4.50. The race recalls a sprinter of the 1980s. Trained by David Chapman, Chaplins Club twice won nine handicaps in a season. In doing so in 1985, he became the first horse to achieve this in 100 years. He repeated the feat three years later, including when winning seven times in 19 days. He bowed out in 1992 by winning his 160th and final start. Chapman, whose training career spanned

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