Dewhurst and Cesarewitch at Newmarket
A big week of racing in England will culminate in Saturday’s Dubai Future Champions Festival.
The card will contain the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, one of the main two-year-old races of the year, and the £500,000 Cesarewitch Handicap, the second leg of racing’s Autumn Double.
The Dewhurst has been won this century by subsequent Classic winners Churchill (2016), Dawn Approach (2012), New Approach (2007), Sir Percy (2005), Shamardal (2004), Rock Of Gibraltar (2001) and the great Frankel, who won in 2010.
Newmarket will also race on Friday, where the £500,000 Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, one of the main two-year-old races in Britain for fillies, the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes, the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes, the Pride Stakes (a Listed Race) and the £120,000 Old Rowley Cup will be on the card.
Many of the race titles acknowledge the enormous support that Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation has given, and continues to give, to stud and stable staff.
Elsewhere, notable races today include a £25,000 nursery handicap at Nottingham, a £21,000 handicap chase at Ludlow and a £20,000 Conditions Stakes race at Kempton.
The British racing is fairly low-key on Thursday and Exeter’s intended fixture has been called off owing to firm ground.
Newton Abbot and More
Along with Newmarket on Friday (as given above), Newton Abbot will feature a £29,900 Intermediate Chase along with a £24,500 handicap hurdle and York’s card will contain a £30,000 7f192y handicap, a £20,000 five-furlong handicap and a £100,000 handicap, which will be run over a distance of 1m5f188y.
Then it will be on to Saturday where, along with a superb card at Newmarket, York will stage its Sprint Trophy meeting, the feature race being worth £100,000. Also on the card will be the £50,000 Rockingham Stakes (a Listed Race).
To many people Chepstow’s card marks the start of focus shifting away from the flat in Britain to National Hunt racing. Saturday’s program includes the £50,000 Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle, the £25,000 Listed Smerdon Tree Services Novices’ Chase, with a £20,000 handicap hurdle sandwiched between them.
On Sunday, Chepstow’s card contains the £40,000 Grade 2 Persian War Hurdle, a £30,000 Veterans’ Handicap Chase qualifier, a £20,000 handicap hurdle and the £40,000 John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase.
Goodwood’s Sunday card features a £30,000 12-furlong handicap and a £20,000 six-furlong handicap.
It will be York’s final meeting of 2018. Remarkably, the track will have staged 22 races this season worth £100,000 or more.