Coming up: Bobbyjo & Eider Chases, the Winter Derby plus big days at Kempton, Naas and Fontwell

Kempton Park is set to stage another valuable and high-class card on Saturday

Will Reilly takes a look ahead to this week’s racing in Ireland and Britain

This week’s racing in Ireland includes the Quevega Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race) at Punchestown (Wednesday), a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Thurles (Thursday), Bobbyjo Chase day at Fairyhouse (Saturday) and two graded races on a valuable card at Naas (Sunday). There’s also Friday-night action from Dundalk.

In Britain, some fixtures have been added to the programme following the loss of a number of meetings owing to the outbreak of equine flu.

Newcastle’s card on Wednesday includes two races worth £30,000 or more. Doncaster will stage a £30,000 veterans’ chase on the same day. On Friday, Warwick will stage a £30,000 handicap chase and Exeter will play host to its Devon National meeting.

On Saturday, Kempton will stage a valuable and usually very informative card that contains three Grade 2 contests and £100,000 handicap chase, while it is Group 3 Winter Derby day at Lingfield. The Lingfield card will also include the £45,000 Hever Stakes (Listed Race).

Just for good measure, Newcastle will stage the £80,000 four-mile Eider Chase on Saturday and, on Sunday, Fontwell’s fixture will feature its most-valuable race of the season, the £80,000 Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle.

As ever, there is plenty to look forward to in this week’s racing.

Here is this week’s racing line-up in Ireland, with the meetings in Britain following on

There is no racing in Ireland on Monday February 18th or Tuesday February 19th.

Wednesday February 20th

  • Punchestown (first race, 1:30pm) – The card contains the following races:
  • €30,000 Quevega Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race, 2m4f, 4yo+)
  • €26,500 Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle Qualifier (3 miles, 4yo+)

Thursday February 21st

Thurles (2pm) – The feature race is the €50,000 Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (2m4f, 5yo+)

Friday 22nd February

Dundalk (5:30pm – 5pm if a race divides) – The card’s main race is a €26,000 handicap (one mile)

Saturday 23rd February

Fairyhouse (1:40pm) – The card contains the following races:

  • €20,000 Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo+)
  • €32,500 Grade 3 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo only)
  • €25,000 Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • €45,000 Grade 3 Bobbyjo ‘Chase (3m1f, 5yo+)

Sunday 24th February

Naas (1:30pm) – The card contains:

  • A €50,000 Grade B novice handicap chase (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • A €46,500 Grade 2 novice hurdle (2 miles)
  • A €46,500 Grade 3 chase (2 miles)

Race meetings in Britain between Tuesday 19th February and Sunday 23rd February

Tuesday 19th February

Wetherby (1:55pm) – A National Hunt card

Taunton (2:10pm) – A National Hunt card that includes the £18,500 Greene King Handicap Hurdle (2m104y, 4yo+)

Wolverhampton (5:30pm) An All-Weather flat card –

Wednesday 20th February

Ludlow (1:50pm) – A National Hunt card

Newcastle (2pm) – An All-Weather flat card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 7f14y handicap (4yo+)
  • £30,000 6f Conditions Stakes race (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier for 3yo)

Doncaster (2:15pm) – A National Hunt card that features the £30,000 Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Sheffield Veterans’ Handicap ‘Chase (3m21y, 9yo+)

Chelmsford (5:15pm) – An All-Weather flat card that includes two races worth £19,000: a two-mile handicap (4yo+) and a mile handicap (4yo+)

Wolverhampton (5:30pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Thursday 21st February

Sedgefield (1:35pm) – A National Hunt card

Huntingdon (2:15pm) – A National Hunt card that features a £14,500 novices’ limited handicap chase (2m104y, 5yo+)

Southwell (2:25pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Wolverhampton (5:05pm) – An All-Weather flat card that features a £19,000 5f21y handicap (4yo+)

Chelmsford (5:50pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Friday 22nd February

Warwick (1:10pm) – A National Hunt card that features the £30,000 Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Handicap ‘Chase (2m4f, 5yo+)

Catterick (1:20pm) – A National Hunt card

Exeter (1:30pm) – A National Hunt card that includes the £25,400 Healthy Pets Devon National Handicap ‘Chase (3m6f153y, 5yo+) and the £16,000 GG Racing Podcast ‘Chase (a novices’ limited handicap chase, 3m54y, 5yo+)

Lingfield (1:50pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Chelmsford (5:45pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Saturday 23rd February

Kempton (1:15pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £32,000 Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase (2m4.5f, 5yo+)
  • £30,000 Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo)
  • £30,000 Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo+)
  • £100,000 Grade 3 888Sport Handicap ‘Chase (3 miles, 5yo+)

Lingfield (1:30pm) – An All-Weather flat card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 Hever Sprint Stakes (Listed Race, 5f6y, 4yo+)
  • The £100,000 Group 3 Winter Derby (10 furlongs, 4yo+), an All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier
  • A £19,000 Conditions Stakes race (1m1f, 4yo+)

The £100,000 Winter Derby is coming up at Lingfield on Saturday #springisintheair

Newcastle (1:35pm) – A National Hunt card that features the £80,000 Vertem Eider Handicap ‘Chase (4m122y, 5yo+); it also includes an £18,500 novices’ chase (2m75y, 5yo+)

 

Chepstow (1:55pm) – A National Hunt card that includes the £22,500 Roger Lewis Memorial Trophy Handicap ‘Chase (2m11y, 5yo+) and the £18,500 Pertemps-sponsored handicap hurdle (2m7f131y, 5yo+)

Wolverhampton (5:30pm) – An All-Weather flat card

Sunday 24th February

Fontwell (1:50pm) – A National Hunt card that includes the following races:

  • £15,400 Josh Gifford Memorial Novices’ Chase (2m1f165y, 5yo+)
  • £80,000 Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle (2m3f49y, 4yo+)

Carlisle (2:10pm) – A National Hunt card

Market Rasen (2:10pm) – There is a £20,000 handicap hurdle at 3:!5pm (2m148y, 4yo+)

They also race at Huntingdon from 1:30pm



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