Back In Business: The Racing Week Ahead

Gowran Park's Red Mills card on Saturday is among this week's racing highlights in Ireland

As Britain gets the all-clear to resume racing, Will Reilly looks ahead to this week’s racing in Ireland and GB

Racing received the good news late on Monday night that the Equine flu-based postponement of British racing had come to an end after six days. Racing will resume in Britain on Wednesday (February 13th).

The racing programme in Ireland has been unaffected by the flu outbreak.

NB The Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase have been added to Ascot’s Saturday card. They were originally due to be run on Saturday 9th February at Newbury, but the fixture was cancelled owing to the outbreak of Equine flu.

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

There is no racing in Ireland on Monday February 11th or Tuesday February 12th.

Wednesday February 13th

Fairyhouse (first race, 1:35pm) – The card’s main race is a €25,000 2m7f chase at 3:35pm, and there is Ireland v Britain Qualified Riders handicap chase at 3:35pm

Thursday February 14th

Clonmel (1:35pm) – The feature race is a €40,000 Grade 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at 2:40pm (3 miles)

Friday 15th February

Dundalk (5:30pm – 5pm if a race divides) – The card’s main race is the €26,000 Heineken Handicap (six furlongs), although it also includes a €17,500 12-furlong handicap

Saturday 16th February

Gowran Park (1:20pm) – The card includes the following races:

  • €60,000 Grade 2 Red Mills’ Chase (1:55pm, 2m4f)
  • €60,000 Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle (3:05pm, 2 miles)

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Sunday 17th February

Navan (1:50pm) – The card includes the following races:

  • €45,000 Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle (2:20pm, 2m5f)
  • €45,000 Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase (3:25pm, 3 miles)

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Key races in Britain between Thursday 14th February and Sunday 16th February

Wednesday 13th February

Southwell (2pm), Flat card on the Fibresand surface

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

Musselburgh (2:20pm) – A National Hunt card

Kempton Park (5:!5pm), Flat card on the Polytrack surface

Thursday 14th February

Kelso (1:25pm) – The card features the following races:

  • £30,000 Morebattle Hurdle (2:25pm, 2m2f25y)
  • £25,000 Malcolm Jefferson Memorial Chase (3pm, 2m7f, 96y)

Friday 15th February

Sandown (1:20pm) – The card features a £30,000 Grade 2 mares’ novices’ hurdle (2:25pm, 2m3f173y), but also contains the Royal Artillery Gold Cup

Saturday 16th February

Ascot (1:15pm) – As mentioned earlier, the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase (due to have been run at Newbury on Saturday February 8th) have been added to this card. The card also contains the following races:

  • A £25,000 novices’ hurdle (2m3f58y, 5yo+)
  • £40,000 Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (2m7f180y, 5yo+)
  • £75,000 Keltbray Swinley Chase (Listed Race, 2m7f180y, 5yo+)
  • A £45,000 handicap hurdle (2m3f58y, 4yo+)
  • £150,000 Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f8y, 5yo+)

Haydock Park (1:30pm) – The card includes the following races:

  • £40,000 Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle (3m58y, 4yo+)
  • A £20,000 juvenile hurdle (1m7f144y)
  • £100,000 Grade 3 Grand National Trial (3m4f97y, 5yo+)
  • A £20,000 Pertemps Network Series Qualifier (3m58y, 5yo+)
  • £30,000 Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (3m58y)

Wincanton (1:40pm) – The card includes the following races:

  • A £25,000 handicap chase (1m7f, 149y, 5yo+), 2:10pm
  • £60,000 Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle (1m7f65y, 4yo+. 2:45pm)

Lingfield (1:45pm) – The card includes a £19,000 six-furlong handicap (4yo+)

Kempton Park (5:15pm) – The card includes the following races:

  • A £20,000 fillies’ handicap (7f, 4yo+)
  • A £25,000 Conditions Stakes race (2 miles, an All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier, 4yo+)
  • A £25,000 12-furlong handicap (4yo+)

Sunday 17th February

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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