Kentucky Calls In Racing Week Ahead

Churchill Downs in Kentucky and Dundalk in Ireland link up once again on Friday

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

Racing in Ireland this week includes a big night (Friday) at Dundalk where the feature is the €75,000 qualifier for the Kentucky Derby. Mint juleps will be in plentiful supply on what should be a very good night in County Louth.

At Navan (Saturday), the centrepiece is the Grade 3 ‘Flyingbolt’ Chase, while there is a €50,000 handicap chase at Leopardstown (Sunday).

In Britain, the weekend will include Newbury’s £50,000 Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup, Lingfield’s £45,000 Spring Cup, Kelso’s £60,000 Premier Chase and Doncaster’s £55,000 Grimthorpe Chase (all on Saturday), while Sunday will see Huntingdon stage the £30,000 Cambridgeshire National and Sedgefield feature the £30,000 Young Chasers Series Final.

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Racing in Ireland between Tuesday 26th February and Sunday 3rd March

There is no racing in Ireland between Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th February

Thursday 28th February

Clonmel, 1:40pm – A National Hunt card

Friday 1st March

Dundalk, 5:15pm – A huge night at the racecourse, with €173,000 in prize money up for grabs; the feature race is the €75,000 Patton Stakes (a Listed Race), which is due off at 7:45pm and is a qualifying race for Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the USA’s Triple Crown of horse racing

Mendelssohn, winner of the 2018 Kentucky Derby qualifier at Dundalk, pictured with winning connections

 

Saturday 2nd March

Navan, 1:45pm – A National Hunt card that features the €44,500 Grade 3 Flyingbolt Novice ‘Chase (2 mile, 5yo+)

Sunday 3rd March

Leopardstown, 2:10pm – A National Hunt card that includes the following races:

  • €26,000 TRM Kurasyn 360x Handicap Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo+)
  • €50,000 TRI Equestrian Handicap ‘Chase (Grade B, 2m5f, 5yo+)

Leopardstown will also race on Monday 4th March

 

Racing in Britain between Tuesday 26th February and Sunday 3rd March

Tuesday 26th February

Leicester, 2pm – The card features a £16,000 hunters’ chase

Ffos Las, 2:10pm – A National Hunt card

Catterick, 2:20pm – A National Hunt card

Wolverhampton, 5pm – An all-weather flat card

Wednesday 27th February

Wincanton, 1:50pm – A National Hunt card

Musselburgh, 2:10pm – A National Hunt card

Southwell, 2:30pm – An all-weather flat card that features a £20,000 7f handicap (4yo+)

Kempton, 5:30pm – An all-weather flat card

 

Thursday 28th February

Musselburgh, 1:35pm – A National Hunt card

Ludlow, 1:50pm – A National Hunt card that includes the £21,000 Forbra Gold Cup Handicap ‘Chase (2m7f171y, 5yo+)

Taunton, 2pm – A National Hunt card

Newcastle, 4:05pm – An all-weather flat card that features a £25,000 one milehandicap (4yo+)

Kempton, 5:55pm – An all-weather flat card

Ludlow is among the meetings staging racing on Thursday

Friday 1st March

Newbury, 1:45pm – A National Hunt card

Lingfield, 2pm – An all-weather flat card

Doncaster, 2:10pm – A National Hunt card

Newcastle, 5:30pm – An all-weather flat card

Saturday 2nd March

Newbury, 1:30pm – A National Hunt card that features the following races:

  • £50,000 Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2m3f187y, 5yo+)
  • a £30,000 veterans’ handicap chase (3m1f214y, 9yo+)

Lingfield, 1:35pm – An all-weather flat card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 Spring Cup (Listed Race, 7f1y, 3yo)
  • £19,000 handicap (5f6y, 4yo+)

Kelso, 1:40pm – A National Hunt card that features the following races:

  • £60,000 Premier ‘Chase (Listed Race, 2m7f96y, 5yo+)
  • £50,000 Grade 2 Premier Kelso Novices’ Hurdle (2m2f,25y, 4yo+)

 

Doncaster, 1:50pm – A National Hunt card that features the following races:

  • £30,000 handicap chase (2m78y, 5yo+)
  • £55,000 Grimthorpe Handicap ‘Chase (3m2f1y, 5yo+)

Chelmsford, 5:30pm – An all-weather flat card that includes a £15,000 14f handicap (4yo+)

Sunday 3rd March

Huntingdon, 2pm – A National Hunt card that features the £30,000 Cambridgeshire National Handicap ‘Chase (3m6f162y, 5yo+)

Sedgefield, 2:20pm – A National Hunt card that features the £30,000 Young Chasers Series Final Handicap ‘Chase (2m5f28y, 5yo+)

 

 



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