Racing Preview: Irish Guineas the week’s features

The newly-developed Curragh racecourse will stage the first Irish Classics of the season this weekend

Will Reilly looks forward to this week’s racing – highlights include the Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas meeting at the Curragh with big cards at Sandown, Goodwood and Haydock in the UK

Here are detail on the key racing taking place this week in Ireland and Britain. The key Irish racing is listed first followed by the key British racing.

The Curragh stages the Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas meeting within a three-day fixture that runs from Friday to Sunday (May 24-26).

Ireland

Friday May 24th

The Curragh – This card, which starts at 4:20pm, includes the following races:

  • €55,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Marble Hill Stales (Listed, 2yo, 6f)
  • €50,000 Evoke.ie Spring Fillies Handicap (8f, 3yo fillies)
  • €100,000 Curragh “Where Champions Are Made” Handicap (7f, 4yo+)
  • €65,000 Group 3 Kerrygold Gallinule Stakes (10f, 3yo)

Saturday May 25th

The Curragh – This card, which starts at 2:25pm, includes the following races:

  • €120,000 Group 2 Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands (6f, 4yo+, 3pm)
  • €400,000 Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (8f, 3yo colts and fillies, 3:35pm)
  • €120,000 Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes (8f, 4yo+ fillies, 4:10pm)
  • €50,000 Walshes Hill Handicap (10f, 4yo+)
  • Plus two €25,000 handicaps from among the other races

Sunday May 26th

The Curragh – This card, which starts at 1:50pm, includes the following races:

  • €400,000 Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (10f, 4yo+, 3:50pm)
  • €400,000 Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (8f, 3yo fillies, 4:25pm)
  • €50,000 Irish Stallions Farms EBF ‘Habitat’ Handicap (8f, 3yo+)
  • Plus a €25,000 two-mile handicap and €25,000 6f handicap from among the other races

Key racing in Britain:

Monday May 20th

Windsor (5:30pm start) – The featured race being the £37,000 Listed Weatherbys Hamilton Stakes (Registered as the Leisure Stakes, 6f, 3yo+)

Wednesday May 22nd

Ayr (2pm start) – The featured race being the £50,000 Tennents British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes (Listed Race, 10f, 4yo+)

Warwick (2:20pm) – A card that features the £30,000 Wigley Group Carnival Handicap ‘Chase (2m54y, 5yo+) and the £25,000 Feldon Dunsmore Carnival Handicap Hurdle (2m, 4yo+)

The card also contains a hunters’ chase that is run for the Crudwell Cup, a horse that won 50 races in his career.

Thursday May 23rd

Goodwood (2pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 Height Of Fashion Stakes (Listed Race, 1m1f197y, 3yo)
  • £25,000 South Downs Water Handicap (7f, 4yo+)
  • £20,000 British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap (1m3f218y, 3yo+)

Chelmsford (5:50pm) – A card that features a £25,000 10-furlong handicap (4yo+)

Sandown Park (6pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £70,000 Group 3 Henry II Stakes (2m50y, 4yo+, 7:05pm)
  • £70,000 Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1m1f209y, 4yo+)
  • £40,000 Heron Stakes (Listed Race, 8f, 3yo)
  • £30,000 National Stakes (Listed Race, 5f10y, 2yo)

Friday May 24th

Goodwood (1:50pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed Race, 1m3f44y, 3yo)
  • £25,000 Thames Materials Bulk Excavations Handicap (6f, 3yo+)

Pontefract (6:30pm)- A card that features the £25,000 EBF Stallions VW Van Centre (Leeds) Ltd Youngsters Conditions Stakes (A Plus 10 Race, 6f, 2yo)

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Saturday May 25th

Chester (1:45pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £45,000 Caldwell Construction Handicap (7f127y, 4yo+)
  • £21,500 Trust Tech Handicap (1m5f84y, 4yo+)
  • A £19,000 maiden (6f17y, 2yo)

Goodwood (1:55pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £100,000 The Flying At Goodwood Handicap (7f, 3yo)
  • £50,000 The Festival Stakes (Listed Race, 1m1f197y, 4yo+)
  • £50,000 Tapster Stakes (Listed Race, 1m3f218y, 4yo+)
  • £25,000 Golf At Goodwood Handicap (1m6f, 4yo+)

York (2pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £90,000 Group 3 Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes (1m5f188y, 4yo+)
  • £50,000 William Hill Sprint Handicap (5f, 3yo+)
  • Plus a £25,000 7f handicap (3yo+)

Haydock Park (2:15pm) – A card that includes the following races:

  • £100,000 Group 2 Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (5f, 3yo+, 4pm)
  • £90,000 Group 2 Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes (6f, 3yo, 3:25pm)
  • £80,000 Amix Silver Bowl Handicap (8f37y, 3yo)
  • £47,000 EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail (Listed Race, 6f, 3yo+, 4:35pm

Cartmel (2:05pm) – A card that features the £20,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle (3m1f83y, 4yo+)

Sunday May 26th

Uttoxeter (2:25pm) – The featured race being the £35,000 Clarke Chase (Handicap) for the Sir Stanley and Lady Clarke Challenge Trophy (2m4f, 5yo+)



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