Racing Preview: It’s Epsom Derby week

Epsom on Derby day is a sight to behold and the world's most-famous horse race is coming up on Saturday

Will Reilly looks forward to this week’s racing

This week’s highlight is Saturday’s £1,500,000 Investec Epsom Derby, the centrepiece of two days of racing that also includes the Group 1 Investec Oaks and Coronation Cup, which will both be run on Friday.

Here are details on this week’s racing in Ireland and Britain. The Irish racing is listed first followed by the British meetings.

NB The French Derby will be run at Chantilly on Sunday.

Ireland

Monday May 27th

Ballinrobe, 5:45pm – A National Hunt card that features the €30,000 Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo, mares, 4yo+) and also includes a €20,000 2m1f handicap chase (4yo+)

Tuesday May 28th

Ballinrobe, 5:45pm – A National Hunt card that features the following races:

  • €50,000 McHale Mayo Handicap Hurdle (2m4f, 4yo+)
  • €50,000 McHale Mayo National Handicap ‘Chase (2m7f, 4yo+)

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Wednesday May 29th

Gowran Park, 5:15pm – A flat card with the most-valuable race being the €19,500 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (9f, 3yo)

Thursday May 30th

Limerick, 4:55pm – A National Hunt card that features the €26,000 Irish EBF Mares ‘Chase (2m3f, 5yo+ mares)

Fairyhouse, 5:15pm – A flat card with the most-valuable race being the €20,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (6f, 2yo)

Friday May 31st

Down Royal, 5:25pm – A flat card that features the €25,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (12f, 4yo+, fillies)

Tramore, 5:35pm – A National Hunt card

Saturday June 1st

Navan, 12:35pm – A flat card that features the €50,000 Royal County Handicap (10f, 3yo)

Tramore, 1:15pm – A National Hunt card

Sunday June 2nd

Listowel, 1:45pm – A flat card that features a €20,000 6f handicap (3yo+); Listowel also race on Monday June 2nd

Kilbeggan, 2pm – A National Hunt card that features the €20,000 Like Kilbeggan Races On Facebook Handicap’ Chase (3m1f, 5yo+)

Racing in Britain:

Monday May 27th

Chelmsford (1:25pm, flat, all-weather) – Huntingdon (1:30pm, jumps) – Leicester (1:45pm, flat, two £15,000 races on card) – Redcar (1:50pm, flat), a card that features the £45,000 Racing TV Zetland Gold Cup (10f, 3yo+) – Windsor (1:55pm, flat), a card that features a £20,000 5f handicap (3yo) – Cartmel (2:10pm, jumps), where a bumper crowd will be present at the popular track

Tuesday May 28th

Brighton (2pm, flat) – Leicester (2:10pm, flat) – Redcar (2:20pm, flat) – Ayr (5:50pm, flat) – Southwell (5:50pm, flat, all-weather)

Wednesday May 29th

Newton Abbot (12pm, jumps, featuring the £18,500 Rowett Insurance Insuring The Par Inn Success Handicap Chase) – Beverley (2:10pm, flat) – Hamilton (2:20pm, flat) – Warwick (5:30pm, jumps) – Cartmel (5:40pm, jumps)

Thursday May 30th

Lingfield (2pm, flat) – Wetherby (2:10pm, flat) – Yarmouth (2:20pm, flat) – Carlisle (5:40pm, flat) – Sandown (5:55pm, flat, card that carries races worth £16,119 and £15,000 handicaps)

Friday May 31st

Epsom (2pm) – It is day one of the two-day Epsom Derby meeting, the Derby being one of the most-coveted races in the sport; the opening day is made up of the following contests:

  • £60,000 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions Race)(Plus 10 Race), 6f, 2yo
  • £50,000 Investec Mile (8f113y, 4yo+)
  • £425,000 Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup (12f, 4yo+)
  • £60,000 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap (10f, 4yo+)
  • £500,000 Group 1 Investec Oaks (fillies, 12f, 3yo fillies)
  • £50,000 Investec Surrey Stakes (Listed Race, 7f, 3yo)
  • £50,000 Investec Zebra Handicap (7f, 3yo+)

The other British meetings on Friday are – Carlisle (1:40pm, flat, a card that features the £25,000 British EBF Fillies’ Handicap, 5f193y, 3yo filies)) – Wolverhampton (1:50pm, flat, all-weather) – Stratford (5:45pm, jumps, a card made up of hunter chases, the feature races being the £20,000 John Corbet Cup and the £25,000 61st running of the Horse And Hound Cup) – Doncaster (6pm, flat) – Chelmsford (6:10pm, flat, all-weather, a card that contains a £15,000 6f handicap)

Saturday June 1st

Epsom (2pm) – Day two of the two-day Epsom Derby meeting, the Derby (4:30pm) being one of the most-coveted races in the sport; today is made up of the following contests:

  • £50,000 Investec Private Banking Handicap (10f, 3yo)
  • £90,000 Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (8f113y, 3yo+)
  • £90,000 Group 3 Investec Diomed Stakes (8f113y, 3yo+)
  • £100,000 Investec ‘Dash’ Handicap (5f, 3yo+)
  • £1,500,000 Group 1 Investec Derby (12f6y, 3yo)
  • £50,000 Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap (12f6y, 4yo+)
  • £50,000 Investec Asset Management Handicap (6f3y, 4yo+)

The other British meetings on Saturday are – Doncaster (1:20pm, flat, a card that features the £60,000 Doncaster Handicap, 1m6f115y, 3yo) – Hexham (1:30pm, jumps) – Musselburgh (1:40pm, flat, a card that features the £40,000 Stobo Castle Ladies’ Day Gold Cup Fillies’ Stakes and also includes £25,000, £19,327 and £18,800 handicaps) – Worcester (1:45pm, jumps) – Lingfield (1:45pm, flat)

Sunday June 2nd

Nottingham, 2:10pm – A flat card that features the £40,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Nottinghamshire Oaks (Listed Race, 10f50y, 4yo+)

Fakenham, 2:25pm – A jumps card that features the £16,400 Jarrold Ladies Day Handicap ‘Chase (3m38y, 5yo+)



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