Racing Preview: Key Upcoming Racing, July 3-7

Sandown will be packed to the rafters for Saturday's Group 1 Eclipse Stakes

Will Reilly takes a look at a week that is, once again, packed with quality racing

Here’s a look at the key racing coming up in Ireland and Britain this week.

Along with the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown (Sat), the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup at Haydock (Sat) and a valuable mixed card at Tipperary (Thursday), there is the Bellewstown July Festival, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday on the Hill Of Crockafotha, complete with its magnificent views.

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Wednesday to Saturday, July 3rd to 6th, the Bellewstown July Festival

Wednesday, July 3rd – A flat card that starts at 5:30pm, with the key races being:

  • The €20,000 Drogheda Traders Handicap, 6:30pm, 7f187y, 3yo+ rated 60-90
  • The €25,000 Drogheda Traders Plate (QR) Handicap, 7pm, 2m1f22y, 4yo+

Thursday, July 4th – A flat card that starts at 5:25pm, with the key race being:

  • The €20,000 Indaver Ireland Handicap, 5:55pm, 5f, 3yo+

Friday, July 5th – Five flat races and three hurdles contests; first race 5:10pm

Saturday, July 6th  – A National Hunt card that start at 4:40pm, with the feature races being:

  • The €30,000 Fast Shipping Bellewstown Handicap Hurdle, 6:20pm, 2m160y, 5yo+
  • The €17,500 Hilltown Hurdle, 6:50pm, 3 miles, 4yo+

On Thursday July 4th there is also a very good mixed card at Tipperary (first race, 5:35pm), with the feature races being:

  • The €47,500 Coolmore US Navy Flag Tipperary Stakes (7:20pm, Listed Race, 5f, 2yo)
  • The €75,000 Grade 3 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (7:50pm, 2miles, 4yo+)

On Friday, they also race at Wexford (first race 5:35pm), where the main race is the €20,000 Cairde Loch Garman Handicap ‘Chase (8:15m, 2m4f, 5yo+ rated 0-109)

On Saturday, they also race at Naas from 1:35pm, with the main races being:

  • The €24,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (2:10pm, 6f, 2yo)
  • The €25,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3:20pm, 6f, 3yo+)
  • The €20,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (3:55pm, 5f, 3yo+)

Sunday, July 7th

Limerick (1:50pm, flat card), with the feature being the €20,000 Party Time Ltd Marquee Hire Rated Race (4pm, 7f, 3yo+)


Here are the key races on what will be a big two days of racing (Friday and Saturday) at Sandown Park, with the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes being the main race, and three days (Thursday to Saturday) at Haydock Park, where the Saturday card includes the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and the £100,000 Old Newton Cup

Sandown’s Friday card (first race, 1:50pm) contains two Listed Races, one carrying £40,000 in prize-money, the other £30,000, plus a £40,000 10f handicap.

Sandown’s Saturday card, which starts at 1:50pm, includes the following:

  • £70,000 Group 3 Coral Charge (1:50pm, 5f10y, 3yo+)
  • £75,000 Coral Charge Handicap (2:25pm, 8f, 3yo+)
  • £40,000 Coral Distaff (3pm, Listed Race for 3yo fillies, 8f)
  • £750,000 Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (3:35pm, im1f209y, 3yo+)
  • £40,000 Coral Marathon (4:45pm, Listed Race, 2m50y, 4yo+)

The Eclipse Stakes, named after the great Eclipse, unbeaten in 18 races between 1769-70


Haydock’s Saturday card, which starts at 2:05pm, includes the following:

  • £100,000 bet365 Handicap (2:05pm, 1m6f, 3yo)
  • £93,000 bet365 Group 2 Lancashire Oaks (2:40pm, fillies and mares, 1m3f175y, 3yo+)
  • £100,000 bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap (3:15pm, 1m3f175y, 4yo+)
  • The card also includes a £20,000 nursery (6f, 3:50pm) and a £22,500 Conditions Stakes race (4:25pm, 6f, 3yo+) and a £20,000 handicap (5pm, 6f, 3yo+)

Also on Saturday, Chelmsford (first race, 1:40pm) the card contains a £20,000 nursery, Leicester’s card (1:55pm) features a £20,000 handicap and Beverley’s card (2pm) features a £25,000 fillies’ handicap

Sunday’s racing

Ayr (2pm) – the main race is a £14,000 mile handicap

Market Rasen (2:!0pm) – the main race is a £20,000 handicap hurdle, the Amazing Maze Maize Handicap Hurdle (4:50pm, 4yo+ rated 0-145)

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