Upcoming Racing in Ireland and Britain

Haydock is poised for its biggest day of flat racing of the year

Here are details on some key racing taking place this week in Britain and Ireland between Thursday and Sunday.

In Ireland

Kilbeggan (first race 4:15pm) stages two €20,000 races on Friday card, while on Saturday at Navan (1:45pm) the key races are the €24,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (5f, 164y, 1:45pm), the €25,000 Troytown Bar Handicap (5f, 2:55pm) and the €40,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery (5f, 3:30pm).

They also race at Wexford (2pm) on Saturday, then on Sunday, the fantastic seven-day Harvest Festival at Listowel begins.

Day one, a card that consists of four hurdle races, two chases and a bumper, features the €40,000 Kerry Group Handicap Chase (4:40pm, 2m4f), but three other races on the card are worth €20,000 or more.


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In Britain

On Thursday, Haydock’s three-day Group 1 Sprint Cup meeting begins. The opening day (first race 1:50pm) features a £30,000 fillies’ handicap (3yo+, 10f42y) and a £22,000 11f140y handicap (3yo+) and Friday’s card (first race 1:45pm) features a £30,000 Optional Claiming Handicap (6f, 4yo+).

Saturday’s card, though, is one of the best days of racing of the year. Carrying £645,100 in prize-money, it consists of the following races:

  • £100,000 Garswood Handicap (3yo, 14f), 1:50pm
  • £63,000 Group 3 Superior Mile Stakes (3yo+, 8f37y), 2:25pm
  • £25,500 Ascendant Stakes (Listed Race, 2yo, 8f37y), 3pm
  • £100,000 Old Borough Handicap (3yo+, 14f, 3:35pm)
  • £300,000 Group 1 Sprint Cup (3yo+, 6f, 4:10pm)
  • £35,000 Be Friendly Handicap (3yo+, 5f, 4:45pm)
  • £21,500 Lowton Handicap (3yo+, 8f37y, 5:20pm)


Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns is aiming for more Group 1 glory at Haydock on Saturday – ground permitting


On Thursday, there is a very good card at Salisbury, which features the following contests:

  • £20,000 2yo fillies’ maiden (3:10pm, 7f)
  • £45,000 Group 3 Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ (2yo, 6f, 3:40pm)
  • £24,000 European Bloodstock News EBF “Lochsong” Fillies’ Handicap (4:10pm, 3yo+ rated 0-100, 6f)


The great, multiple Group 1 winner Lochsong is remembered at Salisbury on Thursday


Newcastle’s Friday card (first race 1:30pm) features a, £22,500 nursery (3:15pm, 8f5y), while Kempton’s meeting (5:40pm) includes a £19,000 2yo race (7:10pm, 7f)

Ascot race on Friday (first race 1:55pm), where the feature race is the £30,000 Lexicon Bracknell Handicap (4:10pm, 8f, 3yo+), and Saturday (1:35pm), where the card will include the following:

  • £80,000 Cunard Handicap (2:45pm, 3yo+, 7f)
  • £30,000 Ritz Club British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap (3:20pm, 3yo+ rated 81-100, 8f)
  • £100,000 Lavazza Stakes (Heritage Handicap), 3yo, 3:55pm, 11f311y
  • £30,000 Fever-Tree (3yo+, rated 0-105, 4:30pm)

Kempton stages a superb card on Saturday (first race 2:05pm), on that includes the following:

  • Group 3 £70,000 September Stakes (3yo+, 11f219y, 2:05pm)
  • £70,000 “London Mile” Handicap (Series Final), 8f, 3yo+
  • £60,000 Group 3 Sirenia Stakes (2yo, 4:25pm, 6f)

On Thirsk’s card on Saturday (first race 1:55pm), no race is worth less than £10,000 and three of the races, including the 12f Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup Handicap (4:50pm), are worth £20,000.

On Sunday, the main race at York (first race 1:50pm) is the LNER Supporting Calm Garrowby Stakes (Listed Race, £50,000, 2:55pm. 3yo+). All races on the card are worth at least £15,000.

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