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3 Key Races this weekend

September 28, 2016

- Grant Whittington

With the flat racing season is hurtling towards a thrilling and completely unpredictable conclusion. With a handful of meetings left and numerous participants competing for the honours of best jockey and trainer, there is much to decide between now and December.

Make no mistake, the flat racing season is hurtling towards a thrilling and completely unpredictable conclusion. With a handful of meetings left and numerous participants competing for the honours of best jockey and trainer, there is much to decide between now and December.

This weekend is no exception, with stellar events being hosted at Ascot, Newmarket and Redcar. These events will draw some of the best jockey’s, horses and trainers from across the globe, making them among the most prestigious race meetings of the season.

Where to Go Racing this Weekend: The Best Events

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of stellar races this weekend as you look to plan your schedule in further detail: –

The Totescoop6 Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap at Ascot

Let’s start at Ascot, which remains a spiritual home of racing and one of the most iconic venues in the UK. The highlight of this weekend’s two-day meeting is the Totescoop6 Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap on Saturday, which as a prize fund in excess of £150,000 and a first place prize of £112,050 for the lucky winner!

Ran over seven furlongs, leading trainer Richard Hanlon will fancy his chances in this race with the exceptional Burnt Sugar. This will be a keenly contested and close race, however, so it will be well worth a watch!

The Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, on Sun Chariot Day at Newmarket

Sun Chariot Day, held annually at Newmarket Race Course, remains one of the most popular events in the racing calendar. The pinnacle of this meeting is the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, which is accessible to fillies aged three and over and boasts a winners’ prize of an estimated £141,775.

There are 10 runners currently scheduled to participate in this race on 1st October, but the relatively small field should not detract from the quality of those who are competing. The early horse racing at Newmarket odds list the Irish filly Alice Springs as the favourite, with the combined experience of trainer A.P. O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore at the helm.

The Totepool Two-year Old Trophy, on Two-year Old Trophy Day at Redcar

This weekend also sees one of the final, premier race meetings of the flat season, as competitors gather from across the globe for the prestigious Two-year Old Trophy Day at Redcar. With the valuable Totepool Two-year Old Trophy providing the highlight of this event (and a prize fund in excess of £175,000), this is something that race fans should definitely mark in their calendar.

Another Irish-bred and trained horse is the favourite here, with Abiento expected to shine over the six-furlong distance. The Mark Johnston-trained Camargue will run him close, however, and this race could deliver one of the closest races of the season.

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