Where to Watch Racing this Weekend
June 08, 2018
After an almost unprecedented period of rainfall that left racecourses across the UK sodden, the warm weather appears to have finally returned as the summer fast approaches.
This is great news for the nations army of race-goers and keen followers of the sport of kings, who can look forward to nine meetings this weekend while basking in the glow of a blazing sun. With seven flat races and two jump events scheduled from Beverley to Goodwood, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice when choosing where to watch racing this weekend.
Below, we’ll look at some of the most promising meetings while appraising the runners and riders that are likely to prevail.
Newmarket, Saturday 9th June
Saturday sees Newmarket host a stellar day for locals, which will see seven flat races in the afternoon followed by an evening of live music headlined by Demi Lovato.
Fans can look forward to four Class II races at Newmarket this weekend, including the John Sunley Memorial Handicap. This race has a total of 13 runners listed, each of whom will compete for a hefty cheque of £31,125.
This race is likely to be keenly contested, with several runners that have the potential to prevail. The current favourite is the 5/1 shot Addicted to You, with this four-year old gelding trained by the talented Mark Johnston. His status as one of the favourites is relatively easy to understand, having won superbly at Chelmsford City last time out in an extremely competitive field of 10.
This marked an impressive comeback of a nine-month hiatus from the circuit, with Addicted to You having placed second after another excellent run at Newmarket last August.
From the chasing pack, Owen Burrows’ 7-1 shot Quloob looks like a genuinely likely contender. This four-year old has the distinction of having won three of his last four outings, the last of these occurring in August 2017. This run included consecutive wins at Bath, Brighton and (most pointedly) Newmarket, with the only question mark surrounding this gelding pertaining to the amount of time he spent away from the course.
Beverley, Saturday 9th June
Elsewhere on Saturday, Beverley racecourse will also host seven exciting flat races as the season gathers considerable momentum.
These include two Class II races, the pick of which is the Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies’ Conditions Stakes. Ran across five furlongs, this race will include 13 talented runners while offering a winner’s prize of £21,788.
There are several potential winners here, with the precocious, Kevin Ryan-trained filly Dame Gladys (13/2) one of the standout runners. This two-year old has looked exceptional in his two outings to date, having placed second on his debut at Ripon in April and won superbly in a competitive field of 13 in Nottingham three weeks ago.
Wedding Date (4/1) is another likely contender, with this two-year old filly having been trained by the exceptional Richard Hannon. Despite recording a disappointing, fifth-place finish at Sandown at the end of May, this runner won superbly in good conditions at Chester in his previous outing and came second at Brighton on his debut.
He’s one to watch here, particularly with the conditions likely to suit Wedding Date and jockey Pat Dobbs.
Goodwood, Sunday 10th June
If you’re in the market for a little Sunday racing, we recommend a trip to sun-kissed Goodwood on Sunday 10th June.
One of the best races scheduled here is the Class III Maywal Handicap, which is a two-mile flat run that will see 18 runners compete. The total prize fund for this race is estimated at nearly £20,000, so there’s sure to be a strong clamour to claim first place.
While we’re still waiting for the initial odds to be released for this race, the seven-year old gelding Chivers will certainly arrive at Goodwood in exceptional form. Trained by Daniel Steele, he has overcome a disappointing run of results to win his last two outings at Salisbury and (wait for it) Goodwood respectively.
His win at Goodwood came barely a month ago, as he romped home in a field of 11 from a starting price of 11/2.
Another fascinating contender here is Imphal, who has placed third in his two outings so far in 2018. Prior to this, however, the four-year old, Marcus Tregoning-trained gelding had won four consecutive races between June and October 2017, including a terrific win at Goodwood in good conditions.