Where to Watch Horse Racing this Weekend
June 29, 2018
The horse racing gets more exciting as the season gathers momentum and this action-packed weekend is no exception. Ten race meetings are scheduled to take place across the country, eight of which will host flat races featuring the world’s best sprinters competing for generous cash prizes.
Below, we’ve selected the meetings you need to watch and the contenders worth keeping an eye on this weekend.
Newcastle, Saturday 30th June
This bumper weekend begins at Newcastle, with eight flat races crammed between 12.25 and 16.20. The one race to definitely watch is the Class I Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes, where we’ll see eleven runners compete for a first prize of £39.697.
The early front-runner here is Richard Fahey’s eight-year old horse Kimberella (9/2). He’s placed in the top three in three out of his four sprints since March, including an impressive win from a competitive field of eight at Thirsk in April which saw him return home with an impressive starting price of 8/1.
He also placed second at Hamilton in the same good conditions that he’s likely to experience this weekend at Newcastle, so he’s definitely one to watch.
David Barron’s seven-year old horse Above the Rest (10/1) is another one to keep an eye out for. Although he’s received mixed results in the past, he coming into the race in exceptional form after his notable win at York last time out.
The York race spanned a distance of seven furlongs while Newcastle spans only six, so there’s no doubt he has the potential to challenge for leading honours.
Windsor, Saturday 30th June
The Windsor meeting has seven flat race sprints scheduled for the Saturday afternoon, comprising of both Class I and Class II outings. Our pick is the 16.10 Sun Bets Midsummer Stakes, set to feature just five runners competing for a first prize of £20,983.
One of the early favourites here is five-year old Zhui Feng (5/2). Despite recently enduring a mixed form, he’s likely to threaten in good conditions after having placed second in a field of twenty-seven at Ascot back in May and won at Royal Ascot in June last year.
After having spent time out of action, he finished twenty-third from a field of thirty at Royal Ascot last week and trainer Amanda Perrett is confident that he will achieve success in the small field this weekend.
Richard Hannon’s five-year old horse Oh This Is Us is another front-runner, having achieved an impressive run so far this year. He boasts three consecutive top three finishes between February and May, including a superb win at Meydan over seven furlongs. Despite having struggling and placing eleventh at Royal Ascot last time out, we believe he has the pedigree and form to be a contender here.
Uttoxeter, Sunday 1st July
We head over to Uttoxeter this Sunday for a total of seven jump races, including a handful of Class I and Class II events. Our favourite is the Class I Marston’s Pedigree Summer Cup, featuring twenty-four runners and a mammoth first prize of £42,202. It will be run over three miles and two furlongs, so only the best contenders will last the course.
We like the look of Tom George’s eleven-year old horse The Romford Pele. He broke his extended hiatus since last spring with two wins at Aintree and Leicester and despite now being ridden sparingly, he’s a solid each way bet this weekend.
Fergal O’Brien’s eight-year old gelding Winter Lion is another key contender, boasting five consecutive top three finishes since December last year. His sterling performance in Cheltenham over a long distance track means he’s a prominent favourite for the race Uttoxeter.