Where to Watch Horse Racing this Weekend
August 24, 2016
This weekend will see another bumper 48 hours of horse racing action across the UK, with nine exciting meetings scheduled across Saturday and Sunday. Including an astonishing nine flat meets and one jump contest, fans will be spoiled for choice when choosing their own race cards this weekend.
Fans in Beverley and Goodwood will be particularly spoiled, with races spread across both days as part of larger festivals. There are also contests at Cartmel, Newmarket, Redcar and Windsor on Saturday, with an additional meeting scheduled in Great Yarmouth the following day.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at three of the hottest tickets in town and the key races from these meetings…
Goodwood and the Revival Stakes Handicap
Saturday is a stand-out day in the stellar Goodwood Festival, with a number races planned for the 27th. Take the Revival Stakes Handicap, which currently has a race card packed with 34 runners and a prize fund in excess of £62,000. It will also see another chapter in the race to determine the nation’s best trainer in the UK, with key contenders such as Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston each contributing multiple entries.
Newmarket and the Fly Stobart Air Handicap
Newmarket is one of the seminal race courses in the UK, and one that will host another thrilling event on Saturday. The Fly Stobart Air Handicap is one of the outstanding races on offer, with a winning prize fund of approximately £28,000 and a number of talented, Irish-bred horses competing for the win.
Leading flat trainer Mark Johnston will once again be hoping to emerge as successful with his entry Yorkidding, although he is sure to be pushed hard by a competitive field. One thing is for sure, this will be a tight race that could see the surprising result of the weekend.
Windsor and the Winter Hill Stakes
Windsor is an evening event with a great tradition, and this Saturday will be no exception to the rule. With a full race card that runs from 16:10 until 19:35, there are a number of interesting contests that should whet the appetite of fans, trainers and jockeys alike.
It is the Winter Hill Stakes that will truly catch the eye, however, with 13 runners competing for a £34,026 winners fund. Trainer John Gosden will be looking to add to his success this season with the fancied Foundation, although Sir Michael Stoute’s Ulysses will also be in contention for the win.
Either way, this should be a thrilling contest where the stakes remain high!