Fancy watching some live racing this weekend? Make sure you don’t miss a trick with our guide to the best up-coming meetings of the next three days.
Chester‘s May Festival continues in earnest tomorrow with another seven races for your delectation, all live on Channel 4. The jewels in the meeting’s crown are the listed Dee Stakes at 14:40 and the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at 15:10. Smuggler’s Cove and Nafaqa will be the three-year-olds vying for favouritism in the former, a 10f event, whilst both Tac De Boistron and Windshear line up in the latter at 1m 5f.
The only other afternoon flat card is at Lingfield – a meeting focussing predominantly on handicaps – with Market Rasen the one to look out for should you be looking for some afternoon jumps action! Australia Day is the top weight in their 2m 4f class 2 feature race with both Mountain King and Silver Roque aiming to go off the favourite (14:50).
Working tomorrow afternoon? No worries, there are four flat cards scheduled for the evening! These are being held everywhere, from Ascot to Nottingham; from Ripon to Cork, the latter also holding some jumps events too! The other evening meeting is a fully jumps card – that’s at Downpatrick!
Channel 4 have further coverage though this time from all of Ascot, Haydock and Lingfield with the May Festival over for another year. Races you should be keeping an eye on here are the 1m 4f listed Buckhounds Stakes (Ascot, 14:35), Haydock’s Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle (15:25) and 7f Spring Trophy (16:00) and Lingfield’s Group 3 Fillies’ Stakes (16:05).
Some of the talent expected to be on show here includes Godolphin’s Winter Thunder (14:35), That Is The Spirit (16:00) and Lightning Thunder for Mohammed Al Kubasi (16:05).
Elsewhere in the afternoon, there’s flat meetings at both Nottingham and Gowran Park, the former having a 6f listed fillies stakes containing both Spinatrix and Queen Catrine (16:10)! Those who prefer jumps will have to make do with Hexham.
Finally, there are evening meetings at both Thirsk and Warwick, the former hosting flat events and those entrants at the latter going over the jumps! Warwick has a class 3 hurdle early on on the card (17:55)!
Though three of the day’s four cards are concerned with jumps, the best of the action has to be at Punchestown who have a massive four Group 3 flat races!
The first of this quartet comes at 14:40 in the shape of the 1m Ard Glen Amethyst Stakes. A similar race takes place 15 minutes later before a 1000 Guineas trial at 15:10 and the Derby trial at 15:40! Some names that could be lining up? Perhaps Geoffrey Chaucer and Sruthan (14:40/55), Devonshire and Storm Fly (15:10) and Zawraq and Success Days (15:40)!
In England, they’re going over jumps at both Ludlow and Plumpton with a similar story at Killarney in Ireland. The pick of these three cards would be the Grade B 17f handicap hurdle at the latter (15:50) with Punchestown Festival players expected.