A Guide To The Weekend’s Racing 14/05/2015

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.

Friday

Whilst all eyes are bound to be on the continuation of York‘s Dante Festival tomorrow, this final day receiving coverage on Channel 4; there are another four flat meetings and a pair of jumps events across mainland Britain and Ireland.

Dealing with York first, the big highlight of the day will be the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup, the 1m 6f race part of the British Champion Series. Set to go off at 15:15, at the head of the market are the likes of Tom Dascombe’s Brown Panther, Godolphin’s Romsdal and Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky for Khalid Abdullah. This event is followed by the listed Michael Seely Memorial Stakes for fillies (15:45).

The other flat meetings scheduled for the afternoon come from Newbury and Newmarket. There’s a 6f class two on offer at the latter that should be the best of both events. To be run at 14:55, the 10 strong field should see Marco Botti’s Golden Steps vie for favouritism with the likes of distance winner Fast Track and top weight Clear Spring.

There’s another pair of flat cards scheduled for the evening. These will be held at Dundalk in Ireland and Hamilton in Scotland. The Dundalk meeting will go ahead on polytrack.

Both jumps events will also be held in the evening. Aintree‘s meeting takes place from 17:25 and includes a pair of class two handicaps (Hurdle, 19:05; Chase, 19:40). Ireland’s Kilbeggan meeting is held just 15 minutes later.    

Saturday

Newbury will host the event of the day in the shape of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, this race scheduled to go off at 15:45. A field of 18 are set to line up for the 1m spectacular with last season’s 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder the likely favourite. This meeting, as well as that from Newmarket, will be shown live on Channel 4.

Up for grabs at Newmarket is the listed King Charles II Stakes, the six strong 7f race due off at 14:50. Godolphin’s Latharnach will have to fend off Hamdan Al Maktoum’s pair of Markaz and Mutamakkin to take home the £20,000 prize for his connections.

The other afternoon events include another flat card from Thirsk and two jumps meetings, the first coming from Bangor and the second from Punchestown in Ireland. With a low quality card at Bangor, you’re probably best off sticking with the action from the latter.

Doncaster are hosting an evening event on the flat, a couple of class threes at 18:15 and 19:45 being the best off the action in the North East. There’s another low quality jumps card at Uttoxeter starting at 17:30.

Sunday

All five of Sunday’s meetings are scheduled to end before 18:00, there being no evening racing for you to enjoy. The two flat meetings of the day come from Ripon and Navan, the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes (16:25) at the latter the one you should be keeping your eye on.

Elsewhere, all of Limerick, Market Rasen and Stratford are holding jumps cards. Again it’s probably best you stay in Ireland should you be interested in watching the best quality racing.

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