Elarqam and Smart Call headline Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes contenders

  This season’s 2,000 Guineas fourth Elarqam and multiple South African G1 winner Smart Call feature among 10 excellent entries for the £120,000 G2 Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm), highlight of a seven-race card at York on Saturday, July 28. The 10-furlong contest has been won by some top-class performers since being established in 2006, including G1 victors Twice Over (2011) and Mukhadram (2013). Elarqam heads the betting with Sky Bet at 15/8 and the Mark Johnston-trained colt, sixth on his latest appearance in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at…

Crystal Ocean, Poet’s Word and Cracksman among 14 chasing King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) glory at Ascot on Saturday

Crystal Ocean, Poet’s Word and Cracksman among 14 chasing King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) glory at Ascot on Saturday Ascot stages Europe’s midsummer highlight on Saturday, July 28, the £1.25 million G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) (3.40pm) over a mile and a half. First run in 1951, the very prestigious contest has a tremendous history with legendary performers including Ribot, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Dahlia, The Minstrel, Troy, Shergar, Dancing Brave, Lammtarra, Montjeu,…

Double delight for Hannon as 16/1 chance Ginger Nut proves tough in feature Weatherbys Super Sprint

Richard Hannon enjoyed a tremendous Weatherbys Super Sprint Day at Newbury on Saturday, July 21, as the Wiltshire trainer recorded a big-race double with Ginger Nut and Yafta. A sell-out crowd of 20,000 was on hand to see an excellent seven-race card, with acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig David delighting racegoers after racing as part of the first “Party In The Paddock” of Newbury’s 2018 season. Hannon’s father Richard snr became synonymous with the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.35pm) thanks to his record seven wins in the feature five-furlong contest…

Sky Bet renews support for 11th Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, commencing tomorrow

    This year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival gets underway tomorrow, Saturday, July 21, with an excellent card at Ripon starting off eight days of superb horseracing and entertainment.   Sky Bet is delighted to extend its backing of the festival until 2021, having been involved through race sponsorship since the first Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival in 2008 and stepping up support in 2012.   This year’s highlights including Carnival Night at Beverley on Monday, July 23, plus Sir Tom Jones…

Little Kim tops full field of 25 for Saturday’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury

  Top-weight Little Kim heads a maximum field of 25 two-year-olds going for glory in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.35pm) at Newbury this Saturday, July 21.   Little Kim (Karl Burke/Ben Curtis, 9st 3lb) made a winning debut in a novice event at Carlisle on June 7 and last time out wore down American challenger Chelsea Cloisters to win the G3 Prix du Bois at Deauville, France, on July 3, both over five furlongs, which is the distance of the Weatherbys Super Sprint.  …

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