Varian eyes Qatar Nassau Stakes with Nezwaah as G1 highlights take shape ahead of 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival

The six-day confirmations are out for the three Group One (G1) highlights during the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, which starts on Tuesday, August 1 and concludes on Saturday, August 5.   Dual Classic-winning filly Winter (Aidan O’Brien IRE) is on course to face her elders for the first time and step up in trip in what is shaping up to be an excellent renewal of the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (11 confirmations) over 10 furlongs on Thursday, August 3.   Winter has looked imperious…

Autocratic out to rule in Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes

Cheveley Park Stud’s Autocratic (Sir Michael Stoute/Ted Durcan) heads eight declared runners for the feature £120,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm) over an extended 10 furlongs at York on Saturday, July 29. Autocratic, the 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet, posted a career-best performance on his latest start when defeating Algometer (David Simcock/Paul Mulrennan, 9/2 with Sky Bet) by a just over a length in the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park on May 25. The four-year-old son of Dubawi also has 100 per cent record over…

Galileo’s 2001 King George celebrated in Diamonds and Pearls series

  “What makes Galileo so different is his determination. His mental determination is more special than any horse we’ve ever seen. And most of his progeny have it, which is very rare.”   To mark the start of their sponsorship of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, in 2015 QIPCO launched the Diamonds and Pearls series. Each year the Diamonds and Pearls series recalls a vintage running of the race, this year its focus is the 2001 renewal.   Now recognised unequivocally as…

Eustace hoping Music Seeker can dance to the tune on #ThrowbackThursday Disco at Newbury

Newbury Racecourse’s Thursday Nights Live series draws to a close this week with the #ThrowbackThursday Disco on Thursday, July 27.   Racegoers will be treated to a seven-race card and a selection of disco classics from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.   The most valuable race of the night is the £10,000 Snows Peugeot Handicap (7.05pm, nine runners) over 10 furlongs for three-year-olds.   Godolphin is doubly represented by Windsor maiden winner Big Tour (Saeed bin Suroor/Martin Lane, 9st 4lb) and Pilgrim’s Treasure (Charlie…

Success Days and Autocratic among 17 entries in Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes

The £120,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes is the centrepiece of a thrilling seven-race card at York on Saturday, July 29, with girl group All Saints performing after racing.   Run over an extended 10 furlongs, the Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm, 17 entries) is often a stepping stone to the G1 Juddmonte International over the same distance at York the following month. Twice Over completed the double in 2011.   Irish raider Success Days (Ken Condon, 13/2 with Sky Bet) holds entries in…

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