Royal runner Call To Mind set to take on defending champion Stradivarius in Qatar Goodwood Cup on Tuesday’s Qatar Goodwood Festival opening day

Supplementary entry Karar aiming at Qatar Lennox Stakes Palmer considering Qatar Vintage Stakes for Blonde Warrior   There are now just six days until the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2018 gets underway and the confirmations and entries for the opening day, Tuesday, July 31, are revealed today.   Defending champion Stradivarius (John Gosden) is one of 11 confirmations for the £500,000 G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.35pm), staged over two miles, which is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.   Stradivarius captured the 2017 renewal of…

Coakley hoping to go one better at Newbury on Thursday

Newbury’s popular series of summer evening fixtures concludes this Thursday, July 26, with a seven-race card starting at 5.35pm plus the course’s first summer cider festival. One of the highlights on the track is the £10,400 Relyon Cleaning Newbury Handicap (7.15pm, seven runners) over 10 furlongs for three-year-olds. Scarlet Dragon won this race in 2016 before going on to valuable handicap successes at York and Newmarket later in the season. Several leading yards are represented including John Gosden’s. The Newmarket trainer runs top-weight Dive For Gold (Robert…

Stoute and O’Brien target King George glory at Ascot on Saturday

Ascot Racecourse held a media afternoon in the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, London today ahead of the £1.25-million G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO on Saturday (3.40pm, July 28), the third richest race in Britain. Sir Michael Stoute is going for a record sixth King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO victory with Crystal Ocean and Poet’s Word. He commented about his strong challenge for the 12-furlong race in a filmed interview: “Both horses seem in good shape and their…

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,…

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