Royal Ascot 2017 is almost upon us and with a glorious weather forecast for the week ahead, we know that we'll need to be looking for fast ground horses at flat racing's showpiece event.
After a big weekend at the Investec Derby it has taken us all a few days to get over it! With the Derby done and everyone in full swing the season is non-stop, and the countdown to Royal Ascot is really on. Now I know we said the Derby is big but this week is huge! This along with the Derby is the week everyone is aiming for.
As it does every year the Investec Derby is drawing a lot of coverage and attention! The fact that Aiden currently has 7 runners, John Gosden has 5 and there is a girl riding in the race who has only ever had one winner and her horse is a filly who has never won a race and is rated 52! It has all the drama and twists and turns you could want despite, on the surface, lacking an overall superstar - So let’s take a look at the runners and riders.
Breakfast with the stars, is one of my favourite events of the year. It gives the trainers of the Investec Derby and Oaks hopefuls a chance to work on the Epsom track, which is crucial heading into the big event. It gives them a chance to see how they handle the track and for alot of them will be a deciding factor on whether or not they run. After the horses have worked the trainers and owners are interviewed and give their thoughts on their potential runners. Oh and most importantly there is an epic breakfast spread put on!
If you have been watching the racing this week from York you will be hearing the words The Derby non-stop! What makes it so special, well in short it just is, it’s the Derby,
The Newbury Lockinge Stakes is a Group 1 race ran over 1 mile, the race is for horse of four years and over and is a natural follow on for horses of the 2000 Guineas and this is where is started with its first winner PALL MALL in 1958. Not all will go onto this race and those that do do not always win.
10 will go to post in Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas which will see the smallest field since 1988. What is lacking in quantity is more than made up for in quality with the top 4 in the market all coming into the race with extremely lofty reputations.
RacingBreaks’ Pin stickers guide to the 2017 Randox Health Grand National
It is worth noting that in 1973, ahead of Red Rum’s first of 3 Grand National wins, The Guardian’s description of him in their Pinstickers guide went as follows: "Red Rum is the word 'murder' spelt backwards, and that's what he'll find this". Let’s hope we have more success…
Thirty fences, forty runners with four miles, two furlongs and seventy-four yards to negotiate. It can only be the Grand National. We have produced a preview to one of the most famous horse races in the world to help you narrow down the field and hopefully find the winner.
The Aintree Grand National race meeting in Liverpool is one of the cultural and social events of the year in one of England’s most exciting cities to visit. If you’re a horse racing fan and have yet to experience the Grand National betting extravaganza, then the 3-day Aintree festival is definitely one for your ‘bucket list’.
Dubai World Cup Preview 2017
The Dubai World Cup, dubbed the richest race night in the world, although I think the Pegasus world Cup has stolen that crown! Nonetheless it’s worth a lot of bloody money! Champions from far and wide will travel to Dubai to battle it out on the dirt and turf. Now before we get into the runners and riders there are a few things you should know, the dirt and turf are very different ball games to the tracks over here.
Let’s not deny it, we all love a bet! Whether it’s a once a year tradition of betting on a big sporting event like the Grand National or World Cup or you’re like me and you bet on a weekly occurrence on the horses, football and anything that you see as a decent bet, either way you can’t deny the buzz you get when watching an event you have a little bit of money on. It adds to the excitement and the drama, and win or lose you know you’ll be drinking that night, whether it's to forget about your losses or celebrate your winnings, what is there not to love?
‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ is less than a week away and many punters are attending preview evenings up and down the country trying to get a little bit of a better idea on who to back on the day. Here at Racing Breaks, we have decided to do our own Cheltenham Preview where we will talk you through the storylines from the major races throughout the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.
Ah, the Cheltenham Festival, how we've missed you. The greatest four days in jump racing are now only weeks away - but there are many over-a-bevvy debates to be had before the big guns do battle in the Cotswolds.
The Dubai World Cup “The World’s richest horse race” has to be on your bucket list if you’re a racing enthusiast! Becoming more and more significant to the racing calendar each year and attracting the biggest stars in flat racing, it’s no wonder that it is the biggest sporting and social event in Dubai. Won by CALIFORNIA CHROME last year there is no doubt that the 2017 installment will produce a spectacular day's racing.
The Pegasus World Cup is now the richest horse race in the world worth a whopping $12 Million. So what is it, where did it come from and most importantly who’s in it. Well until recently we were as clueless and you! It seems to me like it came from nowhere, but like most things I imagine it has taken a lot of careful planning and organising to get to this point. The race will be held at Gulfstream Park in Florida.