Quickened Clear's Three to Follow!

It is a big day this Saturday on the West Coast of Scotland as Ayr’s Western Meeting culminates with the Ayr Gold Cup, supported on ITV Racing by a good card at Newbury including the Mill Reef. Here are three horses (if they run!) to keep half an eye on……..

Sainted (110++) – Ayr Gold Cup - 16/1
William Haggas’ chestnut filly, a sister to fair sprinter Telmeyd, has looked progressive this season on ground with give in it and registered a figure good enough to win black type last time at Haydock. That will obviously be the target in the near future but the lure of of £130,000 to the winner of the Ayr Gold Cup may just be too tempting for connections, though she needs one to come out at declarations on Thursday. At home over six or seven furlongs, Sainted has the perfect profile of a winner of this race and with improvement likely, will be a much shorter price than the 16/1 currently available, presuming she gets in at the bottom of the weights.

Fabricate (113++) – Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup stakes (formerly the Arc Trial) - 13/2
Has had his problems but since Michael Bell dropped him back to ten furlongs Fabricate has been much improved, clocking a career best last time at Windsor. The worry has to be the extra furlong at Newbury on Saturday, especially if conditions become testing, but rejuvenated and with confidence high, the way he travelled at Haydock in the Old Newton Cup suggests eleven furlongs is within his compass.

Teodoro (105++) – Dubai Duty Free Handicap - 14/1
Winner of his last three races, Tom Dascombe’s big, rangy three year old has progressed well since dropping back to ten furlongs and has relaxed with the fitting of a hood. This son of Teofilo looks 'well in' on our figures given more improvement, Newbury will suit and though he is only raced on good or faster his half brother, Altruistic, handled softer. There is every reason to believe he can go well here and have a good Autumn, possibly contesting group races though that may come in 2018.


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Saturday Live ITV Racing - Tipster League Tips

1.50 Doncaster

Vibrant Chords is the obvious contender here, equally adept at five or six furlongs this improving four year old is a worthy favourite though it is interesting to note we have only had one winner from a single figure draw in the last ten years and there may be better value to be had elsewhere. Like Vibrant Chords, Merlin and Evernote are drawn low and aligned with the fact three year olds do not have a good record in this, they are best watched, while Harry Hurricane and Compas Scoobie could go well from the far side. Now we have ruled out those drawn low you can guarantee there will be one, two, three from the far side!!! Spring Loaded ran well at Chester but this is a much tougher race and he is not quite the same horse on turf, though the trip should suit and he may finish well. Lexington Abbey is hard to get right and seems a Nottingham specialist while Lancelot Du Lac has to carry plenty of weight after his Steward’s Cup win. Two worth looking at are Momentofmadness @ 14/1 and Stake Acclaim @ 12/1. Momentofmadness would have been closer at York over this trip if the blindfold had been removed faster and has the champion jockey Jim Crowley taking the mount. Stake Acclaim is pretty versatile over five or six furlongs, has won at Doncaster previously and the team of Dean Ivory and Robert Winston are always to be respected in big handicaps.

2.05 Chester

A very tough nursery handicap to fathom with favourite Viscount Loftus not certain to take part with the ground likely to be very testing. Another fancied runner, Harrogate, has improved with every run but has to overcome stall nine which would be no mean feat at Chester. This could go to one at a price as it may come down to who handles conditions the best and those drawn low must be considered including Porchy Party, Falabelle, Mable Lee, Mr Greenlight and Angel Force, but this really is a race best watched.

2.25 Doncaster

Home Of The Brave should be allowed his own way up front and that makes him a dangerous proposition @ 7/2 with James Doyle dictating the fractions. Spirit Of Valour should be on the heels of Home Of The Brave and will likely be best placed to challenge with the 10/1 value. This son of War Front should be happier on a more conventional track after disappointing at Goodwood. This is Acclaim’s best trip and he seems better than ever after a second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest and rates the biggest threat to Home Of The Brave but may find it hard to make up ground unless ridden more prominently. The same can be said of Breton Rock and Sir Dancealot, who will be held up at the back and need to find more to win this.

2.40 Chester

My Reward will be dangerous again if allowed an easy lead but this is his toughest assignment yet and with a penalty, on testing ground, may just find one too good here. Duretto, not seen since May has been waiting for softer conditions and this looks a good opportunity to start an Autumn campaign but is farily short @ 7/4. Improving with age Andrew Balding’s five year old may still have more to offer and connections will be eyeing bigger prizes than this over the coming months. Soldier In Action can be difficult to catch right almost running a good race, then a lacklustre one, but has course form and can be competitive if producing his best. He should be tracking My Reward and rates the biggest danger to the favourite. Across The Stars has been very disappointing after a promising season last year, gelded in June and fitted with a hood last time at Windsor, he got no run whatsoever but still has questions to answer with the 11/4 too short a price. Ralph Beckett won this last year with Mountain Bell and saddles Rich Legacy here with the slight drop in grade likely to aid her though the ground may have gone against her having struggled twice in softer conditions.

3.00 Doncaster

This looks a really competitive renewal of the Champagne Stakes with numerous in with chances. Mythical Magic heads the market after a comfortable win in France but that race may not have been the strongest and with his trainer’s record in this, should be bang there @ 5/2. Dream Today was an impressive winner of a maiden at York that has already thrown up a good winner in Laugh A Minute who took the Weatherby’s two year old race earlier in the week. He should be thereabouts @ 7/2 but this could be a real test of stamina with Mythical Magic, Dream Today and Hey Gaman, a game winner of the Washington Singer, all likely to force the pace. This could set things up for Red Mist, who needed every yard of the seven furlongs when just touched off by Hey Gaman at Newbury with a strong pace likely to suit and could be worth a bet @ 4/1. Mandelssohn is a bit of an unknown and it will be interesting to see if there is any support in the market.

3.15 Chester

Quite a difficult one to call as Gabrial The Tiger and Calder Prince have run on Friday and are best avoided even if turning up the second day running. Kenstone is unlikely to turn up and if he does the ground has gone against him which should leave the improving Dan Troop a clear favourite so the 5/1 available is a touch big. The form of his win over course and distance in July may not have been the strongest but with Connor Murtagh claiming seven pounds and the promise of more to come, he will surely take the beating. King’s Pavillion won well at Carlisle last time and will need to find more with the six pound penalty but will handle the ground. Second to King’s Pavillion was Instant Attraction who is very well handicapped on old form, will like conditions but is not the easiest to win with and a place may be a more realistic outcome for Jedd O’Keefe’s six year old. Ice Slice has a good draw but would not want it this soft while Shouranour can go well at a price back on ground he loves.

3.35 Doncaster

An intriguing last Classic of the season. Capri seemingly not one of the main contenders for Ballydoyle when a fair sixth in the Epsom Derby appearing to not handle the course, stepped up on that form with a tenacious effort to hold on and defeat Cracksman and Wings Of Eagles in the Irish version. Should stay and has to be respected coming out top on the figures, with any rain in his favour. Venice Beach, the second string, was put in his place by an impressive Cracksman last time in the Great Voltigeur, a good trial for this race, but has some solid form and may well improve for a step up to the Leger trip and cannot be totally ruled out at a big 12/1. John Gosden has two contenders in Stradivarius and Coronet with Frankie Dettori opting for the latter. Stradivarius has not looked back since moving up to staying distances, winning a strong looking Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot before defeating Gold Cup winner Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup. This son of Sea The Stars won his last two starts in a manner that suggests we have not seen the best of him with improvement likely. There is doubt about the ground but his Goodwood win was on good with good to soft patches and if Doncaster doesn’t get a deluge, could be value @ 15/2. Coronet shapes like she will stay this trip and must be respected but will need a strongly run race to be seen at her best. Crystal Ocean, visually impressive in the Gordon Stakes when defeating Khalidi and like many in the family will stay well, but the race he won did not look to have much strength in depth and this improving type will have to find more to be competitive. The same applies to Defoe unbeaten this season, moving through the ranks from handicaps to a Group Three culminating in a cosy victory at Newbury, defeating Frontiersman and Wall Of Fire. Difficult to know how much more there is to come and like Crystal Ocean needs to improve again to figure in this, though jockey Andrea Atzeni described him as a better horse than 2014 St Leger winner Kingston Hill. Of the other Raheen House looks the most likely to go well and has clearly been aimed at this since his win in the Bahrain Trophy Stakes while Rekindling, Count Octave and Douglas Macarthur have place claims.

Quickened Clear’s Best Bets

Dan Troop – 3.15 Chester – 1pt win @ 5/1

Stradivarius – 3.35 Doncaster – 1pt win @ 15/2


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St Leger Friday Quickened Clear Tips

1.50 Doncaster

Only one winner in the last ten years has been older than three years old though that did occur last year with Roger Varian’s Spangled, ironically in the same colours as fancied four year old, Eternally. A free going type, Eternally will not get her own way up front and needs to find more to win this. The 4/1 does not look value. There is a similar price about Talaayeb, winner of a competitive City Of York Stakes but she only just held on and did not run up to her Guineas form when fourth to Winter in May. Music Box has been running well but is a little exposed now while Unforgettable Filly has performed admirably this summer and though we haven’t seen her since June, she is maybe a little big @ 10/1. Roger Varian has taken this race the last twice and could well make it three in a row with the steadily improving Tomyris. She stayed on well over a sharp seven furlongs at Goodwood behind Al Jazi and Eternally with this galloping track, along with a good pace, likely playing to her strengths making the 13/2 tempting.

2.25 Doncaster

This does look a two horse race with Pursuing The Dream unlikely to have enough improvement to trouble Havana Grey and Heartache. Heartache, with Ryan Moore booked, was impressive at Royal Ascot and though that form is not the strongest, was a little unlucky in France last time. Havana Grey meanwhile, has been top class over five furlongs on differing ground, only losing out last time in the Prix Morny over an extra furlong. May Girl makes a quick turnaround after winning a novice race at York and could be value for a place bet.

3.00 Doncaster

Little or no pace on here which should allow Time To Study to dictate things and in a typical Mark Johnston trained style, will take some passing @ 7/2. Byron Flyer aided by cheekpieces should be ideally placed to make a move, with the drop back in trip likely to suit and should be challenging @ 4/1. Pengali Pavillion ran a cracker on his first start on these shores since 2016 behind Magic Circle at York and if going for home earlier, could be the value @ 13/2. The dreaded ‘bounce factor’ has to be taken into account following such a good effort after a break and may struggle to repeat the form. Elidor, Shrewd, Seamour and Lord George will have to attempt to quicken off a slow pace and may just get caught on heels when the action unfolds.

3.35 Doncaster

Previous winners Sheikhzayedroad and Pallasator have not been at their best this year, Sheikhzayedroad showed a little more last time at York while Pallasator is now fitted with cheekpieces and Rosie Jessop takes the mount, his regular rider at home, she will attempt to get the best out of this quirky son of Motivator. Desert Skyline has performed well since trying staying trips but this race is tough for a three year old and it will take a mighty effort to win this. Montaly deserves respect but will have to defy the penalty for a surprise win in the Lonsdale Cup at York and will need High Jinx to set a strong pace once again. Ryan Moore rode Thomas Hobson brilliantly at Royal Ascot, holding onto him as long as possible and if ridden like that again may well be worth a bet @ 11/2.

Quickened Clear’s Best Bet
Thomas Hobson – 3.35 Doncaster – 1pt win @ 11/2

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St Leger Thursday Quickened Clear Tips

1.50 Doncaster

A tricky, small field fillies’ nursery to kick things off on ITV Racing with Clubbable and The Mums vying for favouritism. Clubbable looks the one to beat on our figures and could well have too much for this field but she has not had the pace to win a stiff six furlongs at Hamilton and though this is an extra half furlong, it is a flat track and the worry may be she wants even further. The Mums won well last time under hands and heels with clearly more to offer, but carrying top weight does make life a touch difficult and she was not overly convincing on both attempts at further than six furlongs. With Poetic Steps and Ellthea showing little of late, the latter having been unruly at the start more than once and with Starlight looking better over shorter we are left with She’s Different, who could be a tentative bet against Clubbable and The Mums. Nigel Tinkler’s filly won well last time, staying on strongly at Hamilton and should relish this trip making her a sporting bet @ 6/1 against the main two.

2.25 Doncaster

Nyaleti heads the market but is worth taking on after a lacklustre effort last time in France and after finding seven furlongs too far at Ascot, the mile here looks out of range. Tajaanus and Lauren look closely matched, Tajaanus ran on well over seven furlongs in the Sweet Solera though the rail may have aided her while Lauren chased home a smart one of Freddy Head’s in Deauville and of the two may have more improvement in her. They should be on the premises, as should Billesdon Brook, though she is a little more exposed than others with Miss Bar Beach, closing on Billesden Brook at Goodwood, one to watch @ 25/1. Sizzling does not look anything special and is only 8/1 due to the trainer and rider, Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore, while progressive She Believes could go well @ 20/1. The interesting one is Simon Crisford’s Dark Rose Angel, already proven over a mile at Doncaster, she quickened well and won her maiden readily with the 11/1 a value bet for a trainer who is three winners from five two year old runners at this course.

3.00 Doncaster

A wide open renewal of the Park Hill Stakes with the Lillie Langtry form likely to have a big say as Melodic Motion, Dubka, Natural Scenery and Wild Irish Rose all take their place. Dubka seems to be at her best when the ground is riding soft so the drying conditions may just go against her. Natural Scenery has given two big efforts in recent weeks, not least in a rough Ebor where she found trouble but this could be one race too much for her while Wild Irish Rose may just find one or two too good. Melodic Motion has to be the one to take out of the race at Goodwood, not getting the best of passages she ran a cracker on her first foray out of handicap company and with improvement likely, looks the one to be on @ 9/2. Never underestimate Luca Cumani in races for the fairer sex and his talented yet lightly raced Al Jezeera warrants respect @ 8/1. Harlequeen came back to something like her best last time at Chester and can go well @ 14/1 as can the progressive Detailed.

3.35 Doncaster

This is an extremely competitive race with the York Premier Yearling Stakes form obviously going to have a big say. Tangled held on well at York but over this extra half a furlong one would expect Great Prospector to reel him in and rightly heads the market, with Richard Fahey’s record in this race only backing his case up. Another suited by this trip will be Alba Power but the suspicion is a return to seven furlongs would be in this son of Fast Company’s favour. Neola returned to form last time at Goodwood and a reproduction of that would see her hard to beat but she may just want the ground to stay soft with drying conditions going against her. Danzan travelled very well on the front end at York, just finding seven furlongs too much in the Acomb Stakes with this drop back half a furlong likely to suit and is fair value @ 14/1 while Humble Gratitude, Helvetian and Magic Jazz could all go well at prices.

Quickened Clear’s Best Bet:

Dark Rose Angel – 2.25 Doncaster – 1pt win @ 11/1


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Quickended Clear Live Racing Tips

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1.50 Haydock

Learn By Heart and Dark Acclaim set a good standard in what will be a tough test of stamina for these juveniles. Learn By Heart looked a little one paced lst time at Newbury so a mile on soft to heavy ground should play to his strengths. Dark Acclaim won readily last time, looking green before idling and could be anything though his sire Dark Angel is not known for staying types with his stamina gifted from the dam’s side. The 7/2 about Dark Aclaim looks fair. The supremely well bred Dubhe has to come into calculations @ 9/2 and can improve plenty from his maiden win at Salisbury. This trip should suit him as he will be a middle distance horse next year. Dee Ex Bee bids to atone for his flop at York when well fancied in the Acomb Stakes but the 11/4 looks a little short as he has something to prove now. Chilean won a good maiden at Chelmsford and if transferring that form to turf aligned with more improvement, can go well @ 9/1.

2.05 Kempton

Both Chemical Charge and Midterm have been highly tried but coming up short and though this looks easier, they are by no means streets ahead of the competition. This could be tactical with no clear front runners in the field with any of Midterm, Chemical Charge, Danehill Kodiac and Wild Hacked capable of making the running. On Quickened Clear’s figures Midterm, Chemical Charge and Scarlet Dragon are level and only five pounds ahead of Danehill Kodiac and Wild Hacked who are open to improvement. At the prices, a sporting bet on Wild Hacked @ 14/1 could well be the way to go. Having only had four runs on the all weather and looking progressive earlier in the season he is open to improvement and can be forgiven his running on turf which clearly doesn’t suit.

2.25 Haydock

Harry Angel handled good to soft as a two year old and if the more testing conditions at Haydock do not inconvenience him, it is safe to say the course and distance winner is the one to beat and will likely be able to travel prominently without too much trouble. Whether one would want to take a short price about him in the deep ground is the major question. Tasleet definitely handles the ground but he has to bounce back from a below performance at Newmarket, likewise The Tin Man who was second in this race last year, both look the value alternatives to Harry Angel. Magical Memory’s best figures have come with cut in the ground but there is a suggestion he gets worried out of it at this level, but has defininte place claims while Maurice De Gheest winner Brando warrants utmost respect on the ground and Blue Point is not without a chance. All three need to find a little more or hope the main protagonists run below form to take this. Spirit Of Valour is an interesting runner having showed plenty of pace over seven furlongs and having handled softer ground as a two year old could go well dropping back to six and may cause Harry Angel problems on the front end.

2.45 Ascot

A typically competitive seven furlong Ascot handicap with Birchwood and Squats heading the market. Birchwood ran a good race at Goodwood last time suggesting he can win one of these big handicaps but he may be better at a sharper seven furlongs and this stiff track may just find him out. Squats, on his penultimate start equalled his career best at Newbury before a below par run last time and it may be a lot to ask for him to reproduce a topeffort again though he is still well weighted and goes very well at Ascot. Along with Squats, Firmament and Von Blucher ran well in this race last year, the former looks a little high in the handicap but has place claims while Von Blucher is well handicapped but is starting to look hard to win with. El Hayem is short in the market and the way he has finished recent races suggests a step up in trip would benefit rather than dropping back to seven. Mjjack ran well in the International Stakes over course and distance but needs to settle better and improve to figure here but the 10/1 is a little tempting. Raising Sand is well thought of by trainer Jamie Osborne and has had his issues but won comfortably in the Shergar Cup over a mile last time. He travels in a manner that suggests seven furlongs is within his compass and if building on his last performance, is tempting @ 14/1 but he will need plenty of luck to weave through the field which will likely shuffle over to the stands rail. At a massive price it would be great to see Heaven’s Guest run a big race, he loves it here and is ridiculously well handicapped!

3.00 Haydock

There will be a searching pace here with Copper Knight, Aleef and Midnight Malibu forcing the issue backed up by Distant Past and Green Door. That should suit the improving Holmeswood and though this is the softest ground he has encountered, looks the one to beat @ 11/2. Confessional, a twice winner of this race and beaten a head last year by Soie D’Leau, will be primed again though he has not won at this level since taking this race in 2013. 2016 winner Soie D’leau produced his best performances in the Autumn last year and with the eye catching booking of Silvestre De Sousa should be on the premises. With the market focusing around three year old Holmeswood the value may lie with another of the younger generation in Mayleaf Shine, who’s best efforts have come on soft ground this season and could be a tempting bet @ 10/1 for Ebor winning trainer Iain Jardine.

3.15 Kempton

There will be talk of the draw regarding this race but with stalls 9, 12, 14 twice and 16 twice, winning in the last ten years, high draws are not a negative, rather a positive! Improving types Chiefofchiefs and Brilliant Vanguard are unexposed on artificial surfaces and have to be shortlisted but at around 7/1 there is little value in a sixteen runner field. Another unexposed type is Timeless Art for Karl Burke, who stole a race over course and distance after clever riding by Martin Harley and can improve again, he is a bit of unknown on the all weather. Ripoll is a much better horse on an artificial surface than he is on grass with his form reading well at Kempton after getting up over a mile last time, he could be a bit of value @ 16/1. Standing dish in this race is Georgian Bay @ 12/1, winning it in 2015 before just missing out last year. He may be seven years of age but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could go close again given the likely strong pace and this race does not look as strong as last year. Two three year olds worth consideration are the Richard Hannon pair of Mustarrid and Ventura Blues though both need to find more at the weights.

3.35 Haydock

A competitive renewal of the Superior Mile Stakes with 2016 second Mitchum Swagger attempting to go one better after being beaten a head by Hathal. Having looked a slightly tricky ride David Lanigan has added the cheekpieces to Mitchum Swagger which have had a positive effect winning last time albeit in a weak race. This gelding by Paco Boy is a talented individual and the one to beat if returning to his form of last season. Morando hit a flat spot at Leopardstown last time before finishing well and may improve again, he should be thereabouts. Ballet Concerto has won his last two starts and like Morando may improve again but his win in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury was messy and this is a much stronger race. Benbatl is interesting dropping back to a mile, his run in the Craven in May was as good as any of his other efforts this season and he has to be considered. Poor old Sovereign Debt does not deserve the penalty and this will probably be his undoing again while course and distance winner Rusumaat could go well from the front at a price. Flaming Spear and You’re Hired have place claims at bigger odds.

3.55 Ascot

Considering this is a big field, apart from Rake Progress it is hard to see if anything else will force the pace. Cape Coast, Mister Belvedere and Torcello race prominently but are not out and out front runners so this could be run steadily which will make it difficult to gain ground at the business end. Cape Coast is the obvious one to mention and clearly stays well but has to handle the softer ground. First Nation and Anythingtoday are contenders but are not open to as much improvement as others and will need to find more while To Dibba steps up markedly in trip and it remains to be seen if he will stay, with the 8/1 a little short. Torcello and Mam’Selle both look progressive hailing from yards who do well with these types, are proven on softer ground and both should get good positions in the race. The 10/1 and 12/1 about them looks fair. Seafarer for Marcus Tregoning is open to improvement and can go well for apprentice Tyler Saunders while Londinium, Gleny’s The Menace and Rake’s Progress can make the frame.

4.10 Haydock

My Reward was allowed to dictate things when winning at Chester last time but with stablemate Mukhayyam and Ravenous in the field the race looks likely to be run at a good gallop. My Reward can still go well but he is best when able to dominate. There are a few runners with questions to answer not least Great Fighter with the ground a concern, Graceland does not win very often but is a solid ‘each-way’ horse, Tawdea, now well handicapped, ran a little better on Thursday but has failed at this trip three times and Compton Place who steps up in trip and class. Jaameh is a solid proposition and though his form may just have plateaued, he will be suited by the flat, galloping course that is Haydock. Sepal rates as the most interesting contender, she is progressive and should relish conditions with the 7/1 a fair price. At bigger odds it would be no surprise to see Andrew Balding get the best out of Cleonte who could go well @ 20/1.


Quickened Clear’s Best Bets:

Mayleaf Shine – 3.00 Haydock – 1pt win @ 10/1

Georgian Bay – 3.15 Kempton – 1pt win @ 12/1

Sepal – 4.10 Haydock – 1pt win @ 7/1

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Ebor Festival

It’s the highlight of the York racing calendar and a quintessential summer event. Established in 1846, Ebor Festival is held over four days in late August. The Betfred Race, known as the “oldest, richest, fastest and most famous” race is hosted on the final day.

Fashion plays a major role in the Ebor Festival - for both men and women. The Ebor Fashion Lawn is the place to be spotted and an annual fashion show is held, with the models being race goers. To feature on the catwalk, simply visit the Lawn for timings! Prizes include a trip to Dubai for two and a £500 French Connection voucher.

Getting to Ebor is effortless - there are direct trains to York Station from London King’s Cross, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. From York station, take the 197 shuttle bus the racecourse, alternatively, it is short taxi ride away.

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York may be known as a medieval town, but it also has a vibrant and diverse array of restaurants - a mix of traditional dining experiences and contemporary bars, ideal for carrying on the post betting celebrations! Melton’s and Bisto 8 are perfect for those looking for a more formal dining experience.

With York having an established university it is only fitting there are bars and clubs. Our top choice of bars include Evil Eye Lounge, Fossgate Social, Vudu Lounge and Bora Bora. Additionally, try one of their many pubs (365 to be precise) - you won’t be disappointed.

For a big night out Kuda is York’s biggest club, located on Clifford Street in the Old York Institute Building. Mansion is best for those who are into Electronica, House and Techno whilst Salvation is not for the faint hearted. Flares is perfect for hen and stag parties who want to dance to 80s and early 00s classics!

Don’t miss this spectacular event, book your tickets and overnight packages here

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Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is one of the biggest races in Europe’s flat racing calendar and dates back to 1920. The prize money for the main event of the weekend is worth €5,000,000 which makes it the richest flat race on turf and the third richest horse race in the world. This weekend of spectacular racing includes several Group 1 races and four Group 2 classed races. Another highlight of the Arc is the Arabian World Cup, also known as the richest race for purebred Arabian horses with €1,000,000 to win in prize money.

The Arc takes place this year at Chantilly racecourse Paris, France due to Longchamp racecourse undergoing refurbishment. This historic racecourse is located within a timeless setting; bordered by a fairy-tale chȃteau that is among the most popular historical monuments in France. Going to the races at Chantilly is an altogether unique visual and vibrant experience and not to be missed. Last year, Aidan O’Brian took home an impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Ryan Moore pushing on to pass the post first on Irish thoroughbred, Found. This years leading contenders include Almanzor at a price of 5-1 with a record as the top three year old of last season. Another name to  consider is this years King George winner, Enable, an impressive three year old filly trained by John Gosden but, as there is still a few more weeks to go, time will only tell if either make it to the track in top form.

There are several packages and options available to book now and ensure you have an amazing experience at one of the most exciting flat racing events of the season. Enjoy a five star package and  stay three nights at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume with amazing tickets for the Panoramic Grandstand, return Eurostar travel from London and racecourse transfers. Cheaper packages are also available starting from £349 per person.

There is not only racing to look forward to but there are many sites and attractions to visit nearby including the Stade de France. There are plenty of restaurants situated on the outskirts of the racecourse itself including Le Vertugadin. If culture is what you desire then the Musée de Cheval is just the thing for you.

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Melbourne Cup Carnival November 2017

We are already looking forward to the upcoming 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and hope that you are too! This fantastic week of racing takes place at Flemington racecourse just outside of the centre of Melbourne, Victoria. The racecourse boasts a six-furlong straight and is now part of the Australian National Heritage List.

The week begins on Saturday 4th November with the AAMI Victoria Derby Day which hosts a fabulous display of impeccable fashion from both men and women as well as a spectacle of racing. After a short break in the week, the action kicks off again for the feature Group 1 race of the week, the one and only Emirates Melbourne Cup held on Tuesday 7th. Considered to be one of the best staying handicap races in the world, this race is run over 2 miles and the winner receives a staggering prize of A$6.2m. Surprisingly, Dettori is yet to win a Melbourne Cup…perhaps 2017 will be his year?

Last years winner was Almandin, trained by local Australian trainer Robert Hickmott who had a previous winner in 2012, and was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. 2015 was one for the records as Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to a great finish making her the first female ever to win the prestigious Cup. The Kennedy Oaks; which takes place a couple days later on the Thursday, was won by an amazing 100-1 chance Lasqueti Spirit last year. The final day of racing is by no means any quieter with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes which attracts runners from all over the world.

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During the days away from the hype of the racecourse, there is a plethora of things to do and see in and around Melbourne. Take a trip to Phillip Island which is approximately 87 miles south-east of Melbourne. The island has a wildlife park which is home to native animals such as fairy penguins, wallabies and kangaroos, and you can even take part in whale watching. If animals aren’t your thing and you fancy something a little more sophisticated, then why not take a wine tour in the Yarra Valley. Here you can experience wine tasting from commercial and boutique wineries, a restaurant lunch, cheese tasting and a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. An opportunity not to miss is a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the home of Australian Football since 1859 and only a ten minute walk from the heart of the city.

In the evenings you can discover some of the top bars and restaurants around. Eau De Vie offer an interactive evening of cocktail and whisky masterclasses. Or why not treat yourself to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and try a weird and wonderful ice cream with vegemite dessert?

We offer packages ranging from £2,695 per person which include 9 nights accommodation at the Alto Hotel, return flights from London Heathrow, breakfast every morning, general admission to all four race days of the carnival, and car hire for the duration of your stay.

To view all packages on offer and learn more about what we have in store for you, click here and book today.

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The 35th running of the Arlington Million

The Arlington million is a Grade 1 flat race open to horses aged three years and upward and is raced annually in August on turf at Arlington Park, Illinois. It was the first race to offer a purse of $1 million in its inaugural running in 1981 and is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, meaning the winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Turf. Little Mike was the last horse to win both races in 2012 under Ramon Dominguez. To this day the race is still worth $1 million but i'm sure this is probably because Arlington 1.5 million doesn’t have the same ring to it as the Arlington million.

Arlington million is the feature race of the day and last years winner was Mondialiste under the ride of Daniel Tudhope. However it is not the only big race on the day as the Beverly D. Stakes and the Secretariat Stakes are also run on this day at Arlington, worth $700,000 and $450,000 respectively.

The Beverly D. Stakes is the fillies' counterpart of the Arlington Million and is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. The race is renowned for producing the American Champion Female as 6 Beverly D winners have gone to win this prize, most recently in 2013, the winner of which was Dank.

The Secretariat Stakes is the brother of both the Arlington Million and the Beverly D. Stakes and is also run on this day. The race was created to showcase U.S. Triple Crown winner, Secretariat, to Chicago racing fans and did just that as we went on to win the race. Aidan O’Brien holds an impressive record in this race in recent years as he has trained 2 winners in the last 3 years, including Highland Reel in 2015. He will look to add another win to his record this year with Taj Mahal set to run under the ride of Ryan Moore, however he will face tough competition from both Oscar Performance and Eminent.

This year will see Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and William Buick all fly out to Illinois to take part in this famous event! All 3 have rides in the Arlington million, with only william Buick out of the three winning it in the past. Ryan Moore is on the favourite, deauville, as he looks to secure a 3rd win for Aidan O’Brien in the race, who previously won it in 2005 and 2011. All three jockeys also have a ride in the Secretariat Stakes with William Buick looking to win this for the first time upon second favourite Permian. Frankie and Ryan then both have a ride in the Beverly D. Stakes, having both won this race in the past, Frankie in 2004 and Ryan won it in both 2013 and 2014.

Good luck to all three of the jockeys and we hope they can provide us with some winners!

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Longines Irish Champions Weekend

This weekend features the highly anticipated Longines Irish Champions Weekend, featuring some of Europe's finest thoroughbred horses and races alike. Spread over two days, 9th & 10th September, the weekend features racing from both Curragh and Leopardstown racecourse.

You’d be forgiven to think these racecourses were within close proximity to each other (everyone else in the office did) - like a Sandown to Epsom distance. However, in reality they’re quite a distance apart.

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Nonetheless, racing fans from all over Ireland & the rest of the world will be sure to descend on the 2 day spectacle. This is certainly a weekend we’ve all been looking forward to for quite a while with 10 group races, 5 of which are group 1.

With the prize money exceeding €4.6 million over the two days, this makes it one of Europe's (and the world's) richest racing festival. Arguably, this is the biggest date in the Irish racing calendar! However, the weekend is more than just about the racing; it’s about the fashion, fun, elegance and excitement of it all.  

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Day one racing kicks off at the historic Leopardstown racecourse. Leopardstown is located on the outskirts of the Irish capital, Dublin, and is six miles south of the city centre. Any weekend to Dublin is one to remember for the rest of your life and one I would highly recommend you check out. The racecourse itself was completed in 1888 after being modelled on the notorious Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey (one for the pub quiz!)

The feature race of the day is the QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes - which is currently the highest rated turf race on the world! Not only this, but the prize money for the day stands at an eye watering €2.3 million. This is certainly a wonderful Irish sporting occasion not to be missed.

After the racing in the daytime, the evening will be one to look forward to. Dublin city centre will be full of racegoers alike looking for a fantastic evening. The humour and friendliness of the city will overwhelm you upon first arrival. Be warned, don’t get too carried away with the evening as you have another race meet to attend the following day!!!

After a good night's sleep (or not so good depending on how much you have drank), the following day features some more fantastic racing from Curragh. Whilst you nurse your hangover with some fantastic hospitality you may wish to browse over your race card, and you’ll be in for a treat. The feature race of the day is the Irish Champions Stakes. Churchill seems to be the one to beat here with the bookies already placing him to clinch victory at 4/5. Seems a bit short if you ask me as there is some healthy competition in the form of Highland Reel and Winter.

Nonetheless, this weekend is one I’m ecstatic about and one I will certainly be tuning into. What’s even better is it is still not too late to book! Racing Breaks have some fantastic deals for everyone’s needs with overnight packages starting from just £99! Check it out here.

Saturday Racing Preview & Tips

1.50 Sandown

There should be a strong pace here with Bahamian Sunrise, Lydia’s Place and the blinkered Farleigh Mac likely to set it up for something coming from off the pace. With both the yards of Stuart Williams and Amanda Perrett not amongst the winners, the temptation would be to avoid Shamshon and Kasbah and have a little on either the veteran Monsieur Joe who is looking dangerously well handicapped or Majestic Hero, both are available @ 7/1.

2.10 Chester

This looks a really good opportunity for Mark Johnston’s improving three year old Cape Coast under the king of Chester Franny Norton. The form of his second at Ascot looks strong after Bin Battuta went close in the Melrose Handicap last weekend at York. Presuming he does not involve himself in a protracted battle on the front end with stablemate Curlew River and Tim Easterby’s My Reward, the 9/2 looks good value. There will likely be good support for Sir Michael Stoute’s only runner on the Roodee, Shraaoh, but he needs to find more on our figures though the extra furlong should suit. Who Dares Wins looks the biggest threat to Cape Coast, already a course winner Alan King’s five year old has run well on both flat starts this season and should be finishing strongly, with the only worry that the trip may be on the short side.

2.25 Sandown

Masar and Rominsed set the standard in the Solario Stakes with a number of lightly raced types of interest, not least Purser. Masar, third in the Chesham behind September and Nyaleti should have improved on that run and trainer Charlie Appleby thinks he has class. He is the one to beat @ 2/1. Romanised tends to dwell in the stalls and could be worth trying at seven furlongs even if he does not look like he is crying out for it but he has improved with every run and warrants respect. Due to connections rather than the level of form of his debut, Purser may be a little short in the market @ 10/3 but represents potential. If allowed an uncontested lead a worthy alternative to the fancied horses is Connect, who readily beat Westerland over course and distance in a good time with the 6/1 tempting. Vintager is another who could go well at a value price after winning a fair Newmarket maiden on his debut.

2.45 Chester

A fiercely competitive handicap but the pace looks like being a slow one with only Love Dreams likely to take them along. This could cause the all too familiar traffic problems often experienced at Chester and Sharp Defence, a suffer of these last time he visited the course, will be hoping for a smoother passage and has definite claims. Breakable, Fingal’s Cave and War Glory have been running well of late and are suited by tight turning tracks but may need a little rain to be seen at their best. Khamaary looked one to follow earlier in the season but has not gone on from the early promise while old timers Sound Advice, Intransigent and Gabrial should give their running with Gabrial’s trainer Richard Fahey also saddling course lover Penwortham who could be a bit of value @ 10/1.

3.00 Sandown

With Tisbutadream and the improving Lincoln Rocks in the field the pace should be honest, the latter, if not going too fast is an interesting contender. Nathra looks to be retunring to her French Guineas form of 2016 after a good effort in the Hungerford Stakes and looks primed for a big run @ 9/2. On Her Toes looks the pick of the three year olds but needs to improve to challenge the main protagonists. That said three year olds have won eight of the last ten renewals so serious consideration should be given to the younger generation. Aljazi should go well for Marco Botti but may have been flattered finishing so close to Qemah in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot while Intimation should be on the premises @ 5/1. A ‘slow burner’ for Sir Michael Stoute, just like her half-brother Mutakayyef who did not realise his potential until five years of age, her best days are ahead of her. At a bigger price Dancing Breeze looks a ‘bridle horse’ and could go well @ 18/1 under Jim Crowley who excels with these types.

3.15 Beverley

2016 winner Alpha Delphini lines up again in the Beverley Bullet but this time will have to overcome a wide draw and though it has been done before, 7/1 is a little short to take the risk and the same applies  to Judicial who has been in good form this year. Take Cover and Kimberella are drawn well and should set a good honest pace but both seem to prefer a fast five furlongs and Beverley is a testing course so they may just wane at the finish leaving it for a late closer. Paul Midgley could well have the answer with both Final Venture and Line Of Reason likely to stalk the pacesetters, the former was fourth in this last year from a bad draw and even though stall seven is not ideal can go well @ 5/1. Line Of Reason may have been a little below par since winning the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle in June but the way the race is run could suit, he goes well at Beverley and 12/1 is a sporting price.

3.20 Chester

The in-form horses all seem to be drawn wide which is almost impossible to overcome at Chester giving Spring Loaded, Confessional and the hard to win with Taexali little or no chance (famous last words). There is plenty of pace on but El Astronaute and Blithe Spirit will have to break quickly to get across for the lead and will likely bump into Poet’s Society who could blast out from stall one, is interesting dropping back to five furlongs and tempting @ 7/1. Another at a fair price is Verne Castle who should sit close to the pace and will like the tight turns though his turf form leaves a lot to be desired. East Street Revue and Willytheconqueror are worth consideration but both have no experience of sharp tracks while Powerallied can go well @ 10/1 from a low draw for Richard Fahey who has won this race twice in recent times.

3.35 Sandown

There are plenty with question marks hanging over numerous runners in this and it looks like going to one of the younger less exposed types. With the free going Monarchs Glen and Noble Ridge setting the fractions the improving and course winner Silver Ghost can track the leaders and enjoy a good tow into the race. He hasn’t looked back since changing yards to Eve Johnson-Houghton and it looks like there is more to come. In a similar vein is Thundering Blue after a comfortable win in class two company last time and maybe just edges it over Silver Ghost with the 8/1 pretty fair about both. In their way is Across Dubai who was a little out of his depth in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and back on a sounder surface can carry on his upward curve to be competitive @ 4/1. The same can be said of course and distance winner Euginio @ 8/1 who found the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes on good to soft too hot at Haydock and will be happier back in handicap company. At a price Mutarakez can go well @ 25/1 for Brian Meehan and Silvestre De Sousa.

 

Reuben’s Best Bets:

Cape Coast – 2.10 Chester – 1pt win @ 9/2

Connect – 2.25 Sandown – 1pt win @ 6/1

Poet’s Society – 3.20 Chester – 1pt win @ 7/1

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St Leger Festival - Doncaster

The last of the Great British Classics this season, the St Leger Stakes, is fast approaching and there is much to look forward to. This four day festival takes place at Doncaster racecourse from 13th - 16th September with plenty of action jam packed into each day. The St Leger is the oldest of the five British Classic races and the last to take place this season. Known as the most prestigious races in the world, the Classics form what is known as the Triple Crown which, was last claimed by Nijinsky in 1970. There is a saying that suggests that “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby - and the best horse wins the St Leger.”.

The festival starts on the Wednesday 13th with a charity race whereby retired jockey legends dust off their boots and breeches and get back in the saddle for a 1 mile contest. Money raised goes to two very deserving causes, the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House; a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys. Thursday is Ladies Day where fashionistas can parade their stylish outfits in a bid to win best dressed. The penultimate day offers the gentlemen an opportunity to dress to impress. The Doncaster Cup takes place on this day as well as other spectacles such as sports car displays and laser clay pigeon shooting. The showpiece of the week is the William Hill St Leger Stakes which, takes place on the Friday over a distance of 1m 6f. The winner of the Group 1 feature race will take home an incredible £700,000.

Last year saw George Baker giving a brilliant ride to go on and win on Laura Mongan trained Harbour Law, who only had a Maiden and minor handicap win to his name and went off at 22-1. This year there is a glint of hope in Aidan O'Brien's eye for a fifth victory in this race as one of the 12 potential entries for the 2017 running is son of Galileo, Capri. Speaking of numerous winings, Frankie Dettori has had an incredible spin round this course for the St Leger and has passed the winning post first on five occasions. Other potential contenders for the 2017 Classic include Sir Michael Stoute’s, Crystal Ocean, who won the Goodwood’s Gordon Stakes earlier in August.  

Doncaster racecourse is situated in the heart of South Yorkshire where both Flat and National Hunt races take place throughout the year. There are several options for tickets and hospitality. RacingBreaks offers grandstand tickets for the St Leger Friday for only £35!! County, Premier and Family enclosures are also available to buy for the the festival. But, make sure to book now before sell out!! An enjoyable week of racing, fun and frolics not to be missed!

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Sun Met - South Africa

The Sun Met is the highlight of the South African racing calendar which, takes place at Kenilworth racecourse, Cape Town.  Not only is this an event where the top SA racehorses come to showcase their talent but the local fashionistas and style gurus also flaunt their talents. The total purse of the biggest summer race totals R5 million. An impressive crowd of over 50,000 are drawn to Kenilworth on the last Saturday in January for this highlight event of the social calendar, so get ready to hit the shops to ensure you can find the fanciest frock to fit in with the frivolities of the 2018 Sun Met.

Kenilworth racecourse is unique in its environment as is stands within a small, 52 hectare nature reserve. This is one the best preserved patches of the Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. This racecourse is host to Cape Towns’ summer horse racing season which includes events such as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.  Kenilworth is set amongst the iconic backdrop view of Table Mountain, one of the most astonishing sights in Cape Town.

The Met was first run in 1883 which was then known as the Metropolitan Mile. Over the many years, the race has grown in stature and has on a few occasions been run as many as five times a year. The 2016 Sun Met was won by 4 year old, Whisky Baron, trained by local trainer Brett Crawford. The win was a first for 40 year old SA National jockey leader, Greg Cheyne who has been partnered with Whisky Baron for 5 out 6 of his latest victories.

Other than the constant flow of champagne, fashion parades and top class SA thoroughbred racing, there is so much to see and do whilst you are in Cape Town. Make a visit to the V&A waterfront where you can enjoy world-class shopping, delicious dining and entertaining nightlife. Take a hike and make the most of the stunning natural environment by adventuring out on the many national trails which will take you to the best viewing points, or if you only fancy a leisurely stroll, the Newlands Forest may be more suitable. No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car trip to the top of the new 7th Wonder of the World, Table Top Mountain, where you can soak up the views for hours upon hours.

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Packages are now available for this once in a lifetime journey across the globe and what better excuse to go other than to attend the races! Our package includes 14 nights staying at a variety of hotels and B&Bs with adventurous activities planned to make your visit more worthwhile. Return flights and transfers are all included with your raceday tickets giving you access to reserved seating in the Kenilworth Room where you can enjoy an all day buffet and an open bar. To find more information on costs and what is included in your stay, please click here.

 

York Ebor Preview

The York Ebor festival is one of the oldest horse racing events in the UK having begun in 1843, and as it is one of the last major flat meetings of the year it attracts racegoers from all over the UK and worldwide. All four days of the festival host a plethora of top class racing and none of them are to be missed.

The festival kicks off with Juddmonte International Day, of which the feature race is the Juddmonte International, but the day also hosts both the Great Voltigeur Stakes, which is seen as one of the key trials before the final Classic of the season, the St Leger. Winners in the past couple of years include Idaho and Postponed, which just shows the calibre of horses which can come from this race. This year Cracksman goes into the race favourite having come 3rd in the Derby and 2nd in the Irish equivalent, narrowly losing to Capri who is also set to run in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. This should be a great rematch and I would love to see Cracksman get back to his winning ways.

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The feature race of the day is the Group 1 Juddmonte International which in 2015 was ranked the best race in Great Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, is set to be an incredible race this year as all the top middle distance runners battle it out to prove they’re the best. The race will see 2,000 guineas winner Churchill look to redeem his sub par performance in which he finished 4th in the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot to Barney Roy, who will also line up in this race. As well as Ulysses who just beat Barney Roy by a nose at Sandown to win the Coral Eclipse and came second last time out to Enable in the King George. This race should finally provide us with the best of the three and I can’t wait!

Day two of the festival is the Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day which sees the best dressed racegoers have the chance to win great prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn. This day is all about the fillies as the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks is the feature race of the day as well as the Group Two Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, also featuring on the racecard. Sky Bet Lowther Stakes will see all the top 2 year old fillies battle it out over 6 furlongs and with the likes of Clemmie, Nyaleti and the ever impressive September all being entered for the race this should prove to be an unmissable one.

The feature race of the thursday is the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks which often features horses which also ran in the Epsom Oaks. This is ran over one mile 4 furlongs and often proves who's the best filly over a middle distance for the season. Enable, Winter and So Mi Dar all still hold entries for this race but I don’t think anyone can look past Enable, who will look to be the first winner of both the Epsom Oaks and this race since Alexandrova in 2006. She is odds on favourite for this race and already the firm favourite for L’arc de Triomphe and I don’t see anything beating her in this race.

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Day three of the festival is the Coolmore Nunthorpe Day which hosts probably the fastest race of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe, run over just 5 furlongs this often decides the accolade of leading sprinter. Last year for the second year running, Mecca’s Angel proved she was the speed Queen as she won in exhilarating fashion to retain her crown. This year will see a clash between Battaash and Lady Aurelia, many had previously thought this would be one for Lady Aurelia after her convincing win at Royal Ascot, however Battaash stormed home at Goodwood in tough conditions proving he is still one to look out for. They are both close in betting terms but we will have to wait and see who comes out on top for what will no doubt be one of the races of the festival!

The final day of the festival, held on the Saturday, is the Betfred Ebor Day the feature race is the Betfred Ebor, the oldest, and probably most famous race at York, it is also the richest flat handicap in Europe. It’s always one of the best days to enjoy with family and friends as groups get together and try to pick a winner of this difficult race. The last betting favourite to win this race was Purple Moon in 2007 who went off at 7/2, and since then 5 of the winners of this race have gone off at 20/1 or higher. My advice for this race is not to go on form or betting favourites, just pick any, you’ll have a better chance!

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Hong Kong International Races

The Longines Hong Kong Cup will be held on 10th December 2017, at Sha Tin racecourse. There are plenty of races to enjoy including the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile and The Hong Kong Sprint, all classed as Group 1. This is the highlight of turf racing in Hong Kong and has a total purse of HK$83million making it the richest race in Hong Kong. The feature race of the day has a total prize money of HK$25million. The Hong Kong Cup is run over 2000m and is the premier end-of-year championship for the world’s top middle-distance horses. Last year Ryan Moore rode a winner for trainer Noriyuki Hori, Maurice, after a slow start from the stalls. Other previous winners includes California Memory who won the race consecutively in 2011 and 2012 with Matthew Chadwick and our very own ambassador Frankie Dettori, took the victory in 2003 on board Falbrav.

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The race was originally limited to horses trained in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore but eventually opened up to other countries and Europe in 1990. Sha Tin racecourse is one of two racecourses in Hong Kong, and will take approximately 40-45 minutes from central which is easy enough as there are several transport links from the centre of the city so getting around and exploring is super easy. Take a trip to Lantau Island where you can visit the giant Buddha via cable car plus a Tai O boat ride. Get a taste for chinese cuisine by taking a food tour through central and Sheung Wan districts or, if you fancy more of a fine dining, avant-garde experience, Felix in the Peninsula hotel is the one to try.  A tram tour is also on the list of things to do and will transport you to a fantastic viewing point at the Victoria Peak which, allows for you to see the delights of the city during the day or at night.

Packages with Racing Breaks start from £1,995 per person, where you will stay 4 nights at the deluxe Grand Hyatt hotel with breakfast included. This package gives you hospitality tickets to the thrilling racing at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, return flights and airport transfers.

To fill your week with even more racing delights, there is the opportunity to extend your stay and attend Hong Kong’s other racecourse, Happy Valley, for their race meeting on Wednesday 5th December. Our 6 night gold racing package includes hospitality to racing at Happy Valley on the Wednesday followed by a breakfast with the Stars on Thursday at Sha Tin racecourse and hospitality to racing at Sha Tin on the Sunday.

Click here to book your visit and find out more about the packages available.

Palio Di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a race like no other. This unique event only occurs twice every year on 2nd July and 16th August and attracts people from all over the world. It is not only  about the horse race itself, but the pride, pageantry and civic identity amongst the Sienese. The town of Siena is made up of seventeen ‘contrade’ or city wards who have been rivals for many years. Only ten horses are drawn for the race with jockeys riding bareback and wearing traditional colours of the contrade they represent. The night before the race, each horse is taken into their relevant contrade church to be blessed and kept away from any potential threats from other rivals. The origins of this race are medieval and date back to 1581 meaning there is a lot of history and culture surrounding this pinnacle event. Horses and jockeys run three laps around the famous ‘Piazza de Campo’ of Siena, Tuscany on a temporary sand surface and normally lasts around 75 seconds. With nail biting corners and high speeds, there is a much greater risk of riders being unseated however, an unmounted horse is still able to cross the line first and win.

Castel Monastero offers a minimum 3 night stay in the stunning setting on the one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. This ancient Monastery stands in a tiny 11th Century hamlet just 23km outside of Siena. Guests have access to an exclusive viewing point to watch the race; from the windows of a beautiful apartment situated in the square. Guests overlook a tricky 90 degree bend on the track which proves one of the biggest challenges throughout the race. Enjoy 5* hospitality with champagne, canapes and refreshments. There is also a personal guide to inform you about the incredible history and meaning behind this monumental event. After the race there are several proceedings and celebrations including flag-wavers, human towers a pageant and a huge feast.

Packages are now available from only £1,395 per person which includes a 3 night stay at the quaint italian hotel, Campo Regio Relais, located in the centre of Siena. This little hotel will make you feel a part of the Sienese way of life and experience the Palio from the heart of its origin. If you would prefer a more luxurious and relaxing get away from the excitement of the square, then simply choose our other package at £2,045 per person. Enjoy a three night stay at the luxurious and secluded Castel Monastero where you can indulge in a spa treatment and savour the delectable cuisine of local chef in partnership with  Gordon Ramsay. Enjoy your meal  with a selection of exclusive wines from the Castel Monastero vineyard. Vineyard tours are also available for those who would like to explore outside of the walls of this rural, historic retreat. Packages include return flights to Florence, airport transfers and car hire can be arranged if you wish to explore the delights of Tuscany independently.

An opportunity not to be missed and one to definitely tick off the bucket list!

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Your Royal Ascot 2017 Tips Guide

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.

 OLBG.com has a community of expert tipsters at their fingertips and one of their horse racing experts, 'Nors', has some pointers for making this a profitable week.

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Royal Ascot Count down!

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.

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