Five things you cannot afford to miss this racing week

Mon 9 Oct 2017

By staff

There is no shortage of top-class action ahead over the next week, with Newmarket's Future Champions Weekend complemented by action at York and Goodwood plus jumping action at Chepstow

Seventeen of the meetings will be on Racing UK. Here's a taster of what is to come.


The Group One bet365 Fillies' Mile on Friday ensures Newmarket's two-day meeting gets off to a flying start. Aidan O'Brien is in pursuit of Bobby Frankel's record 25 winners at the top level in a calendar year and the Ballydoyle handler, who has 23, could call on Happily, Magical or September - perhaps all three - to represent him. Who can stop him? Karl Burke will surely be hoping May Hill heroine Laurens can make her presence felt if she lines up.


Expert Eye and Verbal Dexterity are on course for what could be an epic clash in Saturday's Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. The traditional testing ground for next year's Classic hopes has been the target for Sir Michael Stoute's Expert Eye ever since a minor mishap derailed his planned outing in Ireland. The Jim Bolger-trained Verbal Dexterity took full advantage of his absence to lift the National Stakes, and add into the mix the likes of impressive Newbury scorer Emaraaty and O'Brien's usual mob-handed approach, you have a cracker of a race.


The Betfred Cesarewitch forms the second leg of Newmarket's autumn double and only the stoutest of stayers need apply for the two-mile-two-furlong event, for which there was a trial last month dominated by Alan King runners. Jumps trainers are often to the fore and King holds a couple of live chances, while Evan Williams' John Constable heads the market. The Darley and Autumn Stakes also feature on what is a top-quality Saturday of action.


York signs off for 2017 with a two-day fixture highlighted by Saturday's Coral Sprint Trophy and the Rockingham Stakes. The Knavesmire venue has enjoyed another stellar season with Enable's Yorkshire Oaks victory and Ulysses' power-packed finish to the Juddmonte International two of the abiding memories of the campaign. This meeting is certainly not of that calibre, but the Yorkshire faithful usually offer sound support for some competitive fare.


The National Hunt crew will be delighted to see the British season kick up a gear with a fine two-day card at Chepstow. Saturday's fixture is headed up by the Grade Three totepool Silver Trophy Hurdle, while Sunday features the Grade Two totepool Persian War Novices' Hurdle.

FIXTURES: (FLAT in capitals)



Wednesday: KEMPTON (RUK), Ludlow (RUK), NOTTINGHAM (RUK), Towcester

Thursday: AYR (RUK), CHELMSFORD, Exeter (RUK), Worcester

Friday: KEMPTON (RUK), NEWMARKET (RUK), Newton Abbot, YORK (RUK)

Saturday: Chepstow, Hexham, KEMPTON (RUK), NEWMARKET (RUK), YORK (RUK)

Sunday: Chepstow, GOODWOOD (RUK)

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