THERE’S plenty of top-quality racing action to savour in the North West this week.
A three-day meeting at Haydock Park kicks off on Thursday, culminating in the betfred.com Temple Stakes, the Betfred Silver Bowl and the Betfredcasino Cecil Frail Stakes on Saturday.
It’s a Classic week over in Ireland. The Curragh stages the Irish 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas next weekend.
The 2,000 spearheads a fine card on the Saturday Aidan O’Brien is sure to have a strong squad on duty this time,
Trainer Jim Bolger is planning an audacious crack at both Classics with Parish Hall, a Curragh appearance marking last year’s Dewhurst victor’s return to action.
Supplementing the 2000 Guineas is the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes for sprinters and the Group Three TRI Equestrian Stakes.
It is the fillies’ turn on Sunday with the 1000 Guineas.
Newmarket heroine Homecoming Queen is still among the entries at this stage for the Ballydoyle team.
One of the most prestigious racedays of the Irish calendar also sees the staging of the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He is entered again along with Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso.
Other races on the card included the Group Three Gallinule Stakes, an established trial for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
Goodwood opens its doors on Thursday, with the Height Of Fashion Stakes providing a listed race highlight, while Friday sees the Casco Cocked Hat Stakes. The ITWCP Festival Stakes and the Southern Daily Echo Tapster Stakes, are the pick of Saturday’s Channel 4-televised card.
PROHIBIT could run in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday prior to taking his chance in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.
The Robert Cowell-trained sprinter grabbed the Group One prize last summer and is on course to defend his crown, having been campaigned in Dubai. Cowell said: “Prohibit is in good form. He’s obviously a class act and worked nicely the other day.”
THE Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas remains under consideration for Takar following his impressive display at the Curragh seven days ago.
John Oxx’s Oratorio colt won by a full eight lengths on his final juvenile start and showed a sharp change of gear to come from last to first in the final furlong of the Tetrarch Stakes.
Oxx said: “He didn’t beat a vintage field but he’d had a couple of setbacks and was just ready to run. We were pleased he produced a good turn of foot in the ground conditions.
“He’s a tough little fellow with a good cruising speed and he quickens up well.”