There are lots of big flat races coming up in the next few weeks. Here we take a look at the latest prices along with some snippets of information on each of the races.

 

Saturday 28th July - 15:00 Ascot: Gigaset International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

The International Stakes is a seven furlong sprint for horses aged three years old and above, with all of the top stables likely to be represented.

Respected sprint trainers like Mark Johnston and Richard Hannon have to be feared.

Horses to watch: Flaming Spear (9/1), Gilgamesh (12/1), George of Hearts (12/1), II Primo Sole (12/1), Arbalet (14/1), Aces (16/1)

 

Saturday 28th July - 15:40 Ascot: King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Cracksman is likely to bypass this weekend's Ascot showpiece, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, unless there is significant rain said his trainer John Gosden.

Horses to watch: Crystal Ocean (7/4), Poet's Word (5/2), Kew Gardens (6/1), Waldgeist (9/1), Cracksman (9/1), Coronet (10/1)

 

Tuesday 31st July - 15:00 Goodwood: Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)

Connections of Expert Eye have not ruled out the possibility of stepping him back up to a mile and supplementing him for the Qatar Sussex Stakes instead.

Expert Eye is already entered for the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs but would have supplemented for the Group One Sussex over a mile at a cost of £70,000.

Horses to watch: Expert Eye (9/4), Tip Two Win (7/1), Sir Dancealot (9/1), Breton Rock (11/1), Yafta (12/1), Emmaus (12/1)

 

Tuesday 31st July - 15:35 Goodwood: Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Stradivarius, successful in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, heads the entries. Owned and bred by Bjorn Nielsen, the four-year-old won the Qatar Goodwood Cup in 2017 and this year is chasing the Stayers' Million which carries a bonus of £1 million.

Horses to watch: Stradivarius (4/7), Order Of St George (7/2), Torcedor (5/1), Kew Gardens (6/1), Idaho (9/1), Withhold (10/1)

 

Wednesday 1st August - 15:35 Goodwood: Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Andrew Balding believes Beat The Bank is peaking just at the right time as he heads to the Glorious Goodwood meeting.

Balding was convinced the four-year-old gelding had been unlucky when sixth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and was happy to see him back in the winner’s circle when he took the Summer Mile back at the Berkshire track last time out.

Horses to watch: Without Parole (11/8), Saxon Warrior (5/1), Gustav Klimt (7/1), Beat The Bank (7/1), Lancaster Bomber (8/1)

 

Thursday 2nd August - 15:35 Goodwood: Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Urban Fox will attempt to complete a Group One double over a mile and a quarter when she lines up for the Nassau Stakes.

The four-year-old filly improved for the step up from a mile when she took the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Horses to watch: Sea of Class (7/2), Happily (5/1), Urban Fox (5/1), Rhododendron (6/1), Veracious (6/1), Wild Illusion (7/1)

 

Friday 3rd August - 15:00 Goodwood: Golden Mile Handicap

Newmarket handler William Haggas looks to hold a strong hand in the £150,000 Golden Mile Handicap with his five entries including Society Power (9st 1lb), the ante-post market leader with most bookmakers.

Horses to watch: Society Power (8/1), Tigre du Terre (10/1), Curiosity (12/1), Humbert (12/1), Mubtasim (12/1)

 

Friday 3rd August - 15:35 Goodwood: King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2)

Battaash heads back to the Goodwood Festival this month in defence of his King George Stakes crown.

The Charlie Hills-trained four-year-old won the Group Two contest last season, before finishing fourth in the Nunthorpe at York and then winning the Prix de l'Abbaye.

Horses to watch: Battaash (11/8), Kachy (7/1), Sioux Nation (10/1), Fleet Review (12/1), Dreamfield (14/1), Washington Dc (14/1)

 

Saturday 4th August - 15:40 Goodwood: Stewards' Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

The ante-post favourite for this historic handicap is Dreamfield trained by John Gosden.

The Godolphin-owned four-year-old lost his unbeaten record when going down by a neck Bacchus in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Horses to watch: Dreamfield (8/1), Bacchus (12/1), Spring Loaded (12/1), Tis Marvellous (14/1), Foxtrot Lady (14/1), Emblazoned (16/1)

 

Wednesday 22nd August - 15:35 York: Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1)

John Gosden has raised the possibility of Roaring Lion and Enable meeting in the Juddmonte International at York.

If both horses are fit and ready to go, Gosden would be happy for them to clash - as long as the owners of both horses were happy the decision.

Horses to watch: Roaring Lion (10/3), Enable (7/2), Poet's Word (5/1), Masar (8/1), Saxon Warrior (8/1), Cracksman (8/1), Without Parole (12/1)

 

Friday 24th August - 15:35 York: Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Blue Point has emerged as a major contender for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Sent off the 5-2 favourite for the Darley July Cup having won the King's Stand Stakes, he could only finish seventh behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained US Navy Flag.

Horses to watch: Battassh (7/4), Blue Point (5/1), U S Navy Flag (8/1), Finsbury Square (10/1), Sioux Nation (10/1)

 

Saturday 25th August - 15:40 York: The Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

The Ebor Handicap at the end of the month is a possible target for the Willie Mullins-trained Stratum after the five-year-old won the inaugural running of the JLT Cup at Newbury.

Horses to watch: Stratum (6/1), Withhold (10/1), Chelkar (12/1), Hamada (12/1), Dash Of Spice (16/1), Limini (16/1)

 

*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

About the Author
By
Steve Mullington

Steven is a sports and horseracing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 25 renewals of the Grand National. 

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