The Irish 2000 Guineas, And The Last Day At Haydock Park And Goodwood’s May Meeting.

We don’t have a ‘Clash of the Titans’ (©1981),

but we do have a clash of the Racecourses today!

We have got action from:-

York, Newbury, Lingfield, Haydock, Goodwood, Chester and the big one………The Curragh!

Many of these race-cards have at least a listed race on them, and two hold group races, as there is good racing every-where!

Goodwood, and Haydock finish their three day meetings with some big races, but The Curragh beats them all with their two day meeting, showcasing their Irish 2000 Guineas today, and the Irish 1000 Guineas tomorrow.

The Curragh will be the place for some of Europe‘s top colts to have a run in the Irish 2000 Guineas, along with some other top stakes races supporting – The Greenlands Stakes, the Marble Hill Stakes and TRI Equestrian Stakes.

So lets start with the big one!

The Irish 2,000 Guineas is open to three-year-old colts and fillies, over a distance of 1 mile. First run in 1921, this race will attract runners from the English version, which ran three weeks previously, or the French version – the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.

Any horses doing well in this test will be aimed at next month’s St. James’s Palace Stakes.

The next biggun on the card is the Greenlands Stakes which is open to horses aged three years plus, over a distance of 6 furlongs. Greenlands is the part of the Curragh plain where the racecourse sits.

And the TRI Equestrian Stakes, is open to fillies and mares aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile. Originally called the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes after the Irish-trained filly but in 2009, it changed to it’s present name.

Over at Haydock Park, their big race on their final day is the Temple Stakes which is open to horses aged three years plus, over a distance of 5 furlongs. This is a race swiped from Sandown Park in 2008, and this shortie, is a test for some of the horses that may go on to run in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A nice supporting race on the card is the Silver Bowl Handicap over one mile, on a card completely sponsored by Betfred.

On the Final day of the Goodwood May Festival, they hold the Festival Stakes Listed Race, which is run over nearly 1 mile, two furlongs. Back in 1988 the stewards had to void the result as all runners were sent on to the wrong course! All of them! This year I have a ballsy tip with good odds.

A nice card to finish off the three days on, with other good races – Hampshire Chronicle Handicap, and Southern Daily Echo Tapster Stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs.

Even with all these big races on, there are still some gems in the smaller cards today – York hold the Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup, and Chester have a seven furlong dash with the Red Bull Handicap. Newbury hold an evening card, with some music from DJ Calvin Harris, as well as a late card from Lingfield with their Countryside Alliance night.

Plenty on!


The Jag

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