The feature race of the weekend on these shores is the Group Two Celebration Mile from Goodwood, which sees the progressive Thikriyaat look to build on his recent success at the track at the Glorious meeting for Sir Michael Stoute.
The 3yo has been supplemented for this contest, and has been all the rage this week in the betting, after following up his excellent second at Royal Ascot with victory on the Sussex downs last month.
He finished behind Ribchester at the Royal meeting, form that now looks extremely solid following that one’s subsequent achievements and that was also his only defeat in five starts.
Zonderland also represents the classic generation and he can follow the selection home for Clive Cox. He too has had a productive season, landing the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last time to add to his listed Heron Stakes victory at Sandown earlier in season.
The Totescoop6 Beverley Bullet Sprint is the feature event at the Yorkshire track, where Muthmir looks sure to go well with this drop down in class. William Haggas missed York with his 6yo to aim him at this contest, in an attempt to give him a confidence boost, and a first win since Glorious Goodwood last year.
A victory for Kingsgate Native would bring the stands down at the Westwood. Graham Lee takes the ride on the eleven year old who took the Nunthorpe NINE years ago, and he shook off talk of retirement by scoring at Nottingham recently.
The final weekend evening fixtures of the summer take place on Saturday, with a couple of decent races at Windsor. The inappropriately named Winter Hill Stakes sees Ulysses looking to follow up his Goodwood victory, and he should take the beating.
While the following August Stakes sees Second Step take a class drop, as he bids back to get back to winning ways after contesting Group One’s and Group Two’s without success this season. The blinkers are applied for the first time in his career and he should have too many guns for his rivals, although Tashaar should give him plenty to think about if back to his best. He disappointed on his last run in Qatar at the Doha festival, but has been absent since and was very progressive last season.
Whatever you’re backing this weekend, the best of luck and please bet to your pocket and gamble responsibly.