What's On This Week In Racing - 25/02/2019


Four cards in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday afternoon and evening, with Catterick, Ffos Las and Leicester providing modest action over jumps.

Paul Nicholls - who's yard we are at tomorrow for the press gathering, sends Dr Sanderson for the Class Three Novices Hurdle at Ffos Las, looking to fight back from his defeat at Hereford.

The Leicestershire Open Hunters Chase is the feature event from the East Midlands - where The Last But One can continue his fine form for Tom Malone, albeit in point-to-points.

Meanwhile, Catterick host six races including the Happy 80th Birthday John Jarvis Classic Novices Chase, which commences at 2:20, before Wolverhampton follow up their Monday night card with an additional six races.

Juanito Chico is back in a hood in the night's most valuable handicap, and needs to prove he can handle the Tapeta for trainer Stuart Williams.


Musselburgh and Wincanton are the places to be midweek, as the countdown towards Cheltenham continues.

In two weeks time on Wednesday, we will see the likes of Altior, perhaps Min and Footpad pinging fences when they fight out the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but for now we must settle for Class Three and Four action - no complaints here.

After a discouraging effort at Lingfield, Bastien will look to recover in a Middle Distance Chase qualifier at Wincanton for Alan King, whilst King Golan will bid for the hat-trick in a Novices' Limited Handicap up at Musselburgh.

Mister Music and the All-weather expert Custard The Dragon look two of the names set to fight out the sunracing.co.uk Class Two Handicap at Southwell, before Kempton showcase eight races kicking off at 4:55.

Charlie Fellowes' Intrepidly heads the field for the London Mile Series Qualifier at 7:00, and will look to build on his recent course and distance second.


The first visit to Ireland of the week takes place at Clonmel, with seven live races on Racing TV.

As for racing in Britain, Ludlow, Musselburgh and Taunton anchor the day's jumping action.

The Shropshire venue has an intriguing Novices Limited Handicap - the Wye Valley Brewery Chase, where Kupatana will hope to recover from recent mishaps, but faces interesting challengers in the shape of Olly Murphy's Calipso Collonges and Kayf Blanco, who was a winner at Fakenham last week for Graeme McPherson.

Murphy meanwhile also has the smart Collooney in the opening novice hurdle, before the in-form Peppay Le Pugh from the Skelton yard, heads the field for the Class Three Handicap Chase.

Taunton entertain seven races from Somerset, before Kempton and Newcastle take over on the All-weather at twilight.


Flutter Friday looks an active one this week, with five live meetings from England and Ireland.

Newbury kicks things off before two o'clock, with the Physicool Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles, well Ben Pauling's Skidoosh will look to cope with a mouthwatering weight after his victory at Doncaster just a few days ago.

The Geoffrey Gilbey Trophy will also be contested in Berkshire, and Mr and Mrs William Rucker have a couple of chances trained by Evan Williams - Go Long and The Last Day.

Doncaster themselves showcase seven live races sponsored by 888Sport, including a Mares Hurdle Series Qualifier which sees the likes of Potters Midnight and Peter's Cousin go to post.

Dundalk hosts one of two meetings under lights - the other from Newcastle, after Lingfield show six races including the betway Handicap over six furlongs, a race where Highland Acclaim will be bidding for his third win at the track in 2019.


The second to last Saturday before Cheltenham is understandably quieter than usual, but there is still plenty to get stuck into at Doncaster, Kelso and Newbury over jumps.

Starting with the Berkshire venue, they have one extra valuable race on their card - the Grade Three William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles.

Calipto, San Benedeto, Happy Diva, Molineaux - just some of the names with notable entries.

Kelso has the Listed Premier Chase, whereby Dingo Dollar, Black Corton and American could warm up their legs with a run before Cheltenham, whilst Dashel Drasher can complete a three-timer with success in the Grade Two Premier Kelso Novices Hurdle.

Lingfield's preparations for the All-weather finals continue on Saturday with the Ladbrokes Listed Spring Cup over seven furlongs, before Chelmsford will hope it's not too foggy again as they hope to entertain six races commencing at 5:30.


Huntingdon and Sedgefield are the places to be on Sunday in terms of racing.

The Cambridgeshire National Handicap Chase is arguably the biggest eyecatcher from Huntingdon - a race that currently has as many as eighteen entries, including Le Reve, who's game effort from the front end at Lingfield last time out saw him rewarded with the Surrey National.

Sedgefield begin at 2:20pm, where Inchcolm can continue his incredible transformation in the Class Three Qualifier For The Challenger Staying Chase Series.

Sideways for Christian Williams also looks a worthy contender, having won two of his last three - all of that before Donald McCain makes his long awaited return to the race setting after the outbreak of equine flu came from his yard, which has since been on lockdown.

Craig Star goes for the Walter Morris Memorial Handicap Hurdle.