JESS GLYNNE AND ALL SAINTS STAR AT YORK’S MUSIC SHOWCASE WEEKEND

York’s two-day Music Showcase weekend on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon (July 28 & 29), supported by Sky Bet, combines Pattern race quality action on the track and live performances on the music stage, so it is no surprise that each event has a track record of being the best attended meeting of its type, in the country.

Grammy award winner, Jess Glynne is set to play on the evening of Friday 28 July, entertaining the Knavesmire crowd with her five number one singles.

After racing on Saturday 29 July, All Saints, chart toppers themselves and special guests on the recent Take That “Wonderland” Tour, will be the headline act. The all-girl quartet are recognisable for their harmonious brand of pop that has led to number one singles such as “Never Ever” as well as two Brit Awards and a recent album, Red Flag.

The only evening fixture of the season at York gets underway at 6.00 pm on Friday with gates opening at 4pm.

The highlight of a valuable six race card is the ninth running of a Listed race for fillies and mares, the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Stakes offering an increased prize fund of £50,000 and one of twenty-one contests on the Knavesmire this year supported by The European Breeders’ Fund. Last year’s race was won by Diploma, another smart sort in the colours of HM The Queen, from the yard of Sir Michael Stoute.

Also featured on a Friday evening card now worth over £110,000 is a handicap contest over five and a half furlongs that demonstrates Sky Bet’s commitment to The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, as this meeting is part of the initiative that links the eight flat courses in the county, over nine days of fantastic sport.
Apprentice jockeys are in the spotlight in the opening race, The Think as One Stakes, with two-year-olds being the rationale for The Best One Xtra Local Median Auction Novice Stakes; whilst a competitive handicap takes the name of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. A much missed York Annual Badgeholder , Tom Parsons, is remembered by just the sort of handicap that he enjoyed solving.

Saturday’s quality seven-race programme means the prize money for Saturday will exceed £250,000. The action starts at 2.05 p.m. with the entire card sponsored by Sky Bet – the Leeds based firm who are regular supporters of York and also one of the leading horseracing, gaming and sports betting companies in the U.K.

The principal race on Saturday is the twelfth running of The Sky Bet York Stakes, at a record prize money offering of £120,000 (up by £20,000); this Group 2 contest is run over the extended one mile and a quarter. Won last year by Time Test, a thoroughbred now running in Group One races in the USA, still in those famous Juddmonte silks. According to recent history Saturday’s victor could reappear in the best race in Great Britain and the richest race of York’s season, the £1,000,000 Juddmonte International on Wednesday 23 August.

Also featured on Saturday’s strong card is the fastest race of the two days, the Sky Bet Dash. This £50,000 sprint is over six furlongs. Last year’s winner was Kimberalla, yet another of the quality sprinters trained by David “Dandy” Nicholls whose passing sees the horse now in the care of fellow Yorkshire handler, Richard Fahey.

Former racehorses now in the care of ‘New Beginnings’, a Yorkshire-based charity, are in attendance on Saturday, enabling racegoers to see them at close hand.

Several giant screens will enable racegoers to enjoy even more of the action from both the track and the stage on both days, as well as following the action from the other big Saturday race meeting at Ascot and Test Match cricket from The Oval.

Away from the main stage, there will be music from both Doctor Jazz and The Monotones. The popular ‘Punter’s Panel’ takes place prior to racing helping racegoers to identify possible winners.

For the best in racing and live music York is the perfect venue.

GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE SUMMER FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY

The second Family Day of the 2017 season at Pontefract on Sunday 30th July is also the final day of the 10th Annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival. With racing taking place in the White Rose County throughout the preceding week, there’s going to be a real festival feel to the days’ proceedings. Trainers and jockeys will also be bidding to get that all important next win on the leader board as they aim to be top dog in their respective Championships sponsored by Goldsborough Hall and TVF Promotions.

As has become the custom on Sundays at Pontefract, there’s a lot going on for the kids in the Picnic Enclosure. With kid’s rides, a circus, face painting and free sweets, activity books and racecards AND free pony rides there’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied while mums and dads enjoy some top class racing. Eagle eyed kids need to keep a look out for the lucky Golden Horseshoe too – there’s a hamper of sweets to be won for the first person to find it!

To celebrate the conclusion to the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, there’s even more happening than usual as ‘Horses Inside Out’ will also be painting Harry (a retired race horse) anatomically so that we can understand a little more about how our equine superstars work. With fascinating presentations and interactions with racegoers, those who missed this incredible spectacle last year mustn’t miss out this time round.

On the track, Sky Bet support the main race on the card – the 1 mile Listed Pomfret Stakes. David O’Meara has farmed the race in recent years. Custom Cut and Mondialiste have been sensational winners of recent runnings but it was Sir Michael Stoute who took the honours last year with Convey. He won the Group 3 Winter Derby earlier in the year and was most recently competing in the Group 1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong. Keep your eyes on this race – there are some fantastic horses on the roll of honour.

If high speed is your thing, tiesplanet.com sponsor the main supporting race – the £15,000 6f Handicap while Pontefract and District Golf Club Ltd sponsor an interesting Maiden over 1 mile which was won in 2016 by Khairaat. Sir Michael Stoute’s 4 year old won 2 more races following his win at Ponte and started favourite for the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot a few weeks ago.

There are some special Family Day Tickets also available when booked in advance. 2 adults and their children can take advantage of a special price of just £23. The new Sunday Special packages are also selling fast – if you’d like to take advantage of any of the special advance packages, please view the course website (www.pontefract-races.co.uk ) or give them a call on 01977 781307. Racing gets underway at 2pm and the gates open at 11.30am!

CHORISTER ON SONG FOR BEVERLEY MISSION

CHORISTER ON SONG FOR BEVERLEY MISSION

David Menuisier is optimistic Corpus Chorister can give the West Sussex trainer a first winner of the year when she runs at Beverley on Tuesday.

Highly-rated Menuisier has endured a painful few months after a virus forced the temporary closure of his Pulborough yard.

But with his team now back on a racecourse, and seemingly in good spirits, John Dunlop’s former assistant believes Corpus Chorister can seize the initiative in the 132nd Year of the Watt Memorial Handicap (3.45).

Menuisier said: “We’ve had a very tough year so far.

“We were hit by a virus in the last couple of months and had to shut down the yard to give the horses a break.   “It’s been awfully frustrating and I’ve had quite a few sleepless nights.

But I’ve had a lot of horses running in the last fortnight or so and though I’ve not had a winner, they all have ran up to form. “There’s now a lot more positivity around the yard and it would be lovely to get back up and running with a winner at Beverley.”

Corpus Chorister looks a leading player in the £10,000 handicap over two miles.

The four-year-old daughter of Soldier Of Fortune won twice last year and has this season finished runner-up at Nottingham and at Chester.

“She is a very tough filly,” added Menuisier.

“She ran very well first time and then finished second at Nottingham in May when she was beaten by a better-handicapped horse.

“I wasn’t sure she ran up to her best, though, as that was also around the time our problems in the yard started.

“I was delighted with her on her return at Chester at the start of this month, but she grew a little tired towards the finish – probably because she needed the run after a few months out of action.

“She should be a bit fitter for that run and this looks a great opportunity for her.“She stays very well and is now starting to understand the rhythm of these longer races.“She now knows how to build speed, rather than simply just hitting her stride.“Hopefully she can run a big race at Beverley.”

Corpus Chorister is one of seven declared runners in the historic 132nd Year of the Watt Memorial Handicap – a race that was conceived when local dignitary William Watt bequeathed a fund to Beverley racecourse.

William Watt’s father, Squire Richard Watt, was based at nearby Bishop Burton and trained four St Leger winners in the early 19th century.

The 112-rated St Michel, trained by Sir Mark Prescott, won the race last season and is now under consideration for the Melbourne Cup in November.

Highland Castle, trained by Lucinda Egerton, must carry top weight in this year’s renewal, while the Micky Hammond-trained Waterclock won the race in 2015 and once again tries his luck.

Alan King has also declared Grade One-winning hurdler Grumeti, who claimed victory in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket two years ago.

Angel Gabrial, La Fritillaire and The Blues Master complete the line-up in a fascinating race.

All eyes will be on Talent Scout in the Racing UK-sponsored handicap at 4.15pm.

Karen Tutty’s course maestro is on a hat-trick of Beverley victories after having won at the track on June 27 and July 8.

Lean On Pete is also a fine operator on the Westwood, and won at the East Yorkshire circuit three weeks ago.

Ollie Pears’ eight-year-old old is one of 13 declared runners for the Dorothy Laird Memorial Trophy Lady Riders’ Handicap (5.45) – a race held in memory of the former vice-president of the Amateur Jockeys’ Association

Beverley’s eight-race card starts at 2.15pm, with the official going good to firm.