We have left behind some exciting racing encounters, such as the Cheltehnham Festival (which ended well for Robbie Power on Sizing John), Aintree’s Grandox Health Grand National Festival (still strong since 1839), the All-Weather Championships (with Convey finishing first at its most valuable race, the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic) Dante Festival in York or the summer favorite Moet and Chandon July Festival. But the year is not over and there are many exciting rendezvous yet to come.
Six months before the end of 2017, many of the major racing events haven’t taken place yet, with King George Weekend, Qatar Goodwood or the Welcome to Yorkshire still to come. So if you’re in the spirit of winning on the bets you place this summer, in addition to visiting the best internet poker sites and rooms to see how you do on the felt, keep an eye for upcoming tennis tournaments, check out upcoming soccer games or golf tournaments, and follow the best tips for major racing events taking place in the UK during July and August.
From Friday 28th July to Saturday 29th July, King George VI Weekend is one of the highlights in Ascot this year. It's Saturday race is, in fact, the feature of the middle distance championship of the European mid-season. Open to horses aged three or older it is the UK’s most prestigious open-age flat race. Sponsored by Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company it has a long history and its winner last year was Highland Reel, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore.
Another must on the list of racing bets at the Qatar Goodwood Festival celebrated from 1st-5th of August in Sussex. Known as the Glorious Goodwood, it is one of the world’s largest race meetings and part of the highlights of the flat-racing season. With a racecourse thought to be the most beautiful in the UK, this event hosts some notable races to keep an eye on as the stakes are usually high. Later on in August, the next on the list is Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor festival, which is one of the largest betting races of the season with a prize money of £210,000. In 2016 Heartbreak City came in first, with jockey A McNamara.
As far as September goes, the central event is 32 Red Sprint Cup Festival at Haydock Park, which is one of Europe’s most valuable sprints and it will take place from September 7-9. The St. Leger Festival, the world’s oldest classic run over 1m 6f and 132 yards, follows the Red Sprint and from September 13-16, it marks the end of British classics this year.
The winter jumps season takes off with The Open at Cheltenham with £110,000 winnings and is followed by Gold Cup Festival and the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival, with the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow being the last race this year on December 27. So, with 15 races and festivals still to come, there are many bets to be placed – make sure you follow my updates on odds, tips and analysis- with series of upcoming events that promise to bring great satisfaction to those passionate about horse races.
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