The horse racing week ahead

Following on from the strangest Glorious Goodwood I can remember during which we had just about every type of weather, didn't snow at least, all sorts of weird and wonderful results and the meeting eventually abandoned with three races to go it's a quiet start to this week for me down at Triple G Towers.

On Tuesday entries are made for the five main races on Qipco British Champions Day: the Long Distance Cup, Champion Stakes, QEII, Sprint and Fillies & Mares.

Not much is floating my boat early this week, in fact it is pretty standard stuff for the next few days. Charlie Appleby has three entered at the twilight meeting on the Polytrack at Kempton on Wednesday that could be worth a look though I doubt the Bookies will do us any favours with the prices. Measured Time won on debut and makes his second start, Classic Encounter, by Shamardal and out of G.1 winner Zhukova makes debut as does Important Role, a son of Dubawi out of the unraced Gaints Causeway mare I'm Wonderful with a fair bit of American form in the family. There's also a mile Maiden Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening that could be well worth a watch with a number of big yards and owners represented in the entries.

Come the weekend the out in Ireland at the Curragh we have the Phoenix Stakes, the first Group One for Two-Year-olds of the season; as I write, unsurprsingly, Aidan O'Brien looks to hold all the aces with the likes of City Of Troy, River Tiber, Matrika and Ylang Ylang all entered to name but four! Here in Blighty Newmarket hosts the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes, also for the juveniles, with the Karl Burke trained pair Fallen Angel and Darnation heading the market on Monday, whilst Haydock has the Group There Rose Of Lancaster Stakes for the older horses.

On Sunday race of the day is without doubt the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville where we should see a number of top-milers strutting their stuff.