The horse racing week ahead

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is of course the headline act this week with the big meeting at Longchamp this weekend very much the main event in the horseracing world. It will be a quiet start to the week for me as far as having a bet is concerned but there will be plenty of preparation going on over the next few days as the week truly builds to a crescendo with the racing simply getting better and better as the days go by.  

The two-year-old in which I have shares with the Raceshare team, Treasure Time, is entered twice this week at Pontefract on Thursday and Haydock Friday. If he runs it will be his second start and first since the gelding operation in August. The update from Raceshare tells me William Haggas will assess the likely final runners for each race before deciding where he thinks the best race option will be. I will naturally update the site with any news I get. 

The action this week begins to warm-up on Thursday with the G.3 Tattersalls Stakes with some potentially very good juveniles lining-up and Listed Rose Bowl Stakes on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket to whet the appetite for the days ahead. 

There is plenty to enjoy as we head into the weekend with the Future Champions Festival officially getting underway at Newmarket on Friday with a couple of Listed heats and three Group races including the G.2 Rockfel Stakes for the two-year-old fillies. 

It really is all about the two-year-olds at Newmarket on Saturday with the Juddmonte-sponsored G.2 Royal Lodge, G.1 Cheveley Park and G.1 Middle Park Stakes the big races at HQ. Across the Channel at Longchamp the Arc meeting gets underway with a decent card on the Saturday with the Prix du Cadran and Prix Royallieu on the card. 

Come Sunday and all eyes will be on Paris for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting and an afternoon packed with top-class horseracing with six Group One races on the card. Somewhat unusually there is a very good chance they will be racing on good ground, if not even faster, with the weather forecast for Paris pretty warm all week. With this in mind I am holding off from betting on anything ante-post just yet as we could get unseasonably warm and dry weather for Arc weekend. 

I am off the get my nut into the formbook. 

Be lucky