Saturday Big Race Preview – 2000 Guineas & Kentucky Derby!

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The eyes of the world fall upon Newmarket, on Saturday, where the first Classic of the English flat-racing season.

Havana Grey looks the one to beat, in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes (2:20pm), while Roger Varian’s Defoe starts the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes (2:55pm) as the red-hot favourite.

The 2018 2000 Guineas Stakes (3:35pm) is always a key target for Aidan O’Brien and both Saxon Warrior and Gustav Klimt are among those representing his yard. Charlie Appleby has uncovered an absolute gem in Masar however and the English trainer must be hopeful of bagging a first Guineas win. Key Victory and Old Persian both go for Appleby, in the Listed Newmarket Stakes (4:45pm).

At Goodwood, Sir Michael Stoute’s Mori takes on Architecture, in the Listed Daisy Warwick Fillies’ Stakes (2:05pm), while Dane O’Neill will be on-board Shenanigans in the Listed Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes (3:50pm). Further UK action takes place at Wetherby, Uttoxeter, Doncaster and Hexham.

US racing fans will be flocking to Churchill Downs, where the card includes the Humana Distaff Stakes, the Turf Classic Stakes and of course the Kentucky Derby which features Aidan O’Brien’s Mendelssohn. Enjoy what should be a tremendously-exciting Saturday of top-class racing!

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