5 flat racing horses to follow over the next few weeks
The 2022 flat racing season continues apace over the next few weeks, with the calendar packed with a host of top-class events.
There are several big meetings this weekend, while July promises to be one of the most exciting months for the Sport of Kings.
Read on as we take a look at some of the biggest upcoming races taking place in the United Kingdom and Ireland and pick out five horses worth following.
Trainer Andrew Balding told Betway in the run-up to Royal Ascot that he was hopeful of recording plenty of winners during the five-day meeting.
After picking up just one victory, Balding will be desperate to make amends when the long-distance Northumberland Plate is staged at Newcastle on Saturday 25th June.
His Valley Forge is well fancied for the two-mile race and could be tough to beat after his recent impressive performance at Haydock.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien dropped a bombshell by supplementing Oaks winner Tuesday for the Irish Derby at the Curragh this weekend.
His decision suggests he is unhappy with the strength of his colts this term, but it could be vindicated if Tuesday produces her best form.
With English Derby third Westover in the line-up Tuesday will not find things easy, but she looks a good bet to give O’Brien his 15th Irish Derby success.
Inspiral’s stunning return to the track in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot was undoubtedly one of the standout moments of the entire meeting.
She belied her eight-month absence from the track with a sensational display and is a banker bet to follow up in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in July.
An easy victory there would set up the intriguing prospect of John Gosden’s filly taking on the colts before the end of the season.
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Desert Crown will attempt to emulate Galileo by following up his victory in The Derby with another success in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Michael Stoute’s charge romped home at Epsom and it would be a major surprise if he failed to run a big race on his next outing.
Last year’s winner Adayar may also be in the line-up, but Desert Crown can prove his talent by maintaining his unbeaten record on July 23.
Baaeed continued his imperious run of form by sweeping to an easy success in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
A tilt at the Sussex Stakes is likely to be next on the agenda and it is impossible to imagine the four-year-old losing his unbeaten record at Goodwood.
Jockey Jim Crowley still believes Baaeed has room for improvement – a frightening prospect for his rivals given the performances he has produced to date.