London – Potential classic bubbles will be flying all over Newmarket and Newbury this week as the 2017 Flat season proper cranks up a gear with a fistful of trials, though, come Saturday night, plenty of dreams will be deflated as owners and trainers acknowledge their winter swans are actually spring geese.
Geoff Lester: London – Britain’s 2017 Turf season explodes into top gear next week, with classic trials at Newmarket and Newbury, so we need to boost the betting kitty beforehand, and Good Friday promises to be the best day’s all-weather racing yet with Newcastle joining in the fun, plus a quality meeting on the grass at Bath.
London – Britain’s 2017 Flat season won’t really get rolling until after Aintree’s Grand National this week, but in contrast the crème de la crème of thoroughbred racing Down Under have been in action in Australia, where Sydney’s prestigious “Championships” meeting is taking place.
Geoff Lester: London – They say that it is “better to be born lucky than rich” but it helps if you pull out a trump card from both packs, and Sheikh Mohammed certainly had Dame Fortune on his side last weekend when the 22nd running of the Dubai World Cup proved the best yet.
London – In 50 years as a racing journalist I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed anything more bizarre than the abandonment of the 1997 Dubai World Cup.
Cheltenham – The Irish never need a reason to celebrate, but they might have one almighty hangover come Saturday night if they have enjoyed another bumper Cheltenham Festival, topped up by their rugby team denying England the chance of another Grand Slam in the Six-Nations in Dublin.