Jury out at Haydock

Ryan Moore on Ruler Of The World (bottom right) wins the Investec Derby on the Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs
Ryan Moore on Ruler Of The World (bottom right) wins the Investec Derby on the Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs
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Haydock provides the week’s racing highlight.

The seven-furlong Jury Stakes, formerly the John Of Gaunt, is the pick of the Saturday card.

Supplementing it is the £60,000 Pinnacle Stakes over 12 furlongs.

Trainer Roger Varian could go for a notable hat-trick, with Ferdoos and Shimmering Surf having won for the Newmarket yard in the past two seasons.

With two listed affairs over six furlongs on the Haydock card, a top-notch afternoon of entertainment is in prospect

There is also action at the Lancashire track on Friday, when the five-furlong Achilles Stakes takes top billing.

Newmarket also puts on a double-header - the accent, especially on Saturday, is very much on big-field handicaps

Beverley’s Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy is well worth close inspection, too, as it usually takes a sharp one to win it.

Sunday is all about Irish racing, with The Curragh putting on an excellent decent card which is spearheaded by the TRM Silver Stakes, a listed event over 10 furlongs.

The two biggest races on the weekend are, however, in America and Italy.

Belmont Park is the place to be for United States racing fans as the wraps come off the third leg of the historic Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

Much closer to home is the Group One Gran Premio di Milan, won last year by the William Buick-ridden Earl Of Tinsdal.