Dare To Provide Thrills

Newcastle race on Bank Holiday Monday and the star turn at Gosforth Park will be Dan Dare in the 10-furlong maiden race.

Newcastle race on Bank Holiday Monday and the star turn at Gosforth Park will be Dan Dare in the 10-furlong maiden race.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Australian Kerrin McEvoy, the four-year-old had classic pretensions this time last year.

Injured after his second start, he has lost time to make up for and is a likely type for the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot next month.

Chester's big spring meeting kicks off on Wednesday, with the highlight the two-and-a-quarter-mile Chester Cup.

Over two circuits of the unique and historic Roodeye, first raced on in Roman times, it is a difficult race for jockeys with a maximum 18 runners sparring for racing room on the tight, near-circular track.

Michael Jarvis, now Newmarket's longest-serving trainer, took this stayers' prize twice in the last three years with Anak Pekan. This time he has a likely type in Galient, a promising third in the Queen's Prize at Kempton.

Greenwich Meantime, an unlucky loser last year, will be a big threat.

After the 2000 Guineas, the recognised Derby trials get underway this week at Chester, ahead of the Dante Stakes at York next week.

Aidan O'Brien puts his toe in the water at Chester with Longchamp winner Soldier Of Fortune in Thursday's Chester Vase. He is currently a 16/1 shot for Epsom.

Emmpat, who took the Scottish Champion Hurdle for Irish trainer Charlie Swan, runs in the £75,000 Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

Revamped Ascot race again next Saturday, with the centrepiece the Victoria Cup.

Kevin Ryan has made a slower than expected start to the turf flat season, but he has high hopes of capturing this valuable handicap with High Curragh, who gave a good account of himself in big six-furlong handicaps last year.

The Hambleton trainer reckons he is now ready for a slight step up in trip.

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