Three down but still two to go as we reach Day Four of the spectacular Glorious Goodwood Festival. Spearheaded by one of the season’s most prestigious five furlong contests in the King George Stakes, with ample support from a further three Group class events, and the big field puzzle of the Betfred Mile for handicapping fans, the penultimate day looks set to be a real thriller.

Day one and two may now be in the record books, but never fear racing fans this year’s Glorious Goodwood Festival has plenty of life left in it yet. Goodwood puts its hugely popular Ladies’ Day slap bang in the middle of the Festival, and it fits perfectly with the action on the track. Three of the day’s contests are fillies only affairs, including the day’s big Group 1 feature.

The action continues to come thick and fast as we reach day Day Two at the fabulous, nay Glorious Goodwood Festival. This is a good day for fans of an each way punt, with handicaps making up the bulk of today’s card, we also have a tricky looking maiden to solve in addition to the two Group class contests on offer. If the seven standard races aren’t enough, the card also features a contest restricted to Arabian bred horses. Variety is the spice of life and Goodwood has it all!

We can’t think of a better way in which to start the month of August than with a five day racing extravaganza. Luckily for us, the Sussex venue of Goodwood is up to the task. Always one of the highlights of the racing year, the Glorious Goodwood Festival has been graced by many of the true legends of the game over the years, and no doubt the 2017 edition will continue this tradition. With the beautiful surrounds of the Sussex countryside providing a tranquil background to the full throttle action on the track, its Panama hats at the ready, and away we go!

Outside of the Royal Meeting, one of the big highlights of Ascot’s season is this highly coveted 1m4f contest. Regularly attracting the best runners from both at home and abroad, we once again look set for a thrilling clash in 2017. One major factor this year looks set to be the ground. Currently riding soft, there is enough rain around to suggest this may remain the case come Saturday.

We have something a little different for our feature race this coming Saturday, as the juvenile sprinters line up to tackle Newbury’s five furlong course. What makes this contest unusual for a major race is that the weights here are determined not by the ratings of the runners, but by how much was paid for them at the sales. The more expensive the horse, the more weight they are allotted.

The eyes of many racing fans will be on the culmination of the July Festival at Newmarket this Saturday. However, those following the action on TV or online will also be taking a serious look at York for the John Smith’s Cup.

The first day may have been assigned to the ladies, whilst day two saw the track provide a rare “gentleman’s day”, day three however takes its name from one of the very best sprinting contests of the British flat season, the July Cup. Won by equine greats such as Abernant and Right Boy over the course of its 140 year history, who will add there name to the roll of honour this year? For many the answer to that question will be Caravaggio. But can he conquer his elders?

Last month was the Epsom Oaks and now it’s time for another top class one and a half mile contest for three-year-old fillies. The Group 1 race is one of the Curragh’s most highly prized races and it will help draw a large crowd into the County Kildare venue.

Summer is certainly an excellent time to be a horse racing fan. Friday sees the latest Festival action continue with Day Two of the July Meeting at the Headquarters of British flat racing, Newmarket. Following a cracking opening day, the action is turned up a notch here with the first of the week’s two Group 1 contests. With an excellent undercard featuring intriguing maiden and competitive handicap action, there is plenty to get stuck into here.