Following last week’s Shergar Cup at Ascot, we return to Berkshire for the pick of this Saturday’s racing fare, as the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury takes centre stage on a packed day. 7f is the trip with the ground at the track currently described as good to soft.

Plenty to look forward to this coming weekend, with top quality action on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s off to Ireland for the best of the Sunday fare, with this Group 3 contest featuring on an excellent card at the Curragh. Speed is the name of the game here, with the ground at the track currently riding good to firm. Here we take a look at the main contenders and pick out our best bet to show his rivals a clean pair of heels.

One of the very best juvenile sprint contests of the season takes place this coming weekend, as the Curragh plays host to the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes on Sunday afternoon. One of the most historic Group contests of the Irish racing year, having made its debut way back in 1902, a win here can be a pointer of big things to come. The ground at the track is currently described as good to firm, and with only minimal rain forecast, this shouldn’t change too much come the day of the race.

This year’s Glorious Goodwood has been nothing if not eventful so far. From the deluge of monster priced winners on the opening day, to an actual downpour leading to pretty bottomless going on day two which led to yet another shock in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

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.