As we get closer to the height of the British summer the flat racing season continues to provide top quality racing. The pick of this week’s action comes courtesy of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes which is run at Sandown Park.
The Greenbrier Classic makes a very welcome return to the PGA Tour this week. The Greenbrier has slowly been increasing in popularity with players and fans alike but horrendous floods hit West Virginia just two weeks before the 2016 renewal which left Old White TPC under three feet of mud in places. It was impossible for the tournament to take place and it’s taken huge effort and expense to renovate the course and get the infrastructure in place to get this week’s tournament on.
After beating the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in their first test in Auckland, New Zealand were the clear favourites to secure the series with a win in the second test in Wellington last week. But it was not to be for the All Blacks. The Lions made the most of Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half sending off for a shoulder charge and won a thrilling match 24-21. That sets up the return to Eden Park wonderfully as it’s winner takes all for this thoroughly entertaining Lions Tour.
It may only feel like yesterday that Joe Root won his first test cap for England but the 26-year-old has already experienced some huge occasions. None, however, will have quite the same gravitas as his first test as England captain which begins against South Africa on Thursday. Root has promised that his England team will be aggressive and look to win every test match but the proof will be in the pudding when the number-two ranked test team in the world visit Lord’s.
It’s Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh but the quality racing is by no means limited to just the one race. One day after Wings Of Eagles’ attempt to double up his surprise win at Epsom Downs, the Curragh Cup takes place with a mouth-watering battle between Wicklow Brave and Frontiersman.