With Cheltenham done for another year the first ‘big’ flat race of the season takes place this weekend to signify the start of the season as a whole – there are still a host of national hunt meetings but for flat lovers this will be a welcome return!
There are a number of meetings this week of interest, more so at the end of the week, and this time ranging all over the globe!
The inaugural Dubai World Cup will be one that peaks interest for flat fans, but the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster signifies that the flat form of horse racing is right back in the mix!
The big races of the week are highlighted below:
Australia – Rosehill
5:30am – Golden Slipper
2:00 – Doncaster Mile
3:10 – Lincoln
3:45 – Cammidge Stakes
2:50 – ‘NH’ Novices’ Mares’ Hurdle
Dubai World Cup:
All races at this meeting are either Group 1 or Group 2.
4:35 – Express Stakes
It’s been a while but the international break is here again, and with the Euros just a few months away a little more significance is taken on board with these fixtures from fans. A mix of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies take place over the next two weeks as domestic football takes a back seat. Notable fixtures over the next week are below:
Wed 24th March:
Turkey vs Netherlands
Belgium vs Wales
France vs Ukraine
Thurs 25th March:
England vs San Marino
Italy vs Northern Ireland
Spain vs Greece
Sat 27th March:
Rep of Ireland vs Luxembourg
Czech Republic vs Belgium
Netherlands vs Latvia
Sun 28th March:
Albania vs England
Bulgaria vs Italy
Romania vs Germany
After a thrilling T20 series that went all the way, England and India do battle in the One Day format which will round off England’s tour which has seen more defeats than victories. With only three matches scheduled it’s imperative to get off to a good start and Eoin Morgan will be hoping for better than the last two T20’s.
India, Bangladesh and the UK see high rates of interest in this.
Will it be repeat or revenge?
Dillian Whyte faces Alexander Povetkin in a rematch after the Brit was famously knocked-out last year when looking in control of the fight. This time the rematch takes place in Gibraltar and promoter Eddie Hearn will be hoping his man gets revenge on the Russian or his career looks to be in a precarious position.
This should be a belter of a fight if the last one is anything to go by. Whyte felled Povetkin twice before the Russian (who was close to being pulled from the fight by his corner) hit a jaw-dropping (literally) left uppercut that left Whyte KOd on the canvas and the referee stopping the fight immediately. The Brit has called this the biggest fight of his career, let’s hope we are treated to a blockbuster on the Rock on Saturday night!
This will be very popular in the UK, Dillian Whyte is a big-name heavyweight in the UK and is on PPV over in the UK.
UFC 260 is just a few days away and it may have lost its co-main event but the fight of the night should prove to be a humdinger!
Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight crown against Francis Ngannou – yes it’s a rematch from their previous fight in 2018 where Stipe won via unanimous decision. Since then both men have lost a fight and then go on winning runs, Ngannou admittedly more and has KOd his last *four* opponents inside the first round. The last fight was a war of attrition, Miocic wrestling the life out of Ngannou, if the Predator has learned anything from that fight it will be to keep it upright and look for the KO against an aging Stipe!
Elsewhere on the card Tyron Woodley faces Vicente Luque, Sean O’Malley goes up against Thomas Almeida and Jamie Mullarkey will fight Khama Worthy.