Massaat to Steal Summer Shows at Investec Epsom Derby

The summer sunshine is starting to beam down across the United Kingdom. What does that mean? Well, for some it means beer gardens, holidays and a tan. However, for some, it means racing is back, with the horse-racing calendar in full steam. With many top meetings like Newmarket, Ascot and many more to look forward to, we wanted to save you the hassle, and point out which show you should put in your calendar. It’s the Investec Epsom Derby, and we’ve even got an early front-runner to impress on the day. Wherever you’re based, whatever you’re doing, the horse-racing schedule looks as exciting as ever, so make sure you get yourself involved in the thick of the action.

If you’re simply looking for a good family-fun fuelled day out, then Newmarket is the place for you. From amazing food, exciting races, an exciting atmosphere, and often concerts to go along with the show, you won’t regret it.

Newmarket is always exciting, and worth going to. However, if you MUST choose one, make sure it’s the Investec Derby at Epsom.

The show is already touted to be the ‘show of the year’, and Qipco 2000 Guineas runner-up Massaat is expected to compete. Many believe Massaat will be a force to be reckoned with, possibly stealing the headlines of this exiting show. All of today’s tip covers these exciting races, so why not plan your trip accordingly?

Trainer Owen Burrows led his horse to a strong finish in the early-year competitions, and many believe the team will be in top form for the summer shows.

Burrows explained “He’s a likely runner at Epsom. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but I’m training him for the race and it will either be that or the French Derby the day after. I’m very pleased with him – he seems in very good form.”

Although his team is being tipped to impress at Epsom, he reiterated the many other exciting shows that are coming, and they’ll be taking part in, saying, “You’d expect some improvement from Newmarket and I thought Galileo Gold didn’t run a bad race at all in Ireland over the weekend on ground that probably wasn’t ideal. The first two were nicely clear of the third and the winner is obviously very smart, so it will be interesting to see what happens at Royal Ascot.”

The Derby at Epsom is over a mile-and-a-half, and he believes Massaat will be ready, adding, “His breeding is there for everyone to see and even without looking at his breeding, all the signs are that he should stay. I worked him over 10 furlongs yesterday (Sunday), Paul Hanagan rode him, and he galloped right to the end.”

It’s going to be an eventful year for not only the fans, but the horses and trainers, with Burrows concluding, “You obviously never know until you try, but we’re looking forward to stepping him up in trip. How far he’ll be stepping up in trip next time, we’ll have to wait and see.”

It’s clear there’s excitement across trainers and fans like there’s never been before, and rightfully so. Whether you want a family day out, or some hardcore horse racing, we suggest you look at Newmarket, Royal Ascot and of course, the Epsom Derby.

What’s not to like? Summer’s here, and so is the competitive, exciting days out. Remember the name Massaat, however.

Check out the upcoming events.


Fri 03 Jun – Sat 04 Jun


Investec Derby Festival


Tue 14 Jun – Sat 18 Jun


Royal Ascot


Thu 23 Jun – Sat 25 Jun


Northumberland Plate Festival


Fri 01 Jul – Sat 02 Jul


Coral Eclipse


Thu 07 Jul – Sat 09 Jul


July Festival


Fri 22 Jul – Sat 23 Jul


King George Weekend


Tue 26 Jul – Sat 30 Jul


Glorious Goodwood


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