What's on this week: top French action headlines a busy cast of global racing
The quality French racing continues with an excellent 11-race card from Saint-Cloud. The Prix Tourbillion looks especially interesting, with impressive debut winners Enzel and Dawn Intello clashing while Alfareeq and Mare Australis add further intrigue.
There is also action from Marseilles Pont-de-Vivaux and Moulins, German racing from Mannheim and, in the US, meetings at Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs.
Chantilly, one of France's most picturesque tracks, stages the pick of the action. The Group 3 Prix Texanita, moved from Maisons-Laffitte, is the standout of a ten-race card. Keep an eye out for Alocasia, who looks a smart prospect.
We will also be treated to racing from Hong Kong with nine races at Happy Valley, and in the US there is action from Tampa Bay Downs and Will Rogers Downs.
All eyes are back on Longchamp on Thursday, with more Group-class action from the French capital. Group 1-winning juvenile MKFancy is the star turn, with Pia Brandt's Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner featuring in the Prix La Force.
Flighty Lady, 10-1 for the French 1,000 Guineas, is also in action. She runs in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux for Jean-Claude Rouget. Elsewhere, there are three Listed contests on the classy midweek card.
Meanwhile, Angers stages jumping action, while in the evening look out for American racing at Gulfstream Park.
The pick of the European action is in Lyon-Parilly, where the Listed Prix Bedel is the race to watch. Tampa Bay and Gulfstream Park host quality US action and Munich stages an afternoon card in Germany.
Jump racing is the focus in France, with a good card from Auteuil. The Grade 2 Prix Murat and Grande Course de Haies de Printemps, a Grade 3 handicap, are the two features.
Jump racing also comes from Strasbourg and Flat action from Salon-de-Provence. There is Listed racing from Germany, courtesy of the Henkel-Stutenpreis at Dusseldorf.
Saturday evening's highlights include US racing at Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay.
Auteuil is back for a second day and with plenty to look forward to, with three Grade 2 races up for grabs. The Prix Jean Stern, for four-year-olds over 2m5f, usually features plenty of future top prospects in the chasing division.
Meanwhile, Vichy hosts a mixed card while top German mares are racing in the Group 3 Karin Baronin von Ullmann, which kicks off a competitive 12-race card from Cologne. There is top-class action from Sha Tin in the morning and more racing from Gulfstream follows in the evening.
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