Racing editor Terry Redhead previews the weekend’s racing action

Royal Ascot beckons later this month and last year's winner of the Buckingham Palace Stakes can collect another top prize under the lens of the Channel 4 cameras this afternoon.

Eton Forever gets the nap of the day vote in the historic John Of Gaunt Stakes over seven furlongs at Haydock Park (3.15pm).

After taking the Royal Ascot prize, Eton Forever went on to beat Diomed Stakes winner Gregorian four weeks ago at the Lancashire course to which he returns this afternoon in one of the four televised races from the track.

The Roger Varian trained and Neil Callan ridden likely market leader should be too good for Pastoral Player, last year's John Of Gaunt winner under in-form Graham Lee who recorded a four-timer on Wednesday.

One other to watch out for is German raider Amarillo, for jockey Andreas Starke and trainer Peter Schiergen, who could possibly show them the way to the winning post.

Another prestigious race on the card is the Cecil Frail Stakes over six furlongs (3.50pm) which has attracted 10 fillies.

Again a German raider has a hot chance with Gracia Directa, a winner at York last summer, a possible favourite for jockey Oliver Wilson and trainer Daniel Moser. The filly was second on her return at Munich last month.

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Ladies Are Forever under William Twiston-Davies for Geoff Oldroyd has won twice at Lingfield and could challenge while Hoyam, the bottom weight for Hayley Turner and trainer Michael Bell, will be looking to go one better than a recent second spot at Nottingham in a listed event.

Channel 4 covers two earlier Haydock races. At 2.05pm, 15 go in the two-miler where the impressive Sun Central, a three-time winner in a short career, represents Seb Sanders and trainer William Haggas.

Sun Central won recently at Salisbury over a slightly shorter trip and had one of today's rivals, Castilo Del Diablo back in fifth. De Rigeur, Palazzo Bianco and Beyond Conceit are others worth mentioning.

Eight go in the 11-furlong race at 2.40pm where trainer Varian could instigate the first half of a double when Andrea Atzeni rides Ambivalent, an Authorised filly down in class after finishing runner-up in the Middleton Stakes at York. Prussian, Nymphea and Souviens Toi, rate dangers.

Three Newmarket races are also televised live. Nine go in the 2.20pm 10-furlong handicap where former champion jockey Paul Hanagan could steer home a Godolphin winner in the shape of Ehtedaam, a recent winner at the track beating one of today's rivals Nabucco from John Gosden's yard.

Niceofyoutotellme from Guineas winning trainer Ralph Beckett's stable rates a threat after an impressive Kempton success on the all-weather in May, a race whose form has worked out well.

Enrol, having won three on the bounce, should take the Animal Health Trust Handicap over six furlongs (2.55pm) under Ryan Moore for Sir Michael Stoute despite competition from the quirky Nocturn, Frankie Dettori's mount Valbchek and Summerinthecity.

The John Sunley Handicap at 3.30pm is a chance for apprentice Thomas Brown to show his skills again on Andrew Balding's Rawaki although Handsome Man, No Heretic, and Gabrial The Great have good credentials in a wide-open contest.

Moore partners Luca Cumani's Gabrial The Great while Godolphin will be looking for more success from Handsome Man under Silvestre De Sousa. No Heretic won on the course last time out beating one of today's rivals Suegioo and should also be close at the finish.

As well as Haydock Park and Newmarket, racing takes place this afternoon on the flat at Beverley, Catterick and Chester. There is an evening flat meeting at Newbury and an evening jumps meeting at Stratford. In Ireland they go on the flat at Navan.

On Sunday there are meetings on the flat in Ireland at The Curragh and in England at Nottingham with a jumps meeting at Perth in Scotland.

Terry's Top Tips

Haydock, 2.05pm, Castilo Del Diablo, (each way, 8/1).

Newmarket, 2.55pm, Intransigent, (each way, 10/1).

Haydock, 3.15pm, Eton Forever, (win, 3/1).

Thousands of fans are getting ready for 'Fashion at the Festival' during Newmarket Racecourses' Piper-Heidsieck July Festival.

The new sponsor this year is The Spa at Bedford Lodge which will open for the first time just a week before one of the racing and social highlights of the year on The July Course.

'Fashion at the Festival' attracts more than 2,500 entrants, with the summer racecourse turned into a sea of colour and high fashion.

As always there will be prizes for the 'Best Dressed Lady'. New for 2013 is 'Best Dressed Gentleman' so the boys may even outdo the girls for fashion!

The first 1,000 entrants for 'Fashion at the Festival' are guaranteed a £30 gift voucher from Espa, while the lucky winner of an 'Entrants Raffle' will walk off with an array of prizes courtesy of Velvet magazine.

The Piper-Heidsieck July Festival takes place between Thursday and Saturday, July 11-13. Thursday is Ladies' Day, when the £100,000 Princess of Wales's Stakes is the feature race.

Abu Dhabi Gentlemen's Day on Friday includes the £180,000 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, run over a mile and one of the season's top races for three-year-old fillies and their elders.

Saturday takes sees the running of the Festival's glittering centrepiece, the £500,000 Darley July Cup. Europe's premier sprint race is a six-furlong contest that many of the world's fastest racehorses target.

The feature races on Friday and Saturday, which are both Group 1s, are part of the QIPCO British Champions Series

Visitors wishing to enter any of the competitions can do so either online at or by visiting the 'Fashion at the Festival' marquee.

The first band ever to win the X Factor, Little Mix, will join Labrinth – who had a number one single last year with 'Beneath Your Beautiful' at Adnams Newmarket Nights on Friday, July 26.

Tickets are now on sale for his concert online and by phone on 0844 579 3010.