It’s a typically low-key start to the racing week. There is racing over the obstacles at Kempton, Ludlow and Musselburgh. The feature race of the day is at Listed level in the shape of the OLBG Mares Hurdle. Alan King saddles the odds-on favourite in the shape of Mia’s Storm who has looked quite a prospect when managing to complete.
There are three meetings on Tuesday. Lingfield and Sedgefield have seven race cards whilst Southwell have a meeting on the All-Weather. Whilst the level of racing on the whole is relatively low-grade there are some interesting handicaps to get stuck into.
It is a busier day of racing on Wednesday. Wetherby and Herford have National Hunt meetings whilst Newcastle and Wolverhampton also have offerings on the All-Weather. The first racing of the week in Ireland is also being held at Punchestown. The 2:30 Novice Chase looks an interesting race with some unexposed types going to post.
Once again there is racing over in Ireland Thurles. In Britain there is more All-Weather action at Chelmsford and Kempton (Evening) whilst there is National Hunt action at Ayr, Taunton and Warwick. The most interesting race of the day is the colossusbets.com Handicap Hurdle at Warwick. A number of interesting horses are currently declared to run.
There is plenty of action on Friday with some high-class racing taking place at Newbury. There are two graded races taking place at the Berkshire track with Sam Spinner making his seasonal comeback in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle. Doncaster is where the other jumps action is taking place whilst there is All-Weather action at Southwell, Newcastle and of course under the lights of Dundalk. Limerick also hosts a jumps meeting in Ireland.
The Fighting Fifth Hurdle is the feature race of the day in a what is a jam-packed Saturday of action. There are five meetings in total at Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Newbury, Newcastle and Wolverhampton (AW). Buveur D’Air heads the betting for the Fighting Fifth and the dual Champion Hurdle winner is currently priced at Even money. The Grade 2 Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase is the feature race at Newbury with La Bague Au Roi currently pencilled in to run.
The racing week finishes with meetings at Leicester, Carlisle and Fairyhouse. It is the Irish action that has the best racing including three Grade 1 races. Whilst the races are yet to take shape Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins will be attacking all these races with an Army of runners as they continue to battle out the Irish Trainers Championship.
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