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Horse Racing: The Week Ahead

With the Cheltenham Festival now very much on the horizon, the weekend looming brings the bet365-sponsored Morebattle Hurdle on a quality afternoon of jumps racing at Kelso.

They've also got the Listed bet365 Premier Chase at the Borders venue, while it's the Greatwood Gold Cup down at Newbury. 

All the UK and Irish racing action can be followed via the bet365 live Sports Streaming Service and we're looking ahead to the next seven days of racing action.

Monday 27th February

A relatively low-key start to the week with three race meetings taking place in Britain. They come over jumps in the afternoon from Ayr and Plumpton before Wolverhampton steps in later.

Up in Scotland, the feature race is the Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (2.15) where Sandy Thomson's Bass Rock (5/4) looks the one to beat having won on chase debut at Carlisle in November and then backed that up with a good second at Wetherby over further at Christmas when conceding plenty weight. 

Richmond Lake (5/6) is the key challenger for Donald McCain and Brian Hughes after his own win at the west Yorkshire layout in January. 

Tuesday 28th February

The final day of the month and it's another three-strong offering of racing from Britain.

In the afternoon they'll be jumping at Leicester and Catterick before later on going on the Tapeta at Southwell in the evening.

Leicester's feature race is the Pytchley Open Hunters' Chase (4.00) and it has drawn a field of five and there's likely to be little between leading contenders Solomon Grey, Espoir De Teillee and Cousin Pascal.

At Catterick, they open with a Novices' Chase (2.15) where Archie Watson's Stag Horn is fascinating debutant over the larger obstacles.

Wednesday 1st March

The first day of March, which can only mean the Cheltenham Festival is looming very close. 

On the track meanwhile, midweek racing is from Musselburgh and Wincanton over jumps alongside the all-weather meetings at Lingfield in the afternoon and, later, Kempton.

At Wincanton the race of the day is the John Romans Park Homes Handicap Chase (3.45) and the likes of Cap Du Mathan for Paul Nicholls, Midnight Midge for Philip Hobbs and Balko Saint for Jane Williams are all potential contenders.

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Thursday 2nd March

Five meetings on Thursday present a mix of jumps and flat action. Ludlow and Taunton are the jumps venues in Britain, alongside Ireland's first meeting of the week at Clonmel, while all-weather enthusiasts have Newcastle in the afternoon and Chelmsford in the evening to take in.

Ludlow have the feature on the day, the Shropshire circuit staging the Forbra Gold Cup (3.00) over just shy of three-miles, with Sam Barton, Quoi De Neuf and Flagrant Deltiep amongst the possibles. 

Friday 3rd March 

Jumps action on Friday is from Doncaster and Newbury alongside a trio of all-weather offerings at Lingfield (afternoon) as well as Newcastle and Dundalk in the evening.

It's a good afternoon card at Doncaster, and at 3.10 they have a Conditional Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase over three-miles. Some familiar names are engaged, including Mr Muldoon for Dr Richard Newland, Up Helly Aa King for Neil Alexander and Stylish Moment for Lucinda Russell.

At Newbury, meanwhile, there's a Juvenile Hurdle (2.50) that could present fledgling trainer Harry Derham with hopes of a winner via Fourofakind, runner-up on his jumping bow at Taunton in late December.

Saturday 4th March 

Kelso will take plenty attention on Saturday as the bet365-sponsored raceday includes the Morebattle Hurdle, worth £100,000, the Grade 2 Premier Novices' Hurdle and the Listed Premier Handicap Chase.

At Newbury, the Greatwood Gold Cup is their main dish, while Navan have the Flyingbolt Novice Chase, a Grade 3 on their card.

Further Saturday action is from Doncaster over jumps as well as the all-weather cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

Sunday 5th March

The week concludes with National Hunt meetings at Huntingdon and Ffos Las in Britain joining the action from Leopardstown and Wexford in Ireland. 

Leopardstown are winding up their jumps season, with two days of action in their National Hunt Finale, and Sunday is the first of those as the €45,000 Carrickmines Handicap Steeplechase headlines.

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