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Horse Racing - Weekend Racing Preview

It's the November Meeting at Cheltenham this weekend and, despite plenty of quality races being in the bank already, this weekend might just be the one where the jumps season really ignites.

They race at Cheltenham across Saturday and Sunday, while there are some major names set to appear at Naas on Saturday and Navan on Sunday, as the Irish powerhouses begin to crank things up a notch.

Follow all the UK and Irish racing via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform as we preview a high-quality weekend of racing action ahead.

Cheltenham going through the gears

Cheltenham's November Meeting is their biggest event outside of The Festival itself, and the three-day meeting is essential viewing as a guide to that spring centrepiece - with a whopping 42 runners from this meeting in the last nine years going on to win the following March.

Saturday's Cheltenham offering launches with a highly-competitive Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (12.35) where the Milton Harris-trained Sedgefield winner Scriptwriter - once of Ballydoyle on the Flat - will be aiming for further hurdle success.

He faces Wetherby Listed winner Medyaf for Dan and Harry Skelton, as well as runner-up Tuddenham Green for Alan King and the desperately unlucky Mr Freedom - who was run out when in contention for that same race.

Paul Nicholls' French import Blueking D'oroux adds a dash of the unknown to the Saturday curtain-raiser.

Arkle Trial looks a cracker

There's more Grade 2 fare via the Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (1.45) and this looks a high-quality contest.

Pentland Hills (6/1) and Banbridge (11/4) are Festival winners over hurdles, with the latter already a chase winner at Gowran Park last month for Joseph O'Brien in impressive fashion, while Nicky Henderson's inmate picked up a walkover at Huntingdon recently.

Tommy's Oscar (11/4) was highly progressive last season over hurdles and made a winning start over fences last month at Carlisle, trainer Ann Hamilton can have high hopes for him.

Monmiral, a smart juvenile over hurdles two seasons' ago, is making his chasing bow here and red-hot champion trainer Nicholls expects big things from him this season. He's 2/1 to make a winning return under Harry Cobden.

Familiar faces return to Cheltenham

The big race of the November Meeting is the Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2.20) and it features plenty of Prestbury Park regulars in the form of Coole Cody, Simply The Betts, Editeur Du Gite and Slate House.

Coole Cody won at The Festival in March and had a recent hurdles spin here to sharpen him up, he's 16/1 to register another Cheltenham success for Evan Williams.

Spearheading the market is 4/1 French Dynamite for Mouse Morris, a smart novice chaser last term and clearly ready for this having won over hurdles in Ireland recently.

Stolen Silver (7/1) has a good record fresh and Sam Thomas will be hoping April's C&D winner can defy a career-high mark on this comeback run in what is, as always, a fiercely competitive contest.

Quality racing at Naas

There's plenty to get excited about over at Naas on Saturday afternoon including the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle (12.55) where Gordon Elliott's Fil Dor returns. He was second to all-conquering Vauban in Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring.

He faces a challenge here, however, as both Joseph O'Brien's Listowel winner Prairie Dancer and the Padraig Roche-trainer Brazil have a fitness edge.

The latter won the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival in March and his Grade 3 comeback second at Tipperary last month looks solid form.

Later, the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase (2.05) will see Willie Mullins' Aintree Grade 1 novice winner Gentleman De Mee attempting to concede weight to the likes of Coeur Sublime and Jeremy's Flame.

The Beginners Chase (2.40) that follows is the first port of call for Three Stripe Life - a very consistent novice hurdler last season who was rewarded for a succession of near misses with his Aintree score in April. Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell will have high hopes for him.

Arkle winner returns in Shloer Chase

On to Sunday at Cheltenham and Alan King will see Arkle winner Edwardstone making his seasonal comeback in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase (1.45) - a race won by the likes of Sprinter Sacre in the past.

The Barbury Castle inmate is set to tackle last year's winner Nube Negra for Dan and Harry Skelton in what will be their respective comebacks. Both have proven themselves adept first time out and it could be quite a duel to savour if they lock horns late on.

There's also a Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (3.30) on Sunday as Nicky Henderson prepares to unleash once-raced French bumper winner Iberico Lord - now in the ownership of JP McManus.

Also on Sunday is Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.55) has attracted a field of 16, Irish raider Thousand Tears sure to draw plenty attention for Grand National-winning trainer Emmet Mullins with Aidan Coleman on board.

He was a mixed bag last season, but has joined this promising trainer and comes here after one run on the Flat.

His all-conquering uncle, Willie Mullins, saw Dads Lad winning over fences at the track last month and he's rated 7lb lower reverting to hurdles now. Paul Nicholls' Sonigino - winner of both starts this season - leads the UK challenge alongside Alan King's Harbour Lake, winner of 4-5 over hurdles and potentially going to be well suited by a searching test around here at this trip.

Heavyweight Lismullen tussle pending

At Navan on Sunday there's a real heavyweight feel to the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle after both Flooring Porter and Bob Olinger were declared.

The former is a two-time Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle winner and the undoubted kingpin of this division, though he did take a fall in this race 12 months ago when cruising along for regular rider Danny Mullins.

The Gavin Cromwell inmate is the headline act, though Henry De Bromhead's Bob Olinger is no backmarker.

He was big-time beneficiary when Galopin Des Champs crashed down at Cheltenham in March with the Turners Novices' Chase at his mercy but his rather unconvincing season as a novice over fences was summed up when he was pulled up at Punchestown in April.

His jumping didn't convince, despite winning 3-4 starts, and connections are looking back over hurdles now. A hugely promising novice in 2020/21 over timber, can he rediscover his mojo back in this code?

With the likes of Zanahiyr and Commander Of Fleet declared by Gordon Elliott alongside Jessica Harrington's Ashdale Bob - the big pair are far from certain to get things all their own way in what looks a quality Sunday feature in Ireland.

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