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Friday's Sport: Breeders' Cup extravaganza gets under way

There's Championship football this evening as well as continuing action from snooker's Champion of Champions in Bolton but, arguably, it's racing fans with most to look forward to this Friday.

There's quality racing in the UK and Ireland from Exeter and Down Royal, before the razzmatazz that is the Breeders' Cup gets under way from Keeneland in the United States later on.

Breeders' Cup: Appleby hopes to tie the Knott

WhatBreeders' Cup 2022
WhereKeeneland, Lexington, Kentucky
When 3.55-9.40, Friday 4th November
How to watchSky Sports Racing, ITV4 & bet365 live streaming
OddsJuvenile Turf (9.40): Silver Knott 11/8, Victoria Road 6/1, Packs A Wahlop 15/2

The Breeders' Cup meeting is one of the richest in world racing and the jewel in America's racing crown – like Royal Ascot minus the top-hats.

Two days of incredible action are in store across Friday and Saturday from Keeneland and UK trainer Charlie Appleby will be hoping Silver Knott (11/8) comes out best in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (9.40) over one-mile on the turf track. 

Aidan O'Brien's Victoria Road is amongst the opposition with Ryan Moore on board, while US hopes are headed by Packs A Whalop for Jeff Mullins and veteran rider Mike Smith.

All told, there are five Grade 1s on the day one card at Keeneland as the 2YOs take centre stage. 

Closer to home, the Haldon Gold Cup (3.35) at Exeter features former winner Greaneteen (11/4) for Paul Nicholls alongside Dan Skelton's Third Time Lucki and Joe Tizzard's War Lord in a fascinating Grade 2.

Over in Ireland, Down Royal's two-day festival kicks off and there will be plenty excitement when American Mike debuts over hurdles in the opening race at 12.20, while his trainer Gordon Elliott also has stars like Pied Piper and Mighty Potter featuring on a quality card. 

Championship: Royals form a worry for Ince

WhatReading v Preston, Championship
WhereSelect Car Leasing Stadium, Reading
When 20:00, Friday 4th November
How to watchSky Sports
OddsReading 29/20, Draw 9/4, Preston 2/1

There's Friday night action in the Championship to look forward to as Reading host Preston at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. Just two points separate eighth-placed Preston ahead of 11th-place Reading going into this one, though Royals boss Paul Ince will be concerned after just one win in seven games lately. 

Preston on the other hand have been climbing the table and wins over Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough and Swansea City have propelled the Lancashire outfit into the playoff picture. They are 2/1 to inflict further pain on Ince and his Reading side. 

In La Liga meanwhile, Girona will be hoping to build on a surprise point taken against champions Read Madrid when they face Athletic Bilbao on home soil in the opening game in Spain's top flight this weekend. 

Snooker: Trump's defence continues in Bolton

WhatJudd Trump v Mark Selby
WhereUniversity of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
When 19:00, Friday 4th November
How to watchITV4 
OddsJudd Trump 4/6, Mark Selby 6/5

The Champion of Champions event is designed to produce high-class tussles and that is going to be the case on Friday evening as defending champion Judd Trump squares off against Mark Selby. 

The Ace in the Pack won this event last year and had few problems overcoming Scottish Open winner Luca Brecel and Northern Ireland open champ Mark Allen to win his group on Wednesday in what he termed a 'good statement' towards his aspirations this week.

Selby, meanwhile, looked to be operating somewhere close to his gritty best when ousting John Higgins 6-4 on Monday in their group finale – the pair producing some high-quality snooker along the way. They meet in a best-of-11 semi-final on Friday night, with Trump 13/8 to produce two or more century breaks.

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