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Horse Racing: The week ahead

Jumps racing may have started to awaken from its summer slumber over the weekend but there is no doubt that all of racing's eyes this week will be focused firmly on Ascot and their Champions Day card.

The culmination of the season on the Flat brings a stunning six-race card at Ascot on Saturday and the headline act will be brilliant Baaeed as he bids to sign off his career unbeaten with a win in the Champion Stakes.

All the UK and Irish racing action can be followed via our Sports Live Streaming platform and here's a look ahead to the next seven days of racing action.

Monday 10th October

After a weekend when the jumps season went up a notch, all of Monday's five meetings come on the Flat. They take place at Musselburgh, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Yarmouth and Killarney.

The feature is the Listed Beckford Stakes (4.00) from Yarmouth, a 1m6f event for Fillies and Mares that has drawn a field of 15 to the seaside circuit.

Amongst them are Sea Sylph for Alan King, James Fanshawe's recent Goodwood second Viola and Perfect Alibi for trainer William Haggas, jockey Tom Marquand and owner King Charles.

Tuesday 11th October

National Hunt racing dominates on Tuesday with meetings from Hereford, Huntingdon and Punchestown, and they are joined by Flat cards at Leicester and on the all-weather from Newcastle.

Huntingdon were forced to abandon their season-opening meeting last week due to the unsuitably fast ground and officials will be hoping that conditions have eased enough by Tuesday to facilitate their scheduled six-race offering.

Wednesday 12th October

Midweek racing comes on the Flat from Nottingham alongside all-weather cards at Wolverhampton and Kempton, while jumps fare is once more taking place at Punchestown in Ireland alongside the beginning of a new season at Wetherby.

Brian Hughes is seemingly on the march for another jockeys' title, even this early in the season, and the northern pilot will be hoping he can quickly pass a century of Wetherby winners once the season is underway at the Yorkshire layout.

Hughes' tally at Wetherby stands at 97 career wins and amongst his possible mounts on Wednesday's card are Vintage Valley for Donald McCain and Caius Marcius for Nicky Richards.

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Thursday 13th October

Racing on Thursday will come from Brighton, Chelmsford (all-weather) and the Curragh on the Flat alongside National Hunt cards at Carlisle and Tramore.

The return of jumps racing at Carlisle is billed as the moment that all Cumbrian racing fans have been waiting for and the meeting has witnessed the likes of Al Dancer and Bannixtown Glory winning in recent times. Will there be a future star on show this year?

Friday 14th October

Racing on Friday will come from Fakenham and Uttoxeter over jumps, alongside turf cards from Haydock and Redcar on the Flat and the usual Friday night action on the all-weather at Dundalk and Newcastle.

At Haydock, it's their Flat Finale meeting with seven races at the Merseyside venue before it turns its attention towards the winter and the return of jumps racing.

Saturday 15th October

All eyes on Ascot come Saturday for British Champions Day. The six-race card includes four high-quality Group 1 races, headlined of course by the Qipco Champion Stakes (4.00) as 1/4 Baaeed looks to crown his career with one more success.

Haggas' charge skipped the Arc for this target and, after a season of comparisons to the mighty Frankel, he can now emulate the great horse by signing off his career with a victory in this race.

Meanwhile, in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.10), John and Thady Gosden's filly Inspiral is 11/10 to land another Group 1 success at this end-of-season extravaganza.

Elsewhere on Saturday, action comes from Newton Abbot, Market Rasen and Stratford over the jumps, as well as Catterick, Wolverhampton (all-weather) and Leopardstown on the level.

Sunday 16th October

Sunday's action includes a pair of meeting from Ireland - on the Flat at Naas and over obstacles from Cork, while in Britain there is jumps fare from Sedgefield and a first National Hunt card of the season from Kempton Park to round off the week, with a pair of Listed hurdles races sharing feature status at the Sunbury circuit.

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