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The Week Ahead: Kempton contest tops the bill

The Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton is the pick of the action this week, the Grade Two race over 2m4½f tends to attract a strong field as it is one of the leading races of the season over the distance.

All the UK and Irish action can be followed via our Sports Live Streaming platform and here's a day-by-day look ahead to the racing week in store from 9th-15th January.

Monday 9th January

The week begins with racing from Taunton (12.55-4.10), Ayr (1.10-3.55) and Wolverhampton (AW) (5.30-8.30).

In the first of those three meetings, C&D winner Lady Adare is scheduled to make her return to action after almost a year in the 3.00. Harry Fry’s mare has won all three of her races over hurdles. She is making her handicap debut off an opening mark of 130.

Champion Jockey Brian Hughes has a strong book of rides at Ayr and has a strong chance of getting the afternoon off to a winning start with Aubis Walk, who was denied by just a neck on her hurdles debut.

She features in the opener at 1.10. Later in the card, he partners hurdles winner Masked Singer as he bids to get off the mark over fences in a novice chase.

Tuesday 10th January

Racing on Tuesday comes from Doncaster (12.15-3.30), Exeter (1.00-4.15) and Southwell (AW) (5.30-8.30).

At Doncaster, the Seven Barrows team are set to be represented by recent Leicester winner Bold Endeavour in the 1.50. The chaser scored by 10 lengths on his stable debut last month. He will be looking to defy a 9lb rise in the ratings.

Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls goes into this week on the back of another good weekend and the Ditcheat man is set to saddle Ioupy Collonges at Exeter in the 2.40.

The five-year-old scored in a bumper at Hereford earlier in the campaign and he is now going over hurdles.

Wednesday 11th January

Three meetings take place in the UK on Wednesday. Lingfield (12.45-3.45) gets things under way on their Polytrack surface.

It is then followed by jumps racing from Leicester (1.30-4.00), while later in the afternoon, Kempton (5.00-8.00) race into the evening with a seven-race AW card.

The feature race at Leicester is a Listed mares’ chase at 3.00. Pink Legend is the highest-rated runner in the field for Venetia Williams.

She finished third behind Zambella and Annie Mc at Doncaster on her last outing. This could be a good opportunity for her to land the top prize this time.

She faces competition from Found On and Tweed Skirt from Martin Keighley and Nicky Henderson’s yards respectively.

Thursday 12th January

Five courses host racing on Thursday in the UK and Ireland.

The day begins with AW action from Newcastle (12.05-3.35.) Jumps cards follow from Clonmel (12.10-3.40), Catterick (12.30-3.55) and Bangor-On-Dee (12.55-3.48), while there is an all-weather meeting at Chelmsford (5.30-8.30) to end the day.

The pick of the racing from Catterick is the North Yorkshire Grand National at 2.50. The marathon contest over 3m6f could be very testing this year if the rain continues to fall on the track.

The Galloping Bear finished first past the post in the 2022 Grand National Trial at Haydock before being disqualified. He is a horse who should relish the stamina test in this race and he could come up against former Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap.

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Friday 13th January

Lingfield (AW) (12.40-3.40), Sedgefield (12.50-3.50), Huntingdon (1.00-4.00) and Newcastle (AW) (3.45-6.45) feature on Friday’s schedule.

The 3.00 at Huntingdon is a race to keep an eye on as it has some smart juvenile hurdlers among the entries. Leicester winner Perseus Way will be representing Gary Moore.

He finished third in the Grade Two Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow last time out. This is a drop down in class for the four-year-old and, based on that performance, he sets the standard.

He will be coming up against Milton Harris’ unexposed hurdler Polyphonic and Start In Front, who won nicely at Wetherby on his latest appearance for Rebecca Menzies.

Saturday 14th January

Kempton (12.20-3.50) is the standout meeting on Saturday, with the Grade Two Silviniaco Conti Chase and Lanzarote Hurdle both featuring on their card.

The former of those two races has been won by the likes of Captain Chris, Frodon and Mister Fisher.

Lingfield (AW) (12.05-3.30), Wetherby (12.12-3.42), Warwick (12.40-4.10), Fairyhouse and Chelmsford (AW) (5.30-8.30) are all also on the schedule on a busy Saturday in the UK and Ireland.

Sunday 15th January

There are three meetings on Sunday in the UK and Ireland, with racing coming from Kelso (12.30-3.30), Southwell (AW) (12.50-3.50) and Punchestown.

The latter includes the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and Grade Three Kildare Novices’ Chase.

Vautour, Douvan, Min and Dysart Dynamo have all won the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle for Willie Mullins and the Irish Champion Trainer is likely to have a strong hand in the race once again.

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