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The week ahead: Super Saturday at Newbury tops the bill

The Denman Chase is one of the feature races on the agenda for Super Saturday at Newbury next weekend, while on the same day the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase takes place at Warwick.

Here is a look at what there is to look forward to this week in the UK and Ireland.

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 6th February to 12th February.

Monday 6th February

The week begins with racing from Fontwell (1.20-4.30), Carlisle (1.35-4.45) and Wolverhampton (AW) (5.30-8.30).

Champion Jockey Brian Hughes has a strong book of rides at Carlisle, which include Escapeandevade (2.10), Bents Hollow (2.45), Malpas (3.45) and Another Emotion (4.15).

The first of those four runners is looking to successfully follow up from an impressive performance at Ayr last month when he lines up in the novice handicap chase. He will also be hopeful with his final ride of the afternoon as Warren Greatrex’s chaser is a C&D winner.

Tuesday 7th February

Racing on Tuesday comes from Market Rasen (1.15-4.45), Taunton (2.00-5.00) and Wolverhampton (AW) (5.30-8.30).

Paul Nicholls will be represented at Market Rasen by Hugos New Horse as he bids to complete a four-timer in the novice hurdles contest at 1.45. He recorded his hat-trick at Exeter on New Year’s Day with 7lb claimer Freddie Gingell on his back.

That partnership will be bidding for more success in this 2m4f contest in the colours of the great Big Buck’s. They are set to take on just four rivals, including Cedar Two from Jonjo O’Neill’s yard.

Wednesday 8th February

Four meetings take place in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. Fairyhouse (12.45-4.20) get things underway. It is then followed by jumps racing from Ludlow (1.25-4.30) and Southwell (1.35-4.40), while in the evening, Kempton (5.30-8.30) race on their all-weather surface.

The 2m7f chase at Fairyhouse at 1.45 has attracted a strong field. Grade Two winner chaser Coko Beach features in the Gigginstown Stud silks for Gordon Elliott. Cape Gentleman has been handed the highest weight in the race, while Mahler Mission will be bidding to add to his impressive victory at Navan last month.

Thursday 9th February

On a busy day of racing five meetings take place on Thursday in the UK and Ireland and it begins with a seven-race card from Doncaster (1.05-4.33).

Jumps action follows from Huntingdon (1.15-4.45), Ffos Las (1.23-4.53) and Thurles (1.30-5.00), while there is an all-weather meeting at Newcastle (4.40-7.40) to end the day.

The Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle is the feature race at Huntingdon at 3.00. It is a Listed contest over the extended 2m3f trip.

Nicky Henderson has two runners entered in Persian Time and Attacca, while Rare Edition is the highest-rated horse in the field for Charlie Longsdon, while Timeforatune is set to run for Nicholls.

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Friday 10th February

Bangor-On-Dee (1.20-4.35), Kempton (1.30-4.45), Southwell (AW) (1.40-4.55) and Chelmsford (AW) (5.15-8.15) feature on Friday’s schedule.

The North Wales Grand National takes place at Bangor at 2.20, with the marathon contest run over 3m5f.

Eclair De Gaye finished second in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick last month and his connections will be hoping he can go one place better in this race. Lucy Wadham’s runner will be coming against C&D winner Don Herbager, who is trained by Venetia Williams.

Saturday 11th February

It is Super Saturday at Newbury (1.15-4.43) in what is an excellent day of racing at the Berkshire racecourse. The Betfair Hurdle comes at 3.35 and the field is headed by Filey Bay, who has won his opening two appearances in handicap action in the J.P McManus silks.

The Denman Chase has been won by some good horses in recent years, including Kauto Star, Denman, Long Run, Silviniaco Conti and Native River. The winner of this race could enhance their reputation ahead of the Cheltenham Festival next month.

At Warwick (1.30-4.55), the Grade Two Kingmaker Novices’ Chase comes at 2.40. It was won last year by Edwardstone before his success in the Arkle Trophy.

Uttoxeter (1.00-4.30), Lingfield (AW) (1.15-4.43) and Wolverhampton (AW) (5.30-8.30) are all also on the schedule on a busy Saturday.

Sunday 12th February

Racing on Sunday comes from Exeter (2.00-5.00), Navan and Southwell (AW) (1.50-4.50).

The card from Navan includes the Boyne Hurdle and Ten Up Novice Steeplechase, both of which are of Grade Two level. The Boyne Hurdle has been won by the likes of War Of Attrition (2010) and Tiger Roll (2019) over the last couple of decades.

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