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The week ahead: Doncaster feature the Saturday highlight

The Flat season in the UK begins on Saturday, with the Lincoln at Doncaster taking centre stage, while in Ireland there are the Guineas Trials at Leopardstown on Sunday on what is sure to be an exciting weekend of racing.

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 Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April.

Monday 27th March

The week begins with an eight-race jumps card from Wincanton (1.30-5.00). There are also all-weather meetings from Lingfield (1.45-4.45) and Wolverhampton (5.30-8.30).

Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls are the leading jockey and trainer at Wincanton respectively. The pair team up for just one runner on the card, which is Silent Revolution in the handicap hurdle at 2.00.

The seven-year-old is the highest-rated runner in the field, but he has been eased 3lb by the handicapper for his effort at Taunton (2m½f) last month.

In the 3.00, there are some recognisable names in the veterans’ handicap chase. At the age of 13, former Grade One raider West Approach is in action for Joe Tizzard.

He is a C&D winner at this course and his connections will be hoping he can add another success to his tally.

Tuesday 28th March

Racing on Tuesday comes from Huntingdon (1.30-4.00), Hexham (2.15-4.45) and Wolverhampton (AW) (5.00-8.30).

The 2.00 at Huntingdon is a juvenile hurdle contest for fillies. It is headed by Doncaster winner Greyval, the four-year-old having won a Listed race on her last start for Fergal O’Brien.

The 120-rated hurdler will need to carry a 7lb penalty here as she bids to successfully follow up at the Cambridgeshire-based racecourse.

Wednesday 29th March

Five meetings take place in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday on what is a busy day of action.

Newcastle (1.15-4.45) get things underway with a jumps card. It is then followed by racing from Market Rasen (1.25-4.53), Lingfield (AW) (1.35-5.00), Navan (2.15-5.35) and Kempton (AW) (5.30-8.30).

Aidan O’Brien had success on Saturday on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan and the Ballydoyle man has two well-bred debutants entered in the finale on the Navan card at 5.35.

Drumroll is a son of Deep Impact who has yet to see a racecourse, while The Black Tiger is a Justify colt who is worth keeping an eye on if he makes his opening appearance.

Thursday 30th March

Six meetings are scheduled for Thursday in the UK and Ireland.

The afternoon begins with a seven-race card from Taunton (1.30-5.00). Jumps action follows from Hexham (1.35-5.05), Limerick (1.40-5.10), Warwick (1.50-5.15) and Naas (1.57-5.22), while in the evening, there is all-weather racing from Wolverhampton (5.30-8.30).

The pick of the action at Warwick comes at 3.35, a class three handicap chase. Dan Skelton has a lot of success at this racecourse, and he is set to saddle Lac De Constance.

The Lodge Hill chaser is on the downgrade and his connections will be hoping he can replicate his wide-margin success at Kempton from earlier in the season.

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Friday 31st March

Lingfield (AW) (1.20-4.35), Southwell (AW) (1.30-4.50), Wetherby (1.40-4.55), Newcastle (AW) (5.20-8.20), Dundalk and Wexford all feature on Friday’s schedule. 

Champion Jockey Brian Hughes looks set to have a strong book of rides at Wetherby, including Barrichello in the most valuable prize of the afternoon at 3.25, a 2m class three handicap hurdle.

The seven-year-old was a four-time winner over hurdles but he will be bidding for his maiden success over fences.

Saturday 1st April

Doncaster (1.20-5.20) kicks off the British Flat season on Saturday, with the highlight on their card being the Lincoln at 3.35.

As ever, this looks like a competitive handicap contest this year, with another unexposed William Haggas runner, 11/2 Al Mubhir, looking to give his trainer a record fifth success in the 1m contest, while 6/1 Awaal is also much fancied.

The Cambridge Trophy Stakes (3.00) and Doncaster Miles Stakes (4.00) are other notable races on the card at Doncaster.

Action on Saturday also comes from Kempton (AW) (1.30-5.00), Bellewstown, Uttoxeter (2.10-5.35), Stratford (2.17-5.12) and Chelmsford (AW) (5.30-8.30).

Sunday 2nd April

Racing in the UK and Ireland on Sunday comes from Doncaster (1.35-5.05), Ascot (1.50-5.20), Downpatrick and Leopardstown.

In what is an excellent card at Leopardstown, the 1,000 Guineas Trial and 2,000 Guineas Trial both feature, so we could see some of the leading three-year-olds in Ireland in action.

The meeting also includes the Group Three Ballysax Stakes, a race over 1m2f.

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