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Horse Racing: Weekend Racing Preview

A huge weekend of racing action in store with top class jumps action from Britain and Ireland complemented by the Breeders' Cup from the United States.

It's the first major Grade 1 of the jumps season at Down Royal on Saturday as Gordon Elliott looks to land the prize with Galvin, while Aintree hosts the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the famous National fences.

The November Handicap at Doncaster helps bring down the curtain on the Flat season in the UK, with the Irish version on Sunday at Naas and, of course, there's a plethora of top-class action from Keeneland at the Breeders' Cup.

Follow it all via our live Sports Streaming Service as we look ahead to a non-stop weekend of racing action.

National fences back for Grand challenge

The Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (2.11) sees the famous National fences in play at Aintree for the first time this season. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls will be hoping 9/2 Broken Halo can land him a third win in the race since 2013.

Kim Bailey's Two For Gold at 6/1 could be amongst the dangers, while Alan King has 7/1 Senior Citizen in the mix. It was a good weekend last time around for trainer Sam Thomas and the Welshman will hope 7/1 Al Dancer can take to these obstacles – if he does he could be a threat to them all.

After that at the Merseyside venue, their 2m4f handicap hurdle (2.45) brings together veterans Voix Du Rev, Dashel Drasher and Brewin'upastorm with Dan Skelton's 6YO Langer Dan. He won a Grade 3 handicap over C&D in the spring and connections will be hoping there's more to come from the 15/8 chance now.

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Galvin leads Elliott charge at Down Royal

It's Champion Chase (2.32) day at Down Royal on Saturday as they stage their big Grade 1 contest. Gordon Elliott has 11/10 Galvin – second last year behind Frodon and match-fit after a recent win – as well as Irish Gold Cup winner Conflated (11/4).

Willie Mullins fires 11/2 Kemboy into battle, after two recent seconds over shorter trips, as the Closutton supremo looks for a first win in this race since 1999.

Meanwhile, Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore will be hoping 7/1 Envoi Allen can have a major say. He won first time out last season on his only visit to Down Royal and remains essentially untested at three miles. He ended last season finishing third in Grade 1s over two miles won by the high-class Energumene and could be the dark horse here.

Elsewhere at Down Royal, trainer Gavin Cromwell will have high hopes that progressive chaser Final Orders can make a winning start in handicaps in the three-mile contest at 3.40.

Frodon heads for Wincanton

Paul Nicholls has often pinpointed that Down Royal race and it was thought to be the target of Frodon but he instead turns up at Wincanton, where he'll carry top-weight in the 61st Badger Beer Handicap Chase (1.50). Bryony Frost's willing partner is 7/2 to land that prize at Nicholls' home track.

Also at Wincanton is the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle (3.00) where rising stars Knappers Hill (Nicholls) and Knight Salute for Milton Harris will try to thwart 11/10 Sceau Royal, as Alan King's now 10-year-old goes for a record-extending fourth win in the race and his third on the trot.

Knappers Hill is 9/4 here having won the Silver Trophy at Chepstow on return last month with something in hand under Harry Cobden.

Familiar faces target November Handicap

It isn't all jumps racing this weekend. Doncaster stages their final fling on the Flat with the November Handicap (3.13) headlining on Town Moor.

Both Alan King and John Gosden have sampled recent successes in this contest and they've got the top pair on the racecard in Tritonic (9/1) and Israr (11/4) respectively.

Tritonic is best known for his hurdles form but he's off 102 here with Callum Hutchinson claiming a very useful 5lb on the last-time-out Goodwood winner.

Israr, the mount of Jim Crowley, got back on track with a smooth C&D win a fortnight ago and is in the mix again from 7lb higher in the ratings.

Keeneland to provide plenty glitz and glamour

If razzmatazz is your thing, then look no further than Keeneland this weekend as they host American racing's jewel – the Breeders' Cup.

There is a feast of Grade 1 action across both Friday and Saturday evening and it's all live on terrestrial television in the UK.

Charlie Appleby will be hoping either Nations Pride or Rebel's Romance at 11/4 can provide him with victory in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (8.40) – will William Buick siding with the former.

Later, unbeaten Flightline will be expected to continue his winning ways at 2/5 in the Breeders' Cup Classic, the dirt race worth $3,780,000 and seemingly at the mercy of John Sadler's colt.

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