There is a feast of end-of-season Flat action on Friday, with both Newbury and Doncaster’s two-day Vertem Futurity meeting getting underway.

The 2m novice chase (2.10), won last year by subsequent Grade 2 scorer Third Time Lucki, and the 2m4f Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2.45) are the two attractions of the season opening at Cheltenham, which offers plenty of mouthwatering fights.

With 16 entries, Gordon Elliott heads the sizeable Irish contingent, and Henry de Bromhead has three in Champagne Gold, Centurion Steel, and Downtown Queen.

The Group 3 Mercury Stakes (7.30) in Dundalk, Ireland, serves as the centrepiece of the evening’s racing, while an all-weather event including seven races is held in Newcastle.

There is a feast of end-of-season Flat action on Friday, with both Newbury and Doncaster’s two-day Vertem Futurity meeting getting underway.

ITV4 will broadcast races from Newbury, Cheltenham, and Doncaster on Saturday. In the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Stakes, we will have the opportunity to discover who can secure a spot in the Classic lineup for the next season (3.35).

Recent winners Magna Grecia, Saxon Warrior, and Kameko all succeeded in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket the following year after winning at Doncaster. The seven-race card includes the Listed Doncaster Stakes (3.00) in addition to some strong handicaps.

Kameko: A Group 1 winner at Doncaster who returned to compete in the 2,000 Guineas the following year.

An outstanding seven-race card will be presented to spectators as Cheltenham returns to television. In the novice hurdle (1.30) and novice chase (4.25), staying prospects are tested, and the first Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier (3.50) also occurs.

The Horris Hill Stakes (1.50) and St. Simon Stakes (2.25), two Group 3 events, and the Listed Radley Stakes (3.30) are the centrepieces of the card at Newbury’s penultimate Flat meeting.

Before a breathless day comes to a close at Chelmsford on the all-weather, there is afternoon jumping at Kelso.

To end the week, there will be racing at Aintree on Sunday, including the Grade 2 Jewson Old Roan Handicap Chase (2.40), which was won by Allmankind in 2017.

The Desert Orchid Silver Cup is the featured event on Wincanton’s eight-race calendar (1.45).

The Group 3 Loughbrown Stakes (3.45) at the Curragh could see the return of Derby favourite Bolshoi Ballet, while Limerick is the site of the Munster National (3.35).

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