Jumps' sire title to be decided and plenty of racing action on Saturday
Those in the National Hunt sphere of the bloodstock industry will be keeping a close eye on how the jumps' sire title battle unfolds as Saturday plays out.
The late King's Theatre holds a slender advantage over old rival Flemensfirth going into Saturday and with the pendulum having swung between the two, the title could swing either way.
There's also plenty of Flat action and first-season sires Charm Spirit, Gale Force Ten, Morpheus and War Command bid to get their second careers of the mark.
Haydock (first race 1.30)
Haydock, 1.30, 2.40
Ripon, 1.45, 4.35
First-season sires with runners
Charm Spirit Glorious Charmer, Doncaster 5.45
Gale Force Ten Hurricane Five, Ripon 1.45
Morpheus Blazing Dreams, Ripon 1.45
Morpheus Made In Lewisham, Leicester 2.15
War Command Juniors Fantasy, Ripon 1.45
ANZ Bloodstock News
In today's issue: Steve Moran's column profiles trainer Charlie Appleby, who is bidding to continue his fine international record at Sha Tin on Sunday
What to read
"Our industry is so small that we can't afford to have divisions - we've all got to row the same boat"
"Both Sevenna Star and Time's Arrow are one of a number of horses to have been produced by Redoute's Choice when he shuttled to France"
"Beeches Stud stalwart Flemensfirth could make up some of the difference if O O Seven were to win the Grade 2 Bet365 Oaksey Chase"
What to watch
Sevenna Star looks an exciting prospect for all involved with him and if he were to go on to land an elite level contest this year it would extend the reach of his acclaimed sire Redoute's Choice.
Well known for his exploits in his native Australia, the son of Danehill has had a few stakes winners pop up recently suggesting that it won't be long before they make their mark.