All you need to know as famous faces come out in force at Ascot
With Haydock's Betfair Chase meeting no longer a two-day affair, Ascot has centre stage all to itself with a host of luminaries set to light up proceedings.
Aside from the six races at a meeting that will be attended by the Prince of Wales, much interest will focus on England goal-scoring legend Michael Owen as he makes his race-riding debut in the charity race at 12.15.
There is some competitive action on the card, with champion trainer Nicky Henderson looking to have a particularly strong hand, and it promises to be a big day for trainer Nigel Hawke as Speredek bids to extend his winning run to five in the £30,000 Coutts Handicap Hurdle (3.50).
Afternoon jumps fixtures at Catterick and Ffos Las and evening meetings on the all-weather at Dundalk and Newcastle complete the line-up.
Catterick - first race 12.20
Good to soft, good in places
Ascot - 1.00
Good to soft
Race 1: +12 yards
Race 2, 3 & 6: +4 yards
Race 4 & 5: +16 yards
Ffos Las - 1.10
Race 1 & 5: +96 yards
Race 2 & 4: +83 yards
Race 3: +72 yards
Race 6: +66 yards
Dundalk - 5.30
Newcastle - 5.45
12.20 Catterick: Dulce Panem into 5-1 (from 8)
2.15 Ffos Las: Pure Vision into 4-1 (from 5)
2.20 Ascot: Fortunate George into 5-1 (from 8)
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