The Briefing: Josies Orders takes on old rivals on a cracking day at Cheltenham
The International meeting kicks off at Cheltenham and festival favourites Josies Orders and last year's winner Bless The Wings go head to head in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.05).
Also on the card, Lil Rockerfeller is out to enhance his RSA claims in the Neville Lumb Novices' Chase (12.45) and Theatre Territory bids for a first success over fences in the Grade 3 CF Roberts 25 Years Of Sponsorship Handicap Chase (2.30).
Away from Cheltenham, there are jumps fixtures at Bangor and Doncaster, as well as all-weather evening meetings at Kempton and Dundalk.
Bangor (first race 11.50)
Soft, good to soft in places (GoingStick: 6.0 at 9.00am on Wednesday)
Good on hurdle, chase and cross country courses (GoingStick: 7.3 on chase and hurdle, 7.5 on cross country at 6.15am on Friday)
Standard to slow
12.00 Doncaster - Angus Milan 11-2 (from 4)
12.45 Cheltenham - Gunfleet 5-1 (from 6)
5.30 Dundalk - Easy Come Easy Go 12-1 (from 9)
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Even in the absence of Tiger Roll, the cross-country race at Cheltenham looks very competitive, with two festival favourites renewing their rivalry.
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