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Good-quality action to beat the post-Cheltenham Festival blues

Cheltenham Festival winner Roksana (right) won Grade 2 mares' final at Newbury last year
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The best of the action takes place in Ireland on Monday, with the Grade 2 Webster Cup challenged with the task of washing away those post-Cheltenham blues.

Four of the biggest yards in Ireland face off as Cadmium (Willie Mullins), Woodland Opera (Jessica Harrington), Darasso (Joseph O'Brien) and Ball D'Arc and Tycoon Prince (Gordon Elliott) do battle. 

One-time Champion Bumper runner-up Debuchet and enigmatic veteran Lilshane also feature on the card. Mullins has won two of the last three runnings of the bumper – notably in 2016 with the ill-fated Invitation Only – and he runs The Big Getaway in Joe Donnelly's Gold Cup-winning silks. 


Paul Nicholls has a 36 per cent strike-rate at Taunton and the ten-time champion trainer is sure to send a few horses to the course with winning chances. 

Paul Nicholls: a man to follow at Taunton where his runners have a 36 per cent strike-rate

Favorito Buck's could take his chance for Johnny de la Hey in the 3m4½f handicap chase

Meanwhile, MansionBet sponsor the entire Huntingdon card and Wetherby also host a meeting. 


Haydock stages a good card, with the feature 2m4½f chase likely to attract a decent field, with Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate fifth Didero Vallis entered. He could face last year's EBF Final winner Sam's Gunner and Jamie Snowden's promising young chaser Scorpion Sid. 

The veterans' chase is also likely to be popular, especially if 14-year-old Victors Serenade appears after a 1095-day absence. 

Chepstow and Market Rasen also hold meetings.


Ludlow always puts on good prize-money and this week's offering is no exception, with a £15,500 handicap hurdle following the feature £21,500 handicap chase

Kerry Lee has Gino Trail, Top Gamble and Tree Of Liberty all entered, while Alan King could run the hat-trick seeking Timoteo and Ballyward. 

Ludlow: the track always puts on good prize-money and this week's offering is no exception

Chepstow, Cork and Sedgefield are also in action. 


Newbury's two-day meeting gets under way, with some talented horses entered for the £15,000 handicap hurdle, including the rejuvenated Traffic Fluide. 

While Gary Moore's stalwart isn't getting any younger, the Listed bumper is always won by a talented youngster – Al Ferof (2010), Shutthefrontdoor (2012), Definitly Red (2014), Barter's Hill (2015) and Ballyandy (2016) feature on the roll of honour – and last-time-out winners Green Dolphin, Nobby and Blazer's Mill all feature. 

Musselburgh hosts the other jumps card with Flat action taking place at Lingfield and Newcastle.


The ladies take centre stage on Saturday with the Grade 2 mares' final taking place at Newbury, a race which was won by Cheltenham Festival winner Roksana last season. 

As well as some top-class handicap action, we could well see some stars of the future in the Goffs Spring Sale Bumper, with festival absentee Get In The Queue entered.

Good action takes place at Kelso and Bangor, while Kempton satisfies evening and Flat punters.

Band Of Outlaws: entered in the Irish Lincolnshire


Can it really be the return of the Flat just a week after Cheltenham? The Irish Lincolnshire takes place at Naas, intriguingly a race in which Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner Band Of Outlaws holds an entry. 

Jim Bolger's Theobald is also entered, as well as Lord Oberon for Karl Burke and Dark Red for Ed Dunlop, who will hope they can bring the prize back to Britain.

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Al Ferof (2010), Shutthefrontdoor (2012), Definitly Red (2014), Barter's Hill (2015) and Ballyandy (2016) feature on the roll of honour
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