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It's welcome back Cheltenham as the Flat turf season winds down

Cheltenham opens its gates for the new season today
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Racing is at its annual crossroads as Newbury and Doncaster fan the dying embers of another turf Flat season just as Cheltenham heralds the return of winter jump racing.

Flat devotees can gorge themselves on eight races at each of the two turf meetings while Cheltenham, with seven class 2 races, gives jump enthusiasts the chance to mull over the winter ahead.

Kempton and Dundalk pick up the baton at teatime to take racing well into the night ahead of turning back the clocks an hour at the start of Sunday.

And there is also the small matter of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes under the floodlights at Moonee Valley, where US Navy Flag leads a strong team for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Going report

Newbury (first race at 1.10)
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick 5.7)

Doncaster (1.20)
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 6.9)

Cheltenham (2.00)
Good (GoingStick 7.3)

Kempton (AW) (5.45)
Standard to slow

Dundalk (AW) (6.00)
Standard

Market movers

2.15 Newbury - Franz Kafka into 8-11 (from evens)
7.15 Kempton - Verve into 10-11 (from 5-4)

What to back

The Tips Box is full of expert advice and Signposts Sweetspots has some stats-based pointers.

Maddy Playle has one for Doncaster today in the popular Ten Second Tip. 

If you want a more detailed look at today's action then check out Friday Night Lights below.

What to read

The Thundering Blue fairytale is set to move to the Far East after Clive Washbourn's popular grey gets the Japan Cup invite.

Robbie Wilders set the scene for today's Cheltenham action involving two potentially top-class novice chasers for this season.

What to watch 

You do not want to miss Bryony Frost discussing how it feels to win around Cheltenham as the home of jump racing begins its new season today.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Dan Childs has the bet for tonight's Sky Bet Championship clash between QPR and Aston Villa. Check out the rest of the weekend football with the Postcast team's verdicts.

Final thought 

More than eight hours of domestic racing today ends at Kempton with the 9.15 and how appropriate for the end of the Flat turf season would success for Ember's Glow be ahead of the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster tomorrow?


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