Latest news as top trainers are out in force at Wincanton, Carlisle and Thurles
There is no dwelling on the week coming as the pursuit of winners continues for Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Emma Lavelle and Colin Tizzard at Wincanton on Thursday.
Eight races also give Dan Skelton, Philip Hobbs and Alan King openings and punters a chance to check on ground conditions at a course some 80 miles due south of Cheltenham.
Similarly Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins, Noel Meade and Henry de Bromhead are busy at Thurles.
Carlisle is not lacking in names either as Nigel Twiston-Davies, Oliver Sherwood, Jonjo O'Neill, Venetia Williams and Phil Kirby send runners.
Southwell is the latest Arc-owned track to suffer at the hands of the horsemen's boycott with 20 runners across its six Flat races on the Fibresand.
Chelmsford's later meeting has two fast-track qualifiers for AW championship finals day on Good Friday plus two potential 16-runner handicaps for punters to gorge on as well as two more with 14 declared runners.
Wincanton (first race at 1.40)
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick 5.0)
Distances: 1.40, 2.10, 3.45 & 4.20 +62yds, 2.40 & 4.55 +60yds, 3.15, & 5.30 +42yds
Good, good to yielding in places
Heavy - chase course; soft, heavy in places - hurdle course (GoingStick: 5.9 both courses)
Southwell (AW) (3.00)
Chelmsford (AW) (5.25)
2.50 Carlisle: Chambard into 5-6 (from evens)
5.05 Carlisle: Supervisor into 9-4 (from 9-2)
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