Latest news for all of today's meetings including going reports
Friday's action is a nice appetiser before Saturday's top-class fare. Ascot does most of the work, with the Listed Noel Murless Stakes providing the centrepiece of the day ably supported by a Class 2 sprint handicap and a high-quality classified stakes.
There is more Listed action at Dundalk this evening, while back in Britain Fontwell's card adds to the month-long amuse-bouche for jumps fans that is October with a good-quality handicap chase.
Ascot - first race 2.00
Good to soft (soft in places on round course)
(GoingStick 6.8 straight course, 6.4 round course on Thursday at 8.30am)
Fontwell - 2.10
Good (GoingStick 6.8 on Friday at 5.45am)
Hexham - 2.25
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick 5.4 on Friday at 6.15am)
Dundalk - 5.30
Chelmsford - 5.45
3.35 Hexham Beau Bay 15-8f (from 5-2)
3.45 Ascot Zenon 7-1 (from 9)
5.05 Fontwell Scoop The Pot 13-8f (from 2-1f)
What to back
Paul Kealy is in the chair once more as our headline tipster.
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Peter Thomas looks back on the career of a popular stayer and rags-to-riches tale.
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What to watch
Neil Mulholland discusses some of his stable stars ahead of the upcoming jumps season.
The football Postcast looks at the season so far and the international break.
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