Warwick: Kalashnikov is the star attraction at the Midlands track

Jump racing fans can rejoice as the popular Kalashnikov makes his chasing bow at Warwick.

Last year’s Supreme second is an early ante-post favourite for the Arkle and it will be exciting to see how he fares.

The four-runner contest is no easy pickings for the Betfair Hurdle winner, however, with the talented Huntsman Son, fourth in last season’s Imperial Cup, and Grade 2-placed Lisdoonvarna Lad among his rivals.

Hexham and Fontwell also stage afternoon jumping action, while the evening all-weather offerings come from Newcastle and Dundalk.

Going report

Warwick (first race 12.50)
Good

Hexham (1.05)
Good

Fontwell (1.15)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 5.8)

Newcastle (5.15)
Standard

Dundalk (5.30)
Standard

Market movers

2.10 Hexham – Le Drapeau 10-1 (from 12-1)
3.05 Warwick – Gardiners Hill 9-1 (from 12-1)
6.45 Newcastle – Oriental Lilly 11-2 (from 7-1) 

What to back

Best bets from our regional correspondents and experts can be found in Tips Box, while a plethora of punting angles are covered in Signposts Sweetspots.

What to read

Two horses are sharing the spoils at the top of the Longines world rankings – read more here

It’s a momentous day for Alexandrakollontai, who makes her 100th start at Newcastle this evening.

What to watch

It’s time for Friday Night Lights! Host Thom Malone is joined by Johnny Ward and Brian Sheerin to discuss the action at Dundalk . . .

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Final thought 

The mares’ beginners’ chase (1.50) at Fontwell should prove informative. Grade 2-placed Graceful Legend jumps fences in public for the first time for Ben Case, and her rivals include Molly Childers, who has the benefit of experience over fences after finishing second at Bangor on her return to action.


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