There are six meetings on Friday with the headline act the return of racing at Cheltenham for a new season.
They've got seven races in the Cotswolds (13:50-17:15) while more jumps action comes from Sligo (14:00-17:23). On the Flat Doncaster (13:00-17:03) is joined by Newbury (12:40-17:06) in the afternoon while Friday Night Lights action comes from Newcastle (16:30-20:30) and Dundalk (16:40-20:15).
Friday's Horse Racing Predictions
Global Fame to win and each-way - BET NOW
The opening race of the new season at Cheltenham can go the way of Fergal O'Brien and Paddy Brennan. The trainer/jockey duo have been in superb form over the autumn and a winner in the Cotswolds would be just reward for their efforts.
Global Fame has just about the best form on offer ahead of this Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and is fancied for further progress this season. He's undergone a wind operation since last spotted winning at Wetherby (2m3½f, soft) in March. That was only his second start over timber, the Southwell bumper winner having finished second behind next-time-out Grade 2-winnng Harry Senior at Chepstow in December on jumping bow.
Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden are another duo in form and Ask For Glory - who has also had a wind operation over the summer - will be a threat here having won easily at Wincanton in February. At the prices, Global Fame is preferred.
Hometown Boy to win and each-way - BET NOW
A wide open handicap and one in which it's worth paying attention to in-form and determined mare Yeavering Belle despite the fact she's rising in the ratings in a much tougher race than when she won at Ludlow earlier in the month.
Trainer Stuart Edmunds will be hoping Hometown Boy has more progress in him this season and, if he's fit and well, a mark of 130 is very workable on return to action.
The Irish point-to-point winner routed his rivals on handicap debut at Market Rasen on Boxing Day before twice clashing with the progressive McFabulous, including in a graded contest at Kempton in March.
That rival looks set to take high rank in the staying hurdles division this term and Hometown Boy remains lightly-raced and with plenty more to offer going forward. He can go well at a decent price.
Rhythmic Intent to win and each-way - BET NOW
Despite the fact he was a bit of let down at Leicester earlier in the month, it might be worth sticking with Rhythmic Intent. He dropped to 1m4f last time but it was his Newbury win in August over this distance that stands out.
He moved into that contest with some style and won almost as he pleased. A subsequent fourth in Haydock's Old Borough Cup was a solid effort and he can go well up in distance again now on a track that ought to suit.
He has been dropped 1lb by the handicapper here and if Tom Marquand can smuggle him into the race under a patient ride, Stuart Williams' Lope De Vega colt may surprise one or two.
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Friday's Horse Racing Frequently Asked Questions
What is our recommended bet?
Global Fame to win and eacy-way.A
What is the going at Cheltenham?
Good-good to soft in places.A
What is the going at Doncaster?
Good to soft-soft in places.A
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