National hunt fans will rejoice this Friday as Cheltenham returns as one of four UK meetings, while there are two cards to look forward to in Ireland.

Friday’s racing starts with Newbury’s bumper nine-race card, with the going heavy (soft in places).

The Rayner Bosch Car Services EBF Maiden Stakes is the opening race of the card and Achelois (7/4) should take some beating for trainer Andrew Balding.

Newbury’s meeting concludes at 17:06, with a two-mile apprentice handicap contest and Main Fact is fancied to go close for leading trainer David Pipe (11/10).

Racing at Doncaster in South Yorkshire stars at 13:00, with an eight-race card planned this afternoon on good to soft (soft in places) ground.

William Haggas’ Titian (11/4) was a winner last time out, and the two-year-old should go close, with Albanman (4/1) the main threat.

In the 16:25, Betfred are paying four places in the Visit attheraces.com/jumps Handicap, while the card concludes in the following race at 17:03.

Olympic Conqueror (7/2) should be the one to beat in the Visit attheraces.com/jumps Handicap, but jockey Hollie Doyle is in fine form, and she rides market rival Cityzen Serg (9/2).

Seven months after the Cheltenham Festival, racing returns to Prestbury Park and the card starts with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at 1.50, with the going good.

Ask For Glory (7/4) and Midnight River (10/3) sit at the front of the market, but Does He Know (7/1) won last time out for Kim Bailey.

Betfred will pay an extra place in the 15:00 as well as the 17:15, with the latter the final race of Friday’s meeting.

One True King (7/1) opened his account at Uttoxeter last time out and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge should be there or thereabouts this afternoon.

Friday’s final card in the UK comes from Newcastle where there are nine races scheduled on the allweather, where the going is standard/slow.

The card starts with a handicap contest, with Byron Hill (10/3) hoping to win at the fifth attempt.

Racing in Ireland starts with Sligo’s seven-race card at 14:00, where the going is yielding, and Crassus (11/10) claims the favourite tag despite falling last time out.

Sligo’s card concludes at 17:23 in the Rosses Point INH Flat Race where Top Bandit (7/4) and Bohemian Birch (2/1) could cancel each other out in the finale.

Dundalk’s meeting commences at 16:40 on standard ground with the Hollywoodbets Fillies & Mares claiming race and Ger Lyons’ Lilandra (11/8) should have enough quality to come home as the winner.

Betfred will pay an extra place in the 17:10, 17:45, 18:45 and the final contest at 20:15.

Time And Money (2/1) is well fancied in the market and should go close after finding just one too good over course and distance last time out.

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