Following the abandonments of Cheltenham and Exeter, there are two UK meetings and one Irish card to look forward to on New Year’s Day.

The action begins on the Fibresand at Southwell, with the opening race of their seven-race card due off at 12:05.

The going is Standard / Slow at the Nottinghamshire track and they begin with a 1m 13y Handicap contest, concluding at 15:30 with an eight-runner Handicap over 1m 3f and 23y.

Betfred are paying an extra place (3 places) in the 14:25, with seven set to go to post in the Class 5 Handicap.

Samovar (3/1) has been consistent over recent months, but comes up against a horse in Mulzim (2/1) that has won three of his last four starts, including a course-and-distance win nine days ago.

The action heads north to Musselburgh at 12:45, with the going classed as Soft (Good to Soft in places) for their six race National Hunt card.

The race of the day, in terms of prize money, is at 13:55 – the Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle over 1m 7f and 124y.

There is due to be a seven-runner field for this Class 2 contest, with the Keith Dalgleish-trained Raymond seeking a fourth consecutive win.

Raymond though is likely to face a stiff test from Rosie and Millie (9/4), who will have Brendan Powell on board and looked good when an impressive second at Ascot in November.

The only meeting in Ireland on Friday takes place at Tramore, which hosts a seven-race jumps card – beginning at 12:20 and concluding with the last race at 15:40.

The Class 1 New Year’s Day Chase (14:37) is the standout race of the day, with dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo the strong favourite.

The Willie Mullins-gelding (1/4) has won the last two runnings of this race and returns to the track for the first time since March’s success at the Cheltenham Festival.

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