The fourth and final day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival is the headline act on Friday, with the Gold Cup at 15:05 promising to be the highlight.
Prestbury Park may draw the majority of the focus but there are also handy UK cards from Fakenham, Lingfield and Southwell, while the Irish action is presented by the all-weather at Dundalk.
To the Cotswalds first, where they have seven races starting with the Triumph Hurdle at 13:20 and concluding with the Martin Pipe at 16:50.
Five races carry Betfred’s Extra Place offer but the focus has to be the Gold Cup at 15:05 where Paul Townend and Al Boum Photo aim for a hat-trick of victories.
The nine-year-old is 11/4 and Willie Mullins has again followed a light schedule with his New Year’s Day win at Tramore deemed enough to prepare him.
However, could Rachael Blackmore upset him aboard 7/2 A Plus Tard for Henry De Bromhead. Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson also has hope for a third win in this race in the form of last year’s RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase hero, 5/1 Champ.
In Norfolk, they have seven races over the jumps at Fakenham, where they run from 13:10 to 16:40.
The 14:20, a Handicap Chase over just north of three miles pays out to three places and as of writing, Zee Man carries favouritism at 11/4. Olly Murphy’s seven-year-old fell earlier this month at Ayr but was a course winner here in January before finishing second at Catterick.
Annie Day also holds claims for Christian Williams at 7/2 while further down the market, while Milton Harris’ 9/2 Magic River returns with Kevin Jones on board, the pair having placed at Fontwell last month.
Finally for the afternoon, Lingfield’s polytrack has seven races between 13:35 and 17:05, while in the evening, there’s fibresand action from Southwell with another septet from 17:15 to 20:15.
Dundalk provides Friday’s Irish action, with eight races between 17:00 and 20:30. Both contests at those times carry the extra place offer, as do the 18:30 and 19:30.
The closer sees 7/2 Stop On Red look to make it two in a row after being a winner here a fortnight ago over a slightly shorter seven-furlong trip, while Ablah and serial placer Red Contender are 5/1 and 15/2 respectively to for the victory.