The jumps are back with a brilliant card at Chepstow this Saturday, while the flat continues to roll on with action from Newmarket’s Future Champions Day.
That means there’s plenty to get excited about in our horse racing tips for both of the big fixtures, but we don’t like to stop there.
We’ve taken a look through the latest edition of the Racing Post Weekender and picked out four fancies and put them into a juicy 2,755/1 acca.
A few of these also have the option of running in the later Autumn Stakes but Alan King’s Tritonic is one to seriously consider no matter what else turns up.
He was bought as a potential juvenile hurdler but has looked a cut above that level, finishing a close fourth on his debut before two victories.
He stayed on strongly to win a traditionally strong Newbury conditions race over a mile last time out and should enjoy this even stiffer test of stamina.
Tim Easterby often targets this with one of his better juveniles and Lampang fits the bill.
The son of Dandy Man did well to overcome obvious signs of inexperience on his debut and followed up in devasting style at Ripon last month, coming home five lengths clear even though David Allan let him cruise through the final few strides.
His trainer was very complimentary after that success and he should prove a cut above this grade in time.
Mark Johnston bids for a fourth win in the Emirates Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday and, of his interesting three-year-olds, Themaxwecan makes plenty of appeal for the Middleham trainer.
As is typical with a Johnston horse, Themaxwecan has improved for being stepped up in distance this season and is now two out of two over two miles having won at Goodwood last month.
The form is solid, with Platitude being a reliable, useful yardstick, and the winner holds likeable follow-up claims under a four-pound penalty.
Greaneteen has always been held in some regard at Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat yard but had met with setbacks before an encouraging sixth in what turned out to be a decent Sandown novice last December won by I Can’t Explain.
The French import had clearly benefited from that outing as he readily accounted for the smart Caribert in January before a workmanlike display under a penalty saw him follow up at Fontwell later that month.
The five-year-old picked up a minor injury after that win and was forced to sit out the rest of the season, but that might prove to be a positive with a view to the future and he is reported to be back in good heart at home, with connections holding high hopes for him this winter granted a clear run.
Although his future lies over fences, the Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday is an ideal starting point.