Last hurrah for flat as jumping starts taking centre stage

The November Handicap at Doncaster marks the end of Britain's turf flat season

Will Reilly provides the detail on this week’s key racing in Ireland and Britain

The November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday signals the traditional end to the turf season in Britain, but some key jumping meetings in Britain and Ireland show that the National Hunt season is getting into swing.

This week’s racing in Ireland (Wednesday to Sunday):

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Wednesday November 7th

Dundalk (first race, 6:30pm; 6pm if a race divides) – It is Dundalk Institute Of Technology Students Union Night at the track. Dundalk will also race on Friday night – see below.

Thursday November 8th

Thurles (12:45pm) – The card includes two €16,000 races – a 2m2f handicap hurdle (1:20pm) and a 2m4f mares’ handicap hurdle (2:30pm).

Friday November 9th

Dundalk (6pm; earlier if a race divides)

  • The feature race is a €25,000 mile handicap (8pm)

Saturday November 10th

Naas (midday) – The main races are:

  • €32,500 Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle (12:30pm, 2 miles)
  • €50,000 Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle (Grade B, 1:40pm, 2m4f)
  • €32,500 Grade 3 Poplar Square ‘Chase (2:15pm, 2 miles)

Sunday November 11th

Navan (12:35pm) – The main races are:

  • €32,500 Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle (1:05pm, 2 miles)
  • €42,500 Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle (1:35pm, 2m4f)
  • €45,000 Grade 2 Fortria Chase (2:10pm, 2 miles)

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This week’s main races in Britain (Wednesday to Sunday)

Wednesday November 7th

Nottingham (12:35pm) – The feature race is the £25,000 Lady Cecil Handicap (2:15pm. 3yo+, 5f)

They also race at Musselburgh (12:45pm, jumps), Chepstow (12:55pm, jumps), Newcastle (4pm, flat) and Chelmsford (5:20pm, flat)

Thursday November 8th

Newbury (12:40pm) – The feature race is a £20,000 mares’ novices’ hurdle (2:25pm, 2 miles)

Market Rasen (12:55pm) – The feature race is a £30,000 Listed Chase for mares (2:05pm, 3 miles)

Chelmsford (5:45pm) – The feature race is a £19,000 ten-furlong handicap (7:15pm)

They also race at Sedgefield (1:05pm)

Friday November 9th

Warwick (12:50pm) – The main race is a £16,050 novices’ chase (2pm, 2 miles), in which Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up and Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle winner, Kalashnikov, and Gordon Elliott’s Cubomania could run

They also race at Hexham (1:05pm, jumps), Fontwell Park (1:15pm, jumps) and Newcastle (5:45pm, flat)

Saturday November 10th

Doncaster (12:20pm, with the main action being covered by ITV). The main races are:

  • £70,000 Betfred November Handicap (3:15pm, 12 furlongs, the last major handicap of the British flat season)
  • £40,000 Gillies’ Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race, 1:30pm, 10f43y, 3yo+)
  • £40,000 Wentworth Stakes (Listed Race, 2:05pm, 6f, 3yo+)
  • £20,000 Jack Berry House Handicap (2:45pm, 3yo+, 7f)

Aintree (12:25pm). The main races are:

  • £80,000 Rewards4Racing Handicap Chase (2:40pm, 2m4f)
  • £45,000 British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Hurdle (2:10pm, 2m4f)
  • £26,400 Racing UK Handicap Chase (3:20pm, 2 miles)
  • £20,000 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Series Qualifier (1:35pm)

Wincanton (12:40pm, with the main action being covered by ITV). The main races are:

  • £60,000 Grade 2 Elite Hurdle (3pm, 2 miles)
  • £60,000 Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed Race, 3m1f, 3:35pm)
  • £32,000 Grade 2 Rising Star Novices’ Chase )2:25pm, 2m4f)
  • a £25,000 mares’ handicap hurdle (1:50pm, 2m5.5f)

Chelmsford (4:30pm, flat)

  • The feature race is a £50,000 14-furlong handicap at 6pm

NB The jump meeting at Kelso on Saturday begins at 11:40am

Sunday November 11th

Sandown Park (12:45pm) – The main races are:

  • £30,000 Future Stars Intermediate Chase (Listed Race, 2:20pm)
  • a £21,118 handicap hurdle (2:55pm, 2 miles)
  • a £30,000 Veterans’ Chase Series Qualifier (3:25pm, 3 miles)

Ffos Las (12:55pm) – The feature race is a £16,200 handicap hurdle at 3:05pm (3 miles)

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