The bet365 Charlie Hall meeting at Wetherby signifies the start of the National Hunt racing season.
The two-day meeting offers a feast of high-quality action, headlined by the £100,000 Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase.
This race has been won by some top class chasers in the past including Wayward Lad, One Man, See More Business and Silviniaco Conti.
Eleven horses were declared for the race and a small but star-studded field looks set to face the starter.
This year’s renewal could feature the Grand National winner, Many Clouds.
Oliver Sherwood’s stable star loves good going and this looks an ideal race to kick off his season.
The history of the race is littered with dual winners and I fancy last year’s winner, Menorah to double up.
A lot of his rivals will have bigger fish to fry later in the season whilst Menorah will have been targeted at this race. Cue Card is nominated as his biggest danger.
Menorah is ten years old and I fancy another old-timer to win the feature hurdle, The West Yorkshire Hurdle.
Rock On Ruby won the Champion Hurdle in 2012 and has since run creditably over longer distances without hitting the top.
This race looks an ideal starting point for his season. The race-fit Cesarewitch winner, Grumeti, could cause most trouble but he has been disappointing when facing a set of hurdles.
Neil King has a good hurdler in his stable called Zeroeshadesofgrey and he is set to make his chasing debut at Wetherby.
He has reportedly schooled well over the big fences and it will be interesting to see how he gets on at Wetherby.
There is also a Listed Mares race on Saturday’s superb card and this can fall to Ma Filleule.
Local hopes rest with the Karl Burke trained Intense Tango but Ma Filleule is a class act who has been second at the last two Cheltenham Festivals.
Wetherby also stage two Listed races on Friday. Malcolm Jefferson’s Firth of Clyde boasts two course wins and should run well in the Listed Chase.
The Lampo Genie just got touched off by a nose by Our Thomas at Wetherby’s opening fixture. The pair could re-oppose with preference being for Karl Burke’s The Lampo Genie to gain his revenge in the Listed hurdle.