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Five National Hunt races you must watch this weekend

A cracking two days of jumps racing across Britain lies in wait for punters

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Cyrname and Harry Cobden win at Ascot Racecourse in January 2019

With the poor weather thankfully holding off, racing fans have been rewarded with seven jumps meetings across Great Britain and Ireland in an action-packed National Hunt racing weekend.

With a huge amount of eye-catching fixtures across the cards, we have picked out five races that you just simply cannot miss.

Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase – 1.50 Ascot, Saturday

Several Festival-bound runners make their final preparation run in the first of two Graded contests at Ascot.

Severano, who holds an entry in the Festival Plate Novices’ Chase, has made a comfortable transition to the larger obstacles, landing two wins in his three starts over fences.

Gary Moore’s Full Back and David Pipe’s Remastered both make their maiden start in Graded company, while Demachine has show bags of potential in his three chase starts for Kerry Lee.

December Novices’ Chase winner Hurricane Harvey and Philip Hobbs’ Kalooki complete the field in what is a up in the air affair in Berkshire.

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase – 2.40 Haydock, Saturday

The prelude to the world’s biggest race, the Grand National Trial could well hold some clues to the big event in April.

Market favourite Notachance will be looking to make it three wins in three runs this season, who landed the Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick.

The Two Amigos, who came third behind Alan King’s runner at Bangor in November, will be looking to follow up his strong second in the Welsh Grand National and go one further here at Haydock.

Last season’s National Hunt Chase runner-up Lord Du Mesnil and The Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase wiiner Ramses De Teillee also feature.

An wide-open contest awaits at Haydock.

Kingwell Hurdle – 3.18 Wincanton, Saturday

Could we see the return to winning ways for Goshen?

The five-year-old stunned punters when unseated his rider over the final obstacle when 10 lengths clear in last year’s Triumph Hurdle.

Gary Moore’s gelding will be aiming to bounce back after a bitterly disappointing performance in the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

He finished 29 lengths behind Tom Symonds’ Song For Someone that day, who is seeking back-to-back successes in this contest and his fourth straight Graded victory.

Song For Someone has won his last three starts, including this race at Kempton Park last year and the International Hurdle at Cheltenham

Navajo Pass impressively made all against Buveur D’Air and Ballyandy in the New One Hurdle at Haydock last month, which makes Donald McCain’s five-year-old an interesting contender.

A race that could well kick up some further clues for the Festival.

Ascot Chase – 3.35 Ascot, Saturday

Cyrname returns to the race that he suffered a horrific fall in last season, with the aim of landing a second victory in the contest.

The Grade 1 winner was pulled up on his last outing in the King George, with his trainer Paul Nicholls unable to offer an explanation on why he was so poor.

He faces improving stablemate Master Tommytucker, who took his first Graded honours in the form of the Silviniaco Conti Chase last month.

Dan Skelton’s Benny’s King carries some interesting Ascot form into the contest, winning one and finishing second twice in his three starts in Berkshire.

Progressing sort Drashel Dasher and last season’s winner Riders Onthe Storm complete the field of five.

Denman Chase – 2.25 Newbury, Sunday

Sunday sees the rearranged Denman Chase at Newbury, with Clan Des Obeaux looking to land his second victory in the contest in three years.

Paul Nicholls is confident that his dual Grade 1 winner can bounce back to winnings ways, after placing in both the Betfair Chase and the King George.

Colin Tizzard will be hoping Lostintranslation’s wind operation could reignite his season, after two poor runs so far this term.

Secret Investor makes his first appearance in top Grade company, while last season’s Ultima Handicap Chase winner The Conditional will test his Cheltenham chances in this contest for David Bridgwater.

An interesting contest that could hold a future Gold Cup winner.