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Three National Hunt races you have to watch this weekend

Another action-packed two days of racing lies ahead for jumps fans

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Atholl Street and Harry Cobden winning at Taunton Racecourse

A cracking two days of action is in store for the National Hunt following, with this being realistically the final weekend to dig up some more clues ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

With several Graded contests taking place across both sides of the Irish Sea, there are some contests that can’t be missed.

Here are four races that you have to tune into this weekend.

Adonis Juvenile Hurdle – 2.25 Kempton, Saturday

Arguably Britain’s best contender in the upcoming Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Tritonic makes his final appearance before heading to Prestbury Park in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle.

The ex-flat runner made a promising debut over the smaller obstacles, pulling out al the stops to see off Casa Loupi by a length, who also features in this contest.

Paso Doble makes his maiden start over hurdles for Paul Nichols, while French runner Margaret’s Legacy will be hoping to make it three wins in three starts over timber for Hugo Merienne.

A race that could hold plenty of clues for Friday’s opening contest at the Festival.

Bobbyjo Chase – 2.52 Fairyhouse, Saturday

A five-runner affair heads the card at Fairyhouse, with Burrows Saint spearheading Willie Mullins’ charge for a 11th victory in the contest.

The eight-year-old will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways to revive his Gold Cup and Grand National aims.

Anibale Fly has placed in two Cheltenham Gold Cup’s previously

Acapella Bourgeois joins his stablemate with similar circumstances, after two average performances so far this season.

2019 Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly make his long-awaited seasonal appearance, while Phillip Dempsey’s The Long Mile and Noel Meade’s Tout Est Permis complete a line-up.

An interesting clash to say the least.

Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle – 3.00 Kempton, Saturday

An interesting renewal of the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle sees several Cheltenham Festival entrants make their final preparation run.

Paul Nicholls’ Atholl Street heads the betting, after landing two victories at Taunton late last year.

The six-year-old faces some serious competition in the unbeaten Calcico and the promising Cape Gentleman.

In-form trainer Fergal O’Brien sends Lunar Sovereign on the back of his two successes, while Donald McCain’s Mackenberg returns to hurdles after winning a Jumpers’ Bumper earlier in the month.

A race that could well kick up some pointers for the Novice Hurdle events at the Festival.

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