Horse Racing at Doncaster by Simon Mapletoft

The Cheltenham Festival will be in the spotlight on Grimthorpe Chase day at Doncaster on Saturday.

The traditional three-and-a-quarter-mile showpiece is the highlight of a high quality National Hunt card.

Racegoers looking for Festival pointers will also be invited to stay behind after racing to see top trainer Ferdy Murphy put his leading Cheltenham contenders through their paces in a schooling session.

Murphy will take his place on an all-star panel at Doncaster’s own Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening in the main grandstand immediately after racing.

The evening, which is free for all racegoers with a ticket for Saturday’s fixture, will also feature Gold Cup-winning jockeys Mick Fitzgerald and Andrew Thornton and Coral’s Simon Clare.

Among the entries for the Win More With Green Tick Grimthorpe Chase (3.50) are Donald McCain’s leading John Smith’s Grand National contender Ballabriggs, Cheltenham Festival winner Chief Dan George and the Paul Nicholls pair Meanus Dandy and The Tother One.

The Green Tick For Better Odds At Novices’ Hurdle (3.15) may see the re-appearance of the Nicholls-trained Vertige Dore - winner of a Bangor novice hurdle before failing to justify a short price in a Kempton bumper in December.

The seven-race card at Doncaster on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 2.10pm - the start time for another seven-race fixture at Town Moor on Friday.