Set to close the jumps with a Grimthorpe thriller

National thrills: And Doncaster's Grimthorpe Chase is considered a trial for Aintree's big race
National thrills: And Doncaster's Grimthorpe Chase is considered a trial for Aintree's big race
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we’re gearing up for the last of our National Hunt fixtures this season at Town Moor, the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase.

Considered to be a Grand National Trial, the Chase is set to be a thrilling encounter and a great showcase for entries looking to come into form ahead of the Aintree classic.

Conditions are looking good, and there is a great line up ready to run – it should be a good opportunity for trainers to mark their intent and show the form of their horses ahead of April’s flagship racing day.

The Grimethorpe Chase will be televised on Channel 4 tomorrow - along with another of our handicap races, the Class Two Handicap Hurdle, over an extended three miles - and will be watched with interest as we approach the pinnacle jumps events, Cheltenham and the National.

Our first race of the two-day Grimthorpe Chase meeting is 2pm on Friday (March 2), with the last of seven races getting away at 5:20pm. And it’s another packed day on Saturday with a 2:20pm start and 5:10pm finish. It should be a fantastic event, after which we can firmly focus our sights on the Cheltenham Festival. And following Saturday’s race-day we will be getting set for the fixture by holding our annual Cheltenham preview event.

If you’re looking for pointers and horses to follow at Cheltenham, an expert panel including trainer Ferdy Murphy, former jockey and now TV pundit Mick Fitzgerald, and former jockey and now racing pundit Niall Hannity, will be at Doncaster Racecourse, ready to give their advice and opinions on the leading picks for National Hunt racing’s showcase event.

With some well-fancied horses ruled-out, this year’s Cheltenham looks set to be an intriguing classic, and we’ll be watching developments closely for more news on this year’s runners and riders.

As the jumps season comes to an end, we’ve already got one eye on the start of the summer flat racing season, with our Lincoln meeting, kicking off on March 31. But before all of that, the close of the jumps season looks set to offer another thrilling few weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing which rider and trainer will come out on top.

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