Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival comes here on Day Two. A dose of added glamour in the stands to add to the high-class action on the track only enhances the spectacle for racegoers on the day. Overall, we think the Irish gents in attendance may have more reason than most to smile, as this looks a strong day for the raiders.

The long wait is over. If there’s one thing which allows March to lay claim to be the most magnificent month of all, then it is surely the four days of horse racing heaven that is the Cheltenham Festival. Champion Day kicks things off as ever as the masses descend on Prestbury Park once again this coming Tuesday.

We have quality National Hunt cards on offer up and down the country this coming Saturday, with this seven race offering from Ascot in addition to the big National Trial at Haydock. It is late Cheltenham clues which are the order of the day in Berkshire though, particularly in the Grade 1 headline event.

Whilst many racing fans will have already started their Cheltenham countdown – only 32 days to go! – it mustn’t be forgotten that we have plenty of quality racing action on offer in the interim. A prime example comes at Newbury this coming Saturday as the track hosts its, not to be missed, Super Saturday card.

Fans of high class jumps racing are certainly spoilt this weekend, as the quality action rolls on into Sunday with Day 2 of the new Dublin Racing Festival. Much like Day 1, this looks set to be a real cracker with some top class runner competing.

There’s a new kid on the block this season when it comes to racing festivals, with this cracking offering from Leopardstown. Bringing together the Irish Champion Hurdle and Irish Gold Cup cards in a two-day National Hunt extravaganza makes for an excellent spectacle and is a welcome addition to the calendar.

We have had already had an abundance of clues as to who may ultimately prove successful in the seasonal highlight of the Cheltenham Festival in March, but we are set for more this coming Saturday as its trials day at Prestbury Park.

The jumps season has certainly found its stride now and there is no sign of the pace slacking off this coming weekend. Haydock has its own attractions – with a couple of Cheltenham Trials being of particular interest – but the best card of the day comes here at Ascot.

Wales belatedly joins in the festive racing fun on Saturday with its major betting contest of the year: the Welsh Grand National. Rescheduled from the 27th December due to inclement weather, many of the initial entries nevertheless still look set to line up. Expect a big field, big jumping and hopefully a big result as we fancy one at tasty odds this year.

Leopardstown’s cracking four-day Christmas Festival comes to a thrilling conclusion this coming Friday with a seven-race card featuring two top class Grade 1 contests. The pick of the duo is this two-mile event for the hurdlers. Won three times by the all-time great, Hurricane Fly, the market is headed this year by another Willie Mullins runner who is well on the way to cementing his place in racing legend, Faugheen.