The wait is over for many as the National Hunt season is well and truly back and in full swing. The Grade 1 Champion Chase is one of the first major events of the season and there are eight horses expected to compete for the title at Down Royal.

It may be the day before Bonfire Night, but racing fans looking for an early fix of firework action should be sure to tune in to Saturday evening’s Breeders’ Cup meeting from Del Mar. They certainly know how to put on a show in the US, and with a number of familiar names from the British and Irish racing scene making the trip over to lock horns with the best of the home based runners, this is one meeting not to be missed.

South Yorkshire is the venue for this week’s racing highlight as Doncaster plays host to the 2017 edition of the Racing Post Trophy. Always a cracker, the race has a little added spice this year as it represents Aidan O’Brien’s latest chance to claim a record setting 26th Group 1 victory of the season.

The British flat racing season may not actually end this weekend, but Saturday’s card at Ascot sees the last real big showcase meeting of the year take place at the Berkshire venue. Six races, four of which are Group 1 affairs makes for an afternoon of excellence simply not to be missed.

Leg two of the Autumn double is up this weekend as Newmarket plays host to the 2017 edition of the marathon contest that is the Cesarewitch Handicap. Invariably a thriller, this year’s renewal looks well up to scratch. Here we take a look at the main contenders and pick out our best bet in the race.

Newmarket’s excellent Future Champions Festival culminates this weekend, with Saturday’s seven race card providing plenty to whet the appetites of racing fans. The Cambridgeshire Handicap will attract the highest betting turnover, but in terms of sheer class, it is this Group 1 7f event which takes centre stage.

Newmarket’s sole Group 1 contest on Friday is a competitive looking Fillies’ Mile. Only two-year-old fillies are eligible and from the 12 declared it’s Happily who narrowly heads the betting with several strong contenders close behind.

We have plenty of quality Group races on offer this coming weekend, but if big field handicapping action is more your flavour then Ascot is the place to be. The 2017 edition of the Heritage Handicap that is the Challenge Cup looks as intriguing a puzzle as ever, and here we take our best shot at solving the riddle.

There is no shortage of excellent action for racing fans to get stuck into this coming weekend, with two of this country’s finest tracks in Newmarket and Ascot each hosting excellent cards. The pick of the three Group class events on offer is this Group 1 affair for the top tier fillies and mares over a distance of a mile.

The wait for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, or rather, the Arc, is almost over. This incredible spectacle is the one many racing fans look forward to the most, little surprise as it's regarded as the best middle distance race in the world. It also stands as the richest turf race too with a purse of an incredible €5,000,000.