Those attending the Saturday of the Showcase meeting at Cheltenham will get some interesting opportunities as Paul Nicholls will be on hand in the Arkle Bookshop to sign copies of his recently-published autobiography Lucky Break. Racegoers will also have the opportunity to learn how a horse is saddled, how a fence is built or what horses get up to in their retirement. There will also be the chance to visit the weighing room and the commentary box, meet some of the jockeys, venture inside the parade ring or even present a trophy.
On the racing front Saturdays fantastic seven-race card features the 50,000 zeturf.com Handicap Chase (3.15pm) over an extended two and a half miles, which has attracted a quality field of 13 declared runners. The Nicholls-trained Poquelin heads the weights on 11st 12lb, while Tim Vaughan is set to saddle the promising seven-year-old War Of The World.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Private Be was fourth to Ouzbeck in this race 12 months ago, while recent Perth winner Mhilu represents Ireland and Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott.
The action commences at 2.05pm when five classy four-year-olds line up for the 50,000 sportingbet.com Hurdle over an extended two miles. The field is headed by Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle fourth Starluck.
The 20,000 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Novices Chase (3.50pm) over an extended three miles has seven horses declared, while 14 have been declared for the competitive 20,000 Showcase Handicap Hurdle (4.25pm) over two miles and five furlongs.
A select field of four is set to go to post for the 12,000 Christmas Party Night At Cheltenham Novices Chase (5pm). The Charlie Mann-trained Red Admiral and the highly-rated Kangaroo Court from the Emma Lavelle yard are both seeking to complete a three-timer, although two of the latters victories came over hurdles.
The concluding 6,000 Arthur Bellamy 80th Birthday Celebration Open NH Flat Race (5.35pm) has 12 declared runners, headed by the Lawney Hill-trained Fiveways, unbeaten in two starts.