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Today on Sky Sports Racing: Worcester hosts Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Final with Pop The Champagne

Worcester hosts the Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Final on Friday, while there’s evening flat action from Newcastle, all live on Sky Sports Racing.

3.40 Worcester – Give Me A Moment and Present and counting clash

With £38,000 offered to the winner of the Download the Vickers.Bet Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Final Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (3.40) appit’s no surprise to see a competitive field of 13 lining up for the two and a half mile feature.

Fergal O’Brien leads the jump coaches championship after another busy summer with Pop Le Champagne among the stars of his early-season campaign with four straight wins between June and August, including at this track. Kielan Woods comes in for the ride.

Top jump jockey and defending champion Brian Hughes joins forces in search of a hat trick Presentandcount of Donald McCain’s team, while that of Richard Bandey Give me a moment is also trying to pull off three straight wins over hurdles.

A total of nine of the 13 runners won last time out, including Harry Fry’s course and distance winner Saint Jean.

Top weight Light Strike N made a winning comeback over the smaller obstacles at this track last month and could be dangerous over a mark of 130.

Give me a moment in a winning action at Catterick

1.20 Worcester – Twig and Found On are among four

After taking three runs to find her feet on the fences, Martin Keighley’s helpful mare found on picked up three straight wins between March and May and returns to the track with three to beat in the Bob Love King Of The Dirt Novices’ Chase (1.20).

Coach Ben Pauling is operating at over 30% strike rate so far this season and hopes to add to his tally with the two-time Hunter Chase winner Twig – one of those two victories over the biggest hurdle came on this course and this distance.

Twig’s jumping experience could prove key against exciting newbie Goodbyefor Team Jonjo O’Neill, a 130-rated hurdle runner at his peak last year when he finished second in the Grade Three Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle at Ascot.

Charlotte Fuller scandiburg is another useful guy returning to the hunt after a failed switch two years ago for former coach Olly Murphy.

Found On clears a fence at Market Rasen with Sean Bowen on board
Found On clears a fence at Market Rasen with Sean Bowen on board

6.15 Newcastle – Stand Strong and King Me Contest, Precious Maiden

There is an extremely valuable £27,000 up for grabs for the winner of the British Stallions EBF Maiden Stakes (6.15) in Newcastle, where a potential star of the future could be seen.

Saeed bin Suroor leads Cracksman’s colt Stay stronghoping to build on a promising third place behind Group 2 winner Marbaan at Salisbury in July.

Mark and Charlie Johnston rode two in the race, including runner-up Haydock king methe first form of which is already working with the third – Lion Kingdom – coming out and winning at Wolverhampton last week and the fourth – Tellateller – working well at Epsom next time.

At Jane Chapple-Hyam Blanchland passes a mile for the first time after narrowly descending on the USS Constitution at Ascot earlier this month.

Qatar Racing includes colt trained by John and Thady Gosden Maasai Marawho seems to be another promising type by the unfortunate stallion Roaring Lion.

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Watch all the Worcester and Newcastle races live on Sky Sports Racing on Friday 23rd September.

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