The going is good to soft as the runners and riders go through some last-minute preparations for day one of the Cheltenham festival, writes Stephen Barry.
The Champion Hurdle tops the bill as 12 contenders vie to take the crown in the absence of recent champions Annie Power and Faugheen.
Irish Examiner columnist Ruby Walsh will be hoping, rather than expecting, that Footpad can prove an able deputy at long odds and deliver a third title in a row for the Walsh-Willie Mullins combination.
Tommy Lyons of the Irish Examiner, like Walsh, is convinced that Yanworth could be the beneficiary in a wide-open field, for trainer Alan King and jockey Mark Walsh.
Check out Lyons’ tips for all today’s races…
Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
Best bet: Melon
Worth a look: Crack Mome
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase
Best bet: Altior
Worth a look: Royal Caviar
Ultima Handicap Chase
Best bet: Un Temps Pour Tout
Worth a look: The Druids Nephew
Stan James Champion Hurdle
Best bet: Yanworth (nap)
Worth a look: Buveur D’Air
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Best bet: Limini
Worth a look: Vroum Vroum Mag
JT McNamara National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase)
Best bet: Edwulf (nb)
Worth a look: A Genie In Abottle
Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase
Best bet: Tully East
Worth a look: Powersbomb