Newcastle Racecourse is preparing to stage one of its flagship events this weekend - the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
Last year's winner, Irving, is back to defend his title but Wicklow Brave, ridden by Champion Hurdle 2015 winner Ruby Walsh, is the current race favourite with bookmakers.
Thousands of people will be heading to Gosforth, Newastle, as the highlight of the North East racing calendar, the Northumberland Plate, starts today.
The Northumberland Plate Festival takes place today, Friday and Saturday and is expected to draw more than 30,000 people to Newcastle Racecourse.
The three day festival culminates with the biggest day of all on the Saturday afternoon when the John Smith's Northumberland Plate is run.
Historically known as the "Pitmen's Derby", this race first ran in 1833 and is as popular today as it was back then.
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Graham Wylie, who owns Close House in Northumberland, has several horses running at the festival including last year's Gold Cup runner-up, On His Own.
On His Own finished second behind Lord Windermere in last year's race. He and another of Wylie's horses, Boston Bob, are entered in tomorrow's Gold Cup.
Tomorrow's Eider Chase at Newcastle could be a 'wide open race', according to the Clerk of the Course.
The Eider Chase is a 4m 1f race which is dubbed as a warm-up event for the Grand National at Aintree. Comply or Die won the event in 2008 before going on to win the National that same year.
James Armstrong, Clerk of the Course at Newcastle, says it's a strong field for the race.
Newcastle Racecourse is expecting a 'strong card' for this weekend's Fighting Fifth.
The event, a Grade I National Hunt Hurdle Race, is one of the venue's showpiece meetings and the highlight of the jumps season at Newcastle. Many past winners have also gone on to taste success in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham the following year.
James Armstrong, the clerk of the course, is expecting a competitive line-up for Saturday's race. He said:
When asked which horse he believes will win the race, Armstrong added:
The Fighting Fifth takes place at 2:05pm on Saturday 29 November and the going is currently soft.
Tominator has won his second John Smith's Northumberland Plate after coming out on top in a close finish at Newcastle Racecourse.
The six-year-old, ridden by Graham Lee, won Newcastle's trademark event two years ago. He becomes the first horse to win the race twice in over 35 years.
Thousands of people flocked to see Madness perform at Newcastle Racecourse last night.
The ska band - famous for their hits Our House and House of Fun - appeared after racing finished on the second day of the Northumberland Plate Festival.
The band Madness help get a weekend of horse racing underway in Newcastle on Friday evening.
Fans sand along to classics such as Our House at Newcastle Racecourse
The Northumberland Plate takes place on Saturday.
The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania returned to a parade around the streets of his home town of Galashiels last night.
The 23-year-old has had a week of ups and downs after a fall just one day after his big win, but he is now out of hospital and resting.
Jenny Longden was there on a night to remember - you can watch her full report below.