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.
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has returned home to a hero's welcome - just hours after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old triumphed in the world-famous race on Saturday but was airlifted to hospital the following day after falling from another horse at Hexham.
The jockey was in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for two nights but was released and travelled to his home town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders for a homecoming parade.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to congratulate him as he toured the town centre on the back of a 4x4 truck before speaking on a stage in front of the Auld Mill pub.
Mania said the last few days had been "crazy" and that he was overwhelmed by the turnout in his home town.
Grand National winner Ryan Mania has spoken exclusively to ITV News Border after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old has returned home to Galashiels to celebrate his weekend win and his ongoing recovery.
Watch the full interview and report below.
After being discharged from hospital Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania said he was, "feeling a bit tired and a bit sore, but other than that I'm doing OK. Nothing serious."
He also described what he could remember from his fall in the Hexham on Sunday:
Asked if he should have been riding so soon after his National win Mania said: "it's my job to ride"
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has finally left hospital.
He told us he'd fractured a vertebrae in his neck and has not been told when he can ride again.