STRONG entries from stables across the UK will be at Musselburgh Racecourse this weekend for the bet365 Scottish Cheltenham Trials Festival.

More than £240,000 prize money is on offer over the two days, with the £40,000 bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase the feature race on Saturday, going at 3.15pm.

Top trainers represented include Nigel Twiston-Davies with Ballymalin, Gordon Elliott with Charmix, Warren Greatrex with Missed Approach, Paul Nicholls with Southfield Theatre and Silsol, while Victor Dartnall travels with Dancing Shadow bidding to land the Musselburgh marathon for the second year running.

In the £30,000 bet365 Scottish County Hurdle, Jim Goldie has the likely favourite in Sir Chauvelin, the winner of the Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle on New Year’s Day. Tandem would be a rare Musselburgh runner for top Irish trainer Dermot Weld, while recent Catterick scorer Crackdeloust represents Brian Ellison, who won the big race at Cheltenham on Saturday with live Gold Cup hope Definitly Red.

The bet365 Scottish Future Champions Novices’ Steeple Chase is another race that catches the eye, with royal trainer Charlie Longsdon returning with Forth Bridge, the winner of last year’s bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial, while Paul Nicholls puts up Tommy Silver, winner of that race in 2016.

In the bet365 Scottish Foxhunter Open Hunters’ Chase (4.20pm) Wonderful Charm, trained by Paul Nicholls, will hope to win the race he triumphed in 12 months ago.

On Sunday, twice winner Nicky Henderson will run either Stylee De Garde or We Have A Dream in the bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial.

Unbeaten Beyond The Clouds is among the entries for the SkyBet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices’ Hurdle (2pm), while Nicky Henderson’s Claimantakingforgan is also two from two over hurdles and is an intended runner.

Bill Farnsworth, Musselburgh Racecourse chief executive, said: “The quality and quantity of entries over both days of our bet365 Scottish Cheltenham Trials Festival is outstanding and racing fans are in for a real treat.”