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Rainy Redcar looks like being a test today

TESTING conditions will be encountered by the runners at Redcar this afternoon after the meeting was given the go ahead following an inspection at 7.30am.

A further millimetre of rain fell overnight, leaving the ground as heavy for the eight-race card scheduled to get underway at 12.40pm.

There is also racing in Britain at Bangor over jumps and Leicester on the Flat but it is slightly further a field, in Ireland and France, where the day's best racing takes place.

Both Galway and Naas race today with a small but select field set to line up in the latter in the Grade 3 novice chase over 2m won by the likes of Captain Cee Bee and Tranquil Sea in recent seasons.   

Hidden Cyclone, a two times Grade 2 winner over hurdles, looks set to go off favourite as he attempts to make it two from three over fences.

Trainer Shark Hanlon was not exactly bursting with confidence though. He said: "If he comes home safe we'll be happy. This trip is probably too short for him now and we haven't over-schooled him in the build up. Due to that, I'm delighted it's a small field as that will give him a chance to jump."

Tom Queally travels to Saint-Cloud to take the ride on Andromeda Galaxy for Sir Henry Cecil in the Group 3 Prix de Flore. Also among the fillies and mares facing the starter at the Paris venue are  Midnight Soprano, who bids to add to her Listed Curragh success for Paul Deegan, as well as Arc fourth Haya Landa.

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