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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

A top day of action in Ireland plus the latest from all the courses

It is Clonmel's big race day of the year
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On Thursday we look to Ireland for the best racing with the Clonmel Oil Chase (2.20) bringing together six smart chasers from three yards and as many owners. Champagne West is the only one of the field reappearing and he still has to prove to what extent we can believe his stunning Thyestes win in January.

There is also a Listed mares' novice chase at 2.50 which contains a filly. Morning favourite Dinaria Des Obeaux is getting up to 21lb from her rivals.

In Britain, the action is more modest, but Taunton and Ludlow both keep up their reputations for providing well-stocked middle-tier fare with a seven and six-race card respectively.

It is also a plentiful day for followers of the all-weather, who have 15 races to sink their teeth into between Southwell in the afternoon and Chelmsford in the evening.

Going report

Southwell first race 12.40


Clonmel 12.50

Soft to heavy

Taunton 1.05

Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 5.8)

Changes to race distances:
Race 1, 3, 5 & 7: +54 yards
Race 2: +84 yards
Race 4 & 6: +204 yards

Ludlow 1.25

Chase: good
Hurdles: good, good to soft in places (GoingStick 6.8)

Changes to race distances:
Race 1 & 6: +57 yards
Race 2: +82 yards
Race 3 & 4: +99 yards
Race 5: +92 yards

Chelmsford - 5.25


Market movers

3.00 Ludlow: Mullaghmurphy Blue into 7-4 (from 2)

3.30 Ludlow: Petite Power into 3-1 (from 4)

5.25 Chelmsford: Hic Bibi into 13-8 (from 2)

What to back

It only takes ten seconds. . .

What to read

Our Big Read with Kieren Fallon is now free to all. . .

Catch up on this classic Peter Thomas interview with Henrietta Knight and Terry Biddlecombe.

What to watch

See the video that accompanied Enable being announced as Cartier horse of the year on Tuesday evening.

The best of Racing Post Sport

The group stages of the ATP Finals are reaching a climax. Adrian Humphries gives his thoughts on who might progress from the Boris Becker group.

In golf, the RSM Classic gets under way in the US on Thursday and Steve Palmer provides the bets.

Final thought 

Willie Mullins is the man to watch now that Altior is out of the Tingle Creek. He has plenty of two-milers to keep apart and, if not a good chance, then certainly a better one of picking up a Grade 1 with whatever he sends to Sandown.

Read The Briefing from 8.30am daily on with all the day's latest going, weather, market moves and non-runner news

Champagne West still has to prove to what extent we can believe his stunning Thyestes win in January
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