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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

All the key information in one place on a day of star-studded action

Samcro: star of day two
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The Dublin Racing Festival kicked off with championship-level performances by Min and Footpad, and a win for Supasundae over Faugheen.

Day two is unlikely to disappoint either as it features four Grade 1 races, the highlight of which is the Unibet Irish Gold Cup (3.35).

Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power, who masterminded Supasundae's win, have the chance of a big-race double with Our Duke in the race Sizing John captured 12 months ago.

But the star of the day could be Samcro, the exciting novice hurdler who bids for his third win over jumps in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle (1.50). Espoir D'Allen has a chance to underline his credentials as Ireland's leading Triumph Hurdle hope in the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (1.15), where Gordon Elliott's Mitchouka is a non-runner, reducing the field to five.

There is quality on show in Britain too where the second day of the Musselburgh meeting has drawn a strong response from Nicky Henderson.

He has sent We Have A Dream, Claimantakinforgan and Mr Whipped north of the border in search of ground conditions on which he hopes they can enhance their own Cheltenham Festival claims.

Taunton is the other jumps meeting.

Going report

Leopardstown (first race at: 12.40)
Soft, yielding in places on Chase course

Musselburgh (12.50)
Soft (GoingStick: 5.6 at 6.30am on Sunday)

Taunton (1.05)
Soft (GoingStick 4.7 at 6am on Sunday)

Market movers

12.50 Musselburgh
Celtic Flames 9-1 (from 11)

4.30 Taunton
The Mistress 15-2 (from 8)

What to back

There is a wealth of top action for a Sunday but perhaps the most open race on Sunday's Leopardstown card is the Irish Gold Cup.

Certainly Pricewise believes there is a chance of an upset as he looks for value in this pivotal prize. 

And Thom, David and Gavin are joined by Patrick Mullins to provide further analysis of the race.

Sam Lawrie goes to Taunton for the Ten Second Tip.

What to read

No-one would argue the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival wasn't anything other than an unmitigated success.

It was a very good day for Mullins in every category bar one and Richard Forristal provides his account of an afternoon when the defeat of Faugheen took the sheen of the trainer's four-timer.

And there is more reaction to the decision to switch TV coverage of Irish racing from At The Races to Racing UK, which appears not to have gone down too well among participants.

What to watch

Before deciding on the day's bets at Leopardstown, watch the full What's The Word show where the team go through all the major talking points. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

Dovetailing nicely with the racing, the Premier League serves up a real humdinger with Liverpool taking on Tottenham Hotspur from 4.30pm live on Sky.

It promises to be a lively encounter and Mark Langdon advises on how best to approach the match from a betting perspective.

There is one Six Nations match to play too with England kicking off their tournament by taking on Italy in Rome. Graham Woods believes the defending champions might get off to an uncertain start

Final thought 

After Supasundae's defeat of Faugheen there will be inevitable pressure on Jessica Harrington to supplement for the Champion Hurdle, but the trainer and Robbie Power are unlikely to change tack so Stayers' Hurdle it will almost certainly be and he is now the one to beat.

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


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