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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

All the latest from today's five meetings in Britain and Ireland

Naas racecourse: one of two fixtures in Ireland on Saturday
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Not an all-weather in sight as the Flat focus switches across the Irish Sea to Naas for the first day of the turf season in Ireland.

The Tote Irish Lincolnshire surely can not throw up as awesome a winner as the English winner Addeybb, who could turn out to have been the handicap snip of the season.

Aidan O'Brien starts the season having set the highest standard possible in 2017 and sends out his first turf runners on the card.

Doncaster again flies the Flat flag in Britain with Ascot over jumps joined by the replacement fixture at Carlisle, a week after losing their scheduled meeting to the snow.

Downpatrick completes the day's action, hosting the Toals Bookmakers Ulster National Irish EBF Handicap Chase at 3.55. 

Going report

Naas (first race at: 1.55)

Heavy, soft places

Ascot (2.00)

Soft (GoingStick chase 6.1, hurdle 6.2)

Downpatrick (2.10)

Heavy, soft to heavy places

Carlisle (2.15)

Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick chase 7.8, hurdle 7.6)

Doncaster (2.25)

Soft, heavy places (GoingStick 5.5) 

Market movers

Naas 4.30 London Icon 2-1 (from 5-2)
Ascot 4.55 Sir Will 8-1 (from 10s)

What to back

Tom Segal (£) is in the chair for the tipping team with two double-figure priced selections at Naas, backed up by all the experts in the Tips BoxSignposts Sweetspots has another three pointers to help find the winners. 

Maddy Playle has Paul Kealy alongside to find the Sunday winners in the Racing Post studio.


What to read

Ryan Moore, toasted as the best jockey in the world with his global successes, talks to Peter Thomas as the subject of the Big Read (£) which is not to be missed.

The Lincoln has not been won so easily for many a year and Keith Melrose and David Carr were at Doncaster to bring all the news from the first day of the Flat season.

What to watch

What's The Word previews the first day of Ireland's flat season which features the Tote Irish Lincolnshire at Naas

Missed Aidan O'Brien's pre-season chat then catch up with the video below.

No apology for this with Mick Channon having hit the ground running with the Brocklesby winner Izzer but if you missed it check out his hilarious Masterminded video from last summer.


The best of Racing Post Sport

No Premier League or Championship but there is lower league action which is put under the microscope by Bruce Millington, Mark Langdon and James Milton.

For those who prefer the written word check out the view of Dan Childs on the 4pm game between Portsmouth and Oxford.

For top class sports action it is over to rugby union for a top tip from Graham Woods in the Leicester v Wasps game

Final thought 

Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy haven't rested on their Cheltenham laurels and head back to Downpatrick with Poormans Hill for the Ulster National. The favourite started life with Elliott in a handicap chase there last September when he must have been the best 4-5 chance of the season as he returns 33lb higher in the handicap after five more wins but has to be forgiven a tame effort in the Leinster National last time

The Tote Irish Lincolnshire surely can not throw up as awesome a winner as the English winner Addeybb
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