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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

All the latest news as jump racing regains the spotlight at start of Easter week

Taunton: conditions described as soft at the track
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Day three of the Flat turf season and not a meeting in sight as jump racing monopolises the action with fixtures at Huntingdon, Market Rasen and Taunton.

There is all-weather action this week but Flat turf fans have to wait until Friday and Bath for another meeting on the grass following two days at Doncaster.

Monday's cards

Perhaps Flat racing should have postponed the turf start until after the Good Friday all-weather championship gala.

James Burn has set up today's highlights with Christian Williams and Denis O'Regan in the spotlight at Taunton.

Going report

Huntingdon (first race 1.30)

Good to soft, good in places on hurdle course (GoingStick: Hurdle 7.2; Chase 6.8 at 7am on Sunday morning).
Race distances: first +190yds, second, fourth and seventh +168yds, third +26yds, fifth +223yds, sixth +25yds

Market Rasen (2.10)

Good to soft, good in places hurdles; Good to soft, soft in places chase.
Race distances: first, third and seventh 
+114yds, second and fourth +156yds, fifth +132yds sixth +192yds

Taunton (2.20)

Soft (GoingStick: 4.7 at 6am on Monday).
Race distances: first, second and fourth +99yds, third +45yds, fifth +78yds, sixth +144yds

What to back

Richard Birch (£) heads the team with three Monday bets. The Tips Box has its usual gems and Signposts Sweetspots points punters in the direction of some interesting stats, one from each of the three courses today.

Zoe Vicarage has the popular 10-second tip in the video below.

What to read

Where to start after a breathless start to the Flat turf season in Britain and Ireland? Tony O'Hehir reports on day one at Naas in Ireland.

Graham Dench catches up with the Lincoln heroes from Doncaster on Saturday and Weighed In has the talking points from the weekend.

Jump racing is far from finished and neither is Cue Card according to his trainer Colin Tizzard at Ascot on Sunday.

What to watch

David Milnes catches up with trainer Martyn Meade as he oversees the Sunday exodus from Newmarket to his new home at Manton. 

Gordon Elliott set a new high for jumping winners in an Irish season as he had another good day at Downpatrick. Check out how he got on in our Masterminded chair last December.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is still international week in football and, after England tiptoed through the tulips to beat Holland in Amsterdam, it is Portugal's turn to face the Dutch in Geneva tonight and the sports team is going for goals.

Final thought 

Let's hope the weather forecast is wrong about another snow show over Easter. Make the most of today's good weather.

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