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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

All the latest news on a busy afternoon and evening of racing

Ascot racecourse: back in action today ahead of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
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Always be careful what you wish for. After weeks of drought the forecast today includes some widespread thunderstorms which could make life difficult this weekend.

Nobody can accuse racing of not planning for a long weekend with five of today's eight meetings coming through the evening to give flexible-hours workers the chance to get the party started.

Jumping at Uttoxeter and the first of the two-day Ascot meeting begin proceedings during the lunch hour, followed by Thirsk before Down Royal, Newmarket, Chepstow and York along with Wexford in Ireland provide the evening entertainment.

Going report

Uttoxeter (first race 1.40)
Good, good to firm in places
Distances: R1 & 7 +62yds, R2 & 5 +94yds and R4 +124yds

Ascot (1.50)
Good to firm (GoingStick stands' side 8.3 centre 8.3 far side 8.1 round 7.2)

Thirsk (2.00)
Good to firm
Distances: R2, 3 & 5 +7yds

Down Royal (5.30)
Good to firm

Newmarket (5.35)
Good (GoingStick 7.4)
Distances: R5 & 6 +19yds

Wexford (5.40)
Good, good to firm in places

Chepstow (5.50)
Good to firm, firm in places (GoingStick 8.8) 

York (6.00)
Good to firm (GoingStick 7.6. Home straight: far side and centre 7.6, stands' side 7.5)
Distances: R1 +12yds, R4 +14yds, R5 +11yds 

Market movers

2.35 Thirsk - Ascended 13-8 (from 7-4)
3.00 Ascot - Yabass 12-1 (from 14-1)
3.20 Uttoxeter - St Johns 11-2 (from 13-2)

What to back

Paul Kealy (£) heads the tipping team for members with the Tips Box full of more expert top bets and Signposts Sweetspots pointing the way to statistically-backed chances.

Adam Maidment has a quickfire selection at Ascot this afternoon.


What to read

Don't forget to check out the details of next year's fixture list, including lighting up the winter, new breaks and more and more meetings, all recorded by our industry editor Bill Barber.

Galway added another star to next week's meeting with news that past Cheltenham Festival winner Limini will run on the Flat there next Monday.

What to watch

With the William Hill St Leger entries revealed this week for the Classic at Doncaster in September, check out Mark Johnston's thoughts on his four entries.

Check out Karl Burke's update on some of his stable stars for the coming weeks.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Steve Palmer, 'dustin' himself down from his Tiger mauling at Carnoustie, is all over golf's number one as he searches for a win in the Canadian Open.


Final thought 

Don't be the one who doesn't believe it is finally going to rain where you are. Try and remember where you put that raincoat because the forecasters have pinned their hopes on thunderstorms.

For the freshest betting advice, based on latest going and market conditions, don't miss the Live Tipster every afternoon. Just click Raceday Live at or the mobile app


Nobody can accuse racing of not planning for a long weekend

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