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All the morning news as Emitom puts his unbeaten record on the line at Newbury

Newbury: one of five tracks racing in Britain and Ireland today
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As the Cheltenham Festival continues to edge ever closer, a two-day meeting at Newbury begins with an interesting seven-race card.

Although not the most valuable race of the seven, the 2m4½f novice hurdle (3.25) should steal the show with the unbeaten Emitom facing eight rivals including course-and-distance winner Tidal Flow and two for champion trainer Nicky Henderson, Gallahers Cross and Interconnected.

Doncaster's jumps card suffers from small fields, while Lingfield's afternoon all-weather meeting fares a little bit better numerically. The evening's all-weather action comes from Newcastle and Dundalk, with the latter meeting featuring the Listed Patton Stakes (7.45).

Going report

Newbury (first race at: 1.45)
Good to soft

Lingfield (2.00)
Standard

Doncaster (2.10)
Good

Dundalk (5.15)
Standard

Newcastle (5.30)
Standard

Market movers

2.40 Doncaster - Dr Richard Kimble 8-1 (from 12-1)
2.50 Newbury - Lillington 4-1 (from 11-2)
8.00 Newcastle - Furni Factors 5-1 (from 8-1)

What to back

Paul Kealy is our lead tipster and he fancies three horses to go well at Newbury.

Our regional experts can help keep you clued up across the cards in the daily Tips Box.

What to read

Labour has signalled the possibility of stakes limits on sports bets as part of the party's new policy on online gambling.

Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary has launched another stinging criticism of Racing TV's coverage, which you can read about here.

What to watch

Ben Pauling has discussed his team for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival, including Global Citizen and Kildisart.

The best of Racing Post Sport

There is a massive tie in the Championship tonight as Leeds take on West Brom, with the sides sitting third and fourth in the table. Read our preview for the match at Elland Road here.

Final thought 

Although there will be people reacting in disgust at the mere thought of discussing Flat racing with the Cheltenham Festival beginning in 11 days time, it's wonderful to see a horse of I Can Fly's calibre returning to action at this time of year. The Champions Day runner-up makes her comeback in the 6.45 at Dundalk.


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It's wonderful to see a horse of I Can Fly's calibre returning to action at this time of year
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