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Monday, 21 January, 2019

All the updates on ground and weather conditions around the country

Chelmsford race under lights on Thursday with the potential headline act
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With all due respect to the jumpers, today's storyline hinges on the first race at Chelmsford under the lights when Wednesday's Lingfield winner Spare Parts chases an amazing fivetimer compiled in just over two weeks of the new year.

Chelmsford and Southwell share the Flat racing while the jumpers will be squelching round Ludlow and Wincanton - where a hurdle and two fences have been omitted on Somerset National day - with the heavens topping up the water levels overnight.

Rain is unlikely to be a concern for the day's other meeting at Meydan where the Dubai Carnival continues with plenty of British-trained runners from the likes of Richard Hannon, Richard Fahey, Karl Burke and David Simcock. 

Going report

Southwell (AW) - first race 12.20

Ludlow - 1.00
Soft - hurdles; good to soft, soft places - chases (GoingStick: 5.4 on Thursday at 09:00)

Race distances: First and seventh +32.5 yards, second +40 yards, third, fourth and fifth +50 yards and sixth +65 yards

Wincanton - 1.10
Heavy (GoingStick 5.3 chase, 5.4 hurdle)

The stable hurdle, second fence in back straight (open ditch) and cross fence omitted. Race distances: first and fourth +168 yards, second +58 yards, third +224 yards, fifth and sixth +28 yards

Chelmsford (AW) - 5.55

Market movers

2.00 Ludlow - Champagne At Tara 9-1 (from 12)

2.20 Southwell - Letmestopyouthere 5-1 (from 13-2) and Eccleston 11-2 (from 13-2)

3.30 Southwell - Furni Factors 6-1 (from 13-2)

6.30 Chelmsford - Enigmatic 13-2 (from 11-1)

What to back

Paul Kealy leads the tipping team for members with the Tips Box experts backing him up.

David Baxter has a cool tip in the popular 10-second tip if you are in a hurry.

What to read

There was a lively Q&A live session with Pricewise's Tom Segal on Wednesday night and you can still catch his answers to Cheltenham Festival questions here.

The Somerset National features in the preview of today's action along with a focus on a couple of Ludlow races.

The Dubai Carnival continues at Meydan today and our man on the spot Jason Ford has the previews.

This week's popular 'Tales of Redemption' series features Kauto Star today for members.

What to watch

The Grade 1 Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday is put under the spotlight by the Racing Post Postcast team.

To back up the latest in the Tales of Redemption series featuring Kauto Star here is a walk down memory lane.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Theo Walcott's move to Everton has reawakened bookmaker interest in his international future while Real Madrid travel to Leganes in the Copa Del Rey.

Rory McIlroy is back in the swing among the leading golfers for the Abu Dhabi Championship while the Australian Open tennis continues apace with correspondent Adrian Humphries fancying a 9-2 upset in a women's match.

Final thought

Should Spare Parts win his fifth race this year there is every chance trainer Phil McEntee will turn him out again at Chelmsford over a mile on Saturday. The four-year-old will be happy to hear there is not a race for him on the new Sunday card being put on at the Essex venue.

Rain is unlikely to be a concern for the day's other meeting at Meydan where the Dubai Carnival continues
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