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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

All-weather action keeps show on the road but jumps set to return on Thursday

All-weather action takes place at Lingfield on Wednesday
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If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. The BHA and Wolverhampton are following that maxim after the all-weather meeting on Tuesday was called off because of conditions in the off-course area rather than the racing surface.

But the meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon and means all-weather fans have three meetings and more than seven hours of fun, stretching well into the evening at Kempton, where Saeed Bin Suroor and John Gosden send runners. 

With Leicester and Hexham lost to the winter weather the only sight of turf will be at Happy Valley in Hong Kong from mid-morning.

However, the prospects for jump racing look good on Thursday, with no problems anticipated at Taunton – where the transferred Peterborough Chase will take place – while there was a positive update from Newcastle, where the track remains frozen places but conditions are improving and officials are "optimistic".

Following an initial look at 8am, officials at Warwick will inspect again at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon for Thursday's meeting.

A tweet from Cheltenham racecourse on Wednesday morning

There was good news from Cheltenham on Wednesday as the course posted a picture on Twitter showing that the snow had melted. The going remains good to soft, soft in places following 5mm of rain overnight. A further 6-7mm is expected before racing on Friday and a touch of frost is forecast overnight on Thursday.

Going report

Lingfield first race 12.00
Standard on the Polytrack

Wolverhampton 1.45
Standard on the Tapeta

Kempton 3.40
Standard on the Polytrack 

Happy Valley 11.15

Market Movers

12.00 Maratha 7-2 (from 11-2)
1.00 Take Two 7-1 (from 10)
2.00 Shyron 7-1 (from 11)
3.30 Topmeup 7-1 (from 9)

3.40 Breathless Times 7-2 (from 5)
4.10 Is It Off 6-1 (from 8)
6.40 Azam 6-1 (from 8)

What to back

Richard Birch has a big-priced banker at Lingfield and the Tips Box has the fancies from the training centres, Topspeed and Ratings guru Steve Mason. Then there are two quick tips on the videos below. 

What to read

The snow break has given Nicky Henderson the chance to open his doors to our Lambourn correspondent James Burn, who takes full advantage with all the latest big-race plans.

All things 32Red King George are sifted over, including the latest from team Tizzard as they bid for three King Georges in a row.

The warming tale of one of our senior trainers Milton Bradley enjoying a day in the sun with a 1,121-1 treble at Lingfield.

What to watch

Racing Post experts highlight the horses they are most looking forward to seeing over Christmas.

There is a bank of videos featuring Nicky Henderson's big holiday hopes but here is one about his intended runners at Cheltenham this weekend.

The best of Racing Post Sport

The sports desk runs the rule over a magnificent seven Premier League games on Wednesday night with Steve Davies coming up with an angle on the London derby between West Ham and Arsenal

Unmissable golf tips from Steve Palmer on the Indonesian Open, including a 200-1 chance. 

Cricket writer James Milton takes a look at the third Test at the Waca that could decide the Ashes.

Final thought 

Could he? Richard Fahey needs five more winners for 200 domestic winners in 2017. He sends eight runners to the three all-weather meetings as he creeps closer after five winners in November and one so far this month.

Read exclusive previews from 6pm daily on


With Leicester and Hexham lost to the winter weather the only sight of turf will be at Happy Valley in Hong Kong from mid-morning
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