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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

All you need for a busy day of action including going reports and market moves

Newmarket hosts the only Group 1 in Britain on Saturday
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It promises to be a weekend of sensational sport, with the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe the highlight at Longchamp on Sunday, but before then there is plenty to enjoy.

Undoubtedly today's highlight will be at Newmarket, where Laurens will bid for a fifth Group 1 of her sparkling career in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (3.15). 

Ascot's final Flat card before Champions Day features a heritage handicap, the Challenge Cup (3.35), and Redcar hosts its biggest day of the season, where the valuable Two-Year-Old Trophy (2.45) is the main prize.

There is jumps action at Fontwell and also Gowran Park, where Ryanair Chase hero Balko Des Flos makes his seasonal reappearance in the PWC Champion Chase (3.40).

Plenty of eyes will be on the opening day at Longchamp, particularly to observe the previously troublesome ground. But not to be forgotten, Wolverhampton once again plays the solo role in the evening to help carry us into Arc Sunday.


Going report

Gowran Park (first race at: 1.25)
Good

Fontwell (1.40)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 6.3 at 6am on Saturday)

Ascot (1.50)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 8.0 Straight course, 7.0 Round course)

Newmarket (2.05)
Good to firm (GoingStick: 7.3 at 7.30am on Friday)

Redcar (2.10)
Good 

Wolverhampton (5.15)
Standard (AW)


Market movers

2.10 Redcar
Reeves 7-2 (from 4)

4.45 Ascot
Evergate 9-1 (from 10

5.35 Newmarket
Klassique 4-1 (from 9-2)


What to back

Pricewise provides his best bets for a busy Saturday, including a pick for the big-field handicap of the day, the Challenge Cup.

Elsewhere, get our regional experts best bets in our daily Tips Box.


What to read

Start your day properly with our Saturday fever article, as our writers provide you with the best snippets in preparation for the day's top-quality racing.

Also available is the latest on John Gosden's Classic conundrum with Too Darn Hot, who many have pinpointed as a potential Derby winner.


What to watch

It is an epic weekend of racing, so why not join the Postcast team as they preview the biggest races and choose their best bets from the stellar action on Saturday and Sunday?

Only got eyes for the Arc this weekend? Not a problem. Watch Dave Orton's horse-by-horse guide to the big race.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Dan Childs has previewed this evening's live match between Manchester United and Newcastle United, and he's predicting a pressure-lifting win for Jose Mourinho and his side.

There are also previews available for all of today's remaining Premier League matches and they can be found here.

 


Final thought 

Last year's first and second in the Challenge Cup, Accidental Agent and Lord Glitters, finished first and second in the Queen Anne Stakes earlier this season. It may be an extreme example, but Ascot handicap form is always worth following. 


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 racingpost.com or the mobile app

Plenty of eyes will be on the opening day at Longchamp, particularly to observe the previously troublesome ground
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