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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

All you need to know as Exeter falls to the wet weather

Wet weather has forced Exeter to cancel today's meeting
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Catterick is the sole surviving jumps meeting on Wednesday after Exeter was forced to call off its fixture due to false patches of ground.

An 8am inspection had been called at the course, but this was brought forward after 5mm of rain on Wednesday morning made the track unsafe for racing.

Something seems wrong when deep into the jump season it is the all-weather Flat card at Lingfield of three meetings that has the only class 2 race, in the Betway Handicap with £19,000 on offer.

The jumpers at Catterick, slogging round over often more than double the distance on heavy ground, have to settle for much less reward while their Flat counterparts enjoy their cushioned even surface at Lingfield and Kempton. 

Going report

Lingfield (AW) - first race 1.00

Catterick - 1.20
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick 6.6 hurdle, 6.3 chase)
Race distances: 2m races +30yds, 2m3f +48yds and 3m1f +60yds

Kempton (AW) - 4.40
Standard to slow

Exeter - 1.40

Market movers

2.05 Lingfield - Light Laughter into 11-4 (from 4)

What to back

For those in a rush there is the popular 10-second tip coming at Lingfield today...

For those with an interest in racing in Hong Kong this morning here is another tip or two...

What to read

The annual World Rankings were unveiled on Tuesday and brought the usual talking points over the merits of ratings. Tony McFadden reports.

Racing pays tribute after the desperately sad and untimely death of trainer Richard Wollacott.

Read about the role of a miniature Shetland pony for one of today's leading runners.

What to watch

Time for the Cheltenham Trials meeting on Saturday and the Postcast team pick out the potential stars there and up at Doncaster where the Sky Bet Chase is the betting feature.

Can't wait for Cheltenham, here is the team's Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase preview...

The best of Racing Post Sport

Take your pick of football, golf, tennis and football stories and bets.

It's evens being offered about Alexis Sanchez scoring against Yeovil in the FA Cup on Friday.

Kyle Edmund is into the semi-final of the Australian Open tennis where he meets Marin Cilic.

Golf correspondent Steve Palmer is tipping Rory McIlroy to trade places with Tommy Fleetwood in Dubai this week after their performances in Abu Dhabi last week.

Final thought

Jabarout was a non-runner on his intended debut this month due to an ownership dispute. It will be interesting to see how he gets on at Lingfield now that things have, seemingly, been patched up.

E.W. Terms
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