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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

All you need to know as Grade 1-winning novice Great Field returns to action

Navan racecourse
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This weekend marks the start of the Flat turf season in Britain and Ireland, but there is still lots of jump racing to get stuck into, and a Grade 1-winning novice returns to action at Navan today.

Great Field is unbeaten over fences, and was a top-level winner at last season's Punchestown festival. He has not been sighted since then, but adds some stardust to a quality card.

Newbury and Sedgefield also stage jumps cards, with all-weather meetings at Dundalk, Kempton and Lingfield.

Going report

Lingfield (1.35)
Standard

Sedgefield (1.45)
Soft (GoingStick: Chase - 6.1; hurdle - 5.9)

Race distances:
Race 1, 4 & 5: 
+27 yards
Race 2: 
+23 yards
Race 7: 
+36 yards

Navan (1.55)
Heavy

Newbury (2.00)
Soft (GoingStick: 5.4 chase & hurdle)

Race distances:
Race 1: 
+48 yards
Race 2, 4 & 6
+39 yards
Race 3
+55 yards
Race 5:
 +33 yards

Dundalk (5.30)
Standard

Kempton (5.45)
Standard

Market movers

1.35 Lingfield - Mime Dance 4-1 (from 6)
2.10 Lingfield - Madrinho 5-2 (from 7-2)
8.15 Kempton - Native Fighter 9-4 (from 4)

What to back

Maddy Playle likes the chances of one at Sedgefield.

Our experts around Britain and Ireland have cast their eye over the cards and reveal their fancies in the Tips Box

What to read

Thursday's action delivered some hammer blows to favourite backers, none more so than when 1-20 shot Tree Of Liberty was defeated at Ludlow.

We all know jump jockeys are tough, and a bit mad. Paddy Brennan encapsulated both qualities after riding at Chepstow despite missing several teeth.

What to watch

The Flat turf season is almost here, which means Aidan O'Brien is ready to unleash is his latest crop of stars. Catch up with the Ballydoyle team.

Friday means the lights are on at Dundalk and our top Irish team give their best bets. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

England face the Netherlands this evening, and Mark Langdon previews the game.

Lots of teams are participating in friendlies, and Steve Davies thinks the start of Alex McLeish's second reign as Scotland boss could be a goalfest.

Final thought 

Limato's owner Paul Jacobs would like to see the whip banned as a coercive tool. It is an interesting view, and one that will meet with as much opposition as it would approval. Should a trial be implemented?

Limato's owner Paul Jacobs would like to see the whip banned as a coercive tool. It is a view that will meet with as much opposition as approval
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