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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

All you need to know as top stayer Order Of St George returns to action at Navan

Order Of St George: steps out on a road heading to Ascot and the Gold Cup in June
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Order Of St George, winner of the Gold Cup in 2016, starts out on a familiar road signposted Ascot in June as he returns to action in the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan today.

A winner on British Champions Day when last seen on track in October, he faces just two rivals and will start at prohibitive odds, although odds-on backers should be reminded he was beaten in the same race last year when victory appeared a formality. 

A duo of Listed races and some competitive handicaps also feature on Navan's card, while jumps racing takes centre stage in Britain on Sunday with cards at Stratford, Wincanton and Market Rasen.

Going report

Stratford (first race 2.00)
Good to soft (Good in places on hurdles course) (GoingStick 6.9 Chase, 7.2 Hurdle at 6am on Sunday)

Navan (2.10)
Yielding, yielding to soft in places

Wincanton (2.15)
Good to soft (GoingStick 6.6 on Saturday at 11am)

Market Rasen (2.25)
Good, good to soft in places - Hurdle, Good to soft - Chase (GoingStick 7.1 Hurdle, 6.9 Chase at 3pm on Thursday)


Market movers

2.35 Stratford
Zamparelli 9-2 (from 5)

3.00 Market Rasen
Rouergate 8-1 (from 10)

5.05 Market Rasen
Mr Shantu 8-1 (from 10)

What to back

Adam Maidment heads to Stratford for his best bet of the day and takes just ten seconds to reveal all. 


What to read

A tough season for Pembrokeshire trainer Rebecca Curtis finished on the highest note as Joe Farrell held off Ballyoptic in a thrilling finish to the Coral Scottish Grand National at a sun-drenched Ayr on Saturday.

George Scott will have his first runner in a Classic and will have Frankie Dettori in his corner after James Garfield sealed a place in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas field with the defeat of Expert Eye in Saturday's Greenham Stakes. 

The rise and rise of Sky Bet reached new heights on Saturday when it was announced the Yorkshire-based business has been acquired by the Canadian owners of the online PokerStars platform in an enormous deal.

What to watch

The Postcast team dissect the best of the action in Ireland and Britain on Sunday. 

Did we see a Classic winner on Saturday? Stuart Riley assesses Newbury's Guineas trials.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Who will join Manchester United in the FA Cup final? Chelsea take on  Southampton in the second semi-final today and Steve Davies previews the action

Dave Clark is joined by the Racing Post's snooker gurus Adrian Humphries and Henry Hardwicke, as well as Paddy Power's Declan Mallon, to preview all the action from the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.


Final thought 

Ryan Moore visits Navan for the first time since 2016 for four rides and it's hard to imagine he will not have improved his record of one win from fives rides at the track come the end of the afternoon. 

As well as Order Of St George, Moore's mounts are all forecast to start favourite and the four-timer will rightly be a popular Sunday punt.

His afternoon starts with Scat Daddy filly So Perfect in the opener (2.10), followed by Listed rides on Sioux Nation (2.40) and Bye Bye Baby (4.15), before signing off with star stayer Order Of St George (5.20). 

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Ryan Moore visits Navan for the first time since 2016 for four rides and it's hard to imagine he will not improve his one-from-five course record
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