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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

All you need to know as wet weather wipes out British turf fixtures

Waterlogging has caused cancellations on Easter Monday
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There were seven meetings scheduled in Britain on Monday, but only one (Wolverhampton's all-weather card) remains standing after Chepstow, Fakenham, Market Rasen and Plumpton all fell victim to waterlogging. In Ireland Cork was given the green light after an 8am inspection.

At Fairyhouse training titans Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott take their title tussle into the BoyleSports Irish Grand National today with a mass assault on the Easter Monday showpiece.

On day two of the Easter Festival Mullins will saddle four, including likely favourite Pairofbrowneyes, while Elliott supplies a world record 13 of the 30 runner field, as they pursue a first win in the marathon.

It is not the only highlight on a card which has three other graded races which feature the latest appearance of Getabird, beaten favourite in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, and Un De Sceaux, who narrowly failed to defend his Ryanair Chase crown last month.


Going report

Wolverhampton (first race at: 1.00)
Standard

Cork (1.45)
Heavy

Plumpton (1.55)
Cancelled

Fairyhouse (2.10)
Heavy (8mm of rain overnight)

Market Rasen (2.10)
Cancelled

Fakenham
Cancelled

Chepstow
Cancelled


Market movers

1.30 Wolverhampton Gamesome 9-2 (from 8-1)
2.00 Wolverhampton Makanah 13-2 (from 8-1)
6.15 Fairyhouse Getaway John 4-1 (from 7s)


What to back

The Irish Grand National has grabbed the attention of Pricewise and Paul Kealy has found a couple of big priced contenders as he goes against the Mullins and Elliott juggernauts in a must read assessment of the race.

Cathal Gahan gives his own take on the same race in the 10 Second Tip.


What to read

You can't study the Irish National without first reading Tony O'Hehir's preview of the race, complete with quotes on the leading fancies.

Mullins and Elliott had the first big showdown of the weekend when they provided all the runners in the Ryanair Gold Cup and you can read how Mullins prevailed in their Easter battle.

What to watch

David Jennings is joined by Johnny Ward and Thom Malone as he hosts a What's The World special on the Irish Grand National.

But if you prefer the Flat there is a fascinating video of Con Marnane's latest proteges completing preparations for the Breeze-ups.

 


The best of Racing Post Sport

It's another critical day in the Championship and with relegation places to be settled Mark Langdon takes a closer look at one of the prime candidates and assesses their chances of beating the drop.


Final thought 

The Cheltenham Festival was completed in the most testing conditions for years but if anyone though the ground would leave its mark wins for Laurina and Al Boum Photo from Shattered Love proved on Sunday proved otherwise. 

At Fairyhouse training titans Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott take their title tussle into the BoyleSports Irish Grand National
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