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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Musselburgh given green light after surviving frost scare

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There will be a full quota of meetings in Britain and Ireland, as Musselburgh's meeting was given the green light at 10.45am. Frost had lingered in some areas of the course, leading to checks at 8am and 10am, but with temperatures rising through the morning officials were able to give the all-clear following a third look.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham said: "We had a shower of rain which really helped us and temperatures are rising. The forecast is for sleety showers and periods of sunshine."

Along with Musselburgh, there is jumps action at Chepstow, plus a feast of fixtures for for all-weather fans with evening action from Dundalk and Newcastle following Lingfield's afternoon card.

Udontdodou is one of the all-weather stars on show and puts the finishing touches to preparations on home soil for a $200,000 conditions race at Santa Anita a fortnight on Saturday as he tackles the Class 2 Betway Sprint Handicap (2.30) at Lingfield.

The star of Richard Guest's squad in Wetherby, Udontdodou was too hot for his rivals to handle over 5f at Chelmsford last time but also boasts a fine record over today's 6f trip. 


Going report

Musselburgh - first race 12.40
Soft

Lingfield - 12.55
Standard

Chepstow - 1.05
Heavy (GoingStick 4.7 Chase, 5.1 Hurdle at 6am on Friday) 

Dundalk - 5.00
Standard

Newcastle - 5.45
Standard

 


Market movers

Lingfield 12.55
Red Snapper 7-2 (from 9-2)

Chepstow 1.35
Frankly Speaking 12-1 (from 14)

Chepstow 3.50
Bonds Conquest 12-1 (from 16)


What to back

It takes Adam Maidment just ten seconds to reveal his Friday best at Musselburgh

 


What to read

From today, British racecards will show when a horse is having his or her first run since undergoing any form of wind surgery. We have all the information you need to know as the new rule kicks in.

Willie Mullins has given Faugheen a second engagement at the Cheltenham Festival after entering the 2015 Unibet Champion Hurdle hero in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle.

The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association will meet with Horse Racing Ireland next week to discuss the full implications of the decision reached by the Labour Court to dismiss an appeal by Ballydoyle Racing against compliance notices issued by the Workplace Relations Commission.


What to watch

Giggsy gets a job, Walcott's big move and VAR makes a splash - there is plenty to discuss on the latest football Postcast.

  

 


The best of Racing Post Sport

England's Test team were humbled 4-0 by Australia in the Ashes but the one-day series between the teams looks an entirely different ball game and James Milton has all the lowdown before Friday's second ODI at the Gabba. 

Two teams with ambitions of reaching the top flight meet at Pride Park in a crunch clash as second-placed Derby entertain fifth-placed Bristol CityRead Mark Langdon's big-match preview. 


Final thought

Spare Parts went down all guns blazing at Chelmsford on Thursday night, where a high draw and inadequate trip ended his winning sequence. All being well he runs again on Saturday and, from stall five over a mile, he could easily go one place better and make it five wins in January. 

Friday offers a feast for all-weather fans with evening action from Dundalk and Newcastle following Lingfield's afternoon card
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