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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Going news, market movers and tips from around the tracks

Racing at Doncaster has got the green light
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A full schedule of racing takes place on Tuesday after Doncaster brought forward a 7am inspection by an hour and declared the track fit for racing.

The course has passed two inspections to get the go-ahead, with enough improvement seen on Monday afternoon after temperatures on Sunday night had left parts of the track frozen.

Some top stables are represented on an eight-race card which features a Listed mares' chase, saved from the meeting that was lost on December 29.

The day's other jumps fixture comes from Taunton which has attracted bumper fields where Unioniste, who has run in Grand Nationals and was fourth in the RSA Chase, makes his hunter chase debut.

Southwell provides the day's only all-weather action.

Wednesday's meeting at Ayr has been cancelled as the course is frozen and there is no chance of significant improvement.

Going report

Doncaster - first race 11.55

Soft, good to soft in places on hurdles course
No GoingStick reading at 7am as course had been covered. Rail movements add 8yds to R2, 4 & 6 and 31yds to others

Southwell - 12.15


Taunton - 12.35

Soft, good to soft in places (GoingStick 4.6 on Tuesday morning)
Rail movements add 153yds to R1, 3, 5 & 7, 210yds to R2 and 66yds to R4 & 6

Market movers

Southwell 12.45 Mr Wing 7-1 (from 14s)
Southwell 12.45 Lady Maldiva 12-1 (from 33s)
Taunton 1.05 Coup De Pinceau 3-1 (from 7-2)
Southwell 1.45 Intimate Art 5-1 (from 6s)
Southwell 3.30 Furni Factors 8-1 (from 14s)

What to back

As Festival fever begins to take hold there is only one place to look for the best tips.

By the time the meeting comes around Pricewise will have examined all the main ante-post races and he begins the series with his verdict on the Champion Hurdle.

Anthony Ive provides the Ten Second Tip.


What to read

It was challenging day for connections with Cheltenham Festival ambitions as Thistlecrack was ruled out of the Gold Cup for the second year running. 

In Ireland Gordon Elliott had to break bad news about Death Duty who has had surgery and will miss the meeting where he was leading fancy for the JLT Novices or RSA Chase.

What to watch

We are nine weeks out from the Cheltenham Festival and the Postcast team review the weekend and look ahead to the four day fixture.


The best of Racing Post Sport

There is yet more Cup action tonight as the scheduled moves on from the FA Cup to the League Cup.

We are into the semi-final stage with tonight's first leg between runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and Championship high flyers Bristol City, who put out Manchester United.

Steve Davies analyses whether the Robins can complete another giant-killing act.

Final thought

After another injury setback to Thistlecrack it is quite likely he may never return to his best but that should not diminish his significant achievements in winning the King George VI Chase as a novice and producing one of the outstanding winning performances of any festival in the Stayers' Hurdle. 

Some top stables are represented on an eight-race card which features a Listed mares' chase
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