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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

All you need to know on a big day of action at Leopardstown and Longchamp

The grand new entrance at ParisLongchamp, watched over by the statue of Gladiateur
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Top-quality Flat racing in Ireland and France headlines a busy day of action, and it is Classics time at the new-look Longchamp with the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (2.35) for the colts, while the female equivalent is the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (3.15).

US Navy Flag heads the British and Irish challenge in the Poulains, with the unbeaten Wootton the one to beat for Godolphin and Henri-Alex Pantall.

It could be a good afternoon for Godolphin, as they also own the Pouliches favourite, Musis Amica. Marco Botti, David Simcock and Karl Burke represent British hopes.

At Leopardstown there is the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (3.40), and with Aidan O'Brien saddling The Pentagon, Delano Roosevelt and Nelson there could be Classic clues aplenty with the  Irish 1,000 Guineas trial (3.10) also on the card.

If jump racing is your thing then fear not, as there is action at Killarney, Ludlow, Plumpton and Southwell.

Going report

Killarney (first race 1.20)
National Hunt: Soft, yielding in places
Flat: Soft, soft to heavy in places

Ludlow (2.00)

Leopardstown (2.05)

Plumpton (2.10)
Good, good to firm in places

Southwell (2.25)
Good to soft

Longchamp (12.30)
Good to soft

Market movers

2.30 Ludlow: Baden into 11-10 (from 11-8)
2.35 Leopardstown: Zihba into 100-30 (from 5)
3.35 Ludlow: Workbench into 3-1 (from 9-2)

What to back

Sam Lawrie has a selection that he thinks can rule at Leopardstown...

What to read

Could Perfect Clarity be an Investec Oaks contender? She looked good when winning at Lingfield

Hayley Turner was back in the big time with a Victoria Cup victory, but the meeting was marred by a fight.

What to watch

Our experts give their views on who will come out on top in Leopardstown's Derby Trial.

For a wider view of today's racing, our Postcast team dissect the action.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It's the final day of the Premier League season, who will manage to avoid dropping through the relegation trapdoor? Dan Childs thinks Swansea may have their wings clipped against already doomed Stoke.

The Formula One carnival moves on to Spain, and Phil Agius believes it could be a good race for Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardio.

Final thought 

If Aidan O'Brien dominates Leopardstown's Derby Trial in the manner the betting suggests, then come the close of play on Sunday it might be difficult to make a case for the Investec Derby trophy heading anywhere other than his Ballydoyle base.

For the freshest betting advice, based on latest going and market conditions, don't miss the Live Tipster every afternoon. Just click Raceday Live at or the mobile app


It could be a good afternoon for Godolphin, as they also own the Pouliches favourite, Musis Amica
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