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All you need to know on a day when Irish action takes the limelight

Leopardstown: hosts a top-quality card on Friday
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Leopardstown takes centre stage this afternoon with the Grade 1 Savills Chase (3.00) and Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle (1.50) providing fans with plenty of post-Christmas cheer.

Road To Respect, one of five runners for Gigginstown, is favourite to land a second Savills Chase – known last year as the Christmas Chase – and cement his Gold Cup credentials, while the brilliant Apple's Jade faces two former Champion Hurdle winners in Jezki and Faugheen in the 3m Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle.

Limerick is the other track in Ireland hosting a card, with the Grade 3 Irish Independent Hurdle (1.40) looking a competitive affair. Last season's Triumph Hurdle victor Farclas faces the smart Espoir D'Allen, who regained the winning thread last time out. 

Espoir D'Allen (leading): takes his chance against Farclas (grey) at Limerick

In Britain, Leicester and Catterick host jumps meetings, while Flat fans will be satisfied with Lingfield's eight-race card.


Going report

Lingfield (first race: 11.35)
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Limerick (12.00)
Yielding to soft on the chase course, soft on the hurdles track

 Leopardstown (12.10)
Good on the chase course, good to yielding on the hurdles track

Catterick (12.25)
Good to soft, good in places 

Leicester (12.50)
Good to firm, firm in places on the chase course and good, good to soft in places on hurdle track (GoingStick read 8.3 (chase) and 6.6 (hurdle) on Friday at 6.45am)


Market movers

12.00 Limerick - Lord Schnitzel 8-1 (from 9-1)
1.35 Catterick - The Steward 6-1 (from 4-1)
3.05 Leicester - Haafapiece 9-1 (from 11-1)


What to back

Tom Segal picks his best bets for an action-packed day in Pricewise.

Our group of regional experts can help keep you informed for all the meetings in Britain and Ireland in the daily Tips Box.


What to read

The hugely popular Simply Ned indulged in another spot of giant killing when landing the Grade 1 Paddy's Rewards Club "Sugar Paddy" Chase at Leopardstown. 

Altior and Robin Lands in the pre-parade ring before the Desert Orchid Chase

Meanwhile, Altior breezed to an effortless success in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase and cemented his position as the odds-on favourite for the Champion Chase. 

Elegant Escape emulated stablemate Native River in landing the Coral Welsh Grand National and looks set to head to the Gold Cup. 

Barry Geraghty and Frank Berry pay tribute to Grade 1-winning chaser Carlingford Lough following his death at the age of 12. 


The best of Racing Post Sport

Mark Langdon is joined by Ian Wilkerson and James Milton for a quick round up on the week's football and news.


Final thought 

Normal service was resumed at Kempton yesterday after the imperious Altior cantered to victory in the Desert Orchid Chase. Several hot favourites have been turned over in recent days, so it was a joy to see the Champion Chase hero come out and deliver the goods. 


For the freshest betting advice, based on latest going and market conditions, don't miss the Live Tipster every afternoon on the mobile app on the tab at the top right of the news homepage.


 

 

 

The brilliant Apple's Jade faces two former Champion Hurdle winners in Jezki and Faugheen in the 3m Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle
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