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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

All you need to know on a fine Friday including going from all the tracks

Beat The Bank: won last year's Group 2 Joel Stakes
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Racing takes place in six different venues on an interesting Friday with the pick of the action taking place at Newmarket on the second day of their Cambridgeshire meeting. 

The Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes (3.35) takes centre stage with Queen Anne winner Accidental Agent bidding to bounce back from a below par run in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Further Group 2 honours are up for grabs in the Rockfel Stakes (3.00) where two-year-old fillies Just Wonderful and Main Edition renewal battle after meeting in the Moyglare Stud Stakes twelve days ago.

The Group 3 Royal Nayef Stakes (2.25) promises to be another intriguing contest and Sir Michael Stoute will hope that we haven't yet seen the best of his Frankel filly Sun Maiden. The seven race card concludes with the Silver Cambridgeshire (5.15) which acts as a consolation prize to the feature heritage handicap on Saturday. 

Further domestic action takes place at Haydock in the afternoon and at Newcastle on the all-weather in the evening. Jumps fans can indulge in racing at Worcester and there are two meetings in Ireland with Downpatrick's National Hunt card followed by Flat racing under the lights at Dundalk.

Going report

Haydock (first race at: 1.35)
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick: 6.9 at 6.30am on Friday)

Newmarket (1.50)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick: 6.9 at 9.00am on Thursday)

Downpatrick (1.55)

Worcester (2.15)
Good (GoingStick: 6.4 at 6.00am on Friday)

Dundalk (5.30)

Newcastle (5.45)

Market movers

3.25 Worcester - Field Exhibition 4-1 (from 9-2)
7.45 Newcastle - Muatadel 11-2 (from 8-1)
8.15 Newcastle - Christopher Wood 7-1 (from 9-1)

What to back

Paul Kealy has a couple of strong fancies at Newmarket and our regional experts give their best bets on our daily Tips Box.


What to read

Read today's Shadwell Joel Stakes preview and see Richard Johnson's reaction to his five-timer at Perth as he now trails Harry Skelton by just one winner in the Jockeys' Championship.

What to watch

As the Flat season begins to wind down, David Simcock has kindly given us behind-the-scenes access to his yard and provides an update on many of his string. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

Bruce Millington, Mark Langdon, Dan Childs and Paddy Power's Jason Murphy have previewed the latest round of Premier League fixtures and give their best bets on our latest Postcast. 

Final thought 

Aidan O'Brien saddled Wading to win the Rockfel Stakes in 2011, who is the dam of his sole contender in this year's renewal Just Wonderful. Perhaps it could be a case of like mother like daughter at Newmarket. 

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Sir Michael Stoute will hope that we haven't yet seen the best of his Frankel filly Sun Maiden
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