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Friday, 14 December, 2018

All you need to know on Chatteris Fen day including going from all the tracks

Divin Bere (right): won last year's Chatteris Fen
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Huntingdon's Chatteris Fen is enjoying something of an upturn in fortunes.

Two years ago a certain Sceau Royal – now a best-priced 6-1 for the Racing Post Arkle – was victorious while last year Nicky Henderson's Cheltenham and Aintree runner-up Divin Bere got the better of Alan King's Grade 2 Adonis winner Master Blueyes.

Today Gumball, Philip Hobbs's one-time Triumph favourite who has been off since disappointing behind Apple's Shakira, bids to get his juvenile campaign back on track and is not even favourite as he takes on Henderson's Style De Garde who was an eight-length winner on his debut for the yard.

The day's other jumps meeting comes from Sedgefield, where Brian Ellison introduces a half-brother to his highly touted Ravenhill Road in the closing bumper, while there is all-weather action from Lingfield during the afternoon and Dundalk and Newcastle in the evening.

Going report

Lingfield (first race at 12.20pm)

Sedgefield (1.10)
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick: Chase 6.3 Hurdle 6.2 at 6am on Friday)

Huntingdon (1.30)
Soft (GoingStick: Hurdle 5.9; Chase 5.9 at 6am on Friday)

Dundalk (5.00)

Newcastle (5.45)

Key non-runner

6.45 1 Jallota (infected foot)

Market movers

12.50 Lingfield 8 Vice Marshal 3-1 (from 12)
1.20 Lingfield 1 Dark Alliance 5-6 (from 11-8)
1.50 Lingfield 2 Bridge Of Sighs 7-1 (from 14)
2.30 Huntingdon 2 Riverside City 6-1 (from 10)
2.50 Lingfield 4 Dutiful Son 7-4 (from 7-2)
7.15 Newcastle 7 My Amigo 6-1 (from 16)

What to back

Get the best bets from our experts around the country in Tips Box.

Members' Club subscribers can read Paul Kealy's best bets here.

What to read

The Politologue team are out to cash in with questions surrounding the big two for the Champion Chase.

Style De Garde takes another step on the path towards Cheltenham in the Chatteris Fen at Huntingdon.

Members can read Tom Kerr's special report looking at whether or not independent bookies are heading for extinction?

What to watch

The Irish team are back with another episode of Friday Night Lights.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Mark Langdon previews the Sheffield derby.

Steve Palmer with his advice on day two of the SA Open.

Final thought 

Matt Chapman may not be everybody's cup of tea but he has a right to feel aggrieved by the way ITV have treated him. An hour before the news broke he was replying to criticism on twitter saying "Could have done better. But hey we are all learning!"

ITV must have known what they were letting themselves in for given he already broadcasts live for the channel on a weekly basis and given the improvement he showed from his car-crash debut on the channel's racing coverage he could perhaps have expected a chance to redeem himself. 

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Gumball bids to get his juvenile campaign back on track and is not even favourite as he takes on Henderson's Style De Garde
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