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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

All you need to know to start your day including going from all the tracks

Sandown: the track's two-day fixture starts today
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In comparison to recent Fridays it is surprising – and somewhat disappointing – that there are just three fixtures in Britain and none in the evening.

September 1 is the end date for evening turf fixtures in Britain, so the action takes place in the afternoon at Sandown, Thirsk and Bangor.

Sandown stages the standout card as the track begins its two-day fixture with some competitive handicaps and two top-class maidens loaded with regally bred runners.

For those wanting to catch some racing after work, Down Royal comes to the rescue with a twilight card, featuring Rashaan's bid for the Kerry Foods Hurdle at 6.40.

Going report

Sandown first race 1.40
Round course - Good to soft, good in places; sprint course - Good, good to soft in places. Rail out 3 yards from 7f to winning post, adding 12 yards to all Round course distances.

Thirsk 1.50
Good, good to firm in places. Home bend dolled out 3m from the inside line altering standard distances as follows: 7f start +10 yards; 8f start +10 yards; 2m start +10 yards

Bangor - 2.00
Good (watered). The hurdle rail has been moved out by 12 yards and the chase rail remains on the inside. Add 12 yards to races 1, 2, 5 and 6.

Down Royal - 4.35

Market movers

Down Royal
4.35 Vision D'Ete 2 (from 4)
5.05 Dixie Lee 7 (from 10)

2.45 Enzemble 10 (from 25)
3.20 La La Land 8 (from 10)

2.35 Chozen 16 (from 33)
4.50 Mr Lando 13-2 (from 9)

4.40 God Willing 8 (from 20)

What's on today

Get ready for an action-packed weekend with previews for the televised races at Sandown, Chester and Beverley and the big international contests in Turkey and the US.

What to back

Paul Kealy leads our expert team of tipsters into daily battle with the bookmakers – plus get the day's best bets from around the regional centres.

What to read

Paul Hanagan discusses life after his Hamdan Al Maktoum role with Julian Muscat. Our Winter Heroes series continues with Apple's Jade and cracking columns from John Cobb and Richard Forristal

What to watch

To get you in the mood for today's action at Sandown, we put two illustriously bred runners under the microscope in our Pedigree Pointers videos.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Expert advice for England's World Cup qualifier against Malta and the rest of the fixtures on a busy night of international football.

Final thought

Compared to some of the figures floating around on transfer deadline day, Sandown newcomer Emaraaty (2.45) could be a snip at 2.6 million guineas.

The Dubawi half-brother to Izzi Top and Jazzi Top, trained by John Gosden for Hamdan Al Maktoum, was the joint-most expensive yearling sold at public auction in Europe last year and he starts out in a 7f maiden won by future Pattern winners Time Test (2014) and Stormy Atlantic (2015).

For those wanting to catch some racing after work, Down Royal comes to the rescue with a twilight card

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