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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

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

Jumping at Carlisle takes centre stage on Thursday
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For just about the first time this autumn, today jump racing is totally dominant across the afternoon diet. Ludlow, Carlisle and Southwell combine to provide the action, with Thurles also giving Irish fans an extra helping of the winter game.

The historical highlight might be Carlisle's beginners' chase (3.20), which last year was won by Cloudy Dream and also has names like Duke Of Navan, Pendra and Bury Parade on its recent roll of honour. No obvious future stars are in the five-strong line-up this year, but three of them were useful hurdlers with the potential to be better chasers.

Flat fans will get their fix, but will have to wait until Chelmsford's seven-race card begins in the evening.

Going report

Ludlow - first race 1.55

Southwell - 2.05
Good (watered) (GoingStick 7.8)

Carlisle - 2.15
Heavy, soft in places (GoingStick 5.8)

Thurles - 2.20
Yielding to soft

Chelmsford - 5.45

Market movers

3.00 Ludlow: Valhalla into 2-1 (from 5-2)

3.55 Carlisle: Barrys Jack into 10-11 (from 11-10)

6.45 Chelmsford: Bath And Tennis into 4-1 (from 6)

What to back

Watch today's ten-second tip, courtesy of Nick Watts...

What to read

In this week's Allez France, Scott Burton suggests a new triple crown for stayers.

The BHA have also had their say on British Champions Weekend and the numbers are certainly food for thought.

What to watch

Jumps and Flat jockeys talk about the Markel Champions Challegne between the two at Olympia in December...

The best of Racing Post Sport

In the Thursday column, Bruce Millington admits to his betting superstitions.

We also look ahead to the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, where Matthew Ireland has provided a couple of outright bets.

Final thought 

Talk of Cracksman versus Enable next year will no doubt permeate through the winter, but what would be the most suitable set of circumstances for them to meet? With Enable unlikely to have any trouble with a stiff 1m2f, the Eclipse would be at least as fun to watch as the King George.

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