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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

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

Sir Valentino (right) and Garde La Victoire do battle again in the Haldon Gold Cup
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The day is a few hours old for those hardy souls who were rewarded with a historic Melbourne Cup at Flemington. For the rest, there is plenty to look forward to at a more sociable hour.

The main event is undoubtedly the Haldon Gold Cup (2.00) at Exeter. A traditional starting point for many top chasers, often but not always two-milers, this year's renewal features Champion Chase third Sir Valentino, the horse he beat in this race by a short head last year (Garde La Victoire) and the three main players from last year's Maghull – Politologue, Forest Bihan and San Benedeto.

Exeter's undercard provides more above-average fare, with Fairyhouse offering more jumps action in Ireland. Besides that, it is Flat all the way, with meetings at Redcar, Wolverhampton and Kempton.

Going report

Redcar first race 12.20

Soft (GoingStick 7.0 on Sunday at 7.45)

Fairyhouse 12.55

Yielding to soft

Exeter 1.00

Good to soft (soft in places) (GoingStick chase 5.1, hurdle 5.3 on Monday at 10.00)

Wolverhampton 1.10


Kempton 4.45


Market movers

Redcar 12.20 Mametz Wood 7-2 (from 9-2)
Redcar 1.20 Bold Spirit 17-2 (from 10)
Exeter 2.00 Gino Trail 10-1 (from 16)
Exeter 3.05 Royal Palladium 8-1 (from 11)
Wolverhampton 3.45 Dwaterside 10-1 (from 20)
Kempton 5.15 Racing Country 10-3 (from 5)
Kempton 7.45 Grey Waters 9-4 (from 11-4)

What to back

Nick Watts' bet of the day runs in the feature at Exeter:

What to read

Get beneath the skin of what transpired at Flemington in the early hours with a few key lessons to take from the race.

Also, read our comment on why the David Evans case, for which the trainer was yesterday fined over £3,000 for conduct prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and/or good reputation of horseracing, leaves a sour taste for punters.

What to watch

Have an early look towards the weekend with the Racing Postcast:

The best of Racing Post Sport

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Final thought 

Brian Ellison said yesterday when talking about his stable star Forest Bihan: "There aren't many options for horses like him."

Looking at today's Haldon Gold Cup field, which includes three of the five runners from the Maghull, the first two from last year's race and another previous winner, his statement could not have looked more apt.

A traditional starting point for many top chasers, often but not always two-milers, this year's renewal features Champion Chase third Sir Valentino
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