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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

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

Wincanton: nominally the feature meeting on Thursday
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Have a lie-in if you are here for the all-weather, as Thursday afternoon is all about the jumps in both Britain and Ireland.

There is plenty of good handicap action on offer at Market Rasen, Leicester and Wincanton in Britain and Clonmel over the water.

Nominally, the highlight is Wincanton's 1.35, run in memory of 1982 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Silver Buck.

Chelmsford comes along in the evening, more than an hour and a half after the jumps wrap up, but would be competitive with any of the afternoon cards in terms of grading.

Those of a certain persuasion will also enjoy Meydan, where it is still early days in the UAE season, but it is always good to get ahead before the Carnival begins.


Going report

Market Rasen - first race 12.20
Good to soft, soft in places (6.2 hurdle and 6.1 chase on the GoingStick at 9am on Thursday). Wood Bend is out 16yds, Stands Bend is out 18yds. Adding approximately: Race 1: +150yds Race 2: +150yds Race 3: +204yds Race 4: +204yds Race 5: +204yds Race 6: +204yds Race 7: +150yds.

Clonmel - 12.25
Soft to heavy over hurdles and heavy, soft in places on the chase course.

Wincanton - 12.30
Soft, heavy in places. The Hurdle on the stables bend will be omitted. Distances: Races 1&2 Add 48yds. Races 3,4&7 Add 32yds. Race 5 Add 36yds. Race 6 Add 24yds

Leicester - 12.40
Soft over hurdles and good on the chase course (6.1 hurdle and 7.6 chase on the GoingStick at 6.30am on Thursday).

Chelmsford - 5.25
Standard. 


Market movers

Wincanton 
12.30 Drinks Interval 11-10 (from 11-8)
3.50 Kingofthecotswolds 5-4 (from 5), Midnight Midge 14-1 (from 25)

Leicester
1.10 Cliffside Park 6-5 (from 2)
2.15 Dahills Hill 11-2 (from 17-2)

Clonmel
3.45 Mighty Stowaway 2-1 (from 3)

Chelmsford
7.00 Belgian Bill 8-1 (from 11), Sibilance 3-1 (from 4)
7.30 Samphire Coast 17-2 (from 12)
8.00 Arcadian Sea 85-40 (from 7-2)
8.30 Zoffany Bay 17-2 (from 12)


What to back

Got ten seconds? Good, here's a tip for Market Rasen:


What to read

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With the John Durkan Chase coming up this weekend, we look back on the all-too-brief life of the man who bought Istabraq.


What to watch

The weekend is drawing closer, check out the Postcast on the Tingle Creek and Becher Chase.

 


The best of Racing Post Sport

Enough time might have elapsed to read our analysis of the second Ashes test without feeling too much pain.

In the Thursday column, Bruce Millington gives his assessment on a couple of emerging co-commentators.


Final thought 

Whether real or exaggerated, the Douvan situation ahead of Tingle Creek declarations could hardly have come at a worse time for the sport, with the Altior and Tango Sky affairs still ringing in the ears. We do not know who is and is not in the dark, all we can say with certainty is that the betting public fall into the first category.

Those of a certain persuasion will also enjoy Meydan
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