All you need to start your day including going from all the tracks
As is often the case, Thursday is when the week kicks up in gradient, this time towards an action-packed Saturday that takes us into the Christmas break.
Today there is turf racing to digest from both Exeter and Towcester. While the ostensible feature race at the first-named track has attracted just the two runners, the novices are strong and the handicaps typically competitive.
There are also three all-weather fixtures, at Southwell, Dundalk (the beginning of a two-day fixture that rounds off pre-Christmas racing in Ireland) and Chelmsford. Fans of the all-weather's familiar faces will be spoiled, with General Tufto making his 200th appearance and Very First Blade his 100th at Southwell, while Captain Scooby will reach 206 not out at Chelmsford.
Southwell - first race 11.45
Towcester - 12.25
Good to soft, soft in places (Dead) (GoingStick 7.6 on Thursday at 7.30am)
Hurdle course dolled out on both bottom bends. Chase and hurdle courses on shared bends. Race distances altered by the following approximate distances: Races 1 and 7 - 10 yards; Races 2 and 6 - 45 yards; Race 3 - 20 yards; Race 4 - 35 yards; Race 5 - 15 yards
Exeter - 12.35
Soft (GoingStick: Chase 5.5; Hurdle 5.6 on Tuesday at 11:30am)
Shared bends, all races will be run on the chase bend turning into the home straight. Chase distances as advertised. Hurdles saces 1 and 5 add 102 yards, races 6 and 7 add 180 yards
Dundalk - 4.30
Chelmsford - 5.45
Southwell 11.45 Good Time Ahead 4-1 (from 9-2)
Exeter 2.05 Le Rocher 7-4 (from 2-1)
Chelmsford 5.45 Complicit 5-4 (from 11-8)
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