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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

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

It is perhaps Catterick's biggest day over jumps
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One of those little midweek surprises, the Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National (2.35) at Catterick arrives upon us today and brings together plenty of familiar faces, including last year's placed runners and I Just Know from the Sue Smith yard, which has taken the prize home in each of the last two years.

Leicester hosts the day's other jumps card in Britain, with Clonmel staging the Irish fixture. 

The all-weather has come so far in recent seasons that it is a surprise Newcastle and Chelmsford have nothing better than handicaps between them, but there is competitive fare at both courses.

There is also the small matter of the first day of the Dubai Carnival at Meydan, with the Group 3 Singspiel Stakes and Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge heading the card.


Going Report

Catterick - first race 12.30
Soft

Clonmel - 12.35
Heavy

Leicester - 12.45
Hurdles - Heavy, Chase - Soft, heavy on Flat course crossings (GoingStick 3.5 Hurdle, 5.0 Chase at 6.30am on Thursday)

Newcastle - 1.55
Standard (AW)

Chelmsford - 5.55
Standard (AW)


Market movers

Leicester 12.45
Diamond King 4-1 (from 5)

Catterick 1.00
Aramist 11-2 (from 7)

Newcastle 3.35
The Jungle Vip 8-1 (from 11) 


What to back

Got ten seconds and fancy a bet at Catterick? Then check out Tom Bull's fancy. 

 

What to read

Nicky Henderson is nothing if not honest about Might Bite's Gold Cup prospects as he headed 38 entries yesterday.

Henderson's former brother-in-arms Jamie Osborne is also getting excited, albeit for very different reasons


The Best of Racing Post Sport

The Sony Open is the PGA Tour event this week and it has been thoroughly previewed.

In the Thursday column, Bruce Millington has some advice for footballers-turned-pundits.


Final Thought

It has happened somewhat stealthily, but we have just about reached the point where Might Bite's biggest danger in the Gold Cup is himself. It seems only Sizing John, Native River or something unforeseen can stop that being the perception on March 16.

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