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Monday, 10 December, 2018

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

There is a good card at Ludlow on Thursday
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You have to love jumps racing sometimes. There is a Class 2 handicap chase at Ludlow today for which the winner will receive just over £13,600, but 35 minutes later the winner of the grand-titled Ludlow Gold Cup will take home just £3,700 to go with their silverware.

Today's Gold Cup is a hunters' chase and unlikely to be confused with the one that took place six days ago, but certain runners in the field, such as Opening Batsman and Grandioso, were very smart chasers in their day.

The supporting jumps action comes from Chepstow and Cork, while there is all-weather provided by Wolverhampton in the afternoon and Chelmsford in the evening.

Going report

Cork (first race at: 2.00)
Soft to heavy

Wolverhampton (2.10)
Standard (all-weather)

Chepstow (2.20)
Soft (GoingStick: Chase 4.6, Hurdle 4.8 on Wednesday at 06:00)

Ludlow (2.30)
Hurdles - Soft, Good to Soft in Places; chase - Good to Soft , Good in Places (GoingStick: 6.3 on Thursday at 8:30)

Chelmsford (5.45)
Standard (all-weather)

Market movers

2.20 Chepstow - Ring Eye 12-1 (from 14)

3.05 Cork - Viking Hoard 4-1 (from 13-2)

4.50 Cork - Twiss's Hill 8-1 (from 14)

5.25 Wolverhampton - Global Excel 100-30 (from 5)

5.45 Chelmsford - Malaysian Boleh 6-1 (from 15-2)

8.15 Chelmsford - Clear Water 11-2 (from 13-2)

What to back

Simon Giles picks his best bet of the day in the 'big' race at Ludlow and makes the case in ten seconds.


What to read

There is hope for us all . . .

Is the north being neglected in race programming? One high-profile Scottish trainer thinks so.

What to watch

Ever wanted to know how the experts spot a horse in the paddock? Check out our latest Masterclass video.


The best of Racing Post Sport

We look ahead to the upcoming Formula One season, which begins in Bahrain on Sunday.

While Bruce Millington looks back on Cheltenham.

Final thought 

Today is one of those little wrinkles in the programme that concentrates the meetings closer together than ideal. It wouldn't be too difficult to see at least one race live from each of the three afternoon fixtures, although you would probably miss the Ludlow Gold Cup.

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