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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

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

Aidan O'Brien's September made her debut on this card last year
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There are a couple of Listed races at Leopardstown on Thursday evening, but arguably neither is as interesting as the opening fillies' maiden, which Aidan O'Brien won last year with September and in which he is strongly represented.

Secret Thoughts is a War Front filly out of Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, while Fire Fly is a sister to the likes of Gustav Klimt, Mars, Wonderfully and Cuff, and Tracing is a Galileo filly out of Jersey Stakes winner Ishvana. 

Elsewhere, there is afternoon action from Yarmouth, Haydock and Ripon, while Sandown and Carlisle supplement Leopardstown this evening.

Going report

Yarmouth (first race 1.50)
Good to firm, good in places

Haydock (2.00)
Good to firm

Ripon (2.10)

Leopardstown (5.45)
Good to firm, good in places

Sandown (5.55)
Good, good to firm in places

Carlisle (6.05)
Good, good to firm in places in the home straight

Market movers

4.00 Haydock: Leo Minor into 100-30 (from 5)
4.20 Yarmouth: Mutafarrid into 2-1 (from 11-4)
6.25 Sandown: Sharja Silk into 7-2 (from 11-2)

What to back

Members can read Paul Kealy's Thursday advice here.

Our tipsters around the country give their best bets in Tips Box.

What to read

Wednesday's shock news was that of Denman's death. His owners Paul Barber and Harry Findlay paid tribute.

Wednesday was also Andrew Thornton's final day in the saddle, and he parted with a winner – his 1,007th of a lengthy career.

The Classic-winning pair of Ken Condon and Shane Foley are in action this evening at Leopardstown. Read about their chances in the Glencairn Stakes.

What to watch

Bruce Millington, Nick Watts, Frank Hickey and Brendan Duke pay tribute to Denman.

Join Bruce Millington, Nick Watts, Frank Hickey and Brendan Duke for the definitive preview of the 2018 Royal Ascot.

We review Djakadam's career after his retirement. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

Do not miss Thursday's paper, for our brilliant World Cup betting guide. It features Mark Langdon's best bets, expert analysis from Alan Shearer and Michael Cox and comprehensive previews of every team, group and betting market.

The red-hot Steve Palmer has a couple of fancies for the St Jude Classic in Memphis.

Final thought 

Everyone will have a favourite Denman moment. For many it will be his Gold Cup win, or one of his two Hennessys. For others it will be his second start at Wincanton, when the big beast with the tall reputation from the Irish pointing field showed in no uncertain terms his immense talent.

He was all over the place on the tight track, struggling with the bends and generally looking like he didn't have a clue what he was supposed to be doing, yet he put 16 lengths into the 8-11 favourite. It was the last time he didn't start favourite until his first Hennessy.

For the freshest betting advice, based on latest going and market conditions, don't miss the Live Tipster every afternoon. Just click Raceday Live at or the mobile app

The big beast with the tall reputation from the Irish pointing field showed in no uncertain terms his immense talent
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