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Friday, 14 December, 2018

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

The Shergar Cup takes centre stage on a busy day's racing
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If you build it they will come, so the saying goes. Ascot has built it and Joao Moreira has finally come. Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori are otherwise engaged but a rider many in Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan hold in just as high regard is at Ascot and will almost certainly shine at some point this afternoon.

But Ascot is not the only show in town. There is Group action at Cork, Haydock and Newmarket and also meetings at Redcar and Chelmsford, while the racing comes from Ayr, Kilbeggan and Lingfield this evening.

Going report

Ascot (first race 1.05)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 7.8 round course, 7.3 straight course Friday at 9.00)

Redcar (1.10)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick: 8.6 on Wednesday at 2.30)

Cork (1.15)
Good, good to firm in places

Haydock (1.20)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick: 7.8 on Friday at 3.00)

Chelmsford (1.30)

Newmarket (2.00)
Soft (GoingStick: 6.4 on Friday at 9.30)

Lingfield (5.10)
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick: 7.8 on Thursday at 6.45)

Kilbeggan (5.20)
Good to firm

Ayr (5.35)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 8.0 on Friday at 7.20)

Market movers

1.30 Chelmsford - Toffee Galore 5-6 (from 11-8)
2.00 Newmarket - Hawthorn Rose 4-1 (from 6)
3.35 Cork - My Silver Nails 8-1 (from 10)
4.50 Haydock - Nibras Again 7-2 (from 9-2)

What to back

It is a Saturday, which means Pricewise Tom Segal is back with his best bets. Members can read his advice here.

Our experts around the country supply their best bets in Saturday's Tips Box.

What to read

Scott Burton and Andrew Scutts set up an action-packed day of racing in Saturday Fever.

If you are unsure how the Shergar Cup works you can read our handy guide to everything you need to know.

Nicky Henderson has reason to celebrate, he saddled his 3,000th winner as a trainer at Worcester.

What to watch

Maddy Playle, David Jennings, Tom Park and Niall O'Reilly pick out the best bets from the Shergar Cup at Ascot, and consider whether Alpha Centauri can be opposed in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

Shergar Cup two-time Melbourne Cup-winning rider Corey Brown answered the big questions such as his favourite horse and his career highlight.

The best of Racing Post Sport

The Premier League may have returned this weekend but it is to the football league that expert Mark Langdon turns for his best bets

Read Steve Davies's preview of the afternoon's early kick off in the Premiership, Newcastle v Tottenham.

Final thought 

The Shergar Cup is a unique competition and Fran Berry is a deserving favourite to defend his Silver Saddle given he has an excellent book of rides. Four of his five mounts are 8-1 or shorter and no-one else involved has that depth of opportunities – Holly Doyle has one 7-1 shot and all her other mounts are at double-figure prices. In terms of depth, don't ignore Hayley Turner, she may not have any favourites but four of her rides are 9-1 or shorter.

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 Shergar Cup is a unique competition and Fran Berry is a deserving favourite to defend his Silver Saddle given he has an excellent book of rides
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