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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Apprentices go head-to-head for title plus the latest from all the tracks

Working out the winners in the paddock at Nottingham
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With four days until the end of the Flat season most of the titles are decided, but there is still a little life left in the apprentice race.

Paddy Power went 1-20 David Egan after he went five clear of Kieran Shoemark (8-1) when winning the last at Kempton on Tuesday, but the challenger has eight booked rides today to seven for Egan.

The pair take in Lingfield and Kempton on the all-weather rather than Nottingham where Frankie Dettori pops in for two rides for John Gosden.

Wetherby, which opens a £3.5m grandstand extension with BHA chief executive Nick Rust looking on, and Punchestown, where Irish Champion Hurdle winner and Champion Hurdle third Petit Mouchoir makes his chasing debut, keep the jumping enthusiasts happy.

Going report

Happy Valley first race 12.15
Good

Nottingham 1.30
Good to soft, good in places. GoingStick 7.3
Racing on outer track. Rail out four yards on the home bend, adding 12yds to first six races

Lingfield 1.50
Standard to slow

Punchestown 2.05
Yielding to soft

Wetherby 2.10
Good (watered)

Kempton 5.45
Standard to slow 

Market movers

3.45 Wetherby: Katgary 6-1 (from 17-2)

5.15 Nottingham: Awesome Allan 8-1 (from 12)

7.45 Kempton: Archie McKeller 11-4 (from 100-30)

What to back

First up it is the increasingly popular racing from Hong Kong to enliven lunchtime. Today it is Happy Valley under the lights which attracts our tipping experts.

If Nottingham is more your cup of tea, find out in ten seconds who Nick Watts likes in Robin Hood country.

What to read

Graham Dench has been down to see Richard Hannon and his British Champions Day contenders headed by Barney Roy in the Qipco Champion Stakes on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien also builds on his plans for the Ascot showpiece where he is evens to saddle two or more winners, which would break Bobby Frankel's record of 25 Group/ Grade 1 winners in a calendar year.

Members can find out about the firepower that David Pipe has this jumps season in the latest of the unmissable stable tours.

What to watch

Whet the appetite for Saturday's fitting climax to the Flat season with some of our video previews of Qipco British Champions Day.

David Jennings is finding his feet in Australia ahead of a tumultuous few weeks racing there. He catches up with Hugh Bowman, the rider of wondermare Winx.

The best of Racing Post Sport

More top tips on another night of Champions League football with Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic in action.

Spain hosts this week's golf tournament in Europe while, as unlikely as it sounds, the top American golfers head to Korea for the CJ Cup.

Then there is the latest snooker bets for the English Open and more live cricket.

Final thought 

Today is the calm before the storm on both the racing and weather fronts. Saturday is forecast to be a stormer – in more ways than one . 

Paddy Power went 1-20 David Egan after he went five clear of Kieran Shoemark (8-1) when winning the last at Kempton on Tuesday
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