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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Busy start to an important week as jumps seasons draw to a close

Newton Abbot: action at the track starts at 1.30
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It's a busy start to a busy week with six meetings. If you want a Flat fix, then Windsor, Pontefract and Navan fit the bill, while jumping comes from Newton Abbot, Hexham and Sedgefield.

But we will also have the final countdown to the Punchestown festival, where Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott will collide in their bids for the Irish jumps trainers' title, and there will also be news of Sandown, which closes the British season on Saturday.

Going report

Newton Abbot (first race 1.30)
Soft, good to soft in places (GoingStick: 4.0 at 6am on Monday).

Hexham (1.50)
Soft, good to soft in places in home straight and an area of heavy on top of the hill bend.

Pontefract (2.10)
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick: 7.2 on Monday at 6.30am).

Navan (4.25)
Yielding, yielding to soft in places.

Windsor (4.50)
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick: 6.8).

Sedgefield (4.50)
Good to soft (GoingStick: Chase 8.7 and Hurdle 8.8 on Monday at 6am).

Market movers

2.10 Pontefract
Allen A Dale 15-2 (from 10)

2.40 Pontefract
Society Red 11-2 (from 7)

3.50 Hexham
Major Ridge 10-1 (from 12)

What to back

Richard Birch picks through the British cards, while Alan Sweetman has cast his eye over the Irish action.

We also have the usual pointers from Tips Box and Signposts. Find all the expert advice here.

What to read

Talking of Punchestown, there is analysis of the Mullins-Elliott tusslenews from the important meeting plus Lee Mottershead's latest column.

Newmarket ace David Simcock is the latest subject in our stable tour series.

What to watch

News on some of Ed Walker's stars ...

and here's a moment David Jennings might regret ...

The best of Racing Post Sport

The team tackle Monday's matches in England, Spain and Italy and you can find their selections here.

Final thought 

The dominance of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott does not sit easy with some, but surely this week at Punchestown will be irresistible viewing.


Read The Briefing from 8.30am daily on racingpost.com with all the day's latest going, weather, market moves and non-runner news


 

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