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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Welsh National lost but still lots to relish as festive feast continues

Politologue is back in action at Kempton
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The Boxing Day action was sensational with Might Bite and Footpad taking centre stage but the good racing keeps coming thick and fast this festive period and Champion Chase second favourite Min and Supreme Novices' favourite Mengli Khan are in action at Leopardstown.

It is not all good news, with Chepstow's Welsh National card having failed an inspection this morning but there is still live action on ITV4 from Kempton, where Politologue is a short-priced favourite for the Grade 2 Unibet Desert Orchid Chase.

Going report

Leopardstown (first race 12.10)
Hurdle course: Soft, yielding in places. Chase course: Yielding, soft in places

Kempton (12.45)
Soft. The chase course is on its innermost configuration, while the winter hurdle course is four yards out from its innermost configuration. Races 1 and 6 – add 22 yards; race 3 – add 40 yards.

Limerick (12.25)
Heavy

Wetherby (12.30)
Soft, good to soft in places (GoingStick Chase 5.8; Hurdle 6.0 on Tuesday at 11am). The shared 'A1' bend is located 20 yards out from its innermost line. The separate 'away' chase and hurdle bends are both 14 yards from their innermost lines. Race Distances affected as follows: races 1, 3 and 4 add 102 yards; races 2, 5 and 6 add 204 yards; race 7 add 102 yards.

Wolverhampton (1.45)
Standard

Market movers

Kempton 1.20 Cyrname 9-2 (from 5-1)

Leopardstown 1.50 Le Richebourg 14-1 (from 20-1)

Limerick 3.45 Cluan Dara 17-2 (from 10-1)

What to back

The signpost sweetspots pinpoint Wednesday's killer punting angles.

Our tipsters from around the country provide their daily naps.

Those with access to Members' Club can read Tom Segal's Pricewise advice here.

What to read

For those that want to relive it in all its brilliance, there is Jon Lees's report on Might Bite's King George win. For those more interested in today's Welsh National, here's what the trainers had to say.

Politologue has one more mission before a new year break.

Min puts his unbeaten record over fences on the line at Leopardstown.

What to watch

 

The best of Racing Post Sport

Aaron Ashley previews Newcastle's clash with Manchester City.

Steve Davies previews Wednesday's darts.

Final thought 

Might Bite has a tremendous amount of ability. He was galloping all over them a long way out and was only just doing enough up the straight. His jump at the last betrayed just how much he had left in the tank.

Whether he stays straight up the run-in come the Gold Cup is still open for debate and in beating Double Shuffle by two lengths he did not do enough to scare off anyone. It should be a cracker and after such a bold show on Boxing Day Thistlecrack is back in contention for the race he was favourite for this time last year.


Read exclusive previews from 6pm daily on racingpost.com


 

Whether he stays straight up the Gold Cup run-in is still open to debate and in beating Double Shuffle by two lengths he did not scare off anyone
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