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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Counting down to the return of the world's best racehorse Winx

Winx: star mare returns at Randwick
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Flat's the way to do it as the week starts with meetings at Ayr, Ripon, Windsor and Wolverhampton in Britain and Ballinrobe in Ireland. Entries for the weekend action are also due, so likely fields for Newbury's Hungerford and Geoffrey Freer Stakes will become clearer. Potential runners for Ripon's William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap are also revealed.

Chelmsford, Ffos Las, Nottingham and Thirsk keep the racing roadshow on track. Attention will be off the course to a degree, however, as the BHA inquiry into a positive cobalt test returned by the Rebecca Bastiman-trained John Caesar continues. On Friday the trainer's father, Robin, admitted lying.

You might be jumping for joy if Flat racing is not your bag. That is because after eight days off the jumps game returns to British racecourses with Newton Abbot and Worcester staging meetings. Worcester could also host the return of Dave Crosse, who has been off since May after breaking a bone in his hand. Flat fans, do not panic. At Salisbury there's a 1m2f fillies' Listed race, won three years ago by subsequent Group 1 winner Journey, meanwhile the world's longest horserace continues across the Mongolian Steppe. The Mongol Derby's 1000km trip takes some getting and is a punishing event. 

A horse resting at the Mongol Derby

Salisbury again offers the pick of the Flat fare as the Group 3 Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes headlines its bill, while declarations for Saturday will also be revealed. The countdown to York's popular Ebor meeting begins as entries and confirmations are made for the Wednesday, which hosts the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Juddmonte International Stakes, which could be the race of the season.

A 5f fillies' Listed race tops Newbury's card, while Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Newmarket, Catterick, Chelmsford, Dundalk and Tramore also race on an action-packed day. Again, there will be York focus with confirmations for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The Hungerford Stakes is the highlight at Newbury, which hosts its ladies' day, when Rudimental will play after racing. Tramore's four-day festival continues, while Del Mar stages a brace of Grade 1s with the TVG Pacific Classic and Del Mar Oaks. On the other coast, the Alabama Stakes takes place at Saratoga. Oh, and before all that there's the small matter of Winx, the world's best racehorse, returning at Randwick in newly renamed Winx Stakes, so don't forget to set your alarm clock.

Time to put your feet up? Maybe not as PontefractSouthwell and Tramore provide food for thought, while the Sapporo Kinen takes place in Japan.

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Time to put your feet up? Maybe not as Pontefract, Southwell and Tramore provide food for thought
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