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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Crucial information such as going news, market movers and punting pointers

Ruby Walsh: returns to the saddle at Thurles
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The pieces continue to fall into place for next week's Cheltenham Festival and the return of Ruby Walsh at Thurles on Thursday is among the most significant.

Walsh, 11 times the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, rides Lareena in the 2m maiden hurdle, his first ride since breaking his leg in a fall at Punchestown in November.

Of course there is plenty more besides the return of Walsh. There are jumps meeting at Wincanton and Carlisle, all-weather action at Southwell and Newcastle plus the six-day confirmations for the second day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Throw in the declarations for Saturday's Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown and you have got quite a day. Good job we enjoy being busy.

Going report

Southwell (first race 2.00)

Wincanton (2.10)
Soft, heavy in places

Thurles (2.15)
Soft to heavy

Carlisle (2.20)
Heavy (soft in places on hurdles course)

Newcastle (5.45)

Market movers

2.30 Southwell - Chaucers Tale 11-2 (from 7-1)
3.25 Carlisle - Shanaway 9-1 (from 11-1)
5.20 Wincanton - One Night In Milan 11-4 (from 7-2)

What to back

Need a quick tip for Thursday's racing? Then spare ten seconds to find out who Adam Maidment fancies at Wincanton.

However, if you are already looking ahead to the start of the Cheltenham Festival, then Dave Orton gives you his best bets for Tuesday.

What to read

Aidan Coleman will partner Unibet Champion Hurdle regular My Tent Or Yours next week, and believes you ignore him at your peril.

Coleman will be one of a number of jockeys chasing the leading rider title at the festival next week. Jon Lees analyses who is in with the best shot of lifting the award.

And after Talismanic earned his place on Dubai World Cup night, trainer Andre Fabre found himself talking about Jeremy Corbyn.

What to watch

ITV and At The Races presenter Luke Harvey is the latest racing celebrity to take part in our Masterminded series...

While Brendan Duke goes in search of Cheltenham Festival fever...

If you want a breeding angle on the meeting, then the RP Bloodstock Postcast is just what you want to be watching...

The best of Racing Post Sport

It has not been a happy few days if you are an Arsenal fan. The bad news is our experts feel AC Milan can compound the misery in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

There is also Premier League darts to look forward to. We preview the action in Leeds.

Final thought 

Wednesday we lost Top Notch, Vroum Vroum Mag and Hunters Call from next week's Cheltenham Festival. Hopefully there will be no more dreams dashed before the start of the meeting.

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Throw in the declarations for Saturday's Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown and you have got quite a day
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