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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Everything you need to kickstart your punting week

Ripon: one of three Flat meetings in Britain today
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With the summer holidays over and a morning inspection due to the threat of waterlogging, it feels like autumn has arrived with a vengeance.

However, there is still plenty of life in the Flat season and the countdown to Saturday's trio of Group 1s at Haydock and the Curragh, cranks up a gear today - plus there are four fixtures to keep you entertained.

You can beat the Monday blues with Flat cards at Brighton, Ripon and Windsor, as well as a mixed meeting at Roscommon which got the all-clear to race following an 8am inspection.

Going report

Windsor - first race 1.50
Good to soft

Brighton - 2.00
Good, good to firm in places (watered)

Ripon - 2.10
Good to firm, good in places (watered). Rail on bend from back straight to home straight dolled out by 3 yards adding 6 yards to races on the round course

Roscommon - 4.45
Heavy (passed 8am inspection)

Market movers

Shazzab (2.20 Windsor) 9-1 from 16s (Iconic Sunset a significant non-runner)

Perfect Pastime (2.30 Brighton) 8-1 from 11s

Perfect Madge (4.10 Ripon) 7-4 from 11-4

Miss Anticipation (5.20 Windsor) 11-1 from 22s

Our Anniversary (5.45 Roscommon) 7-2 from 8-1

What's on today

The fields for the big weekend races, including the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock, will start to take shape with the five-day entries revealed. There will also be full reaction to a busy weekend of action, both at home and abroad.

What to back

Tipping expert Richard Birch bids to get your punting week off to a flyer with four fancies for the day.

Fellow top judge Nick Watts flags up a horse to back at Windsor in super-quick time.

What to read

Alastair Down talks to no-nonsense trainer Ruth Carr, who is enjoying her best season, in an unmissable interview, while Joseph O'Brien and Hugo Palmer join the Monday Jury.

What to watch

Whet your appetite for the jumps season as trainers Jonjo O'Neill and Noel Meade give you the lowdown on their stable stars.


The best of Racing Post Sport

After Friday's 4-0 win over Malta, England return to Wembley for a crucial World Cup qualifier with Slovakia and Dan Childs predicts it will be a good night for the hosts.

Final thought

With a total of 47 winners, Ruth Carr is enjoying her best season and she would love to make it 48 in the 3.40 at Ripon - a handicap named after her grandfather David Chapman - with Lexington Place.

There is still plenty of life in the Flat season and the countdown to Saturday's trio of Group 1s cranks up a gear

Key data

Ruth Carr
E.W. Terms
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