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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Farewell to a Goodwood institution plus all the latest from the tracks

Glorious setting: Goodwood hosts it final meeting of the year on Sunday
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It is six days until the official end of the Flat season with British Champions Day at Ascot next Saturday, but first the curtain comes down today at Goodwood’s final meeting of the year.

Clerk of the course Seamus Buckley oversees his final meeting, after 23 years of tending what is acknowledged to be a course which consistently produces good ground even in the driest of summers.

Jump jockeys, who seem to love a challenge, start the day with their annual whizz round Goodwood's gradients and standing dish Harry Hunt is back to try and win the race for a second time in four years after a short-head defeat last year.

Day two of Chepstow's jumps meeting does not have the stars of Saturday but it gives the veteran chasers a chance to hog the limelight.

Over in Ireland Naas hosts the latest round in the duel between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen for the Irish Flat jockeys' title.


Going report

Naas - first race 1.20
Soft, yielding to soft in places

Chepstow - 1.40
Good, good to soft in places

Goodwood - 2.00
Soft. Good to soft in places

Cork - 2.05
Yielding - hurdle track. Yielding to soft on chase course.

Market movers

2.00 Goodwood Medburn Cutler 9-2 (from 13-2)
2.40 Cork Minella Beau 11-8 (from 2)
3.35 Naas Elegant Post 5-2 (from 3)
4.55 Goodwood Poets Princess 8-1 (from 14)
5.25 Goodwood Noble Peace 7-2 (from 13-2)


Key non-runners

Chepstow 1.40 Kozier (infection)
Chepstow 2.50 Listen To The Man (going)
Chepstow 4.00 Utility (pulled shoe off)


What to back

It is Segal on Sunday for members to access, and the Tips Box will have its usual treasures provided by our provincial correspondents and time and rating experts.

Danny Hayes gives a tasty Chepstow tip in ten seconds . . .

 


What to read

Expert reaction to the Dewhurst which saw the ante-post market on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas turned on its head, plus the story of one of the gambles of the season in one of the hardest handicaps in the calendar.

Alastair Down (members only) has his take on Newmarket and the major players on Saturday's stage.

The unmissable RPSunday has an interview with man of the moment Karl Burke plus all the usual features that make it the top read in racing.


What to watch


The best of Racing Post Sport

After winning tips on both the Liverpool v Manchester United and Crystal Palace v Chelsea games, the sports team turns its attention to Brighton v Everton and Southampton v Newcastle.

Add in the next round of the NFL season, more European ties in rugby union and the climax to two golf tournaments and there is plenty to catch up on in the sporting world.


Final thought

So it’s farewell to a racing institution at Goodwood today with Seamus Buckley hanging up his stick after one of the wettest summers on the Sussex Downs. No betting he will still be keeping an eye on what has been his back garden for 23 years.

Over in Ireland Naas hosts the latest round in the duel between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen for the Irish Flat jockeys' title
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