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Ffos Las has passed an inspection
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Ffos Las has passed an inspection and racing on Saturday will go ahead as planned. The inspection had been called due to the threat of high winds but officials are satisfied the meeting, which is set to feature in the Welsh Champion Hurdle, can take place. 

There will be no racing at Fairyhouse, with officials calling off the fixture due to high winds. The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday.  

Ascot stages Qipco British Champions Day and it seems to go from strength to strength. Even though Enable - who has lit up the Flat season - is missing fields look bang up to scratch on an important day for the sport.

Even the prospect of easy ground has not dented what looks a star-studded bill, headlined by the Qipco Champion Stakes.

It's Cracksman v Brametot v Barney Roy v Highland Reel in that, while the Qipco-supported Queen Elizabeth II Stakes also looks tasty with leading miler Ribchester facing dual Classic ace Churchill and the progressive Beat The Bank.

They are the main courses, but the shoulder races promise to thrill as well with Order Of St George and Big Orange having their Gold Cup rematch in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup and Harry Angel in line for top speed honours in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

The other Flat turf meeting in Britain comes from Catterick where the apprentice title race between David Egan and Kieran Shoemark will be decided, while jumps fans get their fix at Market Rasen and Stratford.


Going report

Market Rasen - 1.10 first race
Good. Race 1: +216yds Race 2: +156yds Race 3: +216yds Race 4: +216yds Race 5: +162yds Race 6: +228yds Race 7: +108yds

Ascot - 1.25
Soft, heavy down the hill to Swinley Bottom (GoingStick: 6.6 straight course; 5.4 round course)

Fairyhouse - 1.35
ABANDONED - high winds

Catterick - 1.50 
Soft (GoingStick 6.6)

Stratford - 1.55
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 7.9)

Ffos Las - 2.10 (INSPECTION AT 1.45 DUE TO HIGH WINDS)
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick 6.3)

Wolverhampton - 5.40
Standard. 


Market movers

2.00 Ascot: Caravaggio 7-2 (from 9-2)

4.30 Ascot: Lord Glitters 3-1 (from 9-2)

5.10 Catterick: Our Cilla into 100-30 (from 7-2)

5.45 Stratford: Sultana Belle into 8-1 (from 10)


Key non-runners

2.00 Ascot: 7. Tupi


What to back

Pricewise's Tom Segal runs the rule over Ascot's card, while Kevin Morley seeks the angles in big-race trends and Paul Kealy has his usual dollop of sound advice.


What to read

Mark Storey sets the scene for Champions Day hereRichard Hughes and Freddy Tylicki are on hand with their must-read columns and we ponder how clever racehorses are.

We also have previews of the Champion Stakes, QEII, Fillies & Mares Stakes, Sprint, Long Distance Cup and Balmoral Handicap. Read them here.


What to watch

Richard Fahey is responsible for one of the big names on Champions Day, Ribchester. Hear his thoughts here ...

... But Richard Hannon also thinks the world of Champion Stakes hope Barney Roy ...

Head to our YouTube channel for analyst Dave Orton's Ascot thoughts, but here is his take on the Sprint ...

The best of Racing Post Sport

The team have tackled Chelsea v Watford and Southampton v West Brom, while Dan Williams has some knockout tips for the boxing.


Final thought 

Silvestre de Sousa will be presented with his jockeys' crown at Ascot, but whoever wins the apprentice title out of Shoemark and Egan will be without the fanfare at Catterick. The winner will likely not mind, but there remains a feeling ending the titles this weekend is not the perfect fit.

There remains a feeling ending the titles this weekend is not the perfect fit

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