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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Going news, market moves and non-runners on a stellar Saturday

Cue Card: jump racing's most popular horse?
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From dirt devils to dyed-in-the-wool jumpers, racing's broad church is catered to on Saturday like on no other day of the year.

Bonfire night eve promises fireworks on both sides of the Atlantic with the jumps season cranking up to virtually top gear, while day two of the Breeders' Cup - a feast for any Flat fan - takes place at Del Mar.

Initial attention will be focused on Wetherby, which stages the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase - the track's annual highlight that is well up to scratch.

Cue Card, perhaps the most popular jumper in training, tackles another storied sort in Coneygree, but the opposition makes this no two-horse race.

That's the main dish of Wetherby's card, which shares ITV coverage with Ascot, where the feature is the £100,000 Grade 3 Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

Newmarket signs off for 2017, while there are also afternoon meetings in Britain and Ireland at Ayr and Down Royal - where Our Duke puts his Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials to the test - with Newcastle's all-weather card starting at 3.25, leading nicely into the Breeders' Cup.

The first race of the US jamboree is at 7.00pm UK time with the Classic due off at 12.35am on Sunday morning - you might need a pot of coffee.

But expect the Brits to be toasting something bubblier if they manage to bag a big one Stateside.

Going report

Newmarket - 12.05 first race
Good to soft (GoingStick 7.5 at 6.30 on Saturday)

Wetherby - 12.20
Soft (GoingStick chase 5.2, hurdle 5.8 at 8.30 on Saturday)

Ayr - 12.25
Heavy, soft in places (GoingStick chase 6.0, hurdle 5.7 at 7.15 on Saturday)

Ascot - 12.40 
Good (GoingStick chase 6.9, hurdle 7.7 at 11.00 on Saturday)

Down Royal - 12.45
Soft, yielding in places

Newcastle - 3.25

Del Mar - 7.00 (first Breeders' Cup race)
Fast (dirt), firm (turf)  

Market movers

Wetherby 12.20 Delgany Demon 10-3 (from 10-1)
Ayr 1.00 The Cobbler Swayne 11-4 (from 13-2)
Newmarket 2.20 Elysium Dream 12-1 (from 16s)
Ayr 3.20 Martila 6-1 (from 15-2)
Ascot 4.05 Kateson 13-8 (from 2-1)
Newcastle 7.10 Andy's Girl 5-1 (from 8s)

Key non-runners 

Del Mar 11.37 Ulysses
Wetherby 3.15 Virgilio
Ascot 2.25 Speredek

What to back

There is a double dose of Pricewise with Tom Segal in the hotseat for the British racing, while Nicholas Godfrey tries to find the value at the Breeders' Cup.

Kevin MorleyPaul Kealy and Richard Forristal also have the angles covered, while Maddy Playle provides the ten-second tips for today here

What to read

Keith Melrose sets the scene in opening show and we've in-depth previews of all the action here.

David Jennings also has the latest on Australian superstar Winx and Richard Hughes and Freddy Tylicki's columns are, as usual, not to be missed.

What to watch

Kieren Fallon previews the Breeders' Cup:

Get the inside track on Cue Card from those who know him best:

And Jessica Harrington has an Our Duke update:

The best of Racing Post Sport

The RPSport team tackle West Ham v Liverpool and Stoke v Leicester, plus do not miss words of wisdom from Mark Langdon and Kevin Pullein.

Final thought 

It is kind of one of those days when it might not be best to move from the sofa, so shun the Saturday shop and any DIY - and don't feel guilty about it.

Cue Card, perhaps the most popular jumper in training, tackles another storied sort in Coneygree, but the opposition makes this no two-horse race
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