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The tough uphill run to the finish at Pontefract where racing takes place on Monday
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Welcome to the twilight zone.

Winners at Pontefract and Windsor will not count for jockey or trainer championship purposes – it all ended at Ascot on Saturday.

At least whoever wins the Silver Tankard at Pontefract will be consoled with just under £20,000. But perhaps it is time to zone in on the jump season with Plumpton hosting its popular Moorcroft charity raceday where legendary jockey and trainer Josh Gifford is remembered with a race run in his memory. 

Going report

Windsor - first race 1.40 (GoingStick 6.5)
Soft, good to soft places

Pontefract - 2.20
Soft, good to soft places(GoingStick 7.0)
(Rail dolled out up to 3yds between the two furlong and four furlong markers adding approximately five yards to all races)

Plumpton - 2.30
Good, good to soft in places (GoingStick 7.8 hurdles; 8.3 chase) 
(Common bends with hurdle track in three yards, chase out seven yards from innermost line. Races 1 and 3: 27 yards shorter than advertised; races 2,4 and 6: 84 yards further than advertised; race 5: 45 yards shorter; race 7: 36 yards shorter) 

Market movers

2.20 Pontefract Sinaloa 9-1 (from 14-1)
3.30 Plumpton Cheque En Blanc 9-2 (from 10-1)
3.40 Windsor Awesome Allan 15-8 (from 9-4)
3.50 Pontefract Old Persian evens (from 6-4)
4.10 Windsor Hedging 4-1 (from 6-1)
4.20 Pontefract Tranquil Star 11-4 (from 3-1)
5.00 Plumpton Barney From Tyanee 4-1 (from 10-1)
5.10 Windsor John Caesar 8-1 (from 10-1)

What to back

Richard Birch is back with his Monday banker while our experts from around the country provide you with their best bets.

Sam Lawrie has a quick tip at Pontefract today. 

What to read

Aidan O'Brien's bid to beat Bobby Frankel's record for top-grade wins in a year moves on to Saturday. O'Brien, who equalled the record on Champions Day, looks set to saddle a strong team in the Racing Post Trophy as he goes for a record-breaking 26th win.

Catch up on all the fallout and follow-ups from British Champions Day at Ascot, including news that Barney Roy, who disappointed in the Champion Stakes, is set to stay in training.

Members can get the lowdown on the Philip Hobbs team in the latest unmissable instalment of our stable tour series.  

What to watch

Watch Cracksman's stunning Champion Stakes victory through the eyes of Sean Levey, who was aboard Desert Encounter in fifth.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Do not miss Mark Langdon's review of the weekend football action, including analysis of Huddersfield's defeat of Manchester United, and a price about a dominant Manchester City that could be too big. 

James Milton previews the Pakistan v Sri Lanka one-day cricket international.

Final thought 

Plumpton hosts its popular and important Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre charity raceday and there is usually a celebrity turnout to give racegoers extra interest.

At least whoever wins the Silver Tankard at Pontefract will be consoled with just under £20,000
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