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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Going updates and market movers for the final Saturday of 2017

Barters Hill: former Challow Hurdle winner
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After weather disruption brought about the loss of the Welsh National meeting at Chepstow earlier this week and ensured there was no jumps action in Britain on Friday, normal service should be resumed on Saturday.

Leopardstown has provided some unmissable drama since Boxing Day but with no racing in Ireland, fixtures at Newbury, Haydock, Taunton and on the all-weather at Lingfield fill the schedule.

The feature race is the Grade 1 Betfred Challow Hurdle at Newbury, a race whose former winners include Barters Hill, Taquin Du Seuil and Reve De Sivola.

Going report

Lingfield - first race 11.30


Haydock - 11.50

Heavy (GoingStick Chase: 3.8; Hurdle 4.2 on Saturday at 6.30am). Hurdles and chases share a single bend at both ends of the course. The bend after the winning post is moved out by nine yards. The bend out of the back straight is moved out by eight yards. Race distances are increased as follows: Races 1 and 2: add 79 yards; Races 3 and 7: add 53 yards; Race 4: add 107 yards; Race 5: add 107 yards; Race 6: add 79 yards.

Newbury - 12.05

Heavy (GoingStick Chase 4.2; Hurdle 4.0 on Saturday at 7am). Rails have been set and distances affected as follow: Races 1 and 2: add 53 yards; Race 3: add 45 yards; Races 4 and 6: add 67 yards; Races 5 and 7: add 79 yards.

Taunton - 12.15

Soft (GoingStick 4.4 on Saturday at 6.30am). Divided Bends. Bend out of the home straight, chase 8 yards from the baseline, hurdles 17 yards from the baseline. Bend into home straight, chase at the baseline, hurdle 22 yards out from the baseline. Distances: Races 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7: add approximately 123 yards; Race 3: add approximately 48 yards; Race 5: add approximately 24 yards.

Market movers

Lingfield 11.30 Mossketeer 9-2 (from 7-1)

Taunton 2.00 Rio Bravo 15-2 (from 11-1)

Haydock 3.20 Imperial Nemesis 11-2 (from 7-1)

What to back

Pricewise, Tom Segal, has found some value at Newbury and Haydock in his not to be missed Saturday column.

Jack McCarron provides the 10 second tip.


What to read

There was plenty of head scratching after Faugheen was pulled up in the Ryanair Hurdle. Read what Willie Mullins had to say.

What to watch

The Postcast team provide some pointers for Saturday's action.

If you missed it watch the climax to this US race in which $500,000 was riding on a win for Cryogenic.

The best of Racing Post Sport

There is another batch of Premier League matches and the Racing Post Sport team have analysed all seven.

Mark Langdon has taken a close look at the early evening clash between Manchester United and Southampton.

Final thought 

It has been a brutal week for Willie Mullins but if he can get to the bottom of what caused Faugheen to underperform on Friday and commits him to the Champion Hurdle then 13-2 represents massive odds.

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