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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Going updates and punting pointers for a quality card at Newmarket

Nyaleti: runs in the Rockfel Stakes
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With a pair of Group 2s, a Group 3 and a couple of Listed races, there is plenty of quality on offer at Newmarket. Throw into the mix a maiden, in which the top yards are represented, plus a competitive handicap for those who failed to make the cut for the Cambridgeshire, and this is a card which has something for everyone.

Mark Johnston landed the highlight on Thursday with the regally bred Elarqam, and the trainer is responsible for one of the leading hopes in the Rockfel Stakes (3.00) in the shape of Nyaleti.

The Rockfel shares star billing with the Joel Stakes (3.35), in which South African superstar Whisky Baron is a fascinating runner on his first start in Britain.

Going report

Haydock first race 1.40

Heavy (GoingStick 6.2 on Friday at 6.30)

Newmarket 1.50

Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick 6.3 Thursday at 9.30 and 1mm of rain overnight)

Worcester 2.00

Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 6.7 Friday at 6.30)

Gowran Park 2.15

Heavy (report at 8.00 Thursday morning)

Dundalk 5.30


Newcastle 5.45


Market movers

Worcester 2.35 Knight Of Noir 13-2 (from 8)
Gowran Park 2.50 Ionlani 9-4 (from 3-1)
Worcester 3.10 Marquis Of Carabas 11-1 (from 14)
Haydock 3.55 Mable Lee 3-1 (from 9-2)
Haydock 3.55 Simmy Copshop 5-1 (from 8s)
Newcastle 8.15 Gun Case 6-1 (from 8)
Newcastle 9.15 Ambitious Icarus 11-4 (from 100-30)
Newmarket 1.50 Amabilis 7-2 (from 5-1)
Newmarket 4.10 Thrave 3-1 (from 4-1)
Newmarket 4.45 Red Galileo 5-1 (from 13-2)
Newmarket 5.20 Fire Brigade 11-4 (from 4-1)

What's on

We already know the final field and draw for Sunday's Arc, but make sure you keep an eye out for the rest of the declarations that are announced on Friday. We'll also find out the fields at Market Rasen on Saturday, where two Listed races take place.

What to back

Paul Kealy was very strong on well-backed winner Torcello at Newmarket on Thursday, advising a three-point win, and he is back in the tipping hotseat. Members can view his selections here.

Pricewise had the bookies running for cover on Saturday, advising winners at 10-1 and 12-1, and members can find his best bets at Newmarket here.

What to read

Excitement is building ahead of Arc weekend, and the revelation Ryan Moore will be riding Winter, who tackles a mile and a half for the first time on Sunday, has prompted plenty of debate. Will she stay? Our writers have their say.

There is a competitive renewal of the Rockfel Stakes but our comprehensive preview, complete with trainer quotes, might help you identify the winner.

What to watch

Nick Watts provides you with his banker bet at Newmarket.

Get the views of Satono Diamond's big-race rider Christophe Lemaire ahead of Sunday's Arc.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Racing Post football experts Mark Langdon, James Milton and Henry Hardwicke discuss the weekend's action, including the big clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, and provide you with their best bets.

Final thought

We may be coming towards the tail-end of a season that has perhaps been short on superstars, but Flat frequently provides good quality action during the week. Newmarket's card is another cracker.

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