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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Heavy overnight rain forces Hexham and Southwell to cancel after inspections

Southwell: meeting has been cancelled due to waterlogging
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Another wet night has led to more weather woes, with the cards at Hexham and Southwell card cancelled due to waterlogging following inspections this morning.

"We've had in excess of 20 millimetres of rain, double what was forecast, and it's still raining," said clerk of the course Roderick Duncan.

Hexham clerk of the course James Armstrong called an inspection at 9am due to persistent rain at the track, but following a lengthy check was forced to admit defeat, with the course waterlogged again.

That leaves Hereford as the remaining jumps fixture, where conditions will be testing on heavy ground.

All-weather action at Dundalk and Wolverhampton completes today's programme, and there could be Classic clues at Dundalk, where Kevin Prendergast gives 1,000 Guineas entry Alghabrah, a half-sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad, her second start in a maiden.

Going report

Hereford (first race at 1.40)
Heavy (GoingStick: Chase 5.0, Hurdle 4.8 at 6.30am on Tuesday)

Southwell (2.00)
Cancelled - waterlogged

Hexham (2.20)
Cancelled - waterlogged

Dundalk (4.30)
Standard (AW)

Wolverhampton (5.45)
Standard (AW) 

Market movers

1.40 Hereford
Don Herbager 6-1 (from 11)

6.45 Wolverhampton
Our Man In Havana 10-1 (from 12)

What to back

Graeme Rodway has found plenty of horses that are of interest across today's three remaining cards, but if you prefer an instant recommendation, here is David Baxter with a tip in ten seconds.

What to read

David and Patricia Thompson are unable to resist a tilt at the Grand National and the owners of former winner Party Politics have splashed out again on Seeyouatmidnight. Sandy Thomson believes it will be money well spent.

Sad news broke last night when Paul Nicholls announced the death of Silviniaco Conti. Read his tribute to the two-time King George winner.

What to watch

With the entries out for Grand National day there is an unmissable Postcast in which Bruce Millington and the team look forward to one of the biggest days of the year.

Looking further ahead Jessica Harrington, who will have runners at Aintree, talks about some of her hopes for the Flat campaign.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is another massive night in the Champions League with Manchester City trying to complete a seemingly impossible task – overcome a 3-0 deficit and get past Liverpool in the quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Mark Langdon assesses the size of the challenge and believes they need a miracle.

Final thought 

After Monday's five-day acceptance stage there were 63 horses still engaged, but it would significantly enhance the profile of the Grand National if Monday became the final declaration stage, enabling five days for full-on National build-up.


Read exclusive previews from 6pm daily on racingpost.com


 

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