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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Key info for a day with a valuable evening prize as Johnston stands on the brink

Traditional Monday evening scene at Windsor as jockeys leave the weighing room
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York Ebor week gets off to a quiet start but the best is saved to the evening and a glittering card at Windsor.

The Queen might be on holiday at Balmoral but she has a runner on her racecourse in Sharp Practice, who let favourite backers down over course and distance last month.

Rarely can a Monday winner have picked up over £46,000 but that will be the case after the Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Finale (7.00).

Thirsk and Leicester, where Mark Johnston has three chances of becoming Britain's most prolific trainer, start the day's action with Roscommon joining in late in the afternoon before Bangor's jumping card runs alongside Windsor.

Going report

Thirsk (first race 2.05)
Good to soft, soft in places. Rail movements: R3, 6 & 7 +17y; R5 +24y

Leicester (2.20)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick 7.4 on Monday at 6.30am)

Roscommon (4.45)

Windsor (5.30)
Good to firm. Rail movements: R1, 3 & 6 +19y

Bangor-on-Dee (5.40)

Market movers

2.05 Thirsk: Olivia R 8-1 (from 12)

4.20 Leicester: Mr Diamond 6-1 (from 7)

5.30 Windsor: Hats Off To Larry 11-4 (from 7-2)

7.10 Bangor: Craigmor 9-4 (from 11-4)

8.00 Windsor: Petrastar 13-8 (from 7-4)

What to back

Richard Birch (£) heads the tipping team for members. The Tips Box is full of the selections from our regional correspondents and rating experts and Signposts Sweetspots helps out with some statistical chances.

What to read

Read the Windsor big-race preview with all the trainer quotes you need. The Mark Johnston saga rolls on to Leicester today where the Middleham trainer has three chances to become a record-breaker.

What to watch

Maddy Playle has been busy at Deauville, sending an update on Stradivarius from his owner Bjorn Neilsen ahead of Friday's £1m showdown in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup . . .

...and here Maddy catches up with Harry Dunlop to find the latest on back-to-form Knight To Behold.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Mark Langdon has the bets for tonight's Crystal Palace v Liverpool Premier League encounter.

Our leading football writer also has the five things we learned from the weekend matches.

Final thought 

Could it be a good week for the Queen? She has Topical running at Thirsk and Sharp Practice at Windsor today. Then she has two William Haggas-trained possibles at York's Ebor meeting in Magnetic Charm (Acomb, Wednesday) and Goodwood Golden Mile winner Seniority (Clipper Logistics Handicap, Thursday) and we know how the Newmarket trainer loves nothing more than a York winner.  

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At Leicester, Mark Johnston has three chances of becoming Britain's most prolific trainer
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