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Going news and tips for today's meetings as Newcastle gets the go-ahead

Southwell: meeting has been cancelled due to waterlogging
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Newcastle's meeting today has been given the go-ahead after officials cancelled the 8am inspection with temperatures staying above freezing overnight.

Clerk of the course James Armstrong tweeted: "Temps only dropped to 1C @NewcastleRaces at 6am (might dip briefly at sunrise but envisage no problems) so inspection shelved and racing goes ahead. Going is soft, heavy in places. Top temps 3C, overcast with sunny spells."

Elsewhere, Southwell stages a jumps meeting and there is all-weather action at Wolverhampton, while fields for Newbury's star-studded Betfair Hurdle card are due to become clearer.

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Altior and his Seven Barrows stablemate Might Bite, who heads the betting for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, could feature among the entries.

Going report

Newcastle (first race at: 1.40)
Soft, heavy in places. Standard on the all-weather. Rail movements; R2, 4 & 6 +22yds, R3 +28yds, R5 +25yds (GoingStick 4.9 on Sunday at 7am)

Southwell (2.00)
Soft, heavy in places. Rail movements; R1, 3 & 5 +182yds, R2 & 4 +71yds, R6 +216yds

Wolverhampton (4.45)

Market movers

2.30 Southwell: Little Jimmy 13-2 (from 10)

2.45 Newcastle: Smooth Stepper 11-4 (from 7-2)

3.20 Newcastle: Bulls Head 5-1 (from 13-2)

5.15 Wolverhampton: Naralsaif 9-2 (from 8)

6.45 Wolverhampton: Indian Red 5-2 (from 7-2)

What to back

Richard Birch has his best bets and the favourites to focus on, while a selection of our experts give their naps in Tips Box.


What to read

The second day of the Dublin Racing Festival included a shock 33-1 victory for miracle horse Edwulf and another stroll for the exciting Samcro.

Other goodies include an interview with retiring trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and the Monday Jury.

What to watch

Does the Racing UK-Irish tracks TV deal still need some explaining? Check this out ...

... and after a brilliant weekend of Irish racing, find out what one of the sport's former stars is up to ...

The best of Racing Post Sport

The team tackle Watford v Chelsea and there are also top-flight games in Spain and Italy.

Final thought 

Only five weeks to the Cheltenham Festival and just the time when horses can start dropping out of contention; let's hope there aren't too many high-profile absentees. 

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