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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Latest ground and betting updates on a day with something of a seaside theme

Yarmouth racecourse: racing takes place there with big names in attendance
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Something of a seaside special afternoon with Yarmouth and Brighton in action and attracting the top players with Frankie Dettori, Jamie Spencer, champion Silvestre de Sousa, Gerald Mosse and Tom Queally among the jockeys at the east coast venue.

John Gosden bestrides both meetings, tempting Dettori for just one ride at Yarmouth on the much-tipped Derby entry Corelli while sending Rab Havlin to Brighton for the Newmarket trainer's only runner there Precious Ramotswe, who carries Cracksman's colours being owned by Anthony Oppenheimer.

Nottingham, spared an arranged inspection yesterday with improved weather, completes the afternoon action before three more meetings in the evening with two on the all-weather, at Newcastle and Kempton, plus Ballinrobe over jumps in Ireland.

Going report

Nottingham (first race 2.00)
Soft, good to soft in places. Racing on inner track
Stalls: 5f and 1m - centre, all others  - inside

Yarmouth (2.10)
Soft, good to soft in places.
Stalls: straight - centre, round course - inside

Brighton (2.20)
Good to soft, good in places (between four furlongs and two furlongs).
Stalls: 1m2f and 1m4f outside, all others - inside

Newcastle (AW) (5.20)
Tapeta - standard
Stalls: straight course - centre, 1m2f - far side, 2m - inside

Ballinrobe (5.35)
Soft to heavy, soft places

Kempton (AW) (5.45)
Polytrack - standard
Stalls: inside

Market movers

Yarmouth 5.15 - Choral Music 5-2 (from 11-4)
Kempton 6.15 - On The Stage 9-2 (from 5-1)
Newcastle 7.25 - Toms Rock 9-4 (from 5-2)

What to back

Graeme Rodway leads the tipping team today for members and the Tips Box is full of other expert views while Signposts Sweetspots points punters in the direction of three top statistics. 

In a hurry. Check out Tom Bull's top 10-second tip for Yarmouth today. 

What to read

Industry editor Bill Barber has the inside track on Sky Sports Racing and its remaining targets after signing Chester and Bangor before it takes over from At The Races next year

Graham Dench whets the appetite for today's racing with four things to look out for both in England and France.

What to watch

Better than a Dr Who episode, check out this week's Postcast with a look back at last weekend plus a leap forward to Qipco Guineas weekend and some midweek thoughts thrown in for an unmissable edition hosted by Mark Storey and featuring Pricewise's Tom Segal and Nick Watts.   

Industry editor Bill Barber assesses Sky Sports Racing's announcement that it has signed Chester and Bangor ahead of its launch next year.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is Champions League semi-final second leg as Real Madrid bid to reach their third successive final but Bayern Munich stand in their way at the Bernabeu tonight. Steve Davies assesses the match.

Adrian Humphries runs through today's matches in the Betfred World Snooker Championships with his tips for the winners. 

Final thought 

Complete the sequence. 2012, 2015 and ....? Yes 2018 is due to be the third title-winning year for trainer John Gosden. After Cracksman's Ganay show and Enable to come along with a host of lower Group-race performers surely the pricing is wrong of 11-4 compared to 2-7 for Aidan O'Brien, whose grip on the Classics does not look anywhere near as tight this year with Godolphin's reawakening. Yes the Derby can be pivotal but Gosden didn't need it in 2012 to triumph.

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John Gosden bestrides both meetings, tempting Dettori for just one ride at Yarmouth on the much-tipped Corelli
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