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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Latest updates from today's meetings with a Cheltenham ace at Southwell

Ballyalton (left) chases home Faugheen at a respectful distance in the 2014 Neptune Investment Managament Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival
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A quiet day's racing with Salisbury and Thirsk on the Flat in the afternoon before Southwell and Roscommon provide jumps action in the evening.

Arguably the most interesting runner all day is at Southwell in the myracing.com For Royal Ascot Tips Handicap Hurdle (8.10). Ballyalton is owned by golfer Lee Westwood's father John and is back over hurdles for only the second time since finishing second to Faugheen in the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival four years ago. In between he won over fences at the 2016 festival.

Lingfield completes the evening action on the Flat, with a mixed meeting featuring four races are on turf after three on the all-weather.

Going report

Salisbury (first race 2.00)
Good to firm (watered) (GoingStick: 8.3 on Tuesday at 06:30)

Thirsk (2.15)
Good to firm, good in places (Watered) (GoingStick: 8.6 on Monday at 14:00)
Distances: fourth and fifth races +14yds second and eighth +28yds

Roscommon (6.00)
Good, good to firm in places on the jumps tracks

Southwell (6.10)
Good (watered) (GoingStick: 7.3 on Tuesday at 06:30)

Lingfield (5.50)
Good to firm, good in places down the hill (Polytrack: standard) (GoingStick: 9.4 on Tuesday at 05:45)
Distances: fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh +4yds

Market movers

2.00 Salisbury - Certain Lad 3-1 (from 7-2)

2.15 Thirsk - Smoki Smoka 11-1 (from 14)

4.30 Salisbury - Recordman 100-30 (from 4)

4.45 Thirsk - Daffy Jane 6-1 (from 13-2)

5.30 Salisbury - Coverham 4-1 (from 5)

5.45 Thirsk - Champarisi 4-1 (from 9-2)

6.10 Southwell - No Ceiling 7-2 (from 4)

7.20 Lingfield - Howman 13-8 (from 7-4)

7.50 Lingfield - Fanfair 7-2 (from 4)

8.10 Southwell - Ballyalton 8-1 (from 9)

8.20 Lingfield - Caravela 7-2 (from 9-2)

What to back

Graeme Rodway (£) leads the tipping team for members and Richard Birch has his latest bankerThe Tips Box is full of goodies and Signpost Sweetspots points punters the way of stats-based tips.

What to read

Lewis Porteous catches up with the congenial Wesley Ward ahead of the American trainer's annual Royal Ascot raid and with his record at the meeting it is a must read.

David Milnes gets the latest on Cracksman from John Gosden ahead of the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.

What to watch

Got a spare 40 minutes, then click on the popular Postcast to start the week. All the reaction from Maddy Playle, Tom Segal, Nick Watts and Paddy Power's Paul Binfield plus the bonus of starting the Royal Ascot talk.

Maddy Playle has been busy as she rounds up the latest news on the Royal Ascot beat.

With a quiet week ahead here is another Royal Ascot gem as we catch up with Australian sprinter Redkirk Warrior bedding in at his digs in Newmarket ahead of his Diamond Jubilee tilt.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Countdown continues to the World Cup in Russia and there is a move in the top tournament scorer market. Steve Davies has an interesting 7-2 bet, which obliged four years ago.

Golf's world number one Dustin Johnson is all the rage for the US Open later this week.

Final thought 

No looking – but how many winners has Dan Skelton sent out this jumps season? A clue is he had 30 winners in May and this evening he has seven runners at Southwell. 


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Arguably the most interesting runner all day is at Southwell in the myracing.com For Royal Ascot Tips Handicap Hurdle
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