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Leicester and Down Royal pass inspections to ensure full bill of action

Ayr: going is heavy for today's meeting
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A full bill of action today as Leicester and Down Royal have come through morning inspections.

Officials were forced to check conditions but were satisfied racing could take place, so those fixtures join Ayr as the turf attractions, while Chelmsford and Newcastle race on the all-weather. 

Going report

Down Royal - first race 1.05

Leicester - 1.15 
Heavy - hurdles. Soft, heavy on Flat crossings -chases (GoingStick 3.8 - hurdle, 5.5 chases).
Distances: 2m races +18yds and 2m4f races +36yds. Hurdle six (third-last) will be omitted.

Chelmsford (AW) - 1.25

Ayr - 1.35
Heavy (GoingStick hurdle - 4.6, chase 4.9).
Distances: race one and three +22yds, two and six +11yds, four +42yds and fifth +36yds.

Newcastle (AW) - 4.05

Market movers

Down Royal
1.05 Goose Man 10-11 (from 11-8)
3.20 Victoria Says 7-1 (from 10)

1.55 Unit Of Assessment 5-2 (from 4)

6.15 Big Lachie (9-2 (from 13-2)

What to back

Pietro Innocenzi leads the line with his picks for members only. The tips box is full of selections from our experts and Signposts Sweetspots has some statistics to hopefully point the way to more winners.

Adam Maidment has one to note at Newcastle later this afternoon. Find out in the 10-second tip below.

Happy Valley has its popular midweek meeting today and we have two tips for the meeting.

What to read

The Dublin Racing Festival takes place this weekend and there are updates on the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle.

Get the flavour of racing today with previews headlined by the return of apprentice Nicola Currie who has set her sights on an all-weather target after ten days out of action.

What to watch

Warm up for the weekend in Dublin by revisiting some of the memorable big-race moments at Leopardstown, starting with Beef Or Salmon in a new 'Where Are They Now?' series.

Our experts run the rule over the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival.

Closer to hand our columnist Sam Twiston-Davies has updates on some star names.


The best of Racing Post Sport

Another round of Premier League matches tonight and the team has tips for the seven games with the Wembley clash between Tottenham and Manchester United topping the list.

The golf circuit moves to Malaysia for the Maybank Championship with tee-off there being late tonight in the UK, so followers of Steve Palmer's advice need to load up before bedtime. 

Final thought

Nicola Currie, missed for the last ten days after lighting up the all-weather this winter, is back at Chelmsford and keen to shake up the apprentice title race, so could have the bit between her teeth.

Nicola Currie could have the bit between her teeth
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