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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

New beginning for Cooper with two rides at Ludlow in Potts colours

Ludlow: welcomes a new face today when Bryan Cooper takes two rides
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Freshly unveiled as number one rider in Britain to powerful owner Alan Potts, Bryan Cooper has his first rides in the colours at Ludlow today.

Cooper gets a first feel for the track on Exxaro in the 3m handicap chase (3.00), before partnering his Colin Tizzard-trained stablemate Mick Thonic in the 2m limited handicap chase for novices (4.00).

Jumping fans also have a six-race card at Towcester to enjoy, where champion jockey Richard Johnson has four live chances.

Ryan Moore is in action at Nottingham, one of three Flat meetings on the day along with Gowran Park and the evening card at Kempton.

Going report

Nottingham first race 1.45
Good to soft (GoingStick 6.7 on Wednesday at 8.30am).
Rail is set out 2 yards on the home bend, adding 6 yards to Races 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Gowran Park 1.50

Ludlow 1.55
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick 7.5 on Wednesday at 8.15am).
Race1+42yds,Race2+77yds,Race3+70yds,Race4+42yds,Race5+65yds,Race 6+77yds,Race7+42yds

Towcester 2.05
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick 9.1 on Tuesday at 7.15am).
Chase Distances reduced by the following:- Race 2 approx -35yds Race 5 approx -65yds

Kempton 5.20
Standard to slow.

Market movers

3.30 Quebec 15-2 (from 12)

4.55 Fast And Hot 10-1 (from 18)

6.25 Dark Destroyer 15-2 (from 16)
8.55 Chough 9-2 (from 13-2)

What to back

It takes Nick Watts just ten seconds to reveal his best bet on Wednesday, check it out here.

What to read

The BHA has started work on a review of the buying and selling of horses in Britain having been alerted to evidence of improper practices being committed in the sales ring. Read more 

Gordon Elliott has won the Grand National, Gold Cup and plenty more big races within jump racing, and he is now seeking to conquer foreign fields, revealing classy juvenile Beckford is to run at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar. Read more

Aidan O’Brien, who is inching ever-closer to Bobby Frankel’s record 25 top-level winners in a year, could launch a four-pronged attack on Saturday’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes, spearheaded by Middle Park winner US Navy Flag. Read more

What to watch

The Postcast team preview a Group 1 Saturday at Newmarket and give their selections for the Dewhurst and the Cesarewitch. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

The man who punters are getting behind to break into the England World Cup squad has yet to see his name in manager Gareth Southgate’s initial list for any set of fixtures. Read more about this mystery man here.

Final thought 

A runner for Willie Mullins on the Flat is nothing to write home about but his choice of jockey for Iolani certainly catches the eye in the 1m6f handicap at Gowran Park (5.30).

Step forward Paul Townend, a regular on the Mullins team sheet over jumps, he gets the call up for just one ride on the Flat for his boss at the jockey's local track.

Beaten over hurdles at this course last month, Iolani's only other start on the Flat was also at Gowran and ended in success, and it does not take much imagination to predict the same outcome today.

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Cooper gets a first feel for the track on Exxaro in the 3m handicap chase before partnering his Colin Tizzard-trained stablemate Mick Thonic
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