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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Full house for Saturday as Wolverhampton passes noon inspection

Becher Chase takes place at Aintree on Saturday
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Winter has arrived. The weather may be taking a turn for the worse, but it's at this point that the jumps season starts to hot up.

Sandown and Aintree will headline a cracking day of racing after passing inspections, the former needing a second check at 10am.

The Grade 1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase is the highlight at Sandown, along with the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase. At Aintree, the Randox Health Becher Chase takes top billing. 

Racing also goes ahead at Chepstow, Navan and Wolverhampton following inspections on Saturday morning.

Going report

Aintree (first race 11.55)
Mildmay and hurdle courses - soft, heavy in places, National course - heavy, soft in places (conditions to be monitored)

Race distances:
Races 1 & 5: +105 yards
Race 2: +100 yards
Race 3: +140 yards
Race 4 & 7: +25 yards
Race 6: +135 yards

Chepstow (12.30)
Heavy (GoingStick: 4.5 chase, 4.2 hurdle)

Race distances:
Races 1, 3, 4 & 5: +84 yards
Races 2, 6 & 7: +54 yards

Navan (12.20)
Soft, soft to heavy in places

Sandown (12.05)
Good to soft 

Wetherby (11.45)
Soft (good to soft in places)

Race distances:
Race 1: +42 yards
Race 2+114 yards
Race 4: +144 yards
Race 6: +72 yards

Wolverhampton (5.45)

Key non-runners

1.30 Aintree: 9. Vic De Touzaine

2.20 Sandown: 4. Rayvin Black

2.45 Chepstow: 10. Buachaill Alainn

2.55 Sandown: 4. Ordinary World

Market movers

12.50 Navan: Martello Park into 7-2 (from 6)

3.05 Navan: Acapella Bourgeois into 11-10 (from 11-8)

What to back

Read the views of our regional correspondents and other experts in Tips Box.

Pricewise (£) and Paul Kealy (£) provide their best bets for Tingle Creek day. 

What to read

There was sad news to report yesterday following the death of former champion Flat trainer Peter Walwyn at the age of 84.

Terrifying news also broke in the US with a fast-moving forest fire hitting the San Luis Rey Downs training facility – approximately 25 horses are feared to have died while stable staff let loose horses that were stuck in their stable. 

What to watch


The best of Racing Post Sport

Football experts Mark Langdon and Dan Childs offer up their best bets for today's games.

There are also some big fights this evening – take a look at Dan Williams' predictions.

Final thought 

Fingers crossed for a positive update from the San Luis Rey Downs training facility in San Diego this morning. Any animal lover would agree the social media footage from yesterday's forest fire was shocking – hopefully as many horses as possible have been saved.

Read The Briefing from 8.30am daily on with all the day's latest going, weather, market moves and non-runner news

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