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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Soggy Ayr forced to abandon but Dettori return adds stardust to Kempton card

Ayr: track is waterlogged
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All-weather fans get an unexpected bonus today when Frankie Dettori makes his first appearance of 2018, but those hoping for action from Ayr will be disappointed as that meeting is off.

Dettori, who had a memorable 2017, takes one mount for Marco Botti as he picks up his preparations for his first big race ride of the year in the Pegasus World Cup in which he rides Toast Of New York on January 27.

He is involved at Kempton where Group 3-placed Corinthia Knight is the equine headline act in the evening's all-weather championships fast-track qualifier.

The jumping action comes from Hereford, but Ayr, which raced yesterday, has cancelled its card. Clerk of the course Graeme Anderson said just after 8am: "We've abandoned. There's a bit [of standing water] and we've had 10mm through the night. That's 15mm in the past 24 hours and it's raining now. We're forecast another 5-8mm today."

Going report

Hereford (first race at: 12.20)
Soft, good to soft in places. Bends have been moved out adding approximately 119 yards to races 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8, 143 yards to race 5 and nine yards to races 4 and 7.

Ayr Abandoned.

Kempton (4.35)

Market movers

12.20 Sable Island 11-8 (from 7-4)
2.00 Gonnabegood 5-1 (from 7)
2.30 Steel Express 11-2 (from 15-2)

7.40 Iley Boy 5-2 (from 100-30)

What to back

Don't miss Tom Segal's analysis of the Queen Mother Champion Chase as he gives his latest verdict on one of the Cheltenham Festival's big races.

Maddy Playle picks a runner at Hereford for today's Ten Second Tip.

What to read

Willie Mullins outlines his team for the Dublin Racing Festival and gives updates on Cheltenham plans for other stable stars.

For a longer read Lewis Porteous has spoken to Joe Colliver who is now enjoying his best season after spending time in prison.

What to watch

In advance of another busy weekend the Postcast team look back on last weekend's action and look forward to the meetings at Ascot and Haydock.

The best of Racing Post Sport

There is televised action of the FA Cup replay between Leicester City and League One Fleetwood Town and Steve Davies is predicting a definitive outcome, before turning his attention to the night's other replays.

Final thought 

Nicky Henderson is hoping the pace of the Clarence House Chase will suit his novice Brain Power at Ascot on Saturday but will he and owner Michael Buckley stick with David Mullins or turn to someone else?

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