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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

The briefing: betting, going and non-runners

Colour is the name of the game on ladies' day
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It is day two of Aintree, which can only mean one thing, ladies' day. One of the most colourful afternoons in the racing calendar will have been ringed for months by women in Merseyside and beyond, and the crowds will be filled full of ladies in their finery.

Among them will be Lizzie Kelly, who struck another big blow for the girls when winning a thrilling Betway Bowl on Tea For Two.

Another four Grade 1s on Friday keeps the pot of high-class action bubbling away nicely with the mercurial Might Bite an intriguing runner.

The RSA winner almost threw the race away at Cheltenham, but has the chance to turn in a more professional display and showcase why he could be a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender for next season.

As well as Aintree, there is Flat action on the turf at Leicester, plus the all-weather at Dundalk and Kempton later in the day. Sedgefield and Wexford stage jumps fixtures.

Going update

Aintree Mildmay - good to soft, good in places (from good, good to soft in places). Hurdle - good, good to soft in places (from good). National - good to soft, good in places

Dundalk standard

Kempton standard

Leicester Straight course - good, good to soft in places (from good to soft, good in places). Round course - good to soft, good in places 

Sedgefield good

Wexford soft


Today's key races

Aintree 1.40 Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle
(Grade 3)

Aintree 2.20 Crabbie's Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

Aintree 2.50 Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

Aintree 3.25 JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1)

Aintree 4.05 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Aintree 4.40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

Aintree 5.15 Weatherbys Private Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2)



Kempton 6.15 (1) Joshlee, (5) Fast Kar

6.45 (2) Cape Icon

Leicester 2.30 (3) Jackman

Key market movers

Aintree 2.20 High Secret 8-1 (from 10, Coral)

Aintree 4.40 Moulin A Vent 10-1 (from 14 BetVictor)

Leicester 4.15 Zamperini 14-1 (from 18)

Aintree 5.15 Clondaw Castle 20-1 (from 25 William Hill)


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