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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Latest information and going reports as Aidan O'Brien eyes Listed prize at Cork

Cork: racing on Wednesday
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Aidan O'Brien likely to have a big say in the Group 1s at Newmarket this week and the Ballydoyle maestro seeks to warm up for the battles ahead by targeting Pattern success at Cork.

North Face looks to maintain his unbeaten record in the 1m1/2f Listed Navigation Stakes (3.05) but he faces a stern examination on his second start against some battle-hardened sorts, including Ship Of Dreams and Zorion.

In Britain, Kempton plays host to an eight-race card this evening and the conditions event (8.10) looks particularly strong for the grade. 

Among the contenders is Phoenix Thoroughbreds' Lansky who was a smart juvenile last season, finishing third in the Acomb and fourth in the Mill Reef. He makes his first start for Robert Cowell after leaving Jeremy Noseda. 

Noseda looks to field the main danger in the shape of the 108-rated Cenotaph, who has found some 23lb of improvement in racking up a Chelmsford hat-trick this season.

There is also Flat action at Nottingham this afternoon and jumps fans have a double helping of fixtures at Ludlow and Southwell. 

Going report

Nottingham (first race 1.30)

Cork (2.05)
Good, good to firm in places

Ludlow (2.10)
Good to firm (GoingStick: 8.1 at 12.15pm on Monday)

Southwell (2.20)
Good (GoingStick: 7.8 at 6.40am on Wednesday)

Kempton (5.40)
Standard to slow (AW)

Market movers

2.30 Nottingham
Alnadir 6-4f (from 2-1f)

2.40 Ludlow
Sin Sin 11-1 (from 12)

2.50 Southwell
Kovera 8-1 (from 10)

What to back

Pietro Innocenzi has four fancies for today's racing and our regional experts provide their best bets in our daily Tips Box.

What to read

Gordon Elliott updates us on future plans for a couple of his big guns, with Down Royal's showcase meeting in early November the intended destination for a lot of his better horses. 

What to watch

Recoletos has been one of the best milers this season and trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias speaks to us about his star four-year-old ahead of his Queen Elizabeth II Stakes assignment on Champions Day at Ascot next weekend.

Final thought 

The Bjorn Nielsen-owned Swindler has looked a winner in waiting after consecutive seconds in his two juvenile starts, most recently when going down to the highly regarded Magic J.

The Ed Walker-trained colt should take plenty of beating in the 6f novice stakes at Nottingham (1.30).

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The Bjorn Nielsen-owned Swindler has looked a winner in waiting after consecutive seconds in his two juvenile starts
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