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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Key details for the start of the St Leger meeting as rain eases Doncaster going

Doncaster: the four-day St Leger meeting starts today
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The opening day of Doncaster's St Leger meeting starts on Wednesday with a seven-race card beginning at 1.50 on ground that is now good to soft, soft in places. The feature race of the day is the 5f Scarbrough Stakes, which has attracted El Astronaute, Final Venture and last season's winner Encore D'Or.

Elsewhere on the card a few of racing's familiar faces are set for a return to the saddle, with 16 former jockeys lining up in the Leger Legends race. Andrew Thornton, Luke Harvey and Gay Kelleway are all saddling up, with Tony Culhane's mount Zeshov the market leader.

In Ireland, Listowel stages the Kerry National (4.20). The 3m handicap looks to have a quality line-up including Jury Duty, Snow Falcon and Peregrine Run. Shantou Village, Bishops Road and Dell' Arca are the British raiders.

Going report

Carlisle (first race 1.30)
Heavy (GoingStick: 6.4 at 6.30am)

Doncaster (1.50)
Good to soft, soft in places (from good to soft, good in places; GoingStick: 6.6 at 6.30am)

Listowel (2.05)
Heavy (Flat) and soft (from yielding to soft) on the jumps course

Uttoxeter (2.15)
Good (from good, good to firm in places; GoingStick: 8.4 at 6.45am)

Kempton (5.45)
Standard to slow 

Key non-runners

3.00 Doncaster 6 Marnie James (temperature) + 9 Sunsprite (lame)

Market movers

1.50 Doncaster 4 Khaadem 11-10 (from 6-4)
3.15 Listowel 5 Sirjack Thomas 3-1 (from 9-2)
4.15 Carlisle 1 Inexes 11-4 (from 5)
5.15 Doncaster 12 Saaheq 10-3 (from 10)
*prices with bet365

What to back

Pietro Innocenzi offers selections for the opening day of Doncaster's St Leger meeting and our regional correspondents provide their daily selections here.

What to read

Read pre-race thoughts from some of the jockeys in the Leger Legends, and a look ahead at the Scarbrough Stakes.

Despite financial issues Towcester received a big boost, read more here.

What to watch

Bruce Millington, Nick Watts, Tom Segal and Tom Nugent look ahead to the weekend's action in the Postcast.

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Final thought 

It could finally be the day that Debuchet breaks his duck over hurdles in a maiden event at Listowel (5.30). Second to Fayonagh in the 2017 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, he's failed to strike in five runs over hurdles but has an ideal opportunity this afternoon.

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


Second to Fayonagh in the 2017 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, he's failed to strike in five runs over hurdles but has an ideal opportunity today
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