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Monday, 10 December, 2018

The key details for the day's racing including going from all the tracks

Musselburgh: one of four British meetings on Thursday
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There is a two-hour gap between afternoon and evening racing on Thursday, but you are going to need it. Four seven-race jumps meetings between Britain and Ireland on Thursday make for a busy day.

They run the gamut of track configurations, too, so long as you like going right-handed. Musselburgh, Taunton and Thurles are sharper tests, with Karalee the star in Ireland and the two British venues known for producing good fields at the middle level.

Then there's Towcester; seemingly ever-rising Towcester. The ground there is at least on the quick side for the time of year, as it is at all three British tracks.

Look out also for the final declarations for Saturday's Ladbrokes Gold Cup, which will be on late-morning.

Going report

Taunton first race 12.20
Good (GoingStick 5.8 at 6am)

Thurles 12.25
Soft (chase course) and soft to heavy (hurdle course)

Musselburgh 12.30
Good (from good, good to soft in places; GoingStick 6.8 at 6.30am)

Towcester 12.40
Good (good to soft in places) - GoingStick 8.3 at 7.30am on Wednesday

Newcastle 5.45

Market movers

Towcester 1.40 2 Who's My Jockey 9-4 (from 10-3)
Musselburgh 2.00 2 Affaire D'Honneur 15-8 (from 7-2) 
Towcester 2.40 7 Potters Midnight 4-1 (from 8)
Towcester 3.10 4 Perfect Pirate 3-1 (from 7)

What to back

As well as the ten-second tip below, there is also a new ante-post Pricewise available on the Welsh National.

What to read

The Irish look to have a good chance of nabbing a first Hennessy winner since 1980 on Saturday. Here are some of the big names who have failed since.

You may also want to revisited yesterday's big talking point: a transcript of the call between trainer David Evans and the Ladbrokes trading desk the morning of the Black Dave/Tango Sky affair.

What to watch

Hear Paul Nicholls' thoughts on his weekend runners.

The best of Racing Post Sport

In the Thursday column, Bruce Millington laments the fall from favour of a sporting great.

If you're looking for more cricket than just the Ashes, New Zealand v West Indies is here for your delectation.

Final thought 

What is the spread on number of years before 'Ladbrokes Trophy' replaces 'Hennessy' in popular speech? The Whitbread continues to rage against the dying of the light some 15 years on, admittedly having had the added issue of flitting between sponsors in the meantime.

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What is the spread on number of years before 'Ladbrokes Trophy' replaces 'Hennessy' in popular speech?
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