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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

The key information for today's meetings as General Tufto stars at Southwell

General Tufto: has his 205th racecourse start
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A busy afternoon is in store with four meetings scheduled, three over jumps and one on the all-weather.

It may not be a day brimming with high-class fare, but there is one interesting runner at Lingfield where Nicky Henderson gives a second bumper start to Simonia, Simonsig's half-sister.

There is another jumps meeting at Newcastle and one from Ireland at Punchestown while Southwell's fixture offers veteran General Tufto a chance to secure his 16th win at the track. The 13-year-old finished second last time out.

Going report

Lingfield (first race at: 1.00)
Turf: Heavy All-weather: Standard (GoingStick: 5.2 on Monday at 7am)
Rail movement; Races 3 and 5 +25 yards, R4 +27 yds, R6 +13yds, R7 +42yds

Punchestown (1.15)

Newcastle (1.20)
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick 5.1 on Monday at 3pm)

Southwell (1.40)
Standard (AW)

Market movers

Lingfield 1.00
Behranell 9-2 (from 11-2)

Lingfield 1.30
Buildmeupbuttercup 3-1 (from 9-2)

Newcastle 2.30
Presented 10-1 (from 16)

What to back

Graeme Rodway is in the Tuesday tipping chair and has included a 22-1 chance among his recommendations for the day's racing.


What to read

Tom Segal has been working his way through the Cheltenham Festival races and now turns his attention to the Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

The Dublin Racing Festival is looming. Faugheen is confirmed for the Irish Champion Hurdle and Willie Mullins runs through some of his other probable challengers.

What to watch

In the latest Postcast the team look back on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham and the best of Doncaster and then take things forward to Saturday and Sunday when Leopardstown, hosts the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival, and also look at the card at Sandown.


The best of Racing Post Sport

There are three Premier League fixtures tonight with the clash between Huddersfield and Liverpool the live televised game.

There is expert opinion on all three matches with Steve Davies giving the verdict on the intriguing meeting between the team's managed by best friends Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner.

Final thought 

Ireland's big stables are fully embracing the Dublin Racing Festival but in March will their stars feel the consequences of having a hard race so close to Cheltenham or will it make them more match ready for the stay-at-home British?

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