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The Lowdown: going updates, racecards, news and tips for today's racing

Cheltenham: hosts the headline meeting on Friday
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Today's news

  • TV PLANS: Racing TV promises Ireland its own digital channel in a bid to provide festival cheer after multiple clashes with British racing in recent times.
  • INJURED RIDER: Daryl Jacob is out for the rest of the year after breaking his hand in a fall at Musselburgh on Monday. He will miss the ride on Call Me Lord in Saturday's Unibet International Hurdle.
  • READY TO RACE: Doncaster returns to our screens after abandoning their last four meetings due to waterlogging. 
  • BAN OVERTURNED: Charlie Deutsch is set to ride over the Christmas period after having a seven-day ban, which was imposed by Leicester stewards on December 5, overturned.
  • FINAL FIELD: The confirmed runners and riders for Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup were announced on Thursday afternoon.

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Today's meetings

Cheltenham (first race 12.10)
The Grade 3 BetVictor Handicap Chase headlines a cracking seven-race card at the home of jumps racing. The market is headed by recent course winner West Approach, while last year's winner Cogry also sits prominently in the market. Read the preview here
Going Good to soft, soft in places all courses.

Bangor (11.50)

Doncaster (12.00)
Going Good to soft, soft in places
SPOTLIGHT NAP: Mr Scrumpy (1.45)

Chelmsford (AW) (4.00)
Going Standard

Dundalk (AW) (5.15)
Going Standard

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Today's tips

Tom Collins' top tip

Shang Tang 12.10 Cheltenham
Unexposed five-year-old who caught the eye with strong late headway on hurdling debut at Chepstow last time. This is tougher but he could be anything.

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The market is headed by recent course winner West Approach, while last year's winner Cogry also sits prominently in the market

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