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Monday, 17 December, 2018

The Thursday Briefing: essential betting information

The Cambridgeshire meeting is one of several highlights
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Newmarket's Craven meeting reaches its climax this afternoon, with the Group 3 bet365 Craven Stakes taking centre stage.

Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet is the only Group 1 victor in the field, but he has been usurped at the head of the market by Aidan O'Brien's War Decree.

O'Brien struck with his first British runner of the season on Wednesday when Whitecliffsofdover scored in the Free Handicap, and he bids to claim the Craven for the first time.

Last year's Ayr Gold Cup winner Brando makes his seasonal reappearance in the Group 3 Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes, with a pair of handicaps plus a Listed chase at Cheltenham making up the coverage on ITV4.

The jumps season may be winding down, but there are still good prizes on offer at Cheltenham, including a trio of Listed races. 

Today's big races

2.05 Cheltenham: Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed)
2.40 Cheltenham: EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
3.00 Newmarket: Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Group 3)
3.15 Cheltenham: Catesby Property Group PLC Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
3.35 Newmarket: bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3)

Going update

Cheltenham: Good - watered
Lingfield (AW): Standard
Newmarket: Good to firm
Ripon: Good to firm, good in places
Taunton: Good to firm, good in places (watered)
Tipperary: Yielding, yielding to soft in places (Flat course), yielding, good to yielding in places (Hurdle course)


2.25 Newmarket: (6) Horsted Keynes
2.40 Cheltenham: (5) Bagging Turf, (7) Timon's Tara
3.15 Cheltenham: (3) Snow Leopardess, (12) Sparkling River
3.25 Ripon: (10) Dandyleekie
4.40 Lingfield: (10) General Brook
5.15 Lingfield: (3) Black Bolt
4.10 Newmarket: (5) Right Direction
4.40 Lingfield: (4) Blackthorn Stick
4.45 Newmarket: (2) Calibration
5.20 Newmarket: (8) Pirate Kiss, (11) Medicean Ballet,
(15) Millie's Kiss
5.30 Cheltenham: (7) Oriental Cross
6.05 Ripon: (1) Seamster
2.50 Ripon: (8) Orient Princess
7.00 Taunton: (14) Actonetaketwo
7.20 Lingfield: (1) Rosealee
7.30 Taunton: (5) Tuffstuff
8.00 Taunton: (4) Duke Arcadio

Market movers

3.35 Newmarket: War Decree 2-1f (from 9-4f)
3.50 Cheltenham: Lamb Or Cod 9-2 (from 5-1)
4.45 Newmarket: Pealer 5-1 (from 11-2)
5.20 Newmarket: Rock N Roll Global 7-1 (from 8-1)
5.35 Ripon: Fujaira Bridge 5-4f (from 11-8f)



Newmarket's Craven meeting reaches its climax this afternoon, with the Group 3 bet365 Craven Stakes taking centre stage
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