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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Sedgefield called off due to snow after third inspection but Market Rasen race

Racing has been cancelled at Sedgefield after the track was covered in snow
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Tuesday's meeting at Sedgefield has been called off after falling snow left the track unraceable. The news was confirmed after a third inspection at 11am.

There was better news at Market Rasen, which got the go-ahead early in the morning after temperatures only got as low as -1C and no frost got into the ground.

There are no problems on the Fibresand at Southwell, with the first of seven races on the all-weather kicking off at 1.30pm.

All races at Southwell have been delayed by five minutes. 

The cold snap looks set to continue, with Carlisle inspecting at 3pm on Tuesday for its Wednesday meeting while Fakenham's meeting on the same day faces a 7am inspection.

Going report

Southwell (first race at: 1.30)
Standard (AW)


Market Rasen (1.50)
Soft (GoingStick: Hurdle 6.0; Chase 5.8 on Monday at 07:00)

Market movers

2.00 Southwell - Foxy Lady 11-2 (from 13-2)

2.20 Market Rasen - Flemerina 3-1 (from 4)

3.05 Southwell - Bogart 12-1 (from 14)

3.35 Southwell - Fortinbrass 9-2 (from 11-2)

What to back

Maddy Playle heads to Market Rasen for Tuesday's best bet . . . 


What to read

Gordon Elliott and Michael O’Leary might have been keen to play down the stunning victory of star novice hurdler Samcro at Leopardstown on Sunday but Grand National and Gold Cup winner Robbie Power thinks he saw a potential Champion Hurdle winner.

The extraordinary recovery of Edwulf from almost losing his life at Cheltenham last year to winning the Unibet Irish Gold Cup was "not in anybody's wildest dreams" according to those involved in the epic effort to save him.

Melon's major drift on Betfair, from 3.6 to 6.2 within the space of 90 seconds before Saturday's Irish Champion Hurdle, is under investigation by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

What to watch

Maddy Playle is joined by Tom Segal, James Hill and Tom Nugent from Paddy Power to assess the weekend performances of Samcro, Supasundae, Edwulf, Footpad and many more.


The best of Racing Post Sport

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Tottenham are odds-on to finish in the Premier League top four having rescued a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, with Harry Kane equalising from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of a pulsating encounter to bag his 100th Premier League goal.

Final thought 

Racing Post tipster Tom Segal thinks the current crop of two-mile hurdlers are the worst in memory and with challengers to reigning champ Buveur D’Air thin on the ground, perhaps Robbie Power's call for star novice Samcro to step into the big league and tackle the Champion Hurdle in March is something for connections to ponder seriously.

Perhaps Robbie Power's call for Samcro to tackle the Champion Hurdle in March is something for connections to ponder seriously
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