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Welcome back to champion jockey and all the updates from four meetings today

Simonsig: his half-sister Simonia makes her racecourse debut at Ludlow on Wednesday
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The champion is back. Richard Johnson, missing over the new year after being concussed on Boxing Day, returns at Ludlow, one of his local and most productive courses.

Johnson, who has two rides, seems to like his nearest courses as he is two short of 200 winners at Worcester while Ludlow has yielded 157 successes in the last 25 years.

Nicky Henderson doesn't mind Ludlow either with amazing stats in the last 30 years of striking at 33 per cent with his 131 winners yielding more than £100 profit to each £1 staked.

The champion trainer sends two runners with the second the potential headline act as his bumper runner Simonia is a half-sister to the stable's late-lamented star Simonsig. And yes the five-year-old is a grey and features in our bloodstock section


Going report

Southwell (AW) - first race 12.40
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Musselburgh - 1.00
Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick: 6.1 on Monday at 06:30)

Ludlow - 1.20
Soft, heavy places on hurdle track (GoingStick 5.2 on Monday at 12:00)

Wolverhampton (AW) - 4.10
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Market movers

1.00 Musselburgh - Silver Bullion 9-1 (from 12)

2.20 Ludlow - Tree Of Liberty 14-1 (from 20)

2.40 Southwell - Zaeem 12-1 (from 14)

7.10 Wolverhampton - Sanam 15-2 (from 9)


What to back

Pietro Innocenzi leads the tipping team for website members but everyone can open the Tips Box for the top selections from our regional correspondents and time and rating experts.

David Milnes has come up with four things to watch out for today.

James Hill has one to follow at Ludlow today in the ten-second tip.


What to read

John Randall rounds up those both great and small we have lost from the sport in 2017.

Where has jockey Adam Beschizza disappeared to this winter? Jon Lees has caught up with a success story.

Punters took a Christmas stuffing with all those odds-on turkeys but some of those generous bookmakers have made a festive gesture with a non-runner no bet concession on the Cheltenham Festival features. 


What to watch

Getting back from the family festive season why not catch up with what happened while you were sitting around the Christmas tree.

Not too late to get the Racing Post Annual and here is a taster of what is inside.

 


The best of Racing Post Sport

The best has been left to last in the New Year football fixtures as it is Arsenal v Chelsea in the Premier League tonight and Dan Childs has the bet.

Steve Palmer, whose 2017 golf tipping was a goldmine, has turned his attention to Hawaii for the Tournament of Champions and he includes a 50-1 outsider in his portfolio. 


Final thought

Wonder what odds for what races bookmakers will come up for Simonia should Simonsig's half-sister make a winning racecourse debut at Ludlow today.

Nicky Henderson doesn't mind Ludlow either with amazing stats in the last 30 years of striking at 33 per cent with his 131 winners
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