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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Key details for the all-weather after Wetherby is called off

The all-weather keeps the show on the road after Wetherby's jumps meeting was cancelled
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There will be a blank day of jump racing in Britain and Ireland after Wetherby failed to pass a morning inspection, although we will have the delights of the all-weather to keep us entertained.

Wetherby joined Lingfield in cancelling a jump meeting, with officials at the West Yorkshire course reporting "waterlogged areas and false ground".

An inspection at 8.15am was planned but the decision was made early and the course tweeted: "Morning, bad news. Despite a dry night, following the 5mm rain we had yesterday, racing today has unfortunately been abandoned ... sorry."

Southwell, Dundalk and Kempton ride to the rescue with all-weather fixtures set to take place at the courses throughout the day.

Off the track, we get final declarations for the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow and the 32Red Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown. As always, there is plenty to look forward to.

Going report

Wetherby - abandoned 

Southwell - 12.55

Lingfield - abandoned 

Dundalk - 5.30

Kempton - 5.45
Standard to slow

Market movers

2.05 Soutwell: Epitaph 4-1 (from 9-2)

8.15 Kempton: Kodiline 4-1 (from 5)

What to back

Want a bet for today? Only got ten seconds? Then you are in luck, as we have quickfire advice for you . . .

And with evening action at Dundalk, the boys have had a good look through the card to give you the best advice . . .

What to read

After being hit with a 21-day ban for a riding mistake at Exeter, jockey Adam Wedge has been bowled over by the support he has received.

Trainer Ben Haslam has defended his record as non-runner stats show his yard is joint-highest for withdrawals from races.

And disgraced businessman and racehorse owner Markus Jooste is facing significant protests from South Africa's government workers.

What to watch

Bruce Millington is back in the hotseat to take part in the Football Postcast, looking ahead to the weekend . . .

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is the FA Cup third round this weekend and our expert Dan Childs has had an early look at the competition. Here are his thoughts.

Final thought

Fingers crossed the weathers gods are kind at Chepstow, where the rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National is due to take place on Saturday. Rain, rain go away is essentially the message we are sending. 

Read The Briefing from 8.30am daily on with all the day's latest going, weather, market moves and non-runner news



Southwell, Dundalk and Kempton ride to the rescue

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