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Friday, 14 December, 2018

What you need to know to start your day including going from all the tracks

Hexham will host racing on Monday evening
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Monday has rolled around again but there's no need to be miserable. Following a weekend that included Classic clues aplenty and Group 1 action in France, we stand on the brink of the always excellent Betfred Ebor festival at York.

Before Wednesday, there is plenty to get stuck into today, with Flat racing from Lingfield and Thirsk, plus Windsor this evening. Jump fans are catered for too, with seven races from Hexham, one of Britain's most picturesque courses.

Going report

Lingfield - first race 2.00
Good (GoingStick 7.4 on Monday at 6.30am)

Thirsk - 2.15
Good (GoingStick 7.8 on Sunday at 12pm)

Roscommon - Abandoned

Hexham - 5.00
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick reading not available)

Windsor - 5.20
Good to soft (GoingStick 6.3 on Monday at 7.45am)

Market movers

Clear As A Bell (Thirsk 2.45)
13-2 (from 8)

This filly came up short in her hat-trick bid, but after two turf wins she was then fourth on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. She needs a career-best from a mark of 64 but could still be well treated.

Rebel Surge (Lingfield 4.00)
6-1 (from 9)

Back in handicap company, the four-year-old had been running consistently until coming up short in a Listed race last time. Richard Spencer has booked Jamie Spencer, who has a 25 per cent strike-rate for the yard (one from four) in the last five seasons.

Luv U Whatever (Thirsk 4.45)
9-1 (from 12)

A 12-race maiden on turf, the seven-year-old has not been disgraced on three starts for new trainer Marjorie Fife, and would be well handicapped if able to translate his all-weather form. 

What's on today

The Ebor festival hype will kick into overdrive on Monday morning, with declarations made for the opening day on Wednesday. The field for what looks set to be a fascinating Juddmonte International will be confirmed, along with those for the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes and Tattersalls Acomb Stakes.

Keep an eye out too for Monday's Postcast, in with our expert team will preview all the great racing we have to look forward to this week.

What to back

Nick Watts has a tip for you at Hexham this evening and even better, you only need ten seconds to find out the details.

As well as that, James Hill has picked out three horses to follow in the coming weeks.

What to read

Roger Varian had a weekend to savour and some punters are beginning to wonder whether it could continue into this week at York. Get the latest as Nezwaah bids to derail the Enable juggernaut here.

Our Irish editor Richard Forristal shares his thoughts on Davy Russell's behaviour at Tramore here.

What to watch

Graeme Rodway runs through the forfeits for Thursday's action at York.

Frankie Dettori caught up with Lady Aurelia last week prior to her run at York this week. Catch up here.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Manchester City host Everton as a weekend of Premier League action draws to a close on Monday Night Football. Our expert team give their thoughts on what to expect at the Etihad Stadium.

Final thought 

Almanzor was an absolute star last season, and it was a shame he bowed out with a disappointing defeat at Deauville last week. But Jean-Claude Rouget's four-year-old delivered some memorable performances, including his Irish Champion win. Relive it here.


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