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Busy day of racing ahead as Perth and Pontefract pass inspections

Perth: thumbs up for racing on Thursday
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This is a Thursday diet of racing that truly provides for everyone after Perth and Pontefract passed morning inspections.

There is quality Flat action at Newmarket, all-weather racing at Chelmsford and jumping at Perth - where Ballyandy makes his chasing debut exactly a year after he was beaten by Moon Racer on his first start over hurdles.

The action on the Flat is even more high-quality. The Tattersalls Stakes is the day's feature race at 3.45, with several promising two-year-olds lining up with the sort of breeding and connections that give the race the feel of something higher than a Group 3. The Listed Rose Bowl Stakes that follows is much more typical of its grade but the winner could well use it as a repechage into the Long Distance Cup, as half of the field hold the requisite entry.

Clonmel and Pontefract bolster the jumps and Flat offerings respectively while Chelmsford caters for all-weather aficionados in the evening.

Going report

Clonmel - first race 1.50

Soft (hurdle and bumper); yielding to soft (chase)

Newmarket - 2.00

Good to soft. GoingStick 7.5 (stand side 7.6, centre 7.5, far side 7.3)

Perth - 2.10


Pontefract - 2.20


Chelmsford - 5.45


Market movers

3.45 Newmarket - Elarqam into 6-4 (from 15-8)

5.15 Pontefract - Hyanna into 7-2 (from 6)

What's on today

The final field for the Betfred Cambridgeshire will be revealed, as will that of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe. Keep an eye on late-morning to be among the first to know.

What to back

Our tipsters provide their best bets on the day, while Signposts Sweetspots point you in the right direction.

Subscribers have the help of Paul Kealy

What to read

Going to Paris for the Arc? Julian Muscat, Alastair Down and others give their top tips for how to make the most of a weekend in the French capital.

Dan Skelton has streaked ahead in the trainers championship over jumps and his assessment of of his title hopes are typically full and frank.

What to watch

Ever wanted to know how trainers teach horses to jump? Wonder no more..

Christophe Lemaire gives his thoughts on Santoro Diamond before the Arc.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is Europa League evening, with Arsenal among the British clubs in action against Bate Borisov.

The British Masters golf begins on Thursday at Close House. Get some opening day threeball betting.

Final thought 

The Arc field looks one of the most closely-matched for years, if you were to take out Enable. Let us hope that she offers something special, to satisfy the neutrals and render moot the idea that Cracksman should be among those facing her.

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