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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

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Windsor: action at the track starts at 5.10
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After the feast of Goodwood and Galway there will be a much more relaxed feel to this week, which starts with an interesting Monday.

One of the main features is Carlisle's card, which is for female riders only.

Sammy Jo Bell, Megan Nicholls, Hollie Doyle and Rachel Richardson are among those participating on the seven-race bill, which starts at 5.30.

Evening action also comes from Windsor, while Salisbury, Ripon, Cork and the Curragh provide the afternoon fare.

The latter's meeting could be worth paying particular attention to as it kicks off with a 7f two-year-old maiden, which features the debut of Fightfortheroses, a Galileo three-parts brother to Derby hero Pour Moi.

He is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who also runs Nelson - a Frankel colt out of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone - and newcomer Kew Gardens, another by the great Galileo.

Going report

Salisbury - 2.00 first race
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 7.1) 

Cork - 2.05

Ripon - 2.15
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 7.3)
Rail on bend from back straight to home straight dolled out by four yards adding eight yards to races on the round course

Curragh - 2.25
Good, good to firm in places

Windsor - 5.10
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick 7.8)
Rail will be dolled out by six yards in the straight

Carlisle - 5.30
Good to soft (GoingStick 6.9)


Market movers

2.25 Curragh: Yulong Warrior 3-1 (from 9-2)

3.30 Salisbury: Awfaa 11-8 (from 13-8)

4.45 Ripon: Sileel 11-4 (from 100-30)

What's on today

Entries for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, which takes place at Ascot on Saturday, will be unveiled, as will the possibles for Newmarket and Haydock.

What to back

Richard Birch and Paul Kealy have the pick of the bets for the British racing, while Justin O'Hanlon has three fancies at the Curragh.

What to read

Lee Mottershead serves up his latest column, while Pat Smullen is among those to tackle our Monday jury.

A host of our writers have also had a think about what might make Goodwood better and offer horses to follow from the Glorious meeting.

What to watch

Dave Orton's analysis of Goodwood on Saturday


The best of Racing Post Sport

James Milton highlights five things to take from the opening weekend of the football season and Ian Wilkerson tackles St Pauli v Dynamo Dresden, while Mark Langdon puts Blackburn Rovers under the spotlight

Final thought 

Perhaps worth noting Josephine Gordon - who could likely have had a few spins on Carlisle's all-female card - heads to Windsor for just one mount; John Joiner in the 5f handicap.

The Curragh's meeting could be worth paying particular attention to as it kicks off with a seven-furlong two-year-old maiden

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