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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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Cork stages an intriguing card with Group 3 action and Magical running in the opener
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There's no let up in the high quality of racing in Ireland as Cork and Roscommon stage valuable evening meetings with a smattering of stars thrown in for good measure.

Cork leads the way with the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes (7.30), featuring Irish Oaks third Eziyra, and the Listed Platinum Stakes (7.00), in which Brendan Brackan targets a tenth career success having won the race in 2014 and finished third a year ago.

All eyes will be on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Magical, a sister to dual Group 1 winner and 1,000 Guineas and Oaks runner-up Rhododendron, in the opening fillies' maiden at 5.30, while Roscommon also hosts a decent card with the €30,000 Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap (7.40) the highlight.

On a day when the evening action serves up the best quality, Chelmsford puts on two £25,000 handicaps, while Nottingham completes the quartet of late starters. Earlier on, Leicester and Catterick provide the afternoon fare.

Going report 

Leicester - first race 2.00
Good, good to soft in places (GoingStick 8.2 on Tuesday at 6.30am)

Catterick - first race 2.15
Good to soft, good in places
Bend into home straight dolled out two yards, increasing race distances as follows - Race 1 +6yds; Race 3 +6yds; Race 4 +6yds; Race 5 +6yds; Race 6 +12yds; Race 7 +6yds

Nottingham - first race 5.05
Soft, good to soft in places (GoingStick 6.4 on Tuesday at 8am)
Outer track rail is set out six yards on the home bend adding 18 yards to races 2, 3, 6 and 7.

Cork - first race 5.30

Roscommon - first race 5.40
Soft to heavy

Chelmsford - first race 5.50

Market movers

Chelmsford 5.50 Joe's Spirit 5-2 (from 100-30)

Chelmsford 6.50 Qassem 8-1 (from 12-1)

Roscommon 8.10 Vastonea 11-2 (from 8-1)

What's on today

We'll have a clearer idea of the line-ups for the Group action at the Curragh on Sunday as the latest entries are revealed. Gustav Klimt and Clemmie could go forward for the Phoenix Stakes and there are a host of old favourites in the reckoning for the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes.

What to back

Richard Birch and Graeme Rodway have all angles covered for the British action, while Alan Sweetman runs the rule over the cracking cards at Cork and Roscommon.

What to read

Scott Burton looks at how two stables hit back from adversity in his column and Richard Forristal nominates the winners and losers from the Galway festival.

What to watch

A bumper Racing Postcast, hosted by Maddy Playle and featuring expert tipsters Tom Segal and James Hill plus Paddy Power's Paul Binfield, takes stock following a breathless week at Goodwood and Galway. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

Steve Davies flags up his best bets for the mouth-watering Uefa Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United - plus all the domestic action is covered with expert advice for the opening round of the League Cup.

Final thought 

Runaway Stobart Flat jockeys' championship leader Silvestre de Sousa is two victories away from reaching his century for the season. He heads to Chelmsford for four rides and given his red-hot form (seven winners from his last 14 rides) there is every chance he will reach the landmark this evening.

On a day when the evening action serves up the best quality, Chelmsford puts on two £25,000 handicaps

Key data

Cork Roscommon
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