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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Your essential betting guide including going from all the tracks

Epsom: hosts racing on bank holiday Monday
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Monday. Another working week begins. Hang on, it is a bank holiday. Hooray!

That means there is plenty of racing to look forward to, with seven meetings in Britain and Ireland.

The best of them is at Epsom, where the Amateur Derby, Caspian Prince Handicap and Poundland Conditions Stakes take place. There is also the annual Epsom open day to look forward to.

Going report

Southwell - first race 12.30

Chepstow - 12.45
Good (GoingStick 8.1 on Monday at 6am)

Epsom - 2.05
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 6.9 Round, 7.1 Sprint on Sunday at 8.30am) 

Ripon - 2.10
Good (GoingStick 8.0 on Monday at 5.45am)

Cartmel - 2.20
Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 7.0 on Monday at 8am).
Rail moved out 3yds to provide fresh ground on both bends and Woodside straight hurdle course. Changes to race distances;
Races 1, 5 and 7 +45yds, Races 2 and 3 +36yds, Races 4 and 6

Downpatrick - 3.00

Roscommon - 4.25
Heavy, soft in places

Market movers

Hee Haw (Ripon 3.20)
8-1 (from 12)

Paul Midgley's team are in great form, and Hee Haw has his fourth start for the yard since joining from Keith Dalgleish. Although yet to fire for new connections, the three-year-old is down in grade and shaped with some promise over course and distance last time.

Mount Logan (Epsom 4.20)
5-4f (from 11-8f)

This Roger Varian-trained six-year-old has the highest official rating of the five remaining runners, and if able to replicate his most recent run when second in the Rose of Lancaster at Haydock, he should go close.

Orbasa (Cartmel 4.40)
5-2f (from 11-4f)

Paul Nicholls has only had one runner over at the fences at the track in the last five seasons, so Orbasa is a rarity for the yard. The six-year-old is consistent, although an infrequent winner. He is off a career-low mark of 127 today, and has finished in the first four on his last six starts.

What's on today

As well as good action at Epsom, there is the Listed Champion 2Yrs Old Trophy at Ripon, in which Lake Volta looks an exciting runner.

On a much lesser level, Pahente returns to the course after 999 days off. He contests the 2m½f handicap at Southwell – will it have been worth the wait?

What to back

With racing taking place all over Britain and Ireland, our experts give their naps for the day in Tips Box.

Richard Birch leads our tipping team on a busy day and has three strong fancies (Members' Club).

What to read

Paul Mulrennan and Chris Hayes join the Monday Jury this week to discuss the big issues in racing over the past seven days.

Monday's meeting at Cartmel is the last for boss Jonathan Garrett, who has helped transform the fortunes of the course. He speaks to David Carr about his time at the track.

Fancy yourself as a bit of a racing expert? Then take our quiz and see how you get on.

What to watch

There is no better person to be pointing you in the direction of winners than Nick Watts. Find out who he fancies in Ten Second Tip.

The best of Racing Post Sport

After another busy weekend of football, our experts reveal five things we have learned from the action.

Final thought 

There was sad news on Sunday with the death of top jumps stallion Presenting, who was responsible for the likes of Denman, War Of Attrition, Yorkhill and Ballabriggs.

He has three offspring in action on Monday: Camillas Wish (4.05 Cartmel), Bon Chic (4.40 Cartmel) and Presenting Julio (5.50 Downpatrick). Good luck to them all.

There was sad news on Sunday with the death of top jumps stallion Presenting, responsible for the likes of Denman, War Of Attrition and Ballabriggs
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