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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Your Monday racing round-up with all the latest from the tracks

Jer's Girl: got her season off to a flyer with a win on the Flat at Roscommon
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There’s a jumping chill in the air starting to pervade the late Flat season which splutters today at Kempton and Leicester in Britain.

The Budweiser-sponsored maiden at Roscommon in Ireland features the return of a leading lady of the jumps scene Jer’s Girl, the Punchestown’s Irish Champion Novice Hurdle winner 17 months ago.

Many swear the JP McManus-owned mare was travelling like a winner when falling three out in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The 1m3f177yd maiden is an interesting starting point.

Then there is the little matter of Harry Fry sending out just his second runner on the Flat at Leicester but there should be some comfort for Flat devotees at Kempton. Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Godolphin send some interesting maidens to a meeting where Ghanaati, the 1,000 Guineas winner eight years ago made her debut, finishing third.

Going report


Kempton - first race 1.50  

Standard to slow (Cloudy)

Leicester - 2.0

Heavy, soft in places. GoingStick 5.5 at 6.30am on Monday

Roscommon - 1.45


Market movers

Roscommon 1.45 South East 9-4 (from 7-2)

Leicester 3.05 Porth Swtan 15-8 (from 2-1)

Kempton 4.35 Sign Of The Kodiac 15-2 (from 10-1)

What's on today

Plenty will be waiting with interest on Monday morning to discover what the BHA, sponsors 32Red and Jockey Club Racecourses have concocted for the race to replace the lost Ayr Gold Cup at Haydock Park on Saturday. All we know is it is going to be restricted to 17 runners, not the 25 declared for Ayr last Saturday.

As well as that, there is the Group 1 Cheveley Park, Middle Park, Group 2 Royal Lodge and the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket to consider with their five-day stages.

What to back

Richard Birch leads the tipping team and has a banker late in the day at Leicester. Then there are the top tips from our regional correspondents and time and rating experts, plus our Ten Second Tip for those in a hurry.

What to read

The Beresford Stakes domination of Aidan O’Brien has produced a new Investec Derby favourite. Read Tony O’Hehir’s report here.

Check out the two sides of the argument after Cracksman is ruled out of Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Our Lambourn correspondent James Burn has left no nook or cranny unchecked at champion trainer Nicky Henderson's yard to come up with an exhaustive report on his hopes for the current jump season.

The best of Racing Post Sport

Monday night football tops the bill and Dan Childs has the plays for Arsenal's home game against West Brom.

The weather might not suggest it but the county cricket championship ends this week and the final matches are summed up by James Milton with a home counties bet.

Final thought

How many more ante-post favourites will there be for the Investec Derby before Epsom opens its doors in nine months time?

The Budweiser-sponsored maiden at Roscommon in Ireland features the return of a leading lady of the jumps scene Jer’s Girl
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