There’s plenty of racing action to get stuck into on Boxing Day, with no fewer than ten meetings across Britain and Ireland.
Our free horse racing tips will cover all the big races such as the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, the Christmas Hurdle and the King George, but with so much to decipher elsewhere, our man Joe Eccles has picked out four of his selections away from the big meetings which when combined produces a huge 18,449/1 accumulator – read his thoughts below.
Brian Hughes is currently in flying form as he bids for a maiden jockeys’ championship title.
He makes the journey to Sedgefield on Boxing Day for a book of rides, with Henry’s Joy in the feature Gary Wood Memorial Handicap Chase arguably one of his strongest chances.
The Tim Leslie-owned six-year-old found less than had looked likely at Haydock on his latest outing, suggesting that today’s drop-in trip would suit.
He had finished a close second at Carlisle on his start prior to that, and his form figures at Sedgefield currently read a promising 213.
Arriving here running off his last winning handicap mark, he should be right in the mix at the business end.
The Pallinc Novices’ Handicap Hurdle appears to be a race that Tim Easterby targets, having taken two of the last four renewals – so with that in mind – it is a surprise to see his Cilluirid such a big price in the market.
The Arcadio gelding has had just the three starts under rules to date, finishing down the field on each occasion, but all of those efforts came at around two miles, and his pedigree strongly suggests that today’s step-up in distance will suit.
Running off a lowly opening handicap mark here with William Easterby removing a further five pounds off his back, he is backed to continue his yard’s fine recent run of form (have sent out two winners from their last four runners), by landing the spoils this afternoon.
Seamus Mullins sent out his first winner since July when the 33/1 shot Mahler’s Promise scored at Newbury last week, but he should not have to wait too long for another success – with his Inspireus appearing to hold solid claims in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Chase at Fontwell.
This son of Scorpion arrives here a fourteen-race maiden, but he has had just the one start over fences, finishing a close fourth at Lingfield last month.
He arrives here running off the same mark, and talented Page Fuller maintains the partnership. His yard has been profitable to follow with their chasers at this venue in the last five seasons, and he is taken to enhance that record by landing this prize.
Wolverhampton’s Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap looks a wide-open race, and with that in mind, it is a surprise to see the Dominic Ffrench Davis-trained Cherries At Dawn priced-up at odds of around 40/1.
This filly by Dawn Approach ran well in defeat in a couple of all-weather novices earlier this year, conceding lumps of weight to the three-year-olds on both occasions.
She has not been seen since finishing down the field in a course and distance handicap in October, but that effort can be upgraded as the race wasn’t run to suit.
Should she get a stronger pace to aim at here, expect to see her finishing fast late on under experienced pilot John Egan.