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Daily Racing Tips: 21/12/2019

21/12/2019

Neil Morrice gives you all of his best bets and tips for racing at Ascot, Haydock and Newcastle on 21/12/2019.

Ascot

Race 2: RIDERS ON THE STORM (Nap)
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

Justice can be seen to be done with RIDERS ON THE STORM taking this as a consolation prize for his bizarre departure from last week’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham. The former Irish-based gelding exited the Caspian owing to an administrative blunder and has been redirected to this £50,000 graduation chase. Hugely impressive on debut for new connections, he can follow-up on the way to better things.

Race 3: GARDE LA VICTOIRE (Each Way)
Trainer: Philip Hobbs – Jockey: Richard Johnson

Former Greatwood Hurdle winner GARDE LA VICTOIRE comes back from well over a year on the sidelines but can go well at a big price in this handicap chase. He’s taken a fair drop in the ratings and has a definite touch of class that can manifest itself with an earning run.

Haydock

Race 5: SECRETE STREAM (Each Way)
Trainer: Ruth Jefferson – Jockey: Aidan Blakemore

Injury-plagued SECRETE STREAM likes this course and is worth siding with on his seasonal return. Layoffs hold no perils for the ten-year-old, as demonstrated with his comeback win in the 2018/19 campaign. He’s reported to have worked well in his winding-up gallop for this.

Race 6: TOP WOOD
Trainer: Kelly Morgan – Jockey: Tabitha Worsley

As he nears becoming a teenager, TOP WOOD has the heavy conditions that see him galloping when others have had enough. Since joining his trainer in 2017 he’s scaled great heights as a hunter-chaser, making the frame in the last two Cheltenham Foxhunters and winning the Aintree Foxhunters back in April. He then made a very pleasing return to action when second at Ascot, a run that has brought him to his peak.

Newcastle 21/12/2019

Race 1: STARPLEX
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish – Jockey: Brian Hughes

Title race contender Hughes is the perfect match for the strong travelling STARPLEX who needs riding with the patience of Job. The 9yo looked to have plenty up his sleeve when scoring over two and a half miles here last week, and will not mind the return to the minimum distance.

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