Daily Racing Tips: 26/12/2019
Neil Morrice serves up all of his best bets and tips for the racing on Boxing Day, 26/12/2019.
Race 1: VEGAS BLUE
Trainer: Nick Henderson – Jockey: Nico de Boinville
Last season’s winning trainer looks to have to ready-made answer to a fascinating opener in VEGAS BLUE whose lucky owners also have the to0 class Verdana Blue in the stable. This filly has impressed on both career starts, latterly hosing up at Huntingdon at the start of this month. She faces strong opposition from Getaway Fred but her weight allowance plus the latter’s penalty greatly tip the scales in her favour.
Race 2: HOLD THE NOTE
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Tom Scudamore
With Simply The Betts and Commanche Red in the field this was a hard one to call but HOLD THE NOTE can give this stable back-to-back success in this race and follow in the hoof prints of Glen Forsa. The selection has been given plenty of schooling since appearing to blow upon his reappearance at Ludlow. He looked in good order working on grass on Monday.
Race 3: BLACK OP
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Jonathan Burke
It was a tough decision to give in favour of BLACK OP over Slate House but the former has looked positive and assured in two novice chase outings since undergoing a wind operation. He sauntered home from the front at Stratford before losing no caste in defeat at the hands of Champ at Newbury. He lacked the finishing speed of that rival but is now moving up to his optimum distance of three miles. Slate House would have won the BetVictor Gold Cup but for his crumple on landing at the final fences and has subsequently converted a penalty kick at Huntingdon. He is a dangerous foe.
Race 5: TOP VILLE BEN
Trainer: Phil Kirby – Jockey: Tom Dowson
TOP VILLE BEN is a doughty foe when getting onto a handy lead and can achieve that in a race devoid of front runners. He attracted a welter of support at Newcastle last time and appeared to have everything stone cold 7ntil his fuel guage flashed red alert in the final 50 yards in which he went back from first to third. His astute trainer has kept him on the boil for this Grade 3 handicap chase in which he should prove hard to beat.
Race 6: YOUNG BULL
Trainer: Harry Whittington – Jockey: Leighton Aspell
YOUNG BULL has served us well with his wins here and at Ffos Las and now graduates into the handicap arena. He’s certainly not thrown in against a handful of equally in form rivals but his trainer is bullish on his chances of completing the hat-trick.
Race 1: URBAN ARTIST
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: Brendan Powell
Having done us a favour when landing a Cheltenham bumper at 16-1, URBAN ARTIST can show her mettle over jumps. She’s schooled well and her work with Saturday’s runaway Ascot scorer Not So Sleepy makes her of serious interest.
Race 6: LE COEUR NET
Trainer: Anthony Honeyball – Jockey: Ben Godfrey
After hanging away her advantage at Newbury last week, LE COEUR NET rates a winner without a penalty and should prove very hard to beat. He must have given away far more ground than the length he was eventually beaten by Defi Scare and having taken little out of himself is poised to make amends.
Race 1: DEW POND
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: David Noonan
Although DEW POND has proved costly to follow he is of significant interest now dropped into a selling handicap hurdle. He troubled the judge on each of his last five starts over jumps last season and although beaten a country mile when reappearing at Sedgefield is a lot better than that. If he puts his best foot forward he should win.
Race 1: SIXTIES SECRET
Trainer: Sheena West – Jockey: Marc Goldstein
Having gradually run into a bit of form I hope this is D-Day for SIXTIES SECRET. She’s been doing things in her own time but after a better effort behind a well-handicapped rival in Scrutinise is now back against fellow distaffers. Furthermore, she’s getting plenty of weight from everything else in the field.
Race 4: SPIRITOFCHARTWELL (Each Way)
Trainer: Phil York – Jockey: Marc Goldstein
The veteran SPIRITOFCHARTWELL doesn’t hold obvious claims but I fancy him to go well at a big price. He loves this course, will be happy over the trip and act on the ground and is going to relish a big pull back on the distance ladder.
Race 2: INDUNO
Trainer: David Pipe – Jockey: Conor O’Farrell
Even under a penalty for his game success here last month, long-distance traveller INDUNO should be very hard to beat as he steps up a notch on the distance ladder. He prevailed over Stonific in the manner of a staying type and has his tail up for this hat-trick assignment.
Race 3: QUEEN GAMRAH
Trainer: Mark Johnston – Jockey: Richard Kingscote
Versatility is the watchword of QUEEN GAMRAH who scored over this mile at Kempton before following up over seven furlongs at Newcastle. That was on the same Tapeta surface she’ll encounter here, and from a good draw she can carry on the good work switched to handicapping.
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