Horse racing Lucky 15 – New Year’s Day’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

We ended 2016 as we started it – with a winning NAP. Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

O O SEVEN (Cheltenham 1.25) made a good start to his chasing career when scoring with ease at Cheltenham, beating he useful Sizing Tennessee and Rock The Kasbah in November. The strapping son of Flemensfirth won over 3m as a hurdler and he was a fine second in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown in April. So it was something of a surprise that he was a beaten third as an odds-on favourite for his second spin over fences at Doncaster last time. The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old did not quite get home over that 3m trip and he drops back to a more realistic 2m4½f as he takes on four rivals in the Grade 2 Dipper Chase, with the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Festival meeting still the long-term plan.

SUTTER’S MILL (Fakenham 2.30) has twice gone close in a couple of handicap hurdles off a mark of 100, at Ffos Las (2m4f) and Bangor (2m7f) and takes a slight step up in class today for a 2m7f event. The Evan Williams-trained six-year-old is still learning his craft but appears to be progressing with each run and while he races off a 5lb higher mark in taking on four rivals (including stablemate Abbeygrey), he appears to see this trip out well enough to think he can win one of these before too long.

CHARMIX (Exeter 3.00) is a 145-rated hurdler, so it is fair to say he has been a little disappointing in two starts over fences. He was free in taking on the subsequent winner at Fontwell in October on his chasing debut and was a little one-paced between the last two fences, having led again, at Bangor in November. Harry Fry’s inmate still has plenty of scope for improvement and he is given another chance in a 2m3f beginners’ chase against a few who look equally in need of the experience.

SIMMPLY SAM (Catterick 3.20) is not the most consistent sort. On a going day, she is genuine. On other days, she leaves connections feeling flummoxed and frustrated. However, Marjorie Fife’s 10-year-old made a promising return after seven months off when a distant third to Annie Alainn in a 2m½f soft-ground handicap hurdle at Newcastle early last month, which is a trip well short of her optimum. In April she had scored over 2m4½f off a mark of 74 and was not beaten far a few weeks later over 2.5 off a rating of 81. The step up to an extended 3m1f may prove pivotal and the booking of Brian Harding is intriguing.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CHELTENHAM: 12.15 Baden, 12.50 Arpege D’alene, 1.25 O O SEVEN (NAP), 2.00 Tenor Nivernais, 2.35 Call To Order, 3.10 Cole Harden, 3.40 Dentley De Mee

MUSSELBURGH: 12.30 Enola Gay, 1.05 Mister Don, 1.40 Viens Chercher, 2.15 Very First Time, 2.50 Mirsaale, 3.25 Dominada

EXETER: 12.40 Neon Wolf, 1.15 Capeland, 1.50 What Else, 2.25 Zanstra, 3.00 Charmix, 3.30 Bertie Boru, 4.00 Pearl Royale

CATTERICK: 12.25 Master Of Irony, 1.00 Crakehall Lad, 1.35 Jimmy The Jetplane, 2.10 The Bay Oak, 2.45 Nautical Twilight, 3.20 Simmply Sam

FAKENHAM: 12.45 Bowdler’s Magic, 1.20 Tommy The Rascal, 1.55 Djarkalin, 2.30 Sutter’s Mill (nb), 3.05 Artifice Sivola, 3.35 Benability

SOUTHWELL: 12.05 Private Donald, 12.35 Things Happen, 1.10 Un Fear Ciuin, 1.45 Landing Night, 2.20 Shyron, 2.55 Greyfriarschorista, 3.30 Limerick Lord

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BUVEUR D’AIR (Warwick 1.00) certainly looked the part when returning from an eight-month break to score decisively on his chasing debut at Haydock a couple of weeks ago, beating the smart Cloudy Dream with plenty to spare. Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old, who was a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, was accurate and slick at his fences. He takes on four rivals in a competitive 2m novices’ chase and while he will improve for further, this will serve as a good barometer to see whether he can make it to the top table of young chasers.

CEPAGE (Newbury 2.25), twice a winner in France, scored on his debut for Venetia Williams in a 2m½f handicap chase here a couple of weeks ago. For a horse that is not particularly big, his price tag of 160,000 euros seems plenty high, but looks can be deceptive and he absolutely hosed up, beating seven rivals with aplomb. He is only four and very light on his feet, so softer ground would appear to suit him. Rated 119 for his win, the handicapper has slammed him up to a mark of 132 as he takes on three rivals over a similar trip. Still, he looks at the right end of the handicap and should develop into a Graded horse.

WILLIAM HENRY (Newbury 3.35) won two bumpers in his first three starts for Nicky Henderson in 2015 and he made a belated hurdling debut at Cheltenham three weeks ago after 20 months on the sidelines, chasing home Pingshou. Held up in a 2m1f novices’ hurdle, he made good progress and his hurdling was slick enough to think he will be landing a similar event in due course. He faces six rivals in an extended 2m introductory hurdle and while there are a couple of decent recruits from the Flat, the six-year-old should put his experience to good use.

PEARL ROYALE (Uttoxeter 3.25) has shown promise in two bumpers for Nigel Hawke and may be good enough to break her duck in what looks an ordinary mares’ bumper. Her two runs were six months apart and despite racing keenly as a 66/1 chance in a 2m½f bumper at Cheltenham, she stayed on well in a race won by My Khaleesi last month, which has produced a couple of subsequent winners.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.10 Saint Contest, 12.40 Welsh Shadow, 1.15 I Am Colin, 1.50 Baltazar D’allier, 2.25 Cepage (nb), 3.00 John Constable, 3.35 William Henry

WARWICK: 12.00 Tara Well, 12.30 Copper Kay, 1.00 BUVEUR D’AIR (NAP), 1.35 Muckle Roe, 2.10 Handsome Sam, 2.45 Bredon Hill Lad, 3.20 Little Chunk

UTTOXETER: 12.05 L Frank Baum, 12.35 Crank Em Up, 1.05 Kayf Charmer, 1.40 Bennys King, 2.15 Burtons Well, 2.50 Mumgos Debut, 3.25 Pearl Royale

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.25 Music Major, 12.55 Joys Delight, 1.30 Sans Souci Bay, 2.05 Mr Bossy Boots, 2.40 Natural Scenery, 3.15 Colourbearer, 3.45 Pharoh Jake

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, December 30, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

DUSKY LEGEND (Taunton 3.00) has not been out of the first two in her last eight starts over hurdles and can land her third success in the last four attempts when taking on five rivals in the 2m½f novices’ hurdle. She landed an extended 2m novices’ hurdle at Newbury in early November and under a 3lb penalty, went close again over that same course and distance in a Listed affair three weeks later, with an uncharacteristic ponderous leap at the third last not helping her cause as she chased home the smart La Bague Au Roi. Rated 135, she races off the same mark today and concedes 3lb to all her rivals, who include the impressive Coillte Lass, who seeks a three-timer over hurdles. However, we feel the Alan King-trained mare has a touch of class and this may be an ideal prep for another tilt at the Grade 2 Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

LESSONS IN MILAN (Haydock Park 2.40) was an unconsidered 25/1 chance for an extended 2m7f novices’ limited handicap chase at Newbury but he finished third to stablemate Beware The Bear. That was a decent effort, given that he was a shade disappointing over fences last season, which saw him sign off with an Unseated at Fontwell in May. Given that he turns nine on Sunday and has had only four starts over fences, the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding will need to start making up for lost time. His mark of 134 seems fair and while he takes on 16 rivals in an extended 3m3f handicap chase today, he has been touted as Grand National type. This step up in trip should see him in a better light.

PARIS MAGIC (Newcastle 1.50) had shown ability but had tended to race a little too freely in his first five starts, so Hugo Palmer decided that gelding the Champs Elyses three-year-old would be the best policy. After a seven-week break and with blinkers replacing cheekpieces, he got off the mark in fine style over today’s 1m4½f trip in a weak maiden here earlier this month. He is up 1lb to a mark of 82 for a second try in handicap company and if the blinkers have the desired effect again, he should attract plenty of support as he takes on seven rivals.

BOHER LAD (Taunton 1.30) was a bit unlucky to have stumbled and fallen when attempting to score for the second time in three starts at Bangor last time. Off a mark of 80, the Alan Phillips-trained nine-year-old had hosed up at Ludlow in November in soft ground and had done well to finish runner-up to That’s Gonna Sting over course and distance seven days later under a penalty. Now up to a mark of 90, he will have to produce a career-best effort to land the extended 2m7½f handicap hurdle, but he remains in good form, something that cannot be said about several of his 11 rivals.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

HAYDOCK PARK: 12.40 Horseguardsparade, 1.10 Buveur D’air, 1.40 Du Soleil, 2.10 Burtons Well, 2.40 Lessons In Milan (nb), 3.10 Listen To The Man, 3.40 Vancouver

NEWCASTLE: 12.50 Killermont Street, 1.20 Amazour, 1.50 Paris Magic, 2.20 Adalene, 2.50 Glorious Asset, 3.20 Billy Bond, 3.50 Newmarket Warrior, 4.20 Canford Belle

TAUNTON: 1.00 Hahnenkam, 1.30 Boher Lad, 2.00 Dashing Oscar, 2.30 In On The Act, 3.00 DUSKY LEGEND (NAP), 3.30 By The Boardwalk, 4.00 Shaddaii

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NEW YEAR’S BETTING GUIDE: FIVE TOP TIPS

2017 is almost here and to celebrate, our tipping team have analysed some of the biggest football action taking place over the New Year’s weekend – including the Old Firm derby and a massive clash at Anfield!

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RANGERS v CELTIC

New Year’s Eve – 12:15

The third Old Firm derby of the season takes place on Saturday lunchtime.

Rangers host bitter rivals Celtic, and will be looking for revenge after losing both of the two meetings that have taken place this season.

Rangers were on the end of a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Celtic Park in September before a late winner at Hampden a month later handed Celtic a second victory and a place in the Scottish League Cup final.

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Moussa Dembele has enjoyed playing against Rangers this season – scoring four goals in his two meetings against the Gers.

Celtic have been formidable away from home during this campaign. The Hoops haven’t lost a league game on the road all season and have only dropped points on one occasion when playing away from home.

That won’t worry Rangers fans too much, as they are yet to see their side lose a home game this season.

However, one thing that will cause concern for the Gers faithful is their side’s recent record against Celtic.

Rangers haven’t won any of their last four games against Celtic within 90 minutes and have conceded on nine occasions during that period.

Everything points to an away win.

BEST BET: CELTIC TO WIN @ 3/4

LEICESTER v WEST HAM

New Year’s Eve – 15:00

These two sides have struggled to re-create their form from last season.

Champions Leicester find themselves down in 16th place after winning on just four occasions in the league this season, while West Ham have crawled up to mid-table after taking ten points from their last four games.

In all honesty, Leicester’s home form hasn’t been a problem. They have only lost twice at the King Power this season, with all four of their league victories coming in-front of home support, including their 4-2 win over Man City earlier this month.

West Ham have faced some tough away trips recently, with visits to Anfield, Old Trafford and White Hart Lane in their last three games away from the London Stadium.

Slaven Bilic’s men led in all three of those games but were unable to hold on, conceding two late goals to lose against Spurs, which was followed by draws with Man United and Liverpool.

Leicester hosted West Ham on two occasions last season. Their Premier League clash at the King Power ended in a 2-2 draw, while extra time was needed in their League Cup clash.

This one looks too close to call, but in our eyes, West Ham won’t come away empty handed.

BEST BET: DOUBLE CHANCE – WEST HAM OR DRAW @ 8/11

LIVERPOOL v MAN CITY

New Year’s Eve – 17:30

Second plays third at Anfield on Saturday evening, with Liverpool hosting Manchester City in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season.

Over the last few seasons, this has been a fixture that has produced both goals and excitement by the bucket load.

The two sides have shared a jaw-dropping 37 goals in their last ten meetings – which equates to an average of 3.7 goals per game.

It is also worth noting that Liverpool’s 3-0 win back in March was the only one of those ten games that didn’t end with both sides scoring.

In terms of this campaign, Liverpool and Man City have been two of the most prolific clubs in the Premier League – netting on 84 occasions between them so far.

Sergio Aguero returns to the Manchester City squad this weekend after his four-game ban, however, Liverpool are one of the few clubs in the league he seems to struggle against.

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Since arriving in England back in 2011, the prolific Argentine has only managed four goals against Liverpool.

That said, we still expect goals to be on the agenda come Saturday evening, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Aguero got himself on the scoresheet.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 4/6

WATFORD v TOTTENHAM

New Year’s Day – 13:30

After a decent start to the season, Watford have struggled of late – losing four of their last six league games.

That said, their solid recent home form has stopped them from slipping too far down the table. The Hornets have won four of their last seven home games.

Like Sunday’s opponents, Tottenham have also found it hard on the road lately, winning just one of their last six away games.

Three of Spurs’ last five games have been against teams in the bottom half of the table, and they have found the net with relative ease. Pochettino’s men have scored 10 goals in total, with six of those coming in the second half.

In three of the last four meetings between Watford and Tottenham, the sides have been level at half-time, with Spurs have going onto win on each occasion.

In fact these sides are often involved in games that are level at the break. Watford have been level at half-time in three of their last five home games, while Spurs have been drawing after 45 minutes in four of their last six away games.

Although we see Tottenham winning this, we don’t seen Watford making it easy for them.

BEST BET: DRAW/TOTTENHAM (HT/FT) @ 10/3

ARSENAL v CRYSTAL PALACE

New Year’s Day – 16:00

Old enemies Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce meet at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, with Arsenal and Crystal Palace both in desperate need of a positive result.

Arsenal’s title challenge suffered a huge dent in December, with back-to-back away losses against Everton and Manchester City leaving them a considerable distance behind leaders Chelsea.

cechSince losing Shkodran Mustafi to injury a few weeks ago, the Gunners look lost at the back and have conceded four goals in the three games since his absence.

In fact, Arsenal’s clean sheet against West Brom on Boxing Day was their first in 12 games.

This will be music to the ears of Sam Allardyce. His new side have scored 17 league goals away from home already this season – the fourth highest total of all 20 Premier League sides.

When it comes to meetings between these clubs, goals are a near certainty.

Both sides have managed to net in each of the last four meetings between Arsenal and Crystal Palace, with eleven goals being scored during that time.

Unfortunately for Palace, they have only beaten Arsenal on three occasions since 1934 and have gone 14 games without a victory against Sunday’s opponents.

We see Arsenal winning this one – but we don’t see them keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates.

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 10/11

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, December 29, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TASAABOQ (Southwell 3.30) gets the NAP vote on a day’s racing that looks a little like it is a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show, such was the feast of top-class action over the last few days. Twice a beaten favourite over 6f at Wolverhampton in the last couple of weeks, Phil McEntee’s five-year-old deserves a change of luck, having been largely consistent, albeit at a fairly lowly level. One win from 38 says plenty about his ability, although he ran well in defeat on Tuesday and has run well off quick reappearances in the past. In a weak 14-runner 6f classified stakes race, Josephine Gordon’s mount would hold a decent chance off level weights.

TURTLE WATCH (Kelso 1.40) landed a third win over hurdles at this track in May last year for Jim Goldie but he is not easy to keep sound and had 18 months off thereafter. Now in the hands of Rose Dobbin, he was given a quiet return at Wetherby and never threatened after being held up. Last week, making a belated chasing debut, he ran in a 2m½f novices’ limited handicap and was travelling strongly when falling five out. Given that he has been turned out again quickly, connections obviously don’t feel he is any worse for wear and off a mark of 112, he may give his nine rivals plenty to think about in the 2m1f handicap.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (Southwell 1.50) returns to the scene of his fair third in a 7f maiden in November, before not being beaten far by Fivetwoeight in a 6f all-weather maiden when dropped back to 6f at Kempton two weeks ago. That form has been good enough to get a rating of 71, but instead of running in a handicap on his fourth career start the James Tate-trained juvenile takes on seven opponents in a low-grade maiden auction race. The key is another drop in trip to the minimum and he has shown plenty enough speed to handle it.

NICOLAS CHAUVIN (Doncaster 12.25) tends to run his best races when the ground is a little better than it is likely to be here, but there are some bits and pieces of form on softer ground that means he is likely to be a bit of value in the four-runner 2m novices’ limited handicap chase. In truth, Nicky Henderson’s representative has never really lived up to expectations over hurdles or fences, but there are not too many miles on the clock for the gelding who is soon to turn nine. He has had just five runs since October 2015, the last of which saw him run a decent second to I’dliketheoption at Ludlow in October. He seems suited by small fields, can go well when fresh and it is interesting that the trainer is taking a chance on winter ground.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

DONCASTER: 12.25 Nicolas Chauvin, 12.55 Work, 1.30 Bardd, 2.05 Viky Du Reponet, 2.40 Ami Desbois, 3.10 Mercers Court, 3.40 Miss Mash

KELSO: 12.00 Largy Bull, 12.30 Itstimeforapint, 1.05 Raise A Spark, 1.40 Turtle Watch (nb), 2.15 Paper Roses, 2.45 Cooper’s Friend, 3.20 Berkshire Downs

SOUTHWELL: 11.45 Medicine Hat, 12.15 Bridley’s Lettuce, 12.45 Hint Of Grey, 1.15 Aventus, 1.50 Golden Opportunity, 2.25 Napoleon Solo, 3.00 Bold, 3.30 TASAABOQ (NAP)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After Tuesday’s winning NAP selection, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ROYAL VILLAGE (Leicester 2.35) can follow up his Southwell bumper success when making is hurdling debut in a 2m4½f novices’ race. This half-brother to the smart Village Vic fell on his only point-to-point in Ireland before making his rules debut for Philip Hobbs and he impressed with his attitude, battling to beat a well-regarded Dan Skelton inmate and scoring by a couple of lengths. The way he kept responding to the urgings of Richard Johnson can only bode well and he looked a jumper in the making. This appears to be a gentle introduction, despite taking on 15 rivals.

FATTSOTA (Catterick 11.55) held his own in pattern company on the Flat and won six times on the level in total. The eight-year-old, who stayed 1m4f in decent company, made a belated hurdling debut at Southwell last month, chasing home a decent sort in Sumkindofking, despite not getting a clear run between three and two out in a 1m7½f maiden hurdle. Trainer David O’Meara has found a similar race and he should give in-form Brian Hughes a good spin as he takes on nine rivals.

SIDEWINDER (Lingfield Park 12.45) has been consistent in five starts for Tom Dascombe since making his debut in April, despite not getting his head in front over sprint distances. The Majestic Missile two-year-old has not been seen out since august when beaten half a length by Ocean Air in a 7f Leicester maiden, having previously been fourth of six over 6f in heavy ground at Haydock. The 7f trip, which he tried for the first time, appeared to suit him and of those with experience in the nine-strong field for this 7f maiden, few look to be able to match his ability.

ASUNCION (Catterick 1.05) is never the easiest to predict, so therefore may be a bit of value follow up her 2m3f Market Rasen handicap chase off a 3lb higher mark as she takes on 11 rivals over a similar trip. She ran from 5lb out of the handicap last time and looked well beaten in third at the last fence, only to fly past a couple of rivals to score decisively. Going left-handed won’t be an issue for the Rebecca Menzies-trained six-year-old and Jamie Hamilton’s 3lb claim is useful.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 11.55 Fattsota (nb), 12.30 Lake Chapala, 1.05 Asuncion, 1.35 Idder, 2.10 Nine Altars, 2.45 Western Jo, 3.20 Turtle Cask

LEICESTER: 12.55 Little Pop, 1.25 Rathealy, 2.00 Crickel Wood, 2.35 ROYAL VILLAGE (NAP), 3.10 Master Dee, 3.40 Favorite Girl

LINGFIELD PARK: 11.40 Gaelic Silver, 12.10 Polar Kite, 12.45 Sidewinder, 1.15 Re Run, 1.45 Alfredo, 2.20 Galinthias, 2.55 Sun Angel, 3.30 Gung Ho Jack

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

NATIVE RIVER (Chepstow 2.40) has plenty going for him as he attempts to add the Welsh Grand National to his Hennessy Gold Cup triumph. The six-year-old was idling a bit in the closing stages when holding off Carole’s Destrier at Newbury but he managed to score comfortably enough and Colin Tizzard’s runner is expected to confirm that form as he runs off the same mark, effectively making him 8lb ‘well-in’ on his official mark, which is due to be raised to 163 by the BHA in future. The extended trip should not be an issue and forcing tactics have often been seen to good effect in the Welsh National. As long as the ground does not deteriorate, Native River looks the one to beat in a high-class renewal of the 3m5½f handicap.

SIRE DE GRUGY (Kempton Park 2.20) may be able to gain a second Desert Orchid Chase success to compensate for going oh-so-close in the Grade 2 event last year when touched off by Sprinter Sacre. Gary Moore’s 10-year-old has shown a liking for this track and the 2014 Champion Chase winner is at home in small fields, and appears to have the beating of at least two of the quartet that line up for 2m event. Despite rising 11, he kept Un De Sceaux honest when runner-up in the Tingle Creek at Sandown earlier this month and while he could do with a little more ease in the ground, there is every chance that this crowd favourite can get the better of Irish raider Special Tiara, despite giving away 10lb to that rival.

ASO (Chepstow 3.15) deserves to get his head in front following a couple of solid races in defeat at Cheltenham since his return to action. A close-up fourth to Taquin De Seuil in a Grade 3 2m4½f handicap chase was followed by a 1½l defeat by Frodon in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over the same course and distance. While he can make the odd mistake, the improving six-year-old could have a decent handicap in him this season and this drop in class, taking on six rivals in a 2m3½f race that Venetia Williams has plundered in three of the last four years, might be the ideal confidence booster.

CAROLINAE (Wolverhampton 2.50) was a little unlucky in having to switch around rivals in a decent 1m handicap at Lingfield last time. She travelled powerfully into the race, taking a keen hold, but had to settle for third spot as she attempted to follow up her previous win over course and distance off an 8lb higher mark. Trainer Charlie Fellowes clearly thinks plenty of her, as he pitched her into Listed company prior to that. She needs to be ridden from off the pace and with only seven runners, there is no guarantee there will be enough pace to set the race up for her. On the flips side, there is less of a chance she will get held up by traffic problems in a valuable 1m½f fillies’ handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON PARK: 12.40 Dreamcatching, 1.10 Dolores Delightful, 1.45 Altior, 2.20 Sire De Grugy (nb), 2.55 Wait For Me, 3.30 Out Sam

CHEPSTOW: 12.20 Full Irish, 12.50 Tempestatefloresco, 1.25 Billy No Mane, 2.00 Defi Du Seuil, 2.40 NATVE RIVER (NAP), 3.15 Aso, 3.50 Cadeyrn

WETHERBY:  12.55 Just Minded, 1.30 Two Smokin Barrels, 2.05 Dinsdale, 2.35 Oldgrangewood, 3.05 Apterix, 3.35 Lilly’s Legend

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.05 David’s Beauty, 1.40 Affordability, 2.15 Bermondsey Belle, 2.50 Carolinae, 3.25 Sennockian Star, 4.00 Mr Marchwood, 4.30 Major Muscari, 5.00 Swendab

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Boxing Day’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, December 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CUE CARD (Kempton Park 3.15) can win the King George VI Chase for the second successive year. While the race has cut up badly, with just five going to post for the 3m Grade 1 event, a case can be made for each of the quintet, such is the quality of the line-up. Having already landed the Betfair Chase, Cue Card is in line for a £1m bonus should he win this and the Gold Cup. Yet Colin Tizzard has thrown a spanner in the works, with stablemate and top novice Thistlecrack taking him on. Many suspect the small field will help the latter, yet Cue Card is a front-runner and Paddy Brennan will set the fractions, which may put pressure on Thistlecrack’s jumping. In truth, there is little between the two on paper and with Josses Hill, Silviniaco Conti and Tea For Two completing the line-up, whatever the outcome, we are assured of a top-class renewal.

RAINBOW DREAMER (Fontwell Park 12.35) can follow-up his juvenile hurdle win here over the same 2m1½f trip for Alan King. That was his third try over hurdles, but his previous run had come in Listed class and while he was a little keen in first-time cheekpieces, he ran out a ready winner form a Paul Nicholls-trained import who has won two from four starts in France. The selection is penalised for winning, as, too, is another Nicholls import, Saintemilion, who makes his British debut. That duo look the pick of a modest bunch.

MOUNTAIN KING (Wetherby 3.00) is the class act in the 2m3f handicap chase on a really decent card at Wetherby. The seven-year-old, who shoulders top weight and faces seven rivals, was shipped over from Ireland by Gordon Elliott in September to land a similar handicap at Perth off a mark of 133 and he runs off a 4lb higher mark here. Much depends on the ground conditions – Mountain King is better on decent ground, but he also prefers a left-handed track and goes that way round this time.

YUKON DELTA (Huntingdon 3.05) was placed in his first start over fences, having previously earned a double over hurdles for trainer Gary Moore at his local haunts Plumpton and Fontwell. He did not look a natural jumper at Plumpton last time, but that is a tricky course to navigate and he should be seen to better effect over Huntingdon’s easier right-handed track as he takes on seven rivals in a less-than-competitive 2m7½f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON PARK: 12.55 Jenkins, 1.20 Max Ward, 2.05 Minella Daddy, 2.40 My Tent Or Yours, 3.15 CUE CARD (NAP), 3.45 Lisheen Prince

WETHERBY: 12.10 Star Rider, 12.40 Dark Darsie, 1.15 Cloud Monkey, 1.50 Blaklion, 2.25 Only Orsenfoolsies, 3.00 Mountain King, 3.35 Groovejet

FONTWELL PARK: 12.05 Straits Of Messina, 12.35 Rainbow Dreamer (nb), 1.10 The Mighty Don, 1.45 Bertenbar, 2.15 Disputed, 2.50 Happy Diva, 3.25 Bonds Conquest

HUNTINGDON: 12.15 River Of Intrigue, 12.45 Forza Milan, 1.20 Knight’s Reward, 1.55 Gulshanigans, 2.30 Pyrshan, 3.05 Yukon Delta, 3.40 Linenhall

MARKET RASEN: 12.00 Winning Ticket, 12.35 Strait Of Magellan, 1.10 Moscow Me, 1.45 Bells Of Ailsworth, 2.20 Wilton Milan, 2.55 Ping, 3.30 Our Thomas

SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Hi Bob, 12.30 Cousin Oscar, 1.05 Mahlerdramatic, 1.40 Kilronan Castle, 2.10 Four Mile Beach, 2.45 Hag Stone, 3.20 Blottos

WINCANTON: 12.30 On Demand, 1.05 Jaunty Inflight, 1.40 Quarryman, 2.15 Mr Mix, 2.50 Desert Queen, 3.25 Dawson City, 3.55 Victarion

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.00 Orotorio’s Joy, 1.35 Letmestopyouthere, 2.05 Speed Freak, 2.35 Pensax Lady, 3.10 Frivolous Prince, 3.45 High Baroque, 4.15 Gentlemen, 4.45 Ravenhoe

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CHAPPERS’ CHAT: THE FESTIVE PERIOD

In this week’s column, England U20 prop, Luke Chapman explains how rugby players deal with the Christmas and New Year period…

It’s finally that time of the year again! The Christmas jumpers are being dug out of the back of the wardrobe and the fear of putting on weight over the festive period is really starting to kick in.

As rugby players, the ever-dreaded Christmas weigh-in looms over all of our heads. Let’s just say, training on December 27th is going to be a very nervy day for all of us!

Although we have a busy schedule over Christmas, we are still given some time-off to spend with our families.

It is always portrayed that rugby players eat a ridiculous amount of food (which in some cases is very true) but we really do have to watch our weight as we don’t have a break of games over the Christmas period.

My tactics going into the festive period are very strategic. I try to eat as little as possible from December 22-24 and then on the big day, I go crazy!

sproutsMy plate at Christmas dinner looks like a meal fit for a bear. In fact, I currently hold my family’s record for the most brussel sprouts eaten in a minute. I managed 21, and this year I hope to beat it. At least the coaches can’t complain that I’m not stacking up on my greens!

My Christmas week is a bit different to that in a normal job – but that’s a sacrifice you have to make and I have always known that.

This year, I have trained with the boys on Tuesday and Wednesday and if selected, will then travel up to Ealing on Friday for our Christmas Eve fixture.

Once the game has finished, we will then have a jolly bus journey home, which is a good excuse to have a few drinks with my teammates.

That said, it won’t too mad as I don’t think my family would appreciate me being hungover on Christmas Day!

After the Christmas period, when our bloated belly’s start to deflate, it is straight back to rugby with a training session on the 27th as we will be preparing for our game against Nottingham on New Year’s Eve.

If selected, the tie against Nottingham will be my first ever New Year’s fixture and I am really looking forward to it.

It should be a great day. Everyone down here in Cornwall lives for rugby, and to have the chance to watch a game on New Year’s Eve is going to special for our fans.

I’m sure there will be a record crowd – complete with a lot of drunken Cornishmen preparing for their big night out.

Once the game is over, I too will be preparing for my favourite night of the year, where I will be meeting up with friends and family in my local town of Looe.

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It is now a tradition for us all to dress up and hit the local pubs. I’ve even been known to grace the town dressed up as a fairy, smurf and even a nun.

This will be my last column of 2016 and I really hope that you have enjoyed hearing my side of the Rugby Union story. I will back in 2017 with more tales.

Myself and the guys at MyClubBetting would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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FESTIVE BETTING GUIDE: FIVE PREMIER LEAGUE TIPS

The festive feast of football is almost upon us and to celebrate, our tipsters have analysed the big Premier League action – providing you with a few top tips along the way.

Remember, we will be posting our New Year’s preview next Thursday – so keep your eyes peeled!

As always, be sure to share your opinions with us over on the @MyClubBetting twitter page…

WATFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE

Boxing Day – 12:30

Walter Mazzari has done a fine job since taking over at Watford in the summer.

The former Inter and Napoli boss has guided the Hornets to 12th place in the Premier League after taking 21 points from their 17 games so far.

Despite their below par 2016/17 campaign, Crystal Palace haven’t actually performed too badly on the road so far. In fact, the South Londoners are ranked in 11th when it comes to Premier League away form, avoiding defeat in 50% of their games when playing away from Selhurst Park this season.

The Eagles have been dominant in recent meetings with Watford, losing just two of the last 12 games between the sides.

Palace have been particularly impressive in away clashes against Watford. The South Londoners have managed two wins from their last three trips to Vicarage Road and haven’t lost at Watford since 2009.

This will alarm Watford fans, who have already seen their side drop points in four of their eight home games this season.

Taking all of the above into consideration, the hosts’ price looks way too short for us and we are more than happy to lay them here.

BEST BET: DOUBLE CHANCE – PALACE OR DRAW @ 1/2

LEICESTER v EVERTON

Boxing Day – 15:00

Leicester enjoyed themselves in last season’s two league games against Everton. The Foxes won both fixtures, scoring six times along the way – including braces from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the respective home and away games.

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It is fair to say that Ronald Koeman and Claudio Ranieri are both feeling the pressure at present.

Despite a great start to this season, Koeman has seen his Everton side fall to mid-table mediocrity after a run of just two wins in their last 12 league games.

Things have been even worse for Ranieri and Leicester. The Champions sit just three places and three points above the relegation zone – losing eight of their 17 league games this season.

To say that recent meetings between Leicester and Everton have been exciting would be an understatement.

The sides have shared a whopping 17 goals in their last four meetings, with all of those games ending with at least four goals and with both sides scoring.

Leicester and Everton have also been amongst the goals in the Premier League so far this season – netting on 44 occasions between them during the campaign.

We are going for a high scoring draw at the King Power.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 10/11

HULL v MAN CITY

Boxing Day – 17:15

Despite wins against Leicester and Swansea in the opening two games of the season, Hull’s season has quickly faltered and they now sit bottom of the Premier League table.

Free-scoring Manchester City currently occupy third place in the league after their comeback victory against Arsenal last weekend, however their leaky defence is a real cause for concern.

Pep Guardiola’s side have conceded 20 league goal this season and have only managed three clean sheets from their 17 ties.

Man City have won four of their last five clashes against Hull, scoring 13 goals in the process. However, it is also worth noting that Hull have failed to score in only two of those games.

Hull have won just one home game this season and failed to keep a clean sheet at the KCOM Stadium.

However, home goals haven’t been an issue for the Tigers of late. In fact, Hull have netted on six occasions during their last three home games.

Although Man City have won three of their last four away games, they have only managed to keep a single clean sheet – conceding at Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester along the way.

However, it is worth noting that City have managed to score 10 goals during that period.

We see Man City winning this one with relative ease, but we don’t fancy them to keep a clean sheet.

BEST BET: MAN CITY WIN & BTTS @ 15/8

LIVERPOOL V STOKE

Tuesday – 17:15

Liverpool have had a fine campaign so far, and will be coming into this game with an abundance of confidence after a late Sadio Mane goal winner in the Merseyside derby a week ago. That victory lifted the Reds to second in the league – they now find themselves just six points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Things weren’t so rosy for Stoke in the last round of fixtures. The Potters surrendered a two-goal lead to ten man Leicester, eventually drawing the game 2-2 at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool are yet to lose at Anfield this season – winning five times and drawing twice. That said, the Reds have only played home games against two sides who currently occupy places in the top half of the table.

Jürgen Klopp’s men have failed to score in just one of their eight home Premier League games in the league this season, however, they have only managed to keep two clean sheets during that time.

Coincidently, Stoke have failed to score in just one of their last six Premier League away matches and have managed to net at both the Emirates and Old Trafford this season.

While they’ve had no trouble scoring on the road, the Potters have conceded in six of their eight away league games this season.

In the last five league clashes between Liverpool and Stoke, both teams have managed to net on three occasions with 22 goals being scoring in total.

We see both sides finding the net on Tuesday.

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 10/11

SOUTHAMPTON v TOTTENHAM

Wednesday – 19:45

Many people worried about Southampton’s Premier League safety when Claude Puel took over at the club in the summer.

The former Monaco and Lyon manager was fairly unknown on these shores when he arrived in June and had to deal with losing key players such as Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama almost immediately after taking the hot seat.

However, the Frenchman has settled wonderfully. Southampton sit seventh in the Premier League and will also be competing in January’s League Cup semi-finals.

Tottenham are having another decent campaign and find themselves in fifth place after back-to-back Premier League wins over Hull and Burnley in recent weeks.

That said, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have tasted defeat in each of their last two away league games. However, it is worth noting that those losses were against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

While Southampton got the better of Spurs in their last meeting, it is the North Londoners who have dominated recent games between the two sides.

Spurs have won six of their last eight games against Southampton and haven’t tasted defeat at St Mary’s since 2005.

We see Spurs getting the better of Southampton again on Wednesday night.

BEST BET: TOTTENHAM TO WIN @ 8/5

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