Horse Racing Betting Tips from Haydock and Ascot – Saturday 21st December

Haydock races betting tips

Free horse racing predictions and betting tips for four of the races on Saturday 21st December from Ascot and Haydock. Put these in a lucky 15 bet for a Christmas to remember!

After a successful seasonal debut when winning the Newbury Long walk Hurdle, Paisley Park reappears in the Ascot Marsh Hurdle but will probably start at very short odds. Therefore, this preview concentrates on two other races at Ascot including the competitive Betfair Exchange Trophy while the Tommy Whittle Chase is among two races covered at Haydock. Three of the four races are set to be televised on ITV racing.

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Betway Abram Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – 1.00 Haydock

After winning both of her hurdle races this season, Flow Away should mount a decent challenge for this 2m3f mares’ hurdle although there is no proof that she will be able to cope with this extra distance.

In contrast, Gloriously Lady won over 2m5f at Kelso last time and has been a consistent performer in five races since late August over various distances. She could be difficult to beat in this contest although Deja Vue will be hoping to seal a second victory inside a week.

An easy winner at Ffos Las on Monday, she won by forty lengths on the same course later last month and is a confirmed mudlark. Yet she has failed to win any race beyond two miles.

Conditions could also suit Early Morning Rain and she did beat Deja Vue over a shorter trip during November.

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Betway Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase – 2.40 Haydock

This near 3m2f event is quite often the target of useful staying chasers and bottom weight Lord Du Mesnil could be a serious contender. After finishing second in both opening races this term, he proved his battling qualities by winning at Newcastle last month in heavy ground. He could relish the conditions at Haydock but is likely to be opposed by Daklondike.

The 7-year-old gelding was a decent promising chaser two seasons previously but won his only completed race last term when scoring in this event. In two starts this season, he was a creditable second at Newbury before a tame effort in the Ladbrokes Trophy on the same course.

A lack of experience over fences may count against The Hollow Ginge after just three races competing over the larger obstacles but he may be suited by this distance after finishing a well-beaten third behind Keeper Hill in a 2m5f chase last time at this course.

It will also be interesting to note Top Wood who was a useful hunter chaser last season and stamina will be no issue for this 12-year-old.

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Dave Dawes Silver Cup – 3.00 Ascot   

For this 3m Listed handicap chase, Paul Nicholls could be doubly represented with both Black Corton and Give Me A Copper set to feature. The latter gelding returned to form in his seasonal appearance when narrowly winning at Wincanton over a similar distance. Favouring a right-handed track, he had previously raced relatively poorly during Spring of this year.

Bryony Frost is set to ride Black Corton once again and the 8-year-old gelding was allowed to come home in his own time when a well-beaten second behind Native River last time at Aintree. Set to carry 11st 12lb, he is accustomed to carrying big weights and this distance will not be a problem.

Another of the potential challengers is Kildisart who finished third behind LostIntranslation at Carlisle but who also won three of his five races last term and beat Mister Malarky at Aintree back in April when carrying top weight.

There may also confidence in the Nigel Twiston Davies stable regarding the chances of Crievehill who has won both races this season and was a course winner last time while the Venetia Williams trained Yalltari will also be favoured by the expected testing conditions.

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Betfair Exchange Trophy – 3.35 Ascot  

Staged over 2m, this Grade 3 handicap hurdle has attracted another competitive field and the lightly-weighted Quoi De Neuf is an interesting contender. A close fourth in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham, he finished second in two previous outings and has been a consistent performer since racing over hurdles.

Among the other challengers is Umbrigado from the David Pipe stable. A winner of two novices’ hurdle races last season, he subsequently underwent wind surgery before finishing fifth in a stayers’ hurdle event last month. Returning to this trip may be more suitable.

It would also be unwise to ignore French Crusader from the Nick Henderson yard with the 6-year-old gelding finishing either first or second in his last six starts over hurdles. A second placed-effort behind Epatante at Newbury last month was encouraging especially as he had not raced for twelve months.

Not So Sleepy could be another contender after winning in this course last time but he has been a busy horse this year while Greatwood Hurdle winner Harambe cannot be discounted after winning three of his last five hurdle races.

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