Boxing Day racing tips – Make £200 from £10 backing four horses at Kempton, Wetherby and Limerick with Ladbrokes

Jon Vine takes a look at four races on a bumper Boxing Day of racing across Britain and Ireland and shows you how you could make a whole heap of profit from just a £10 deposit if you sign up and bet with Ladbrokes on Thursday 26th December.


Join Ladbrokes today, place just one bet of £10 on any horse running on Boxing Day and you can get your hands on three £10 free bets.

Welcome offers like this are perfect for horse racing fans. For just £10, you can back up to four horses running on a single day and rake in a pocketful of profit from a tiny outlay. I’ve taken a look through the fields on all of the major races across the National Hunt racing world on Boxing Day, to show you how you could make up to £200 from an initial £5 bet by following my tips!




I would be shocked if this year’s Kauto Star didn’t go the way of Paul Nicholls. Nothing I’ve seen from Slate House so far suggests he’s up to Grade One standard and Black Op doesn’t offer much in the way of appeal for me either.

Quotes this weekend suggested Nicholls had only planned on throwing Master Tommytucker into this Grade One. So, it was pleasantly surprised to see DANNY WHIZZBANG (7/2 Ladbrokes) confirmed with Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle and I think he will be too strong for his rivals at Kempton.

Danny Whizzbang first caught my eye at Exeter last season, where he bolted up under a penalty to win his second novice hurdle. I then swerved Nicholls’ charge as he made his chasing debut in the Grade Two John Francombe, but Danny Whizzbang looked a class above Reserve Tank and Ardlethen that day, powering down the home straight to secure a convincing victory.

Having thrived at a similar track in Exeter, switching from Newbury to Kempton won’t cause this talented six-year-old any problems. Harry Cobden may have deserted the John Francombe winner for Master Tommytucker, but this provides Twiston-Davies with a chance to upstage the man who replaced him as Nicholls’ retained jockey and prove to everyone he remains one of the best around.


Horses towards the lower end of the handicap have performed best in this race in recent years, with four of the last five winners carrying a rating of 125 into battle. This year’s race, however, looks decidedly open, with little standing out at the head of the market. With that in mind, I’m prepared to take a risk with my first free bet and have a punt on COMMANCHE RED (12/1 Ladbrokes), as he makes his handicap debut over fences.

A previous winner here at Kempton, having bolted up to beat Beakstown in a bumper back in February 2018. Following a smart victory on his handicap debut over hurdles in the spring, Commanche Red has finished third on both his starts over fences this term. First, staying on for third behind two capable rivals in Nube Negra and Ballymoy over an inadequate two-mile trip, before a decent effort behind Reserve Tank in the Grade Two Rising Stars’ Chase at Wincanton.

This race represents a distinct step down in quality compared to what he’s faced so far over fences, and a little extra juice in the ground should suit a horse who’s been withdrawn from a number of good-ground races on account of the going throughout his career. Paddy Brennan has already been jocked up and I expect Commanche Red to give any of his supporters a real run for their money. Or in this case, for their free bet.

Bennys King wins The Sir Peter O’Sullivan Memorial Handicap at Newbury.

Last year’s winner, Lake View Lad returns to Wetherby eight pounds higher in the ratings, but will only have two pounds extra to contend with on his back and shouldn’t be overlooked. I remain confident that there’s a big handicap prize for Top Ville Ben to win this term, but I was really impressed with BENNY’S KING (4/1 Ladbrokes) at Newbury’s Winter Carnival and Dan Skelton’s charge can follow up in the Rowland Meyrick.

I wasn’t expecting too much from Benny’s King at Newbury, having watched Skelton’s charge lose heavily on his reappearance at Stratford. Yet, Harry Skelton’s mount jumped nicely throughout, powering clear of Sametegal between the final two flights before comfortably holding his rival at arm’s length.

Benny’s King received an RPR of 150 for that win, so the handicapper’s decision to up his rating to 145 doesn’t seem overly harsh. Skelton’s charge was still full of running as he crossed the line that day and the step up to three miles could bring about further improvement.

Samcro will be all-the-rage at Limerick when the final declarations are released. Gordon Elliott’s star won nicely enough on his chasing debut and looked to be going better than Fakir D’Oudairies in the Drinmore last time out, before an error at the second-last saw Jack Kennedy flung from the saddle.

Elliott’s charge tanked into many races like that during his second-season over hurdles and was beaten on every occasion. I’m not sure Samcro really wants ground as heavy as this either, so I’m prepared to take the odds-on favourite on, and who better to do that with than “The Machine”, FAUGHEEN (9/4 Ladbrokes).

Some questioned Willie Mullins’ decision to go chasing with his nine-time Grade One winner, especially at the ripe-old age of 11. Faugheen made two significant errors during his chasing debut, almost shipping Paul Townend from the saddle at the end of the first circuit. Yet, the favourite rallied down the home straight and showed he still had a decent turn of foot to run out a convincing eight-length victor.

The only time Faugheen has lost on heavy ground was behind Buveur D’Air in the 2018 Champion Hurdle, he even won a Grade Three over hurdles here at Limerick on bottomless ground during the early stages of his career. I’m hoping Faugheen bowls along confidently at the front, and an error-free round of jumping may be enough to seal a maiden Grade One over fences for this legend of a horse.

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