Friday horse racing tips 27 December – Haggas’ 3/1 chance can score Dream win at Wolverhampton
Get Brian Healy's race-by-race selections and best bets for every meeting across the UK and Ireland where he assesses all six fixtures going to post.
Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings will go to post throughout Friday as the Festive period continues, and there is plenty for punters to look forward to with the second day of the Kempton Christmas Festival featuring the Desert Orchid Chase joined by Chepstow’s Welsh Grand National meeting.
Elsewhere, there is further jumps racing action at Wetherby where the Castleford Chase takes centre stage; while both Leopardstown and Limerick host their respective second days of their Christmas Festival meetings.
Completing the Friday line-up is an all-weather fixture at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.
Leopardstown (jumps) – 12.05 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Limerick (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Wetherby (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.15pm (6 races)
Chepstow (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Kempton (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.35pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 1.50 – 5.10pm (7 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER
(2.20) BEN DUNDEE (12/1, Coral) hasn’t always convinced as a chaser, often making mistakes, but that didn’t stop him winning over the larger obstacles at Punchestown last November, and he showed he could mix it at a good level when finishing third in the Close Brothers’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
That performance was followed by another solid run at Punchestown where he finished fourth to O O Seven, and he shaped well on his reappearance at Navan earlier in the month where only Minella Times proved too strong by three-parts of a length.
Gordon Elliott’s charge returns to hurdling here where he looks very well handicapped off just 130 given that his last chase start came from a mark of 138, and if he is able to reproduce his recent chase form back over timber then every chance he can go close in a hugely competitive contest.
(2.55) FITZHENRY (16/1, Unibet) is the choice of Barry Geraghty from the JP McManus-owned contingent in the race, and Paul Nolan’s charge could be the answer to a very tricky puzzle having run well on both starts back this term.
The Flemensfirth gelding scored his last success at Naas back in February last year, but he has run some solid races in defeat and finished a very creditable third in this race twelve months ago behind Auvergnat before posting a fine fourth to Dounikos in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown.
He didn’t get a start in the Fairyhouse feature, but he ran well back at Punchestown on his final outing of the season, and he built on a promising return spin over hurdles to find only Chris’s Dream too strong in the recent Troytown Chase at Navan.
His last-fence mistake made little difference as he already looked held, and he perhaps was still just lacking in sharpness having travelled well into the contest. He is only 3lbs higher for this latest outing, and likely to be even sharper now with another run under his belt then he can make his presence felt once more and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
12.05 – Saint D’ouroux
12.35 – Melon
1.10 – Chacun Pour Soi
1.45 – Abacadabras
2.20 – Ben Dundee
2.55 – Fitzhenry
3.30 – Ragnar Lodbrok
(2.00) FURY ROAD (11/10, Bet365) has to concede weight all round to this field of rivals, but Gordon Elliott’s Stowaway gelding can continue his upward curve with another success here.
The five-year old arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having already struck at Down Royal and Navan since returning from six months off the track, the latter of which came in the Grade Three Monksfield Novices’ Hurdle where he ran out a ten lengths’ victor over Glamorgan Duke.
That form is only ordinary, and he was sent off 1/25 which he duly justified easily; this is tougher, but he’s going the right way and likely has more to come still so he could prove equal to the task of giving away the weight and land his three-timer for his in-form yard.
(3.10) SHANTOU SISU (5/2, Paddy Power) would have gone close at Clonmel last month had he not fallen at the second last hurdle when still travelling well enough having made all the running, and William Lanigan’s charge can make amends here.
All three of his runs this term have come at that venue, finding only one too good on his return from almost nine months off, and he might not have stayed the longer trip next time when beaten almost twenty lengths behind Burlesque Queen.
The handicapper has only raised him 1lb from that last start, and if he’s none the worse following his fall then every chance he can bounce back here to open his win account.
12.15 – Ciel De Neige
12.50 – Hash Brown
1.25 – Call It Time
2.00 – Fury Road
2.35 – Colreevy
3.10 – Shantu Sisu
3.45 – Getabay
(12.25) Sedgefield bumper winner COLLEGE OAK (6/4, Ladbrokes) offered something to work on when finding only one too good on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las last month, and while he was beaten a long way on that occasion Jamie Snowden’s charge can build on the experience to go one better here.
The Norse Dancer gelding possibly bumped into one on that occasion, and while no match for the winner he did pull clear of the third. That experience won’t have been lost on him, and there could be more to come from him with that outing under his belt.
With Page Fuller able to use her claim here, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a bold show on his second outing over hurdles, and he can go one better to open his account here.
(1.30) GOOBINATOR (4/5, Unibet) won on the all-weather in November, and Donald McCain’s charge made a seamless transition to hurdling when scoring here later in the same month where he ran out a wide margin winner from Artistic Language.
The Noble Mission gelding did well considering he stumbled mid-race, while he showed inexperience by wandering between his obstacles. Nevertheless, despite those negatives he won easily and there is likely better still to come from him with that outing now under his belt.
He has to concede a 6lbs winners’ penalty to this field, but he is a potentially smart prospect who could easily progress, and every chance he can make his presence felt here and defy his penalty.
12.25 – College Oak
1.00 – Tarada
1.30 – Goobinator
2.05 – Hawk High
2.40 – No No Juliet
3.15 – Final Fling
(1.35) ALLMANKIND (5/4, Unibet) was a fair sort on the flat for Michael Bell, but now with Dan Skelton and having been switched to hurdles the Sea The Moon gelding has won both his starts, latterly beating Botox Has by the better part of three lengths at Cheltenham last month in the Grade Two Prestbury Novices’ Hurdle.
That success came despite racing freely throughout, and he also lost a shoe during the contest so the win was all the more creditable. He made a good impression that day, and the form has worked out with the runner-up winning next time out so there could be scope for significant improvement to come from him.
This doesn’t look the strongest of contests, although Elysian Flame is expected to improve for an eye-catching third behind Botox Has last time; but with the Skelton runner likely to have more to offer, as well as winning readily last time despite plenty of adversity then he ought to take some beating here.
(2.10) CLYNE (15/2, Bet365) handles testing ground well, and it could be worth chancing Evan Williams’ charge to bounce back to winning ways here.
A very smart hurdler at his best, he hasn’t won since scoring back in March 2018 in heavy ground at Uttoxter, after which he has has been pitched into Graded company and he was far from disgraced in subsequent starts either side of a break which include in the Grade One Aintree Hurdle and the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle on his reapparance last term.
Things didn’t go to plan in a trio of starts in Graded races following that promising reappearance, but he raced on ground that was probably too quick for him, and his latest fourth of eight runners behind Notre Pari at Aintree having looked in need of the run over an inadequate trip at Ffos Las the time before was a step back in the right direction.
The ground again was perhaps livelier than he might have wanted; but he’ll have no such complaints facing more testing conditions and he could appreciate the return to a stiffer test where he looks fairly handicapped off this current 143 rating which is 3lbs below his last winning mark.
He should be competitive if coming back to something like his best form, and still unexposed over this longer trip but with proven ability in the conditions then he could be worth siding with.
12.30 – Global Fame
1.05 – Eceparti
1.35 – Allmankind
2.10 – Clyne
2.50 – Truckers Lodge
3.25 – Dominateur
3.55 – Oneupmanship
(1.55) Culture De Sivola won this race twelve months ago from a lower handicap mark, but she could prove vulnerable off this rating despite taking a step back in the right direction latest, and COILLTE EILE (6/1, Bet365) can follow up her most recent success which also came on her latest start.
The Stowaway mare has won two of her last three starts, scoring at Aintree in June before shaping as if amiss at Cartmel the following month, and she returned from a break to readily resume winning ways at Ascot last month with a defeat of Drinks Interval.
Dr Richard Newland’s charge struck by almost three lengths on that latest occasion, and the runner-up from that race has since made the frame in Listed company to give the form something of a boost.
This is a tougher test as she steps up in grade to a Class Two contest, but the manner in which she took that last win suggested that she could have more to come, and a subsequent 5lbs rise remains workable with Cillian Leonard’s 7lbs claim set to offset that rise.
She is still relatively unexposed over this longer trip, and with the scope for further potential she looks worth chancing here to strike again.
(3.35) GOLDEN TAIPAN (6/1, William Hill) has returned from a break in very good fettle, winning two of his three starts which includes here latest when running out a narrow winner over Namib Dancer.
The Golden Lariat gelding has also won at Huntingdon back in October, although he was a shade disappointing inbetween wins when tried in a Listed contest. However, he appeared to score a shade readily latest, and that form has been boosted since so he could have more to offer as he switches to handicapping from a potentially workable mark.
A mark of 130 looks workable indeed given he has the potential to improve further, and while this is a tougher test of his credentials he likely has more to offer and every chance he can make his presence felt again back at the scene of his latest success.
12.45 – Kings Royal Hussar
1.20 – Fanion D’Estruval
1.55 – Coillte Eile
2.30 – Sceau Royal
3.05 – Sametegal
3.35 – Golden Taipan
(2.25) TOMORROW’S DREAM (3/1, William Hill) might have needed the experience when posting a solid fifth on her debut at Newcastle earlier in the month, but with that run under her belt William Haggas’ charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Oasis Dream filly was beaten just over two lengths in that outing, racing green early having made a poor start, but he finished off well and ought have gleaned something from that run so he is expected to know more this time around.
The race-winner has gone in again since, and with the potential to do better following that debut effort then she looks to hold solid claims of opening her account.
(3.40) STAY CLASSY (9/4, William Hill) has won two of her last three starts, latterly when scoring easily at Lingfield earlier in the month, and Richard Spencer’s charge can win again here.
The Camacho filly had also won at Lingfield over this trip in November before being narrowly denied over course and distance at the beginning of the month where he was beaten only a half-length behind Bubble And Squeak where he was run down late.
He scored cosily latest by almost three lengths, and he may be able to reverse form with Bubble And Squeak in this latest clash with the potential for better to come despite being worse off at the weights.
1.50 – Daring Guest
2.25 – Tomorrow’s Dream
3.00 – Tenbury Wells
3.40 – Stay Classy
4.10 – Herm
4.40 – Seraphim
5.10 – Red Bond
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER
12.25 Wetherby – COLLEGE OAK (6/4, Ladbrokes)
1.30 Wetherby – GOOBINATOR (4/5, Unibet)
1.35 Chepstow – ALLMANKIND (5/4, Unibet)
1.55 Kempton – COILLTE EILE (6/1, Bet365)
2.00 Limerick – FURY ROAD (11/10, Bet365)
2.10 Chepstow – CLYNE (15/2, Bet365)
2.20 Leopardstow – BEN DUNDEE (12/1, Coral)
2.25 Wolverhampton – TOMORROW’S DREAM (3/1, William Hill) (NAP)
2.55 Leopardstown – FITZHENRY (16/1, Unibet)
3.10 Limerick – SHANTOU SISU (5/2, Paddy Power)
3.35 Kempton – GOLDEN TAIPAN (6/1, William Hill)
3.40 Wolverhampton – STAY CLASSY (9/4, William Hill)