Friday’s racing tips – Earn up to £155 from just £5 backing four horses at Kempton, Chepstow and Leopardstown

Jon Vine takes a look at four races on a fantastic Friday of racing across Britain and Ireland and shows your how you could make a whole heap of profit from just a £5 deposit if you sign up and bet with Coral on Friday 27th December.


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Welcome offers like this are perfect for horse racing fans. For just £5, you can back up to five horses running on a single day and rake in a pocketful of profit from such a tiny outlay. Four horses have caught my eye running at three of the big jumps meetings on Friday. Here’s how you could make up to £155 from an initial £5 bet by following my tips with Coral!




Despite showing a decent turn-of-foot to run some speedy sorts close in bumpers, Fergal O’Brien stepped ASK DILLON (4/1 Coral) right up to 21 furlongs on his maiden hurdles bow at Ascot last autumn. A smart victory followed, as the 12/1 shot powered to a convincing seven-length victory, forcing O’Brien to throw Ask Dillon into the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sean Bowen’s mount could only finish tenth in that quality Grade One, but Ask Dillon proved his undoubted quality on his final start of the season, carrying a penalty to a convincing victory over three horses who’ve come out and won already this season. Ask Dillon has gone very well fresh in the past and the step up to three miles should certainly suit. He could simply be a class above the field here.

Fergal O'Brien can saddle a Chepstow winner on Wednesday

Fergal O’Brien is no stranger to success at Chepstow.


The tank emptied on DANSE IDOL (6/1 Coral) so suddenly at Wincanton on her return in November, something was clearly amiss. Paul Nicholls will have identified what the problems were that day and, if back to the peak of her powers, she could take all the beating in a handicap like this off her current mark of 127.

Danse Idol did her best work on very soft ground last season, finishing a strong second in two Listed races and a Grade Two over three miles. This looks to be her best trip and the track here at Kempton should suit her perfectly. I think it would be a profitable plan to risk one of your free bets on backed Danse Idol to bounce back with a bang.

A wide open staying handicap like this is the ideal place to spend a free bet and the runner who catches my eye at a hugely appealing price is TOWER BRIDGE (14/1 Coral). Joseph O’Brien’s charge progressed nicely through his novice chasing campaign, staying on for second behind Duc Des Genievres at Gowran Park in February, before claiming second again behind A Plus Tard in the Close Brothers at Cheltenham.

Following a pleasing return over an unsatisfactorily short trip at Naas, Tower Bridge took his chance in the Troytown Handicap. Sadly, Joseph O’Brien’s charge was hampered badly at the half-way stage and never really recovered. A Grade One winner here over hurdles, Tower Bridge looked every inch a stayer last season and he remains very well-handicapped running off 140.

Just A Sting finished second to Adrien Du Pont here 12 months ago off a mark three pounds higher than what he carries on Friday, but the ground is much softer than ideal for Harry Fry’s charge. The bounce factor could come into play for Sametegal, who was off for 665-days before his recent return run at Newbury, while the likes of Deauville Dancer and Quarenta have a little to prove in this sort of company.

So, on the face of it, this looks an ideal opportunity for classy top-weight, BELAMI DES PICTONS (3/1 Coral) to claim an overdue victory. Venetia Williams’ chaser has appeared just twice since running Waiting Patiently close in a Listed contest at Carlisle in November 2017. Having spent almost 300-days off the track, Belami Des Pictons was hampered badly early on in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but made eye-catching late progress to cross the line fourth.

Switching from Cheltenham to Kempton shouldn’t be a problem and Williams’ eight-year-old should relish the extra juice in the ground. Three times in his career, Belami Des Pictons has run up to an RPR in the mid-150s, so I’m confident he’s capable of progressing far beyond his current official rating of 145.

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